Release Day Mini-Reviews – 01/22/19

The Kingdom of Copper by S. A. Chakraborty

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My thoughts:

  • 5/5 stars
  • S. A. Chakraborty did it again
  • I don’t really know what else to say. this was incredible
  • even better than the city of brass?
  • get on reading this series

The Birds, the Bees, and You and Me by Olivia Hinebaugh

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My thoughts:

  • 4/5 stars
  • the inclusive sex positive ya about friends starting a sex ed revolution at their high school
  • it was so good. I loved this
  • and look at those ace flags on the cover!

 

Song of the Dead by Sarah Glenn Marsh

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My Thoughts:

  • 3.5/5 stars
  • I didn’t enjoy this as much as reign of the fallen
  • it’s still good, the plot is good
  • and I appreciate that we get the sapphic version of a ya sex scene
  • but there was so much pairing up of people and just, not everyone has to end up together, you know?

 

 

Hope you’re having a great day!

 

Release Day Mini Reviews – 01/15/19

The Gilded Wolves by Roshani Chokshi

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My thoughts:

  • 5/5 stars
  • the most beautiful writing
  • heisty
  • wonderful ensemble cast I would die for
  • historical fantasy
  • diverse and comments on the bs

 

Dragon Pearl by Yoon Ha Lee

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My thoughts:

  • 3/5 stars
  • this has a lot of potential to be a good middle grade
  • personally I didn’t like it but I think it’s because I don’t like scifi
  • if you like scifi, definitely check this out

Famous in a Small Town by Emma Mills

 

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My thoughts:

  • 3.5/5 stars
  • this was really cute
  • just a fun time
  • obviously set in a small town
  • friendshippy

 

That’s all for today! Hope you’re having a great time, and happy reading

 

 

Release Day Mini Reviews – January 8th, 2019

I decided to start this thing where I post a collection of mini-reviews for books I’ve had the privilege of reading early on the day that they all come out, and this is the first one. I hope you enjoy!

The Wicked King by Holly Black

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My thoughts:

  • 5/5 stars
  • so m u c h tension
  • political intrigue
  • all the betrayal
  • I love this series
  • if you loved the first one, definitely read this one

Two Can Keep a Secret by Karen M. McManus

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My thoughts:

  • 2/5 stars
  • better than one of us is lying
  • that’s not really saying much I hated one of us is lying
  • the last sentence is a little thrilling
  • I was just rather bored the whole time

Once Ghosted, Twice Shy by Alyssa Cole

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My thoughts:

  • 5/5 stars
  • just as wonderful as the cover promises
  • so romantic, so sexy
  • if you’re not reading this series already, get on it??
  • I just really love Likotsi and Fabiola
  • here‘s my post for the blog tour featuring an excerpt

Slayer by Kiersten White

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My thoughts:

  • 3.5/5 stars
  • if you’re just looking for a fun time, read this
  • tons of diverse side characters
  • I haven’t watched buffy the vampire slayer, but this made me want to watch it

The Girl King by Mimi Yu

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My thoughts:

  • 2/5 stars
  • I just didn’t enjoy this
  • I got zero sibling feels from this
  • I just didn’t care
  • there also was a concerning scene with an attempted rape that just should have been cut

I hope you enjoyed, and happiest of reading to all of you!

 

Once Ghosted, Twice Shy Blog Tour – Excerpt and Review

 

Alyssa Cole returns with a fun, sexy romance novella in the Reluctant Royals series!

While her boss the prince was busy wooing his betrothed, Likotsi had her own love affair after swiping right on a dating app. But her romance had ended in heartbreak, and now, back in NYC again, she’s determined to rediscover her joy—so of course she runs into the woman who broke her heart.

When Likotsi and Fabiola meet again on a stalled subway train months later, Fab asks for just one cup of tea. Likotsi, hoping to know why she was unceremoniously dumped, agrees. Tea and food soon leads to them exploring the city together, and their past, with Fab slowly revealing why she let Likotsi go, and both of them wondering if they can turn this second chance into a happily ever after.

