Month: September 2018

Monthly Novel Rewind: September 2018 | Fall, y’all!

Posted September 30, 2018 by Madalyn / 5 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 go send her some love on Twitter! new on the blog our most anticipated october release Shakespeare + historical fiction + Tudor England + murder??? SIGN ME THE HELL UP. venturing around the blogosphere Check out these posts from other creators we loved in September! Aimee @ Aimee, Always offers some tips for getting engagement on your posts Swetlana @ The Caffeinated Bookworm Life gives five tips […]

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ARC Review: Sawkill Girls by Claire Legrand

Posted September 27, 2018 by Madalyn / 10 Comments
ARC Review: Sawkill Girls by Claire Legrand

Content warnings:  grief, loss of a loved one, murder, violence, animal death, gore, talk of blood, abuse, parental abuse, talk of miscarrying, unwanted sexual contact, acephobic language (challenged), scene with a girl purposely cutting open her palm, use of the word “fat” negatively (thank you to Melanie @ Mel to the Any, whose review helped me fill in some cw’s I originally missed!) Okay, after reading Sawkill Girls, I can definitely see this becoming one of the biggest YA releases of this fall. It’s gonna be a great spooky October read for lots of readers, and with good reason. Though it wasn’t a perfect read for me, I immensely enjoyed this chilling, atmospheric, queer, feminist little paranormal book. In Sawkill Girls, we […]

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Binge-Worthy Book Series! | September Monthly Recommendations

Posted September 26, 2018 by Madalyn / 8 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)! September’s topic is binge-worthy series. Admittedly, I don’t read nearly as many series nowadays as I used to, but I have always loved marathoning series. Not every series is best read all in one go, but I do love a good series binge. Some of my best reading memories involve reading entire series over my holiday breaks in middle and high school. Plus, with fall and nesting season […]

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ARC Review: Escaping From Houdini by Kerri Maniscalco

Posted September 24, 2018 by Madalyn / 8 Comments
ARC Review: Escaping From Houdini by Kerri Maniscalco

It’s no secret that the Stalking Jack the Ripper series has quickly won its way into my heart. So, naturally, I was incredibly excited when an ARC of the third installment in the series, Escaping from Houdini, showed up on my doorstep. However, while Escaping From Houdini was a fun read, it felt significantly less cleverly-crafted than the first two books in the series. Escaping From Houdini picks up shortly after Hunting Prince Dracula left off. We follow Audrey Rose, Thomas, and company aboard the RMS Etruria as they travel from London to New York City to continue their work in forensics. The Etruria has hired a carnival to provide nightly entertainment for its passengers, but things take a turn […]

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Weekly Novel Rewind (37)

Posted September 22, 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 happy to report I had a decidedly better week this week! I worked pretty much every day, so it was nice to be back on a more regular schedule. Thursday night, my friends and I went to karaoke at an Irish pub in Midtown, and it was so much fun. My friend Jamee and I brought the house down with a Fleetwood Mac duet, and I also sang some ABBA and Kacey Musgraves, of course. Friday night, I went to a friend’s senior voice recital, which was soooooo fantastic. I was scared to go back […]

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ARC Review: Unclaimed Baggage by Jen Doll

Posted September 20, 2018 by Madalyn / 10 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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