ᖴOᑌᖇ ᖴOᖇ ᖴᖇIᗪᗩY

Thank you @epicreads and @claironteen for these gifted books. I’ve read one so far, but they all sound amazing. Check them out. 👇

𝐁𝐞𝐥𝐢𝐭𝐭𝐥𝐞𝐝 𝐖𝐨𝐦𝐞𝐧

𝐁𝐲 𝐀𝐦𝐚𝐧𝐝𝐚 𝐒𝐞𝐥𝐥𝐞𝐭

𝐏𝐮𝐛 𝐃𝐚𝐭𝐞: 𝟏𝟏.𝟐𝟗.𝟐𝟎𝟐𝟐

@amandajsellet 

A story of three bickering sisters, two cute boys and one average Jo.

𝐇𝐞𝐚𝐫𝐭𝐛𝐫𝐞𝐚𝐤 𝐁𝐨𝐲𝐬

𝐁𝐲 𝐒𝐢𝐦𝐨𝐧 𝐉𝐚𝐦𝐞𝐬 𝐆𝐫𝐞𝐞𝐧

𝐏𝐮𝐛 𝐃𝐚𝐭𝐞: 𝟏𝟐.𝟐𝟎.𝟐𝟎𝟐𝟐

@simonjamesgreen

What do two guys do when their cheating (ex) boyfriends dump them for each other and gain massive Instagram followers by filming their romantic getaway? They make a revenge Instagram together… of course.

𝐇𝐨𝐰 𝐭𝐨 𝐄𝐱𝐜𝐚𝐯𝐚𝐭𝐞 𝐚 𝐇𝐞𝐚𝐫𝐭

𝐁𝐲 𝐉𝐚𝐤𝐞 𝐌𝐚𝐢𝐚 𝐀𝐫𝐥𝐨𝐰

𝐏𝐮𝐛 𝐃𝐚𝐭𝐞: 𝟏𝟏.𝟏.𝟐𝟎𝟐𝟐

@jakewhosagirl

It all starts when Shani runs into May. Like, literally, with her mom’s Subaru.  

𝐍𝐨𝐭𝐡𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐒𝐮𝐧𝐠 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐍𝐨𝐭𝐡𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐒𝐩𝐨𝐤𝐞𝐧

𝐁𝐲 𝐍𝐢𝐭𝐚 𝐓𝐲𝐧𝐝𝐚𝐥𝐥

𝐏𝐮𝐛 𝐃𝐚𝐭𝐞: 𝟏𝟎.𝟏𝟖.𝟐𝟎𝟐𝟐

@nitatyndall

I read this book and it was an emotional mix of historical fiction and coming-of-age. Set in Berlin 1939, Charlotte (Charlie) wants only to be with her best friend Gel and go to the underground clubs and dance to American jazz. Yet Charlie is taking more and more risks. She’s falling for her best friend and the club, which is against the Party’s rules, is her refuge. This is a brave and courageous novel, but it may break your heart.  

🗓️𝐖𝐡𝐚𝐭’𝐬 𝐨𝐧 𝐲𝐨𝐮𝐫 𝐬𝐜𝐡𝐞𝐝𝐮𝐥𝐞 𝐟𝐨𝐫 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐰𝐞𝐞𝐤𝐞𝐧𝐝?

𝐓𝐡𝐞 𝐋𝐨𝐯𝐞 𝐌𝐚𝐭𝐜𝐡  | Book Review

𝐓𝐡𝐞 𝐋𝐨𝐯𝐞 𝐌𝐚𝐭𝐜𝐡 

𝐏𝐫𝐢𝐲𝐚𝐧𝐤𝐚 𝐓𝐚𝐬𝐥𝐢𝐦

𝐏𝐮𝐛𝐥𝐢𝐬𝐡𝐞𝐫: 𝐒𝐚𝐥𝐚𝐚𝐦 𝐑𝐞𝐚𝐝𝐬 / 𝐒𝐢𝐦𝐨𝐧 𝐒𝐜𝐡𝐮𝐬𝐭𝐞𝐫 𝐁𝐨𝐨𝐤𝐬 

𝐏𝐮𝐛 𝐃𝐚𝐭𝐞: 𝟏.𝟑.𝟐𝟎𝟐𝟑


This was such a fun love triangle romance. Don’t be put off by “love triangle” if that’s usually not your thing, because it’s not Zahra’s thing either!

Zahra, a Bengali princess living in Jersey, is trying to earn money so that she can take writing classes, as she wants to be a writer, but her mother is convinced she just needs a good love match. 

