Natalie Tan’s Book of Luck and Fortune & Ayesha at Last – Two ~romances~ that were slightly disappointing

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Okay let’s do this! It’s been…quite a few months since I last read both these books! August? I think? So I have a hard time recalling the details of each one of them but what I do recall are the positives and negatives of each and the way they made me feel, which, wasn’t all that good. But not completely bad either. A mixed bag if you will. Continue reading

The Stars and the Blackness Between Them & Color Me in – Books worth the detour

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Yes, YES! I still know how to write positive reviews, I promise, I did not turn into a grump-who-likes-nothing in the time I have been away, I was just unlucky in the book I’ve been picking up the last few months and that reflected in the review I posted, but today I’m talking about books I actually LIKED. Continue reading

Color Outside the Lines – Why must anthologies always make me sad?

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Publication date :  November 12th 2019

Publisher : Soho Teen

Genre : Young Adult | Anthology

Page Count: 312

Synopsis : This modern, groundbreaking YA anthology explores the complexity and beauty of interracial and LGBTQ+ relationships where differences are front and center.
When people ask me what this anthology is about, I’m often tempted to give them the complicated answer: it’s about race, and about how being different from the person you love can matter but how it can also not matter, and it’s about Chinese pirate ghosts, black girl vigilantes, colonial India, a flower festival, a garden of poisons, and so, so much else. Honestly, though? I think the answer’s much simpler than that. Color outside the Lines is a collection of stories about young, fierce, brilliantly hopeful people in love.

—Sangu Mandanna, editor of Color outside the Lines
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Orpheus Girl & Well Met – Two very different books that flopped for me

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Well, well, well! What do we have here? Two books that have nothing in common besides the fact that I strongly disliked them. So even though they’re two different age groups and genres I decided to group them together because I have a backlog of reviews to get through and neither one warrants a full review. Continue reading

How to Be Remy Cameron & Red White and Royal Blue – Two m/m books to make your heart happy!

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Over the course of the next few weeks (until the end of the year, probably) you’ll be seeing a lot more of these mini-reviews from me because i’ve accumulated a ridiculously huge backlog of books to review and I will never catch up if I don’t do this, so without further rambling let’s get on with the reviews! Continue reading

GOING OFF-SCRIPT BLOG TOUR + International giveaway

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Publication date : May 21st, 2019

Publisher : Swoon Reads | Macmillan

Genre : Young Adult | Contemporary

Page Count: 336

Synopsis : A TV writer’s room intern must join forces with her crush to keep her boss from ruining a lesbian character in this diverse contemporary YA romance from the author of Queens of Geek.
Seventeen-year-old Bex is thrilled when she gets an internship on her favorite tv show, Silver Falls. Unfortunately, the internship isn’t quite what she expected… instead of sitting in a crowded writer’s room volleying ideas back and forth, Production Interns are stuck picking up the coffee. Continue reading

Love from A to Z – Unapologetically Muslim. Unapologetically happy.

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Publication date : April 30th, 2019

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Publisher : Salaam Reads | Simon & Schuster

Genre : Young Adult |Contemporary

Page Count: 384

Synopsis : A marvel: something you find amazing. Even ordinary-amazing. Like potatoes—because they make French fries happen. Like the perfect fries Adam and his mom used to make together.
An oddity: whatever gives you pause. Like the fact that there are hateful people in the world. Like Zayneb’s teacher, who won’t stop reminding the class how “bad” Muslims are.
But Zayneb, the only Muslim in class, isn’t bad. She’s angry. Continue reading

Belly Up – Gave me all the warm fuzzy feelings

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Publication date : April 30th, 2019

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Publisher : Harlequin Teen

Genre : Young Adult |Contemporary

Page Count: 384

Synopsis : When 16 year old Serendipity Rodriguez attends a house party to celebrate the end of sophomore year, she has no intention of getting drunk and hooking up with a guy she’s just met, let alone getting pregnant. To make matters worse, she has no way of contacting the father and she and her mother are about to move to a new town and in with her grandmother. It’s hard enough to start your junior year as the new kid in school, but at 5-months pregnant it’s even harder. So when Sara meets Leaf, who asks her out and doesn’t seem to care that she’s pregnant, she finds herself falling. Continue reading

The Weight of the Stars – I love it to the moon, stars and universe beyond

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Publication date : March 19th, 2019

Publisher : Imprint| Macmillan

Genre : Young Adult | Contemporary

Page Count: 384

Synopsis : Ryann Bird dreams of traveling across the stars. But a career in space isn’t an option for a girl who lives in a trailer park on the wrong side of town. So Ryann becomes her circumstances and settles for acting out and skipping school to hang out with her delinquent friends.
One day she meets Alexandria: a furious loner who spurns Ryann’s offer of friendship. After a horrific accident leaves Alexandria with a broken arm, the two misfits are brought together despite themselves—and Ryann learns her secret: Alexandria’s mother is an astronaut who volunteered for a one-way trip to the edge of the solar system. 
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Internment – A Horrifying Look Fifteen Minutes into the Future

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Publication date : March 19th, 2019

Publisher : Little Brown Books for Young Readers

Genre : Young Adult | Speculative fiction

Page Count: 381

Synopsis : Rebellions are built on hope.

Set in a horrifying near-future United States, seventeen-year-old Layla Amin and her parents are forced into an internment camp for Muslim American citizens.
With the help of newly made friends also trapped within the internment camp, her boyfriend on the outside, and an unexpected alliance, Layla begins a journey to fight for freedom, leading a revolution against the internment camp’s Director and his guards.
Heart-racing and emotional, Internment challenges readers to fight complicit silence that exists in our society today. (From Goodreads)

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