We Set the Dark on Fire by Tehlor Kay Mejia

Posted February 22, 2019 by Madalyn / 1 Comment
We Set the Dark on Fire by Tehlor Kay Mejia

After following Tehlor Kay Mejia on social media for years and hearing some early buzz about her debut, I was highly anticipating this one. And, friends, let me tell you: it did not disappoint! We Set the Dark on Fire is set in a world that feels uncomfortably close to our own. Medio is a world in which women are expected to conform to prescribed subservient roles, one where a whole nation of people is viewed as “illegal” and is constantly demonized by the oppressive government. I hesitate to use “dystopian” as a descriptor nowadays, because it holds so many seemingly negative connotations to a lot of readers. However, We Set the Dark on Fire is a dystopian novel in […]

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Blog Tour: You Asked for Perfect by Laura Silverman | Review

Posted February 14, 2019 by Madalyn / 7 Comments
Blog Tour: You Asked for Perfect by Laura Silverman | Review

Hi, everyone! I’m excited to be part of the blog tour for You Asked for Perfect by Laura Silverman. Read on for my thoughts on this excellent sophomore novel, and be sure to check out the links below to follow the rest of the tour! After thoroughly enjoying Laura Silverman’s debut, Girl Out of Water, and after chatting with her at a couple book events here in Atlanta, I knew I would pick up anything she published next. And, friends, I’m happy to report that You Asked for Perfect did not disappoint! In You Asked for Perfect, we follow high school senior Ariel Stone, the golden boy at the top of his class who’s beginning to crack under the pressure of […]

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The Dead Queens Club by Hannah Capin

Posted January 24, 2019 by Madalyn / 6 Comments
The Dead Queens Club by Hannah Capin

Okay, I’m gonna be up front with y’all: my experience reading The Dead Queens Club was, hands-down, one of the STRANGEST reading experiences I’ve ever had. I literally can’t make up my mind as to whether I actively hated this book, or whether I’m just apathetic toward it. Let me preface my review with the fact that I was so excited to read DQC. I’ve been obsessed with Tudor England since I was in elementary school, and this was pitched as “Mean Girls x The Tudors,” which, like, SIGN ME UP. However, I was left feeling more frustrated and confused than anything else after finishing this book. The Dead Queens Club retells the history of Henry VIII and his six […]

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Death Prefers Blondes by Caleb Roehrig

Posted January 18, 2019 by Madalyn / 4 Comments
Death Prefers Blondes by Caleb Roehrig

As soon as I saw Death Prefers Blondes being pitched as Ocean’s 8 meets RuPaul’s Drag Race, I was all in. (Because if there’s one thing I love more than queer YA, it’s queer YA that ALSO involves drag queens). And, friends, this one did NOT disappoint. Not only did the action scenes keep me on the edge of my seat the entire time I was reading, but I couldn’t help but fall lace-front head over six-inch heels for this whole cast of characters. I won’t go into any specifics about plot in this review, since Death Prefers Blondes is so action-packed from start to finish. However, I will say that we follow a main character named Margo Manning, a […]

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Guest Post: Upcoming #OwnVoices Asian-Inspired YA Fantasy

Posted January 16, 2019 by Madalyn / 12 Comments

Hi, friends! So, you might have noticed that I’ve been struggling to get into a groove with blogging lately. You might have already seen my coblogger search announcement, but in the meantime, my incredible best friend Joce (who you might know from her BookTube channel, squibblesreads) volunteered to write a couple guest posts for me. This is the first of those! Without further ado, I’d like to give Joce a warm Novel Ink welcome! <3 joce’s thoughts Over the past couple years, there has been a surge of amazing new #OwnVoices Asian inspired YA fantasy books. These include Forest of a Thousand Lanterns by Julie C. Dao, The Reader by Traci Chee, and The Star-Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi. We […]

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Famous in a Small Town by Emma Mills

Posted January 10, 2019 by Madalyn / 15 Comments
Famous in a Small Town by Emma Mills

Emma Mills has quickly become one of my favorite YA contemporary authors. She excels at writing dialogue and at creating characters who truly feel like real teenagers. I went into Famous in a Small Town fully ready to fall in love again, but unfortunately, this one slightly missed the mark for me. For the first 100 pages or so, this was shaping up to be a five-star book. I mean, it has all of the things I love: small town coziness, friendship feels, witty dialogue, marching band, and country stars! However, while I love all of these pieces on their own, I don’t feel that Mills was able to pull all of these disparate elements together in a cohesive way. […]

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Calling All Bibliophiles: Co-Blogger Search

Posted January 7, 2019 by Madalyn / 8 Comments

Hi, everyone! As some of you might have noticed, I’ve been a bit more MIA around here lately. My co-blogger, Bee, is busy being a new mom and is on an indefinite hiatus for the foreseeable future. I revamped my BookTube channel a few months ago, and managing my BookTube channel along with this blog to the standards I expect has been difficult. With that said… I’m not going anywhere, but I could use some extra help! I know this year is going to be a bit hectic for me, so I would love to have someone to share the responsibilities of Novel Ink. Therefore, I’m excited to announce my co-blogger search. I can’t wait to read your applications, and I hope […]

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Monthly Novel Rewind: December 2018 | Nice to meet ya, 2019!

Posted January 5, 2019 by Madalyn / 20 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. It’s just me (Madalyn) on the rewind again this month! Bee is still on her maternity hiatus, but you can go send her some love on Twitter! new on the blog our most anticipated january release There are so, so many great books coming this month (especially great sequels!), but I think this one wins out as the release I’m MOST excited to read. venturing around the blogosphere Check out these posts from other creators we loved in December! Sophie @ Sophiesticated Books gives a comprehensive, IMMENSELY […]

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Top 10 of 2018: Anticipated 2019 Releases

Posted December 31, 2018 by Madalyn / 20 Comments

Friends, we have officially made it to the LAST post of Top 10 of 2018! Top 10 of 2018 is a week-long blog event hosted by KimberlyFaye Reads that gives us the chance to look back on bookish favorites from the past year. We’re finishing things off today by talking about our most-anticipated releases of 2019. Let me tell you, I had THE HARDEST TIME narrowing this list down to only ten books. I could have listed 70. (Incidentally, here is my full “2019 releases” Goodreads shelf, which is currently sitting at 77 books!) However, without further ado, I present to you… the ten 2019 releases I’m *most* excited about! madalyn’s top ten All covers link to Goodreads.   Night […]

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Top 10 of 2018: I Ship It!

Posted December 29, 2018 by Madalyn / 7 Comments

Hi, friends! Welcome back to another day of Top 10 of 2018! Top 10 of 2018 is a week-long blog event hosted by KimberlyFaye Reads that gives us the chance to look back on bookish favorites from the past year. Today’s topic is “favorite couples,” and I had a lot of fun coming up with this list. Let’s get into all of my 2018 OTPs! All of these books were released in 2018, as well. madalyn’s top ten Fantasy/Paranormal Cardan/Jude, The Cruel Prince and The Wicked King by Holly Black | Talk about a slow burn, dude. These two can’t decide if they love or hate each other, and I live for it. (Although lowkey, I really need them to bang in The […]

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