Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

A Match Made in Mehendi by Nandini Bajpai

A Match Made in Mehendi by Nandini Bajpai

A Match Made in Mehendi is such a delightful little contemporary romance, and I am here to SHOUT about it. First of all, as this is an #OwnVoices book, it’s important to mention that the cultural experiences Nandini Bajpai relays in this novel may not necessarily mirror the experience of an #OwnVoices reader.  As I am a white girl, I’m really not equipped to talk about the rep with any real authority, but for myself I was so excited to see terms like “Desi” and “auntie” used regularly.  Honestly?  We need to normalize the inclusion of other cultures and books like A […]

Posted August 28, 2019 in Reviews // 0 Comments //
The Darkest Part of the Forest by Holly Black

The Darkest Part of the Forest by Holly Black

I have to confess I wasn’t expecting much from The Darkest Part of the Forest.  There are a lot of Holly black fans out there, so I can understand how that statement is most likely shocking.  Truth be told, my previous experience with Holly Black has only been the Spiderwick Chronicles and while creative, I found them a little off-putting.  Also, I experienced them as an adult, so the magic didn’t really work on me.  I’m glad I kept other Holly Black titles on my TBR, because if there is a Queen of Faerie, it’s Holly. The integration between faerie and […]

Posted March 6, 2019 in Reviews // 9 Comments //
Defy the Stars by Claudia Gray

Defy the Stars by Claudia Gray

Noemi is a Genesis soldier, and when her adoptive sister wanders toward an old Earth spaceship, Noemi swoops in to save her.  After all, she shouldn’t be wandering off.  When she boards, the last thing she expected to find was an A-class mech that has been missing for 30 years and far more sophisticated than its counterparts.  The mech, Abel, is forced to accept Noemi as his commander and the two go on a wild hunt through Earth’s planetary colonies, seeking the supplies they need to, hopefully, stop the war between Genesis and Eart In starting to write this review, […]

Posted February 21, 2019 in Reviews // 4 Comments //
The Astonishing Color of After by Emily X. R. Pan

The Astonishing Color of After by Emily X. R. Pan

It took a while to get into The Astonishing Color of After, but once I did, it positively gripped my heart. Leigh feels like the sort of character who is forever trudging through a muddy swamp, trying to navigate her own emotions while living in a shadow of fear and resentment.  She’s afraid for her mother, and trying to prove herself to her father, while entirely not knowing what to feel about her friend Axel.  When her mother kills herself, everything falls apart.  The stain won’t go away. Then, she sees the bird.  And she knows, knows, it is her mother. What […]

Posted October 22, 2018 in Reviews // 2 Comments //
Love and Other Carnivorous Plants by Florence Gonsalves

Love and Other Carnivorous Plants by Florence Gonsalves

I really, really, really wanted to love this book.  I think the name is brilliant.  I adore the cover art.  I loved that it was a book with a bi (possibly lesbian? Jury’s out because Danny herself isn’t sure yet) character and eating disorders.  All sorts of really heavy, important topics and I wanted it to be really good. It just… wasn’t good.  It wasn’t the fit I was looking for, though I can’t really decide if it’s because the book wasn’t well-written, or if it just wasn’t what I wanted from it.  I guess I’ll go with the latter… because it’s quite possible […]

Posted September 12, 2018 in Reviews // 2 Comments //
Etiquette & Espionage by Gail Carriger

Etiquette & Espionage by Gail Carriger

I typically don’t like steampunk novels.  I really want to, but I’ve never connected with them.  There’s always been far too much cheesy romance and swooning and belittling of women.  I almost removed this from my TBR when I reached it. Then, I took a deep breath, and borrowed the book from Overdrive. So glad I did. This one was a delight.  That’s the absolute best word that I can conjure.  Etiquette & Espionage is everything I wanted from a steampunk fantasy.  On the surface, we have a coming-of-age tale with airships and female friendships and getting into just the right amount […]

Posted May 14, 2018 in Reviews // 12 Comments //