Darius the Great Is Not Okay by Adib Khorram: Random Things Darius Would Approve Of

Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for Darius the Great Is Not Okay! If you haven't heard me screaming about this book already, well, here's another chance to be exposed to the sheer wonderfulness that is this book. Seriously. I'm in love. Darius the Great Is Not Okay is both heartbreaking and heartwarming in its … Continue reading Darius the Great Is Not Okay by Adib Khorram: Random Things Darius Would Approve Of

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Not Even Bones by Rebecca Schaeffer (DRC): Monsters, Murder, and Mayhem

4.5 stars Nita isn't a murderer. She just dissects the bodies of supernatural beings after they've been "acquired" by her mother. But when her mom brings home a live specimen of a scared teenage boy, Nita decides she wants out. Yet saving her mother's victim leads Nita to being sold in his place—because Nita herself … Continue reading Not Even Bones by Rebecca Schaeffer (DRC): Monsters, Murder, and Mayhem

An Open Letter to Anyone Who Reads Reviews

Honestly, today's discussion is pretty straightforward and can be boiled down into one phrase (at the end, of course), but I still feel the need to emphasize certain points for any person who reads reviews. There's a whole entire community (aka the book community) dedicated to books and also reviewing books and reading reviews. And this … Continue reading An Open Letter to Anyone Who Reads Reviews

Hidden Pieces by Paula Stokes (DRC): Secrets Are Bad When You’re Being Blackmailed…

3.5 stars Embry Woods has secrets, both big and small. And what happened that night at the Sea Cliff Inn with the fire is what just might bring Embry down. Everyone thinks she's a hero, but that couldn't be further from the truth. Yet, she's not going around dispelling the notion either, at least, not … Continue reading Hidden Pieces by Paula Stokes (DRC): Secrets Are Bad When You’re Being Blackmailed…

See All the Stars by Kit Frick (DRC): Separating Fact from Fiction from Fantasy

2 stars Ellory used to be close friends with Bex, Jenni, and Ret--three headstrong young women who were her whole solar system. But now Ellory is alone, their group torn apart by secrets, deception, and a life-changing incident. Senior year after a two-month suspension and a summer away is something Ellory dreads, and she just … Continue reading See All the Stars by Kit Frick (DRC): Separating Fact from Fiction from Fantasy

These Rebel Waves by Sara Raasch (DRC): Political Machinations Mixed with Too Many Proper Nouns

3 stars Adeluna is a soldier. When she was a child, she helped the magic-rich island of Grace Loray overthrow its oppressor, Argrid, a country ruled by religion. But postwar life is hard and peace talks have been filled with strife, most notably the disappearance of an Argridian delegate. Lu suspects something more sinister is … Continue reading These Rebel Waves by Sara Raasch (DRC): Political Machinations Mixed with Too Many Proper Nouns

Finding Yvonne by Brandy Colbert (ARC): Another Real & Genuine Protagonist

3.5 stars Yvonne's best friend has been her violin since she was 7, especially after her mother walked out on their family. But with graduation just around the corner, she is forced to face the hard truth that she just might not be good enough to attend a conservatory after high school. Doubtful about about … Continue reading Finding Yvonne by Brandy Colbert (ARC): Another Real & Genuine Protagonist

To Be Honest by Maggie Ann Martin (ARC): Body Positivity, Family Issues, and So Much More

3 stars Savannah has a lot on her plate. Besides being home without her sister as a buffer between Savvy and her mother, Savannah has to deal with her mother's obsession with weight growing deeper and her pressure for Savvy to be constantly mindful of what she eats growing stronger. Between her mom's diet-helicoptering, missing … Continue reading To Be Honest by Maggie Ann Martin (ARC): Body Positivity, Family Issues, and So Much More

The Dark Beneath the Ice by Amelinda Berube (ARC): Paranormal Activity Meets Black Swan

4 stars Something is wrong with Marianne. She's blanking out, doing things she would never do. Breaking things, hurting other people. And it's not because her parents have split up, her mom checked herself into the hospital, or that life hasn't been the same after quitting dance. Something is after her. But her attempt at … Continue reading The Dark Beneath the Ice by Amelinda Berube (ARC): Paranormal Activity Meets Black Swan