ARC Review: From Twinkle, With Love by Sandhya Menon

Posted May 17, 2018 by Madalyn / 3 Comments
ARC Review: From Twinkle, With Love by Sandhya Menon

After loving Sandhya Menon’s debut, When Dimple Met Rishi, last year, I knew I would continue to pick up new releases from her. From Twinkle, With Love follows an Indian-American teenager, Twinkle, who dreams of becoming a filmmaker and telling her stories through films. One unique element of this book is that it’s told through an epistolary format, specifically through Twinkle’s diary entries. Twinkle uses her diary to write to female filmmakers who inspire her. I thought this format worked well for the story! It really allowed the reader to get inside Twinkle’s head– which, can I just say, was a refreshingly realistic teenage mind. Twinkle isn’t perfect; she makes mistakes and hurts the people she loves and sometimes struggles […]

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ARC Review: A Thousand Perfect Notes by C.G. Drews

Posted May 15, 2018 by Bee / 7 Comments
ARC Review: A Thousand Perfect Notes by C.G. Drews

I’ll admit I was scared to read this book. Not because of what it’s about, but because of who wrote it. Cait has been a dear friend of mine for a few years new and I’ve beta read for her before. So I was scared to read this book because what if I don’t like it? Or will people think I’m biased? But of course I had to read it. And I was careful to be just as critical with this book as I am with all others. And it still exceeded all expectations I could possibly have. A Thousand Perfect Notes is nothing short of excellent.  First of all, I have to start with a warning. This book gets […]

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Review: Let Me Lie by Clare Mackintosh

Posted May 14, 2018 by Madalyn / 1 Comment
Review: Let Me Lie by Clare Mackintosh

Trigger warnings: suicide, self harm, blood, violence I’m not normally one to reach for thrillers too often– honestly, I get tired of some of the problematic conventions prevalent in the genre– but after loving both of Clare Mackintosh’s previous novels, I was excited to receive a review copy of her newest release, Let Me Lie. Although this is probably my least favorite Mackintosh book, it still delivered all the twists I expect from this author and constantly kept me guessing! Let Me Lie follows Anna Johnson, a woman in her mid-twenties who lost both her parents over the course of the past year. The police rule both their deaths as suicide, but when Anna receives a mysterious note on the […]

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Weekly Novel Rewind (30)

Posted May 12, 2018 by Madalyn / 2 Comments

Novel Rewind is our version of a weekly wrap-up post. We will be linking up to Stacking the Shelves and The Sunday Post. Life Updates madalyn: If you follow me on Twitter, you probably already saw this, but my big news this week is that I got a new job! I started training this week. Between this new job and my other job, I’ve been super busy, but I feel like this new position is gonna be a really good fit for me. And I feel so relieved now that I’ve gotten my job situation for the summer sorted out! In other news, this weekend I’m headed to Florida to visit my mom for Mother’s Day. I haven’t been home since […]

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ARC Review: Always Never Yours by Emily Wibberley and Austin Siegemund-Broka

Posted May 10, 2018 by Madalyn / 8 Comments
ARC Review: Always Never Yours by Emily Wibberley and Austin Siegemund-Broka

I’ll be honest: I totally requested this book all because of its beautiful cover. However, I was pleasantly surprised to find that its contents were just as lovely as the outside cover! Always Never Yours follows our main character, Megan Harper, through her senior year of high school. She unexpectedly gets cast as Juliet in her prestigious high school theater program’s production of Romeo and Juliet, after auditioning for the smallest speaking part to fulfill a requirement for a directing program she’s applying to. However, her own life seems to mirror Rosaline’s more than Juliet’s: in all of her seven past relationships, they guys she dated have broken up with her and immediately gone on to find what seems like the […]

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Monthly Novel Rewind: April 2018 | Goodbye, April showers; hello, May flowers!

Posted May 5, 2018 by Madalyn / 14 Comments

Novel Rewind is our version of a wrap-up post, where we discuss what we read and what we’ve been up to during the past month, as well as what’s ahead in the coming month. new on the blog our most anticipated may release madalyn: Two very different picks, but I’m super excited for both! The Brightsiders because I loved Wilde’s debut, Queens of Geek, and Bianca’s book because… it’s Bianca Del Rio. bee: I mean… How can I not be excited about this one? venturing around the blogosphere Check out these posts from other creators we loved this month! Jena @ JenaBrownWrites interviews Leni Zumas, author of Red Clocks (one of my favorite books of 2018 so far!) Amber @ […]

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Madalyn’s Favorite Books with F/F Romances (Part Two!)

Posted May 3, 2018 by Madalyn / 10 Comments

Hello, friends! Today, I’m here with a follow-up to a post I did during Pride Month last year wherein I discussed some of my favorite books that featured f/f romances. I of course still highly recommend all of the books I mentioned in that post, but I wanted to write a part two talking about some of the awesome f/f books I’ve read in the past year. F/F ships still deserve a whole lot more love than they get in the bookish/blogging community, so this post is my humble attempt at remedying that! madalyn’s recommendations (Covers link to Goodreads) Leah on the Offbeat by Becky Albertalli // Leah actually inspired this post! Since Becky Albertalli’s books are so popular, I’m hoping […]

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Waiting On Wednesday: Odd One Out by Nic Stone

Posted May 2, 2018 by Madalyn / 6 Comments
Waiting On Wednesday: Odd One Out by Nic Stone

Waiting on Wednesday is hosted by Breaking the Spine. It’s a feature where we show off one of our most anticipated upcoming book releases. Where we tend to add more books to your never-ending TBR. madalyn’s waiting on… why i’m waiting I mean, first off, I will read anything with Nic Stone’s name attached to it. But add in the fact that it’s about queer teens of color? I’m even more in. Also, love triangles, when they’re well-executed, are one of my favorite tropes. Plus, I hear Odd One Out has some great discussion about identity and sexuality, which I’m ALWAYS here for. Basically, I needed this book in my hands, like, yesterday. Are you as excited as I am […]

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Weekly Novel Rewind (29)

Posted April 29, 2018 by Madalyn / 10 Comments

Novel Rewind is our version of a weekly wrap-up post. We will be linking up to Stacking the Shelves and The Sunday Post. Life Updates Hi, everyone! I hope you’re all doing well. I am excited to say that I am officially done with another semester of college! I took my last final this week. Other than finals, I had a fun week! Monday night, my best friend and I went to Trixie Mattel at the Atlanta performance on her Now with Moving Parts Tour. It was such a fun show! Trixie is even more beautiful in person, and I loved getting to hear some of her music performed live. They even had a signature cocktail for the night called the […]

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ARC Review: All of This Is True by Lygia Day Peñaflor

Posted April 26, 2018 by Madalyn / 8 Comments
ARC Review: All of This Is True by Lygia Day Peñaflor

Thanks so much to Alice @ Arctic Books for hosting an ARC tour of All of This Is True and letting me participate! I was extremely excited to read All of This Is True— it received some awesome early reviews, the premise sounded mysterious and twisty, and the hype has been steadily ramping up in the blogging community. However, this book ended up being a bit of a letdown for me. This story follows four teenagers who calculatedly befriend their favorite YA author, only to find out later that the author has used their lives as the premise of her new book. All of This Is True is told from four perspectives: Miri (through interviews), Penny (also through interviews), Soleil (through […]

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