Book Recs: Legendborn by Tracy Deonn

Book Recs: Legendborn by Tracy Deonn

Thank you to Netgalley for the ARC in exchange for an honest and unbiased review. Title: Legendborn Author: Tracy Deonn Publication Date: September 15th, 2020 Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books Source: Digital ARC via Netgalley Age Range & Genre: YA, fantasy, contemporary, retelling, LGBTQ+ Content warnings: death, racism, manipulation, memory erasure, violence, anxiety attacks Synopsis: After her [...]

Blog Tour & Review – The Ikessar Falcon by K.S. Villoso: Dragons, Hypocrisy, and the Queen’s Double-Edged Sword

Blog Tour & Review – The Ikessar Falcon by K.S. Villoso: Dragons, Hypocrisy, and the Queen’s Double-Edged Sword

★★★★★ While this post may not contain spoilers for The Ikessar Falcon, there may be some for The Wolf of Oren-Yaro. Title: The Ikessar Falcon Author: K.S. Villoso Publication Date: September 24, 2020 Publisher: Orbit Books Genre: Fantasy Age Range: Adult The story so far:The Bitch Queen returns in The Ikessar Falcon, the action-packed sequel [...]

Blog Tour and Review: Iron Heart by Nina Varela

Blog Tour and Review: Iron Heart by Nina Varela

Special thank you to Shealea and Caffeine Book Tours for organizing this blog tour and providing me an ARC of the book in exchange for an honest and unbiased review. All quotes are from an advance copy and are subject to change in final publication. While this review is spoiler-free for Iron Heart, it may contain spoilers for Crier's [...]

Being a New Blogger: 6 things I learned through trial and error

Being a New Blogger: 6 things I learned through trial and error

First off, I just want to thank everyone who nominated and voted for Love Yo Shelf in the best new blog category for Marie and May's Book Blogger Awards!! Orianna and I are completely and absolutely overwhelmed by the love and support we've gotten since starting our baby blog in October, and we've loved having [...]

Book Recs: We Are Not Free by Traci Chee

Book Recs: We Are Not Free by Traci Chee

★★★★★ Title: We Are Not Free Author: Traci Chee Publication Date: September 1, 2020 Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers Genre: Historical Fiction Age Range: YA/NA Content warnings: some war and death, incarceration and violence Synopsis: From New York Times best-selling and acclaimed author Traci Chee comes We Are Not Free, the collective account of [...]

Blog Tour and Review: The Bone Shard Daughter by Andrea Stewart

Blog Tour and Review: The Bone Shard Daughter by Andrea Stewart

Special thank you to Kate @ Your Tita Kate and the publisher for organizing this blog tour and providing me a physical ARC of the book in exchange for an honest and unbiased review. All quotes are from an advance copy and are subject to change in final publication. ★★★★★ Title: The Bone Shard Daughter [...]

So You Want to Be an Ally: But what are you really trying to accomplish?

So You Want to Be an Ally: But what are you really trying to accomplish?

Alright, bear with me folks, because I dove deep into critical race theory during my undergrad and I have a Lot to say.  I'm sure that almost 100% of the time, white bloggers look to support books by marginalized authors with the best of intentions. Unfortunately, due to the undeniable, incontestable truth that they are [...]

Review: Against the Loveless World

Review: Against the Loveless World

★★★★★ Thank you to NetGalley for the e-ARC. All opinions expressed are my own. Title: Against the Loveless World Author: Susan Abulhawa Publication Date: August 25, 2020 Publisher: Atria Books Genre: Historical Fiction Age Range: NA - Adult Content Warning: sexual violence and rape, war/violence, miscarriage/abortion, death Synopsis: As Nahr sits, locked away in solitary [...]

Review: Now That I’ve Found You by Kristina Forest

Review: Now That I’ve Found You by Kristina Forest

★★★★ Thank you to Kristina for sending me an ARC via twitter! All opinions expressed are my own. Title: Now That I've Found You Author: Kristina Forest Publication Date: August 25, 2020 Publisher: Roaring Brook Press Genre: Contemporary Age Range: YA Synopsis: Following in the footsteps of her überfamous grandma, eighteen-year-old Evie Jones is poised [...]

