Writer Wednesday: Author Interview with Katya de Becerra on Oasis (+INTL Giveaway!)

Today I'm really excited to be chatting with Katya de Becerra about her 2020 release Oasis! If you don't remember, Katya released What the Woods Keep back in 2018--a genre-bending dark fantasy/sci-fi/contemporary mystery thriller with paranormal elements, and I absolutely adored the genre twisting! (You can read my review here!) And next year, she has … Continue reading Writer Wednesday: Author Interview with Katya de Becerra on Oasis (+INTL Giveaway!)

YA Book Recommendations based on EmojiMashupBot Emojis!

Today's post is something really fun and silly and I really hope you enjoy because I haven't posted a recommendation post in like . . . two months. (Admittedly, I haven't posted many non-review non-Writer Wednesday posts in two months either, but hopefully that will change soon once I get settled in college!) So, today … Continue reading YA Book Recommendations based on EmojiMashupBot Emojis!

The Downstairs Girl by Stacey Lee: Another Amazing Historical Novel About A Chinese Girl in 1890 Atlanta

I loved reading Outrun the Moon, and can’t believe Stacey Lee managed to outdo herself with another stunning novel. The Downstairs Girl is an immediate new favorite and I absolutely adore not only the entire story, but Jo Kuan herself and her innate spunk. From Jo to her questions about her past to Lee’s intricate … Continue reading The Downstairs Girl by Stacey Lee: Another Amazing Historical Novel About A Chinese Girl in 1890 Atlanta

Swipe Right for Murder by Derek Milman: A Twisty Thriller feat. The Wrong Place at the Wrong Time

I didn’t realize I wanted to read a thriller, but I wanted to read a thriller. Swipe Right for Murder is a twisty, action-packed, on-the-run type of thriller where you can’t be sure who’s the bad guy, but you know things are going on. It’s full of “everything is going to hell,” teens making bad … Continue reading Swipe Right for Murder by Derek Milman: A Twisty Thriller feat. The Wrong Place at the Wrong Time

Truly Madly Royally by Debbie Rigaud: An #OwnVoices Royalty Romance Great for Younger Readers

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

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

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!)