Publisher: HarperTeen

Holiday Gift Guide: Hufflepuff Tales

Posted December 7, 2018 by Madalyn / 5 Comments
Holiday Gift Guide: Hufflepuff Tales

Hi, everyone! As I’m sure you all have noticed, the holiday season is upon us. I always try to do some sort of bookish holiday gift guide on the blog, and for this year’s, I decided to recommend books to each Hogwarts House that I feel fit the characteristics of that House. I’ve wanted to do a series of book recommendations based on Hogwarts Houses for a while, and what better time than now, when you can add these to your holiday wishlist? (This was partially inspired by Rachel @ Rec-It Rachel’s holiday gift guide this year, which I’ve been loving.) Here are my recommendations for Ravenclaw and Slytherin, in case you missed them! Today, I’m bringing you some recommendations for one of […]

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Holiday Gift Guide: Slytherin Stories

Posted November 30, 2018 by Madalyn / 8 Comments
Holiday Gift Guide: Slytherin Stories

Hi, everyone! As I’m sure you all have noticed, the holiday season is upon us. I always try to do some sort of bookish holiday gift guide on the blog, and for this year’s, I decided to recommend books to each Hogwarts House that I feel fit the characteristics of that House. I’ve wanted to do a series of book recommendations based on Hogwarts Houses for a while, and what better time than now, when you can add these to your holiday wishlist? (This was partially inspired by Rachel @ Rec-It Rachel’s holiday gift guide this year, which I’ve been loving.) In case you missed the Ravenclaw gift guide earlier this week, you can read it here! Today, I’m recommending […]

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ARC Review: A Very Large Expanse of Sea by Tahereh Mafi

Posted October 25, 2018 by Madalyn / 6 Comments
ARC Review: A Very Large Expanse of Sea by Tahereh Mafi

As a fan of Tahereh Mafi’s writing but not of the genres she tends to write (dystopian, middle grade), I was ecstatic when I saw she was publishing a YA contemporary (well, contemporary-ish. it’s set in 2002). I’m so happy A Very Large Expanse of Sea exists. I think it fills a void for a type of story that hasn’t been told in YA literature, and I hope it finds a home with many readers. I’m struggling to put together my thoughts on this book, mostly because it’s the kind of quiet story that sneaks up on you. A Very Large Expanse of Sea is very much a slice-of-life story, and in true Mafi fashion, is very romance-centric. It follows […]

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ARC Review: What If It’s Us by Becky Albertalli & Adam Silvera

Posted October 5, 2018 by Madalyn / 4 Comments
ARC Review: What If It’s Us by Becky Albertalli & Adam Silvera

Of course, the minute Becky Albertalli and Adam Silvera announced that they were writing a book together, I was on board. And, naturally, when HarperCollins approved me for an e-ARC on Edelweiss, I picked up What If It’s Us IMMEDIATELY. I am happy to say that it exceeded my already-high expectations! What If It’s Us follows two protagonists: Arthur, a Southern transplant in NYC for the summer interning at his mother’s law firm, and Ben, a New York native who’s suffering through summer school with his ex-boyfriend. Ben and Arthur have a meet-cute in a post office in the city, and the story takes off from there. Let me say right off the bat: Arthur Seuss and Ben Alejo are […]

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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: The Looking Glass by Janet McNally

Posted August 13, 2018 by Madalyn / 9 Comments
ARC Review: The Looking Glass by Janet McNally

Going into The Looking Glass, I wasn’t entirely sure of what to expect. I knew it featured some of my very favorite things– ballerinas, a road trip, hints of magic, and Fleetwood Mac. However, I didn’t expect the beautiful writing or how much of a hidden gem it would be. The story follows our protagonist, Sylvie Blake, as she tries to both process her sister Julia’s year-long disappearance and uphold Julia’s impressive legacy at the prestigious ballet school she attends. On her birthday, Sylvie receives mail from Julia– the first anyone has heard from her in a year. Julia has sent her a book of fairytales beloved by both of the sisters as children. Sylvie finds a drawing in the […]

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ARC Review: Wild Blue Wonder by Carlie Sorosiak

Posted June 28, 2018 by Madalyn / 8 Comments
ARC Review: Wild Blue Wonder by Carlie Sorosiak

Content warnings: grief, death, drowning I am having such good luck with these fabulist YA contemporaries coming out this summer. Wild Blue Wonder was a sweet, unexpected gem of a novel, complete with a summer camp setting, alternating timelines, lush writing, and touches of magic. Wild Blue Wonder alternates between two timelines, both told from the main character, Quinn’s, perspective. We follow Quinn in present day (during the fall/winter), as well as over the course of the previous summer. We find out that some large event happened at the end of summer that changed Quinn’s relationships with everyone in her life, but this event is not immediately revealed. The contrast between the brightness and love Quinn feels during the summer and […]

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ARC Review: Summer of Salt by Katrina Leno

Posted May 31, 2018 by Madalyn / 2 Comments
ARC Review: Summer of Salt by Katrina Leno

Summer of Salt is one of those books that quietly sneaks up on you, until before you know it, you’re fully immersed in a story of sisters, magic, and a small island overrun with birdwatchers. The fabulist elements were incorporated beautifully into the story, and I could almost feel the magic of By-the-Sea myself as I read. Our protagonist, Georgina, is part of a long line of magical women. The only problem? She hasn’t manifested any kind of power yet, and she only has a few short months until her 18th birthday for her gift to appear. Summer of Salt follows Georgina and her twin sister, Mary (power: ability to float), over the course of their last summer on their […]

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ARC Review: All of This Is True by Lygia Day Peñaflor

Posted April 26, 2018 by Madalyn / 8 Comments
ARC Review: All of This Is True by Lygia Day Peñaflor

Thanks so much to Alice @ Arctic Books for hosting an ARC tour of All of This Is True and letting me participate! I was extremely excited to read All of This Is True— it received some awesome early reviews, the premise sounded mysterious and twisty, and the hype has been steadily ramping up in the blogging community. However, this book ended up being a bit of a letdown for me. This story follows four teenagers who calculatedly befriend their favorite YA author, only to find out later that the author has used their lives as the premise of her new book. All of This Is True is told from four perspectives: Miri (through interviews), Penny (also through interviews), Soleil (through […]

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Waiting on Wednesday: Mariam Sharma Hits the Road by Sheba Karim

Posted January 24, 2018 by Madalyn / 4 Comments
Waiting on Wednesday: Mariam Sharma Hits the Road by Sheba Karim

Waiting on Wednesday is hosted by Breaking the Spine. It’s a feature where we show off one of our most anticipated upcoming book releases. Where we tend to add more books to your never-ending TBR. madalyn’s waiting on… why i’m waiting Road trip plot! College-aged characters in YA! Friendship! A diverse cast of characters! I am so ready for this book. It sounds like my ultimate summer read. What book are you waiting on this week? Are you also excited for this one?

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