Genre: Young Adult

If I’m Being Honest by Emily Wibberley and Austin Siegemund-Broka | ARC Review

Posted April 6, 2020 in Books, Reviews / 0 Comments
If I’m Being Honest by Emily Wibberley and Austin Siegemund-Broka | ARC Review

There’s no denying what a stunning cover If I’m Being Honest has, and it’s what initially drew me to the novel despite my hesitation toward all things Shakespeare (I am personally not a fan of The Bard, and this is supposed to be a retelling of The Taming of the Shrew). I was surprised to find that despite it’s premise, I really enjoyed this story and found it a fast and fun contemporary that I read in just a few sittings. Right from the synopsis, readers are made aware that they are getting an unlikable- or at least difficult- protagonist. […]


Loveboat, Taipei by Abigail Hing Wen | ARC Review

Posted March 30, 2020 in Books, Reviews / 0 Comments
Loveboat, Taipei by Abigail Hing Wen | ARC Review

There are so many things I loved about Loveboat, Taipei. It was like a crazy summer camp book yet set in a breathtaking, international setting with a backdrop of constant, amazing cultural experiences. Yet at the same time, there are some elements that didn’t always sit the best with me personally as a reader. I’m extremely glad I read it (it was a lot of fun!) and am looking forward to the sequel, but there were some elements I personally wish had been handled a bit differently. Loveboat, Taipei follows Ever Wong, an American-Chinese 18 year old living in Ohio […]


Don’t Date Rosa Santos by Nina Moreno | Review

Posted March 30, 2020 in Books, Reviews / 0 Comments
Don’t Date Rosa Santos by Nina Moreno | Review

One of my goals for 2020 is for at least 10% of the books I read to be by Latinx authors, and I’m thrilled I was able to start off the year with a cute and charming Latinx story. Don’t Date Rosa Santos was as charming, quirky and colorful as the gorgeous cover suggests, and also had threads of magical realism, self-discovery and travel that I wasn’t expecting. The story takes place in the charming Florida town of Port Coral, where Rosa lives with her abuela Mimi, who’s raised her from a young age while her wanderlust mother travels across […]


Girls with Razor Hearts by Suzanne Young | ARC Review

Posted March 16, 2020 in Books, Reviews / 0 Comments
Girls with Razor Hearts by Suzanne Young | ARC Review

It’s no secret that Girls with Sharp Sticks was one of my favorite books of 2019. I was absolutely thrilled when I was offered an ARC of the sequel, Girls with Razor Hearts and could not wait to dive into this sci-fi/dystpopian story again (which is a true testament to how well written this series is, as those are genres not typically in my reading wheelhouse!) While I found Girls with Razor Hearts to have an overall different vibe than its predecessor, I still very much enjoyed this story of feminism, strength and resilience. *Note, this review will contain spoilers […]


A Heart So Fierce and Broken (Cursebreakers #2) by Brigid Kemmerer | Review

Posted March 2, 2020 in Books, Reviews / 0 Comments
A Heart So Fierce and Broken (Cursebreakers #2) by Brigid Kemmerer | Review

***Warning, this book will include spoilers for the first book in the series, A Curse So Dark and Lonely, and some spoilers for A Heart So Fierce and Broken. You’ve been warned!*** I enjoyed this book much more than it’s predecessor. It’s not that I disliked A Curse So Dark and Lonely, but I was ultimately underwhelmed and didn’t love the romance between Harper and Rhen. This book, however focuses on my (and many other’s) favorite characters of the series, Captain Grey who’s on the run and trying to hide his identity after the events of the previous novel. The […]


This Train is Being Held by Ismeé Amiel Williams | ARC Review

Posted February 24, 2020 in Books, Reviews / 0 Comments
This Train is Being Held by Ismeé Amiel Williams | ARC Review

One of my goals for 2020 is to read more novels with Latinx characters by Latinx authors, and I was thrilled to find that This Train Is Being Held featured not one but two Latinx protagonists, I was thrilled! The story follows Isa, a white passing, half Cuban ballerina, who meets Alex, a Dominican-American aspiring pro-baseball player, on New York public transit. Existing in different classes, social circles, and areas of New York, they keep running into each other on various trains until they realize there is definitely a spark between them that they both can’t deny. While this is […]


The Grace Year by Kim Liggett | Review

Posted February 17, 2020 in Books, Reviews / 0 Comments
The Grace Year by Kim Liggett | Review

There’s something exciting about going into a story knowing very little about it, and that was my experience with The Grace Year. I had, I suppose, read the synopsis at one time when I added it to my TBR way back when, however I tend to forget synopses really fast and only vaguely remembered it having a Handmaid’s Tale and Lord of the Flies vibe. I’ve been leery of dystopian for a while now since the YA market became so over-saturated with them a few years ago in the wake of The Hunger Games, but I find that more often […]


The Queen of Nothing by Holly Black | Review

Posted February 10, 2020 in Books, Reviews / 2 Comments
The Queen of Nothing by Holly Black | Review

I always start the books in this series with a sense of skepticism. Not because they have personally done anything wrong to me, but because I’m 1) Not always a fan of fae books and 2) Always skeptical of a fantasy book that’s under 400-500 pages. But Holly Black always pulls through and manages to write a tale of intrigue, action and simmering tension without all of the boring fantasy fluff, and The Queen of Nothing was no exception. It was a gripping conclusion to a trilogy that focuses on a purposely plotted narrative that gives readers the romance, magic […]


The Diviners Series Review by Libba Bray (Books 1-3)

Posted February 3, 2020 in Books, Reviews / 3 Comments
The Diviners Series Review by Libba Bray (Books 1-3)

I tried the start The Diviners several years ago (I think in 2013 or 2014), checking it out from the library but quickly returning it unread as I was intimidated by its size. However, I really do love historical fiction and knew a lot of readers who adored the series, so when The Diviners Readalong was announced by some of my favorite folks in the book Youtube community, I knew it would be a great opportunity to finally commit! I decided to tackle these giant tomes via audio book and am so glad I did- it’s really the best way […]


The Map From Here to There by Emery Lord | ARC Review

Posted January 13, 2020 in Books, Reviews / 0 Comments
The Map From Here to There by Emery Lord | ARC Review

I’ll admit, I wasn’t the biggest fan of The Start of Me and You. It was OK, but I felt like there was something I wasn’t getting from the story that everyone else was. However, the hype around The Map From Here to There was so tangible that I felt like I had to give it a shot, especially since contemporary YA stories that wrap up so neatly usually aren’t revisited by the author. I was pleasantly surprised to find that The Map From Here to There not only surpassed my expectations but provided one of the most sincere and […]