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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 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 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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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 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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