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
I knew this was going to be good, but I definitely did not know just how good it would be. Elizabeth Lim’s Spin the Dawn was a classic-style story with a lush and beautiful world and gorgeous prose. Featuring the classic “girl dressing as a boy” trope, a Project-Runway-esque competition, and a quest, Spin the … Continue reading Spin the Dawn by Elizabeth Lim: A Lush and Beautiful Fantasy with a Romance I Wasn’t Into
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
There's so much awesomeness in this post today (mostly because I have the wonderful Sona Charaipotra guest posting!) and I'm so excited to share it all with you! I don't want to keep you for too long, but we have a bookish playlist, my review, and tons of gushing about this YA solo debut romcom! … Continue reading Symptoms of a Heartbreak by Sona Charaipotra: A Bookish Playlist Guest Post & My Review of This Unique RomCom!
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
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
This had so much potential, and the fake dating trope + meddling moms was such a cute concept and hook! I think there was a lot of cute things in this novel, and it does hold some appeal to certain YA readers who like quirkier books. The concept is appealing to most, but the writing … Continue reading Fake It Till You Break It by Jenn P. Nguyen: Forced or Naturally Quirky?
It's a two-in-one kind of day, and not only do I have my review of Mary Fan's Stronger Than a Bronze Dragon (out today!) but also I have five similar fantasy recommendations for y'all! If I had to describe Stronger Than a Bronze Dragon, I'd say Historical-set adventure with fantasy/steampunk elements. And so, I have … Continue reading Stronger Than a Bronze Dragon by Mary Fan & Five Similar Fantasies You’ll Want to Pick Up!
If you didn’t know, When Light Left Us was one of my favorite reads of 2018 and it’s such an underrated one. And so, when the opportunity arose to read Wild and Crooked, I totally pounced. BUT Y’ALL. Leah Thomas is not a one-hit-wonder. Even in a fully contemporary setting, she manages to craft a … Continue reading Wild and Crooked by Leah Thomas: Another Favorite feat. Murder Mystery, Queer Teens, & Rural Towns
I knew two things going into this: That it was inspired by the Odyssey, and that it was about a girl who crossed an ocean. I knew a little more, obviously, but those were the main defining features of The Beholder to me, pre-reading. After-reading, however, I feel like I’m being pulled apart in two … Continue reading The Beholder by Anna Bright: Great Story, Nonsensical Worldbuilding