Kingdom of the Blazing Phoenix by Julie C. Dao (ARC): A Stunning East-Asian Inspired Snow White Retelling Even Better than the First

4.5 stars Princess Jade has grown up exiled away in a monastery while her stepmother, the ruthless Xifeng, rules as empress of Feng Lu. But the empire is in distress and its people are sinking into poverty and despair. So when Jade is called back to the Great Forest to potentially learn to be heir … Continue reading Kingdom of the Blazing Phoenix by Julie C. Dao (ARC): A Stunning East-Asian Inspired Snow White Retelling Even Better than the First

The Hearts We Sold by Emily Lloyd-Jones

5 stars The Hearts We Sold is a delightful paranormal novel about choosing your own path in life. Dee Moreno makes a deal with a daemon--selling her heart for two years in exchange for money so she can go to school and escape her emotionally abusive home life. But selling her heart ends up being … Continue reading The Hearts We Sold by Emily Lloyd-Jones

DRC: The Love Letters of Abelard and Lily by Laura Creedle

5 stars Lily Michaels-Ryan thinks she's broken. She's ditched her ADHD meds because she doesn't like how they make her feel and accidentally lands herself in detention with Abelard, a boy in her grade with Asperger's. Abelard is brilliant and beautiful, and although her mind seems to be perpetually thirty seconds ahead while his is … Continue reading DRC: The Love Letters of Abelard and Lily by Laura Creedle