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Favorite Royal Romances from History | Guest Post by Author Rachel Hawkins

Posted June 20, 2019 by Madalyn / 2 Comments
Favorite Royal Romances from History | Guest Post by Author Rachel Hawkins

Hello, everyone! Today, as part of PenguinTeen’s Summer Lovin’ Blogger Campaign, I am so excited to welcome author Rachel Hawkins to the blog for a guest post about her favorite royal romances from history. This topic was, of course, inspired by her excellent YA contemporary Her Royal Highness (the companion sequel to last year’s Prince Charming), which happens to be one of my favorite 2019 releases I’ve read so far this year. Without further ado, I’ll hand it over to Rachel! about the book favorite royal romances from history a guest post by author Rachel Hawkins ROYAL ROMANCE. Was there ever a term that implied more drama? Royals of course bring their own chaos and OTT Shenanigans to most all of […]

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ARC Review: Don’t Date Rosa Santos by Nina Moreno

Posted May 13, 2019 by Madalyn / 5 Comments
ARC Review: Don’t Date Rosa Santos by Nina Moreno

There are always a few books every year that, from the very first page, you know are going to land among your favorites of the year. Don’t Date Rosa Santos was one of those such books for me. It’s a gem of a YA contemporary that deals with identity, history, family, culture, and home, set against the whimsical backdrop of a tiny Florida beach town. Add in a swoony romance, a generations-long curse, a deeply likable and relatable MC, and some excellent representation, and I was SOLD. Let’s first talk about Rosa, our main character and the sweet baby angel overachiever of my heart. Rosa is one of those characters who I read about and was immediately like, oh, yep, […]

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ARC Review: Red, White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston

Posted May 8, 2019 by Madalyn / 15 Comments
ARC Review: Red, White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston

content warnings: alcohol use, homophobia (always challenged), anxiety, ADHD, depression, talk of past drug use and drug addiction, depictions of racism in media, talk of past loss of a parent, talk of grief, brief mentions of pancreatic cancer in the past, brief talk of attempted sexual assault in the past (from a side character), outing, extensive discussions of politics It’s always indescribably difficult to sit down and attempt to write a review for a book that you know, immediately upon finishing, will almost certainly land at the top of your list of favorite books of the year; a book you realize, furthermore, has absolutely earned a spot on your “forever favorites” shelf on Goodreads. But here I am, reviewing this […]

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Blog Tour: In the Neighborhood of True by Susan Kaplan Carlton | Review (+ Giveaway!)

Posted April 4, 2019 by Madalyn / 0 Comments
Blog Tour: In the Neighborhood of True by Susan Kaplan Carlton | Review (+ Giveaway!)

Hi, everyone, and welcome to my stop on the blog tour for In the Neighborhood of True! As an Atlantan, this historical fiction YA set in Atlanta in the 1950’s meant a whole lot to me, and I can’t wait to tell you all about it. madalyn’s thoughts Wow, this was such a pleasant surprise, and so timely. I picked up an ARC of this one at ALAMW after seeing that it was historical fiction set in Atlanta in the 1950’s, and this did not disappoint. As others have said, it was so nice to read historical fiction with a Jewish main character (#ownvoices rep) that is not set during the Holocaust. Though set in the past, In the Neighborhood […]

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Night Music by Jenn Marie Thorne

Posted March 18, 2019 by Madalyn / 6 Comments
Night Music by Jenn Marie Thorne

When I first heard about Night Music, I thought I must have been dreaming. A YA contemporary by one of my favorite authors in that genre, centering around teenagers pursuing classical music careers over the course of one New York City summer? This book seemed made for me. And while Night Music was not at all what I anticipated it would be, it ended up grabbing my heart in fresh, unexpected ways. “It’s love.” Oscar peered at the ceiling again. “Most classical music is. Not all, but most. You know…” He rolled over to face me. “I can appreciate all kinds of music, I really can. I think there’s something there. But hip-hop, pop, it speaks to front, you know? […]

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ARC Review: Mammoth by Jill Baguchinsky

