I discovered Hunted by the Sky on a list of anticipated 2020 releases and was immediately hooked by its blurb. Although it had its highs — including one of the most richly developed settings I’ve read in a while — the predominant emotion I was feeling when I finished this book was disappointment. It’s a shame.Continue reading “Review: Hunted by the Sky by Tanaz Bhathena”
Up until a few days ago, I hadn’t read a properly romantic YA contemporary since April (and no, American Royals doesn’t count). It’s completely unacceptable. I was virtually drowning under the weight of the rapid-fire plot twists and morally significant metaphors of O. Henry and Edith Wharton until Of Curses and Kisses rescued me from certain death by classic literature. I would love this book for that reason alone, except that it took me by surprise with the depth of its characters and the sizzling romance.Continue reading “Review: Of Curses and Kisses by Sandhya Menon”
Reading Hungry Hearts was a mouth-watering, delicious, and (mostly) sunny experience. It was perfect as a laid-back read to take my time with, and I ended up learning so much about the culinary traditions of many different cultures.Continue reading “Review: Hungry Hearts: 13 Tales of Food & Love”
Ashes in the Snow is a beautiful and touching story about hope and the power of love. With complex characters, succinct writing, and a premise rooted in real history, it’s a book definitely worth picking up.
On a semi-related note: As you might have noticed, I’ve been working to update my blog aesthetic as well as the structure of my posts over the past few weeks. I finally got to implement my new theme and graphics over the weekend. Thanks for bearing with me through the changes, and hopefully I can bring you great content to match my new look!
Now, onto the review.Continue reading “Review: Ashes in the Snow by Ruta Sepetys”
Reading A Feast for Crows was certainly a unique experience. Suffice it to say that getting through this book was an ordeal. And not necessarily in a good way. I really hope A Dance with Dragons picks up with the excitement and addictive storyline of the previous three installments.Continue reading “Review: A Feast for Crows by George R. R. Martin”
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”
Ruin and Rising killed me. I’m dead. Come back later.
Kidding. Sort of.
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”
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”
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”
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”