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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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ARC Review: What They Don’t Know by Nicole Maggi

Posted October 3, 2018 by Madalyn / 0 Comments
ARC Review: What They Don’t Know by Nicole Maggi

Content warnings: rape, sexual assault, rape resulting in pregnancy, pregnancy, talk of miscarrying, abortion, description of abortion, victim-blaming, unsafe home environment, misogyny (challenged), homophobic behavior (challenged), anti-abortion rhetoric (challenged), religion, emotional abuse, verbal abuse, grief, threats of violence What They Don’t Know might appear, on the surface, to be an “issue book” focusing solely on a main character’s experience with teen pregnancy, rape, and abortion. And while these kinds of stories are undoubtedly important, What They Don’t Know feels to me, at its core, to be a friendship story above all else. This book is told exclusively through diary entries from two different girls connected only by the fact that they were childhood friends, then grew apart. They each write […]

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Waiting On Wednesday: You Asked For Perfect by Laura Silverman

Posted July 25, 2018 by Madalyn / 14 Comments
Waiting On Wednesday: You Asked For Perfect by Laura Silverman

Waiting on Wednesday was created by Breaking the Spine, and is now hosted by Wishful Endings (as Can’t Wait Wednesday). 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 I mean, Laura Silverman wrote it? That’s reason enough for me to pick this one up, but the main character sounds SO much like high-school-Madalyn (minus the cute tutor, sigh). Plus, a queer romance between two academic overachievers!!! Sign me the heck up. (Also, we got a cover reveal this week, and ISN’T IT SO BEAUTIFUL???) What book are you waiting on this week?

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ARC Review: The Last Summer of the Garrett Girls by Jessica Spotswood

Posted May 24, 2018 by Madalyn / 10 Comments
ARC Review: The Last Summer of the Garrett Girls by Jessica Spotswood

The Last Summer of the Garrett Girls is a lovely, summery contemporary that follows a family of four sisters navigating their last summer together in their small, coastal town. Since the book features four perspectives, it feels like you’re reading four companion novels that involve the same setting and same characters, which made for a fun reading experience. Each of the Garrett sisters brought a different vibe to this story. There’s Des, the oldest, who struggles with feeling inadequate and boring because she decided to stay in her small hometown and work in her family’s bookshop after graduation, rather than attend college. Then, there’s Bea, who realizes that the plan she made years ago– attend Georgetown with her boyfriend– now […]

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ARC Review: Mask of Shadows by Linsey Miller

Posted July 6, 2017 by Madalyn / 11 Comments
ARC Review: Mask of Shadows by Linsey Miller

I enjoyed this fast-paced fantasy novel so very much! I’m honestly baffled by the amount of one- and two-star reviews of this book on Goodreads. If you’re a fantasy lover like I am, don’t let the negative reviews deter you from picking up this book! I’ll preface this by saying that I am cisgender, but one of the elements of Mask of Shadows I was most looking forward to was the fact that it features a genderfluid protagonist. I’ve only read one other book with a nonbinary POV character, and I was so excited to see this representation in a YA fantasy! Sal’s genderfluid identity isn’t a huge part of the plot, largely because they seem to be fairly widely accepted […]

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Follow Me Back by A.V. Geiger

Posted May 19, 2017 by Bee / 7 Comments
Follow Me Back by A.V. Geiger

Bee’s Thoughts   Well I’m not entirely sure how to feel about this book, to be honest. I liked parts of it a lot… But then there are other parts that I really didn’t like that really kept me from enjoying this book more than I wanted to. With that also comes that I completely did not relate to the characters at all. Which is tragic, let’s be honest. To start off, I’d like to mention that I was not aware this was going to be a series when I started reading this book. So when I finished, that cliffhanger caught me completely off guard. It’s also very unfair because what the hell? How can you end a book like […]

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ARC Review: Girl Out of Water by Laura Silverman

Posted April 27, 2017 by Madalyn / 9 Comments
ARC Review: Girl Out of Water by Laura Silverman

Girl Out of Water was the perfect summery contemporary! Our main character, Anise, feels betrayed when her summer suddenly takes a turn: instead of surfing the days away with her group of friends in her beloved hometown of Santa Cruz, CA, she is forced to move to landlocked Nebraska for two months to help take care of her cousins while her aunt recovers from a major car accident. I’ve been following Laura Silverman on Twitter for quite a while now, and I’m so happy to see her debut getting so much love! It definitely deserves it. Although I have virtually nothing in common with Anise, I loved reading from her perspective because it’s one I haven’t seen often in YA, especially in YA contemporary. […]

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The Dead Inside: Spotlight & Giveaway

Posted April 10, 2017 by Christy / 2 Comments
The Dead Inside: Spotlight & Giveaway

Spotlight: NOTE TO READER You’re not going to believe this. Seriously, nobody does. But this stuff happened, right here in America. In the warehouse down the street. The warehouse had a name: Straight, Incorporated. Straight called itself a drug rehab for kids, but most of us had barely even smoked weed. Take me, for example. In September, at age thirteen, I smoked it for the first time. I tried smoking again in October. In November, I got locked up in Straight—for sixteen months. The second we entered the building, we all stopped being kids. We stopped being humans. Instead, we were Straightlings. Other than my father and me, each person you read about here has a fake name. Many of […]

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Pretty Fierce: Spotlight & Giveaway

Posted April 3, 2017 by Christy / 0 Comments
Pretty Fierce: Spotlight & Giveaway

Spotlight: One of my favorite things about writing PRETTY FIERCE was trying to figure out what Kaia would do next. I don’t consider myself to be particularly brave—except for the fact that I don’t mind public speaking which is one of those things that keeps people awake at night. But I imagine that if I were ever in a situation like Kaia is in—being pursued by bad guys, hunted down at every turn, forced to try to protect the man I loved—I’d probably end up a ball of blubbering mush in a corner. So when I was writing her, I would try to imagine the exact opposite of what I would do in a given situation, and then write that. […]

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Blog Tour & Giveaway | Frayed: Kara Terzis

Posted June 28, 2016 by Erica / 10 Comments
Blog Tour & Giveaway | Frayed: Kara Terzis

Welcome to my stop on the Frayed blog tour! I am so happy to be a part of this tour. I won’t be sharing a review today, though. I’ll be going into something a little more serious that I hope you all will enjoy. I will be writing a letter to someone I lost. This was very therapeutic and I hope you all enjoy reading my letter. Dear Shannon Lynn,      You were taken from this world at such a young age and it breaks my heart. You should still be here with that amazing smile upon your face…brightening everyone’s day. I love and miss you dearly. Not a day goes by that I do not think of you. You were […]

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