Genre: Young Adult

I’ll Be the One by Lyla Lee | Review

Posted September 28, 2020 in Books, Reviews / 4 Comments
I’ll Be the One by Lyla Lee | Review

I’m not a parent (yet), but I’ll Be the One is EXACTLY the type of book I hope my future child reads someday. It’s so full of body positivity, confidence, vulnerability, friendships and family dynamics that I think any reader can draw positivity and courage from. Following teen Skye Shin as she auditions for a K-Pop talent search show, I’ll Be the One was a refreshing addition to the YA contemporary genre and definitely my favorite K-Pop focused book to date! As mentioned in the synopsis, a significant part of Skye’s identity is her confidence, and I love how this […]


White Hot Kiss by Jennifer L Armentrout | Someone Call High School Cristina

Posted September 21, 2020 in Books, Reviews / 2 Comments
White Hot Kiss by Jennifer L Armentrout | Someone Call High School Cristina

White Hot Kiss is the first book I picked up for Lauren’s Rainbow Try a Chapter Unhaul Challenge for 2020, which has the basic premise of forcing you to chose 1-2 books per month of a certain color and reading the first chapter. If you are engaged, you have to keep reading it and finish it that month, and if you don’t you have to unhaul the book. January’s color was white and I actually don’t have that many white books on my physical TBR, but my copy of White Hot Kiss is the original white cover so I decided […]


A Cuban Girl’s Guide to Tea and Tomorrow | ARC Review

Posted September 7, 2020 in Books, Reviews / 2 Comments
A Cuban Girl’s Guide to Tea and Tomorrow | ARC Review

A Cuban Girl’s Guide to Tea and Tomorrow is the perfect recipe of all things I love in a YA book: a big, loving Latinx family, absolutely mouth-watering depictions of food, and a summer adventure in Europe. Following Lila, a recent high school graduate who has big plans to run her family’s Cuban bakery after graduation, the story takes an unexpected turn when Lila’s well-intentioned family sends her to England for the summer to recover from multiple heartbreaks and a sense of grief she can’t (quite literally) outrun. At first I was a bit apprehensive about Lila’s journey to England, […]


Mini Reviews: Deadly Little Scandals, The Two Lives of Lydia Bird, and Broken Things

Posted August 17, 2020 in Books, Reviews / 4 Comments
Mini Reviews: Deadly Little Scandals, The Two Lives of Lydia Bird, and Broken Things

Despite my saltiness about a mid-series cover change, I was excited to pick up the sequel to Little White Lies relatively soon after reading it (so refreshing to actually remember what happened in book 1, lol). I was a little apprehensive going in because even though the first book ended on a huge cliffhanger, I heard that the multiple timelines that happened in book 2 were convoluted and a bit confusing. While there WAS a lot going on in flashbacks in this book, I didn’t find it too difficult to follow and the story delivered quite a few twists! Seriously, […]


Chain of Gold by Cassandra Clare | The Last Hours #1

Posted July 27, 2020 in Books, Reviews / 5 Comments
Chain of Gold by Cassandra Clare | The Last Hours #1

I have to admit, I’ve been on a huge Shadowhunters kick this year. It all began when I decided to reread the TID trilogy in order to go into Chain of Gold fully prepared, which then led to reading all of the short stories and novellas I could that chronologically came before Chain of Gold (huge shout out to Dedra from A Book Wanderer for this handy list of what to read!)  When I finally picked up Chain of Gold, my expectations were sky high, and I’m pleased to state that *most* of them were met! I love all of […]


The Mall by Megan McCafferty | ARC Review

Posted July 22, 2020 in Books, Reviews / 2 Comments
The Mall by Megan McCafferty | ARC Review

90s historical fiction is something I didn’t know I needed but now can’t believe I’ve been living without! (Also, the fact that the 90s is considered historical fiction makes me feel ~old~). I absolutely flew through The Mall, which follows recent high school graduate Cassie as she navigates her last summer before college navigating retail life at The Mall. Which should have been a quick summer of serving up cookies and daydream of NYC, she finds her life turned totally upside-down with mall shenanigans, featuring everything from underground parties to Cabbage Patch scavenger hunts. In many ways The Mall is […]


The Bane Chronicles | Review

Posted July 20, 2020 in Books, Reviews / 0 Comments
The Bane Chronicles | Review

I resisted reading the Shadowhunter short story bind ups for a LONG time. I was just so confused because there were so many, seemed to jump around timeline wise, and honestly just wasn’t sure if I’d enjoy them or not. I was also very confused as to which were necessary to read. In my review of The Bane Chronicles, I’ve decided to give a brief summary about my thoughts of each story along with my opinion on if it’s ~required~ reading or not (of course, my opinion is bound to differ from others, this is just based on if I […]


Girl, Unframed by Deb Caletti | ARC Review

Posted July 13, 2020 in Books, Reviews / 0 Comments
Girl, Unframed by Deb Caletti | ARC Review

It’s no secret that I absolutely ADORED A Heart in a Body in the World by Deb Caletti and it will forever be one of my favorite contemporary novels, so when I heard Deb Caletti was going to be writing a thriller set in San Francisco I clicked that NetGalley request button SO fast. Girl, Unframed proved to be a dark, unsettling story about the burdens of beauty, whether it be regarding artwork or a real, living girl who’s appearance is commodified, scrutinized, and weaponized at every turn. Protagonist Avery is the daughter of a stunning movie star who’s clinging […]


Girl, Serpent, Thorn by Melissa Bashardoust | ARC Review

Posted July 5, 2020 in Books, Reviews / 9 Comments
Girl, Serpent, Thorn by Melissa Bashardoust | ARC Review

*Thank you to NetGalley and Flatiron books for providing an ARC in exchange for an honest review!* Girl, Serpent, Thorn is a story just as lush and striking as its stunning cover. A fantasy novel that brings in Persian folklore, Girl, Serpent, Thorn follows the story of Soraya, a girl born into royalty but hidden away due to being cursed with a poisonous touch. Living in her private quarters with only her garden and occasional visit from her mother to curb her loneliness, Soraya’s isolation eventually drives her to seek answers as to her condition when she learns that a […]


What I Carry by Jennifer Longo | Review

Posted May 25, 2020 in Books, Reviews / 5 Comments
What I Carry by Jennifer Longo | Review

You know how every so often you pick up a YA book that is so quiet, yet so excellently crafted, it just really speaks to you? That’s how I felt about What I Carry, a contemporary YA novel that follows Muir, a seventeen year old girl who’s been in the foster care system her entire life. I can’t remember how I initially heard about the novel, but I remember it sticking on my radar after seeing it compared to Far From the Tree, another well written YA novel that tackles foster care/adoption topics in YA. I then saw it was […]