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
I sped through this in the span of a few hours on the trip to college and honestly really enjoyed it. I wasn’t sure what to expect, especially because Spieller’s debut leaned a lot more on the romance side, and this leans a lot more on the friendship and sisterhood side, but wow, this was … Continue reading She’s the Worst by Lauren Spieller: A Day-Long Story of Sisterhood, Friendship, & Family
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
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)
I knew this was going to be good, but I definitely did not know just how good it would be. Elizabeth Lim’s Spin the Dawn was a classic-style story with a lush and beautiful world and gorgeous prose. Featuring the classic “girl dressing as a boy” trope, a Project-Runway-esque competition, and a quest, Spin the … Continue reading Spin the Dawn by Elizabeth Lim: A Lush and Beautiful Fantasy with a Romance I Wasn’t Into
There's so much awesomeness in this post today (mostly because I have the wonderful Sona Charaipotra guest posting!) and I'm so excited to share it all with you! I don't want to keep you for too long, but we have a bookish playlist, my review, and tons of gushing about this YA solo debut romcom! … Continue reading Symptoms of a Heartbreak by Sona Charaipotra: A Bookish Playlist Guest Post & My Review of This Unique RomCom!
I've been building up to this for a while, but finally, here it is! My review of the anthology Hungry Hearts: 13 Tales of Food & Love! Anthologies take me a while to read & review because I always have to take notes on them as I read, but I'm glad I've managed to make … Continue reading Hungry Hearts: An Anthology of Food, Love, Culture & More!
If you thought "9AM passed, there's not going to be a Writer Wednesday today," well . . . AWW. That's so nice of you for even remembering/keeping up with my all-over-the-place posting schedule!Surprise! Today's Writer Wednesday might be a little late, but it's still Wednesday where I live, and we're gonna have a lot of … Continue reading Writer Wednesday: Five Rules of a Lauren Morrill Book: A Guest Post by Lauren (+Giveaway!)
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?