Decked with Holly by Marni Bates // Not enough holiday cheer

Decked with Holly by Marni Bates Paperback, 244 pages Published September 25th 2012 by K-Teen ✰✰ Smartly blending of-the-moment pop culture references and timeless themes, Bates follows her YA debut, “Awkward”, with a hilarious, over-the-top adventure about a teen girl who becomes the fake girlfriend of a cute rock star. Taking a Christmas cruise with her […]

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Mini Reviews: Recent Reads, part II // Mean Girls in Shakespearean, tea dragons, and boy next door

William Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Mean Girls by Ian Doescher e-ARC, 176 pages Published April 23rd 2019 by Quirk Books ✰✰✰✰ Power struggles. Bitter rivalries. Jealousy. Betrayals. Star-crossed lovers. When you consider all these plot points, it’s pretty surprising William Shakespeare didn’t write Mean Girls. But now fans can treat themselves to the epic drama–and heroic hilarity–of the […]

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Mini Reviews: Recent Reads, part I // Murder, Gay Royals, and more Murder

The Poison Thread by Laura Purcell e-ARC, 351 pages Published June 18th 2019 by Penguin Books ✰✰✰✰.5 A thrilling Victorian gothic horror tale about a young seamstress who claims her needle and thread have the power to kill Dorothea Truelove is young, wealthy, and beautiful. Ruth Butterham is young, poor, and awaiting trial for murder. […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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