ARC Review: Raybearer

Title: Raybearer

Author: Jordan Ifueko

Genre: YA Fantasy

Publication Date: August 18th, 2020

Source: Publisher (Amulet Books)

Rating: ★★★★★

Book Links:

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One Sentence Synopsis

Tarisai has been raised since birth for one purpose (to kill a boy she has never met) but, to get what she craves, she must fight against her upbringing and her mysterious mother, The Lady.

Favorite Quote

This quote is from an uncorrected copy and may change in the final version

Instead of a quote, I wanted to share the dedication because it hit me right in the feels:

For the kid scanning fairy tales for a hero with a face like theirs.

And for the girls whose stories we compressed into pities and wonders, triumphs and cautions, without asking, even once, for their names.

-Jordan Ifueko
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ARC Review: The Last Human

Title: The Last Human

Author: Zack Jordan

Genre: Sci-fi/Space Opera

Publication Date: March 24th, 2020

Source: e-ARC (Netgalley)

Rating: ★★★★

Book Links:

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One Sentence Synopsis

Sarya, a secret human raised by a murderous alien, is obsessed with finding out the truth about what happened to her species and why they were deemed too dangerous to exist.

Favorite Quote

This quote is from an uncorrected copy and may change in the final version

“In My galaxy, there is order and there is chaos. You Humans are always dreaming of the first, but your pitiful attempts to create it always result in the second.”

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Book Review: The Chalk Man

Title: The Chalk Man

Author: C.J. Tudor

Genre: Thriller

Source: Bought (BotM)

Rating: ★★★★

CW: Rape, graphic violence

Book Links:

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One Sentence Synopsis

Eddie and his friends discovered a body when they were young and, in 2016, now they are being haunted by the chalk men that led them to it.

Favorite Quote

“There are some things in life you can alter – your weight, your appearance, even your name – but there are others that wishing and trying and working hard can never make any difference to. Those things are the ones that shape us. Not the things we can change, but the ones we can’t.”

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Mini Reviews: Graphic Novel Edition

Mini Reviews

It’s time for another set of mini reviews! I’ve been sitting on this one for awhile, as I finished all the books I’ll be reviewing back in 2019. I just find it difficult to review graphic novels since they are so short! Still, I wanted to talk about these three graphic novels because each of them left me with such a happy feeling and really helped close out my reading year.

So, without further ado, let’s dive in!

Title: The Tea Dragon Society

Author/Illustrator: Katie O’Neill

Source: Borrowed (library)

Rating: ★★★★

Links: Amazon::B&N::TBD::Indiebound

Of the three graphic novels I read, this one was the most adorable. And it’s solely because of the TINY, BABY DRAGONS!! They are so stinkin’ cute 💕

Other than the adorable artwork, the story was quite enjoyable, as well. This is the story of Greta, who saves a tiny dragon from roaming dogs and ends up joining a long defunct society. It’s so interesting learning about not only the dragons, but the world in which both they and Greta live. I also love the incredible diversity that is such an easy part of the story. I think my only gripe with this book is that it’s soooo shooooort! I wanted more! Thankfully, The Tea Dragon Festival, the sequel, is already out there in the world so I can jump back in anytime I want.

Title: Pumpkinheads

Author: Rainbow Rowell

Illustrator: Faith Erin Hicks

Source: Borrowed (library)

Rating: ★★★★★

Links: Amazon::B&N::TBD::Indiebound

I read this in December, but I felt like I was smack in the middle of spooky season. This is one of those graphic novels that just pulls you into the setting with the gorgeous art and the storytelling. I felt like I was hanging out at the pumpkin patch with Deja and Josiah. This story follows Deja and Josiah on their last day working at the local pumpkin patch. They have worked there every year, but this is not only their last day, but their last year there, as they’ll both be off to college soon. So Deja has decided to help Josiah do the one thing he’s never done at the pumpkin patch: talk to his long-time crush.

I will say that, solely from looking at the cover, I guessed how this book was going to end. And, yet, that didn’t detract from my enjoyment at all! I may have known what was waiting at the end, but the ride was so damn enjoyable that I didn’t care! I absolutely adored this graphic novel! The art was A+, the story was so dang cute, and the ending made my heart go pitter-pat.

I am a huge sap, though, soooooo… 🤷‍♀️ I thought this was a beautiful story with beautiful art to match!

Title: The Prince and the Dressmaker

Author/Illustrator: Jen Wang

Source: Borrowed (library)

Rating: ★★★★

Links: Amazon::B&N::TBD::Indiebound

This was the last book I read in 2019 and, can I just say, what a way to end out the year!

