The Disasters by M.K. England

Posted March 19, 2019 by Bee / 1 Comment
The Disasters by M.K. England

The Disasters is basically The Breakfast Club meets Guardians of the Galaxy and it was a very solidly fun book with a diverse cast and a queer romance lurking around the corner. Safe to say this book made my heart very happy because this was exactly what I needed to read. Did it blow my mind with its twist and turns? Maybe not, but not every book needs to be like that and this is one of those because I had so. much. fun. This book is about a group of washed out students that witness a terrorist group attack the elite Ellis Station Academy and are then framed for it. Nax, our MC, functions as their pilot and captain […]

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Night Music by Jenn Marie Thorne

Posted March 18, 2019 by Madalyn / 5 Comments
Night Music by Jenn Marie Thorne

When I first heard about Night Music, I thought I must have been dreaming. A YA contemporary by one of my favorite authors in that genre, centering around teenagers pursuing classical music careers over the course of one New York City summer? This book seemed made for me. And while Night Music was not at all what I anticipated it would be, it ended up grabbing my heart in fresh, unexpected ways. “It’s love.” Oscar peered at the ceiling again. “Most classical music is. Not all, but most. You know…” He rolled over to face me. “I can appreciate all kinds of music, I really can. I think there’s something there. But hip-hop, pop, it speaks to front, you know? […]

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Heroine by Mindy McGinnis

Posted March 14, 2019 by Madalyn / 4 Comments
Heroine by Mindy McGinnis

Content warnings: addiction; opioid addiction; extensive drug use (opioid pills, heroin), described in detail; overdose; withdrawal; death; car accident; needles; vomiting **Please use caution going into this review and/or this book if you are a recovered or recovering addict. This book contains content that could be extremely triggering.** Mindy McGinnis is an author who I typically find very hit-or-miss, but her contemporaries always make me think and always tackle difficult subject matter with nuance. Heroine is no exception. In Heroine, McGinnis paints a harrowing and all-too-real picture of the US’s opioid crisis, the myriad types of people affected, and the complexity of the issue itself. We follow Mickey Catalan, a high school softball star in her small Midwestern town. At […]

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The Return of Bee (part 1) ~ In Which She Talks About Pregnancy, Motherhood and Mental Health

Posted March 12, 2019 by Bee / 5 Comments

Glitter, confetti and cake for everyone, for the Bee is back! Phew, it certainly has been a while, hasn’t it? SO. MUCH. HAPPENED. I don’t even know where to start. Because I could make one gigantic post with everything in it, or I could divide and conquer. So to give myself a little extra work, I am making not one, but TWO POSTS. One here on Novel Ink, the other over at my other blog, Quite The Novel Idea. So go check that out Thursday to find out the bookish side of the past year. And now I present to you, Bee’s 2018 in pictures. When I went MIA last year, I was in the middle of moving in with […]

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Meet Me In Outer Space by Melinda Grace

Posted March 11, 2019 by Madalyn / 1 Comment
Meet Me In Outer Space by Melinda Grace

If you’re a regular reader of the blog, you probably know by now that I can ALWAYS go for a cute YA contemporary. That being said, Meet Me In Outer Space delivered on that front! In Meet Me In Outer Space, we follow our protagonist, Edie, who is struggling in her French class due to a learning disability that her professor will not make adequate accommodations for. Her TA, Hudson, offers to tutor her to help her bring her grade up, and cute romance ensues. One thing I loved about this book was that it’s exactly the college-aged YA that so many readers have been begging publishers for. I always love reading books set in college, and Meet Me in […]

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All the Walls of Belfast by Sarah J. Carlson

Posted March 1, 2019 by Madalyn / 2 Comments
All the Walls of Belfast by Sarah J. Carlson

Content warnings: violence; child abuse; extensive talk of the Troubles and the violence and death that came along with them I fell in love with Belfast upon first visiting the capital of Northern Ireland in 2016– so much so, in fact, that I’ve been back twice since. So when I saw that a YA book set in Belfast, featuring a forbidden romance between characters from families on opposite sides of the Northern Irish conflict, I was overjoyed! However, while All the Walls of Belfast has an excellent premise, in my mind, the execution left much to be desired. All the Walls of Belfast is told through dual perspectives. We follow Fiona, a Northern Irish teenager raised in the US who […]

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We Set the Dark on Fire by Tehlor Kay Mejia

Posted February 22, 2019 by Madalyn / 1 Comment
We Set the Dark on Fire by Tehlor Kay Mejia

After following Tehlor Kay Mejia on social media for years and hearing some early buzz about her debut, I was highly anticipating this one. And, friends, let me tell you: it did not disappoint! We Set the Dark on Fire is set in a world that feels uncomfortably close to our own. Medio is a world in which women are expected to conform to prescribed subservient roles, one where a whole nation of people is viewed as “illegal” and is constantly demonized by the oppressive government. I hesitate to use “dystopian” as a descriptor nowadays, because it holds so many seemingly negative connotations to a lot of readers. However, We Set the Dark on Fire is a dystopian novel in […]

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Blog Tour: You Asked for Perfect by Laura Silverman | Review

Posted February 14, 2019 by Madalyn / 7 Comments
Blog Tour: You Asked for Perfect by Laura Silverman | Review

Hi, everyone! I’m excited to be part of the blog tour for You Asked for Perfect by Laura Silverman. Read on for my thoughts on this excellent sophomore novel, and be sure to check out the links below to follow the rest of the tour! After thoroughly enjoying Laura Silverman’s debut, Girl Out of Water,¬†and after chatting with her at a couple book events here in Atlanta, I knew I would pick up anything she published next. And, friends, I’m happy to report that You Asked for Perfect did not disappoint! In You Asked for Perfect, we follow high school senior Ariel Stone, the golden boy at the top of his class who’s beginning to crack under the pressure of […]

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The Dead Queens Club by Hannah Capin

Posted January 24, 2019 by Madalyn / 6 Comments
The Dead Queens Club by Hannah Capin

Okay, I’m gonna be up front with y’all: my experience reading The Dead Queens Club was, hands-down, one of the STRANGEST reading experiences I’ve ever had. I literally can’t make up my mind as to whether I actively hated this book, or whether I’m just apathetic toward it. Let me preface my review with the fact that I was so excited to read DQC. I’ve been obsessed with Tudor England since I was in elementary school, and this was pitched as “Mean Girls x The Tudors,” which, like, SIGN ME UP. However, I was left feeling more frustrated and confused than anything else after finishing this book. The Dead Queens Club retells the history of Henry VIII and his six […]

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Death Prefers Blondes by Caleb Roehrig

Posted January 18, 2019 by Madalyn / 4 Comments
Death Prefers Blondes by Caleb Roehrig

As soon as I saw Death Prefers Blondes being pitched as Ocean’s 8 meets RuPaul’s Drag Race, I was all in. (Because if there’s one thing I love more than queer YA, it’s queer YA that ALSO involves drag queens). And, friends, this one did NOT disappoint. Not only did the action scenes keep me on the edge of my seat the entire time I was reading, but I couldn’t help but fall lace-front head over six-inch heels for this whole cast of characters. I won’t go into any specifics about plot in this review, since Death Prefers Blondes is so action-packed from start to finish. However, I will say that we follow a main character named Margo Manning, a […]

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