I knew I was heading into a dark and heavy ballet book when I started, and Bright Burning Stars ended up being a very compelling read featuring some of the dark facets of dance and the slow breaking of a friendship. There are a lot of triggers, so please check out the content warnings in … Continue reading Bright Burning Stars by A.K. Small: A Compelling Story, but with Heavy Content
Sometimes when I talk on Twitter (or even this blog!) I get questions about the abbreviations I use, so I thought I'd make this list to help newbie bloggers & book community members get acquainted with some of the terminology! It'd be a total pain typing out the words "Young Adult" every time I write … Continue reading Bookish Acronyms 101: A Book Community Beginner’s Guide to the Lingo!
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
I didn't read all of Don't Date Rosa Santos. But it's not what you think. The first page of each chapter was missing in my eARC, and this ended up meaning I missed out on reading like, 25 pages of the book. Oops. I didn't think it would have affected my reading so much, but … Continue reading Don’t Date Rosa Santos by Nina Moreno: A Fresh and Fun Romantic Comedy–Set in South Florida!
I feel like The Candle and the Flame deserves so much more buzz and marketing than it currently has. It’s a great book. In the scope of all modern lit, The Candle and the Flame develops a complex story about not only Fatima Ghazala and her newfound powers, but also the entire City of Noor … Continue reading The Candle and the Flame by Nafiza Azad: A Richly Developed Fantasy Perfect for Fans of YA/Adult Crossover Fiction
I love Maurene Goo’s romantic comedies, and if you haven’t checked them out yet, you need to! They’re absolutely adorable and so cute and fun and bubbly, and I love all of her heroines! So I was very excited to get a chance to read Somewhere Only We Know, and even preordered a copy for … Continue reading Somewhere Only We Know by Maurene Goo: A Cute & Fluffy Romance about a K-Pop Star & Paparrazzo
I had been really excited for this book. It sounded fantastic—a girl who loves filmmaking, cute romance, teenage dating! I was really excited. And then I started reading, and there were some things that I was so-so about. So I put it down for about two months, and picked it back up again closer to … Continue reading This Is Not a Love Scene by S.C. Meagale: Had Potential, but Ended Up Being Hurtful
Another hit from Ali, Love from A to Z is more than just a romance—it’s a story about family and friendship and kindred spirits. It’s a story about fighting back and embracing yourself. It’s a fantastic book and one I’d recommend to contemporary, romance, and contemporary romance readers alike. There were just so many things … Continue reading Love from A to Z by S.K. Ali: Miracles, Romance, and Fierce Muslim Girls
Elizabeth Acevedo does it again. With the Fire On High is a fierce and stunning sophomore novel, full of heart, empowering females, and delicious food. I absolutely adored Acevedo’s debut in verse, The Poet X, and found With the Fire on High to be equally, if not more, stellar. There were so many things I … Continue reading With the Fire on High by Elizabeth Acevedo: An Emotional and Heartfelt Read feat. So Much Food!
Wow! I have such a fun post to share with you this Wednesday, and Jenn and I had a blast writing up this character interview! One of my absolute favorite parts of Jennifer Dugan's debut, Hot Dog Girl, was how complex Elousie and all the characters were. They're so dynamic and fun, and although they … Continue reading Writer Wednesday: Character Interview with Characters from Jennifer Dugan’s Hot Dog Girl (+INTL Giveaway!)