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October 11, 2020 , Sun
Listen, I love me a good genre-bending thriller. So when I had the chance to sign up for TBR & Beyond's tour of Forget This Ever Happened, I jumped on it. A town that's not supposed to exist? Monsters? Queer romance? ABSOLUTELY, I'M READY. I haven't read anything like it, which was incredibly refreshing and I genuinely loved the 90s throwback (the book takes place in the 90s so pop culture references galore) and the SNES is one of my favorite gaming consoles and it gets a lot of love from this book. Continue Reading +

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September 22, 2020 , Tue
Welcome to Tuesday! It's  my stop on the Maya and The Rising Dark blog blitz! There's a special spot in my heart for the middle grade genre because it's just SO FREAKING HEARTWARMING AND FULL OF HOPE and Maya and The Rising Dark is no exception. I can't wait for you to meet Maya and go on adventures with her. Here's the rundown on this book of magical escapades. I sincerely hope you check this book out and that it makes your heart sing and that you LOVE IT.   Maya and the Rising Dark by Rena Barron Series: Maya and the Rising Dark #1 Published by HMH Books for Young Readers on September 22, 2020 Genres: Middle Grade, Fantasy Pages: 304 Twelve-year-old Maya is the only one in her South Side Chicago neighborhood who witnesses weird occurrences like werehyenas stalking the streets at night and a scary man made of shadows plaguing her dreams. Her friends try to find an explanation—perhaps a ghost uprising or a lunchroom experiment gone awry. But to Maya, it sounds like something from one of Papa’s stories or her favorite comics. When Papa goes missing, Maya is thrust into a world both strange and familiar as she uncovers the truth. Her father 

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September 17, 2020 , Thu
Pretty much much everyone I know in the book community has been talking about this book since the premise came out, myself included. Fantasy is one of my favorite genres and I'm always on the lookout for unique concepts and this book? COMPLETELY BRILLIANT AND ORIGINAL. Honestly, it was so interesting and the worldbuilding was so wonderfully tackled and I just super duper enjoyed this book. It's definitely going on my list of favorite new series and I can't wait until the next installment. Honestly, I finished this book in under 24 hours and I'm now sitting in a reading slump because it was just that good. So when Sabrina asked for volunteers for a platform tour for the book, I was like yes, absolutely. I'm in. So today's my spot on the tour and here's my review. Continue Reading +

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September 15, 2020 , Tue
It's my first Top Ten Tuesday post here on the blog. It was originally started by The Broke and The Bookish in June of 2010 and now then it moved over to That Artsy Reader Girl in 2018. It's a post dedicated to lists, books, and making book friends. Every week there's a new topic to cover in your list and this week's topic? One of my favorites: book covers. Listen, yeah, I know we aren't supposed to judge a book by its cover. But we do. It's time to admit it-- we definitely judge books by their covers. It's not the deciding factor for me when buying books (that's the back description), but it's definitely what makes me read the back description in the first place. So without further ado, let's talk about some of my favorite covers I've seen recently and why I liked them.   Among the Beasts & Briars by Ashley Poston / Goodreads I really like the illustrations and typography here and I think the colors go very well together. Muse by Brittany Cavallaro / Goodreads The color combinations here really pop. And somehow, I feel like the design is both exquisite AND simple, which 

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September 9, 2020 , Wed
    With just one touch, bread turns into roses. With just one bite, cheese turns into lilies. There’s a famine plaguing the land, and Princess Yzabel is wasting food simply by trying to eat. Before she can even swallow, her magic—her curse—has turned her meal into a bouquet. She’s on the verge of starving, which only reminds her that the people of Portugal have been enduring the same pain. If only it were possible to reverse her magic. Then she could turn flowers…into food. Fatyan, a beautiful Enchanted Moura, is the only one who can help. But she is trapped by magical binds. She can teach Yzabel how to control her curse—if Yzabel sets her free with a kiss. As the King of Portugal’s betrothed, Yzabel would be committing treason, but what good is a king if his country has starved to death? With just one kiss, Fatyan is set free. And with just one kiss, Yzabel is yearning for more. She’d sought out Fatyan to help her save the people. Now, loving her could mean Yzabel’s destruction. B&N / Amazon / Goodreads Okay so the premise of this really intrigued me and I'm always here for sapphic reads. Also, this sounds like 