This is the story of a young seamstress named Frances, who dreams of her skills being adored by the masses. She ends up in the employ of Prince Sebastian, who sometimes wears dresses and loves Frances’ style. Together, they take the Paris fashion scene by storm, but how can Frances and her creations be recognized when no one can know who she is or who she works for?

Uuuuugh, this book hurt me and brought me joy in equal amounts. It was so beautiful! And I’m not just talking about the art, though the art is just *chef’s kiss* This was a touching story about trying to be accepted for who you are. There are definitely rough parts of this story that made me ache, but it is overall a wonderfully hopeful tale. And I recently found out that it’s going to be a movie and I am very excited!


Have you read any of these graphic novels? Do you have any suggestions for ones I should pick up? Let me know in the comments!

And, as always, happy reading!

ARC Review: The Deep

Title: The Deep

Author: Rivers Solomon w/Daveed Diggs, William Butson, and Jonathan Snipes

Publication Date: Nov 5th, 2019

Genre: Fantasy

Source: e-ARC (Netgalley)

Rating: ★★★★

Book Links:

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One Sentence Synopsis

Yetu is the sole keeper of her aquatic society’s history, but the tragedy in their past is slowly destroying her.

Favorite Quote

This quote is from an uncorrected copy and may change in the final version

“She had no wish to transform trauma to performance, to parade what she’d come to think of as her own tragedies for entertainment.”

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ARC Review: The Kingdom of Back

Title: The Kingdom of Back

Author: Marie Lu

Publication date: March 3rd, 2020

Genre: YA Fantasy/Historical Fiction

Source: ARC (BookishFirst)

Rating: ★★★★

Book Links:

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One Sentence Synopsis

When Nannerl Mozart makes a wish to not be forgotten, her wish is heard by a being from a faerie land who promises to fulfill her wish as long as she helps him in return.

Favorite Quote

This quote is from an uncorrected copy and may change in the final version

“Speak for those less fortunate than yourself, who will need your help. Speak for the ones who will come after you, looking to you for guidance.”

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Book Review: Tuesday Mooney Talks to Ghosts

Title: Tuesday Mooney Talks to Ghosts

Author: Kate Racculia

Genre: Mystery/Contemporary

Source: Borrowed (library)

Rating: ★★★★★

Book Links:

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One Sentence Synopsis

Tuesday Mooney, a loner with an interest in the macabre, becomes embroiled in a treasure hunt across Boston when a wealthy eccentric dies.

Favorite Quote

“The point of a game is the experience of playing. The obstacles and the choices you make to get to the objective. The possibility of winning, the danger of loss, shapes the game. Risk and reward give the game suspense, a plot. But winning or losing is not the whole point.”

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Mini Reviews: Romance Edition

Though I tend to be a genre-hopper, there are two genres that I generally avoid. One is Westerns (I don’t like them in movie form, either) and the other is romance. Recently, however, I had noticed there were quite a few romance novels out there that actually sounded… interesting. I’d heard about them on Booktube, in Goodreads groups, or over on book Twitter. The more I heard about them, the more I thought that maybe it was time to lift my arbitrary and, frankly, silly ban on romances.

I ended up picking up three new adult romances that I had heard a lot about and found the most compelling: Well Met; Get a Life, Chloe Brown; and The Unhoneymooners. And, lo and behold, I liked all three of them! Let this be a lesson to myself. Don’t judge a genre by your preconceived notions!

(Although I’m still not sure about Westerns…)

Anyways, let’s get to the reviews!

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Book Review: After the Flood

Title: After the Flood

Author: Kassandra Montag

Genre: Dystopia/Science Fiction

Source: Borrowed (library)

Rating: ★★★★

Book links:

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One Sentence Synopsis

After the world is covered in flood water, Myra takes her youngest daughter on a harrowing journey to try and rescue her oldest daughter who was taken by Myra’s husband.

Favorite Quote

“But I knew that was the kind of hope that betrays. The kind of hope that’s an illusion, that shackles you to your desire. I needed hope built on real possibilities.”

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Book Review: American Dirt

Title: American Dirt

Author: Jeanine Cummins

Genre: Contemporary

Publication Date: 21 Jan 2020

Source: ARC sent by Flatiron books

Rating: ★★

Book Links:

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One Sentence Synopsis

Lydia and her son, Luca, are the sole survivors after the local drug cartel murders their entire family and flee to the United States to escape.

Favorite Quote

Honestly, nothing. Continue reading to find out why.

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