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The Midnight Girls by Alicia Jasinska

The Midnight Girls by Alicia Jasinska

Posted May 9, 2022 in Reviews // 0 Comments

I really, really wanted to like The Midnight Girls because I thought the magic/monster-driven concept at its center was wonderful. There are edges of fairytale to the story – the kind of fairytales that evoke gruesome images, not princesses and pumpkins. It’s not gory, but it is dark, and the trio of competing young women was compelling. Especially when we speak of stealing princes’s hearts… and not in the way you may think. That said, it felt Jasińska wasn’t quite sure what she wanted to do with the story at times – some scenes are powerfully written, but the threads […]

So Much to Do and So Little Time – My April 2022 Wrap Up

So Much to Do and So Little Time – My April 2022 Wrap Up

Posted May 2, 2022 in Reviews // 0 Comments

Good morning everyone! April went by so fast. Just me? I feel like I entered this month with so many plots and plans and suddenly it was April 29th and I was building my monthly touch base agendas for the month and now I’m writing this wrap up. When I really think about it, I believe April was more just busy than it was short (because, you know, all months are the same length give or take a couple days). If I didn’t have something going on over the weekend, it was a work event or dramatics during the week. […]

ExtraOrdinary by V.E. Schwab

ExtraOrdinary by V.E. Schwab

Posted April 25, 2022 in Reviews // 0 Comments

If you want just a small taste more of Schwab’s Villains universe, this comic collection is for you. This story moves quickly, but it’s not particularly involved. This collection book captures issues #0-4 and gives just enough information I was able to learn Charlotte’s background quickly. I do think prior knowledge of the Villains universe helps, as there’s a little bit of Victor but a decent amount of Eli in these pages. I found ExtraOrdinary to be a good sister story to the duology, but I’m not convinced it would stand alone as successfully. Maybe if it was a little […]

Bad Girls Never Say Die by Jennifer Mathieu

Bad Girls Never Say Die by Jennifer Mathieu

Posted April 23, 2022 in Reviews // 0 Comments

I really wanted to enjoy this book. I was hoping for that same fervor Mathieu presented in Moxie. The inspired YA story about modern day feminism was exciting! Nothing like that materialized in Bad Girls Never Say Die. A few different things kept this book from reaching its potential, and I ultimately did not enjoy it very much. It’s undeniable that Mathieu is passionate about women’s rights and creating an inclusive world. Everything I have read of hers points out the inequities in society and makes sure to look at them through various lenses to keep it intersectional. Despite her […]

Our Way Back to Always by Nina Moreno

Our Way Back to Always by Nina Moreno

Posted April 15, 2022 in Reviews // 0 Comments

As much as I complain about romance books, I’m a sucker for the-boy-next-door trope. Throw in a sprinkle of the-one-that-got-away, and I’ll be absolutely hooked. A quick glance at the book’s description and the cover design and it would seem Our Way Back to Always is out of my normal reading realm. In fact, I was dragging my feet getting to this book because I thought I wouldn’t like it. Thank you Past Me for knowing better, pre-ordering this, and making sure I read it. It was a great book to escape into. Like so many YA contemporaries, Our Way […]