Mini Review: “Dear Ijeawele, or a Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions” by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

I’m not sure what to say about this small book outside that I think everyone should read it. Many of my sentiments about We Should All Be Feminists can also be expressed here, though this book is definitely more personal for Adichie, as she addresses this book to a friend who asked the question, “How can I raise my daughter feminist?”

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North Texas Teen Book Festival 2017

This is the second year a row that I’ve had the change to attend the North Texas Teen Book Festival in Irving, TX, which is a small suburb of the Dallas/Ft. Worth area. I enjoy the DFW area every time I visit. The past two years I’ve managed to find a hotel mere minutes away from where the convention is actually held, which makes me happy. πŸ™‚

This year, the festival had over 80 (!!!) MG and YA authors, and I was overjoyed to see that many authors I admired would be there! Another great thing about the festival this year is that they had publishing houses there, so that means Epic Reads, Fierce Reads, and Penguin’s First in Line was also there. It was such a fun experience, and I felt like a true book blogger because I managed to snag some ARCs from the tables. πŸ™‚

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Mini Review: “We Should All Be Feminists” by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

It’s not widely known that Adichie is one of my favorite non-YA writers. I read Purple HibiscusΒ when I was an undergrad and fell in love. As I grew older, I devoured her other books like AmericanahΒ and Half of a Yellow Sun. All these books touch on subjects and explore cultures I know very little about, so when I read Adichie’s books, it’s a learning experience as well. We Should All Be Feminists is not an exception.

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ARC Review: “Firebrand” by Kristen Britain

Thank you, NetGalley and Berkley Publishing Group/DAW Books for giving me a free digital copy in exchange for an honest review!

THIS is the Green Rider book I hoped for after the last one. Thank you, Kristen! I could not have been more excited to have this book in my hands (well, my Kindle Fire in my hands since I received it as an eARC), and I absolutely could not stop reading this book! After the disappointment that was Mirror Sight, I was eager to get my hands on Firebrand in hopes that everything that disappointed me in Mirror Sight would be remedied, and let me tell you it was. Even if you don’t feel the same way I do about the previous book, you will be thrilled to read this book!

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Review: “Days of Blood and Starlight” by Laini Taylor

Well, I did not like this book as much as I adored the first one, but that doesn’t mean I didn’t enjoy it. I continued to listen to it via audiobook because the narrator did such an amazing job with the first one. The second one didn’t disappoint in those terms. I wouldn’t say this suffered from “second book syndrome,” but there were lulls and not much happened in terms of action (yes, there was action). I’ve noticed that a lot that between books in series focus a lot more on world-building and character development; I don’t mind that.

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February 2017 Wrap-Up!

This is a few days late but hey, at least I did it! Normally I just forget or get too caught up with actual life, and end up–well, not doing it at all, lol.

February was a decent month for me. I tried to get through some books by authors I went to see at the North Texas Teen Book Festival (post about that coming soon) this past weekend, and I think I did all right.

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FairyLoot’s February Unboxing!

Ahhhhh! I’mΒ so excited to share my very first FairyLoot box with you all! I’ve heardΒ amazing things about FairyLoot but have been hesitant to buy because the shipping is a bit pricey for the US and brings the box’s price to $50! Being an OwlCrate girl but needing a subscription box, I decided to take the plunge by skipping an OwlCrate in order to buy FairyLoot.

Well, I wasn’t disappointed! In fact, I loved every single thing in FairyLoot’s box! That rarely happens. Sometimes there will be an item from OwlCrate that I’m not fond of and mostly because I can’t get any use out of the item (especially jewelry since I don’t wear a lot), but I’m glad to say I’ve already used items from FairyLoot!

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ARC Review: “You’re Welcome, Universe” by Whitney Gardner

Thanks to NetGalley and Random House Children’s/Knopf Books for Young Readers for giving me a free digital copy in exchange for an honest review.

The first thing that attracted me to this book was the cover. It’s gorgeous, and it features a PoC! Better than that, a character who’s deaf, which I don’t read or see much about in YA literature (unless I’ve been reading all the wrong books?). I’m glad there for the representation, and I hope if you pick this up, I’ll enjoy it as I did.

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