Review: Malcolm and Me by Robin Farmer

Review: Malcolm and Me by Robin Farmer

★★★★ Title: Malcolm and Me Author: Robin Farmer Publication Date: November 17, 2020 Publisher: SparkPress Genre and age range: historical fiction, middle grade Many thanks to Paige Herbert (publicist) for reaching out and providing a digital copy for an honest and unbiased review. Something my history teacher used to say a lot was, "History may [...]

Book Recs: A Cuban Girl’s Guide to Tea and Tomorrow (and other food-related books!)

Book Recs: A Cuban Girl’s Guide to Tea and Tomorrow (and other food-related books!)

Title: A Cuban Girl's Guide to Tea and Tomorrow Author: Laura Taylor Namey Publication Date: November 10, 2020 Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers Age range and genre: YA contemporary romance Synopsis: For Lila Reyes, a summer in England was never part of the plan. The plan was 1) take over her abuela’s role as [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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: 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 [...]

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: When You Were Everything by Ashley Woodfolk

Review: When You Were Everything by Ashley Woodfolk

★★★★★ Thanks to NetGalley and Delatcorte Press for providing the ARC. All opinions expressed are my own. Title: When You Were Everything Author: Ashley Woodfolk Publication Date: March 10, 2020 Publisher: Delacorte Press Genre: Contemporary Age Range: Young Adult Synopsis: You can't rewrite the past, but you can always choose to start again. It’s been [...]

Review: Every Reason We Shouldn’t by Sara Fujimura

Review: Every Reason We Shouldn’t by Sara Fujimura

★★ Thanks to NetGalley and Tor Teen for the ARC. All opinions expressed are my own. Title: Every Reason We Shouldn't Author: Sara Fujimura Publication Date: March 3, 2020 Publisher: Tor Teen Genre: Contemporary Age Range: YA Synopsis: Sixteen-year-old figure skater Olivia Kennedy’s Olympic dreams have ended. She’s bitter, but enjoying life as a regular [...]

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. [...]