Publisher: Amulet Books

ARC Review: Final Draft by Riley Redgate

Posted June 21, 2018 by Madalyn / 7 Comments
ARC Review: Final Draft by Riley Redgate

Anyone who knows me knows that I consider Riley Redgate one of my very favorite authors. When I found out she was writing a YA contemporary about a writer? Color me intrigued. While Final Draft had its moments of brilliance, overall, the story felt a bit too all over the place for my taste. I’ll start with the thing I loved most about this book: the representation. Our main character, Laila, is biracial (half Ecuadorian and half French-Canadian), plus-sized, and pansexual. She also deals with a depressive episode that was some of the very best depression rep I’ve read in any book. Laila’s thoughts about all of the identities she holds felt so authentic. I loved these more introspective moments, […]

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Waiting on Wednesday: Final Draft by Riley Redgate

Posted October 4, 2017 by Madalyn / 9 Comments
Waiting on Wednesday: Final Draft by Riley Redgate

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  NEW RILEY REDGATE! If you’ve been following me for a while, you probably know that Noteworthy is my absolute favorite book of 2017 so far. I adore Riley Redgate’s writing, and how good does this book sound?! It’s a book about a writer. And about idolizing your mentors. Sign me up, man. (Plus, I love this cover!) What book are you waiting on this week?

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Release Week Blitz: The Epic Crush of Genie Lo by F. C. Yee

Posted August 10, 2017 by Madalyn / 7 Comments
Release Week Blitz: The Epic Crush of Genie Lo by F. C. Yee

I am so excited that The Epic Crush of Genie Lo by F.C. Yee is available now and that I get to share the news! If you haven’t yet heard about this wonderful book by Author F.C. Yee, be sure to check out all the details below. This blitz also includes a giveaway for 5 finished copies of the book and a bookmark courtesy of Pique and Rockstar Book Tours. So if you’d like a chance to win, enter in the Rafflecopter at the bottom of this post. about the book excerpt “GREETINGS,” HE SAID, HIS ACCENT THICK BUT HIS VOICE LOUD and clear. “I have arrived.” Now, I’d done my best to describe this guy to the police. They pressed […]

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Mini Reviews: Two Underwhelming September Releases

Posted August 3, 2017 by Madalyn / 11 Comments
Mini Reviews: Two Underwhelming September Releases

Hello hello! Welcome to another round of mini reviews. Today, I’ll be discussing two upcoming releases I found severely overhyped and disappointing. Honestly, I decided to do mini reviews of both of these instead of full reviews simply because I don’t have much to say about either of these books, other than… I didn’t enjoy them. But I’m going to articulate WHY I didn’t like them, because being a critical reader is important, no? Anyway, that’s enough rambling for one post. Onto my thoughts!   This. Book. Was. So. Dull. Like, mind-numbingly boring to read. I find Girls Made of Snow & Glass quite difficult to review, because while I didn’t hate this book– I have more of a total […]

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ARC Review: Noteworthy by Riley Redgate

Posted March 17, 2017 by Madalyn / 9 Comments
ARC Review: Noteworthy by Riley Redgate

 You know those occasional books you go into with a ~feeling~ about? Those books you just know you’re going to love, even before you’ve read a single page? Well, friends, Noteworthy was that book for me, and I am happy to report that it didn’t disappoint. In fact, it blew my (already-high) expectations out of the water! I mean, a bisexual MC + cross-dressing + a capella choir + boarding school setting?! Yeah, no wonder this was the book of my dreams. Obviously, being the choir nerd that I am, I adored the plot of Noteworthy immensely. Jordan Sun, a junior at the prestigious Kensington-Blaine Academy (an arts school), runs out of options when she isn’t cast in the school […]

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RoseBlood by A. G. Howard

Posted January 12, 2017 by Madalyn / 12 Comments
RoseBlood by A. G. Howard

Buckle up, y’all, because I have some seriously conflicting thoughts on this one. I went into RoseBlood incredibly excited: a Phantom of the Opera retelling that 1.) takes place at a music school in France and 2.) is a standalone? Sign me up! Unfortunately, though, this book took a paranormal turn that I wasn’t expecting, and one that I never quite got on board with over the course of the novel. Overall, I thought the retelling element of this book was done well. The atmosphere of RoseBlood felt true to the original Phantom story– dark, angsty, romantic, and mysterious. The book blended elements of different genres, including paranormal, gothic, horror, and romance, which made it all the more intricate. Like any […]

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