ARC REVIEW: Deep in Providence

ARC REVIEW: Deep in Providence

Deep in Providence by Riss M. Neilson Published by Henry Holt Releasing on May 31st, 2022 YOUNG ADULT FICTION---Fantasy > Magical Realism       For best friends Miliani, Inez, Natalie and Jasmine, Providence, Rhode Island has a magic of its own. From the bodegas and late-night food trucks on Broad Street to The Hill [...]

REVIEW: XOXO

REVIEW: XOXO

XOXO by Axie Oh Published by HarperTeen Released on July 13th, 2021 YOUNG ADULT FICTION---Contemporary, Romance     Cello prodigy Jenny has one goal: to get into a prestigious music conservatory. When she meets mysterious, handsome Jaewoo in her uncle’s Los Angeles karaoke bar, it’s clear he’s the kind of boy who would uproot her [...]

ARC REVIEW: Just Your Local Bisexual Disaster

ARC REVIEW: Just Your Local Bisexual Disaster

Just Your Local Bisexual Disaster by Andrea Mosqueda Published by Feiwel & Friends Releasing on May 24th, 2022 YOUNG ADULT FICTION---Contemporary, Romance     In this voice-driven young adult debut by Andrea Mosqueda, Maggie Gonzalez needs a date to her sister's quinceañera - and fast. Growing up in Texas’s Rio Grande Valley, Maggie Gonzalez has [...]

REVIEW: My Last Summer with Cass

REVIEW: My Last Summer with Cass

My Last Summer with Cass by Mark Crilley Published by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers Released on March 16th, 2021 YOUNG ADULT FICTION---Graphic Novel, Contemporary     This One Summer meets The Edge of Seventeen in this poignant coming-of-age YA graphic novel about two childhood friends at a crossroads in their lives and art from the author [...]

REVIEW: Tell Me My Name

REVIEW: Tell Me My Name

Tell Me My Name by Amy Reed Published by Dial Books Released on March 9th, 2021 YOUNG ADULT FICTION---Contemporary, Mystery, Thriller, Retellings > The Great Gatsby     We Were Liars meets Speak in this haunting, mesmerizing psychological thriller--a gender-flipped YA Great Gatsby--that will linger long after the final line On wealthy Commodore Island, Fern is watching and waiting--for [...]

REVIEW: The Mirror Season

REVIEW: The Mirror Season

The Mirror Season by Anna-Marie McLemore Published by Feiwel & Friends Released on March 16th, 2021 YOUNG ADULT FICTION—Fantasy > Magical Realism, Contemporary, Retellings > The Snow Queen      Representation: Pansexual, Lesbian, Queer, mlm relationship(s), flf relationship(s), Mexican, Latinx, Gay Trigger/Content Warning(s): Ableism, Blood, Body Shaming, Bullying, Drugging, Emesis, Panphobia, PTSD, Racism, Sexual assault (on-page/major theme), [...]

REVIEW: The Meeting Point

REVIEW: The Meeting Point

The Meeting Point by Olivia Lara Published by Aria Releasing on September 2nd, 2021 ADULT FICTION---Romance, Contemporary     TRIGGER/CONTENT WARNING(S): Infidelity What if the Lift driver who finds your cheating boyfriend's phone holds the directions to true love? 'Who are you and why do you have my boyfriend's phone?' 'He left it in my car. [...]

REVIEW: Bad Boys, Happy Home (Vol. 1)

REVIEW: Bad Boys, Happy Home (Vol. 1)

Bad Boys, Happy Home (Vol. 1) by SHOOWA & Okujima Hiromasa Published by SuBLime Released on July 13th, 2021 MANGA---Crime & Mystery, Romance, Humor     Representation: mlm main characters, Japanese main characters Trigger/Content Warnings: Violence, Hinted Yakuza involvement, Dubious Consent, Blood, Suggested Homophobia Sometimes all it takes is a good fistfight to find true [...]