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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: Escaping From Houdini by Kerri Maniscalco

Posted September 24, 2018 by Madalyn / 8 Comments
ARC Review: Escaping From Houdini by Kerri Maniscalco

It’s no secret that the Stalking Jack the Ripper series has quickly won its way into my heart. So, naturally, I was incredibly excited when an ARC of the third installment in the series, Escaping from Houdini, showed up on my doorstep. However, while Escaping From Houdini was a fun read, it felt significantly less cleverly-crafted than the first two books in the series. Escaping From Houdini picks up shortly after Hunting Prince Dracula left off. We follow Audrey Rose, Thomas, and company aboard the RMS Etruria as they travel from London to New York City to continue their work in forensics. The Etruria has hired a carnival to provide nightly entertainment for its passengers, but things take a turn […]

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ARC Review: Unclaimed Baggage by Jen Doll

Posted September 20, 2018 by Madalyn / 10 Comments
ARC Review: Unclaimed Baggage by Jen Doll

TW: alcoholism; sexual assault; victim blaming; racism (all are challenged in the story) Ever wonder what happens to lost luggage that’s never returned to its rightful owner? Well, in the adorable Unclaimed Baggage, we, along with the three main characters, get to find out! When I saw the author would be signing ARCs of Unclaimed Baggage at BookExpo, I immediately made it a priority to pick up a copy. I mean, a book about teenagers working in a lost luggage store? My inner air travel geek was so here for it. And, I’m happy to report, this book did not disappoint! Unclaimed Baggage follows three main characters– Doris, Nell, and Grant– over the course of their summer jobs at the store […]

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ARC Review: A Heart in a Body in the World by Deb Caletti

Posted September 13, 2018 by Madalyn / 5 Comments
ARC Review: A Heart in a Body in the World by Deb Caletti

Content warnings: intimacy, stalking, grief, PTSD, depression, gun violence, murder, death of loved ones, self-harm by way of pushing past physical boundaries As a voracious reader, I’ve read many stories over the course of my lifetime that have resonated with me deeply. But books like A Heart in a Body in the World, books that strike you in your very soul— those are much fewer and far between. This book contains one of the most important stories I’ve ever read. In A Heart in a Body in the World, we follow a runner named Annabelle who, after undergoing a terrible tragedy, decides to run from her home city of Seattle, WA across the country to Washington, DC. It’s a story about grief, […]

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ARC Review: City of Ghosts by Victoria Schwab

Posted August 23, 2018 by Madalyn / 12 Comments
ARC Review: City of Ghosts by Victoria Schwab

Victoria Schwab does it again! I mean, is this woman even capable of writing a bad (or even subpar) book? Though I’m not normally a middle grade reader, I will read anything with Schwab’s name on it. I am so glad I picked up City of Ghosts, because this is exactly the kind of middle grade story I’ve been missing. City of Ghosts follows our protagonist, Cassidy Blake, after her parents move their family to Edinburgh, Scotland for the summer to film a TV show all about ghosts and the paranormal. The only problem? After a drowning accident the previous year, Cassidy can see ghosts. And also happens to have a best friend who’s a ghost. Not exactly a welcome […]

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ARC Review: To Be Honest by Maggie Ann Martin

Posted August 16, 2018 by Madalyn / 10 Comments
ARC Review: To Be Honest by Maggie Ann Martin

Content warnings: fatphobia (addressed); eating disorders Wow, I enjoyed To Be Honest so much more than expected. This book had #ownvoices fat representation, excellent family dynamics, and a swoonworthy romance. It gave me everything I enjoy in a YA contemporary. Plus, it was thoughtfully done and deceptively deep, based on the brightly-colored cover. I really enjoyed Savannah herself as a protagonist. I saw a lot of myself in her, both as a fat woman and just as a person. Her anxiety, her fears about the future, her love of school and her family… I just related to so much of her experience. Though she is plus-sized, she doesn’t hate her body or want to change it, and that isn’t her […]

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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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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 / 7 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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