Review: And I Darken, by Kiersten White

And I Darken Kiersten White

Rating: ★★★★★

Recommended: Yes

Genres: Fantasy, Historical Fiction, Alternate History, Young Adult, LGBTQ+

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This is a great year for fantasy YA for me. I’m discovering a bunch of books I had heard some blurb about before but hadn’t picked it up because I was for a while all about contemporaries, literary fiction and historical fiction. Do get ready for another review where I swoon a lot. Spoiler alert: And I Darken is awesome. Continue reading

Review: Uprooted, by Naomi Novik

Uprooted Naomi Novik

Rating: ★★★★☆

Recommend: Yes

Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult, Romance

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I don’t know why it took me so long to read this book – it is probably the fantasy novel that has been the longest on my to-read list, I keep hearing about it from time to time, and I haven’t really met a person who didn’t wholeheartedly love it.


Goodreads Synopsis:

Agnieszka loves her valley home, her quiet village, the forests and the bright shining river. But the corrupted Wood stands on the border, full of malevolent power, and its shadow lies over her life. Continue reading

Review: Arena (Arena #1), by Pavan Lewis

Arena by Pavan Lewis

Rating: ★★★☆☆

Recommended: Yes, with restrictions

Genres: Horror, Dystopia, Young Adult, LGBTQ+

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I have received a free copy of Arena from the author of this book. This in no way affects the opinions reflected on this review.


Amazon Synopsis: 

When seventeen-year-old Tasa Strong is ‘taken’ by the dreaded Iron Cart, she finds herself in a vast arena filled with wild animals and grotesque killers. In order to survive, and save her beloved friend Valeria, Tasa must work with eleven other children to find a way forward – even as she comes to understand that many of them cannot be trusted, and may also be a danger to her life. As they struggle to survive, and compete, they are forced to make horrifying life and death decisions; voting on which in their company should be killed. This act threatens to tear any potential alliances apart; and factions form within their group. Yet still Tasa must struggle forward, led by a boy who seems to want to save her and her friend: yet also clearly has his own secret reasons and brutal abilities – until at last she faces a final and terrifying round of dangers that will reveal the most unexpected and shocking betrayal, and potential reward… Continue reading

Review: Flame in the Mist, by Renee Ahdieh

Flame in the Mist

Rating: ★★★★★

Recommended: Yes

Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult, Romance

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This book got intensively hyped up in the bookish community, and I was so very curious about a retelling of Mulan set in a fantasy Japan. I simply had to see what the fuss was about. All I have to say is – I’m addicted. Okay, that’s not all I have to say, but it does sum up my feelings pretty well. Now that I am done with Flame in the Mist, I can’t believe I didn’t read it slower, and I am so happy it’s a series. Continue reading

Review: The Kiss of Deception (The Remnant Chronicles #1), by Mary E. Pearson

The Kiss of Deception Mary PearsonRating: ★★★★☆

Recommended: Yes, with restrictions

Genres: Fantasy, Romance, Young Adult

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The Kiss of Deception is the story of Lia, Princess of the Kingdom of Morrighan. She is to marry a prince she never met from a neighbor country, and is fiercely against it. But her parents are willing to give their daughter away without as much as allowing her an opinion, so she decides to take matters into her own hands – and runs away on her wedding day. Continue reading

Review: To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han

To All the Boys Ive Loved Before Janny HanRating: ★★★☆☆

Recommend: Yes

Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult, Romance

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I added this to the list of books I wanted to read this Summer out of sheer curiosity. Like When Dimple Met Rishi, this is a contemporary, young adult novel with lots of romance. I normally don’t gravitate towards this kind of book, but apparently this Summer I did. I like to go through many genres throughout the year if I can, as I’m a firm believer that it’s not that some genres are bad or not for you, it’s just that you need to read the right book.

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Review: Illuminae, by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff (The Illuminae Files #1)

Illuminae The Illuminae Files 01 Amie Kaufman Jay Kristoff

Rating: ★★★☆☆

Recommended: Yes

Genres: Science Fiction, Young Adult

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This book has been quite hyped up and for the past months I’ve seen it everywhere. I was drawn to it for its unique style in reports, emails, audio transcriptions and so on instead of traditional narration. Illuminae (The Illuminae Files #1) is 608 pages long, but I read it in 3 days during a work week. It flows very easily, so don’t be discouraged if you don’t normally read longer books! Continue reading

Review: When Dimple met Rishi, by Sandhya Menon

When Dimple met Rishi Sandhya Menon

Rating: ★★★★☆

Recommend: Yes

Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult, Romance

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This must be the most adorable book I have ever read. In my life. Dimple Shah has just graduated High School, and has been accepted into Stanford to start studying Computer Science. But her parents have different plans for her – specially her mom, who is quite disappointed on Dimple’s unconventional behavior. She dreams of Dimple finding an ideal husband, settling down, marrying and having children. The mere idea of becoming domestic terrifies Dimple. Continue reading

Review: The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

The Hate U GiveRating: ★★★★★

Recommend: Yes exclamation point

Genres: Young adult, contemporary

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This is the fastest I have given 5 stars to a book  in my life. A few pages in I just knew. This book follows the story of Starr, a 16-year-old black girl raised in a poor and mainly black neighborhood and studying in a overwhelmingly white school in the suburbs. She puts an incredible amount of mental load into belonging to both places, going to the extent of changing her speech and temper to fit in. One night, leaving a party with her friend Khalil, two cops stop the car – and murder Khalil right in front of her eyes. We then follow the struggles as Starr seeks justice for what is clearly a murder the cop should be charged for. This book is fantastic, it made me laugh out loud, bite my fingers and gasp so many times. It makes you angry, frustrated, scared. Oh my god, this was such a powerful story, so real you feel like it could anytime be showed on the news. It grasps perfectly the struggles of black Americans to get justice, the deafness of white people who only look for the reasons why the murder of black people is justified and the hypocrisy of racists. If this books doesn’t make you angry, nothing will.

Every person on Earth should read it, really.

Veredict: Need I say more? Read it now. Trigger warning: this book depicts violence and abusive relationships, and has mention of drug abuse.