Kingdom of the Wicked by Kerri Maniscalco

So I kind of missed the hype on this book (as I so often do). It was published in 2020 and it has, as of March 2024, over a quarter of a million ratings on Goodreads, which means more than that many have read the book. I actually wasn’t even that interested in reading this […]

The Study of Poisons by Maria V Snyder

3.5 stars, rounded up to 4 for Goodreads. “The Study of Poisons” is a modern high fantasy companion novel to “Poison Study,” and it’s narrated from the perspective of the beloved assassin, Valek. The story retells the events of “Poison Study” from Valek’s viewpoint, offering readers a different lens through which to view the narrative. […]

Destination Anywhere by Sara Barnard

I am mad at myself for waiting so long to dive into Destination Anywhere, but in my defence, the title and blurb are… not great. It’s downright misleading. The main character, Peyton, doesn’t just randomly buy the first plane ticket she can: she researches where she’s going and carefully chooses Canada. It’s a lovely title, […]

Where the Light Goes by Sara Barnard

Where the Light Goes is a bittersweet novel about grief and survival after suicide, starring Emmy as the little sister of Lizzie Beck, the ‘wild child’ of the teen pop girl group The Jinks. Emmy knows Lizzie better than anyone: to Emmy, Lizzie is just Beth, her older, extremely loyal, and extremely loving famous sister. […]

The Encounter (Animorphs Graphix #3) by KA Applegate, Michael Grant, and Chris Grine

As a somewhat devoted fan of the original Animorphs series who once spent an entire day reading the Animorphs Wikipedia and learning absolutely nothing new, seeing Tobias’ story faithfully adapted into a beautiful graphic novel was a treat. Not only does the graphic novel capture all the tense adventure of the original story, it updates […]

The Dog Runner by Bren MacDibble

I absolutely loved this book. A climate dystopian, this book is more Middle Grade than YA, but I’m reviewing it anyway. I read this book a few months ago after my darling little cat passed away, and I needed to read something with a pet relationship to help me process my grief. This book is […]

The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by V.E. Schwab

Although Addie LaRue is not YA, it definitely has some crossover appeal for older YA readers. It’s basically New Adult, similar in tone to For The Wolf (also an adult fantasy with crossover appeal if you consider New Adult isn’t a ‘real’ category, and that I reviewed on this blog), and that’s why I’ve decided […]

The Monster of Her Age by Danielle Binks

Sometimes you find a book that speaks to your soul so personally, it’s as if the author ripped open your chest, dissected your heart under a microscope, found a whole bunch of things you love and identify with, and then wrote a book about it. To say that I understand why representation is important is […]

The Left-Handed Booksellers of London by Garth Nix

I originally received this as an ARC that I was unable to read in 2020 due to nearly dying (my bad!). So this review is super late, however I did purchase my own physical copy. I loved how urban myths and old wives tales were woven so seamlessly into this alternate 1980s London. The worldbuilding […]

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