Posted in 5 Stars, Amazing Heroines, Book Reviews, Young Adult Book Reviews

Girl Made of Stars by Ashley Herring Blake // Messy, Hard, and Absolutely Heartbreaking

31351689“I need Owen to explain this. Because yes, I do know that Owen would never do that, but I also know Hannah would never lie about something like that.”

Mara and Owen are about as close as twins can get. So when Mara’s friend Hannah accuses Owen of rape, Mara doesn’t know what to think. Can the brother she loves really be guilty of such a violent crime? Torn between the family she loves and her own sense of right and wrong, Mara is feeling lost, and it doesn’t help that things have been strained with her ex-girlfriend and best friend since childhood, Charlie.

As Mara, Hannah, and Charlie navigate this new terrain, Mara must face a trauma from her own past and decide where Charlie fits in her future. With sensitivity and openness, this timely novel confronts the difficult questions surrounding consent, victim blaming, and sexual assault.


My Rating: ★★★★★– 5 stars

“This doesn’t make any sense. This isn’t…” This isn’t my brother, I want to say. He would’ve never hurt Hannah. But that would make Hannah a liar, and that’s not her either.

I’ve read so many reviews of this book, lauding it for how profound it was, but I never could’ve guessed at how truly heartbreaking it is. Girl Made of Stars is like a punch to the gut – it leaves you feeling winded, gasping for breath, and ready to cry all at once. Continue reading “Girl Made of Stars by Ashley Herring Blake // Messy, Hard, and Absolutely Heartbreaking”

Posted in 4 Stars, Amazing Heroines, Book Reviews, Young Adult Book Reviews

The Epic Crush of Genie Lo (The Epic Crush of Genie Lo #1) by F.C. Yee // I’m In Love *heart eyes*

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Genie 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.


My Rating: ★★★★ – 4 stars

Welp. Nothing like having your personhood denied in the morning to start off the day right.

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 “The Epic Crush of Genie Lo (The Epic Crush of Genie Lo #1) by F.C. Yee // I’m In Love *heart eyes*”

Posted in 3.5 Stars, Book Reviews, Reviews, Young Adult Book Reviews

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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Set 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.


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”

Posted in 3 Stars, Book Reviews, Reviews, Young Adult Book Reviews

All the Crooked Saints by Maggie Stiefvater // I AM CONFUSION

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Synopsis:

From bestselling author Maggie Stiefvater, a gripping tale of darkness, miracles, and family. Saints. Miracles. Family. Romance. Death. Redemption.

Here is a thing everyone wants: A miracle.

Here is a thing everyone fears:
What it takes to get one.

Any visitor to Bicho Raro, Colorado is likely to find a landscape of dark saints, forbidden love, scientific dreams, miracle-mad owls, estranged affections, one or two orphans, and a sky full of watchful desert stars.

At the heart of this place you will find the Soria family, who all have the ability to perform unusual miracles. And at the heart of this family are three cousins longing to change its future: Beatriz, the girl without feelings, who wants only to be free to examine her thoughts; Daniel, the Saint of Bicho Raro, who performs miracles for everyone but himself; and Joaquin, who spends his nights running a renegade radio station under the name Diablo Diablo.

They are all looking for a miracle. But the miracles of Bicho Raro are never quite what you expect.


My Rating: ★★★ – 3 stars

After much deliberation, I have decided that Maggie Stiefvater is a damn goddess.

The entire book had an ethereal atmosphere, with beautiful writing to accompany it. But I’m at war with myself, even as I write this review, because I’m trying to figure out how I feel about it.

Other than REALLY CONFUSED. Continue reading “All the Crooked Saints by Maggie Stiefvater // I AM CONFUSION”

Posted in 3.5 Stars, Book Reviews, Reviews, Young Adult Book Reviews

The Brilliant Death by Amy Rose Capetta // A Beautiful Book with a Beautiful Romance Between Genderqueer Characters

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Synopsis:

For Teodora DiSangro, a mafia don’s daughter, family is fate.

All her life, Teodora has hidden the fact that she secretly turns her family’s enemies into music boxes, mirrors, and other decorative objects. After all, everyone in Vinalia knows that stregas—wielders of magic—are figures out of fairytales. Nobody believes they’re real.

