book review, young adult

The Queen of Nothing by Holly Black (Review)

He will be destruction of the crown and the ruination of the throne. Power is much easier to acquire than it is to hold onto. Jude learned this lesson when she released her control over the wicked king, Cardan, in exchange for immeasurable power. Now as the exiled mortal Queen of Faerie, Jude is powerless and left reeling from Cardan’s betrayal. She bides her time determined to reclaim everything he took from her. Opportunity arrives in the form of her deceptive twin sister, Taryn, whose mortal life is in peril… Read More The Queen of Nothing by Holly Black (Review)

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The Bone Houses by Emily Lloyd-Jones (ARC Review)

Seventeen-year-old Aderyn (“Ryn”) only cares about two things: her family, and her family’s graveyard. And right now, both are in dire straits. Since the death of their parents, Ryn and her siblings have been scraping together a meager existence as gravediggers in the remote village of Colbren, which sits at the foot of a harsh and deadly mountain range that was once home to the fae. The problem with being a gravedigger in Colbren, though, is that the dead don’t always stay dead… Read More The Bone Houses by Emily Lloyd-Jones (ARC Review)

book review, children's

When Unicorns Poop by Lexie Castle & Christian Cornia (Review)

Celebrate all things sparkly, including unicorn poop, with this rainbow-filled, humorous story! Did you know that when a unicorn poops, rainbows arch across the sky? And when they toot, shiny bubbles float all around! What happens when a unicorn sneezes or spits or cries? More magical whimsy occurs when unicorns do all these things, of course. Just don’t step in their poop-eww!… Read More When Unicorns Poop by Lexie Castle & Christian Cornia (Review)

book review, young adult

The Ten Thousand Doors of January by Alix E. Harrow (Review)

In the early 1900s, a young woman embarks on a fantastical journey of self-discovery after finding a mysterious book in this captivating and lyrical debut. In a sprawling mansion filled with peculiar treasures, January Scaller is a curiosity herself. As the ward of the wealthy Mr. Locke, she feels little different from the artifacts that decorate the halls: carefully maintained, largely ignored, and utterly out of place… Read More The Ten Thousand Doors of January by Alix E. Harrow (Review)

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Capturing the Devil by Kerri Maniscalco (Review)

Audrey Rose Wadsworth and Thomas Cresswell have landed in America, a bold, brash land unlike the genteel streets of London they knew. But like London, the city of Chicago hides its dark secrets well. When the two attend the spectacular World’s Fair, they find the once-in-a-lifetime event tainted with reports of missing people and unsolved murders. Determined to help, Audrey Rose and Thomas begin their investigations, only to find themselves facing a serial killer unlike any they’ve heard of before. Identifying him is one thing, but capturing him—and getting dangerously lost in the infamous Murder Hotel he constructed as a terrifying torture device—is another… Read More Capturing the Devil by Kerri Maniscalco (Review)

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The Proudest Blue by Ibtihaj Muhammad, S.K. Ali & Hatem Aly (Review)

A powerful, vibrantly illustrated story about the first day of school–and two sisters on one’s first day of hijab–by Olympic medalist and social justice activist Ibtihaj Muhammad. With her new backpack and light-up shoes, Faizah knows the first day of school is going to be special. It’s the start of a brand new year and, best of all, it’s her older sister Asiya’s first day of hijab–a hijab of beautiful blue fabric, like the ocean waving to the sky. But not everyone sees hijab as beautiful, and in the face of hurtful, confusing words, Faizah will find new ways to be strong… Read More The Proudest Blue by Ibtihaj Muhammad, S.K. Ali & Hatem Aly (Review)

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Ping by Ani Castillo (Review)

With the visual ingenuity of Press Here and the emotional resonance of What Do You Do with a Problem?, this wise and timely book about the fragile art of personal connection will strike a chord with children and adults alike. In the era of social media, communication feels both more anxiety-producing, and more inescapable, than ever before. This clever, comforting picture book debut explores the challenges and joys of self-expression and social connection.… Read More Ping by Ani Castillo (Review)

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Waiting on Wednesday #17: Capturing the Devil by Kerri Maniscalco

Hey everyone! And happy Wednesday! This week, for Waiting on Wednesday, I’m featuring one of my most anticipated young adult releases of the year! I’ve been following this series from almost the beginning (you can read my reviews here, here, and here) and am both excited and sad to see how it all wraps up… Read More Waiting on Wednesday #17: Capturing the Devil by Kerri Maniscalco

Adult, book review

The Friend Zone by Abby Jimenez (Review)

Kristen Petersen doesn’t do drama, will fight to the death for her friends, and has no room in her life for guys who just don’t get her. She’s also keeping a big secret: facing a medically necessary procedure that will make it impossible for her to have children. Planning her best friend’s wedding is bittersweet for Kristen — especially when she meets the best man, Josh Copeland.… Read More The Friend Zone by Abby Jimenez (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)