Review: All American Boys by Jason Reynolds & Brendan Kiely

All American Boys is a book that everyone should read, especially during these times of brutality and change in the United States. Through this book, I had the chance to truly reflect on what I have been doing and what I will do in the future to recognize Black voices. I really hope that as many people as possible read this book and take the time to think about the best way to support the #BlackLivesMatter movement.

Continue reading “Review: All American Boys by Jason Reynolds & Brendan Kiely”

Review: Ruin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo

Ruin and Rising killed me. I’m dead. Come back later.

Kidding. Sort of.

Not really.

It was everything a finale needed to be, despite the slow pacing and the slightly anticlimactic resolution. The characters were the real highlight of the story — the excellent character development and heartbreaking moments lent a depth to them that built up on everything established in the first two books.

Continue reading “Review: Ruin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo”

Hamilton Book Tag!

Welcome to another Tag Thursday!

If you haven’t noticed already, I am a massive, massive fan of Hamilton. Although it wasn’t the first ever musical I fell in love with — that title belongs to WickedHamilton was the show that truly opened up the magical world of musical theatre to me. And in honor of the upcoming Hamilfilm being released on Disney+ on July 3 (watch the trailer here), I am doing the Hamilton Book Tag!

This tag was started by Maureen over at YouTube, and I discovered it at The Bookish Beagle. As per usual, nobody tagged me, but I am a professional tag thief, and that’s no excuse for me not to do it. 😂

As a side note, there are some spoilery questions in the tag. My answers will be marked for spoilers, and I’ve made sure to be especially careful with my headers for those questions.

But anyway, let’s get started. Be warned: there is going to be a lot of spontaneous screaming of Hamilton lyrics.

Continue reading “Hamilton Book Tag!”

Review: American Royals by Katharine McGee

American Royals was a fun romp through alternate history timelines, royal drama, romantic drama, and family drama. There wasn’t much of a plot to speak of, but it makes up for it with its fully fleshed-out characters, which I loved. Plus, the drama. Did I mention the drama?

Continue reading “Review: American Royals by Katharine McGee”

Let’s Talk Bookish: What Makes a Great Morally Gray Character?

Happy Friday all! Today, I’m participating in my first weekly meme here at Beyond the Read.

Let’s Talk Bookish is a weekly meme hosted by Rukky @ Eternity Books and Dani @ Literary Lion. I love discussion posts, and Rukky and Dani’s prompts are really thought-provoking and fun to talk about. I’m so excited to join in on the fun!

Continue reading “Let’s Talk Bookish: What Makes a Great Morally Gray Character?”

Review: Woven in Moonlight by Isabel Ibañez

Woven in Moonlight is a beautifully written fantasy with world-building inspired by Bolivian culture. Complete with vigilantes, politics, magic, and food (people, the food), it was a recipe for a 5-star read. I am in so much love with this book, and I cannot wait for the companion book coming out in 2021.

Continue reading “Review: Woven in Moonlight by Isabel Ibañez”

Review: Jo and Laurie by Margaret Stohl & Melissa de la Cruz

I have always loved Little Women, from when I first read it in third grade, and its 2019 adaptation rekindled my inner fangirl. Retellings of this beloved classic are few and far between, but Jo and Laurie was a fun and unexpectedly emotional reimagining of what might have happened if Jo had accepted Laurie’s proposal.

Continue reading “Review: Jo and Laurie by Margaret Stohl & Melissa de la Cruz”

Review: Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo

Siege and Storm was a fantastic sequel that I definitely enjoyed more than the first book. All of our original characters go through a lot of character development, and the addition of one infamous privateer to the crew considerably upped the sass levels.

Continue reading “Review: Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo”

Contemporary Classics: The Tempest as a YA Book

Hello, everybody! I’m back with a new theme and a new book to review. I finished reading The Tempest pretty quickly, thanks to SparkNotes’s wonderful plain English translation. And, oh boy, was it a storm (PUN INTENDED) of drama.

While I was reading, I kept thinking that if this were a book published in the 21st century, it would get slammed really hard for its slightly (?) outdated plot elements. So today, I’m trying something new by marketing The Tempest by William Shakespeare as a YA book.

Continue reading “Contemporary Classics: The Tempest as a YA Book”