Author: Madalyn

Weekly Novel Rewind (18)

Posted November 18, 2017 by Madalyn / 1 Comment

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! How was your week? I had quite a hectic week, but it was a fun one, too. I had my recital hearing for my senior voice recital on Wednesday– I passed and I’m officially cleared to give my recital in two weeks! This weekend, two of my good friends getting married, and I’m a bridesmaid in the wedding! I’m SO SO happy for them and very excited to celebrate with everyone. And in more exciting news, I have a week off of school for Thanksgiving next week, so I’m headed to London for […]

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ARC Review: Down by Contact by Santino Hassell

Posted November 16, 2017 by Madalyn / 0 Comments
ARC Review: Down by Contact by Santino Hassell

Guys, I think I may have found a new go-to romance series. Who would have thought that a series of sports romances about football players could have sucked my demiromantic, non-athletic self in like this??? They totally have, though. Down by Contact is the second in a series of companion novels (the first being Illegal Contact, which I also loved) that follow queer professional football players as they find love in often unexpected places. I was super excited for this book, because it follows a character I adored in the first book. Simeon Boudreaux is too precious for this world, but, like, he’s also a badass. At the start of the book, he has just come out as gay in […]

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Waiting on Wednesday | Toil & Trouble: 16 Tales of Women & Witchcraft

Posted November 15, 2017 by Madalyn / 4 Comments
Waiting on Wednesday | Toil & Trouble: 16 Tales of Women & Witchcraft

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 Another week, another 2018 YA anthology I would die to get my hands on. This one is all about WITCHES! FEMINIST witches, to be even more specific! I love reading stories about witches and wish YA featured more of them, so this anthology truly sounds right up my alley. (Also, how amazing does the blurb make this sound?!?! And it mentions Gemma Doyle, AKA MY ALL-TIME FAVORITE YA PROTAGONIST.) It’s edited by two of my faves (Tess Sharpe […]

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Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Want My Future Children to Read

Posted November 14, 2017 by Madalyn / 8 Comments

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s topic is “ten books I want my future children (or nieces/nephews, godchildren, etc.) to read.” I had a lot of fun coming up with this list (although it was difficult!), so let’s get into the books I chose! madalyn’s top ten Harry Potter series by J. K. Rowling // I mean, I might as well get the obvious choices out of the way first. I can’t wait to read Harry Potter books with my future kids and to watch them experience the magic that has meant so much to me throughout my life. A Great & Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray // Anyone who […]

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Weekly Novel Rewind (17)

Posted November 11, 2017 by Madalyn / 8 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 friends! How was your week? Mine was filled with lots of school work and general life busyness. I also did some planning for my trip to London, which is fast approaching (a little over a week now, ahh!). Last Saturday was my friend Emily’s wedding, which was lovely! This weekend, I’m going to stay at an Airbnb in the North Georgia mountains with five other ladies for my best friend Megan’s bachelorette weekend. I’m so excited! I always love going to the mountains during the fall, because the leaves are gorgeous. It also finally […]

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Review: Starfish by Akemi Dawn Bowman

Posted November 9, 2017 by Madalyn / 18 Comments
Review: Starfish by Akemi Dawn Bowman

I received this book as part of Miss Print’s ARC Adoption program. Thanks! Content warnings: abusive parent, sexual assault, anxiety, suicide, racism (challenged on the page) I didn’t hear about Starfish until after it was published, but so many of my friends gave it rave reviews (Kourtni @ Kourtni Reads wrote a particularly great one!) that I knew I had to give it a try. And, guys, I’m so happy I did. I think this book provides representation that’s desperately needed in YA fiction, and it explores some incredibly tough topics in a thoughtful, thorough way. I really think Starfish is a book any reader of YA contemporary will love. Starfish follows our main character, Kiko, after she is denied […]

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Waiting on Wednesday: The Case for Jamie by Brittany Cavallaro

Posted November 8, 2017 by Madalyn / 6 Comments
Waiting on Wednesday: The Case for Jamie by Brittany Cavallaro

 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 I read the first two books in the Charlotte Holmes trilogy this year, and I’m anxiously anticipating this conclusion! This series is a fun spin on Sherlock Holmes, and I really love the main characters and their dynamic together. Can’t wait to read what happens next! Are you also excited for The Case for Jamie? What book are you waiting on this week?

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Weekly Novel Rewind (16)

Posted November 4, 2017 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 Happy November, guys! I hope your month is off to a great start, and that all of you participating in NaNoWriMo are getting some solid writing time. My week passed fairly uneventfully, despite lots of school stress. I had a huge project due in my Orchestration class this week (which ended up being postponed until next week……… sigh), and we’ve been working on some really challenging music in choir that leaves my brain completely fried at the end of rehearsal. I’ve also dealt with my old pal insomnia this week– not fun. BUT this weekend, […]

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Blog Tour: DEAR MARTIN by Nic Stone | Review + Giveaway

Posted November 2, 2017 by Madalyn / 6 Comments
Blog Tour: DEAR MARTIN by Nic Stone | Review + Giveaway

Hello, everyone, and welcome to my stop on the blog tour for Nic Stone’s fabulous debut, Dear Martin! I am thrilled to be part of the blog tour for one of my favorite books of the year. Read on for my review and a giveaway! review I’ll begin my review of Dear Martin by stating the obvious: this is a vastly important book. It focuses on the experiences of a black teenage boy in America, a demographic that is so often demonized in the media and in society. It’s a raw, honest portrayal of the main character, Justyce, grappling with the fact that he has to deal with everything from microagressions from his white classmates, to overt racial profiling by […]

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Waiting on Wednesday | All Out: The No-Longer-Secret Stories of Queer Teens Throughout the Ages

Posted November 1, 2017 by Madalyn / 2 Comments
Waiting on Wednesday | All Out: The No-Longer-Secret Stories of Queer Teens Throughout the Ages

 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 Ummm, HELLO. This anthology is 1.) YA historical fiction 2.) about queer teens!!!! These are all my favorite things in one book, guys. Plus, All Out features lots of my favorite authors (Elliot Wake, Anna-Marie McLemore, Dahlia Adler, Mackenzi Lee, and so many more). And THAT COVER. This is probably my absolute most-anticipated book of next year. I cannot wait. Are you as excited for this one as I am? What book are you waiting on this week?

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