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 and Favourite Quotes from ‘I Think I Love You’ by Auriane Desombre!

I fell in love with the idea of love as I watched it written large across my television screen. Rating: 4.5/5 paper planes Genre: YA LGBTQ+ contemporaryPublication: 2 March 2021Pages: 320 (paperback) Synopsis: A sweet and funny debut novel about falling for someone when you least expect it . . . and finding out that real … Continue reading Book Tour Stop: Review and Favourite Quotes from ‘I Think I Love You’ by Auriane Desombre!

Review: ‘Open Water’ by Caleb Azumah Nelson

You know that to love is both to swim and to drown. Rating: 5/5 paper planes Genre: Contemporary romance, literary fictionPublication: 4 Feb 2020Pages: 145 (hardcover) Synopsis: Two young people meet at a pub in South East London. Both are Black British, both won scholarships to private schools where they struggled to belong, both are … Continue reading Review: ‘Open Water’ by Caleb Azumah Nelson

Review: ‘Cemetery Boys’ by Aiden Thomas

Below, the waves crashed. The moonlight painted [Julian] in shades of blue. His edges blurred like watercolors spilling outside of their lines. Rating: 4.25/5 paper planes Genre: YA LGBTQ+ paranormal/urban fantasyPublication: 1 Sep 2020Pages: 352 (hardcover) Synopsis: Yadriel has summoned a ghost, and now he can't get rid of him. When his traditional Latinx family … Continue reading Review: ‘Cemetery Boys’ by Aiden Thomas

Review: ‘Court of Lions’ (‘Mirage’, #2) by Somaiya Daud

Sacred fire only ever came to the brave and courageous. Hope was given to a person who might reshape the world... For We have sent unto you a Sign. See it and take heed. Rating: 4.5/5 paper planes Genre: YA science-fiction fantasyPublication: 6 Aug 2020Pages: 336 (e-book) Synopsis: Amani, kidnapped into serving as a body … Continue reading Review: ‘Court of Lions’ (‘Mirage’, #2) by Somaiya Daud

Review: ‘Nick and Charlie’ (‘Solitaire’, #1.5) by Alice Oseman

I wish I could turn back time. I wish I could keep turning back time to Thursday, and every time I got to the end of Thursday, I'd rewind time to the beginning of Thursday again, and I'd just be with Nick every day for the rest of my life. Rating: 4.5/5 paper planes Genre: … Continue reading Review: ‘Nick and Charlie’ (‘Solitaire’, #1.5) by Alice Oseman

Review: ‘The Secret of You and Me’ by Melissa Lenhardt

"She read 'The Handmaid's Tale' in freshman sociology and turned into a lesbian.""From reading a book? I don't think it works like that.""How would you know?" Rating: 4.5/5 paper planes Genre: Contemporary/LGBTQ+/Romance/Women's Fiction Publication: 4th August 2020 (aka today! Happy book birthday!) Pages: 374 (Kindle edition) Synopsis: Nora hasn’t looked back. Not since she left … Continue reading Review: ‘The Secret of You and Me’ by Melissa Lenhardt

Top 5 Saturday: Enemies to Lovers (+ sudden and hilarious childhood flashbacks)

Today I'm sharing five books with enemies-to-lovers romance arcs that I really enjoyed! I wonder what it is about 'enemies-to-lovers' that makes it so popular. Perhaps it's because through the inherent process of the romantic arc, the relationship has to be properly developed enough to be convincing in its transmutation from enemies to lovers. Could … Continue reading Top 5 Saturday: Enemies to Lovers (+ sudden and hilarious childhood flashbacks)

Review: ‘Yes No Maybe So’ by Becky Albertalli and Aisha Saeed

All our actions are little drops that collect into a groundswell for change. It's the only way most change happens. Ordinary people doing everything they can. Rating: 3/5 paper planes Genre: YA contemporary (rom-com; activism) Publication: 4th Feb 2020 Synopsis: YESJamie Goldberg's cool with volunteering for his local state senate candidate - behind the scenes. … Continue reading Review: ‘Yes No Maybe So’ by Becky Albertalli and Aisha Saeed