Monthly Novel Rewind: May 2018

Posted June 1, 2018 by Madalyn / 19 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. new on the blog our most anticipated june release madalyn: I’ve enjoyed Tamara Ireland Stone’s other books, and this premise sounds great! I’m always here for a good friendship story. bee: Soft queer boys falling in love and playing sports together sounds like the perfect Bee book. It reminds me of The Foxtale Court but with less drama and even more for me. So yes please! venturing around the blogosphere Check out these posts from other creators we loved this month! Brittany @ Brittany’s Book Rambles […]

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ARC Review: Summer of Salt by Katrina Leno

Posted May 31, 2018 by Madalyn / 2 Comments
ARC Review: Summer of Salt by Katrina Leno

Summer of Salt is one of those books that quietly sneaks up on you, until before you know it, you’re fully immersed in a story of sisters, magic, and a small island overrun with birdwatchers. The fabulist elements were incorporated beautifully into the story, and I could almost feel the magic of By-the-Sea myself as I read. Our protagonist, Georgina, is part of a long line of magical women. The only problem? She hasn’t manifested any kind of power yet, and she only has a few short months until her 18th birthday for her gift to appear. Summer of Salt follows Georgina and her twin sister, Mary (power: ability to float), over the course of their last summer on their […]

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ARC Review: Save the Date by Morgan Matson | A new favorite from an old favorite author

Posted May 28, 2018 by Madalyn / 10 Comments
ARC Review: Save the Date by Morgan Matson | A new favorite from an old favorite author

Words cannot adequately convey how much I LOVED this book. I consider Morgan Matson one of my favorite authors, so of course I was excited for a new release from her. However, when I first read the premise, I definitely felt underwhelmed. I WAS WRONG. Save the Date was such an unexpected delight. We follow our main character Charlie over the weekend of her older sister, Linnie’s, wedding. Charlie comes from a big family (she has four siblings who greatly range in age, and is gaining a brother-in-law, too), and it’s a rare occasion when all of them are in the same place at the same time. The family dynamics were hands-down my favorite part of this book. Though I […]

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Weekly Novel Rewind (31)

Posted May 27, 2018 by Madalyn / 10 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, everyone! Sorry for the lack of a rewind last week– I’ve been keeping busy between my new job and trying to do all the fun, summery things around Atlanta! I finished my last week of job training this week, which is exciting! I’m loving it so far. Friday evening, my friend and I met up to grab a drink at a local pub, and the area of town we were in actually was putting on an arts festival that night! It was cool to walk around and browse all the shops. I also went to […]

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My Life With BPD & AvPD ~ #MentalHealthAwarenessMonth

Posted May 25, 2018 by Bee / 8 Comments
My Life With BPD & AvPD ~ #MentalHealthAwarenessMonth

As you may know, May is known as Mental Health Awareness Month. I wanted to make a post talking about that. More specifically, about my own mental health. I’ve always been open about it and have no trouble talking about it. People are also always free to ask me questions if they want to know anything. But in this post, I wanted to talk about something that happened to me this week. Something that left a big impression on me and will stay with me for the rest of my life. Let me sketch the situation for you. On Monday our neighbor was going to come by to check our toilet since it wasn’t flushing right. But we had a […]

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ARC Review: The Last Summer of the Garrett Girls by Jessica Spotswood

Posted May 24, 2018 by Madalyn / 10 Comments
ARC Review: The Last Summer of the Garrett Girls by Jessica Spotswood

The Last Summer of the Garrett Girls is a lovely, summery contemporary that follows a family of four sisters navigating their last summer together in their small, coastal town. Since the book features four perspectives, it feels like you’re reading four companion novels that involve the same setting and same characters, which made for a fun reading experience. Each of the Garrett sisters brought a different vibe to this story. There’s Des, the oldest, who struggles with feeling inadequate and boring because she decided to stay in her small hometown and work in her family’s bookshop after graduation, rather than attend college. Then, there’s Bea, who realizes that the plan she made years ago– attend Georgetown with her boyfriend– now […]

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Waiting on Wednesday: The Brilliant Death by Amy Rose Capetta

Posted May 23, 2018 by Madalyn / 4 Comments
Waiting on Wednesday: The Brilliant Death by Amy Rose Capetta

Waiting on Wednesday was created by Breaking the Spine, and is now hosted by Wishful Endings (as Can’t Wait Wednesday). It’s a feature where we show off one of our most anticipated upcoming book releases. Where we tend to add more books to your never-ending TBR. madalyn’s waiting on… why i’m waiting After being absolutely enchanted by Amy Rose Capetta’s 2017 release, Echo After Echo, I will pretty much read anything she writes. Plus, Italian-inspired fantasy! With a queer romance (and a genderqueer love interest!)! I feel like Capetta’s writing will lend itself perfectly to a magical story like this one. I’M SO READY. Are you as excited for The Brilliant Death as I am? What book are you waiting […]

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ARC Review: From Twinkle, With Love by Sandhya Menon

Posted May 17, 2018 by Madalyn / 12 Comments
ARC Review: From Twinkle, With Love by Sandhya Menon

After loving Sandhya Menon’s debut, When Dimple Met Rishi, last year, I knew I would continue to pick up new releases from her. From Twinkle, With Love follows an Indian-American teenager, Twinkle, who dreams of becoming a filmmaker and telling her stories through films. One unique element of this book is that it’s told through an epistolary format, specifically through Twinkle’s diary entries. Twinkle uses her diary to write to female filmmakers who inspire her. I thought this format worked well for the story! It really allowed the reader to get inside Twinkle’s head– which, can I just say, was a refreshingly realistic teenage mind. Twinkle isn’t perfect; she makes mistakes and hurts the people she loves and sometimes struggles […]

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ARC Review: A Thousand Perfect Notes by C.G. Drews

Posted May 15, 2018 by Bee / 10 Comments
ARC Review: A Thousand Perfect Notes by C.G. Drews

I’ll admit I was scared to read this book. Not because of what it’s about, but because of who wrote it. Cait has been a dear friend of mine for a few years new and I’ve beta read for her before. So I was scared to read this book because what if I don’t like it? Or will people think I’m biased? But of course I had to read it. And I was careful to be just as critical with this book as I am with all others. And it still exceeded all expectations I could possibly have. A Thousand Perfect Notes is nothing short of excellent.  First of all, I have to start with a warning. This book gets […]

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Review: Let Me Lie by Clare Mackintosh

Posted May 14, 2018 by Madalyn / 2 Comments
Review: Let Me Lie by Clare Mackintosh

Trigger warnings: suicide, self harm, blood, violence I’m not normally one to reach for thrillers too often– honestly, I get tired of some of the problematic conventions prevalent in the genre– but after loving both of Clare Mackintosh’s previous novels, I was excited to receive a review copy of her newest release, Let Me Lie. Although this is probably my least favorite Mackintosh book, it still delivered all the twists I expect from this author and constantly kept me guessing! Let Me Lie follows Anna Johnson, a woman in her mid-twenties who lost both her parents over the course of the past year. The police rule both their deaths as suicide, but when Anna receives a mysterious note on the […]

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