A gutting and honest portrayal of abuse and toxic friendship, Sarah Lyu’s debut The Best Lies is a psychological thriller with an alternating timeline and strong storyline of growth. I wasn’t entirely sure what to expect when reading this, but it absolutely sucked me in. As in, I was completely engrossed in the toxic friendship … Continue reading The Best Lies by Sarah Lyu: A Gutting Portrayal of Toxic Friendship in a Psychological Thriller
This is a book that demands to be savored. And savor, I did. It’s beautiful and a little heartbreaking and absolutely a masterpiece. Sentimental, but subtle in its execution, Natalie Tan's Book of Love and Fortune is something truly extraordinary with how Natalie explores grief, intergenerational family, and culture, all wrapped up with subtle hints … Continue reading Natalie Tan’s Book of Love & Fortune: A Nuanced Look Into Culture, Grief, & Community
This had so much potential, and the fake dating trope + meddling moms was such a cute concept and hook! I think there was a lot of cute things in this novel, and it does hold some appeal to certain YA readers who like quirkier books. The concept is appealing to most, but the writing … Continue reading Fake It Till You Break It by Jenn P. Nguyen: Forced or Naturally Quirky?
It's a two-in-one kind of day, and not only do I have my review of Mary Fan's Stronger Than a Bronze Dragon (out today!) but also I have five similar fantasy recommendations for y'all! If I had to describe Stronger Than a Bronze Dragon, I'd say Historical-set adventure with fantasy/steampunk elements. And so, I have … Continue reading Stronger Than a Bronze Dragon by Mary Fan & Five Similar Fantasies You’ll Want to Pick Up!
If you didn’t know, When Light Left Us was one of my favorite reads of 2018 and it’s such an underrated one. And so, when the opportunity arose to read Wild and Crooked, I totally pounced. BUT Y’ALL. Leah Thomas is not a one-hit-wonder. Even in a fully contemporary setting, she manages to craft a … Continue reading Wild and Crooked by Leah Thomas: Another Favorite feat. Murder Mystery, Queer Teens, & Rural Towns
I knew two things going into this: That it was inspired by the Odyssey, and that it was about a girl who crossed an ocean. I knew a little more, obviously, but those were the main defining features of The Beholder to me, pre-reading. After-reading, however, I feel like I’m being pulled apart in two … Continue reading The Beholder by Anna Bright: Great Story, Nonsensical Worldbuilding
Today I'm so excited to bring to you two reviews in one (double the trouble!) with my thoughts on both Hafsah Faizal's YA fantasy debut, We Hunt the Flame, and Uzma Jalaluddin's adult romance, Ayesha at Last! Both are by Muslim authors--although Faizal's is inspired by Ancient Arabia, not Islam--so it's fitting I smoosh them … Continue reading Double Review: We Hunt the Flame + Ayesha At Last
I knew I was going to enjoy this book, but I didn’t realize I would end up loving this that much. It was just so well developed on so many fronts, and I can’t help but be in love with every bit of this book. From its social activism, to developing CJ’s relationships, to really … Continue reading This Time Will Be Different by Misa Sugiura: Flower Shops, Social Justice, & Jealousy
I'm really excited to share this mega post with y'all today, with not only an interview with Danika about Switchback, her upcoming survival story YA novel, but also an INTL giveaway and my own review! Switchback is such a cool novel and I really really enjoyed it. It's something I think a lot of younger … Continue reading Switchback by Danika Stone: Author Interview, INTL Giveaway, & My Thoughts!
I’ve been Procrastinating™ this badly, but IT’S TIME TO SCREAM, Y’ALL. Not only is this book a wonderful addition to YA mystery/thriller/horror (see, screams above) but it’s also just so damn good? Like, this book sent me to my grave, so I could become a ghost and hang out with Lexi. SO GOOD. From angry … Continue reading Missing, Presumed Dead by Emma Berquist: Ghosts, Murder Mysteries, & Angry Queer Girls