Tag: 2019 Debut Author

Rebel Girls by Elizabeth Keenan

Rebel Girls by Elizabeth Keenan

I LOVED this book.  I feel like it did a pretty good job of filling the hole Moxie left behind when I finished that earlier this year.  It’s smart, the characters are great, and it doesn’t hesitate to take on a difficult topic. Before I go and squeal about it some more, I do want to leave some possible trigger warnings for the book, and turn-offs, depending on your politics.  Rebel Girls discusses extreme bullying, and there is one scene where a character’s locker is covered in graphic images of unborn fetuses.  Additionally, one of the themes of this book is […]

Posted August 29, 2019 in Reviews // 2 Comments //
Dear Haiti, Love Alaine by Maika Moulite & Marizita Moulite

Dear Haiti, Love Alaine by Maika Moulite & Marizita Moulite

Dear Haiti, Love Alaine was all over the place. It would be fair to say that a mixed-media novel in ebook format may not be the best means of experiencing this.  Even aside from shifting through tweets and realtime action and various owners’ journal entries… I felt like the authors didn’t know where they wanted to go with the novel.  The book starts off with Alaine at school, not taking an assignment seriously and waiting for her famous mom to visit.  Throughout the story it bounces between Alaine’s rich family history, Haiti’s history, breaking a curse, working at a non-profit, and […]

Posted August 21, 2019 in Reviews // 2 Comments //
House of Salt and Sorrows by Erin A. Craig

House of Salt and Sorrows by Erin A. Craig

Wow. Wow, wow, wow. This book was so so good. I have to admit – I had pretty low expectations for House of Salt and Sorrows.  There’s been a lot of YA retellings out there in recent years that start with a promise of an original story in a rich world, then turn around and say, “actually no i made a romance is it not magnificent.” To all those books, I say no.  It’s not magnificent – I was promised a retelling and you have failed me. House of Salt and Sorrows, you have not failed me. This book is a retelling […]

Posted July 24, 2019 in Reviews // 6 Comments //
Ever Alice by H. J. Ramsay

Ever Alice by H. J. Ramsay

By now, I think you all know that when there’s an Alice in Wonderland retelling, it’s going immediately on my TBR.  I don’t discriminate – you say “Alice” and I say “Yes, please!” Ever Alice is another Wonderland retelling, with POVs from both Alice and Rosamund, the Queen of Hearts.  It tells the story of Alice as she returns to Wonderland to help depose of the mad queen, but most of the story is from Rosamund’s POV as paranoia completely consumes her.  One of the first things mentioned in the summary for this book is that Alice is in an asylum and […]

Posted July 18, 2019 in Reviews // 0 Comments //
Spin the Dawn by Elizabeth Lim

Spin the Dawn by Elizabeth Lim

I really, really, really like this book. I was so surprised by it.  At the time of writing this review (January 29th! I’m dying, waiting for everyone else to be able to read it!) it’s currently at a well-deserved 4.53 stars on Goodreads.  I’m so happy for Elizabeth Lim and I hope the rating stays high.  This book is pitched as Mulan meets Project Runway, and that description is doing it a huge disservice.  It is Mulan in as far as she’s a girl disguised as a boy, and it’s Project Runway only because she makes dresses.  So know that, then […]

Posted June 26, 2019 in Reviews // 7 Comments //
The Storm Crow by Kalyn Josephson

The Storm Crow by Kalyn Josephson

I am absolute trash for a good high fantasy. The Storm Crow is built in an incredible world… and really, you can always tell when the world building is going to be awesome in high fantasy, because there are appendices.  Throughout the course of The Storm Crow, we’re introduced to half-a-dozen different kingdoms, each with unique histories and climates.  If this already sounds intense, fear not!  This is not Tolkien-esque and we don’t delve into the art and culture and royal genealogies.  The world is developed enough to be fascinating, but it has room to grow as the series continues. They […]

Posted June 23, 2019 in Reviews // 4 Comments //