About the Book

Once Ghosted, Twice Shy
by Alyssa Cole

Series
Reluctant Royals

Genre
Adult
Contemporary Romance

Publisher
Avon Impulse

Publication Date
January 8, 2018

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My Thoughts:

5/5 Stars

If you haven’t read any of the books in the Reluctant Royals series, get on that. You still can read this novella without reading the others, but why would you want to? A Princess in Theory and A Duke by Default are both incredible, and so is Once Ghosted, Twice Shy. Fabiola and Likotsi are both incredibly enthralling characters both apart and together. They have an incredible relationship, and this book even made me dig instalove, something I didn’t think was possible. Alyssa Cole is so talented. Utilizing two point of views, this book tells us how Fabiola and Likotsi first met on a dating app, and their second chance months later after Fabiola ghosted Likotsi and broke her heart.

Once Ghosted, Twice Shy is romantic and sexy, and I can’t recommend this series or this book enough. Also, this cover is just incredible (and the models are an IRL couple!).

Excerpt:

“Attention, passengers, we apologize for the delay.” The MTA conductor’s voice was tinny, but the exasperation rang clear as the voice fuzzed through the speakers in the stalled subway car. “We are being held momentarily by the train’s dispatcher due to a malfunctioning signal. Or something. Thank you for your patience. We will be moving shortly. Maybe.”

Likotsi Adelele, mother of schedules and slayer of inefficiencies, would usually have been quite annoyed with her train being stuck on a bridge for half an hour with no explanation, but it was a special day: she had off from work. The full weekend! Two days to herself, a reprieve from managing meetings with dignitaries, heads of states, and business interests; planning royal dinners, royal date nights, and royal relaxation; and overseeing most aspects of the life of His Royal Highness, Bringer of Light and Love, Prince Thabiso Moshoeshoe of Thesolo, currently situated in Manhattan.

Or more time to think about her.

Likotsi tugged at the thigh of her trousers—teal gabardine with a matching blazer—before crossing her leg so that an ankle rested over her opposite knee, exposing bright yellow socks. She brushed away a speck of dirt that had lodged in one of the diamond-shaped perforations that decorated the aged tan leather of her new brogues. Her father had mailed her the shoes a few weeks back, a Christmas present to go under the giant fir tree lodged into a corner of the royal townhouse, since Naledi enjoyed partaking in Christian holidays. When Likotsi had finally been allowed to open the package, held hostage until four am on December 25 by an ever vigilant Naledi, she’d discovered a note inside: New shoes point toward the future, sweet daughter. You cannot keep wearing that which you have outgrown.

Likotsi had slipped the note and the shoes into her closet for the two weeks following the holiday. Today she would break them in, walking away from memories that should’ve evaporated long ago but had left residual damage, like stains on suede after a sudden downpour.

She winced as the conductor made another announcement, this one completely unintelligible static.

A train delay was fine. A train delay was delightful. Anything she encountered this weekend would be delightful because she was tired of the dejection that had nagged at her for months. Dejection was inefficient, and worse, it was pedestrian. Moping and wallowing had left a green tinge on the memories of her few perfect days in New York the previous spring, like the band of a fake gold ring. It was time to leave the shoes she had outgrown behind.

It was time to create new memories.

As far as interminable train delays went, being stuck on the Manhattan Bridge on a Saturday morning was about as good as one could get. Outside the window of the train, the January sunlight was dappling over the choppy, ice-strewn waves of the East River, tinting the muddy waters a silvery green-gold. The cold blue of the morning sky seemed endless as it stretched out over Brooklyn on one side and Manhattan on the other, holding all the promise of the recently arrived New Year. 

A week before, Likotsi had watched the ball drop from the apartment of a translator she’d met at the UN. As she’d walked home, surrounded by drunken revelers, she’d wondered what it would’ve been like to kiss Fab at midnight instead.

No thoughts of her today. Enough.