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September 1, 2020 , Tue
Okay, guys, this tutorial comes highly requested by the general community and I thought I'd bite the bullet and make it. So, you just read a book. It wasn't great. You actually thought it was terrible-- possibly the worst book you've ever read in your life. The world needs to know that this book is Not Good. It's not problematic or harmful or anything, it's just THE WORST... for reasons. And you feel like you need to share this. To warn people. I get it, I do. We have limited amounts of time and no one wants to waste it reading bad books. So, here are the steps you need to take in order to not tag the author of the book in your negative review: Write the review. Post the review (optional step). THAT'S IT. STOP HERE. DO NOT TAG OR ENGAGE THE AUTHOR. Continue Reading +

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August 26, 2020 , Wed
I don't know about you, but I have a metric crap ton of books that I meant to read when they came out, but just... didn't? And then forgot about them entirely? C'mon, you know you've done it too! So I figured why not dedicate some posts to those I've accidentally left behind and show them some love? So without further ado, here are 5 Books I Want to Read Soon! What it's about: Her story is a phenomenon. Her life is a disaster. In the real world, Eliza Mirk is shy, weird, and friendless. Online, she’s LadyConstellation, the anonymous creator of the wildly popular webcomic Monstrous Sea. Eliza can’t imagine enjoying the real world as much as she loves the online one, and she has no desire to try. Then Wallace Warland, Monstrous Sea’s biggest fanfiction writer, transfers to her school. Wallace thinks Eliza is just another fan, and as he draws her out of her shell, she begins to wonder if a life offline might be worthwhile. But when Eliza’s secret is accidentally shared with the world, everything she’s built—her story, her relationship with Wallace, and even her sanity—begins to fall apart. Why I want to read it: I 

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August 19, 2020 , Wed
    After her mother dies in an accident, sixteen-year-old Bree Matthews wants nothing to do with her family memories or childhood home. A residential program for bright high schoolers at UNC–Chapel Hill seems like the perfect escape—until Bree witnesses a magical attack her very first night on campus. A flying demon feeding on human energies. A secret society of so called “Legendborn” students that hunt the creatures down. And a mysterious teenage mage who calls himself a “Merlin” and who attempts—and fails—to wipe Bree’s memory of everything she saw. The mage’s failure unlocks Bree’s own unique magic and a buried memory with a hidden connection: the night her mother died, another Merlin was at the hospital. Now that Bree knows there’s more to her mother’s death than what’s on the police report, she’ll do whatever it takes to find out the truth, even if that means infiltrating the Legendborn as one of their initiates. She recruits Nick, a self-exiled Legendborn with his own grudge against the group, and their reluctant partnership pulls them deeper into the society’s secrets—and closer to each other. But when the Legendborn reveal themselves as the descendants of King Arthur’s knights and explain that a 

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August 17, 2020 , Mon
On whim, I requested this title from Netgalley because I love Les Miserables (I'm one of those theater/choir kids) and because it sounded kind of incredible. Who doesn't love a dark reimagining of Les Mis paired with a seedy underbelly of warring factions scrambling for power. And at the heart of everything is Nina (Eponine) who is just trying to save her sister. I'm now madly obsessed with this series and can't wait for the sequel. Seriously. I need it. NOW.  I've been pestering Kit Grant on Twitter for info about what's to come in book two and all she'll say is that it's OMINOUS. *I received a copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.   Continue Reading +

