frankly in love by david yoon
Diversity, Fiction, Humor, Loved-it, Other-cultures, Romance, Society, YA

[Not Quite] A Love Story That Turned Out To Be So Much More Frankly in Love by David Yoon, Audiobook Review

You probably thought I’d never return! But here I am, and it only took a really, really enjoyable book to blog again. Well, this isn’t completely true – I have read more than one enjoyable book since I started my hiatus – but some good books you just want to enjoy and keep inside your heart quietly (I’m looking at…

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Diversity, Fiction, Loved-it, Society, Women's

Women, Hippies, Minorities – But Not The Way You’re Used To Reading About Them Stay and Fight by Madeline Ffitch, ★★★★★ 5 stars

It’s hard to start the review for Stay and Fight. It’s one of those books you feel is not merely just a book, just a story. It’s so large it encompasses universes. Mindsets. Ideas. It’s so weird, but also so real, you’re simply sucked in. I was charmed and entranced by this book. My moods shifted along with the events…

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have you seen luis velez
Diversity, Fiction, Illness, Loved-it, NetGalley, Rising star, Society

A Book About Kindness And Community With Brilliant Ace Rep! I’M IN LOVE WITH IT Have You Seen Luis Velez? by Catherine Ryan Hyde, ★★★★★ 5 stars

It isn’t often that I pry myself away from a book in an attempt to get some sleep already, and yet fail to fall asleep because I keep thinking PLEASE MAKE THIS BOOK A BESTSELLER, GOD, PLEASEEEEE. In fact, this is the first such case. Yes, I have stayed awake because of books before. But I’m not sure I have…

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oracle year
Diversity, Fiction, Genre-bender, Loved-it, Scifi, Well known books

A Wild Ride Of A Book: Scifi, Speculative And Plain Old Adventure The Oracle Year by Charles Soule, ★★★★★ 5 stars

My first thoughts after finishing The Oracle Year: wow. That was a ride. Agreed, the book can be somewhat slow burn at first, but when it gets going, it just keeps on going. I couldn’t pull my face away from the page for the last third of the book! Check out on Goodreads ★★★★★ 5 stars The Oracle Year starts…

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test sylvain neuvel
Dark, Diversity, Fast-paced, Fiction, Loved-it, Society

Racism, Evil Governments And Our Small Lives: A Relevant Story In Today’s World The Test by Sylvain Neuvel, ★★★★★ 5 stars

Sylvain Neuvel is an amazing writer, and The Test is an incredible book. I don’t understand how you can put this much tension in merely around 100 pages!! And I have absolutely no idea how to review it without spoilers. Maybe you could just take my word on the fact that you should absolutely, definitely read it? Check out on…

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heavens sandra newman
Diversity, Fiction, Historical, Illness, Magical realism, Society

A Book That Brings Some Magic Back Into The 21st Century The Heavens by Sandra Newman

It’s been a while that I’ve read a book like The Heavens – one that’s essentially a contemporary, but somehow feels so much like a fairytale. And it’s not that it’s got any fairytale stuff going on at all – perhaps it just hints at magical realism or something like that. No, it’s more in the way the story is…

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the haunting of tram car 015
Diversity, Fiction, Loved-it, Other-cultures, Short stories, Society, Steampunk

Short Fiction Gets Short Review – Turn of the Century Magic In A Diverse Setting The Haunting of Tram Car 015 by P. Djèlí Clark, ★★★★✬ 4.5 stars

I was absolutely not lured into requesting a copy of The Haunting of Tram Car 015 by P. Djèlí Clark because of pure #coverlove. Lies and slander. What are you even talking about. ……… Well alright. Maybe there was a little bit of that. A teensy bit. But that’s not all there is to this book! There’s a lot that’s wonderful,…

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the vela
Dark, Diversity, Fast-paced, Fiction, Loved-it, Rising star, Scifi

FINALLY A Scifi, Empowering Women, Queer (And Non-binary!), As Well As Disabled People The Vela by Yoon Ha Lee, Becky Chambers, S.L. Huang, Rivers Solomon, ★★★★★ 5 stars

When I was offered The Vela as ad advance review copy, I was thrilled – because look at the author list! Several new ones I have not read yet are in there too, but if you know what has been going on in the world of scifi for the past two or three years, you’ll recognize the names of Becky…

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the spec set
Diversity, Fantasy, Fast-paced, Fiction, Illness, YA

The Spec Set by Taya Okerlund, ★★★★☆ 4 stars A Fast, Surprising And Explosive YA With Neuro-divergent Characters

The Spec Set is not your typical YA. It’s actually not your typical book at all – I’m not sure I can even place it! It’s a unique bird, a true genre bender. But if I had to find a couple of words to characterize The Spec Set, I would say… Fast, surprising… Explosive. Both literally and figuratively! It turned…

