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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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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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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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All the Walls of Belfast by Sarah J. Carlson

Posted March 1, 2019 by Madalyn / 2 Comments
All the Walls of Belfast by Sarah J. Carlson

Content warnings: violence; child abuse; extensive talk of the Troubles and the violence and death that came along with them I fell in love with Belfast upon first visiting the capital of Northern Ireland in 2016– so much so, in fact, that I’ve been back twice since. So when I saw that a YA book set in Belfast, featuring a forbidden romance between characters from families on opposite sides of the Northern Irish conflict, I was overjoyed! However, while All the Walls of Belfast has an excellent premise, in my mind, the execution left much to be desired. All the Walls of Belfast is told through dual perspectives. We follow Fiona, a Northern Irish teenager raised in the US who […]

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We Set the Dark on Fire by Tehlor Kay Mejia

Posted February 22, 2019 by Madalyn / 1 Comment
We Set the Dark on Fire by Tehlor Kay Mejia

After following Tehlor Kay Mejia on social media for years and hearing some early buzz about her debut, I was highly anticipating this one. And, friends, let me tell you: it did not disappoint! We Set the Dark on Fire is set in a world that feels uncomfortably close to our own. Medio is a world in which women are expected to conform to prescribed subservient roles, one where a whole nation of people is viewed as “illegal” and is constantly demonized by the oppressive government. I hesitate to use “dystopian” as a descriptor nowadays, because it holds so many seemingly negative connotations to a lot of readers. However, We Set the Dark on Fire is a dystopian novel in […]

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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: 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: Sawkill Girls by Claire Legrand

Posted September 27, 2018 by Madalyn / 10 Comments
ARC Review: Sawkill Girls by Claire Legrand

Content warnings:  grief, loss of a loved one, murder, violence, animal death, gore, talk of blood, abuse, parental abuse, talk of miscarrying, unwanted sexual contact, acephobic language (challenged), scene with a girl purposely cutting open her palm, use of the word “fat” negatively (thank you to Melanie @ Mel to the Any, whose review helped me fill in some cw’s I originally missed!) Okay, after reading Sawkill Girls, I can definitely see this becoming one of the biggest YA releases of this fall. It’s gonna be a great spooky October read for lots of readers, and with good reason. Though it wasn’t a perfect read for me, I immensely enjoyed this chilling, atmospheric, queer, feminist little paranormal book. In Sawkill Girls, we […]

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ARC Review: Pride by Ibi Zoboi

Posted September 7, 2018 by Madalyn / 9 Comments
ARC Review: Pride by Ibi Zoboi

As someone who loves all things Pride and Prejudice and all things YA, I was so excited to see that Ibi Zoboi was writing a YA P&P retelling set in a gentrified Brooklyn. However, Pride was much more than a cleverly adapted modern-day retelling of a classic romance: it’s a fantastic story in its own right. Our main character, Zuri, was one of the strongest voices I’ve read in YA in a while. She’s headstrong and fiercely loyal to her family (both biological and found) and her neighborhood. Like Lizzy Bennet in the original story– like so many of us– Zuri is quick to judge. The story largely follows her having to unlearn preconceived notions about people, but she still […]

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