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Red, White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston (ARC Review)

A big-hearted romantic comedy in which First Son Alex falls in love with Prince Henry of Wales after an incident of international proportions forces them to pretend to be best friends… First Son Alex Claremont-Diaz is the closest thing to a prince this side of the Atlantic. With his intrepid sister and the Veep’s genius granddaughter, they’re the White House Trio, a beautiful millennial marketing strategy for his mother, President Ellen Claremont. International socialite duties do have downsides… Read More Red, White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston (ARC Review)

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The Bride Test by Helen Hoang (ARC Review)

Khai Diep has no feelings. Well, he feels irritation when people move his things or contentment when ledgers balance down to the penny, but not big, important emotions—like grief. And love. He thinks he’s defective. His family knows better—that his autism means he just processes emotions differently. When he steadfastly avoids relationships, his mother takes matters into her own hands and returns to Vietnam to find him the perfect bride… Read More The Bride Test by Helen Hoang (ARC Review)

book review, food & drink, nonfiction

Asma’s Indian Kitchen by Darjeeling Express (Review)

Let Asma Khan feed your soul with this collection of authentic Indian recipes. Award-winning restaurant Darjeeling Express began life as a dinner party with friends; Indian food lovingly cooked from family recipes that go back generations. In this book, Asma reveals the secret to her success, telling her immigrant’s story and how food brought her home. The recipes pay homage to her royal Mughlai ancestry and follow the route of the Darjeeling Express train from the busy streets of Bengal, through Calcutta… Read More Asma’s Indian Kitchen by Darjeeling Express (Review)

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Internment by Samira Ahmed (ARC Review)

Set in a horrifying near-future United States, seventeen-year-old Layla Amin and her parents are forced into an internment camp for Muslim American citizens. With the help of newly made friends also trapped within the internment camp, her boyfriend on the outside, and an unexpected alliance, Layla begins a journey to fight for freedom, leading a revolution against the internment camp’s Director and his guards… Read More Internment by Samira Ahmed (ARC Review)

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King of Scars by Leigh Bardugo (Review)

Nikolai Lantsov has always had a gift for the impossible. No one knows what he endured in his country’s bloody civil war-and he intends to keep it that way. Now, as enemies gather at his weakened borders, the young king must find a way to refill Ravka’s coffers, forge new alliances, and stop a rising threat to the once-great Grisha Army. Yet with every day a dark magic within him grows stronger, threatening to destroy all he has built… Read More King of Scars by Leigh Bardugo (Review)

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Bloodleaf by Crystal Smith (ARC Review)

Princess Aurelia is a prisoner to her crown and the heir that nobody wants. Surrounded by spirits and banned from using her blood-magic, Aurelia flees her country after a devastating assassination attempt. To escape her fate, Aurelia disguises herself as a commoner in a new land and discovers a happiness her crown has never allowed. As she forges new bonds and perfects her magic, she begins to fall for a man who is forbidden to rule beside her… Read More Bloodleaf by Crystal Smith (ARC Review)

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Strangers Assume My Girlfriend Is My Nurse by Shane Burcaw (ARC Review)

With his signature acerbic wit and hilarious voice, twenty-something author, blogger, and entrepreneur Shane Burcaw is back with an essay collection about living a full life in a body that many people perceive as a tragedy. From anecdotes about first introductions where people patted him on the head instead of shaking his hand, to stories of passersby mistaking his able-bodied girlfriend for a nurse, Shane tackles awkward situations and assumptions with humor and grace… Read More Strangers Assume My Girlfriend Is My Nurse by Shane Burcaw (ARC Review)

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New Orleans Rush by Kelly Siskind (ARC Review)

Beatrice Baker may be a struggling artist, but she believes all hardships have silver linings…until she follows her boyfriend to New Orleans and finds him with another woman. Instead of turning those lemons into lemonade, she drinks lemon drop martinis and keys the wrong man’s car. Now she works for Huxley Marlow of the Marvelous Marlow Boys, getting shoved in boxes as an on-stage magician’s assistant. A cool job for some, but Bea’s been coerced into the role to cover her debt. She also maybe fantasizes about her boss’s adept hands and what else they can do… Read More New Orleans Rush by Kelly Siskind (ARC Review)

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Once & Future by Amy Rose Capetta and Cori McCarthy (ARC Review)

I’ve been chased my whole life. As a fugitive refugee in the territory controlled by the tyrannical Mercer corporation, I’ve always had to hide who I am. Until I found Excalibur. Now I’m done hiding. My name is Ari Helix. I have a magic sword, a cranky wizard, and a revolution to start.When Ari crash-lands on Old Earth and pulls a magic sword from its ancient resting place, she is revealed to be the newest reincarnation of King Arthur… Read More Once & Future by Amy Rose Capetta and Cori McCarthy (ARC Review)

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Squad by Mariah MacCarthy (ARC Review)

This darkly comic debut novel by an award-winning playwright is like Mean Girls meets Heathers with a splash of Bring it On. Jenna Watson is a cheerleader. But it’s not some Hollywood crap. Cheerleaders are not every guy’s fantasy; they are not the “popular girls” or the “mean girls” of Marsen High School. They’re too busy for that. They’re literally just some human females trying to live their lives and do a perfect toe touch. But that all changed after Raejean stopped talking to Jenna and started hanging out with Meghan Finnegan… Read More Squad by Mariah MacCarthy (ARC Review)