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Kill the Queen by Jennifer Estep

Kill the Queen by Jennifer Estep

Posted July 16, 2021 in Reviews // 0 Comments

  The first thing I want to say about Kill the Queen is that although it is marketed as a YA book, it’s definitely an adult book.  The protagonist is 28 and the language and cadence of the book reads like an urban fantasy but without all the lewd content.  I’m not sure why this was marketed as a YA, but it simply… isn’t. Otherwise I have some mixed feelings.  I think that Kill the Queen is unnecessarily long.  Estep’s writing style is extremely wordy without being elegant.  There are a lot of info drops, but they are usually of irrelevant world […]

Hurricane Summer by Asha Bromfield

Hurricane Summer by Asha Bromfield

Posted July 11, 2021 in Reviews // 0 Comments

  Hurricane Summer is a book filled deeply with pain. It is the opposite of a Disney movie.  It is cruel and Tilla is naïve and kind and out or her element, which everyone in the story uses against her.  It is a heartbreaking book with a very specific story and I appreciate so much that it exists.  Hurricane Summer is the type of book we need when we talk about representation in books because this is a Caribbean story, a Black story, and one I’ve never seen before… which means those with lived experiences like Tilla’s haven’t seen either. […]

Kate in Waiting by Becky Albertalli

Kate in Waiting by Becky Albertalli

Posted July 2, 2021 in Reviews // 0 Comments

  Kate in Waiting is… fine.  What is going make this book review so difficult to write for me is that there’s nothing technically wrong with the book.  Becky Albertalli tells Kate’s story with the same directness and the same humor as her other books.  The style, the characters, and the story are all on point.  I liked it.  And I didn’t like it. Lets start with the basics. Kate in Waiting is another high school in Georgia book, with teenagers all over the LGBTQIAP+ spectrum.  There’s racial diversity in the character and I honestly believe that as she grows as […]

Firelight by Sophie Jordan

Firelight by Sophie Jordan

Posted June 25, 2021 in Reviews // 0 Comments

  Much like Die For Me and Blood and Chocolate, I really like Firelight and I don’t have a particularly good reason as to why.  They’re all part of the same genre of tangled love triangles and young paranormal romance and messy YA fantasy which I usually hate but not always.  It’s a tricky balance and general speaking, these are the types of books I slot into my “guilty pleasures” reading list. Firelight is about Jacinda, a young draki, who is forcibly removed from her pride and into a desert town where her mother and sister encourage her to “be happy” and “stopping selfish” as […]

The Cost of Knowing by Brittney Morris

The Cost of Knowing by Brittney Morris

Posted June 22, 2021 in Reviews // 2 Comments

  The Cost of Knowing is a perfectly decent book.  There were a lot of themes we’ve seen before – ones that are still important, don’t get me wrong – but from an objective storytelling point of view these themes are not especially unique.  I think my favorite part of this book was at the very end in the authors note.  Brittney Morris shared that she set out to write a book about joy and found that before she could do that, she had to write a book about joy-despite.  I really like how she expressed that, and it’s something […]