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

The Best Lies by Sarah Lyu: A Gutting Portrayal of Toxic Friendship in a Psychological Thriller

A gutting and honest portrayal of abuse and toxic friendship, Sarah Lyu’s debut The Best Lies is a psychological thriller with an alternating timeline and strong storyline of growth. I wasn’t entirely sure what to expect when reading this, but it absolutely sucked me in. As in, I was completely engrossed in the toxic friendship … Continue reading The Best Lies by Sarah Lyu: A Gutting Portrayal of Toxic Friendship in a Psychological Thriller

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

Writer Wednesday: Author Interview with Natalie Williamson on Rules We’re Meant to Break (+Giveaway!)

Hi friends! Today I'm really excited to share with y'all an interview with Natalie Williamson, author of Rules We're Meant to Break. Rules We're Meant to Break is a contemporary romance that mixes family drama (ooh), falling in love (ahh), and ~getting attached~ (whoa) all in one! I'm honestly really excited because what's more exciting … Continue reading Writer Wednesday: Author Interview with Natalie Williamson on Rules We’re Meant to Break (+Giveaway!)

Hungry Hearts Food Crawl Kickoff! Interviews, #OwnVoices Reviewers, & More! (+INTL Giveaway!)

Friends! CW from The Quiet Pond & I had a mini-epiphany together on Twitter one day. We were both so excited for Hungry Hearts and wanted to share our love--and what better way than with #OwnVoices bloggers for this diverse anthology?! We are so happy to be bringing to you the Hungry Hearts Food Crawl--like … Continue reading Hungry Hearts Food Crawl Kickoff! Interviews, #OwnVoices Reviewers, & More! (+INTL Giveaway!)

Writer Wednesday: Five Reasons Why Eli Greene Is the Absolute Worst by Chloe Pierce aka Kristina Forest (+INTL Giveaway!)

If I had to pick the cutest Writer Wednesday post of the year, this would be it. I Wanna Be Where You Are is one of my favorite reads of 2019. It was such a precious and fun reading experience, and totally made my day with its light and fluffy story and adorable couple. (See … Continue reading Writer Wednesday: Five Reasons Why Eli Greene Is the Absolute Worst by Chloe Pierce aka Kristina Forest (+INTL Giveaway!)