3 stars Robin of Locksley is dead. Marian, his intended, is lost without him and grieving at the news. Yet, she is jolted out of her grief upon the discovery that her maid’s brother, Will, is being hunted by the law. Determined to do what Robin would want, Marian goes out to the woods to … Continue reading Sherwood by Meagan Spooner: A Slower, Gender-Bent Robin Hood Retelling feat. a Surprising Romance
I've had this grouping of book recs typed up for a while, and in the wake of the whole US College Bribery scandal happening, I thought it would be a great moment to finally post this list of books! (What better time than now?) If you've ever been stressed about college apps and paying for … Continue reading Stressed About College? These Book Recs Are For You!
4 stars Ryann knows all about tough love, and upon meeting the standoffish Alexandria, she sets her sights on getting Alexandria to open up and letting Alexandria into her friend group. But there's more to Alexandria that meets the eye, and when Ryann discovers that Alexandria is the daughter of an astronaut who went on … Continue reading The Weight of The Stars by K. Ancrum: A Story of a Girl who Dreams of the Stars
4.5 stars Layla Amin and her parents marked themselves as Muslim on the U.S. census, despite watching hatred against Muslims grow in the community and word around them. Now, Layla and her family have been forced to leave their homes and live in an internment camp for Muslim-American citizens, under the rule of a harsh … Continue reading Internment by Samira Ahmed: A Powerful Look at a Potential Future if Islamophobia Persists
Have you heard?! The cover and world map of Catherine Scully's Jennifer Strange just went live on Young Adult Books Central an hour ago (find it here!) and I am counting down the days until we get to read it in person!!! You might know Cat or some of her work based on some of … Continue reading Just Announced: Interview with Cat Scully, Author-Illustrator of Jennifer Strange!
If you're looking for a lush, magical fantasy with serious fairy-tale vibes, do not hesitate to check out Alyssa Wees' The Waking Forest! I finished reading a few days ago and WOW this was such an intricate book? And the plot twist was heavenly. So definitely keep your eye out, because it just came out … Continue reading Writer Wednesday: Author Interview with Alyssa Wees on The Waking Forest
3.5 stars Rhea Rhavenna knows of things that don't actually exist. A wood at her backyard. A boy in the darkness of the attic. And when the boy speaks to her, she agrees to play his game. Which leads Rhea to discover something far greater than the life she's known with her family. Meanwhile, the … Continue reading The Waking Forest by Alyssa Wees: A Spooky Fantasy Filled With Witches, Woods, and Magic Galore!
4.5 stars Jason, Lingyi, and their friends might have scared Jin Corp away from Taipei, but now Jin has his sights set on Shanghai. When Lingyi's friend Jany, an engineer of a new, better filtration system, dies by Jin's hand in order for Jin Corp to sell the filters only to the wealthiest of citizens, … Continue reading Ruse by Cindy Pon: A Thrilling, Heist-Filled Sequel to Want (Want Spoilers Ahead!)
It's been a few months since we've had a character interview as our Writer Wednesday feature, but I'm so excited to bring this super spicy one from the characters of Victoria Lee's The Fever King! Seriously y'all, this book is now one of my all-time favorites and I CAN'T GET ENOUGH OF IT. You can … Continue reading Writer Wednesday: Character Interview with Characters from Victoria Lee’s The Fever King
3.5 stars Joanna has been waiting her whole life to travel as a pilot with her family to colonize another planet after Earth has steadily broken down. But, when complications arrive and their ship The Pioneer is in an accident, killing Joanna's brother, she is changed for their journey to a new world. She is … Continue reading The Pioneer by Bridget Tyler: An Otherworldly Novel on Alien Planets and Colonialism