Book Review: Once Upon a Quinceañera

Once Upon a Quinceañera by Monica Gomez-Hira 🌺🌺🌺🌺/5 Carmen Aguilar is prepared to grin and bear it for this summer. Literally. As a party princess for Dreams Come True, she's got to smile and make nice for toddlers and more in order to complete her internship and get her high school diploma. Then her awful … Continue reading Book Review: Once Upon a Quinceañera

Book Review: The Gilded Ones

The Gilded Ones by Namina Forna 🌺🌺🌺🌺🌺/5 Trigger Warning: Graphic murder (on page), sexual assault (off page), racism, xenophobia Deka is a young woman coming of age in Otera, a kingdom that values the purity of its women. Pure women bleed red, and young women are forbidden to bleed from fifteen until they are proven … Continue reading Book Review: The Gilded Ones

Book Review: A Pho Love Story

A Pho Love Story by Loan Le 🌺🌺🌺🌺/5 The Mai and the Nguyen family have been rivals forever, since long before the Mai family set up a rival Vietnamese restaurant across the street from the Nguyen's restaurant. Bao Nguyen and Linh Mai have been forbidden to speak to each other, but when Bao sees Linh in … Continue reading Book Review: A Pho Love Story

Book Review: Happily Ever Afters

Happily Ever Afters by Elise Bryant 🌺🌺🌺🌺/5 Tessa has never been the hero of her own story, even though she's written plenty of heroes and happily ever afters in her writing. But she's about to start a new school at a prestigious academy dedicated to cultivating fine minds and she's really nervous. Because she's never … Continue reading Book Review: Happily Ever Afters

Book Review: Juliet Takes a Breath

Juliet Takes a Breath by Gabby Rivera 🌺🌺🌺🌺🌺/5 Earlier this year I read Juliet Takes a Breath, the fantastic YA contemporary fiction about a Bronx baby dyke coming out to her family moments before stepping on a plane to intern with (white) feminist icon and author, Harlowe Brisbane. There was so much to unpack in … Continue reading Book Review: Juliet Takes a Breath

Book Review: The Diabolic Trilogy

Okay, I truly, honestly feel that everyone has been sleeping on this YA series. And it disappoints me. Because generic ensemble poo rises in YA sci-fi, and the twisty, turny, complex (ish) and delicious mess that is the Diabolic trilogy sinks into oblivion. So here are my reviews from the trilogy (light edited). I was … Continue reading Book Review: The Diabolic Trilogy

Book Review: A Deadly Education

A Deadly Education by Naomi Novik 🌺🌺🌺🌺/5 The Scholomance is a school like no other. There are no teachers. There are no vacations. There are no friendships. There are only magical students, locked up to learn to protect themselves against a world that wants to devour their powerful essences. And El is the most deadly … Continue reading Book Review: A Deadly Education

Book Review: The Left-Handed Booksellers of London

The Left-Handed Booksellers of London by Garth Nix 🌺🌺🌺/5 It's a 1983 that's kinda different from actual 1983, but not by much? Either way, Susan Arkshaw is off to London to find her father, who she has never met. After her first lead goes way south, she stumbles into Merlin, a left-handed bookseller who topples … Continue reading Book Review: The Left-Handed Booksellers of London

Book Review: Cemetery Boys

Cemetery Boys by Aiden Thomas 🌺🌺🌺🌺/5 Yadriel's Latinx family has problems accepting his gender, so Yadriel decides to prove himself once and for all—he undergoes the brujo ceremony in secret. The good news? It worked! The bad news? He's now haunted by a cute ghost. And Yadriel's cousin is missing, along with several Latinx "runaways," … Continue reading Book Review: Cemetery Boys