Posted November 8, 2018 by Madalyn / 5 Comments
ARC Review: Mammoth by Jill Baguchinsky

Content warnings: fatphobic thoughts; fatphobic comments; restriction of eating; unwanted sexual advances (kissing, touching); self-harm Oh, you guys. I have SUCH conflicting feelings about this one. On the one hand, fat rep, girls in STEM, summer internship, and a sweet romance! On the other… Mammoth didn’t necessarily execute all of those things well, imo. Let’s dig in! (Pun DEFINITELY intended.) In Mammoth, we follow our main character, Natalie, after she has landed her dream summer internship studying paleontology at the Central Texas Mammoth Site. Natalie runs a successful fashion/paleontology blog called Fossilista, where she documents her two greatest passions. However, behind the veneer she presents to her 60,000+ followers lies a girl full of insecurities. Honestly, let’s go ahead and […]

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ARC Review: Hearts Unbroken by Cynthia Leitich Smith

Posted November 5, 2018 by Madalyn / 6 Comments
ARC Review: Hearts Unbroken by Cynthia Leitich Smith

Content warnings: racist comments (challenged); threats of violence that are racially motivated; stereotypes of Native peoples (challenged); slut-shaming (challenged); bullying (challenged);  mentions of genocide (challenged); mentions of religion In Hearts Unbroken, we follow our main character, Louise Wolfe, as she balances life, school, friendships, dating, and being a journalist on her school newspaper– all while enduring constant microaggressions due to her Native (Muscogee) identity. I’ve made an effort in 2018 to read more books by and about Native and First Nations people, and Hearts Unbroken is one I’d absolutely recommend. When Louise’s (soon-to-be-ex) boyfriend makes a disrespectful comment about another Native woman in front of her, she quickly realizes that being Native and living in a predominantly-white area adds an […]

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Blog Tour: The Brilliant Death by Amy Rose Capetta | Review

Posted November 1, 2018 by Madalyn / 2 Comments
Blog Tour: The Brilliant Death by Amy Rose Capetta | Review

Hi, everyone, and welcome to my stop on the blog tour for The Brilliant Death by Amy Rose Capetta! I’m so excited to share my thoughts on this gem of a fantasy book with you all. If you’re a regular visitor to the blog, you probably know by now that reviews of fantasy books from me are few and far between these days. As my reading tastes have changed over the past couple years, I’ve slowly gravitated away from fantasy, and it takes a special book to make me want to pick up the genre. The Brilliant Death was that kind of book. I fell in love with Amy Rose Capetta’s writing after reading Echo After Echo last year and […]

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ARC Review: When We Caught Fire by Anna Godbersen

Posted October 1, 2018 by Madalyn / 2 Comments
ARC Review: When We Caught Fire by Anna Godbersen

I went into When We Caught Fire with high hopes– I mean, you all know how much I love YA historical fiction by now, right? Plus, I absolutely devoured Anna Godbersen’s previous two series– The Luxe and Bright Young Things– when I was younger, and I was excited to see how her writing held up for me as an adult. However, I’m sorry to say that this one ended up being a huge disappointment. We follow our main character, Emmaline, during the week leading up to her wedding to one of Chicago’s most sought-after bachelors. Emmaline and her father have come from nothing and, over the past couple years, have steadily climbed the social ladder. Finally, with the impending wedding, […]

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ARC Review: Escaping From Houdini by Kerri Maniscalco

Posted September 24, 2018 by Madalyn / 8 Comments
ARC Review: Escaping From Houdini by Kerri Maniscalco

It’s no secret that the Stalking Jack the Ripper series has quickly won its way into my heart. So, naturally, I was incredibly excited when an ARC of the third installment in the series, Escaping from Houdini, showed up on my doorstep. However, while Escaping From Houdini was a fun read, it felt significantly less cleverly-crafted than the first two books in the series. Escaping From Houdini picks up shortly after Hunting Prince Dracula left off. We follow Audrey Rose, Thomas, and company aboard the RMS Etruria as they travel from London to New York City to continue their work in forensics. The Etruria has hired a carnival to provide nightly entertainment for its passengers, but things take a turn […]

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