Author: Madalyn

ARC Review: Goodbye Days by Jeff Zentner

Posted February 23, 2017 by Madalyn / 3 Comments
ARC Review: Goodbye Days by Jeff Zentner

Jeff Zentner’s debut novel, The Serpent King, was far and away my favorite 2016 debut I read. So, of course, I had extremely high hopes going into his sophomore novel, Goodbye Days. Overall, I was not disappointed! I had a few minor gripes with the novel (and, who knows, they’re things that could change from the ARC to the finished copy), but Zentner has retained his spot on my list of auto-buy authors. I’ll be up front with you: no book has made me cry as much as Goodbye Days in a long, long time. I’m not exaggerating when I say that I spent at least a quarter of my reading experience bawling my eyes out. The premise itself is […]

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Waiting on Wednesday: Down Among the Sticks and Bones by Seanan McGuire

Posted February 22, 2017 by Madalyn / 4 Comments
Waiting on Wednesday: Down Among the Sticks and Bones by Seanan McGuire

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. madalyn’s waiting on… why i’m waiting Every Heart a Doorway was one of my favorite reads of last year. It absolutely enchanted me and made my heart ache. I can’t wait to be back in this world. This is a prequel that follows the twins, Jack and Jill, during their time in the world they entered, which sounded both interesting and terrifying– I’m intrigued to learn more. We didn’t get to experience any of the characters’ worlds firsthand in Every Heart a Doorway, so […]

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5 Reasons You Should Read ‘Here We Are: Feminism for the Real World’

Posted February 16, 2017 by Madalyn / 12 Comments
5 Reasons You Should Read ‘Here We Are: Feminism for the Real World’

Here We Are: Feminism for the Real World is an absolutely delightful, insightful anthology comprised of essays, poems, illustrations, comics, playlists, and more, all centered around– you guessed it– feminism. I find books like this to be difficult to review, so I thought I’d switch it up and simply list some reasons I think everyone should read this book! five reasons you should read it It’s intersectional AF. Not only does Here We Are address intersectionality and its importance in modern feminism, but the anthology itself just… is intersectional, through and through. From the diverse contributors, to the general stance this book takes on feminist issues, it truly promotes a feminism for all women, not just the exclusionary white feminism we see […]

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Waiting on Wednesday: The Gallery of Unfinished Girls by Lauren Karcz

Posted February 15, 2017 by Madalyn / 8 Comments
Waiting on Wednesday: The Gallery of Unfinished Girls by Lauren Karcz

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. madalyn’s waiting on… why i’m waiting Honestly, The Gallery of Unfinished Girls sounds like my ideal book. Magical realism + f/f rep? Say no more! Plus, I think the author is local to me, which always makes me even more excited to read an already-highly-anticipated release. Are you also looking forward to The Gallery of Unfinished Girls? What book are you waiting on this week?

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Bookentine Readathon TBR!

Posted February 12, 2017 by Madalyn / 14 Comments

I’m so excited to be participating in the Bookentine ReadAThon, hosted by Ely & Michelle @ Tea & Titles. This readathon runs from Monday, February 13th to Monday, February 20th, and it focuses on reading contemporary novels. the challenges Read a book with red and/or pink on the cover. Read a book by an author you haven’t read before. Read a book featuring mental illness or disability. madalyn’s tbr Pink on the cover: We Are Okay by Nina Lacour // I have adored all of Nina Lacour’s previous books, and I’m sure this one will be no different! She writes some of my favorite stories about queer girls. Bonus: this one comes out next week, on Valentine’s Day. Author I […]

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Madalyn’s Novel Rewind (8)

Posted February 11, 2017 by Madalyn / 6 Comments

Novel Rewind is our version of a weekly wrap up post.  The three of us will be alternating weeks. We will be linking up to Stacking the Shelves and The Sunday Post. Life Happenings Oh man, you guys, the past two weeks have been absolutely insane! My choir is in the middle of a two-week run of Carmina Burana performances with the Atlanta Ballet. It’s been so much fun– getting to participate in professional productions like this one while still a student is something I’ll remember forever, and definitely an example of the unique opportunities that studying music at an urban university affords– but wow, am I tired. It doesn’t help that I’ve had stressful auditions and an ungodly amount of homework in my other classes […]

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ARC Review: 10 Things I Can See From Here by Carrie Mac

Posted February 9, 2017 by Madalyn / 14 Comments
ARC Review: 10 Things I Can See From Here by Carrie Mac

 I have so many conflicting thoughts on this one! 10 Things I Can See From Here follows Maeve, our protagonist, as she moves to Vancouver to live with her dad and his family for six months while her mom is away giving medical aid to people in need in Haiti. Maeve has severe anxiety, to the point where her constant imaginings of the myriad ways a given situation could go wrong inhibits her daily life and functioning. She consistently envisions the worst scenarios and can’t stop her mind from running over them again and again. Let’s start with the thing I loved most about this book: the representation. As someone with multiple anxiety disorders, Maeve’s struggles with her anxiety hit […]

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Monthly Novel Rewind: January 2017

Posted February 2, 2017 by Madalyn / 16 Comments

new on the blog our most anticipated February release Madalyn: SO MANY ANTICIPATED RELEASES THIS MONTH, OMG venturing around the blogosphere Check out these posts we loved this month! <3 Shannon @ It Starts at Midnight discusses “organization” in the New Year The Bookavid tells us why it’s time to unabashedly call out racist books in 2017 Puput @ Sparkling Letters talks about the struggle of writing a coherent positive review Lauren @ Bookmark Lit discusses the impact of audio, the first of three posts in her Impact of Book Format series CW @ Read, Think, Ponder recommends four fantasy books by Asian authors Tasya @ The Literary Huntress tells us about her changing tastes in YA love interests Neyreda @ Nick […]

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A List of Cages by Robin Roe

Posted January 25, 2017 by Madalyn / 9 Comments
A List of Cages by Robin Roe

 A List of Cages has gotten a lot of praise from throughout the Bookternet leading up to its release, and with good reason. Roe has produced a stunning debut novel that explores friendship, family, abuse, mental health, trauma, and growth. This story is raw and occasionally heartbreaking, but at its core, it’s hopeful. I read A List of Cages in one sitting on a plane ride– I simply could not put it down. The story is told through two points of view. First, we have Adam, a popular high-school senior who also happens to have ADHD. I can say with confidence that Adam is one of the most genuinely kind, pure-hearted characters I have ever read. He’s just such a good […]

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#DiverseAThon TBR!

Posted January 20, 2017 by Madalyn / 2 Comments

We are so excited to participate in the second #DiverseAThon! If you’re not familiar, the #DiverseAThon is an eight-day readathon being held from midnight on Sunday, January 22nd through 11:59PM on Sunday, January 29th. The aim of this readathon is to celebrate and promote diverse books and authors. It is hosted by Joce, Christina, Monica, and Simon— all of whom happen to be some of my favorite booktubers. There are no challenges or requirements, except to read diversely and to read outside of your normal comfort zone (i. e. which specific marginalized voices are you not reading enough of?). Participants are highly encouraged to read #ownvoices stories. madalyn’s tbr I did participate in the first #DiverseAThon in October of last year, but I […]

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