2019 releases · fantasy · YA

Promising, But Ultimately Too Generic: Nocturna by Maya Motayne

“The magic poured life into the images, showing his people swathed in bright colors, prospering and using magic freely.”  When I first saw this book on Edelweiss, I immediately knew I needed to read it. I mean, this is a Latinx inspired Fantasy (yay!) with a prince and a faceless thief (Arya Stark vibes???), which… Continue reading Promising, But Ultimately Too Generic: Nocturna by Maya Motayne

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Haunting, Devastating and Really Beautiful: Burial Rites by Hannah Kent

“Any woman knows that a thread, once woven, is fixed in place; the only way to smooth a mistake is to let it all unravel.”  It's no secret that I have a really hard time with Historical Fiction. I cannot really pinpoint exactly what doesn't work in it for me. I like slow, character-driven stories… Continue reading Haunting, Devastating and Really Beautiful: Burial Rites by Hannah Kent

2019 releases · YA

The Art of Cooking and Coming of Age: With the Fire on High by Elizabeth Acevedo

As you're all very well aware, I am incapable of resisting a good cover. And if you look at the cover for With the Fire on High you can see one thing - IT IS STUNNING. And naturally, when I am doing my favorite thing ever (meaning perusing Edelweiss) and then see a cover like… Continue reading The Art of Cooking and Coming of Age: With the Fire on High by Elizabeth Acevedo

2019 releases · romance

An Election, a Secret Relationship and All the Adorableness: Red, White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston

You know those books that get so much hype that you keep thinking that they can never live up to said hype? There's just so much buzz going around that you keep thinking they aren't that good? That's what happened to me with Red, White & Royal Blue. I wanted to read it, but I… Continue reading An Election, a Secret Relationship and All the Adorableness: Red, White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston

2019 releases · YA

A Girl Arthur, an Adolescent Merlin and So Much Unused Potential: Once & Future by Amy Rose Capetta and Cori McCarthy

I am sure you have heard me raving about A Cathedral of Myth and Bone (if not, you can do so HERE). Ever since reading that, I've become obsessed with the King Arthur story and legend and all the characters. So I was super excited to see that there was a queer Sci-Fi retelling of… Continue reading A Girl Arthur, an Adolescent Merlin and So Much Unused Potential: Once & Future by Amy Rose Capetta and Cori McCarthy

2019 releases · fiction

Isolation, an Oppressive Culture and Three Generations of Women: A Woman is No Man by Etaf Rum

I first saw this book on Edelweiss and I was immediately drawn in by the title - I think it's a very telling and fitting title. And then I saw Max from Well Done Books talk about it on his Instagram and that alongside the fact that this is a story that follows three generations… Continue reading Isolation, an Oppressive Culture and Three Generations of Women: A Woman is No Man by Etaf Rum