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Review: The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater

I will freely admit that this was not the first time I picked up The Raven Boys in an attempt to be cool like all the other book bloggers and vloggers. Nor was it my second. In fact, this was my third time on the Raven Boys struggle bus. Luckily for me, the third time was the charm, and I finally finished this 400 page first entry into a much-beloved series – I hope that it won’t be my last. Rating:  How I’d…

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November Wrap-Up & December TBR

I can’t even say anything about how much I read in November. I can say nothing cutesy or make any adorable graphics because I READ ONE BOOK IN NOVEMBER. One. Book. This is my secret shame. Winter is usually when I really dig my heels into reading big, hefty tomes and sink my teeth right into the marrow, but for some reason November was just one giant slogging slump for me. I picked up countless books, read 20-30 pages, and discarded…

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Review: Emma In the Night by Wendy Walker

I read young adult literature almost exclusively, but whenever I re-open my Book of the Month subscription, I tend to gravitate toward their thriller selection. My favorites are domestic thrillers, the ones that really screw with your head, but I can also get behind a solid plain-Jane thriller as well. I apparently selected Emma In the Night back in September 2017, and it’s been sitting on my shelf ever since. I kept trying to pick up a contemporary YA at the end of…

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2019 Beat the Backlist Participation!

After seeing some of my favorite bloggy buddies sign up for 2019’s Beat the Backlist, most recently my dear friend Ellie, I decided to bite the bullet and go for it myself. The whole idea of Beat the Backlist is to love and appreciate your shiny new books and ARCs, but to still methodically and carefully go through your piles of books accumulated that were published in 2018 or sooner, which is a habit I have a bad inclination toward.…

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Review: A Spark of Light by Jodi Picoult

OK, blogosphere. Let me tell you a thing about Jodi Picoult. I can’t tell you which book of hers I picked up first. I do know that it was in a Borders store circa 2005, and that I was 16 years old and probably way too young to grasp anything remotely as heavy as a Jodi Picoult novel, but that didn’t stop me from sucking up every book she’d ever written like it was the last breath of fresh air…

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October Wrap-Up & November TBR

Remember that time I wrote wrap-ups at the tail end of a month so that you could read them in, like, the beginning of the month they were designed to follow? Yeah, me neither. Just kidding, I do. I’ve just been in one hell of a reading slump this month, and nothing I touch is appealing. This is basically the worst, and the book blogger’s ultimate Achilles heel: nobody likes a slump, especially those of us who rely on the exact…

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Review: That Night by Amy Giles

I, like so many other people, have the world’s most unfortunate party trick: I get to say that I have PTSD. Oh, wait, that’s not a party trick, it’s a travesty? Oh well. Either way, I still have PTSD and a piece of birthday cake. Because of this super fun designation, I read a lot of books about PTSD. Young adult, new adult, adult – whatever it is, if it’s about living through an awful time and coming out the other…

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Review: The Healer by Donna Freitas

I would like to first of all express thanks to Lili over at Utopia State of Mind for her ARC Adoption Program! If you have a hard time getting physical ARCs and are interested in receiving one in exchange for an honest review, she has some great ARCs looking for a loving home on this page – all you do is pay shipping. Her copy of The Healer made its way to me and I absolutely loved it. Thank you again…

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Review: Jinxed by Amy McCulloch

I read and adored Salt & Stone by Victoria Scott when it first came out, years ago. As soon as someone described it to me as Pokemon meets Hunger Games, I was sunk. And it was a good thing I was – that book and its sequel are the most delightful, engaging, fun dystopian romps I’ve read in a long time, and I never fail to recommend them to anyone. So when I saw Jinxed and read the summary, I had to…

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

  This might possibly be the hardest review I’ve ever written. While I am known for my irreverent, cynical reviews, this book has taken my heart in its little fist and crushed it – not in an angry way, but like how you are so excited to attend a concert that you crush the ticket in your palm as you wait in line for it to be scanned at the entrance to the venue. This book – this beautiful, beautiful…

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