Review: Ashes in the Snow by Ruta Sepetys

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.

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Review: A Feast for Crows by George R. R. Martin

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.

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The Month in Books: June 2020

It’s time for another monthly wrap-up. June went by so quickly! I don’t know what I was thinking when I wrote that I wasn’t being as prolific as possible in May, because 9 books is as prolific as it’s going to get. But I did get some good reading done in June, and I’m looking forward to getting to some amazing books in July!

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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.

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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.

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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?

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Review: The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness

I had heard so many great things about Patrick Ness’s books before picking up The Rest of Us Just Live Here, so my expectations were considerably high. This book did not disappoint me, and I’m definitely going to be picking up more of Ness’s books.

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