Her mother and the auntie network plan and scheme to set Zahra up with Harun, a wealthy, nerdy, but very cute boy. But Zahra finds herself falling for Nayim, the new dishwasher at the tea shop she works at. 

Harun and her devise a plan to convince everyone that they aren’t a good match, which includes fake dating. As the two spend time together though, her feelings get very mixed up as to which boy her heart desires.

I loved the descriptions of the Bengali community, family, and culture woven into the narrative. This is a clean, sweet, romance that hits on being true to yourself and not rushing into love. 

Thank you @bookclubfavorites for this gifted copy and @simon.audio for the complimentary audiobook.

🍵 𝑾𝒉𝒂𝒕 𝒊𝒔 𝒚𝒐𝒖𝒓 𝒇𝒂𝒗𝒐𝒓𝒊𝒕𝒆 𝒕𝒆𝒂?

𝐎𝐟 𝐂𝐚𝐠𝐞𝐬 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐂𝐫𝐨𝐰𝐧𝐬 | Book Tour

𝐎𝐟 𝐂𝐚𝐠𝐞𝐬 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐂𝐫𝐨𝐰𝐧𝐬

𝐁𝐫𝐢𝐚𝐧𝐧𝐚 𝐉𝐨𝐲 𝐂𝐫𝐮𝐦𝐩

𝐏𝐮𝐛𝐥𝐢𝐬𝐡𝐞𝐫: 𝐖𝐚𝐭𝐭𝐩𝐚𝐝 𝐁𝐨𝐨𝐤𝐬

𝐏𝐮𝐛 𝐃𝐚𝐭𝐞: 𝟏𝟏.𝟐𝟐.𝟐𝟎𝟐𝟐 𝘖𝘶𝘵 𝘚𝘰𝘰𝘯!


Thank you @tlcbooktours @wattpadbooks and @briannajoyc for this gifted copy.

𝑭𝒐𝒓 𝒈𝒐𝒅𝒅𝒆𝒔𝒔-𝒕𝒐𝒖𝒄𝒉𝒆𝒅 𝒈𝒊𝒓𝒍𝒔, 𝒕𝒉𝒆𝒓𝒆 𝒊𝒔 𝒐𝒏𝒍𝒚 𝒐𝒏𝒆 𝒅𝒆𝒔𝒕𝒊𝒏𝒚: 𝒕𝒉𝒆 𝑪𝒖𝒍𝒍𝒊𝒏𝒈

📖 From the moment Monroe Benson is born with a mark on her hand and the ability to summon fire from her fingertips, her life will never be her own. She’s goddess-touched, which means she’s destined to participate in the Culling, an age-old competition to determine the next queen of Erydia. For most of her seventeen years, her family has managed to keep Monroe–and her powers–hidden. But now, as Queen Viera calls for the Culling to start, and war looms on the horizon, Monroe can no longer hide. She must face her destiny whether she wants to or not.

While Monroe struggles with her fate, a rebellion is brewing in the castle and in the country. A group called the Culled are banding together; their goal–to topple the monarchy. 

When Monroe finds herself on the front lines of the rebellion’s inner circle, only one thing stands in her way: Cohen. The queen’s son and the man who will be king. The pair grows close, yet Cohen’s dedication to duty, to family, to tradition stands in stark contrast to the boy Monroe sees at night in the kitchens, secretly making the two of them a snack.

As the fight crescendos around them, and the death of innocents becomes a reality, the choices Monroe makes will reverberate through the kingdom . . . and her heart forever.

I can’t wait to read this! This sounds like the fantasy book I’ve been waiting for.

⚔️ 👑 𝚆𝚘𝚞𝚕𝚍 𝚢𝚘𝚞 𝚛𝚊𝚝𝚑𝚎𝚛 𝚋𝚎 𝚊 𝚛𝚎𝚟𝚎𝚛𝚎𝚍 𝚠𝚊𝚛𝚛𝚒𝚘𝚛 𝚘𝚛 𝚊𝚗 𝚞𝚗𝚕𝚘𝚟𝚎𝚍 𝚖𝚘𝚗𝚊𝚛𝚌𝚑?

If You Could See the Sun | Book Review & Tour Stop

If You Could See the Sun

Ann Liang

Publisher: Inkyard Press

Pub Date: 10.11.2022 Happy Pub Day!


