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Book Review: The Way You Make Me Feel

If you compressed a million bursts of sunshine into a food truck, you get this book. That probably sounds like nonsense, but this book was an entirely new experience. I didn’t like it for any reason other than that it made me laugh, and it made me happy. Sometimes that’s all you need from a book.

The Summary

After she takes a prom night prank too far, Clara is stuck working on her father’s food truck all summer with her archnemesis. That means no summer days by the pool, or overseas vacation away with her mother. Worst. Summer. Ever.
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Book Review: Catwoman Soulstealer

Maybe it’s because of Queen of Shadows. Maybe it’s because I still haven’t managed to enjoy A Court of Thorns and Roses enough to finish reading it. Maybe it’s bad Internet buzz, tainting my own opinions. Whatever the reason, however, I can say one thing for certain. I approach Sarah J. Maas books with caution, even though her hits far outnumber her misses in my eyes. And so, with that caution, I picked up this book. And somehow managed to be surprised by how much I enjoyed it.

The Summary

Like the other titles in the DC Icons series. Catwoman: Soulstealer focuses on a famed DC comic character in her youth. Unlike the other DC Icons titles, this one does not a character that fits under the name of Soulstealer. Wonder Woman had a Warbringer. Batman had Nightwalkers. Where is the literal Soulstealer?
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Book Review: Our Dark Duet

I enjoyed this one less than I’ve enjoyed Schwab’s other books, but even Schwab’s weaker book manages to be better than most others.

The Summary

Weeks after the events of This Savage Song, Kate is no longer on the run, but instead rooted in Prosperity, finding purpose in fighting its monsters. August remains in Verity, fighting the monsters Kate left behind.

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(Bonus) Book Review: See All the Stars

I received this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

For a book where not much happens, I suppose it was decently interesting.

The Summary

In a Now/Then narrative format, readers watch as Ellory’s life falls to pieces. Then: Ellory meets Matthias, falls in love, and sees her life change forever. Now: Ellory returns to school, forced to face a painful past.

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Book Review: Sea Witch

On some level it was probably dumb to read two Little Mermaid inspired stories in such close proximity of time. Even so, I didn’t find myself comparing Sea Witch frequently against To Kill a Kingdom. The former is moreso a prequel than a retelling, and though both focus on antiheroes, they are different in tone and execution. Despite the differences–the books can hardly be compared beyond where its inspiration comes from–one of these titles is clearly superior. And it isn’t this one…

The Summary

Evie has always felt like an outcast in her community, a feeling that only grew after her best friend drowned. When Anna seems to inexplicably reappear in the form of a mermaid-turned-human named Annemette, Evie thinks she might have her chance to fit in, and to make up for losing her friend so many years ago.
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Book Review: Geekerella

If you’ve read my reviews of Eliza and Her Monsters or This Adventure Ends (and maybe of a few others?), you know I love fandom in my YA contemporaries. It should therefore come as no surprise that Geekerella interested me most for its focus on fandom communities. The only downside to finding these awesome fandom-focused reads is that eventually I’ll probably reach a limit and not find them impressive anymore.

The Summary

In a world where Star Trek and Star Wars exist, there is a similar sci-fi TV show called Starfield that makes the geeks of the world go wild. When Starfield undergoes development as a movie with an all new cast, the ultimate Starfield fangirl Elle works to get into the ExcelsiCon cosplay contest without notice or interference from her horrible stepmother and stepsisters, all while striking up a new relationship with a guy who may or may not be the prince from her ultimately nerdy dreams…
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Book Review: Grace and Fury

Grace and Fury is one of those books I put on my TBR simply because of the buzz. Since it didn’t catch my eye because of the author, or an interesting summary, my expectations were mild. I didn’t need, however, to be wary. This book is terrific!

The Summary

Serina and Nomi move to the palace, Serina hoping to become a Grace, and Nomi to be her servant if Serina becomes one. A twist in fate leads to the opposite. Nomi becomes a Grace, and Serina is sent to prison for the crime of reading, though Nomi is the one who actually knows how to read. Though in different circumstances, it becomes a fight for life for both of them.
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Book Review: To Kill a Kingdom

Back in the spring, it seemed like every YA bookcrate to exist was doing this book…and for good reason. This is a solid debut title…and a standalone at that! It was refreshing to pick up an exciting, complete story without worry of cliffhangers.

The Summary

This Little Mermaid retelling poses a new concept: What if Ariel (in this book…Lira) were a siren known for taking the hearts of princes? What if Prince Eric (in this book…Elian) were a known siren killer? When Lira accidentally saves Elian’s life she is turned human against her will by the Sea Queen with the ultimate ultimatum: take Elian’s heart, or stay human forever.

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Book Review: To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before

For fans of this title, happy movie release day! Today the To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before movie is available for streaming on Netflix. Due to this timely event, I read up on the first book in this series earlier this month. It was pretty cute and I definitely want to watch the movie, but I also get why this book receives such divided reactions from readers.

The Summary

It’s plot fit for an early 2000s romcom: Each time Lara Jean develops a crush, she pours out her feelings into a letter to her crush that she never mails. One day the letters are mysteriously sent in the mail. To cover up for the letter sent to her sister’s ex-boyfriend, Lara Jean arranges a fake relationship with a different former crush, the ever-so popular Peter. Continue reading “Book Review: To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before”