Black Wings Beating by Alex London (DRC): Falconry, Fantasy, and #OwnVoices LGBTQ+ Rep!

4 stars The people of Uztar rever the birds of prey in the sky, and no one is more honored than the falconers who call them to their fists. Brysen strives to be a great falconer--while his twin sister, Kylee, rejects her ancient gifts and wishes to be free of falconry. She's nearly made it … Continue reading Black Wings Beating by Alex London (DRC): Falconry, Fantasy, and #OwnVoices LGBTQ+ Rep!

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The Devil’s Thief by Lisa Maxwell: A Historical Fantasy Sequel Full of Twists and Turns (Blog Tour + INTL Giveaways!)

Are you excited? Because I'm excited. Today I've got the wonderful Lisa Maxwell on the blog talking about her New York Times Bestselling historical fantasy series, The Last Magician! I loved reading this book last year, and thought this time-traveling magical fantasy read was SUCH A BLAST. The twists and turns were KILLER. And not only … Continue reading The Devil’s Thief by Lisa Maxwell: A Historical Fantasy Sequel Full of Twists and Turns (Blog Tour + INTL Giveaways!)

Murder? No Biggie!: The Desensitization of Murder in Young Adult Literature

Death. Destruction. MURDER. It's all just a day's work...right? WRONG. Murder & violence in young adult fiction is something that's becoming increasingly more common (especially as characters in books become more and more mature yet remain the same age--another post on this next month), but it seems to shock readers less and less. Yet, as … Continue reading Murder? No Biggie!: The Desensitization of Murder in Young Adult Literature

Darius the Great Is Not Okay by Adib Khorram: Random Things Darius Would Approve Of

Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for Darius the Great Is Not Okay! If you haven't heard me screaming about this book already, well, here's another chance to be exposed to the sheer wonderfulness that is this book. Seriously. I'm in love. Darius the Great Is Not Okay is both heartbreaking and heartwarming in its … Continue reading Darius the Great Is Not Okay by Adib Khorram: Random Things Darius Would Approve Of

That’s Not What Happened by Kody Keplinger (ARC): The Aftermath of a School Shooting & Telling Truth from Lies

3.5 stars The Virgil County High School Massacre changed the lives of Lee and many others in her community. And three years after the massacre and when her best friend was killed, Lee decides she must speak up against the falsehoods published about the shooting. Specifically on her best friend Sarah's story--that she died proclaiming … Continue reading That’s Not What Happened by Kody Keplinger (ARC): The Aftermath of a School Shooting & Telling Truth from Lies

Seafire by Natalie C. Parker (DRC): A Swashbuckling Adventure

4 stars Caledonia Styx is now the captain of the Mors Navis, with a crew of girls and women who all have had their lives devastated by the corrupt warlord Aric Athair and his Bullets. Their mission is to stay alive as they take down Aric's fleet. But when Caledonia's second-in-command barely survives an attack … Continue reading Seafire by Natalie C. Parker (DRC): A Swashbuckling Adventure

Problematic vs. Plot: When Bad Things Happen & People Act Badly, but It’s a Consequence of the Book

This is a topic that I've never seen discussed, but has been on my mind a lot recently. I'm bringing this up after seeing some controversy last month over a recent science fiction novel release, Hullmetal Girls by Emily Skrutskie, which I'll be taking examples from, but this applies to a wide variety of novels who have … Continue reading Problematic vs. Plot: When Bad Things Happen & People Act Badly, but It’s a Consequence of the Book

Lovely, Dark, and Deep by Justina Chen Blog Tour: Allergic to Light–What Could Be Worse?

Imagine being allergic to light--from the sun to even your phone screen. A terrible fate, right? But that's exactly what happens to Viola Li after she returns from a trip abroad and suddenly develops an extreme case of photosensitivity -- an inexplicable allergy to sunlight. A spaceship-sized hat isn't enough for Viola's parents--they're making her … Continue reading Lovely, Dark, and Deep by Justina Chen Blog Tour: Allergic to Light–What Could Be Worse?

Finding Yvonne by Brandy Colbert (ARC): Another Real & Genuine Protagonist

3.5 stars Yvonne's best friend has been her violin since she was 7, especially after her mother walked out on their family. But with graduation just around the corner, she is forced to face the hard truth that she just might not be good enough to attend a conservatory after high school. Doubtful about about … Continue reading Finding Yvonne by Brandy Colbert (ARC): Another Real & Genuine Protagonist