On the Manhattan side of the river, the sharp angles of the skyscrapers were burnished with light, making it seem as if the impossibly tall buildings were sunbathing. New York City didn’t have majestic mountains or roaring waterfalls or rolling plains, like her homeland, but it was a beautiful city in its own way. It deserved better than to be the receptacle of memories that impeded her forward motion like a badly tailored suit that was too tight at the knees and elbows.

Likotsi had been working double duty as assistant to both Prince Thabiso and Naledi, his betrothed, for months. She’d been particularly dedicated to her job for the last seven months and three weeks, happy to work long hours and not just for the supplemental pay. Thabiso had gone from gently asking that she work less to outright commanding it.

She supposed she had been very. . . focused on keeping their schedules and making sure everything ran like clockwork.

The goat that wanders is the goat that gets lost. She hadn’t allowed herself to be lost to the pain of stinging rejection, especially over such a fleeting affair. She had focused, stayed on the path of international relocation and American apartment hunting and making sure that everything in her boss’s life was handled before he could think of it. There was a certain comfort in putting someone else’s life to order when her own felt uncharacteristically messy.

But now she was on vacation. The last time she’d taken time for herself in this manner had been, coincidentally, eight months before, when Thabiso had been busy hiding his royal identity while wooing Naledi. Likotsi had downloaded a dating app and made the error of swiping right on Fabiola C, located 0.3 miles away.

Fab.

Fab’s bio had been seven words: Math. Jewelry. Dressing down is giving in. Dark brown skin, Bettie Page bangs, and an hourglass figure were what had initially caught Likotsi’s attention. Personality, talent, and drive were what had held it fast. An immediate, theretofore unknown connection was what had made Likotsi sure Fab was the one. Fab’s blunt, cold breakup had shattered that illusion, but the shards remained.

Fabiola C: I can’t do this. You’re leaving, right? It was fun—let’s stop before it’s not.

Likotsi had thought the hurt would fade, eventually. It had been a temporary fling after all, and she was no slouch at those. While Thabiso had formerly held the title of the Playboy Pan Afrique, Likotsi had fared just as well in her own dating sphere, minus the fuckboy tendencies. In Thesolo, there were families anxious to settle their daughters with the prince’s right hand, and when she traveled? Well, women found it hard to resist a sharp suit and a soft smile. Surely a woman she’d only spent a few nights with shouldn’t have done her heart more than a glancing blow.

If Likotsi’s obsession with efficiency had taught her anything, it was that sometimes it was the briefest setback that toppled everything afterward like dominoes. 

About Alyssa Cole

ALYSSA COLE is a science editor, pop culture nerd, and romance junkie who lives in the Caribbean and occasionally returns to her fast-paced NYC life. In addition to writing, she founded and hosted the Jefferson Market Library Romance Book Club and taught Romance Writing for Beginners. She speaks on topics such as writing erotic romance, writing multicultural romance, and self-editing. She has contributed romance-related articles to publications including RT Book Reviews, Heroes and Heartbreakers, Romance at Random, and The Toast. She has also started a bi-monthly column in the Romance Writer’s Report, Romancing the Globe, in which she chats with romance writers from around the world. When she’s not busy writing, traveling, and learning French, she can be found watching anime with her husband or tending to her herd of animals.

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Top 18 Books I Read in 2018 – #Project14Lists

This is my last post for #Project14Lists, a challenge created by That Bookshelf Bitch, where you aim for posting 14 lists during the last two weeks of the year.

I got busy and then sick so I’ve not done a good job with the last week of posts. I wanted to end it strong though, so here we go.

Today I’m going to be talking about my favorite books I read this year. This isn’t just restricted to books that were published in 2018; it’s just the 18 books I read for the first time this year that were favorites of the year. Also the order is just the same order I read them in, it has nothing to do with how I rank them against each other. Let’s get into it!

