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: ‘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: ‘Sorrowland’ by Rivers Solomon (narr. Karen Chilton)

[Vern] saw that cursed flag on the hunter's T-shirt, and wondered if he knew about the glut of traumas that defined this nation's founding. Had he fallen so in love with the myth of belonging that he thought the corpses of his imaginary foes were worthwhile sacrifices toward barbecues, megachurches, bandannas and hot dogs?The primary … Continue reading Review: ‘Sorrowland’ by Rivers Solomon (narr. Karen Chilton)

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