Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for Amber & Dusk! If you're looking for a fantasy novel filled with magic and courts and royalty, then you'll definitely want to check this one out! It centers around Sylvie who is heading towards her birthright. Out in the permanent twilight of the Dusklands, her guardians called … Continue reading Amber & Dusk: A Magical Tale of Courtly Intrigue (+Giveaway!)
4.5 stars Princess Jade has grown up exiled away in a monastery while her stepmother, the ruthless Xifeng, rules as empress of Feng Lu. But the empire is in distress and its people are sinking into poverty and despair. So when Jade is called back to the Great Forest to potentially learn to be heir … Continue reading Kingdom of the Blazing Phoenix by Julie C. Dao (ARC): A Stunning East-Asian Inspired Snow White Retelling Even Better than the First
4 stars Each generation, a competition is held to find the next empress of Honoku. Survive the palace’s enchanted seasonal rooms, and you'll marry the prince. All are eligible to compete—all except yōkai, supernatural monsters and spirits whom the human emperor is determined to enslave and destroy. Mari has spent a lifetime training to become … Continue reading Empress of All Seasons by Emiko Jean: An Engrossing & Light Asian Fantasy You Don’t Want to Miss!
I think (I know) some people will probably disagree with me on this, but a fundamental assumption made in this post is that first and foremost, YA's audience are teens ages 13-18. This isn't supposed to be a "adults can't read YA!!!" post, nor is it supposed to argue who YA is for. I'm telling you … Continue reading The Many Ways YA Books & The Community Isolates Teens
It's the spookiest month of the year, and today I'm bringing you a wide range of Halloween novels--from witchy to chilling to bloody. These are sure to suit your every taste--whether you do or do not like horror--and provide a large variety of awesome book recommendations based on novels you already know and love! From … Continue reading If You Liked #9: Spooky Edition!
3.5 stars Believing they have been recruited by the CIA, six teen hackers arrive in LA for a hacking aptitude test with the promise of a college scholarship and a job with the CIA after graduation. But one of the teens, Owen, walks out, refusing to participate. The other five complete the tests, but when … Continue reading Phantom Wheel by Tracy Deebs (ARC): Hackers and Action, Sci-Fi and Corporations
4.5 stars Felicity Montague is through with pretending she doesn't dream of becoming a doctor. After returning from England, Felicity has two goals: avoid the marriage proposal of Callum Doyle, a lovestruck suitor from Edinburgh; and enroll in medical school. But men, the sole guardians of science, do not see her intellect and passion for … Continue reading The Lady’s Guide to Petticoats and Piracy by Mackenzi Lee (ARC): A Loveable Girl Gang on an Adventure Saving Sea Monsters
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!
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
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