book review, young adult

Witches of Ash and Ruin by E. Latimer (Review)

Seventeen-year-old Dayna Walsh is struggling to cope with her somatic OCD; the aftermath of being outed as bisexual in her conservative Irish town; and the return of her long-absent mother, who barely seems like a parent. But all that really matters to her is ascending and finally, finally becoming a full witch-plans that are complicated when another coven, rumored to have a sordid history with black magic, arrives in town with premonitions of death. Dayna immediately finds herself at odds with the bewitchingly frustrating Meiner King, the granddaughter of their coven leader… Read More Witches of Ash and Ruin by E. Latimer (Review)

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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)

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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 #3: An Assassin’s Guide to Love and Treason by Virginia Boecker

Hey everyone! And happy Wednesday! I missed one or two weeks of Waiting on Wednesday because I went through some bad real life stuff. But I’m back now! And, I have to say that I’m definitely having a lot of fun with these posts, so you can expect for me to participate in this meme for… Read More Waiting on Wednesday #3: An Assassin’s Guide to Love and Treason by Virginia Boecker

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Pearl by Molly Idle (Review)

Sometimes the tiniest light can shine the brightest! Like the other mermaids of the deep, Pearl longs to care for the endless beaches, coral reefs, and towering kelp forests of her vast ocean world. So when her mother asks her to tend to a mere grain of sand, Pearl is heartbroken. It takes all her patience and determination to discover how even the littlest mermaid can transform the world.… Read More Pearl by Molly Idle (Review)