eARC Review: The Psychology of Time Travel, by Kate Mascarenhas

The Psychology of Time Travel Kate Mascarenhas

Rating: ★★★★★

Genres: Science Fiction

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In the first chapter of this book, we are in 1967 and time travel has just been invented. The four scientists are excited, hopeful, full of dreams. But when one of them, Barbara, goes into a manic depressive episode that is broadcast on a BBC interview, she never again is able to time travel or go back to her work. Fast forward to 2017 and Barbara’s granddaughter Ruby is just now finding out more details about her past and why her mom hates time travel. Then, it’s 2018 and a body has been discovered in a room locked from the inside, shot to death.

Yes, all those things are connected. Continue reading

eARC Review: Pride, by Ibi Zoboi

pride ibi zoboiRating: ★★★☆☆

Genres: Contemporary, Retelling

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This was among my most anticipated books of 2018, a Pride and Prejudice retelling with gentrification, black main characters, and this gorgeous, gorgeous cover.

Pride tells the story of Zuri Benitez,who grew up in Bushwick and wants to stop the rapidly gentrification of her neighborhood. When a rich black family moves into the big house across her street, she does not expect to like them; in fact, the younger son, tall and brooding Darius, is quite insufferable. Still, she finds herself asking if what she feels for him is really hate. Continue reading

eARC Review: The Lady’s Guide to Petticoats and Piracy, by Mackenzi Lee

ladys guide to petticoats and piracy mackenzi lee

Rating: ★★★★★

Genre: Young Adult, Historical Fiction, Fantasy

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Can I just start by saying I absolutely love this cover? I’m so smitten by covers with historical-looking people with modern font on it (like My Lady Jane), is that strange?

The Lady’s Guide to Petticoats and Piracy has far more adventure than the Gentleman’s Guide, and I loved Felicity’s story so much. Her personality, her passion for medicine were so inspirational, but I was surprised to find myself absolutely loving Johanna too! Although to be fair I suspected early that I might like her when she showed up with a big, drooling dog. She was such a great person, so soft and strong and loving and but with iron will. Gosh, I love them both.

And I now have a crush on Sim, as well. She’s a Muslim pirate, all sharp retorts and secrets. I truly liked how rough her edges were, how it still revealed a soft inside. Continue reading

ARC Review: Juliet Takes a Breath, by Gabby Rivera

Juliet Takes a Breath Gabby Rivera

Rating: ★★★★☆

Genres: Contemporary YA, LGBT+, Feminism

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This book was such a positive surprise. I don’t know exactly what I expected from it, but it wasn’t this strong story, which left me open-mouthed at its freshness, its exploration of feminism and intersectionalism, its nonchalant gayness. I’m so here for it.

Juliet Takes a Breath is the story of Juliet, a girl from the Bronx who has just come out to her family just hours before leaving to Portland for an internship with the very famous author Harlowe Brisbane. Now she doesn’t know where she stands with her mom, and if she still accepts her. Also her girlfriend isn’t picking up her calls, and feminism is a big question mark.

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ARC Review: The Bone Curse, by Carrie Rubin

The Bone Curse Carrie Rubin

Rating: ★★★☆☆

Genres: Thriller, Horror

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This book attracted me immediately with its creepy cover and intriguing synopsis: Ben is a medical student known for his pragmatic personality. He goes to a trip in Paris with his friend Laurette, where he enters a catacomb and gets hurt in an old bone.

I loved the creepy, horror feel of the novel. I flew through its pages and was always on the edge to see who would fall victim to the curse next and if they would survive! I really liked Laurette, too, a Haitian student who wants to become a nurse to help her country. Continue reading

ARC Review: The New Dark (The Dark Times Trilogy #1), by Lorraine Thomson

The New Dark Lorraine Thomson

Rating: ★★☆☆☆

Genres: Science Fiction, Post-Apocalyptic, Young Adult, Fantansy

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I had to battle through this book to get it finished. It’s 221 pages long, but to me it felt like it would never be over. I wanted to give this book the fairest chance possible, but it didn’t work too well.

The New Dark tells the story of Sorrel, a girl living in a post-apocalyptic settlement of Amat, where there is no electrical energy, no currency, no internet. Those things are from the time Before. When she survives an attack by mutants and hides from them, a chain of events gets started – and she must be brave and face dangers if she wants to see her little brother Eli and her friend David ever again. Continue reading

ARC Review: Hidden Seams, by Alessandra Torre

Hidden Seams Alessandra Torre

Rating: ★★★★☆

Genres: Romance, Erotica

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In Hidden Seams, Marco has just inherited a billion after ten years of selling his reputation, and realizes now just how lonely he really is. Avery works with money laundering, trying to get enough money to support the immigrant women who depend on her to find shelter and a decent job. She is determine if the man who used to publicly date Marco was his father, and he is determined to not let her ruin his legacy. When they meet, however, the intense passion between them is something they can’t fight. Continue reading

ARC Review: All Things Bright and Strange, by James Markert

All Things Bright and Strange James Markert

Rating: ★★★★☆

Genres: Historical Fiction, Christian, Supernatural

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It took me a while to decide how I would rate this novel. All Things Bright and Strange is a story set in Bellhaven, a small town in the Southern United States, known for its tolerance and peace between different religions and races. But since the war, things haven’t been the same. Then one day a small chapel is found in the woods, and it brings peace and comfort to the townspeople – but something is not quite right about it, and supernatural forces escape through cracks into the natural world, causing tensions and destruction. Continue reading

ARC Review: Our Dark Stars, by Audrey Grey and Krystal Wade

Our Dark Stars Audrey Grey Krystal Wade

Rating: ★★★★★

Genres: Science Fiction, Young Adult, Thriller, Romance

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I am still blown away by this book as I write this review. This was just phenomenal!

Our Dark Stars tells the story of Princess Talia Starchaser, who on her eighteenth’s birthday will confirm her position as the heir to the throne and to her Dynasty, but must also secure her betrothal to Prince Cassian, who she has never met. Cassian is a cruel person, and demands Talia kills her best friend, a companion mock named Ailat who she has known since birth, in front of an expecting crowd. In a fraction of second, Talia must decide what to do, with enormous consequences to her choice. A hundred years later, Mock Captain Will Perrault and his mock crew discover an object floating through space, and when Talia emerges from the container, she is now in their hands.

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ARC Review: The Immortalists, by Chloe Benjamin

The Immortalists Chloe Benjamin

Rating: ★★★★☆

Genres: Drama, Magic Realism

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I picked up The Immortalists thinking it would be a magical realism story which focused on the magical side, especially since it’s classified as fantasy on Goodreads. But really, it’s focused a lot more on the realism side, with small hints of magic here and there, and a gorgeous family epic at its core. Continue reading