ARC Review: Everything Must Go by Jenny Fran Davis

Posted September 18, 2017 by Madalyn / 5 Comments
ARC Review: Everything Must Go by Jenny Fran Davis

 Thanks so much to St. Martin’s Press for providing me with an e-ARC of this book! Everything Must Go was certainly not the book I expected, from start to finish. However, the book I actually got was a bit of a hidden gem. This book was smart, funny, and feminist. It’s definitely one of the more *~intelligent~* YA contemporaries I’ve read recently, but the writing never took itself too seriously or came off as pretentious. This is a story about making mistakes and somehow finding yourself along the way. One thing I adored about Everything Must Go was the format. The story is told through a collection of documents, from letters, to emails, to journal entries, to blog posts. (Side note: […]

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Weekly Novel Rewind (12)

Posted September 16, 2017 by Madalyn / 11 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 I’m sorry the blog has been so quiet this week! The week got off to a weird start, both because of Hurricane Irma and because I was still in a sort-of reading slump… neither of which was very conducive to blogging, haha. Luckily, though, both of those things are gone now! I was super lucky not to feel any of the negative effects of the storm, aside from a lot of wind and rain. My parents (who evacuated from their house in Florida) and I all went to stay with my stepbrother and his wife, […]

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Blog Tour: SPEAK EASY, SPEAK LOVE by McKelle George | Review, Favorite Quotes, + Giveaway!

Posted September 14, 2017 by Madalyn / 11 Comments
Blog Tour: SPEAK EASY, SPEAK LOVE by McKelle George | Review, Favorite Quotes, + Giveaway!

Hello and welcome to my stop on the blog tour for Speak Easy, Speak Love! This was one of my most highly-anticipated fall 2017 releases (and one of my most-anticipated debuts of the year), and I’m so happy to be a part of this tour. Read on for my full thoughts, some favorite quotes, and a giveaway! review Oh my goodness, what a refreshingly unique book! Speak Easy, Speak Love had so many of my favorite things going for it– 1920’s New York setting, Shakespeare retelling, hate-to-love romance, a lovable cast of characters– and I’m so happy to say that it delivered on all its promise. Like I mentioned above, this book is a retelling of Shakespeare’s comedy Much Ado […]

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Weekly Novel Rewind (11)

Posted September 9, 2017 by Madalyn / 13 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 I hope everyone had a lovely and relaxing long weekend! I had the best time in Orlando at BookNet Fest– my wrap up for that went up earlier this week, if you wanna check out what I got up to there! School- and life-wise, this was a quiet week, for the most part. It’s looking more and more like Hurricane Irma might hit my city, so I’m keeping an eye on that going into the weekend. I’ll probably go wait out the storm at my brother’s house in the suburbs instead of staying in my […]

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ARC Review: Moxie by Jennifer Mathieu

Posted September 7, 2017 by Madalyn / 5 Comments
ARC Review: Moxie by Jennifer Mathieu

Trigger warnings for rape/sexual assault Well, this was a fun, feminist read! Upon finishing it, my first thought was, “man, I wish Moxie had existed when I was in high school.” I wish I could go back in time and give a copy of this book to every girl in my rural-small-town, conservative high school who told me feminism equated to hating men, or that they “believed in equal rights, but didn’t consider themselves feminists.” Moxie follows our protagonist, Viv, as she, fed up with the casual sexism at her high school and inspired by memorabilia from her mom’s Riot Grrrl days, decides to write and anonymously distribute a feminist zine to all the girls in her high school. This is a […]

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Event Recap: BookNet Fest 2017

Posted September 5, 2017 by Madalyn / 15 Comments

Hi everyone! In case you missed it, I attended the first annual BookNet Fest in Orlando, FL over Labor Day Weekend. BookNet Fest is the brainchild of two wonderful women (and two of my personal favorite creators)– Sam @ Thoughts on Tomes and Marines @ MyNameIsMarines. The idea behind the event was to celebrate the bookish internet in all its forms– BookTube, book blogs, bookstagram, book twitter, etc. It was open to both creators as well as consumers of bookish online content (so, anyone can attend!). I knew because of who created BookNet Fest that it would be fantastic, but you guys, I think this event is truly, truly special. It offers something totally new to this community that we […]

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Monthly Novel Rewind: August 2017 | Goodbye, summer!

Posted September 2, 2017 by Madalyn / 8 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 september release Madalyn: Ah, September. The month where we’ll all go bankrupt from new releases. venturing around the blogosphere Check out these posts from other bloggers we loved this month! <3 Molly @ Molly’s Book Nook shares a helpful list of ways to clear up some shelf space Aimal @ Bookshelves & Paperbacks writes a beautiful post on why we need diverse books Austine @ Novel Knight provides a guide to getting bloggers to review your book Cam @ […]

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Review: Spinning by Tillie Walden | #ARCAugust

Posted August 31, 2017 by Madalyn / 2 Comments
Review: Spinning by Tillie Walden | #ARCAugust

I was so excited to receive an ARC of Spinning! I have been reading tons of graphic novels this summer, and a YA graphic novel memoir about ice skating and coming to terms with your sexuality sounded too amazing to pass up. However, while I appreciate what this book brought to the table, the narrative structure was a bit too all over the place for my personal taste. Spinning chronicles author Tillie Walden’s adolescent years in the world of competitive figure skating. While ice skating is inarguably a huge focus of this memoir, the story covers a lot more than simply the ice skating part of Walden’s life. It shows her dealing with coming out as a lesbian, struggling with […]

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Waiting on Wednesday: Beneath the Sugar Sky by Seanan McGuire

Posted August 30, 2017 by Madalyn / 6 Comments
Waiting on Wednesday: Beneath the Sugar Sky 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 upcoming releases. Where we tend to add more books to your never-ending TBR. madalyn’s waiting on… why i’m waiting The Wayward Children series is one of my favorite series of all time! It’s so imaginative, and each book fills me with such a peculiar, melancholy sense of longing. But, like, in the best way. They’re truly something special. Beneath the Sugar Sky takes place at Eleanor West’s Home for Wayward Children, just like Every Heart a Doorway. I can’t wait to learn more about the school and to meet new characters (and get introduced to those new characters’ worlds)! […]

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Madalyn’s Favorite “Oldies” | August Monthly Recommendations

Posted August 28, 2017 by Madalyn / 13 Comments

Monthly Recommendations is a Goodreads group created and hosted by Kayla Rayne @ Kayla Rayne and Trina @ Between Chapters. I used to do these videos when I was on BookTube, and I really miss them, so I’ve decided to try to do them on the blog every month from now on! August’s topic is our favorite “oldies,” AKA our favorite books published before 2010. In recent years, I tend to read mostly recent releases, so I had a fun time going down memory lane and thinking about some of my favorite books I read years ago, way before I was on the bookish internet. I’ve decided to split my list into two categories: old favorites, and classics (because, like, they’re […]

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