Immunity by Erin Bowman: An Underappreciated Sci-Fi Thriller Duology

I read Contagion last year (spoilers ahead for Contagion, book 1, of course!) and enjoyed it, but frankly, I don’t think I appreciated this series enough back then. I think Contagion and the sequel Immunity bring something special to YA’s science fiction table. I’d categorize it as crossover fiction, branching YA and adult well. I … Continue reading Immunity by Erin Bowman: An Underappreciated Sci-Fi Thriller Duology

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Wilder Girls by Rory Power: A Sharp and Vicious Debut feat. Body Horror and Smart Subtext

Rory Power’s Wilder Girls is a sharp and biting debut full of high stakes, a vicious world, and the monsters inside teenage girls. I struggled a lot with this review because it’s so hard to accurately capture the sheer power that this novel has. It’s fierce, it’s vicious, and it’s so raw and real—I can’t … Continue reading Wilder Girls by Rory Power: A Sharp and Vicious Debut feat. Body Horror and Smart Subtext

Writer Wednesday: Five Rules of a Lauren Morrill Book: A Guest Post by Lauren (+Giveaway!)

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!)

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

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

This Time Will Be Different by Misa Sugiura: Flower Shops, Social Justice, & Jealousy

I knew I was going to enjoy this book, but I didn’t realize I would end up loving this that much. It was just so well developed on so many fronts, and I can’t help but be in love with every bit of this book. From its social activism, to developing CJ’s relationships, to really … Continue reading This Time Will Be Different by Misa Sugiura: Flower Shops, Social Justice, & Jealousy