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 Ones We’re Meant to Find’ by Joan He

Every other sleep, I dream of swimming to the horizon and finding my sister at the edge of the world. She takes me by the hand and leads us home. Home means a city in the sky, sometimes. Or another island. Home could be here, for all I care, if she were with me. Rating: … Continue reading Review: ‘The Ones We’re Meant to Find’ by Joan He

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

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)

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.)

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!

First Lines Friday + Mini-review: ‘How the King of Elfhame Learned to Hate Stories’ (‘The Folk of the Air’, #3.5) by Holly Black

"She opened the portal, and the mind met her more than halfway. Inside, it was tropical and snowing, and the first flake of the blizzard of everything landed on her tongue and melted." Intriguing, vivid, and more than a little mind-bending. What do you think? 'No One is Talking About This' by Patricia Lockwood (publishing … Continue reading First Lines Friday + Mini-review: ‘How the King of Elfhame Learned to Hate Stories’ (‘The Folk of the Air’, #3.5) by Holly Black