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid

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  • is this really a surprise?
  • if you haven’t read this yet, seriously get on it

Ruin of Stars by Linsey Miller

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  • mask of shadows was good, but ruin of stars takes it a huge notch up and I love it so much
  • also, emerald is an aro icon I love her

Tyler Johnson Was Here by Jay Coles

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  • so hard to read but so good
  • r e a d it

Anger is a Gift by Mark Oshiro

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  • another intense and really hard to read one
  • so so good

Odd One Out by Nic Stone

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  • questioning rep!!
  • it’s so messy and wonderful

A Reaper at the Gates by Sabaa Tahir

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  • sabaa is a queen
  • this book kinda killed me

The Wicked King by Holly Black

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  • I don’t know how to deal with the feelings this book gives me
  • just, this series

Girls of Paper and Fire by Natasha Ngan

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  • I love this so much
  • if it’s about queer girls of color falling in love and fighting the patriarchy, I’m down
  • read it.

The Lady’s Guide to Petticoats and Piracy by Mackenzi Lee

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  • the characters! I love them all
  • we stan an aroace icon who freaks out and runs away when a guy proposes

Into the Drowning Deep by Mira Grant

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  • killer mermaids in the mariana trench
  • read this I want to read out of the swallowing sea desperately

If We Were Villains by M. L. Rio

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  • shakespeare
  • gay
  • college seniors being terrible to each other/ killing each other is one of my fave niche genres

We Set the Dark on Fire by Tehlor Kay Mejia

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  • again, queer girls of color falling in love and fighting the patriarchy!! what’s not to like
  • there’s also some hate to love vibes going on here

The Kingdom of Copper by S. A. Chakraborty

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  • ahhhhhhhhhhhh
  • I need book 3, that’s all

Bloodwitch by Susan Dennard

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  • all the threads are coming together, and it’s so so good
  • also, I would die for vivia

The Devouring Gray by Christine Lynn Herman

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  • the devouring GAY
  • it’s dark and gay. that’s literally all I want in books

Descendant of the Crane by Joan He

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  • this is incredible. it’s only one book rn, but fuck I need more
  • I love hesina and everyone it’s just so safdjafaef

The Gilded Wolves by Roshani Chokshi

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  • ensemble casts that are just so well done mmmm
  • the setting! roshani’s writing! read it!

Tell Me How You Really Feel by Aminah Mae Safi

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  • sapphic hate to love of my dreams, y’all
  • honestly aminah mae safi’s debut could also be on here. I just love her books. they’re incredible. read not the girls you’re looking for while you wait for this one

 

That’s it for this final post of the year!

How was your 2018? Are you excited for 2019? What were some of your favorite books of the year? Chat with me in the comments. I hope you’re having a great day!

 

 

The Twelve Days of Christmas Book Tag

Hi, everyone! Today I’m going to do the Twelve Days of Christmas Book Tag. I wasn’t tagged by anyone, and I’m not totally sure who the creator of this tag is, as it appears to have originally created by LizzieLovesBooks, but then someone tweaked some of the questions so they’re different from the original.

Anyways, let’s get into it!

On the first day of Christmas, my true love gave to me: a partridge in a pear tree.

The partridge stood alone in the pear tree. What is your favorite standalone?

Let’s start this off with a very predictable answer for me, and that is Eliza and Her Monsters by Francesca Zappia!

 

I love this book. Maybe eventually I will write a review for this. Probably not, but this book is everything to me.

On the second day of Christmas, my true love gave to me: two turtle doves.

Love is in the air! Who is your favorite OTP?

For this one, I’m going to go with a ship from a book I read really recently that I absolutely loved. It’s sapphic hate to love and oh so good. This ship had me squealing several times throughout the book, and that is Sana and Rachel from Tell Me How You Really Feel by Aminah Mae Safi. I love them so much. Definitely check this out when it comes out in June, and preorder it now 😉

On the third day of Christmas, my true love gave to me: three french hens.

In the spirit of threes, what is your favorite trilogy?

