Author: Madalyn

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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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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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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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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Night Music by Jenn Marie Thorne

Posted March 18, 2019 by Madalyn / 6 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 / 5 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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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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