Review: ‘Kate in Waiting’ by Becky Albertalli

It's basic Avril Lavigne math. We were the junior theater counselors, He was our cute townie vocal consultant. You truly could not make it any more obvious. Rating: 4.8/5 paper planes Genre: YA contemporaryPublication: 22 April 2021 (ebook)Pages: 400 (ebook) Synopsis: Contrary to popular belief, best friends Kate Garfield and Anderson Walker are not codependent. … Continue reading Review: ‘Kate in Waiting’ by Becky Albertalli

Review: ‘Spin the Dawn’ (‘The Blood of Stars’, #1) by Elizabeth Lim

Day after day and night after night, she spun the dawn and unraveled the dusk. Rating: 4/5 paper planes Genre: YA fantasyPublication: 4 March 2021 (originally published 9 July 2019 in hardback)Pages: 416 (paperback) Synopsis (from Hachette): On the fringes of the Great Spice Road, Maia Tamarin dreams of becoming the greatest tailor in the … Continue reading Review: ‘Spin the Dawn’ (‘The Blood of Stars’, #1) by Elizabeth Lim

Book Tour Stop: Review + Top 5 Reasons to Read ‘Sugar and Spite’ by Gail D. Villanueva

"Magic can't heal everything, can it?""No, it cannot heal everything. Like I said, it's only a temporary fix. True healing must come from within the patient themselves." Rating: 5/5 paper planes Genre: Middle-grade contemporary fantasyPublication: 20 April 2021Pages: 208 (hardback) Synopsis: Can a bully be defeated by a magical love potion? Jolina can’t take Claudine’s … Continue reading Book Tour Stop: Review + Top 5 Reasons to Read ‘Sugar and Spite’ by Gail D. Villanueva

Book Tour Stop: Review of ‘Malice’ by Heather Walter

Today's my stop on the 'MALICE' book tour and I'm super excited to finally post my review! [A] single tear tracks down her cheek. It might as well be an ocean. I will drown in it. Rating: 4.25/5 paper planes Genre: Fantasy (fairytale retelling, villain origin story, LGBTQ+)Publication: 13 April 2021Pages: 400 (hardcover) Synopsis: Once … Continue reading Book Tour Stop: Review of ‘Malice’ by Heather Walter

Mini-Review: ‘Rumaysa: A Fairytale’ by Radiya Hafiza

[H]er favourite book, 'One Thousand and One Nights'...had beautiful drawings of palaces and animals, women in hijabs and men in magnificent robes. It was a relief to step into someone else's life and escape her tower room, if even just for a moment. Rating: 4.5/5 paper planes Genre: Children's fantasy; fairytale retellingsPublication: 1 April 2021Pages: … Continue reading Mini-Review: ‘Rumaysa: A Fairytale’ by Radiya Hafiza

Review: ‘Firekeeper’s Daughter’ by Angeline Boulley (narr. Isabella Star LaBlanc)

Mom. She won't survive my death. One bullet will kill us both. Rating: 4.5/5 paper planes Genre: Historical fiction; mystery/thriller; contemporaryPublication: 16 March 2021Pages: 496 (hardback) Synopsis: As a biracial, unenrolled tribal member and the product of a scandal, eighteen-year-old Daunis Fontaine has never quite fit in, both in her hometown and on the nearby … Continue reading Review: ‘Firekeeper’s Daughter’ by Angeline Boulley (narr. Isabella Star LaBlanc)

Review: ‘An Unkindness of Ghosts’ by Rivers Solomon

[Aster] was standing on the edge of a new world and so ready to jump. How Lucifer felt upon leaving the Heavens. He didn't fall. He dove. Rating: 5/5 paper planes Genre: Science-fiction; Afrofuturism; dystopian fictionPublication: 3 Oct 2017Pages: 351 (paperback) Synopsis: Odd-mannered, obsessive, withdrawn - botanist and healer Aster Gray has little to offer … Continue reading Review: ‘An Unkindness of Ghosts’ by Rivers Solomon

Mini-Review: ‘Fence, Vol. 1’ by C.S. Pacat and Johanna the Mad (illus.)

This volume collects Issues #1-4 of 'Fence'. Rating: 5/5 paper planes Genre: YA contemporary (sports); graphic novel/comicPublication: 2018Pages: 112 (paperback) Synopsis: Nicholas, the illegitimate son of a retired fencing champion, is a scrappy fencing wunderkind, and dreams of getting the chance and the training to actually compete.  After getting accepted to the prodigious Kings Row … Continue reading Mini-Review: ‘Fence, Vol. 1’ by C.S. Pacat and Johanna the Mad (illus.)

Review: ‘Atonement Camp for Unrepentant Homophobes’ by Evan J. Corbin (narr. Christopher Solon)

“I think forgiveness is sorta like love. If it were something you earned, like getting paid for chores, it wouldn’t make it special. So yes, I’ll forgive you, even though I know I don’t have to.” Rating: 4/5 paper planes Genre: Contemporary fiction; speculative fiction; LGBTQ+ fictionPublication: 2 Sep 2020 (audiobook published 5 Jan 2021)Pages: … Continue reading Review: ‘Atonement Camp for Unrepentant Homophobes’ by Evan J. Corbin (narr. Christopher Solon)

Review: ‘Darkdawn’ (‘The Nevernight Chronicle’, #3) by Jay Kristoff

[T]o live in the hearts of those we leave behind is to never die. And to burn in the memories of our friends is to never say goodbye. Rating: 3.85/5 paper planes Genre: High fantasyPublication: 5 Sep 2017Pages: 419 (hardback) Synopsis: The greatest games in Godsgrave’s history have ended with the most audacious murders in … Continue reading Review: ‘Darkdawn’ (‘The Nevernight Chronicle’, #3) by Jay Kristoff