Double Review: The Wise and Wicked by Rebecca Podos and The Language of Fire by Stephanie Hemphill

The Wise and the Wicked by Rebecca Podos e-ARC Published May 28th 2019 by HarperCollins/Balzer + Bray ✰✰ Ruby Chernyavsky has been told the stories since she was a child: The women in her family, once possessed of great magical abilities to remake lives and stave off death itself, were forced to flee their Russian …

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Always and Forever, Lara Jean by Jenny Han // Bittersweet, nostalgic, and yet a perfect ending💖

Always and Forever, Lara Jean by Jenny Han ebook, 336 pages Published May 2nd 2017 by Simon Schuster Books for Young Readers ✰✰✰✰.5 Lara Jean’s letter-writing days aren’t over in this surprise follow-up to the bestselling To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before and P.S. I Still Love You. Lara Jean is having the best senior year a girl …

If I’m Being Honest by Emily Wibberley and Austin Siegemund-Broka

If I'm Being Honest by Emily Wibberley and Austin Siegemund-Broka e-ARC, 384 pages Published April 23rd 2019 by Viking Books for Young Readers ✰✰✰✰.5 High school senior Cameron Bright’s reputation can be summed up in one word: bitch. It’s no surprise she’s queen bee at her private L.A. high school—she’s beautiful, talented, and notorious for …

Double Review: The Stonewall Riots by Gayle E. Pitman and The Assassin Game by Kristy McKay

The Stonewall Riots: Coming Out in the Streets by Gayle E. Pitman E-book, 224 pages Expected publication: May 14th 2019 by Abrams Books for Young Readers ✰✰✰✰ This book is about the Stonewall Riots, a series of spontaneous, often violent demonstrations by members of the gay (LGBTQ+) community in reaction to a police raid that …

Nocturna by Maya Motayne // So much potential, but lacks originality

Nocturna by Maya Motayne ebook, 480 pages Expected publication: May 7th 2019 by Balzer + Bray ✰.5 The first in a sweeping and epic own voices debut fantasy trilogy—set in a stunning Latinx-inspired world—about a face-changing thief and a risk-taking prince who must team up to defeat a powerful evil they accidentally unleashed. Perfect for fans …

The Cold is in Her Bones by Peternelle van Arsdale // Has a lot of potential, but ended up being very underwhelming

The Cold is in Her Bones by Peternelle van Arsdale E-book, 288 pages Published January 22nd 2019 by Margaret K. McElderry Books ✰.5 One girl must uncover secrets of the past to save her friend from a terrible curse in this dark and mesmerizing story of love, revenge, and redemption inspired by the myth of Medusa. Milla …

Romanov by Nadine Brandes // Might work as non-fiction, but not as fiction

Romanov by Nadine Brandes ebook, Electronic ARC copy from NetGalley, 352 pages Expected publication: May 7th 2019 by Thomas Nelson ✰✰.5 The history books say I died. They don’t know the half of it. Anastasia “Nastya” Romanov was given a single mission: to smuggle an ancient spell into her suitcase on her way to exile in Siberia. …

Love & Other Curses by Michael Thomas Ford // Full of sassy grandmas and drag queens, but also important discussions.

Love & Other Curses by Michael Thomas Ford ebook, 352 pages Published April 9th 2019 by HarperTeen ✰✰✰✰ The Weyward family has been haunted by a curse for generations—if a Weyward falls in love before their seventeenth birthday, the person they love dies. Sam doesn’t plan to fall for anyone in the nine weeks before his …