Month: February 2018

Blog Tour + Review | Hope Nation, edited by Rose Brock

Posted February 28, 2018 by Madalyn / 0 Comments
Blog Tour + Review | Hope Nation, edited by Rose Brock

Hello everyone! Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for Hope Nation. Read on to hear my full thoughts on this essay collection! 2018 seems to be the year of YA anthologies, and I’ve been particularly looking forward to Hope Nation. This collection is comprised of essays by some of the most well-known voices in YA lit about moments that gave them hope, what hope means to them, and how to pass hope on to the next generation of readers and humans. It’s a varied mix of essays: some are five pages; some are twenty-five. Some are about specific moments; some are about abstract ideas. Many of them address identity and life as a marginalized person in some way. […]

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Bee’s Most Precious Male Narrators & Why We Need More

Posted February 27, 2018 by Bee / 8 Comments

About Male Narrators (POV) & Why We Need More Of Them I’m not sure if anyone is aware but those that know me might have figured out that male narrators are my absolute favorite! Most of my favorite books ever have a male POV, in fact. I’m not sure why that is, really. Maybe because I relate to them easier than to girls. There’s just something about them that I absolutely adore. Not that female narrators can’t be spectacular because they absolutely can. But male narrators are surprisingly rare, especially in the world of YA. And maybe that’s what makes it so good. I’m not an expert. I just know that I really do love my male narrators. They’re my […]

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Madalyn’s Favorite Graphic Novels | February Monthly Recommendations

Posted February 26, 2018 by Madalyn / 0 Comments

Monthly Recommendations is a Goodreads group created and hosted by Kayla Rayne @ Kayla Rayne and Trina @ Between Chapters. I used to do these videos when I was on BookTube, and I really miss them, so I’ve decided to try to do them on the blog every month. February’s topic is our favorite graphic novels or mixed media. I love reading graphic novels, so I’m excited to share my picks with you! madalyn’s recommendations (Covers link to Goodreads) My Favorite Thing Is Monsters. vol. 1 by Emil Ferris // I will never stop shouting my love of this book from the rooftops. It’s one of the most masterful pieces of literature I’ve ever read. Not only is the pen art style stunning and striking, […]

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ARC Review: The Beauty That Remains by Ashely Woodfolk

Posted February 22, 2018 by Madalyn / 1 Comment
ARC Review: The Beauty That Remains by Ashely Woodfolk

Content warnings: death, loss, suicide, drugs, alcohol, anxiety, panic attacks What a beautiful gem of a book. The Beauty that Remains is an excellent debut, and an even better exploration of grief and loss. We follow three main characters– Autumn, Logan, and Shay– who have all recently lost someone important in their lives. We see how each of them processes loss and death differently, and eventually, we find out how their stories and lives intertwine. My very favorite thing about this book, speaking of which, was the multiple perspectives. Autumn’s best friend has died in a car crash; Logan’s ex has committed suicide; and Shay’s twin sister has died of leukemia. Each POV character had a distinct voice, and though […]

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Waiting on Wednesday: The Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein

Posted February 21, 2018 by Bee / 1 Comment
Waiting on Wednesday: The Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein

Waiting on Wednesday is hosted by Breaking the Spine. It’s a feature where we show off one of our most anticipated reads of the year. Where we tend to add more books to your never-ending TBR. [name]’s waiting on… why i’m waiting So far this author’s books haven’t been a great succes with me, but this one just sounds so amazing and spectacular that I just need it in my life. Plus that cover is to die for, honestly. Are you excited for The Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein? What book are you waiting on this week?

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2018 Releases I’m Not Going to Buy! | Anti-Haul (2)

Posted February 20, 2018 by Madalyn / 4 Comments

Hi, friends, and welcome to my second-ever anti-haul! I did one of these last fall and had a ton of fun with it, so I figured it was time to do a 2018 edition. In case you missed the first post, you can check it out here and see what anti-hauls are all about. But, basically, the purpose of an anti-haul is the opposite of a haul: you discuss what you’re NOT going to buy, as opposed to things you have bought. *Disclaimer (I really wish this went without saying, but this is the internet, so I’ll include it anyway): I am well aware that this post might contain some unpopular opinions. These opinions belong to no one but myself. […]

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Simon VS The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli (SPECIAL EDITION HARDCOVER) ~ A Re-read Review

Posted February 16, 2018 by Bee / 1 Comment
Simon VS The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli (SPECIAL EDITION HARDCOVER) ~ A Re-read Review

Read my original review of this wonderful book over here! Re-read review I don’t know how many times I’ve said it already, but I’ll keep saying it forever and ever until I one day die, and even then I’ll come back as a ghost to haunt you all just to say at least one more time that I love this book to bits. It remains my all time favorite book no matter how many times I read it. I love it even more every single time I read it. I just can’t get enough of this world, these characters, this story. It’s all just so magical and beautiful and wonderful. Here are a few of the things that stood out […]

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Mini Review: Moon-Bright Tides by RoAnna Sylver

Posted February 15, 2018 by Madalyn / 0 Comments
Mini Review: Moon-Bright Tides by RoAnna Sylver

 This was such a fun, cute f/f fantasy story! I always love books involving witches, and add mermaids to that equation? Even better. Moon-Bright Tides follows a witch named Riven who is tasked with casting a spell to bring in the tides each night, since the moon mysteriously disappeared from the sky some years prior. One day, a mermaid shows up on her dock, and the two quickly become close. This was my first RoAnna Sylver book, and I was really impressed by her writing. Even though this novella is less than 50 pages long, I felt fully immersed in the atmosphere of the story. Sylver’s prose is lovely and really helped lend a magical quality to this tale. I […]

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Waiting on Wednesday: Leah on the Offbeat by Becky Albertalli

Posted February 14, 2018 by Bee / 0 Comments
Waiting on Wednesday: Leah on the Offbeat by Becky Albertalli

Waiting on Wednesday is hosted by Breaking the Spine. It’s a feature where we show off one of our most anticipated reads of the year. Where we tend to add more books to your never-ending TBR. [name]’s waiting on… why i’m waiting Because 1) it’s Becky Albertalli and she’s my favorite author of ever, and 2) I bought the special edition of Simon VS with the bonus stuff and read the first chapter and it makes me need this book noooooooow. Or yesterday. I need it fast. Are you excited for Leah on the Offbeat? What book are you waiting on this week?

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Behind the Screen: A Book Blogger Tag

Posted February 12, 2018 by Madalyn / 5 Comments

Hi, everyone! I recently realized I haven’t done a book tag in ages, and luckily, Amber @ Du Livre recently created the wonderful Behind the Screen tag, which lets readers get to know the person behind the blog a bit more. Let’s get into the questions! behind the screen tag When did you start blogging and what was your first review? I joined the Novel Ink team in August 2016, and my first review was for You Will Know Me by Megan Abbott, which was a solid three-star thriller. Who/what inspired you to start blogging? I came into blogging in kind of an interesting way. I started my time on the bookish internet on BookTube (my channel still exists, though […]

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