ARC Review: Unclaimed Baggage by Jen Doll

Posted September 20, 2018 by Madalyn / 3 Comments
ARC Review: Unclaimed Baggage by Jen Doll

TW: alcoholism; sexual assault; victim blaming; racism (all are challenged in the story) Ever wonder what happens to lost luggage that’s never returned to its rightful owner? Well, in the adorable Unclaimed Baggage, we, along with the three main characters, get to find out! When I saw the author would be signing ARCs of Unclaimed Baggage at BookExpo, I immediately made it a priority to pick up a copy. I mean, a book about teenagers working in a lost luggage store? My inner air travel geek was so here for it. And, I’m happy to report, this book did not disappoint! Unclaimed Baggage follows three main characters– Doris, Nell, and Grant– over the course of their summer jobs at the store […]

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Weekly Novel Rewind (36)

Posted September 15, 2018 by Madalyn / 6 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 I’m back home from BookNet Fest, and I’m sad about it. I’m hoping to have a full recap post of the weekend of BookNet Fest up within the next week, but I had the BEST time at BNF this year. It was wonderful to see all of my old bookish friends and make some awesome new ones. If you’re able to attend in the future, I can’t recommend it highly enough! Basically, this week has been full of working and catching up on chores. I’m starting to look for a more stable, full-time job, which is […]

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ARC Review: A Heart in a Body in the World by Deb Caletti

Posted September 13, 2018 by Madalyn / 4 Comments
ARC Review: A Heart in a Body in the World by Deb Caletti

Content warnings: intimacy, stalking, grief, PTSD, depression, gun violence, murder, death of loved ones, self-harm by way of pushing past physical boundaries As a voracious reader, I’ve read many stories over the course of my lifetime that have resonated with me deeply. But books like A Heart in a Body in the World, books that strike you in your very soul— those are much fewer and far between. This book contains one of the most important stories I’ve ever read. In A Heart in a Body in the World, we follow a runner named Annabelle who, after undergoing a terrible tragedy, decides to run from her home city of Seattle, WA across the country to Washington, DC. It’s a story about grief, […]

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ARC Review: Summer Bird Blue by Akemi Dawn Bowman

Posted September 10, 2018 by Madalyn / 10 Comments
ARC Review: Summer Bird Blue by Akemi Dawn Bowman

Content warnings: car accident, death of a loved one, grief, depression Akemi Dawn Bowman’s debut, Starfish, was one of my favorite debuts of 2017. So, naturally, I knew I had to pick up her follow-up, Summer Bird Blue (even though I knew going in that this book would probably destroy me, and guess what? IT SURE DID). Summer Bird Blue is a poignant story about grief and processing the loss of someone you always expected to be around. It discusses sibling relationships, the healing power of music, and questioning your identity, all set against the vibrant backdrop of a summer in Hawaii. This book follows Rumi, our main character, over the course of a summer as she’s sent to live […]

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ARC Review: Pride by Ibi Zoboi

Posted September 7, 2018 by Madalyn / 9 Comments
ARC Review: Pride by Ibi Zoboi

As someone who loves all things Pride and Prejudice and all things YA, I was so excited to see that Ibi Zoboi was writing a YA P&P retelling set in a gentrified Brooklyn. However, Pride was much more than a cleverly adapted modern-day retelling of a classic romance: it’s a fantastic story in its own right. Our main character, Zuri, was one of the strongest voices I’ve read in YA in a while. She’s headstrong and fiercely loyal to her family (both biological and found) and her neighborhood. Like Lizzy Bennet in the original story– like so many of us– Zuri is quick to judge. The story largely follows her having to unlearn preconceived notions about people, but she still […]

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Waiting on Wednesday: The Vanishing Stair by Maureen Johnson

Posted September 5, 2018 by Madalyn / 5 Comments
Waiting on Wednesday: The Vanishing Stair by Maureen Johnson

Waiting on Wednesday was created by Breaking the Spine, and is now hosted by Wishful Endings (as Can’t Wait Wednesday). 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 have been reading Maureen Johnson’s books for YEARSSSSS, and I will read pretty much anything she publishes. Plus, I read Truly Devious last year and enjoyed it, so I’m looking forward to see where the story goes! What book are you waiting on this week? 

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Monthly Novel Rewind: August 2018 | So long, summer!

Posted September 4, 2018 by Madalyn / 12 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. It’s just me (Madalyn) on the rewind again this month! Bee is still on her summer/maternity hiatus, but you can still go send her some love on Twitter! new on the blog our most anticipated september release I mean, do I really need to explain this choice? NEW. SCHWAB. BOOK. Plus, like Vicious is my favorite Schwab book, which makes me even MORE excited about this follow-up. venturing around the blogosphere Check out these posts from other creators we loved in August! Marie @ Drizzle & […]

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Weekly Novel Rewind (35)

Posted August 25, 2018 by Madalyn / 11 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! Long time, no weekly rewind. My personal life has been kind of turbulent as of late, and I’ve been feeling kinda down. I’m starting to get my blogging mojo back, though, and I have so many things coming up that I’m looking forward to. As for this week, it was quite uneventful– just getting in as many hours as possible at work. This weekend I’m working once again, but I also have some plans with friends which I’m excited about. I am gearing up for Decatur Book Festival next week, though! It’s always one […]

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ARC Review: City of Ghosts by Victoria Schwab

Posted August 23, 2018 by Madalyn / 12 Comments
ARC Review: City of Ghosts by Victoria Schwab

Victoria Schwab does it again! I mean, is this woman even capable of writing a bad (or even subpar) book? Though I’m not normally a middle grade reader, I will read anything with Schwab’s name on it. I am so glad I picked up City of Ghosts, because this is exactly the kind of middle grade story I’ve been missing. City of Ghosts follows our protagonist, Cassidy Blake, after her parents move their family to Edinburgh, Scotland for the summer to film a TV show all about ghosts and the paranormal. The only problem? After a drowning accident the previous year, Cassidy can see ghosts. And also happens to have a best friend who’s a ghost. Not exactly a welcome […]

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10 Excellent YA Contemporary Books that Flew Under Your Radar | August Monthly Recommendations

Posted August 21, 2018 by Madalyn / 17 Comments

Monthly Recommendations is a Goodreads group created and hosted by Kayla Rayne @ Kayla Rayne and Trina @ Between Chapters… and, as of recently, also co-hosted by April @ April Sarah and myself! I would love if you joined the Goodreads group and posted your recommendations for the topics every month (or just the months you feel like posting)! This month is the group’s three-year anniversary, so we’re throwing it back and revisiting our first-ever topic: underrated books. I have so many underrated favorites, so to narrow it down a bit, I decided to focus solely on YA contemporary releases from the last few years that I feel like people are sleeping on. These also all have less than 700 Goodreads reviews. Whether you’re a contemporary lover […]

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