ARC Review: Don’t Date Rosa Santos by Nina Moreno

Posted May 13, 2019 by Madalyn / 4 Comments
ARC Review: Don’t Date Rosa Santos by Nina Moreno

There are always a few books every year that, from the very first page, you know are going to land among your favorites of the year. Don’t Date Rosa Santos was one of those such books for me. It’s a gem of a YA contemporary that deals with identity, history, family, culture, and home, set against the whimsical backdrop of a tiny Florida beach town. Add in a swoony romance, a generations-long curse, a deeply likable and relatable MC, and some excellent representation, and I was SOLD. Let’s first talk about Rosa, our main character and the sweet baby angel overachiever of my heart. Rosa is one of those characters who I read about and was immediately like, oh, yep, […]

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ARC Review: Red, White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston

Posted May 8, 2019 by Madalyn / 15 Comments
ARC Review: Red, White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston

content warnings: alcohol use, homophobia (always challenged), anxiety, ADHD, depression, talk of past drug use and drug addiction, depictions of racism in media, talk of past loss of a parent, talk of grief, brief mentions of pancreatic cancer in the past, brief talk of attempted sexual assault in the past (from a side character), outing, extensive discussions of politics It’s always indescribably difficult to sit down and attempt to write a review for a book that you know, immediately upon finishing, will almost certainly land at the top of your list of favorite books of the year; a book you realize, furthermore, has absolutely earned a spot on your “forever favorites” shelf on Goodreads. But here I am, reviewing this […]

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ARC Review: Serious Moonlight by Jenn Bennett

Posted April 11, 2019 by Madalyn / 4 Comments
ARC Review: Serious Moonlight by Jenn Bennett

Obviously, being *the biggest* Jenn Bennett fangirl, I was ecstatic when Simon & Schuster approved me for the e-ARC of her newest release, Serious Moonlight. And while Serious Moonlight is probably my least favorite Bennett book so far, I still had a fun reading experience! In this book, we follow 18-year-old Birdie Lindberg, who has scored a summer job working the graveyard shift at a swanky hotel in downtown Seattle. However, when she shows up to her first night of work, she realizes one of her coworkers is a boy she had a one-night stand with and promptly ran out on. NIGHTMARE FUEL. That being said, Birdie and Daniel decide to team up to investigate a mystery happening at the […]

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Bookending Spring 2019: 10 Books I NEED To Read in 2019 + Spring TBR

Posted April 9, 2019 by Bee / 3 Comments

Welcome to my first post for Bookending Spring 2019! Today’s prompt was brought to you by AJ @ For The Love of Diversity in Books. Do go check out Sam’s post too and click on the logo above to see all the info about Bookending Spring 2019. Today I’m going to talk to you about 10 books that I think I NEED to read in 2019 and thus made it to my Spring TBR! Without further ado, here they are in no particular order. • Nevernight by Jay Kristoff • They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera • Wicked Saints by Emily A. Duncan • Vengeful by V.E. Schwab • Anger is a Gift by Mark Oshiro • […]

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Three on a Theme: Girls and Women in Online Communities | Guest Post

Posted April 8, 2019 by Madalyn / 0 Comments

Hi, everyone! As you might recall, my dear friend Joce (squibblesreads on BookTube, and now a blogger over at The Quiet Pond) wrote a wonderful guest post for me back in January. Today, I’m honored to have her back on the blog with another guest post, this time discussing books about girls and women in online communities! Please give Joce a warm Novel Ink welcome. <3 joce’s thoughts TW: sexual assault, online harassment In light of recent events in the news, such as the US women’s gymnastics team members’ cases against Larry Nassar and Dr. Christine Blasey Ford’s testimony, more and more girls and women are coming forth and telling their stories. With our voices sounding louder comes a re-evaluation […]

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Bookending Spring 2019: What’s To Come

Posted April 5, 2019 by Bee / 7 Comments

Hello again, lovelies! Today I’m announcing my participation in the Bookending Spring event. What is Bookending Spring? Click on the logo above to find out all about it! And then come back here to read the rest of the post, pretty please? What can you expect from me in this event? I’ll be doing a few posts following the prompts on the post I linked above because I’m an uninspired turnip and they just gave us free post ideas okay?? Here’s a list of posts you can expect and look forward to from yours truly. April 9th 10 Books I NEED to Read in 2019 + Spring TBR April 12th Easter Time Book Tag April 16th Blog’s Life ~ Bee’s […]

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Blog Tour: In the Neighborhood of True by Susan Kaplan Carlton | Review (+ Giveaway!)

Posted April 4, 2019 by Madalyn / 0 Comments
Blog Tour: In the Neighborhood of True by Susan Kaplan Carlton | Review (+ Giveaway!)

Hi, everyone, and welcome to my stop on the blog tour for In the Neighborhood of True! As an Atlantan, this historical fiction YA set in Atlanta in the 1950’s meant a whole lot to me, and I can’t wait to tell you all about it. madalyn’s thoughts Wow, this was such a pleasant surprise, and so timely. I picked up an ARC of this one at ALAMW after seeing that it was historical fiction set in Atlanta in the 1950’s, and this did not disappoint. As others have said, it was so nice to read historical fiction with a Jewish main character (#ownvoices rep) that is not set during the Holocaust. Though set in the past, In the Neighborhood […]

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Top Ten Tuesday: Bookish Buzzwords

Posted April 2, 2019 by Madalyn / 5 Comments

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish and currently hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s topic is our top ten things that make us want to pick up a book, so I thought I’d discuss some of my “bookish buzzwords!” These are words or phrases in a title or synopsis that immediately make me more likely to pick up a book. Let’s get into some of my buzzwords and some examples of books I have read and loved that feature those elements! madalyn’s list Boarding School Settings I don’t know what it is, but I am a sucker for a book set at a boarding school. These settings immediately add so […]

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Motherhood: The Ugly Truth

Posted April 1, 2019 by Bee / 3 Comments

I know this is a book blog, but since being a mom is kind of a big part of my life, I thought I’d make a post about it every once in a while. Because some things you just need to share with your people. Though if you’re not at all interested in a post about motherhood, feel free to skip it! Though why did you click on the post then? The title pretty much says what it’s about, but anyway…  When you think of motherhood, especially the baby phase, a lot of people imagine living on a pink cloud cuddling your newborn and feeling the most extraordinary bond with your baby whom you love so much. Well, I’m here […]

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Blog Tour: Small Town Hearts by Lillie Vale | Review

Posted March 30, 2019 by Madalyn / 4 Comments
Blog Tour: Small Town Hearts by Lillie Vale | Review

Hi, everyone, and welcome to my stop on the blog tour for Small Town Hearts! This cozy contemporary definitely won *my* heart, and I can’t wait to tell you all about it. madalyn’s thoughts Small Town Hearts is a sweet, realistic coming-of-age story that’s impossible not to love. We follow our protagonist, Babe Vogel, during a summer that does not go at all as she planned. With both of her childhood best friends preparing to leave for college come fall, Babe is ready to spend the summer making one last batch of memories with them before everything changes. However, things quickly go awry after a reckless kiss, and are complicated even further when Babe’s ex-girlfriend reappears in Oars Rest for […]

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