Genre: Contemporary

Blog Tour: Hello Girls by Brittany Cavallaro and Emily Henry | Review + Giveaway

Posted August 1, 2019 by Madalyn / 1 Comment
Blog Tour: Hello Girls by Brittany Cavallaro and Emily Henry | Review + Giveaway

Hi, everyone, and welcome to my stop on the blog tour for the wonderful Hello Girls by Brittany Cavallaro and Emily Henry! Read on for my thoughts, a few of my favorite quotes, and a giveaway! content warnings: drugs, alcohol, domestic abuse, parental abuse, disordered eating, gambling, murder, violence, mentions of prostitution Having read and loved books by both Cavallaro and Henry, I went into Hello Girls fully expecting to enjoy it, and it did not disappoint. It’s a story of unlikely friendships, revenge, road trips, rebelling against the patriarchy, and ruthless women. (So, pretty much all my favorite things.) “Why did people lie ? With their words, with their voices, with their bodies, with their beautiful houses and beautiful […]

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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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Blog Tour: The Wise and the Wicked by Rebecca Podos | Review (+ Giveaway!)

Posted May 27, 2019 by Madalyn / 3 Comments
Blog Tour: The Wise and the Wicked by Rebecca Podos | Review (+ Giveaway!)

Hi, everyone, and welcome to my stop on the blog tour for The Wise and the Wicked by Rebecca Podos, which releases tomorrow! Read on for my review, links to follow the blog tour, and a giveaway. From page one, The Wise and the Wicked swept me into a world of ancient Russian fairy tales, long-hidden family secrets, and a main character trying to make sense of the world and her place in it. The writing was immersive, the characters were interesting, but the main, glaring issue with this book that I was left feeling unsatisfied when I flipped the last page. All of the threads of a five-star book were there for me, but the ending felt so clumsy and […]

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Romance Mini Reviews: Waiting for Tom Hanks and Natalie Tan’s Book of Luck and Fortune

Posted May 24, 2019 by Madalyn / 2 Comments
Romance Mini Reviews: Waiting for Tom Hanks and Natalie Tan’s Book of Luck and Fortune

Hi, everyone! Today, I’m here with mini reviews of two romance books coming out from Berkley on June 11th. Let me know if you like this format, and I’ll do more reviews in this format in the future! Without further ado, let’s get into it. cw: death of a loved one; grief; agorophobia Natalie Tan’s Book of Luck & Fortune was such a lovely debut about culture, family, food, home, identity and how they all connect. First and foremost, I will warn you: this book will make you HUNGRY. The recipes Natalie cooks in attempt to heal her neighbors are described in such detail that it’s impossible to not want to order Chinese food while reading. The book is, in […]

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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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ARC Review: Serious Moonlight by Jenn Bennett

Posted April 11, 2019 by Madalyn / 4 Comments
ARC Review: Serious Moonlight by Jenn Bennett

Obviously, being *the biggest* Jenn Bennett fangirl, I was ecstatic when Simon & Schuster approved me for the e-ARC of her newest release, Serious Moonlight. And while Serious Moonlight is probably my least favorite Bennett book so far, I still had a fun reading experience! In this book, we follow 18-year-old Birdie Lindberg, who has scored a summer job working the graveyard shift at a swanky hotel in downtown Seattle. However, when she shows up to her first night of work, she realizes one of her coworkers is a boy she had a one-night stand with and promptly ran out on. NIGHTMARE FUEL. That being said, Birdie and Daniel decide to team up to investigate a mystery happening at the […]

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Blog Tour: Small Town Hearts by Lillie Vale | Review

Posted March 30, 2019 by Madalyn / 4 Comments
Blog Tour: Small Town Hearts by Lillie Vale | Review

Hi, everyone, and welcome to my stop on the blog tour for Small Town Hearts! This cozy contemporary definitely won *my* heart, and I can’t wait to tell you all about it. madalyn’s thoughts Small Town Hearts is a sweet, realistic coming-of-age story that’s impossible not to love. We follow our protagonist, Babe Vogel, during a summer that does not go at all as she planned. With both of her childhood best friends preparing to leave for college come fall, Babe is ready to spend the summer making one last batch of memories with them before everything changes. However, things quickly go awry after a reckless kiss, and are complicated even further when Babe’s ex-girlfriend reappears in Oars Rest for […]

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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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Heroine by Mindy McGinnis

Posted March 14, 2019 by Madalyn / 6 Comments
Heroine by Mindy McGinnis

Content warnings: addiction; opioid addiction; extensive drug use (opioid pills, heroin), described in detail; overdose; withdrawal; death; car accident; needles; vomiting **Please use caution going into this review and/or this book if you are a recovered or recovering addict. This book contains content that could be extremely triggering.** Mindy McGinnis is an author who I typically find very hit-or-miss, but her contemporaries always make me think and always tackle difficult subject matter with nuance. Heroine is no exception. In Heroine, McGinnis paints a harrowing and all-too-real picture of the US’s opioid crisis, the myriad types of people affected, and the complexity of the issue itself. We follow Mickey Catalan, a high school softball star in her small Midwestern town. At […]

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