Format: ARC

Lucky In Love by Kasie West | ARC Review

Posted July 10, 2017 in Reviews / 11 Comments
Lucky In Love by Kasie West | ARC Review

*Many thanks to Scholastic for providing a review copy of this book!* Lucky In Love was a book I wasn’t planning on picking up at YallWest, having had mediocre experiences with West’s other works (The Fill-In Boyfriend, The Distance Between Us). However, when I heard Kasie was signing the copies and got a look at the GORGEOUS ARC (seriously, the cover AND the back are too cute!) I knew I had to give her books another shot. While Lucky In Love won’t be topping my list of all time favorite books anytime soon, it was a very cute, very easy […]


Ramona Blue by Julie Murphy | ARC Review

Posted May 31, 2017 in Reviews / 7 Comments
Ramona Blue by Julie Murphy | ARC Review

Ramona Blue was the first ARC I picked up at YallWest this year, and also the first one I read. It’s cover, unique title, and the fact that I adored Dumplin’ made me eager to dive into another novel by Julie Murphy. I personally have always been attracted to water more than any other element, so I gravitated toward this book where the protagonist hears the siren song of water in so many ways: in her coastal hometown, in the swimming pool where she works away her stress and fears, and even in the destructive storm and flooding that changed […]


When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon | ARC Review

Posted May 22, 2017 in Reviews / 10 Comments
When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon | ARC Review

A huge shout-out to the lovely Kristin @ SuperSpaceChick for gifting me her extra ARC copy! When Dimple Met Rishi has pretty much been THE book on most bloggers’ radars for the spring of 2017. With the continual push for more diversity in YA literature, coupled with the adorable concept and gorgeous cover, I know it snagged my attention months and months ago. When I was lucky enough to be gifted an ARC by a wonderful fellow blogging friend, I was ecstatic. One of my goals for 2017 is to read more diversely, and upon starting the story I was […]


I Believe in a Thing Called Love by Maurene Goo | ARC Review

Posted May 17, 2017 in Reviews / 13 Comments
I Believe in a Thing Called Love by Maurene Goo | ARC Review

Many thanks to the publisher, Maurene, and YallWest for providing ARCs of this adorable book at the Fierce Friday preview night! I Believe in a Thing Called Love caught my eye a few months ago on the internet because the title and cover were SO adorable, and I adored the K-Drama inspired concept! It seemed like everyone was reading it early, and I oh so pleasantly surprised when I arrived at the Fierce Friday preview night at this year’s YallWest and found out that Maurene was going to be signing ARCs! It quickly shot to the top of my TBR […]


The Names They Gave Us by Emery Lord | ARC Review

Posted April 19, 2017 in Reviews / 12 Comments
The Names They Gave Us by Emery Lord | ARC Review

  *Many thanks to Lauren @ Bookmark Lit for being a rock star and letting me borrow her copy! In some ways I don’t even know how to begin reviewing this book because my heart is so full after reading it. The Names They Gave Us has a tiny sprinkling of every ingredient you need for a powerful and moving YA book, but the product is so cohesive and beautiful and seamless that it’s almost impossible to analyze each individual component. However, I am a book blogger and this is my book blog, so review I must (and I really […]


The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon | ARC Review

Posted October 31, 2016 in Reviews / 8 Comments
The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon | ARC Review

Nicola Yoon’s writing contains a grace that I haven’t ever seen another author capture in quite the same way. She takes difficult, heavy, and at times overwhelming topics and manages to have her prose dance through them, keeping her characters challenged by not bogged down by them. Everything, Everything was a beautiful story of trust, deceit, illness, and physical and mental strength, and Yoon’s sophomore novel build upon its the expectations set by its predecessor with an even stronger delivery. First and foremost, the thing I adored above all else in The Sun is Also a Star was the narrative […]


How Could You Be So Heartless?

Posted October 24, 2016 in ARCs, Reviews / 6 Comments
How Could You Be So Heartless?

Heartless is one of the most fantastic ARCs I have ever been privileged enough to receive. I waited two hours in line at YALLWest and it was a hot mess getting it (it was pretty much a swarm) but I can’t be more thankful that I acquired it, because it’s a haunting tale that really shows the range of Marissa Meyer’s writing capabilities. Set from the perspective of the Queen of Hearts before she was royalty, Heartless follows Catherine, the daughter of a Marquess in the land of Hearts who wants nothing more than to open a bakery. Baking is […]


Gemina (The Illuminae Files #2) by Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufman | ARC Review

Posted October 17, 2016 in Boyfriend Book Reviews, Reviews / 2 Comments
Gemina (The Illuminae Files #2) by Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufman | ARC Review

Boyfriend Book Reviews is a feature where my book-loving boyfriend, Max, reads and reviews YA that I either haven’t yet read or is outside of my current TBR. If you want a thorough and thoughtful perspective on a guy’s take on YA, keep reading!   “Quiet fell. Quiet so deep it was deafening. And into that quiet, Falk spoke again. ‘Who is in command of this jump station?’ Nobody replied this time. Everyone knew the answer now.” *Author’s note; I will be referencing the events of Illuminae as if you, the reader, have read it. That means spoilers for the […]


This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab | ARC Review

Posted August 29, 2016 in Boyfriend Book Reviews, Reviews / 1 Comment
This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab | ARC Review

Boyfriend Book Reviews is a feature where my book-loving boyfriend, Max, reads and reviews YA that I either haven’t yet read or is outside of my current TBR. If you want a thorough and thoughtful perspective on a guy’s take on YA, keep reading! “ ‘And you?’ asked Kate, “Your brother is righteous, your sister is scattered. What does that make you?’ When August answered the word was small, almost too quiet to hear. ‘Lost.’ He exhaled, and it seemed to take more than air out of him. ‘I’m what happens when a kid is so afraid of the world […]


My Lady Jane | When History Goes Out the Window

Posted June 20, 2016 in Reviews / 16 Comments
My Lady Jane | When History Goes Out the Window

Well. That certainly was NOT what I was expecting. I am a huge Tudor history buff, and I used to read about them like nobody’s business (Philippa Gregory was a high school staple for me). So when the lovely ladies at the EpicReads tent at YALLWest were hosting a signing for My Lady Jane ARCs, I was like I absolutely need one. While this novel is quite unlike any other historical fiction book that I’ve read, it’s uniqueness is not one that I’ll ever forget. While at times it’s absurdity became a bit much for me, I’m thrilled that it’s […]