Triple round of First Lines Friday + September book haul!

White rectangle with large font swirly text reading 'First Lines Friday' and below it reads in smaller all caps font 'A weekly book feature hosted by Wandering Words'. Behind the white rectangle are teal and peach bokeh lights background design. Without further ado, here's round 1... First-day-back assemblies are the most pointless practice ever.And that's … Continue reading Triple round of First Lines Friday + September book haul!

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: ‘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: ‘Cinderella is Dead’ by Kalynn Bayron

I don't want to be saved by some knight in shining armor. I'd like to be the one in armor, and I'd like to be the one doing the saving. Rating: 3/5 paper planes Genre: Fantasy (fairytale retelling) Publication: 7 July (US); 6 Aug 2020 (UK) Pages: 400 (paperback) Synopsis: It's been 200 years since … Continue reading Review: ‘Cinderella is Dead’ by Kalynn Bayron

Review: ‘The Extraordinaries’ (‘The Extraordinaries’, #1) by TJ Klune

“I need my own origin story,” Nick announced grandly. “I'm going to become an Extraordinary.”“Nicky, no.”“Nicky, yes!” Rating: 4.5/5 paper planes Genre: YA fantasy (superheroes); LGBTQ+; coming-of-age Publication: 16th July 2020 Synopsis: Some people are extraordinary. Some are just extra. In Nova City, there are 'Extraordinaries', capable of impossible feats. Shadow Star protects the city … Continue reading Review: ‘The Extraordinaries’ (‘The Extraordinaries’, #1) by TJ Klune

Review: ‘Loveless’ by Alice Oseman

Maybe it's not the heteronormative dream that she grew up wishing for, but...knowing who you are and loving yourself is so much better than that, I think. Rating: 4.5/5 paper planes Genre: YA contemporary (LGBTQIA+ coming of age) Publication: 9th July 2020 Pages: 448 Synopsis: Georgia has never been in love, never kissed anyone, never … Continue reading Review: ‘Loveless’ by Alice Oseman

Review: ‘Descendant of the Crane’ by Joan He

May the queen live ten thousand years, ten thousand years, ten thousand ten thousand years. Rating: 4/5 paper planes Genre: YA fantasy Published: April 2019 Synopsis: Princess Hesina has always been eager to shirk the responsibilities of the crown, but when her beloved father is murdered, she’s thrust into power, suddenly the queen of an … Continue reading Review: ‘Descendant of the Crane’ by Joan He

Review: ‘What We Deserve’ by Alyssa Nohar

Why do all of these books make it seem like making friends was the easiest thing in the world, and why did they all assume that everyone already had friends? Rating: 4/5 stars Genre: YA contemporary coming-of-age Synopsis: Finally diagnosed with social and generalized anxiety disorder after years of silent suffering, Amaya spent twelfth grade … Continue reading Review: ‘What We Deserve’ by Alyssa Nohar

#WaitingOnWednesday: Upcoming Latinx Titles

So yesterday, I stumbled across Carmen's (@tomesandtextiles) Instagram post introducing some upcoming 2020 books by Latinx authors, and oh my gosh: 'Cemetery Boys' by Aiden Thomas When his traditional Latinx family has problems accepting his gender, Yadriel becomes determined to prove himself a real brujo. With the help of his best friend Maritza, he performs … Continue reading #WaitingOnWednesday: Upcoming Latinx Titles