📘In a YA debut that’s Gossip Girl with a speculative twist, a Chinese American girl monetizes her strange new invisibility powers by discovering and selling her wealthy classmates’ most scandalous secrets.

Alice Sun has always felt invisible at her elite Beijing international boarding school, where she’s the only scholarship student among China’s most rich and influential teens. But then she starts uncontrollably turning invisible—actually invisible.

When her parents drop the news that they can no longer afford her tuition, even with the scholarship, Alice hatches a plan to monetize her strange new power—she’ll discover the scandalous secrets her classmates want to know, for a price.

But as the tasks escalate from petty scandals to actual crimes, Alice must decide if it’s worth losing her conscience—or even her life.

_______________________

This book reminds me why I love reading young adult. It’s such a wonderful genre mash-up; you’ve got fantasy, romance, family drama, and a criminal element, oh and of course, it’s set in academia. So much to love. 

I thought it was brilliant how Ann Liang gave Alice the ability to turn invisible when she already felt invisible among her classmates. She also wove into the narrative the reality of classism and racism. Alice and Henry’s rivals-to-lovers relationship is developed so well, first academic rivals, then business partners, and then… well, Alice sees he’s not nearly as annoying as she once thought.

Thank you @harpercollins @inkyardpress and @annliangwrites for a spot on tour and a gifted ebook.

💰Alice monetized her invisibility. What superpower do you think you could make money off of?

Hello, Goodbye | Book Review & Tour Stop

Hello, Goodbye

Kate Stollenwerck

Publisher: Sparkpress

Pub Date: 8.2.2022 Happy Pub Day!


Thank you @booksparks and @KateStollenwerckauthor for a spot on this #summerpopup tour for 𝐇𝐞𝐥𝐥𝐨, 𝐆𝐨𝐨𝐝𝐛𝐲𝐞.

I loved this debut novel! It’s been a minute since I’ve read a young adult book, and I’ve missed it. I really enjoyed fifteen-year-old Hailey’s perspective. I’m glad that Kate Stollenwerck kept Hailey a kid and not fifteen-year-old acting like a thirty-five-year-old; very refreshing!

So here’s what you’ll experience in this heartfelt story:

👵🏼 A fantastic grandma-granddaughter relationship

🚗 Fun road trips across Texas 

🎶 Beatles’ songs – like it said in the book – “Who doesn’t like the Beatles?”

🧬 Family heritage and secrets

🗺 A treasure hunt, of sorts

💗 And a little bit of teenage romance

For the most part, this book is fun and lively as Hailey and Gigi bond over 𝘛𝘩𝘦 𝘎𝘳𝘦𝘢𝘵 𝘎𝘢𝘵𝘴𝘣𝘺, great music and their family’s past secrets. But it does have its sad moments, with grief and family struggles both during WWII and in the present. Overall the tone stays light as music, humor, and love is the focus. 

🚗 𝚆𝚑𝚊𝚝 𝚒𝚜 𝚊 𝚜𝚘𝚗𝚐 𝚘𝚛 𝚋𝚊𝚗𝚍 𝚝𝚑𝚊𝚝 𝚒𝚜 𝚊 𝚖𝚞𝚜𝚝 𝚏𝚘𝚛 𝚢𝚘𝚞𝚛 𝚛𝚘𝚊𝚍 𝚝𝚛𝚒𝚙?

Home Field Advantage | Book Review

Home Field Advantage

Dahlia Adler

Publisher: Wednesday Books

Pub Date: 6.7.2022


Home Field Advantage is the classic high school “Friday Night Lights” love story with a queer spin. 

On the surface, this is a cute and fun YA sports romance filled with football, cheerleaders, and the typical quarterback falling for the cheerleader. But a few things make Home Field Advantage not just a fluffy rom-com:

🏈The new quarterback, Jack, is a girl, and she is treated horribly. Mainly for being a female good at her sport but also because she has replaced the last QB who passed away.

🏈Amber, a cheerleader, is lesbian, but only her fake boyfriend (😉) knows that.

🏈The narrative discusses homophobia and the bullying as a result of it. 

We hear both Jack and Amber’s POVs, and although I appreciated how difficult their situations were, my heart went out to Jack. I was rooting for her to keep reaching for her dreams no matter how many people were pulling for her to fail.

Thank you @wednesdaybooks for this gifted copy.

