ARC Review: ‘Cheer Up: Love and Pompoms’ by Crystal Frasier, Val Wise and Oscar O. Jupiter

"[N]o matter what I do, everyone is always looking at me. I'm always the center of attention. And they think if I screw up, or freak out, it's because I'm a trans girl... Never because I'm just not perfect."All quotes are from the ARC (advance reader copy), subject to change in the final version. Rating: … Continue reading ARC Review: ‘Cheer Up: Love and Pompoms’ by Crystal Frasier, Val Wise and Oscar O. Jupiter

ARC Review: ‘Afterlove’ by Tanya Byrne

All that time she wasted being too careful or too polite or too scared, when, in the end, nothing is as scary as watching your whole life narrow to a single moment that's about to pass, whether you're ready for it to or not.[Quotes from ARC, subject to change in final edition] Rating: 3.8/5 paper … Continue reading ARC Review: ‘Afterlove’ by Tanya Byrne

Review: ‘The Wolf and the Woodsman’ by Ava Reid

This is a power I've always had, one that I've earned, one that can't be taken from me by some capricious god. Rating: 4.5/5 paper planes Genre: Fantasy, mythological and historical inspirationPublication: 8 June 2021Pages: 448 (hardcover) Synopsis: In her forest-veiled pagan village, Évike is the only woman without power, making her an outcast clearly … Continue reading Review: ‘The Wolf and the Woodsman’ by Ava Reid

Review: ‘Unravel the Dusk’ (‘The Blood of Stars’, #2) by Elizabeth Lim

"You said that I am your oath now," I whispered, "so I bind you to me. No matter what happens, come back on the ninth day of the ninth month. Every year, I will wait for you - by the sea where I grew up, back home in Port Kamalan." Rating: 4/5 paper planes Genre: … Continue reading Review: ‘Unravel the Dusk’ (‘The Blood of Stars’, #2) by Elizabeth Lim

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