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ARC Review: The Summer of Jordi Perez by Amy Spalding

Posted March 22, 2018 by Madalyn / 4 Comments
ARC Review: The Summer of Jordi Perez by Amy Spalding

Well, this was exactly the adorable f/f summer romance I needed to read! The Summer of Jordi Perez follows our protagonist, Abby, during the summer before her senior year of high school as she works to balance her internship at her favorite fashion designer, new and old friendships, and falling in love for the first time. First off, can I say how much this book means to me as a plus-size queer girl??? I got to read about a protagonist who looked like me and felt the same way about girls as me!!! I’ve seen these identities of mine represented well separately in many books, but never this intersection. I related SO SO much to Abby and her struggles with […]

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ARC Review: The Radical Element, edited by Jessica Spotswood

Posted March 8, 2018 by Madalyn / 6 Comments

 What a delightful, intersectional anthology about kickass female protagonists in various historical settings! The Radical Element is a follow-up to A Tyranny of Petticoats, also edited by Jessica Spotswood and focusing on awesome women in history. This collection featured many authors I’ve read and loved, as well as three new-to-me authors (one of which I cannot wait to read more from now!!). Overall, I thought this book did an excellent job of providing perspectives that have historically been erased due to oppression. It was so intersectional– it featured lots of #ownvoices authors, and none of the diversity felt tokenistic at all. I can only personally speak to the queer rep, but it felt great to see myself in historical narratives […]

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Blog Tour + Review: Blood Water Paint by Joy McCullough

Posted March 5, 2018 by Madalyn / 6 Comments
Blog Tour + Review: Blood Water Paint by Joy McCullough

Hello, friends, and welcome to my stop on the blog tour for Blood Water Paint! I’m excited to be a part of the tour for this stunning debut novel. Read on for my full review! Content warnings: rape, sexual assault, blood  Whew, this book. People who have been around for a while probably know that YA historical fiction is my favorite genre. That alone made me excited about Blood Water Paint, but add in the promise of feminist themes? Sign me up. Blood Water Paint tells the story of renowned Italian Renaissance painter Artemisia Gentileschi. Prior to reading this book, I had no knowledge of Gentileschi or her work, but I so enjoyed being in Artemisia’s head and hearing her […]

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Blog Tour + Review | Hope Nation, edited by Rose Brock

Posted February 28, 2018 by Madalyn / 0 Comments
Blog Tour + Review | Hope Nation, edited by Rose Brock

Hello everyone! Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for Hope Nation. Read on to hear my full thoughts on this essay collection! 2018 seems to be the year of YA anthologies, and I’ve been particularly looking forward to Hope Nation. This collection is comprised of essays by some of the most well-known voices in YA lit about moments that gave them hope, what hope means to them, and how to pass hope on to the next generation of readers and humans. It’s a varied mix of essays: some are five pages; some are twenty-five. Some are about specific moments; some are about abstract ideas. Many of them address identity and life as a marginalized person in some way. […]

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Mini Review: Moon-Bright Tides by RoAnna Sylver

Posted February 15, 2018 by Madalyn / 0 Comments
Mini Review: Moon-Bright Tides by RoAnna Sylver

 This was such a fun, cute f/f fantasy story! I always love books involving witches, and add mermaids to that equation? Even better. Moon-Bright Tides follows a witch named Riven who is tasked with casting a spell to bring in the tides each night, since the moon mysteriously disappeared from the sky some years prior. One day, a mermaid shows up on her dock, and the two quickly become close. This was my first RoAnna Sylver book, and I was really impressed by her writing. Even though this novella is less than 50 pages long, I felt fully immersed in the atmosphere of the story. Sylver’s prose is lovely and really helped lend a magical quality to this tale. I […]

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ARC Review: Turn It Up! by Jen Calonita

Posted December 22, 2017 by Madalyn / 0 Comments
ARC Review: Turn It Up! by Jen Calonita

