Genre: Young Adult

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 […]


Tweet Cute by Emma Lord | Review

Posted May 18, 2020 in Books, Reviews / 5 Comments
Tweet Cute by Emma Lord | Review

It seems like Tweet Cute has been everywhere so far this year- popping up on my Twitter feed (how appropriate), mentioned on Instagram, and gushed about across multiple blogs I follow, praising the cute romance and plethora of grilled cheese. I anxiously awaited my library to have it available via Libby and eagerly devoured it (no pun intended) as soon as my hold came in! While I have felt in recent years that I’m become burnt out on high school contemporary YA romances, Tweet Cute was refreshing, fun, and overall adorable. Reasons to Read Tweet Cute Rivalry: The entire premise […]


American Royals by Katharine McGee | Review

Posted April 27, 2020 in Books, Reviews / 0 Comments
American Royals by Katharine McGee | Review

American Royals was a book I was SO excited for, actually went to the store and purchased a hardcover of, and then procrastinated for several months on actually reading, lol. I think it was an instance of being SO excited for a book but worrying I might be let down so I put off actually reading it (despite a few attempts at starting). I finally finished it through a combination of reading the hardcover and listening to the audio, and while I enjoyed reading it, it definitely didn’t live up to all of my (admittedly very high) expectations. If you’ve […]


Salty, Bitter, Sweet by Mayra Cuevas | Review

Posted April 20, 2020 in Books, Reviews / 3 Comments
Salty, Bitter, Sweet by Mayra Cuevas | Review

Never have I read a book that has made me so hungry. I love YA books centered on food and am quite the foodie despite not really cooking much myself (I blame an obsession with Food Network shows) so I adore books about aspiring chefs. I’ve read quite a few over the years and have never found one with such vivid food descriptions as Salty, Bitter Sweet. In addition to the mouthwatering food descriptions, I genuinely enjoyed the story, which follows a half Latinx protagonist spending the summer in Europe…this book really had almost all of my favorite things! The […]


A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder by Holly Jackson | Review

Posted April 13, 2020 in Books, Reviews / 6 Comments
A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder by Holly Jackson | Review

There’s nothing like reading a book that completely pulls you out of a reading slump, and A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder by Holly Jackson did the trick for me while in a anxiety induced quarantine reading slump that lasted throughout most of March. I enjoy the thriller genre but rarely find them to be 5 star reads for me, however this story managed to satisfy and surprise me, and even though I “guessed” some of the mystery (which can be a little disappointing) there were still several twists I did not see coming! Following protagonist Pippa, a high school […]


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

Posted April 6, 2020 in Books, Reviews / 2 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 […]