Natalie Tan’s Book of Love & Fortune: A Nuanced Look Into Culture, Grief, & Community

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

Fake It Till You Break It by Jenn P. Nguyen: Forced or Naturally Quirky?

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?

Writer Wednesday: Five Reasons Why Eli Greene Is the Absolute Worst by Chloe Pierce aka Kristina Forest (+INTL Giveaway!)

If I had to pick the cutest Writer Wednesday post of the year, this would be it. I Wanna Be Where You Are is one of my favorite reads of 2019. It was such a precious and fun reading experience, and totally made my day with its light and fluffy story and adorable couple. (See … Continue reading Writer Wednesday: Five Reasons Why Eli Greene Is the Absolute Worst by Chloe Pierce aka Kristina Forest (+INTL Giveaway!)

Four Book Quadruplets, aka Grouped Book Recommendations on Steroids

I've been working on this post mentally for a very long time. Thinking of If You Liked . . . recommendations can be hard enough sometimes, but thinking of quadruplets can be hair-pulling. Which is why this is definitely not going to be a monthly feature. However, I've had these recommendations stewing around in my … Continue reading Four Book Quadruplets, aka Grouped Book Recommendations on Steroids

The Beholder by Anna Bright: Great Story, Nonsensical Worldbuilding

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

Double Review: We Hunt the Flame + Ayesha At Last

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

Writer Wednesday: Author Interview with Isabel Sterling on These Witches Don’t Burn (+INTL Giveaway!)

I'm super blessed to be able to read a lot of the books I'm excited for as ARCs, but These Witches Don't Burn is one of those titles that I did not get to read as an ARC, but you bet I'm picking up next month! I'm so so ready. I've been ready for so … Continue reading Writer Wednesday: Author Interview with Isabel Sterling on These Witches Don’t Burn (+INTL Giveaway!)

10 Prep, Private, & Boarding Schools Books!: A Niche Setting with an Interesting Atmosphere

I’ve been thinking a lot about prep schools, private schools, boarding schools & the like before I head to college at the end of the summer, and it got me thinking about some YA books with a similar theme! They have such a unique culture, and it’s definitely a big change to read compared to … Continue reading 10 Prep, Private, & Boarding Schools Books!: A Niche Setting with an Interesting Atmosphere

Amelia Westlake Was Never Here by Erin Gough: A Really Entertaining Lesbian Rom-Com

I had an idea of what I wanted Amelia Westlake Was Never Here to be in my mind, and the story totally ended up satisfying that! It’s such a fun concept: two girls who are polar opposites teaming up to create a hoax to expose the flaws in their private girls school! And although there … Continue reading Amelia Westlake Was Never Here by Erin Gough: A Really Entertaining Lesbian Rom-Com