𝕎𝕠𝕦𝕝𝕕 𝕪𝕠𝕦 𝕤𝕒𝕪 𝕪𝕠𝕦𝕣 𝕡𝕖𝕣𝕤𝕠𝕟𝕒𝕝𝕚𝕥𝕪 𝕚𝕤 𝕞𝕠𝕣𝕖 𝕝𝕚𝕜𝕖 🏈 𝕒 𝕢𝕦𝕒𝕣𝕥𝕖𝕣𝕓𝕒𝕔𝕜 𝕠𝕣  📣 𝕒 𝕔𝕙𝕖𝕖𝕣𝕝𝕖𝕒𝕕𝕖𝕣?

The Charmed List | Book Review

The Charmed List

Julie Abe

Publisher: Wednesday Books

Pub Date: 7.5.2022 𝒞𝑜𝓂𝒾𝓃𝑔 𝒮𝑜𝑜𝓃!


This book was perfect to chill with on these warm summer nights, with trips to an amusement park, best friends, magical spells, and the brewing of first love.

Ellie Kobata is part of a secret magical world, but that doesn’t make her any less invisible at school. Luckily she has her best friend Lia. The only problem is she can’t tell Lia about the magic; she can’t tell any non-magical.

Jack, her neighbor and childhood friend, is part of the magical world, and he and Ellie were super close until they weren’t. She wants to have a great summer before her senior year – she’s even made a list, but Jack seems to be ruining things. Now Ellie wants revenge, but her plan takes a different turn.

I’m always a sucker for stories with magic in them and I thought the magical system here was unique – not your waving of wands. Ellie and Jack’s parents own shops set in California, but they sell “charmed” products, like teas and bakery items. It was fun to see Ellie and Jack, once best friends, now enemies take a road trip to a magical convention. A very charming story full of magic and young love. 

Thank you @wednesdaybooks for this gifted copy. 

🎧 Thank you @macmillan.audio for the audiobook.

✨ 𝘿𝙤 𝙮𝙤𝙪 𝙝𝙖𝙫𝙚 𝙖 𝙛𝙖𝙫𝙤𝙧𝙞𝙩𝙚 “𝙈𝙖𝙜𝙞𝙘𝙖𝙡” 𝙘𝙝𝙖𝙧𝙖𝙘𝙩𝙚𝙧? 𝙄 𝙡𝙤𝙫𝙚 𝘿𝙧. 𝙎𝙩𝙧𝙖𝙣𝙜𝙚 𝙖𝙣𝙙 𝙎𝙘𝙖𝙧𝙡𝙚𝙩 𝙒𝙞𝙩𝙘𝙝.

Being Mary Bennet | Book Review

Being Mary Bennet

J.C. Peterson

Publisher: Harper Teen

Pub Date: 3/15/2022


I’m always here for retellings. So I was happy to read 𝐁𝐞𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐌𝐚𝐫𝐲 𝐁𝐞𝐧𝐧𝐞𝐭, a cute modernization of 𝘗𝘳𝘪𝘥𝘦 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘗𝘳𝘦𝘫𝘶𝘥𝘪𝘤𝘦.

Marnie is the middle child of the Barnes family. She is bookish, awkward, a bit of a know-it-all, and feels forgotten by her family. But Marnie does have a good heart; it just takes a couple of good friends to help her see that.

Marnie’s fun and bubbly roommate has the nerve to compare her to Mary Bennet, you know from 𝘗𝘳𝘪𝘥𝘦 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘗𝘳𝘦𝘫𝘶𝘥𝘪𝘤𝘦. Marnie is aghast, saying even Mary Bennet didn’t want to be Mary Bennet. This encourages Marnie to work harder at becoming a better Marnie, but she has quite a few stumbles (some pretty funny) along the way.

Okay, time to fess up. I have never read 𝘗𝘳𝘪𝘥𝘦 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘗𝘳𝘦𝘫𝘶𝘥𝘪𝘤𝘦, but I have watched the movie – I know literary faux pas. I didn’t remember Mary Bennet’s character very well, yet it didn’t really affect how much I enjoyed this story. It is definitely young adult, but it has romance, angst, family drama, lots of bookish love, and even a wonderful rescue dog named Sir Pat. 

Thank you to @harperteen @epicreads and @harpercollins for this gifted copy.