I kind of hate trilogies because (although lots of series just in general have finales that really disappoint me) trilogies seem like the worst offenders? Also, I just way prefer duologies. BUT there is a clear answer to this question for me, and that is: the Shades of Magic trilogy by V. E. Schwab. I love this trilogy very much, and I enjoyed each book more than the previous one which is what I always want from trilogies.

On the fourth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me: four calling birds.

Since series usually consist of four or more books, what is your favorite series?

There are a few ongoing series that are going to have four or more books but only have three out at this time, so I feel a little weird choosing one of those. Also, I wanted to fit this series in here somehow because I love it, and that is the Rigel Black books (the first one being The Pureblood Pretense). They’re a Harry Potter meets Song of the Lioness fan fiction series, and they’re super long but so so good, and there’s such a focus on friendship and I love these books, okay? I highly recommend giving them a shot.

On the fifth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me: five golden rings.

One ring to rule them all! Who is your favorite antagonist/villain?

I was struggling to choose an answer for this, not because I don’t love villains, but just none of them are coming to mind immediately. I think I’m going to go with The Nightbringer from An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir though. He’s so interesting, and like mmmm. Read A Reaper at the Gates, y’all.

On the sixth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me: six geese a laying.

Creation is a beautiful thing. What is your favorite world/world-building

I absolutely love the world of the Abhorsen trilogy/ Old Kingdom books by Garth Nix. In the second book, there’s this huge library with dangerous creatures and mysteries there. And because it’s about necromancy, there’s a lot of going into Death, and I love Death and how it’s split into different precincts and there are different ways you have to go through them, and through the gates between them.

On the seventh day of Christmas, my true love gave to me: seven swans a swimming.

Who needs seven swans when all it takes is one good animal sidekick? Who is your favorite animal sidekick?

This answer is also from the books I mentioned in the previous question, and specifically Lirael by Garth Nix. I’m very much a cat person, and just don’t care about dogs, but there is one single dog I care about and that is the Disreputable Dog from this series. I love her so much. She’s GREAT.

On the eighth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me: eight maids a milking.

Milk is so 18th century. Which book or series takes beverages/food to a whole new level?

I’m going to go with The Gilded Wolves by Roshani Chokshi for this one. The way she describes food is incredible, just like this entire book. Definitely read it in January when it comes out. Fortunately you don’t have to wait long.

On the ninth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me: nine ladies dancing.

Dancing is just one skill of a lady! Who is your favourite kickass female lead?

First of all, dancing is awesome; don’t diss it. Don’t diss feminine characters when discussing “kickass” female leads. There’s more than one way to be “kickass.” And often “kickass female leads” are the ones that do things that are typically associated with men, and that’s great and all, but ladies who dance and sew and stuff are/still can be kickass? I get whoever came up with this question is trying to make a feminist statement, but it’s actually pretty misogynistic, especially since the question below doesn’t say “kickass leading lad”.

I’m going to choose Laia from An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir. I see a lot of people criticizing and ignoring her for the more “kickass” (as phrased and intended by the initial question) Helene, but tbh Helene kinda sucks especially in the first book. Laia is really strong in her own way, and I love her.

On the tenth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me: ten lords a leaping.

How about your favorite leading lad?

I’m going back to another old series with this one, and I fully blame Sakina for reminding me just how much I love him, and the character in question is Briar Moss from the Circle of Magic series by Tamora Pierce. I just love him so much wow. He’s a soft plant boi who used to be a thief, and he’s great. Also this series has a huge emphasis on friendship that makes me very emotional.

On the eleventh day of Christmas, my true love gave to me: eleven pipers piping.

What is your favourite book or bookish thing with musical influence?

I guess this is just the tag where I dig up some older favorites? Although this one isn’t quite as old as some of the others on this list. I absolutely love Fire by Kristen Cashore. Fire is a human monster and the protagonist of this book, and she also plays the fiddle.

On the twelfth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me: twelve drummers drumming.

Drum roll please… what is your favorite read of this year?

I think I’m going to go with The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid. This book was just so wonderful. I read it in January, and I still cannot stop thinking about it.

 

Anyways, that’s it for now, I hope you’re having a great day!