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August 13, 2020 , Thu
Like everyone else in the world, I've recently been listening to Taylor Swift's new album folklore and like everyone else in the world, I'm a little bit obsessed. So I thought I would make a post matching some of my favorite tracks from the record to books I've read. I'm sure this has been done before and will be done to death, but I WANNA DO IT TOO. And who knows, maybe my favorites and picks are different than yours and maybe you'll find a new book to add to your ever growing TBR. *gazes mournfully at bedside table* Continue Reading +

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January 18, 2020 , Sat
I am not the best at making and keeping resolutions. Well, technically, I'm good at making them just not so much the other part. I resurrected this blog and my Booktube channel which both help me maintain a healthy brain, but I'm terrible at posting and keeping up with both. I'm gonna try and get better, though. Basically, this is a hold myself accountable post and I charge all 3 of you reading this to backhand me across the face if I start to fall off the wagon. Seriously, ask me for my number and I will give it to you and you can text me incessantly if I haven't been living up to my own expectations. Cool? Cool. Anyways, here are the goals I've come up with for the year. reading goals: 52 books this year (one book a week) 📖 read some non-fiction read some middle grade continue finding and supporting diverse authors/works try to read at least a little bit every day Continue Reading +

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November 14, 2019 , Thu
So you wanna watch a Kdrama, but don't know where to start? Don't worry, y'all,  I got you covered. Today, I'll be talking about 12 Kdramas currently on Netflix you can start right now. If you're not familiar with Korean dramas, that's totally cool! I didn't know what they were when I found them so many years ago, but I quickly grew to love them (in fact, I watch more Korean dramas than I do American televsion). They are trope-y fanfictiony goodness all rolled into 16-20 episodes. That's right, 16-20 episodes. Unlike American tv which has multiple seasons of shows, Korean dramas tend to tell their story completely within a much shorter time frame. Typical dramas only air for a few months and then they're done! No season two, three four, etc. There are exceptions to this, but very few. I actually found the format refreshing because I knew that once I started a Kdrama, I wouldn't have to wait 8 seasons to see certain developments. All in all, I've become obsessed with them and can't wait to share my love with y'all. Recently, Netflix has stepped up its Kdrama game, adding more and more Kdramas to their service (including 

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October 16, 2019 , Wed
    When Amaya rescues a mysterious stranger from drowning, she fears her rash actions have earned her a longer sentence on the debtor ship where she’s been held captive for years. Instead, the man she saved offers her unimaginable riches and a new identity, setting Amaya on a perilous course through the coastal city-state of Moray, where old-world opulence and desperate gamblers collide. Amaya wants one thing: revenge against the man who ruined her family and stole the life she once had. But the more entangled she becomes in this game of deception—and as her path intertwines with the son of the man she’s plotting to bring down—the more she uncovers about the truth of her past. And the more she realizes she must trust no one… Packed with high-stakes adventure, romance, and dueling identities, this gender-swapped retelling of The Count of Monte Cristo is the first novel in an epic YA fantasy duology, perfect for fans of Sarah J. Maas, Sabaa Tahir, and Leigh Bardugo. B&N / Amazon / Goodreads I really do enjoy a good retelling and The Count of Monte Cristo isn't one I see very often. Plus, I was a huge fan of Tara Sim's Timekeeper series so 

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October 15, 2019 , Tue
The Bone Witch is one of my all-time favorite YA series so I was very excited to see what else Rin Chupeco had up her sleeve and The Never Tilting World does not disappoint. There's just something about the worlds she creates that really resonate with me on multiple levels. She really has become an auto-buy author for me and this book solidifies her in my top five YA authors currently producing work. Whenever I hear about things she's working on, I'm always curious and 100% on board with supporting the shit out of them. *I received a copy of this book from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. Continue Reading +

