EVERYWHERE, ALWAYS – Jennifer Ann Shore

Everywhere, Always (2021) is the first non-vampire novel by Jennifer Ann Shore that I’ve read.  Admittedly, romance isn’t my genre of choice as I prefer it to be more of a subplot.  When I do read a novel where the love story is the central plot, I want it to be quick and sweet withContinue reading “EVERYWHERE, ALWAYS – Jennifer Ann Shore”

AMERICAN ROYALS – Katharine McGee

What if America was a monarchy? What would our royal family look like? Katharine McGee’s American Royals (Random House 2019) is a lukewarm, soapy YA novel that reads like a PG-13 Bridgerton without the sizzle.  One blurb referred to it as Crazy Rich Asians meets The Crown, but I didn’t get either.  The short-lived TheContinue reading “AMERICAN ROYALS – Katharine McGee”

YES, YOUR MAJESTY – Jennifer Ann Shore

I read Metallic Red (2020) by Jennifer Ann Shore back in October, and I absolutely adored it.  When the sequel, Yes, Your Majesty, became available for pre-order, I didn’t hesitate; I was eager to get back to Mina’s world.  Mina, a half-human / half-vampire, had just become Queen of Appalachia at the close of MetallicContinue reading “YES, YOUR MAJESTY – Jennifer Ann Shore”

THREE DARK CROWNS – Kendare Blake

“I will kill my sisters just as easily, Natalia,” Katherine says.  “I promise.  Though perhaps when I am finished, they will not look like they are sleeping.” Kendare Blake’s Three Dark Crowns (HarperTeen 2016) has been on my radar for a few years, but it only recently made its way to my physical TBR.  IContinue reading “THREE DARK CROWNS – Kendare Blake”

I AM NOT YOUR PERFECT MEXICAN DAUGHTER – Erika Sánchez

“But how do we live with these secrets locked within us? How do we tie our shoes, brush our hair, drink coffee, wash the dishes, and go to sleep, pretending everything is fine?” (284-285) Once upon a time, I was an immigration attorney.  Many of my clients were “undocumented” or had “undocumented” parents.  The pointContinue reading “I AM NOT YOUR PERFECT MEXICAN DAUGHTER – Erika Sánchez”

TRISTAN STRONG DESTROYS THE WORLD – Kwame Mbalia

In January of this year, I posted a review of Kwame Mbalia’s Tristan Strong Punches a Hole in the Sky.  In that review, I encouraged everyone to read the book and to it in little hands.  Representation matters, and the literary world needed (and still needs) that “nerdy, black kid from Chicago.”   In February,Continue reading “TRISTAN STRONG DESTROYS THE WORLD – Kwame Mbalia”

METALLIC RED- Jennifer Ann Shore

“Humans were equal parts fragile and reckless, and they seemed unable to reconcile the two.” What happens if you mix a little bit of Mean Girls with a bit of Charlaine Harris and a hint of Anne Rice?  You *finally* get the YA vampire book that we’ve all deserved.  Yeah.  I said it, and MetallicContinue reading “METALLIC RED- Jennifer Ann Shore”

Kwame Mbalia – TRISTAN STRONG PUNCHES A HOLE IN THE SKY

The books that have written themselves on my skin and in my heart are far too many to name in this space. The point is books matter. Stories matter. When I read about Kwame Mbalia’s TRISTAN STRONG PUNCHES A HOLE IN THE SKY, my pulse quickened because I was excited. When I read the book’sContinue reading “Kwame Mbalia – TRISTAN STRONG PUNCHES A HOLE IN THE SKY”

MISS PEREGRINE’S HOME FOR PECULIAR CHILDREN – Ransom Riggs

I’ve gone on a bit of a YA kick when it comes to reading, but I’m not mad about it.  There are a lot of great things happening in YA lit land these days, and I’m here for it. I was gifted the book that is the subject of today’s review because the gifter thoughtContinue reading “MISS PEREGRINE’S HOME FOR PECULIAR CHILDREN – Ransom Riggs”

SHADOW AND BONE – Leigh Bardugo

I’d never judge a book by its cover, but I would be remiss if I didn’t start this post by mentioning how absolutely gorgeous this cover is.  The colors.  The stag.  It’s simply stunning. As for the book itself, SHADOW AND BONE is a delight, and a quick and easy read.  It’s the first bookContinue reading “SHADOW AND BONE – Leigh Bardugo”