The Downstairs Girl by Stacey Lee: Another Amazing Historical Novel About A Chinese Girl in 1890 Atlanta

I loved reading Outrun the Moon, and can’t believe Stacey Lee managed to outdo herself with another stunning novel. The Downstairs Girl is an immediate new favorite and I absolutely adore not only the entire story, but Jo Kuan herself and her innate spunk. From Jo to her questions about her past to Lee’s intricate … Continue reading The Downstairs Girl by Stacey Lee: Another Amazing Historical Novel About A Chinese Girl in 1890 Atlanta

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Writer Wednesday: Author Interview with James Brandon on Ziggy, Stardust and Me

Y'all! My hiatus is ending soon, but I am still here, as planned, chatting with James Brandon today about his debut, Ziggy, Stardust and Me! Ziggy, Stardust and Me is a LGBTQ+ historical fiction debut set in 1973, an important time in LGBTQ+ history. I've been excited for this YA coming of age story and … Continue reading Writer Wednesday: Author Interview with James Brandon on Ziggy, Stardust and Me

Truly Madly Royally by Debbie Rigaud: An #OwnVoices Royalty Romance Great for Younger Readers

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

Looking for a Diverse Book Box? A marginsbox Unboxing + Review!

Hi y'all! Today I'm so excited to feature one of my favorite bookish small businesses: marginsbox! I've known about marginsbox for a while now since they did a Kickstarter to kick off the business a few months ago. And May was their first month of boxes, so I'm really excited to be able to feature … Continue reading Looking for a Diverse Book Box? A marginsbox Unboxing + Review!

Hungry Hearts Food Crawl Kickoff! Interviews, #OwnVoices Reviewers, & More! (+INTL Giveaway!)

Friends! CW from The Quiet Pond & I had a mini-epiphany together on Twitter one day. We were both so excited for Hungry Hearts and wanted to share our love--and what better way than with #OwnVoices bloggers for this diverse anthology?! We are so happy to be bringing to you the Hungry Hearts Food Crawl--like … Continue reading Hungry Hearts Food Crawl Kickoff! Interviews, #OwnVoices Reviewers, & More! (+INTL Giveaway!)

Double Enemies-to-Lovers Romance Reviews: I Wanna Be Where You Are + Tell Me How You Really Feel

I might start doing more double reviews, because I feel bad about bombarding you with so many posts (also, I couldn't figure out how to turn either of these headers into horizontals, so it was easier to smoosh them together, ha!). Today's theme is all about diverse enemies-to-lovers romances, and I have two to share … Continue reading Double Enemies-to-Lovers Romance Reviews: I Wanna Be Where You Are + Tell Me How You Really Feel

Writer Wednesday: Guest Post by Maya Motayne, Author of Nocturna (+Giveaway!)

Oh my gosh--I'm so so excited to share this post with y'all today! Not only is Nocturna one of my most anticipated releases for this month, but Maya has also written up such an awesome and genuine guest post and I'm totally in love with her thought process that led to the creation of Nocturna. … Continue reading Writer Wednesday: Guest Post by Maya Motayne, Author of Nocturna (+Giveaway!)

With the Fire on High by Elizabeth Acevedo: An Emotional and Heartfelt Read feat. So Much Food!

Elizabeth Acevedo does it again. With the Fire On High is a fierce and stunning sophomore novel, full of heart, empowering females, and delicious food. I absolutely adored Acevedo’s debut in verse, The Poet X, and found With the Fire on High to be equally, if not more, stellar. There were so many things I … Continue reading With the Fire on High by Elizabeth Acevedo: An Emotional and Heartfelt Read feat. So Much Food!