As someone who loves books involving music and a capella in particular, I was so looking forward to Turn It Up! It sounded like such a fun premise, and as soon as I read the synopsis, it jumped to a spot on my list of most-anticipated 2018 releases. Unfortunately, this book fell flat (pun definitely intended) of all my expectations. First off, I feel that this book fits squarely into the middle grade age range, as opposed to Young Adult (which is what it is being marketed as). The voices of the characters read incredibly young… which makes sense, seeing as they’re in eighth grade, which I think is middle grade. I don’t take issue with middle grade as a […]

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ARC Review: Echo After Echo by Amy Rose Capetta

Posted September 28, 2017 by Madalyn / 2 Comments
ARC Review: Echo After Echo by Amy Rose Capetta

Thank you so much to Candlewick Press for kindly sending an ARC of Echo After Echo my way! Holy heck, you guys. I LOVED this book. The premise had me at the words “New York stage” and the promise of an f/f relationship, but I was honestly blindsided by how much I enjoyed reading Echo After Echo. This story ticks all the boxes for me: a Broadway theatre setting, a swoonworthy f/f romance, an intriguing mystery, and absolutely stunning prose. The book follows our protagonist, Zara, after she gets her dream role in a Greek tragedy she’s adored and had memorized since childhood. She’s trying to navigate moving to a new city on her own, making her Broadway debut, a creepy […]

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Blog Tour: HUNTING PRINCE DRACULA by Kerri Maniscalco | Review, Favorite Quotes + Giveaway!

Posted September 21, 2017 by Madalyn / 7 Comments
Blog Tour: HUNTING PRINCE DRACULA by Kerri Maniscalco | Review, Favorite Quotes + Giveaway!

Hi, everyone! Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for Hunting Prince Dracula. I am so excited to briefly share my thoughts about the book, as well as share some of my favorite quotes! Stick around til the end of this post for an awesome giveaway of both Stalking Jack the Ripper and Hunting Prince Dracula! my thoughts I’ll keep this brief, because I don’t want to give spoilers for either of the books in this series. That being said, I adored this sequel even more than I enjoyed Stalking Jack the Ripper! The Romanian, creepy castle setting was so atmospheric, and I love how it played on some of the tropes often found in Gothic novels written during […]

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ARC Review: Everything Must Go by Jenny Fran Davis

Posted September 18, 2017 by Madalyn / 5 Comments
ARC Review: Everything Must Go by Jenny Fran Davis

 Thanks so much to St. Martin’s Press for providing me with an e-ARC of this book! Everything Must Go was certainly not the book I expected, from start to finish. However, the book I actually got was a bit of a hidden gem. This book was smart, funny, and feminist. It’s definitely one of the more *~intelligent~* YA contemporaries I’ve read recently, but the writing never took itself too seriously or came off as pretentious. This is a story about making mistakes and somehow finding yourself along the way. One thing I adored about Everything Must Go was the format. The story is told through a collection of documents, from letters, to emails, to journal entries, to blog posts. (Side note: […]

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Blog Tour: SPEAK EASY, SPEAK LOVE by McKelle George | Review, Favorite Quotes, + Giveaway!

Posted September 14, 2017 by Madalyn / 11 Comments
Blog Tour: SPEAK EASY, SPEAK LOVE by McKelle George | Review, Favorite Quotes, + Giveaway!

Hello and welcome to my stop on the blog tour for Speak Easy, Speak Love! This was one of my most highly-anticipated fall 2017 releases (and one of my most-anticipated debuts of the year), and I’m so happy to be a part of this tour. Read on for my full thoughts, some favorite quotes, and a giveaway! review Oh my goodness, what a refreshingly unique book! Speak Easy, Speak Love had so many of my favorite things going for it– 1920’s New York setting, Shakespeare retelling, hate-to-love romance, a lovable cast of characters– and I’m so happy to say that it delivered on all its promise. Like I mentioned above, this book is a retelling of Shakespeare’s comedy Much Ado […]

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