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October 2, 2019 , Wed
I super loved Rebel Seoul. Two of my favorite things in the world are Pacific Rim and kdrama so when I heard about this series, I was already totally freaking in. Honestly, this duology holds a special place in my heart simply because I've been a huge fan of Korean dramas for years now and to see some of these tropes and character types play out in novel format was just *chef's kiss* for me. It also contains a good dose of anime inspiration (particularly with regard to mechs) so yeah, big fan. *I received a copy of this book from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. Continue Reading +

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September 25, 2019 , Wed
    Frozen meets Mad Max in this epic teen fantasy duology bursting with star-crossed romance, immortal heroines, and elemental magic, perfect for fans of Furyborn. Generations of twin goddesses have long ruled Aeon. But seventeen years ago, one sister’s betrayal defied an ancient prophecy and split their world in two. The planet ceased to spin, and a Great Abyss now divides two realms: one cloaked in perpetual night, the other scorched by an unrelenting sun. While one sister rules Aranth—a frozen city surrounded by a storm-wracked sea —her twin inhabits the sand-locked Golden City. Each goddess has raised a daughter, and each keeps her own secrets about her sister’s betrayal. But when shadowy forces begin to call their daughters, Odessa and Haidee, back to the site of the Breaking, the two young goddesses —along with a powerful healer from Aranth, and a mouthy desert scavenger —set out on separate journeys across treacherous wastelands, desperate to heal their broken world. No matter the sacrifice it demands. B&N / Amazon / Goodreads Yo, I am the hugest fan of Rin Chupeco. I feel in love with her writing when I discovered The Bone Witch series this past year and I have vowed to read everything 

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September 24, 2019 , Tue
Listen, I freaking love space books. They are absolutely my jam and there's a good chance if a book is set in space, I'm going to love it. That being said, this book was no exception. I chose to read this for my NEWTs and it came highly recommended by two Booktubers I enjoy watching (shoutout to readywithcindy and Books With Alyssa J) so I was excited to pick it up, finally. It had been sitting on my shelf for YEARS and I was so mad I didn't read it sooner. I definitely plan to continue on with the series, but let's talk about THIS SUPER AWESOME  SPACE BOOK. Continue Reading +

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September 4, 2019 , Wed
    There was nothing in the world as magical and terrifying as a girl. Princess Guinevere has come to Camelot to wed a stranger: the charismatic King Arthur. With magic clawing at the kingdom's borders, the great wizard Merlin conjured a solution--send in Guinevere to be Arthur's wife . . . and his protector from those who want to see the young king's idyllic city fail. The catch? Guinevere's real name--and her true identity--is a secret. She is a changeling, a girl who has given up everything to protect Camelot. To keep Arthur safe, Guinevere must navigate a court in which the old--including Arthur's own family--demand things continue as they have been, and the new--those drawn by the dream of Camelot--fight for a better way to live. And always, in the green hearts of forests and the black depths of lakes, magic lies in wait to reclaim the land. Arthur's knights believe they are strong enough to face any threat, but Guinevere knows it will take more than swords to keep Camelot free. Deadly jousts, duplicitous knights, and forbidden romances are nothing compared to the greatest threat of all: the girl with the long black hair, riding on horseback 

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September 3, 2019 , Tue
Hello blogging, my old friend. It's been a while, guys? Back when I started this site, I was young. Well, younger. I was full of ideals and wonder and capable of running on two hours of sleep. While I still have the ideals and wonder, I'm barely a human at two hours of sleep. Eventually, blogging became harder for me as I took on more responsibilities at work, decided to apply for grad school, got into grad school, had no time for anything else besides work and grad school, but still decided to start a Booktube channel, graduated from grad school, and promptly burned out. I'm sure you know this story. Anyway, I've missed blogging and making youtube videos about books and talking about books in general so I decided to make my way back into the sphere. At the same time, I had developed new interests and reignited passions for some of my older ones and I wanted to find a way to incorporate it all into my site so I re-branded myself as Paperback Jedi. I plan to talk about video games, books, movies, kdrama, fandom, and a variety of other topics that strike my fancy. I feel like 

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