Author: Madalyn

Blog Tour: The Wise and the Wicked by Rebecca Podos | Review (+ Giveaway!)

Posted May 27, 2019 by Madalyn / 2 Comments
Blog Tour: The Wise and the Wicked by Rebecca Podos | Review (+ Giveaway!)

Hi, everyone, and welcome to my stop on the blog tour for The Wise and the Wicked by Rebecca Podos, which releases tomorrow! Read on for my review, links to follow the blog tour, and a giveaway. From page one, The Wise and the Wicked swept me into a world of ancient Russian fairy tales, long-hidden family secrets, and a main character trying to make sense of the world and her place in it. The writing was immersive, the characters were interesting, but the main, glaring issue with this book that I was left feeling unsatisfied when I flipped the last page. All of the threads of a five-star book were there for me, but the ending felt so clumsy and […]

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Romance Mini Reviews: Waiting for Tom Hanks and Natalie Tan’s Book of Luck and Fortune

Posted May 24, 2019 by Madalyn / 2 Comments
Romance Mini Reviews: Waiting for Tom Hanks and Natalie Tan’s Book of Luck and Fortune

Hi, everyone! Today, I’m here with mini reviews of two romance books coming out from Berkley on June 11th. Let me know if you like this format, and I’ll do more reviews in this format in the future! Without further ado, let’s get into it. cw: death of a loved one; grief; agorophobia Natalie Tan’s Book of Luck & Fortune was such a lovely debut about culture, family, food, home, identity and how they all connect. First and foremost, I will warn you: this book will make you HUNGRY. The recipes Natalie cooks in attempt to heal her neighbors are described in such detail that it’s impossible to not want to order Chinese food while reading. The book is, in […]

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

Posted May 13, 2019 by Madalyn / 5 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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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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