Break from Books: Madalyn’s Recent Beauty Favorites

Posted July 10, 2017 by Madalyn / 13 Comments

Hey, everyone! Today, I’m bringing you a decidedly non-bookish post. I was thinking about blogging recently, and I realized I don’t post nearly enough about the non-bookish things I enjoy. In fact, aside from the occasional passing comment in a weekly or monthly rewind, I rarely talk about my other hobbies at all. So, I’m introducing a new feature, Break from Books, where I’ll occasionally post about one of my other loves from outside the bookish realm (probably travel, makeup/beauty, or music/podcasts). If you have any requests for posts having to do with any of these topics, let me know! As far as beauty goes, many of you probably don’t know this, but I worked in a cosmetics studio for […]

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ARC Review: Mask of Shadows by Linsey Miller

Posted July 6, 2017 by Madalyn / 11 Comments
ARC Review: Mask of Shadows by Linsey Miller

I enjoyed this fast-paced fantasy novel so very much! I’m honestly baffled by the amount of one- and two-star reviews of this book on Goodreads. If you’re a fantasy lover like I am, don’t let the negative reviews deter you from picking up this book! I’ll preface this by saying that I am cisgender, but one of the elements of Mask of Shadows I was most looking forward to was the fact that it features a genderfluid protagonist. I’ve only read one other book with a nonbinary POV character, and I was so excited to see this representation in a YA fantasy! Sal’s genderfluid identity isn’t a huge part of the plot, largely because they seem to be fairly widely accepted […]

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Waiting on Wednesday: Starry Eyes by Jenn Bennett

Posted July 5, 2017 by Madalyn / 10 Comments
Waiting on Wednesday: Starry Eyes by Jenn Bennett

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 Um, new Jenn Bennett book with a hate-to-love romance? Yes please! I adored Alex, Approximately, and I’m hoping to read Bennett’s first book, The Anatomical Shape of a Heart, this month. She’s quickly become one of my favorite YA contemporary authors and earned a spot on my auto-buy list. Plus, how gorgeous is this cover?! *wills April 2018 to come faster* What book are you waiting on this week? Are you as excited for this one as I […]

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Monthly Novel Rewind: June 2017

Posted July 4, 2017 by Madalyn / 2 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 july release Madalyn: Bee: venturing around the blogosphere Check out these posts from other bloggers we loved this month! <3 Emily @ Possibly Literate theorizes about what Hermione Granger’s favorite books would be Fadwa @ Word Wonders ponders whether reviewers have a responsibility to readers Lauren @ SERIESous Book Reviews makes a case for reading your book purchases ASAP Ava @ Bookishness & Tea writes a wonderful guest post on finding representation in books Alina @ Tall Tales talks about […]

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Bee’s 5 Favorite Books with M/M Romances | Pride 2017

Posted June 30, 2017 by Bee / 7 Comments

Today marks the last day of Pride Month 2017. Which is sad. But also not because every month should be Pride Month! Everyone should be proud of who they are and who they love (or not). So to say goodbye (sort of) to Pride Month, I decided to share my 5 favorite m/m romances. Because those are my life, to be honest. Give me a fantastic, adorable gay romance in a book and I will love it immediately. Seriously. All my own writing projects have squishy adorable gay romances between all the heartbreak and death and sadness. It’s my aesthetic, really. But on to the top 5, shall we? This was VERY hard to decide. Mainly the top 2. Because […]

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Waiting on Wednesday: Heart of Iron by Ashley Poston

Posted June 28, 2017 by Bee / 6 Comments
Waiting on Wednesday: Heart of Iron by Ashley Poston

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. Bee’s waiting on… why i’m waiting This was pitched as Anastacia meets Firefly. HECK YES I WANT THIS. So badly. It sounds fabulous and that cover is preeeetty. Are you excited for Heart of Iron? What book are you waiting on this week?

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Top Ten Tuesday: Favorite YA Contemporaries I’ve Read This Year (So Far)

Posted June 27, 2017 by Madalyn / 14 Comments

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s topic is the best books we’ve read in 2017 so far, broken down however we choose (by genre, strictly 2017 releases, etc.). I’ve read a lot of contemporary so far this year, so I decided to share my ten favorite YA contemporary books I’ve read so far this year. I gave all of these either got 4.5 or 5 stars on Goodreads! madalyn’s top ten In the Hope of Memories by Olivia Rivers // My first read of the year– and a five-star one, at that! This is SUCH a beautiful story of a diverse cast of lovable characters who go on a scavenger hunt […]

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Mini Reviews: Highly Anticipated Sequels Edition!

Posted June 26, 2017 by Madalyn / 4 Comments
Mini Reviews: Highly Anticipated Sequels Edition!

Hi, everyone! I’m here today to bring you another edition of mini reviews. Three of my most anticipated sequels of 2017 (and, consequently, three of my most anticipated releases of the year) came out within the past month, and while I don’t have enough thoughts on any of them to write full reviews, I wanted to share some of my thoughts with you all! I’m going to try my best to keep these reviews spoiler-free. (Also, while I’d LOVE to discuss these books in the comments, please try to keep your comments spoiler-free, as well! If you wanna talk spoilers, my Twitter DMs are ALWAYS open. Especially with these three books, because they all destroyed my emotions and I need […]

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Bee Chats About Her Writerly Project

Posted June 24, 2017 by Bee / 1 Comment

Today I’m linking up with the awesome Beautiful People link-up, hosted by the fabulous Cait @ Paper Fury and Sky @ Further Up and Further to talk about my current writing project. I’ve got more than just this, of course, but I’ll share more about those in the future. So first, I’m gonna share a bit more about this project and then I’ll answer the questions! Staring at the Sun Genre: YA Contemporary Topics: Abuse, bullying, alcoholism, grief, self-harm, Borderline Personality Disorder, Pansexuality, friendship, romance,… What is it about? Ben is a very troubled seventeen-year-old boy who deals with severe abuse and bullying on a daily basis. He suspects there is more going on in his head, but would rather […]

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ARC Review: Aftercare Instructions by Bonnie Pipkin

Posted June 22, 2017 by Madalyn / 8 Comments
ARC Review: Aftercare Instructions by Bonnie Pipkin

Aftercare Instructions is one of those books that, in the days since I finished it, keeps creeping into my thoughts time and time again. I can’t stop thinking about this book. On one hand, it wasn’t at all the book I expected. On the other, I think it represents a vastly important addition to YA lit. I apologize in advance if my review seems jumbled– I’m finding it incredibly hard to pinpoint what exactly makes this book so special. I also believe this is the type of story you need to go into a bit blind; knowing too much about the plot could ruin the reading experience for you. Therefore, I’ll try not to say too much about the actual events […]

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