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
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
If you haven't noticed, I'm definitely on a mini-hiatus of sorts as I try to get myself together to prepare for the start of college (meaning reading all five of my September 3rd book releases before September 3rd). But, I'm still excited to share with you this interview with debut author Samantha Hastings about The … Continue reading Writer Wednesday: Author Interview with Samantha Hastings on The Last Word (+INTL Giveaway)
4 stars It’s 1958, and Ruth Robb has moved from New York City to Atlanta after her father’s death. In her new hometown, Ruth soon finds out that she can’t be both Jewish and popular, not if she wants to fit in with the debutantes. She decides to hide her religion, and instead begins falling … Continue reading In the Neighborhood of True by Susan Kaplan Carlton: A Quiet YA Novel About an Infrequently Talked-About Time Period
3.5 stars After unwittingly helping her mother poison King Louis XIV, seventeen-year-old alchemist Mirabelle Monvoisin is forced to see her mother’s Shadow Society in a horrifying new light: they’re not heroes of the people, as they’ve always claimed to be, but murderers. Herself included. But when Mira meets royal bastard Josse de Bourbon after the Shadow … Continue reading An Affair of Poisons by Addie Thorley: Murder Scandals, Poisons, and France!
I love a good murder mystery, and Jodie Lynn Zdrok's Spectacle looks like it will not disappoint! A mix of murder mystery, historical fiction, and a little bit of the supernatural mixed in, I'm so pumped for Spectacle to come out, and very excited to have Jodie Lynn Zdrok on the blog today! Not only … Continue reading Writer Wednesday: Author Interview with Jodie Lynn Zdrok on Spectacle (+Giveaway!)
4.5 stars Emotionally moving, steeped with history, and full of meaning, Hanna Alkaf's The Weight of Our Sky is set during the historic race riots in 1969 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Melati Ahmad looks like your typical Beatles-obsessed sixteen-year-old, but she believes she harbors a djinn inside her--one who threatens her with horrific images of her mother’s … Continue reading The Weight of Our Sky by Hanna Alkaf: A Stunning and Emotionally Charged Historical Debut
If you haven't heard me screaming about this book, let me tell you something about The Weigh of Our Sky. It's AMAZING. There, I said it. I had a wonderful time reading and this is the closest I've felt to my Indonesian heritage being represented on the page, and this book means so much to me and I hope … Continue reading Writer Wednesday: Author Interview with Hanna Alkaf on The Weight of Our Sky (+ INTL Giveaway!)
Can you believe it's been a whole year since I started the If You Liked feature on my blog? It's been crazy but I've loved writing these book recs and also have loved all your feedback! It is so wonderful to find that these recommendations were (a) enjoyable (b) helpful (c) literally anything else and it's made … Continue reading If You Liked #12: Mental Health Awareness Edition!
This is probably some of the most exciting news ever, but I'm so happy to have arranged this exclusively Southeast Asian blog tour for Hanna Alkaf's The Weight of Our Sky! I love this book so much and being able to arrange this tour and work with SEA bloggers was so rewarding. The whole idea was to help get … Continue reading Announcing The Weight of Our Sky Southeast Asian Blog Tour! (+ INTL Giveaway!)