ARC Review: “You’d Be Mine” by Erin Hahn

I’m not quite sure what I expected when I read this book, but boy it certainly wasn’t this. It’s intense, dark, yet hopeful, filled with places we’d rather not visit but is a stark reality in the world today. The only thing I can describe it as is Taylor Swift meets A Star Is Born. I gobbled up this book in 3 days.

Thank you to Wednesday Books and NetGalley for giving me a free, digital copy in exchange for an honest review.

Content warning: Drug and alcohol abuse, suicide (discussion of)

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Review: “Leah on the Offbeat” by Becky Albertalli

All the books I wanted to listen to from the library are on hold and I won’t get them for weeks. So on a work trip a few days ago, I decided to check out Leah on the Offbeat. I thought both of Albertalli’s previous novels were so adorable, so I figured Leah would be the same. My conclusion? Yes, there were adorable parts, and I laughed out loud and smiled. But there were things I didn’t like as well.

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ARC Review: “Sadie” by Courtney Summers

I’m trying to catch up on the ARCs I have backlisted, but life has really gotten in the way of my reading time. Husband and I bought a house and we’re closing this week, which means we’ll be moving throughout the next couple of weeks. I’m definitely not looking forward to the actual move, but I’m very excited to move into my house. I’ll do what I can to schedule blog posts this and next week, but it’s not a guarantee! 😛

A special thank you to Wednesday books for providing a free copy in exchange for an honest review.

TRIGGER WARNINGS: Pedophilia, detailed descriptions of self-harm-like behavior (just one scene. The narrator herself doesn’t self-harm, but there is a moment where her arm is damaged and she thinks very much like a self-harmer with intense description of all the blood on her arm).

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T5W: Best Books I’ve Read (So Far) in 2018

Gosh, this means we’re actually half-way through 2018! How is that possible? I can believe it though, because it’s always 100+ degrees outside where I live. So yes, summer is NIGH and won’t disappear any time soon. 😬

To determine the best books I’ve read so far, I chose the books I rated 5 stars on Goodreads. I was going to go with 4.5 or higher, but I have more than 5 of those! But at 5 stars, there are exactly 5. Haha. The book gods are in my favor!

Top 5 Wednesday is a weekly blog meme hosted over on Goodreads. You can check out the group and topics here.

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THE WAY YOU MAKE ME FEEL Blog Tour: Review + Giveaway

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Maurene captured my half-Korean heart with her sophomore novel, I Believe in a Thing Called Love, so there was no question I was eager for The Way You Make Me Feel. I even posted about the cover reveal a few months ago, and have been eager and hopeful for an ARC of some kind.

Well, the book gods have surely blessed me because I’m thrilled to be a part of this book’s blog tour! Read my review below and then enter for a chance to win a hardcopy of the book, which is open internationally!

Thanks so much to Macmillan Children’s for giving me a free, digital copy in exchange for an honest review as part of this blog tour! 🙂

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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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