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

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: ‘No One is Talking About This’ by Patricia Lockwood

...the world pressing closer and closer, the spiderweb of human connection grown so thick it was almost a shimmering and solid silk, and the day still not opening to her. What did it mean that she was allowed to see this? Genre: Contemporary literary fictionPublication: 16 Feb 2021Pages: 224 (hardcover) Synopsis (from Goodreads): As this … Continue reading Review: ‘No One is Talking About This’ by Patricia Lockwood

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: ‘The Charmed Wife’ by Olga Grushin

All I want is to be free - free of him, free of my past, free of my story.Free of myself, the way I was when I was with him. Rating: 5/5 paper planes Genre: Fantasy (fairytale retellings); feminism; postmodern literaturePublication: 21 Jan 2021Pages: 288 (hardcover) Synopsis (from Goodreads): Cinderella married the man of her … Continue reading Review: ‘The Charmed Wife’ by Olga Grushin

The New Year’s Resolutions Reading Challenge

Thanks Laura @ The Corner of Laura for creating this cool challenge and tagging me! I'm going to be picking mostly from my ARCs and then my library books which I'll need to return when they reopen. Rules: Link back to the original creator (The Corner of Laura) and link back to the challenge page … Continue reading The New Year’s Resolutions Reading Challenge

Review: ‘Girl. Boy. Sea.’ by Chris Vick

The sea and sky were our universe, and the boat was our world. A planet that had broken gravity and left its star. Drifting in the inky blue. Rating: 5/5 paper planes Genre: Adventure contemporary (survival story)Publication: 8 Aug 2019 (Head of Zeus)Pages: 320 (hardcover) Synopsis: A young British boy, Bill, narrowly survives a shipwreck … Continue reading Review: ‘Girl. Boy. Sea.’ by Chris Vick

Review: ‘These Violent Delights’ (‘These Violent Delights’, #1) by Chloe Gong

"Astra inclinant," [Roma] would whisper into the wind, so heartachingly sincere even when quoting in Latin, "sed non obligant."The stars incline us, they do not bind us. Rating: 4.95/5 paper planes Genre: Historical fantasy (retelling, 'Romeo & Juliet')Publication: 17 Nov 2020Pages: 464 (hardcover) Synopsis: The year is 1926, and Shanghai hums to the tune of … Continue reading Review: ‘These Violent Delights’ (‘These Violent Delights’, #1) by Chloe Gong