 

Disappointing Reads of 2018 – #Project14Lists

This is my next post for #Project14Lists, a challenge created by That Bookshelf Bitch, where you aim for posting 14 lists during the last two weeks of the year.

Daisy Jones & the Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid

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I love love loved The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo, so I was pretty excited to read Taylor Jenkins Reid’s next book. I was unfortunately very disappointed. It’s not a bad book; it’s just that I didn’t care about anyone and nothing about this book is very memorable except for one thing at the end (and that’s only because of stuff in my own life that made it really get to me. it’s not even a large part of the book).  It’s also not gay, so…

Lifel1k3 by Jay Kristoff

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I really didn’t care about this book at all, and in fact at times I actively hated it. It was just so boring for me? And annoying, like we get it, you like to make up annoying slang. Can we stop? I should have DNFed it, but I’m so bad at that and I was hoping it would get better. It didn’t.

Obsidio by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

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Considering how much I enjoyed Illuminae and Gemina I was really looking forward to this book, and it wasn’t bad exactly, it just wasn’t very exciting and I didn’t care about our new characters. The only good parts of this book actually were my queen, the little spider, Ella Malikova, and Team Dad Isaac Grant. Another reason this book disappointed me is a little spoilery, but if you keep “killing” off characters and then having them actually not be dead, it really loses it’s impact. And we already got that in Illuminae and Gemina. Once was fine, twice was a little frustrating, but three times? Seriously? Who decided this was a good idea. Also, and this is something I’ll cover in a later blog post, but if you’re going to have some huge fucking war. Kill off a main character. Please. Have some sort of casualty who we actually care about. It’s not realistic for everyone to survive.

Nothing Happened by Molly Booth

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If you read my previous post about characters I hate, you know I HATE Claudio from Much Ado About Nothing. This is a retelling of that play which I really do like, and one of the couples is sapphic. Can you tell where we’re going with this? The obviously inferior couple of Claudio and Hero (that shouldn’t be a couple because fuck Claudio) is the sapphic couple. Yeah. I still really fucking hate Claudio even when the character is Claudia.

Love a la Mode by Stephanie Kate Strohm

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I was excited about this because cute romcom! hate to love! cooking! It fell very flat for me. There was representation that really didn’t seem well done at all, and I thought the main character had better chemistry with someone other than the guy she ended up with. If you’re looking for a great hate to love cooking romcom, I’d definitely recommend The Art of French Kissing. I loved that book, and it has representation that seems a lot better done.

Kingdom of Ash by Sarah J. Mess

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UGH. This book was too long, it had way too much allocishet nonsense, and it again fell into one of the reasons I hate so many series conclusions (though I’m not very surprised after the mess of a court of wings and ruin). The only good thing about it is there’s a touching Chaol and Dorian reunion, but it’s not worth suffering through nearly a thousand pages for.

The Seven 1/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton

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I had an absolutely miserable time reading this book, and it was incredible fatphobic. Not every book titled The Seven ________ of Evelyn H_______ is a masterpiece. (The original title for this book didn’t have the 1/2, but they changed it for the US because of the coincidence).

 

Anyways, those were my least favorite/most disappointing books of the year. What were yours? Did you feel similarly about any of these books? Let me know in the comments, and I hope you’re having a great day.

Favorite Books ft. Queer Girls – #Project14Lists

This is my next post for #Project14Lists, a challenge created by That Bookshelf Bitch, where you aim for posting 14 lists during the last two weeks of the year.

I feel like queer girls don’t usually get as much love as queer guys, and that’s a damn shame, so today I’m going to share some of my favorite books that feature queer ladies as the main characters 🙂

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid

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Following bisexual Cuban goddess, Evelyn Hugo, this was one of my favorite reads of this year, and just ever. It’s incredible. If you haven’t read it yet, definitely change that.

Tash Hearts Tolstoy by Kathryn Ormsbee

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I love The Lizzie Bennet Diaries, and this book follows an asexual girl who is making a modern retelling of Anna Karenina in that vein. It’s wonderful.