📘🎥 𝙰𝚛𝚎 𝚢𝚘𝚞 a 𝚋𝚘𝚘𝚔 𝚋𝚎𝚏𝚘𝚛𝚎 𝚝𝚑𝚎 𝚖𝚘𝚟𝚒𝚎 𝚍𝚒𝚎-𝚑𝚊𝚛𝚍? 𝙸 𝚞𝚜𝚞𝚊𝚕𝚕𝚢 𝚊𝚖, 𝚋𝚞𝚝 𝚘𝚗𝚌𝚎 𝚒𝚗 𝚊 𝚠𝚑𝚒𝚕𝚎, 𝙸 𝚖𝚊𝚔𝚎 𝚊𝚗 𝚎𝚡𝚌𝚎𝚙𝚝𝚒𝚘𝚗.

The One True Me and You | Book Review

The One True Me and You

Remi K. England

Publisher: Wednesday Books

Pub Date: 3/1/22


𝐓𝐡𝐞 𝐎𝐧𝐞 𝐓𝐫𝐮𝐞 𝐌𝐞 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐘𝐨𝐮 is about teens exploring sexuality and gender. It’s about being around the people that love you for you – even when you’re still figuring out what that might look like.

While the topic can be tough for many (and it is taken very seriously here), I loved that the author used a more witty and fun approach.

Teagan, a gay teen, does beauty pageants to earn scholarship money for college. While worrying she will be outed in the pageant community, she meets Kaylee, a young teen who writes fanfic and wants to try out they/them pronouns.

It turns out that the same girl is bullying both girls. When Teagan and Kaylee meet when the pageant and Greatcon are held at the same hotel, not only do sparks fly, but they turn out to be each other’s biggest fans.

The setting of the pageant and the Greatcon convention was entertaining and interesting. Both Kaylee and Teagan had great friends that added diversity and sass. The topics of bullying and the feelings of loneliness and confusion for LGBTQ+ teens are discussed, but I felt that overall, the story has a bright, uplifting feel.

Thank you to @wednesdaybooks for this gifted copy.

The Iron Sword (The Iron Fey: Evenfall #2) | Book Review & Tour Stop

The Iron Sword (The Iron Fey: Evenfall #2)

Julie Kagawa

Publisher: Inkyard Press

Pub Date: 2/1/2022  𝘈𝘷𝘢𝘪𝘭𝘢𝘣𝘭𝘦 𝘕𝘰𝘸!

🌟🌟🌟🌟


I was so excited to jump back into the world of the Iron Fey. I loved book one and 𝐓𝐡𝐞 𝐈𝐫𝐨𝐧 𝐒𝐰𝐨𝐫𝐝 picks up right where we last left our band of heroes.

Ash, the Winter Prince, along with his wife Meghan, the Queen of the Iron Fey, have discovered that their son Keirran, the King of the Forgotten, has disappeared.

Something or someone dark and ancient made Keirran flee and it’s threatening all of the kingdoms. Once again Puck, Nyx the fey assassin, and Grim the disappearing cat join forces with Ash and Queen Meghan to search for Keirran and hopefully stop this sinister force that hopes to divide and conquer the world as they know it.

I love these characters and the worlds they traverse – from the Iron Realm, the shadowy Between, and even the mortal world. I will be honest that I did miss Puck’s sassy narration, as Ash is our guide in this book. But we do hear more of a father’s heart through his voice. 

I recommend reading book one first, although there are recaps along the way that will fill in some blanks. This is a fantastic young adult fantasy series you don’t want to miss. 

Thank you to @harpercollins and @inkyardpress for a spot on tour and a gifted ebook.

👑 𝕀𝕗 𝕪𝕠𝕦 𝕨𝕖𝕣𝕖 𝕒 𝕂𝕚𝕟𝕘 / ℚ𝕦𝕖𝕖𝕟 𝕨𝕙𝕒𝕥 𝕨𝕠𝕦𝕝𝕕 𝕪𝕠𝕦𝕣 𝕔𝕣𝕠𝕨𝕟 𝕓𝕖 𝕒𝕕𝕠𝕣𝕟𝕖𝕕 𝕨𝕚𝕥𝕙: 𝕘𝕖𝕞𝕤, 𝕗𝕝𝕠𝕨𝕖𝕣𝕤, 𝕥𝕙𝕠𝕣𝕟𝕤, 𝕡𝕦𝕣𝕖 𝕘𝕠𝕝𝕕?  𝕀’𝕞 𝕥𝕠𝕣𝕟 𝕓𝕖𝕥𝕨𝕖𝕖𝕟 𝕕𝕚𝕒𝕞𝕠𝕟𝕕𝕤 𝕒𝕟𝕕 𝕨𝕚𝕝𝕕𝕗𝕝𝕠𝕨𝕖𝕣𝕤!