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 …

4 Reasons Why You Should Read The Dating Game by Kiley Roache

The Dating Game  by Kiley Roache ebook, 304 pages Expected publication on April 1st 2019 by Inkyard Press ✰✰✰✰.5 The Social Network gets a romantic twist in this fresh and engaging new read from the author of Frat Girl, Kiley Roache. Experience the whirlwind ups and downs of college life in this authentic and entertaining new …