Then the Capo, the land’s new ruler, sends poisoned letters to the heads of the Five Families that have long controlled Vinalia. Four lie dead and Teo’s beloved father is gravely ill. To save him, Teo must travel to the capital as a DiSangro son—not merely disguised as a boy, but transformed into one.

Enter Cielo, a strega who can switch back and forth between male and female as effortlessly as turning a page in a book. Teo and Cielo journey together to the capital, and Teo struggles to master her powers and to keep her growing feelings for Cielo locked in her heart. As she falls in love with witty, irascible Cielo, Teo realizes how much of life she’s missed by hiding her true nature. But she can’t forget her mission, and the closer they get to the palace, the more sinister secrets they uncover about what’s really going on in their beloved country—and the more determined Teo becomes to save her family at any cost.


My Rating: ★★★ 1/2 – 3.5 stars

The Review:

Do you know what I hate? The stereotypical YA heroine. The one that’s stoic but badass and has a haunting past and is “destined to bring about change.”

Fortunately, Teodora di Sangro isn’t one of these heroines. Continue reading “The Brilliant Death by Amy Rose Capetta // A Beautiful Book with a Beautiful Romance Between Genderqueer Characters”

Posted in 2 Stars, Book Reviews, Reviews, Young Adult Book Reviews

The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue (Montague Siblings #1) by Mackenzi Lee // Don’t Hurt Me, I Didn’t Like It! *hides*

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★★– 2 stars


Synopsis:

Henry “Monty” Montague was born and bred to be a gentleman, but he was never one to be tamed. The finest boarding schools in England and the constant disapproval of his father haven’t been able to curb any of his roguish passions—not for gambling halls, late nights spent with a bottle of spirits, or waking up in the arms of women or men.

But as Monty embarks on his Grand Tour of Europe, his quest for a life filled with pleasure and vice is in danger of coming to an end. Not only does his father expect him to take over the family’s estate upon his return, but Monty is also nursing an impossible crush on his best friend and traveling companion, Percy.

Still it isn’t in Monty’s nature to give up. Even with his younger sister, Felicity, in tow, he vows to make this yearlong escapade one last hedonistic hurrah and flirt with Percy from Paris to Rome. But when one of Monty’s reckless decisions turns their trip abroad into a harrowing manhunt that spans across Europe, it calls into question everything he knows, including his relationship with the boy he adores.


The Review:

Alright, now that a few weeks have passed and I finally forced myself to make time, I’m writing this review. And, as you can tell, I didn’t like the book.

There are reasons! So please hear me out before hunting me down and murdering me, because I’m aware this is a well-liked book. But there were also very big holes in the plot and the characters were…well, we’ll get into it.

Continue reading “The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue (Montague Siblings #1) by Mackenzi Lee // Don’t Hurt Me, I Didn’t Like It! *hides*”

Posted in 2 Stars, Book Reviews, Reviews, Young Adult Book Reviews

The Boneless Mercies by April Genevieve Tucholke // Super Disappointed Because I Thought I’d Like This One

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★★– 2 stars


Synopsis:

A dark standalone YA fantasy about a band of mercenary girls in search of female glory.

Frey, Ovie, Juniper, and Runa are the Boneless Mercies—girls hired to kill quickly, quietly, and mercifully. But Frey is weary of the death trade and, having been raised on the heroic sagas of her people, dreams of a bigger life.

When she hears of an unstoppable monster ravaging a nearby town, Frey decides this is the Mercies’ one chance out. The fame and fortune of bringing down such a beast would ensure a new future for all the Mercies. In fact, her actions may change the story arc of women everywhere.


The Review:

I was impatient to meet the Sea Witches and see where Juniper had come from, to see the Merrow sands, to set my eyes on the famous witch huts built into the branches of the Scorch Trees.

I’m impatient too. So GO on your journey and spare me the boredom. PLEASE, I’M BEGGING YOU.
Continue reading “The Boneless Mercies by April Genevieve Tucholke // Super Disappointed Because I Thought I’d Like This One”