Book Review // Timekeeper (Timekeeper #1) by Tara Sim

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An alternate Victorian world controlled by clock towers, where a damaged clock can fracture time—and a destroyed one can stop it completely.

A prodigy mechanic who can repair not only clockwork but time itself, determined to rescue his father from a Stopped town.

A series of mysterious bombings that could jeopardize all of England.

A boy who would give anything to relive his past, and one who would give anything to live at all.

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Oh my gosh. 😭😭😭

Everyone, I’m warning you beforehand: I’m not in a state where I can be coherent. I was up until 2:00 a.m. last night (a school night, no less) because I started reading this book and felt this visceral, desperate need to finish. And the feelings it gave me wasn’t something I was prepared to handle that late (or is it early?) a time, so I went to bed, stewing. And when I woke up, my thoughts immediately returned to this book, just to process everything that was happening.

And after a whole day, I’m still at a loss for words. And even though putting all these thoughts down is a struggle, I’ve started typing something – anything – because a book like this doesn’t deserve to go unacknowledged and the least I can do is write down a few things about it. Continue reading “Book Review // Timekeeper (Timekeeper #1) by Tara Sim”

Book Review // The Summer of Jordi Perez (And the Best Burger in Los Angeles) by Amy Spalding

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Seventeen, fashion-obsessed, and gay, Abby Ives has always been content playing the sidekick in other people’s lives. While her friends and sister have plunged headfirst into the world of dating and romances, Abby has stayed focused on her plus-size style blog and her dreams of taking the fashion industry by storm. When she lands a prized internship at her favorite local boutique, she’s thrilled to take her first step into her dream career. She doesn’t expect to fall for her fellow intern, Jordi Perez. Abby knows it’s a big no-no to fall for a colleague. She also knows that Jordi documents her whole life in photographs, while Abby would prefer to stay behind the scenes.

Then again, nothing is going as expected this summer. She’s competing against the girl she’s kissing to win a paid job at the boutique. She’s somehow managed to befriend Jax, a lacrosse-playing bro type who needs help in a project that involves eating burgers across L.A.’s eastside. Suddenly, she doesn’t feel like a sidekick. Is it possible Abby’s finally in her own story?

But when Jordi’s photography puts Abby in the spotlight, it feels like a betrayal, rather than a starring role. Can Abby find a way to reconcile her positive yet private sense of self with the image that other people have of her?

Is this just Abby’s summer of fashion? Or will it truly be The Summer of Jordi Perez (and the Best Burger in Los Angeles)?

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My Rating: ★★★ 1/2– 3.5 stars

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Everyone, this book was such a fun, cute read, that caught me entirely by unawares. I’ve never read a rom-com before (at least, not one that I remember – I know I’ve watched plenty though) so, being as averse to change as I am, I was a little on the fence about this book and I didn’t know if I would like it. Which, I know, I say about pretty much every book. And then my trepidation always ends up being unfounded and I end up liking those books a lot, which was exactly the case with this one. Continue reading “Book Review // The Summer of Jordi Perez (And the Best Burger in Los Angeles) by Amy Spalding”

Book Review // The Epic Crush of Genie Lo (The Epic Crush of Genie Lo #1) by F.C. Yee

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30116958Genie Lo is one among droves of Ivy-hopeful overachievers in her sleepy Bay Area suburb. You know, the type who wins. When she’s not crushing it at volleyball or hitting the books, Genie is typically working on how to crack the elusive Harvard entry code.

But when her hometown comes under siege from hellspawn straight out of Chinese folklore, her priorities are dramatically rearranged. Enter Quentin Sun, a mysterious new kid in class who becomes Genie’s self-appointed guide to battling demons. While Genie knows Quentin only as an attractive transfer student with an oddly formal command of the English language, in another reality he is Sun Wukong, the mythological Monkey King incarnate—right down to the furry tale and penchant for peaches.

Suddenly, acing the SATs is the least of Genie’s worries. The fates of her friends, family, and the entire Bay Area all depend on her summoning an inner power that Quentin assures her is strong enough to level the very gates of Heaven. But every second Genie spends tapping into the secret of her true nature is a second in which the lives of her loved ones hang in the balance.

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My Rating: ★★★★ – 4 stars

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After attempting to start this review many different ways, and deleting every single one of them, I’m going to start this with the only way I seem to be capable of:

*claps very loudly*

I did not expect to like this book as much as I did. In fact, I expected to be kept vaguely interested throughout the story, but not really get involved in it.

But guess what happened?? My expectations did not become a reality, and I could not be happier! <– The one time I’ll ever say this. Continue reading “Book Review // The Epic Crush of Genie Lo (The Epic Crush of Genie Lo #1) by F.C. Yee”

ARC Review: The Gilded Wolves (The Gilded Wolves #1) by Roshani Chokshi // A Fun Heist Novel with Six of Crows Vibes

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39863498Set in a darkly glamorous world, The Gilded Wolves is full of mystery, decadence, and dangerous but thrilling adventure.

Paris, 1889: The world is on the cusp of industry and power, and the Exposition Universelle has breathed new life into the streets and dredged up ancient secrets. In this city, no one keeps tabs on secrets better than treasure-hunter and wealthy hotelier, Séverin Montagnet-Alarie. But when the all-powerful society, the Order of Babel, seeks him out for help, Séverin is offered a treasure that he never imagined: his true inheritance.

To find the ancient artifact the Order seeks, Séverin will need help from a band of experts: An engineer with a debt to pay. A historian who can’t yet go home. A dancer with a sinister past. And a brother in all but blood, who might care too much.

Together, they’ll have to use their wits and knowledge to hunt the artifact through the dark and glittering heart of Paris. What they find might change the world, but only if they can stay alive.

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My Rating: ★★★ 1/2 – 3.5 stars

I’m back! I got the flu and so fell off the face of the Earth for a few weeks, but I’m back!

And it would be very very bad if I broke my New Year’s resolution to post 10 times a month on this blog literally the first month of the New Year, so I decided to get my butt up and write this post. I was fortunate enough to get an ARC of this book – which releases today actually! – through BookishFirst. And without further ado, the review: Continue reading “ARC Review: The Gilded Wolves (The Gilded Wolves #1) by Roshani Chokshi // A Fun Heist Novel with Six of Crows Vibes”