Review: Where Dreams Descend by Janella Angeles

Review: Where Dreams Descend by Janella Angeles

Thank you to Netgalley and Wednesday Books for the ARC. All opinions expressed are my own. ★★★ Title: Where Dreams Descend Author: Janella Angeles Publication Date: August 25th, 2020 Publisher: Wednesday Books Genre: Fantasy Age Range: YA Content warnings: emotional abuse, manipulation Synopsis: In a city covered in ice and ruin, a group of magicians face off [...]

Blog Tour and Review: Vanessa Yu’s Magical Paris Tea Shop by Roselle Lim

Blog Tour and Review: Vanessa Yu’s Magical Paris Tea Shop by Roselle Lim

Special thank you to Shealea and Caffeine Book Tours for organizing this blog tour and providing me an ARC of the book. All opinions expressed are my own. ★★★★ Title: Vanessa Yu's Magical Paris Tea Shop Author: Roselle Lim Publication Date: August 4th, 2020 Publisher: Berkley Genre: Romance, contemporary Age Range: Adult Content warnings: Near death [...]

Blog Tour and Review: Unravel the Dusk by Elizabeth Lim

Blog Tour and Review: Unravel the Dusk by Elizabeth Lim

Special thank you to Shealea and Caffeine Book Tours for organizing this blog tour and providing me an ARC of the book. All opinions expressed are my own. While this review is spoiler-free for Unravel the Dusk, it will contain spoilers for Spin the Dawn. ★★★★★ Title: Unravel the Dusk Author: Elizabeth Lim Publication Date: July [...]

Book Recs: A Song Below Water by Bethany C. Morrow

Book Recs: A Song Below Water by Bethany C. Morrow

This power might be all the protection I have. A Song Below Water, Bethany C. Morrow ★★★★★ Title: A Song Below Water Author: Bethany C. Morrow Publishing Date: June 2, 2020 Publisher: Tor Teen Genre: Fantasy Age Range: YA Content Warning: brief mention of self-harm Synopsis: Tavia is already at odds with the world, forced [...]

Review: The Mermaid, the Witch, and the Sea by Maggie Tokuda-Hall

Review: The Mermaid, the Witch, and the Sea by Maggie Tokuda-Hall

★★★★★ Thank you to NetGalley and Candlewick Press for the ARC. All opinions expressed are my own. Title: The Mermaid, the Witch, and the Sea Author: Maggie Tokuda-Hall Publication Date: May 5th, 2020 Publisher: Candlewick Press Genre: Fantasy, LGBT+ Age Range: YA Trigger warnings: death, torture, substance abuse, mentioned sexual assault Synopsis: Aboard the pirate ship Dove, Flora [...]

Review: When We Were Magic by Sarah Gailey

Review: When We Were Magic by Sarah Gailey

★★★★★ Thanks to NetGalley and Simon and Schuster for the ARC. All opinions expressed are my own. Title: When We Were Magic Author: Sarah Gailey Publication Date: March 3, 2020 Publisher: Simon and Schuster Genre: Contemporary Fantasy Age Range: YA Synopsis: Keeping your magic a secret is hard. Being in love with your best friend [...]

Review: Foul is Fair by Hannah Capin

Review: Foul is Fair by Hannah Capin

★★★ Title: Foul is Fair Author: Hannah Capin Publication Date: February 18, 2020 Publisher: Wednesday Books Genre: Teen Suspense Age Range: Upper YA Trigger Warnings: sexual abuse, violence (drugging and rape), self-harm, Thank you to NetGalley and Wednesday Books for the ARC. All opinions expressed are my own. Synopsis: Jade and her friends Jenny, Mads, [...]

Review: How to Build a Heart by Maria Padian

Review: How to Build a Heart by Maria Padian

★★★★★ Title: How to Build a Heart Author: Maria Padian Publication Date: January 28, 2020 Publisher: Algonquin Young Readers Genre: Contemporary Age Range: YA Thank you to NetGalley and Algonquin Young Readers for the ARC. All opinions expressed are my own. Synopsis: All sixteen-year-old Izzy Crawford wants is to feel like she really belongs somewhere. [...]

