Review: “The Traitor’s Kiss” by Erin Beaty

Well, I really wanted to like this more than I did. The cover is absolutely gorgeous, and I was expecting a lot but it just didn’t deliver.

Just a small announcement: I’m going on a small hiatus after this post. Next week is spring break, so I’m using that to focus more on my own writing. But I’m also going out of state for vacation, meaning I won’t be on quite often. I’ll try to catch up with reviews when I’m back, but I’m using the next few days and next week actually to catch up on some rereads. 🙂

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Review: “Ruby Red” by Kerstin Gier

This book was such a pleasant surprise. I’ve had it on my shelves for a while now (along with the other two books in the trilogy), but I listened to this via audiobook. I’m glad I did, too! The narrator was absolutely perfect for the role of Gwenyth, a 16-year-old girl who learns she’s inherited the time traveler gene, not her cousin!

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ARC Review: “The Astonishing Color of After” by Emily X.R. Pan

Where do I even begin? I was immediately drawn to this book because of the main character who is biracial (half-white, half-Asian) like myself. Little did I know what a wild and heartfelt journey this book would be.

The great thing is that I won this review copy from a giveaway hosted by TheNovl. I was completely shocked when it came because 1) I never win anything, and 2) little did I think it would be one of my most anticipated releases of 2018!

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ARC Review: “The Beauty That Remains” by Ashley Woodfolk

Thank you, Random House Children’s, for giving me a free, digital copy in exchange for an honest review.

Truthfully, I didn’t know what to expect going into this novel. Initially, it was the cover that drew me in. Then I read the synopsis, and as I’m currently trying to read more contemporaries, I requested this from NetGalley. This book is about loss and heartbreak, grief and pain, and working through who you are when the people you love the most are gone. I probably would have liked this more 13 years ago, but I’m glad it’s here for those who need it now.

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Review: “Always and Forever, Lara Jean” by Jenny Han

I definitely did not expect to enjoy this like I did. Granted, there were parts I thought just dragged on but the story as a whole was adorable and its heart was amazing. I was glad to dive back into Lara Jean’s world, to see her family again and experience the sisterly love and the new addition to their family, and to see her with Peter, all the while experiencing these new and sometimes final things throughout her senior year of high school.

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ARC Review: “In Real Life” by Cory Doctorow & Jen Wang

So, I’m really confused at this book. I requested in via NetGalley and the publisher lists the release date as February 13. But when I check on Goodreads, it’s been out since 2014! I don’t know if there are content changes or it’s being released by a new publisher. But I’m going to go ahead and label this as an ARC review.

Thanks NetGalley and First Second / Square Fish Books for giving a free digital copy in exchange for an honest review.

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ARC Review: “The Belles” by Dhonielle Clayton

wanted to love this book so much. First off, the cover is absolutely stunning. It provides just a hint of the lush, magical world of The Belles. And yet… Well, when authors I love rave about this book as well, it makes me all the more excited. This is the first book by Clayton that I’ve read, her fantasy debut. While I enjoyed it for the most part, there were also some glaring issues which prevented me from clutching the book to my heart in merriment.

Thank you to NetGalley and Disney Book Group for giving me a free, digital copy in exchange for an honest review!

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