The Lady’s Guide to Petticoats and Piracy by Mackenzi Lee

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Felicity is an aromantic asexual girl who runs away from a guy who proposes to her at the very beginning of the book, and I love her.

Odd One Out by Nic Stone

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I love this book so much, but probably what I love most is that we get some characters who are questioning their identities, and it’s done so well.

Reign of the Fallen by Sarah Glenn Marsh

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This is about a bisexual necromancer. Honestly what more could you want?

Girls of Paper and Fire by Natasha Ngan

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This book falls into a little category I like to call queer girls of color falling in love and fighting the patriarchy, and I love it so much.

Inkmistress by Audrey Coulthurst

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The author has referred to this book before as Of Bisexuality and Bloodshed, and I think that’s very accurate, and it’s so good.

Into the Drowning Deep by Mira Grant

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The main character is a bisexual scientist, and she develops such a wonderful relationship with a camera operator all while trying to survive killer mermaids above the Mariana Trench. It’s just as terrifying and great as it sounds.

Daughter of the Burning City by Amanda Foody

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I love this book. It’s dark and atmospheric, and I got everything I wanted out of it. The main character is bisexual, and she can create these illusions that are like people, but then they start to die!

 

And here’s a little section for books that aren’t out yet, but are wonderful and should be on your radar!

 

Tell Me How You Really Feel by Aminah Mae Safi

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This was every bit as wonderful as that cover promised us. I love Sana and Rachel individually and together so much. Definitely pick this up when it comes out in June.

We Set the Dark on Fire by Tehlor Kay Mejia

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This is another book that falls into the queer girls of color falling in love and fighting the patriarchy, and it was everything. It’s also got a bit of hate to love, and I just highly recommend picking it up in February.

The Princess and the Fangirl by Ashley Poston

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This is a wonderful companion novel to Geekerella, and Jess, the actress who plays Princess Amara, is wonderful. She’s sapphic and demisexual and it’s so well done. Pick this up when it comes out in April.

Once Ghosted, Twice Shy by Alyssa Cole

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First of all, look at that cover. And I’ve heard they’re an actual couple in real life?? Anyways, this was the wonderful sapphic romance novella of my dreams. It was so good, just like all the other books in the Reluctant Royals series. Check this one out in January 🙂

The Last 8 by Laura Pohl

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The main character in this book is aromantic and bisexual. When do we ever get that?? Anyways, after an alien attack, everyone in the world seems to be dead except her. And then one day she hears a message on the radio and goes to find this small group of misfits who call themselves The Last Teenagers on Earth. Pick this one up in March!

The Devouring Gray by Christine Lynn Herman

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This book really could be called The Devouring Gay because it’s really gay. It’s also very atmospheric and dark, and just pick it up in April, alright?

 

What are your favorite books featuring queer ladies? Let me know in the comments 🙂

Most Anticipated 2019 Releases – #Project14Lists

This is my next post for #Project14Lists, a challenge created by That Bookshelf Bitch, where you aim for posting 14 lists during the last two weeks of the year.

For today’s list, I thought I would share some of my most anticipated 2019 releases. I’m pretty fortunate to be a part of a group at my local indie bookstore called the Young Adult Review Committee, and in exchange for a minimum of one review a month, we get access to all the ARCs sent to the bookstore by the publishers so I’ve read quite a few of my most anticipated books already and I’m going to keep those off of this list. I also may have forgotten some because let’s be real there are just so many I’m anticipating.

Without further ado, let’s get into it!

King of Scars by Leigh Bardugo

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Release Date: January 29th, 2019

I love Nikolai and Six of Crows, so obviously I’m hyped for this.

Children of Virtue and Vengeance by Tomi Adeyemi

Release Date: March 5th, 2019

Children of Blood and Bone was one of my favorite books I read in 2017, so obviously I’m super excited to read this. Also, when are we getting that cover reveal?

