2018 releases · romance

Winston Brothers by Penny Reid: A Comprehensive Series Review

“I’d once overheard my daddy tell my momma that the six Winston boys had inherited their father’s ability to charm snakes, the IRS, and women.”  I don't usually review Romance books on this blog, unless they completely charm me. And the Winston Brothers really charmed me. So I thought I'd give you a book by… Continue reading Winston Brothers by Penny Reid: A Comprehensive Series Review

2018 releases · fantasy · YA

Three Warriors, Two Clans and One Painfully Mediocre Book: Sky in the Deep by Adrienne Young

“Vegr yfir fjor.” Honor above life.”  I am sure all of you have heard of Sky in the Deep. It's one of the buzziest YA releases of the year and it's one of those that I was apprehensive to pick up. It gave me a lot of The Last Namsara vibes, and I really disliked… Continue reading Three Warriors, Two Clans and One Painfully Mediocre Book: Sky in the Deep by Adrienne Young

2018 releases

Time Travel, Murder and a Mystery: The Psychology of Time Travel by Kate Mascarenhas

"The laboratory, in Cumbria, was home to four young scientists". I first saw the lovely Zuky from BookBum unbox an ARC of this and I was immediately drawn in by the cover and the title. I love the concept of time travel and the science it would take and what's behind it, and you all… Continue reading Time Travel, Murder and a Mystery: The Psychology of Time Travel by Kate Mascarenhas

2018 releases · YA

Gentrification, a Diverse Retelling and Too Much Exposition: Pride by Ibi Zoboi

"It is a truth universally acknowledged that when rich people move into the hood, where it's a little bit broken and a little bit forgotten, the first thing they want to to do is clean it up." "It is a truth universally acknowledged that when rich people move into the hood, where it's a little… Continue reading Gentrification, a Diverse Retelling and Too Much Exposition: Pride by Ibi Zoboi

2018 releases · fiction

Pablo Escobar, a Tree and an Unlikely Friendship: Fruit of the Drunken Tree by Ingrid Rojas Contreras

A serious case of "It's not you, it's me".  This book popped up on my Edelweiss homepage, and I really liked the sound of it. It's set in Bogota, Colombia, and I have never read a book about Colombia. Moreover, this is set during Esobar's terror reign over Colombia, and since I enjoy media about… Continue reading Pablo Escobar, a Tree and an Unlikely Friendship: Fruit of the Drunken Tree by Ingrid Rojas Contreras

2018 releases · romance

The Autism Spectrum, a Gender-reversed Pretty Woman and Chemistry: The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang

“She didn’t know how to be semi-interested in something. She was either indifferent . . . or obsessed.”  I was so surprised to see a Romance novel get so much hype and so much exposure. Pleasantly surprised, but still. And then I saw that this was an ownvoices novel, with a neurodiverse female lead, who… Continue reading The Autism Spectrum, a Gender-reversed Pretty Woman and Chemistry: The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang

2018 releases · YA

Retellings, Feminism, and Just Barely Below the Surface: The Surface Breaks by Louise O’Neill

“We are women. And women are warriors, after all.”  When I first heard that there was a feminist retelling of The Little Mermaid, I got really excited. I enjoy retellings a lot, but I am kind of picky with them. I like to see elements of the original story, but I also really appreciate something… Continue reading Retellings, Feminism, and Just Barely Below the Surface: The Surface Breaks by Louise O’Neill

2018 releases · fiction

Accelerated Pregnancy, Federal Agents and a Bad Aftertaste: Mother of Invention by Caeli Wolfson Widger

"It’s no longer a question of whether women can do it all. It’s just assumed that we will. It’s assumed that we can be great careerists and mothers and spouses and still magically keep the laundry in check. Which is not only impossible, it’s mass exploitation. It’s keeping women in a permanent state of fatigue… Continue reading Accelerated Pregnancy, Federal Agents and a Bad Aftertaste: Mother of Invention by Caeli Wolfson Widger

2018 releases · YA

Love, Playing It Cool and Kind of Offbeat: Leah on the Offbeat by Becky Albertalli

“I hate when assholes have talent. I want to live in a world where good people rule at everything and shitty people suck at everything.”  As you may or may not know, I was a huge fan of Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda (review can be found HERE), so I was naturally super pumped… Continue reading Love, Playing It Cool and Kind of Offbeat: Leah on the Offbeat by Becky Albertalli

2018 releases · judging books by the cover

Judging Books By Their Covers: June Releases Edition

Let’s judge some books by the cover, shall we?  Every month, I pick some books with pretty covers and then I show the ones with best blurbs to you. Basically, I spend a lot of time on Netgalley, and scouring the Internet for new releases, so I am gonna do that, but pick the books… Continue reading Judging Books By Their Covers: June Releases Edition

2018 releases · fiction

The Unraveling of a Small Town: Us Against You by Fredrik Backman

"They're adults now. For some girls that isn't something you choose. It's something that gets forced upon you." As you all know by now, Beartown was my favorite book last year (you can read my review HERE). I was and still am completely in love with it. So when I heard that there was a… Continue reading The Unraveling of a Small Town: Us Against You by Fredrik Backman

2018 releases · non fiction

Anxiety, Spirituality and Dubious Advice: First, We Make the Beast Beautiful by Sarah Wilson

I should just stop reading books about mental health.  As some of you may know, I am a soon-to-be psychologist (a few exams to go!) and whenever I see a nonfiction book exploring mental health issues from a personal perspective, I get really excited. And when I saw Sarah Wilson's book, which promises a deep… Continue reading Anxiety, Spirituality and Dubious Advice: First, We Make the Beast Beautiful by Sarah Wilson