Author: Cristina (Girl in the Pages)

These Witches Don’t Burn by Isabel Sterling | ARC Review

Posted October 14, 2019 in Books, Reviews / 0 Comments
These Witches Don’t Burn by Isabel Sterling | ARC Review

I am a huge fan of witches in paranormal fiction, and I honestly feel like they don’t get the attention they deserve! So when I heard that These Witches Don’t Burn not only focused on teenage witches but was also set in Salem, I HAD to read it. I was lucky enough to grab a copy of ALA and saved it for the fall as the perfect witchy read. The world of These Witches Don’t Burn divides witches into three categories: Caster Witches, Elemental Witches, and Blood Witches. Hannah, the protagonist, comes from a family of Elementals who are part […]


What’s On My Library List [3]

Posted October 9, 2019 in Book Recommendations & Lists, Features / 0 Comments
What’s On My Library List [3]

What’s On My Library List is an original feature I started to highlight some of my most anticipated reads I have on hold through my local library that I am eagerly waiting for! Is it just me or are there SO MANY amazing new releases coming out this fall? I recently finally tried out the Libby app and it led to me putting a LOT of library books on hold (I avoided it for a while because I was like UGH ANOTHER APP? Also I still don’t really understand why both it and Overdrive are a thing…) The interface is […]


Goodreads Re-Organization | In Which I Try to Get 8 Years of Books Together

Posted September 18, 2019 in Features / 5 Comments
Goodreads Re-Organization | In Which I Try to Get 8 Years of Books Together

Recently, one of my favorite Book Tubers, Kristin from Super Space Chick, released a video detailing how she organizes her Goodreads shelves.  This video was so inspiring to me, as someone who joined Goodreads back in 2011 and never really had a true system to it. Over the years I’ve made some attempts at organization, however for the most part it was a half done job and my “Want to Read” shelf was out of control. I basically had the bare bones outline for how I wanted to reorganize my Goodreads but Kristin’s video was what finally pushed me to […]


Exploring the World of Bullet Journaling [1]

Posted September 11, 2019 in Features / 2 Comments
Exploring the World of Bullet Journaling [1]

So what did I decide to do during the busiest year of my entire life? If you guessed “start a new hobby” then you are completely right. One Saturday afternoon while trying to unwind from a v. stressful week, I decided why not crack open the bullet journal that my husband purchased me for Christmas. I always adored the IDEA of bullet journaling but was scard to actually get started because I am NOT an artist. However, I finally decided to dive in after finding some beautiful Zebra midliners that morning at Target and I desperately wanted to find a […]


Dear Haiti, Love Alaine | ARC Review

Posted September 9, 2019 in Books, Reviews / 1 Comment
Dear Haiti, Love Alaine | ARC Review

Dear Haiti, Love Alaine immediately caught my eye at ALA midwinter this year because of its striking cover. I had never heard of it before, but it was GORGEOUS and I knew I had to add it to my TBR immediately. With a release date 8 months in the future, I saved it as one of my special reads for the end of the summer season. When I finally picked it up over the Labor Day holiday weekend it did NOT disappoint, and is easily one of my favorite contemporary reads of the year. I was thrilled by the format […]


Monthly TBR Plan: September 2019

Posted September 4, 2019 in Features, TBR / 1 Comment
Monthly TBR Plan: September 2019

I’ve made a lot of reading resolutions, and one of them is to be better about cultivating a monthly TBR. I know so many bloggers do beginning of the month TBR posts and I always LOVE reading them, so I’ve decided to post my own as well! I will include my physical, e-book, and ARC TBRs as well as a status update of where I am prior to starting my upcoming month’s TBR. Reading Progress Prior To This Month: 40/60* Books Read *So I’ll admit, I did it- I lowered my Goodreads challenge from 70 to 60. I’m sort of […]


Adult Mini Reviews: When We Left Cuba and The Friend Zone

Posted September 2, 2019 in Books, Reviews / 1 Comment
Adult Mini Reviews: When We Left Cuba and The Friend Zone

If you hung around my blog last summer/fall, you probably heard me raving about my love for Next Year in Havana, a historical fiction novel that stole my heart with its dual timeline narrative, Latinx protagonists and gorgeous cover. As a first generation Latinx woman myself, I am always always always looking for more representation of my Latinx heritage in literature, and though I’m not Cuban I was deeply invested and moved by the story of the Perez family and their descendants. I was ecstatic to find that there was to be a sequel set in the 1960s following the […]


The Rest of the Story by Sarah Dessen | In Which I Fall In Love With Dessen’s Summer Stories Again

The Rest of the Story by Sarah Dessen | In Which I Fall In Love With Dessen’s Summer Stories Again

I think there are few adult readers in the YA communities that didn’t grow up with Sarah Dessen being a staple on their summer reading list. Whether it was set on the shores of the lake in Colby or in the quiet suburban streets of Lakeview, reading her novels are like coming home to one of the best summers of your teenage life. I was, however, a little scared that this magic was starting to wear off when I was terribly underwhelmed with Once and For All and then reread This Lullaby and could not fathom why it was a […]


A Curse So Dark and Lonely (Cursebreakers #1) by Brigid Kemmerer | ARC Review

Posted August 19, 2019 in Books, Reviews / 1 Comment
A Curse So Dark and Lonely (Cursebreakers #1) by Brigid Kemmerer | ARC Review

I love a good Beauty and the Beast retelling. In fact, most of my all time favorite fantasy novels are Beauty and the Beast retellings (ACOTAR, Cruel Beauty, etc), so I had pretty high hopes going into A Curse So Dark and Lonely. Coupled with the fact that it merges a fantasy world with the modern world, I knew I was going to enjoy my first reading experience with Brigid Kemmerer’s work. As with any Beauty and the Beast retelling, the story follows an intelligent and young protagonist, Harper, who is taken against her will from her home of Washington […]


The Undoing of Thistle Tate by Katelyn Detweiler | ARC Review

Posted August 11, 2019 in Books, Reviews / 0 Comments
The Undoing of Thistle Tate by Katelyn Detweiler | ARC Review

*Thank you so much to Holiday House Publicity and the Publisher for providing a free copy in exchange for an honest review!* I’ve been a fan of Katelyn Detweiler’s since I read her debut novel, Immaculate, which explored themes of faith, religion, and miracles in modern society. I found it incredibly well written and thoughtful in its approach to question the inexpiable. So when I was offered the opportunity to read her newest novel that provided an inside look into the publishing world, I quickly accepted. The Undoing of Thistle Tate follows Thistle, a prolific teen author who has penned […]