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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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Blog Tour, Review, + Giveaway: Lucky in Love by Kasie West

Posted July 20, 2017 by Madalyn / 3 Comments
Blog Tour, Review, + Giveaway: Lucky in Love by Kasie West

  Welcome to my stop on the Lucky in Love Blog Tour! I’m so excited to be part of the tour for this newest release from one of my auto-buy contemporary authors (spoiler alert: it’s just as cute as West’s previous books). Read on for my full thoughts + a giveaway! review As expected, I thoroughly enjoyed Lucky in Love, and I flew through it in less than a day. Kasie West just excels at writing adorable, swoonworthy romances. The premise of Lucky in Love immediately piqued my interest– a girl winning the lottery on her 18th birthday and having to navigate all the challenges of newfound wealth while still making her way through high school? Yes, please. It presented lots […]

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Blog Tour + Review: The Love Interest by Cale Dietrich

Posted May 11, 2017 by Madalyn / 16 Comments
Blog Tour + Review: The Love Interest by Cale Dietrich

Welcome to my stop on The Love Interest Blog Tour! Read on for my review of this wonderful book + a chance to win a finished copy! review Isn’t it always the best feeling when a book lives up to the epic promise of its premise? I mean, two guys competing to become the lifelong love interest to a girl who is sure to grow up to be someone important, all in order to sell her secrets to a centuries-old hidden organization? Sign me up! And, friends, I’m happy to report that The Love Interest definitely delivered on that front. Upon starting the book, I was a bit thrown by the dystopian feel of the story. I expected it to be a […]

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ARC Review | A Good Idea: Cristina Moracho

Posted March 3, 2017 by Erica / 6 Comments
ARC Review | A Good Idea: Cristina Moracho

TRIGGER WARNING: DRUG ABUSE/DRUG USE A Good Idea was a decent book. I enjoyed it from beginning to end but it didn’t blow me away. The beginning was, which is odd for me, better than the end. I got into it really quick and wasn’t wanting to put it down, but after I read for a while…I had to stop. It kind of took a weird pace for me and I was just meh about it. I’m not sure if that was actually the books doing or me just being me at this time of my reading slump, but either way, it took a toll on my enjoyment. Now, the pacing was good in the sense of all books ever (if […]

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