Month: June 2018

ARC Review: Wild Blue Wonder by Carlie Sorosiak

Posted June 28, 2018 by Madalyn / 8 Comments
ARC Review: Wild Blue Wonder by Carlie Sorosiak

Content warnings: grief, death, drowning I am having such good luck with these fabulist YA contemporaries coming out this summer. Wild Blue Wonder was a sweet, unexpected gem of a novel, complete with a summer camp setting, alternating timelines, lush writing, and touches of magic. Wild Blue Wonder alternates between two timelines, both told from the main character, Quinn’s, perspective. We follow Quinn in present day (during the fall/winter), as well as over the course of the previous summer. We find out that some large event happened at the end of summer that changed Quinn’s relationships with everyone in her life, but this event is not immediately revealed. The contrast between the brightness and love Quinn feels during the summer and […]

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Weekly Novel Rewind (32)

Posted June 23, 2018 by Madalyn / 12 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! Wow, it’s been a MINUTE since I last posted a weekly rewind. Like, since before BookExpo. OOPS. Honestly, my life has been fairly uneventful since I got home from BEA– mostly just the usual work stuff. Last week, my best friend Kate and I attended a free Atlanta Symphony concert in Piedmont Park! It made for such a nice summer evening. We also went out to eat at a vegan restaurant we’ve been wanting to try for ages, and though it was expensive, it was SO SO delicious. I will definitely go back. This […]

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ARC Review: Final Draft by Riley Redgate

Posted June 21, 2018 by Madalyn / 7 Comments
ARC Review: Final Draft by Riley Redgate

Anyone who knows me knows that I consider Riley Redgate one of my very favorite authors. When I found out she was writing a YA contemporary about a writer? Color me intrigued. While Final Draft had its moments of brilliance, overall, the story felt a bit too all over the place for my taste. I’ll start with the thing I loved most about this book: the representation. Our main character, Laila, is biracial (half Ecuadorian and half French-Canadian), plus-sized, and pansexual. She also deals with a depressive episode that was some of the very best depression rep I’ve read in any book. Laila’s thoughts about all of the identities she holds felt so authentic. I loved these more introspective moments, […]

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Waiting on Wednesday: An Assassin’s Guide to Love & Treason by Virginia Boecker

Posted June 20, 2018 by Madalyn / 2 Comments
Waiting on Wednesday: An Assassin’s Guide to Love & Treason by Virginia Boecker

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 Historical fiction YA??? Set during Queen Elizabeth I’s reign??? Involving Shakespeare??? And a MURDER PLOT??? I cannot wait for this book, friends. What book are you waiting on this week?

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Madalyn’s Favorite Audiobooks! | June Monthly Recommendations

Posted June 18, 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 this month, 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! Anyway, June’s topic is our favorite audiobooks– a topic very near and dear to my heart as someone who is always listening to an audiobook. Without further ado, let’s discuss some of my favorites! madalyn’s favorite audiobooks The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid // One of my favorite books of all-time, and a great audiobook, as well. You’ll notice a theme throughout this post that I love audiobooks with […]

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Event Recap: BookExpo 2018 (Part Two)

Posted June 13, 2018 by Madalyn / 15 Comments

As some of you might know, I recently attended BookExpo and BookCon in New York City! Today, I’m here with part two of my recap of this whirlwind week. Make sure to check out part one here, and head on over to my YouTube channel to watch my haul! day four: friday By Friday morning, the mid-conference exhaustion was starting to hit– I almost fell back asleep WHILE I WAS PUTTING ON MY MAKEUP THAT MORNING– but I managed to make it to the Javits by 9:15 or so. I swung by the Candlewick booth and was able to grab a copy of Hearts Unbroken, which I had been highly anticipating, and I also stumbled across an in-booth singing at […]

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Event Recap: BookExpo 2018 (Part One)

Posted June 12, 2018 by Madalyn / 9 Comments

As some of you might know, I recently attended BookExpo and BookCon in New York City! Today, I’m here with part one of my recap for these events. Grab a cup of tea or a snack, because I have a feeling this is gonna be a long one. day one: tuesday I flew into New York City bright and early Tuesday morning, the day before the official start of BookExpo. Upon landing at JFK, I headed into the city proper to pick up the keys and check into my Airbnb. Three trains and some walking later, I made it safely to my Airbnb in the East Village (where I was greeted by one of the two cats who would be […]

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Blog Tour: Tell Me No Lies by Adele Griffin | Playlist + Giveaway!

Posted June 11, 2018 by Madalyn / 0 Comments
Blog Tour: Tell Me No Lies by Adele Griffin | Playlist + Giveaway!

Hi, everyone! Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for Adele Griffin’s Tell Me No Lies. Anyone who knows me knows how much I love YA historical fiction, and Tell Me No Lies is set in the 80’s! Today, I’ll be sharing an 80’s-tastic playlist inspired by the book, as well as a chance for you to win a copy! tour playlist follow the tour! June 6th Pink Polka Dot Books– Welcome Post June 7th Paperback Princess– Review & Favorite Quotes The Mind of a Book Dragon– Review June 8th Vicky Who Reads– Creative Post The Left-Handed Book Lover– Review The Lovely Books– Review June 9th hauntedbybooks– Review Will Read Anything– Review Confessions of a YA Reader– Guest Post […]

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Interview with C.G. Drews (@Paperfury) About her Debut, Writing and Cake

Posted June 8, 2018 by Bee / 9 Comments

Today I have for you an interview with the ever amazing, most wonderful Cait, whom most of you know as the fabulous blogger at Paper Fury. Yesterday, her excellent debut came out into the world (my review of which you can read here). So I sat down with her for a short interview about her book, writing, and – of course – cake. First, here’s some more info about this fantastic book. Hey Cait! Of course soon everyone will know you as the magnificent author of A Thousand Perfect Notes, but for now you’re mostly known as the fabulous blogger at Paper Fury. How was your blog born? Aw, you make me blush! Thank you! I confess I have an […]

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ARC Review: The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang

Posted June 7, 2018 by Madalyn / 4 Comments
ARC Review: The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang

 How do you write a coherent review for a book that was endlessly more delightful than you could ever have hoped? The Kiss Quotient is an example of a book that perfectly delivers on an excellent premise (and an amazing cover, let’s be honest). The characters are what make this romance stand out. Stella, our heroine, is an econometrician who hires a male escort, Michael, to teach her the ins and outs of dating. I always love romances with STEM heroines! Stella unashamedly loves math, mathematical puzzles, and her job– I love that she’s unapologetic in the things she’s passionate about. Plus, Stella is autistic, and this representation is #ownvoices. I loved reading from the perspective of a neurodivergent main […]

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