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the eleventh trade
Diversity, Fiction, Kidlit, Loved-it, Other-cultures, Society

A Book That Melted My Heart – The Eleventh Trade by Alyssa Hollingsworth Building A Future On A Broken Past, Healing Through Music And Community

My heart is so full right now. I’ve just closed the book, and my heart is both crying and singing in joy. It has been a while that a book has moved me so much. But The Eleventh Trade is one of a kind and I know it will remain in my heart forever. It’s one of those books you…

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battlestar suburbia
Diversity, Fast-paced, Fiction, Humor, Loved-it, Scifi

5 Reasons To Read Battlestar Suburbia by Chris McCrudden Hilarious and Smart – You'll Finish It Before You Notice And Laugh All the Way Through

There hasn’t been a review on my blog for so long! Just like a straight up review. Actually, let me check – there hasn’t been one for almost a month! But now you know – if I’m publishing one, it MUST be good. And with how much you’ve already seen me fangirl about this book.. You should know it’s amazing! Battlestar…

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feathered serpent dark heart of sky
Diversity, Edelweiss, Historical, Loved-it, Myths, Non-fiction, Other-cultures

[Myths] Mesoamerican Mythology Is Mighty Cool!! + 3 Reasons To Read It Feathered Serpent, Dark Heart of Sky: Myths of Mexico by David Bowles

I’ve always been incredibly interested in the rarer myths – so you’re probably not surprised that I’m reviewing the lost myths of South America here. The truth is, because of historical bias, the media and many more factors (and the simple fact that not much actually remains of these cultures), we imagine them to have been ruthless, mysterious… unknowable. When…

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artificial condition
Diversity, Fiction, Humor, Loved-it, Rising star, Scifi

[Scifi] Episode 2: Murderbot Is Free, But Not Free From Caring Artificial Condition by Martha Wells

Murderbot finally returns in Artificial Condition, and I’ve been impatiently waiting for it ever since I read the first installment. It’s by far the most exciting novella series I am following right now. I did not expect this direction! And I definitely approve. It was slow going at first and I wasn’t sure what was happening, took a little while to…

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sunday lunch club
Diversity, Fiction, Loved-it, NetGalley, Romance, Women's

[Slice of Life] Fall In Love With All The Characters, And They’re Diverse Too The Sunday Lunch Club by Juliet Ashton

I stayed up till 3 on a workday because I couldn’t unglue myself from my Kindle screen. Off this book. Then I proceeded to tell the whole soap-opera like plot of The Sunday Lunch Club to my boyfriend right before breakfast. In a roughly panicked, nearly screamy tone. With loads of hand flapping. Check out on Goodreads Get at Book Depository ★★★★✬…

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have dog, will travel
Diversity, Essays, Illness, Loved-it, Memoirs, NetGalley, Non-fiction

[Nonfiction] Guide Dogs – Just The Freedom To Move, Or Also To Live And Love? Have Dog, Will Travel by Stephen Kuusisto

Have Dog, Will Travel by Stephen Kuusisto is an incredibly touching love song to dogs – not just guide dogs as a means for a person to be enabled, to experience so much more freedom, but simply the ever loving nature of these wonderful creatures and how they can transform a person’s life. You will not simply finish this book and…

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all systems red
Diversity, Fiction, Humor, Loved-it, Rising star, Scifi, Well known books

[Scifi+humour review] Ridiculously Introverted Murderbot vs Humanity – 1:0 All Systems Red by Martha Wells

I had heard all sorts of wonderful things about All Systems Red before I picked it up (I have a lot of Goodreads friends who know their stuff when it comes to sci-fi! Yes, I’m looking at you, Caro M.) Now I trust their recommendations even more, because this book is easily my best February read. 5 Reasons To Read…

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freshwater
Dark, Diversity, Edelweiss, Fiction, Illness, Loved-it, Magical realism, Other-cultures, Rising star, Women's

Mythological + #OwnVoices + Mental Health = Fascinating Novel!! Freshwater by Akwaeke Emezi

I cannot believe Freshwater is a debut novel. Akwaeke Emezi is a rising star, an incredible writer, and I hope to see many more masterpieces by her. Will I be re-reading this one? Oh, yeah – definitely. And you know what it means when I say I would reread a book. Check out on Goodreads Get at Book Depository ★★★★★ 5 stars…

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heart berries
Diversity, Edelweiss, Essays, Memoirs, Non-fiction, Other-cultures, Rising star, Women's

One Of The Most Anticipated #OwnVoices Nonfiction Books Of 2018 Heart Berries by Terese Marie Mailhot

It is a truly interesting experience, starting a book obliviously and only then realizing that the entirety of the publishing world is holding their breaths over its release. I requested Heart Berries ages ago, back when ARCs just surfaced, and tuned out of the circuits – only to remember it days before its publication date, and suddenly notice it everywhere. Which is great…

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