There are so many layers to this book, and I’m not sure if I can adequately talk about them in a review. A jumble of thoughts is running through my mind, like a tangle of wires. At its core, Frankly in Love is not a romance. It’s a story about family, set against the quirky … Continue reading Not a Romantic Comedy: Frankly in Love by David Yoon & Why I Cried
There's a total dearth of diverse royalty romance in YA, and I'm so excited that Truly Madly Royally exists because it's so well needed and just an adorable read in general. It's definitely good for a younger YA audience--totally appropriate for middle school up--as it's super fluffy and cute. I think some older readers may … Continue reading Truly Madly Royally by Debbie Rigaud: An #OwnVoices Royalty Romance Great for Younger Readers
Rory Power’s Wilder Girls is a sharp and biting debut full of high stakes, a vicious world, and the monsters inside teenage girls. I struggled a lot with this review because it’s so hard to accurately capture the sheer power that this novel has. It’s fierce, it’s vicious, and it’s so raw and real—I can’t … Continue reading Wilder Girls by Rory Power: A Sharp and Vicious Debut feat. Body Horror and Smart Subtext
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?
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 didn't read all of Don't Date Rosa Santos. But it's not what you think. The first page of each chapter was missing in my eARC, and this ended up meaning I missed out on reading like, 25 pages of the book. Oops. I didn't think it would have affected my reading so much, but … Continue reading Don’t Date Rosa Santos by Nina Moreno: A Fresh and Fun Romantic Comedy–Set in South Florida!
I feel like The Candle and the Flame deserves so much more buzz and marketing than it currently has. It’s a great book. In the scope of all modern lit, The Candle and the Flame develops a complex story about not only Fatima Ghazala and her newfound powers, but also the entire City of Noor … Continue reading The Candle and the Flame by Nafiza Azad: A Richly Developed Fantasy Perfect for Fans of YA/Adult Crossover Fiction
I’d heard great things about Crichton’s books and how entertaining they were, but I’d never had a chance to read any until now. When I actually began reading, I realized that my idea of this book was very different than reality. To be completely honest, I requested All Our Broken Pieces without knowing what it … Continue reading All Our Broken Pieces by L.D. Crichton: Romance, Bad Boys, and OCD
Today I'm sharing an interview with Emily herself about her bloodthirsty yet elegant debut, Wicked Saints! I admit that when I first heard about Wicked Saints, I got really really excited. And then I squished all that excitement and locked it into a box, because I was scared of the hype giving me too high … Continue reading Interview with Emily A. Duncan, Author of Wicked Saints
5 stars Princess Hesina of Yan has just become queen after what she believes was her father’s murder. Yet, investigating the suspicious circumstances comes with a cost, namely treasonous magic from a soothsayer. Hesina must navigate both her own personal investigation into the murder, as well as the political games inside the imperial court and … Continue reading Descendant of the Crane by Joan He: SO. MANY. TWISTS.