Genre: Young Adult

Mini Reviews: Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda & The Book of Broken Hearts

Posted April 23, 2018 in Reviews / 2 Comments
Mini Reviews: Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda & The Book of Broken Hearts

Ugh I can’t believe I waited so long to read this book because it was SO ADORABLE. I mean I actually know WHY I waited so long (I was extremely worried about the astronomical levels of hype this book received) but it was definitely worth the wait. Simon was everything you want in a high school YA: hilariously funny (sometimes at the protagonist’s expense), heartfelt yet cringey family dynamics, social structures that felt realistic, and just the lightest touch of teenage angst. Pair that with Simon’s completely and totally unique narration (I love the way he talks, I don’t even […]


Everless by Sara Holland | Finally Getting Back Into Fantasy!

Posted April 16, 2018 in Reviews / 1 Comment
Everless by Sara Holland | Finally Getting Back Into Fantasy!

I am thrilled to say that I think I’m *finally* getting back into reading fantasy (not that I completely stopped but my fantasy reading has definitely tapered off in the past few years) and Everless was another novel I really enjoyed that’s helping me slowly rebuild my love for the genre. The book came on my radar a few months ago when I keep seeing it featured on Instagram stories (the UK cover, which is super stunning and I’m using it in my post because I like it better lol) and the whole concept of blood as currency was really […]


Truly Devious by Maureen Johnson | Review

Posted April 9, 2018 in Books, Reviews / 8 Comments
Truly Devious by Maureen Johnson | Review

You know when you are so certain you are going to love a book that you break all book buying bans to pre-order it and already have a place of honor waiting for it on your shelves? That’s how I was about Truly Devious- I loved the Shades of London series by Johnson that I binged last fall and I was super excited for a novel that included mystery + boarding school so I was expecting it to be a 4-5 star read, easily. So you can imagine my disappointment when I was finding myself bored with the novel I […]


Book Buddies ARC Review: Starry Eyes Gets ALL the Stars

Posted April 2, 2018 in Book Buddies Reviews, Reviews / 8 Comments
Book Buddies ARC Review: Starry Eyes Gets ALL the Stars

Book Buddies is a fun, collaborative review feature that I participate in once a season with my friend Lauren who runs the blog Bookmarklit. We choose a themed book for the season, read it, and then answer fun questions that pertain to the book’s themes and each feature the book in our own way! Check out the second part of our feature on Lauren’s blog! I cannot even BEGIN to form coherent sentences about how much I LOVED Starry Eyes, the newest novel from Jen Bennett that is bringing swoon back to YA. Set in Northern California (already a huge […]


The Cruel Prince by Holly Black | Review

Posted March 26, 2018 in Books, Reviews / 9 Comments
The Cruel Prince by Holly Black | Review

Despite the hype (and gorgeous cover), I went into The Cruel Prince with a TON of trepidation because I hadn’t had much luck with The Darkest Part of the Forest (my only other Holly Black read) and I NEVER have luck with audiobooks. Lo and behold, I actually really ended up liking The Cruel Prince and the dark, unapologetic spin it took on YA fantasy as it accompanied me on many a commute during peak season at work! I have to admit, I’m always somewhat biased when it comes to fae books because Sarah J Maas is really the only […]


Frat Girl by Kiley Roache | ARC Review

Posted March 15, 2018 in Reviews / 5 Comments
Frat Girl by Kiley Roache | ARC Review

There’s no denying that Frat Girl is an addictive read. A girl rushes a fraternity at an elite university in order to unearth their secrets? I couldn’t hit “request” on NetGalley fast enough. As I predicted, Frat Girl left me reeling in many different ways, both positively and negatively, but I can’t deny that Kiley Roache’s writing style and ideas are right up my alley as an reader who puts the “adult” in “young adult.” First and foremost, I have to give this book major kudos for being set in college and COMMITTING to the setting. Often times college set […]


Without Merit by Colleen Hoover | Review

Posted March 12, 2018 in Reviews / 6 Comments
Without Merit by Colleen Hoover | Review

My first and only experience with a Colleen Hoover book so far has been It Ends With Us which was a solid five star, highly emotional read, so I went into Without Merit equal parts excited + anxious, because I had such high expectations. However, Without Merit bore little to no resemblance to IEWU…in fact, it was pretty much unlike anything I’ve ever read before, and I’m not completely sure if that’s a positive or a negative thing. While reading Without Merit, I sort of felt like I was reading a satire or absurdist novel. The novel focuses on a […]


His Fair Assassin | Trilogy Mini Review

Posted March 5, 2018 in Reviews, Series Reviews / 10 Comments
His Fair Assassin | Trilogy Mini Review

I’ve had Grave Mercy sitting on my shelf for a few years. As the winter season always makes me crave fantasy reads, I figured it was time to give it a shot (Warrior nuns? Why not?) It was an almost exciting premise to read a book that was so backlist compared to the new releases that I always get hyper focused on as a blogger, and I was glad I could go into this book with little to no influence. The beginning was super intriguing and action-packed. Ismae is in a horribly abusive situation and even before her convent training […]


Juniper Lemon’s Happiness Index by Julie Israel | Review

Posted February 19, 2018 in Reviews / 2 Comments
Juniper Lemon’s Happiness Index by Julie Israel | Review

I’ll admit, even if it hadn’t been for my blogging bestie Lauren adoring this book, I was immediately drawn to Juniper Lemon’s Happiness Index last year when I first heard about it because I fell in love with the cover. I’m generally not a fan of real people on book covers, but I loved loved loved the juxtaposition of the pink and festive confetti with Juniper’s facial expression- almost like she’s bracing herself for something. This juxtaposition of brightness with anxiety, surprise with resignation, is actually extremely relevant to the themes in the novel, which while functions as a coming […]


Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo | A Long Overdue Review

Posted February 12, 2018 in Reviews / 7 Comments
Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo | A Long Overdue Review

I pre-ordered Crooked Kingdom a LONG time ago, but when it came it became lost in my never ending TBR pile, usually being passed over for shorter books because at 500+ pages, it was a book I was frankly scared to commit too. However, after many months of insistence from my bf who read and loved it, and after recently listening to a podcast featuring Leigh Bardugo, I was in the mood to dive back into her fantasy duology. After reading various recaps to job my memory on the happenings in Six of Crows, I cracked open Crooked Kingdom one […]