King of Fools by Amanda Foody

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Release Date: April 30th, 2019

I loved Ace of Shades, so obviously I am very very excited to read this sequel.

Her Royal Highness by Rachel Hawkins

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Release Date: May 9th, 2019

they can’t stand each other at first, AND THEY WERE ROOMMATES. it’s sapphic. I’m here for it.

 

The Candle and the Flame by Nafiza Azad

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Release Date: May 14th, 2019

everything about this sounds incredible. I’m just really excited to read this. also, it’s a standalone which is always exciting.

We Hunt the Flame by Hafsah Faizal

This is getting a new cover that will hopefully be dropped soon, but anyways. I’ve heard such good things about this, and I’m just really so excited to read it. The excerpts have been incredible.

Going Off Script by Jen Wilde

 

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Release Date: May 21st, 2019

I have loved Jen Wilde’s previous works, and I’m so excited for this one. Just sign me up.

Blood Heir by Amélie Wen Zhao

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Release Date: June 4th, 2019

All I really know about it is it may be a dark Anastasia retelling, and she’s a blood bender? And that’s really all I need to know.

Tell Me How You Really Feel by Aminah Mae Safi

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Release Date: June 11th, 2019

Okay so technically I have an ARC of this book sitting right next to me for me to devour after I finish this blog post, but I haven’t read it yet and I’m anticipating it so much. I’ve been following it since it was untitled and all I knew was that it was sapphic hate to love. Now we have a title and THAT COVER. the cover kills me. I just love it so much.

Wicked Fox by Kat Cho

Release Date: June 25th, 2019

Everything I’ve heard about this makes me very excited for it. We don’t have enough fantasies from certain cultures written by authors from that culture.

Wilder Girls by Rory Power

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Release Date: July 9th, 2019

it’s queer, it’s kinda scary, it has that cover, it sounds disturbing. I’m excited for it.

The Rise of Kyoshi by F. C. Yee

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Release Date: July 16th, 2019

it’s a YA ATLA book by the author of The Epic Crush of Genie Lo. That’s all I need to know. I’m ready for it.

Spin the Dawn by Elizabeth Lim

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Release Date: July 30th, 2019

One of the comps for this book is Project Runway, and the main character is a tailor. That’s all I need to know, and then there’s this glorious cover. I’m very excited to read this.

 

What 2019 releases are you super excited for? Let me know 🙂

Books You Maybe Shouldn’t Read in the Dark- #Project14Lists

This is my next post for #Project14Lists, a challenge created by That Bookshelf Bitch, where you aim for posting 14 lists during the last two weeks of the year.

My power was out yesterday, so I didn’t get a chance to finish and post a list. In honor of that, I decided to make this list of scary books. ( I don’t really read that many scary books though so this list is gonna be short).

Let’s get into it!

Into the Drowning Deep by Mira Grant

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I love this book, but it’s very scary. I mean… a bunch of people trying to survive killer mermaids attacking their ship?? It’s so good, but I would not recommend reading it in the dark (unless you like to be super scared)

Sawkill Girls by Claire LeGrand

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Now, I don’t think Claire LeGrand’s books quite work for me, but I don’t think this book is bad, and it’s definitely the sort of book that you might want to read with the lights on.

The Diviners by Libba Bray

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This is a pretty popular series, and while I’m not caught up, I’ve enjoyed it. It also can get really scary at times.

Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

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Now I’ve got a bitter taste in my mouth when it comes to this series now after reading Obsidio (Ughhh), but I remember when I first read Illuminae as an arc before the hype and loving it but also being rather scared. And then I listened to the audiobook which is quite a production, but also really scary, especially at certain parts.

Sabriel by Garth Nix

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I love this series. I read it when I was little, and since then I’ve read it several times. It can get a little scary at times. The main characters are necromancers, and in this series, Death is a place with a series of precincts they go into, each with their own pitfalls and paths and it’s probably one of my favorite settings even if it’s scary.

 

Sorry for the belated and short post. Come chat with me in the comments! What are your favorite scary/thrilling books?