Blog Tour and Review: Spellhacker by M.K. England

Blog Tour and Review: Spellhacker by M.K. England

★★★★ Special thank you to HarperCollins and Kate (Your Tita Kate) for organizing this blog tour and providing me an ARC of the book. All opinions expressed are my own. Title: Spellhacker Author: M.K. England Publication Date: January 21st, 2020 Publisher: HarperCollins Teen Genre: Fantasy, LGBT Age Range: YA Trigger warnings: Anxiety, chronic illness, panic attacks, [...]

It’s Time for an Adventure: I’m officially joining the Pondathon!

It’s Time for an Adventure: I’m officially joining the Pondathon!

What is the Pondathon? The Pondathon is a co-operative and story-driven readathon hosted and run by CW from The Quiet Pond. The aim of the Pondathon is to read books and collect points to protect the friends over at The Quiet Pond from the encroaching malevolent forces that threaten our friends in the forest. Have [...]

Review: Don’t Read the Comments by Eric Smith

Review: Don’t Read the Comments by Eric Smith

★★★★★ Thank you to NetGalley and Inkyard Press for the ARC. All opinions expressed are my own. Title: Don't Read the Comments Author: Eric Smith Publication Date: January 28th, 2020 Publisher: Inkyard Press Genre: Contemporary Age Range: YA Synopsis: Divya Sharma is a queen. Or she is when she’s playing Reclaim the Sun, the year’s hottest [...]

Book Recs: The Surprising Power of a Good Dumpling by Wai Chim

Book Recs: The Surprising Power of a Good Dumpling by Wai Chim

A book with a huge heartbeat and so much love infused in every page.Alice Pung Title: The Surprising Power of a Good Dumpling Author: Wai Chim Publication Date: August 5th, 2019 (AU) & November 10th, 2020 (USA) Publisher: Allen & Unwin Genre: Contemporary, romance, mental health Age Range: YA Synopsis: Anna Chiu has her hands [...]

Review: Tweet Cute by Emma Lord

Review: Tweet Cute by Emma Lord

★★★★★ Title: Tweet Cute Author: Emma Lord Publication Date: January 21st, 2020 Publisher: Wednesday Books Genre: Contemporary, romance Age Range: YA Thank you to NetGalley and Wednesday Books for the ARC. All opinions expressed are my own. Synopsis: Meet Pepper, swim team captain, chronic overachiever, and all-around perfectionist. Her family may be falling apart, but their [...]

Review: Eubeltic Descent by Nadine C. Keels

Review: Eubeltic Descent by Nadine C. Keels

★★★ Title: Eubeltic Descent Author: Nadine C. Keels Publication Date: August 23, 2018 Publisher: CreateSpace Genre: Historical Fantasy Age Range: YA Thank you to Nadine for requesting this review and sending us the epub. All opinions expressed are my own. Your soul will remember. Abigaia Grena wasn't born mute, but in a world of people [...]

Review: The Never Tilting World by Rin Chupeco

Review: The Never Tilting World by Rin Chupeco

★★★★ Title: The Never Tilting World Author: Rin Chupeco Publication Date: October 15th, 2019 Publisher: Harper Teen Genre: Fantasy, LGBTQ Age Range: YA A demoness is what men call a goddess they cannot control. Excuse me while I yodel about this book for ten million years.  Generations of twin goddesses have long ruled Aeon. But [...]

Review: One Year of Ugly by Caroline Mackenzie

Review: One Year of Ugly by Caroline Mackenzie

★★★★ Title: One Year of Ugly Author: Caroline Mackenzie Publication Date: May 14, 2020 Publisher: The Borough Press Genre: Contemporary Age Range: NA Synopsis: After fleeing crumbling, volatile Venezuela, Yola Palacio wants nothing more than to settle into a peaceful new life in Trinidad with her family. And who cares if they’re there illegally—aren’t most [...]

Review: The Sigil by Shakeil Kanish and Larissa Mandeville

Review: The Sigil by Shakeil Kanish and Larissa Mandeville

★★★★ Title: The Sigil Authors: Shakeil Kanish & Larissa Mandeville Publication Date: January 27, 2020 Genre: Fantasy, LGBT Age Range: YA Love Yo Shelf received and epub of The Sigil from Shakeil in exchange for an honest review. All opinions expressed are my own. Synopsis: After losing the person most important to him, Lake Smithson [...]