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  • Mini Reviews: Coffee Table Essentials

    PLUS+: Style Inspiration for Everyone By Bethany Rutter Release Date: February 5, 2019 Plus+ is a must-have for everyone’s coffee table! It’s full of life, joy, and fashion. I couldn’t stop smiling and I had to read it twice in a row because it’s so fun and uplifting. If you want to see body positivity at it’s best, you need this book! It’s filled to the brim with stunning photos and inspiring quotes from the fashionistas themselves. It also includes all artist Instagram handles so you can follow your favorites to be motivated every day! Here’s some of the quotes that really hit a sweet spot with me:   I…

  • Book Review: Once Ghosted, Twice Shy

    Once Ghosted, Twice Shy Reluctant Royals, Book 2.5 By Alyssa Cole Released: January 2019   Alyssa Cole returns with a fun, sexy romance novella in the Reluctant Royals series! While her boss the prince was busy wooing his betrothed, Likotsi had her own love affair after swiping right on a dating app. But her romance had ended in heartbreak, and now, back in NYC again, she’s determined to rediscover her joy—so of course she runs into the woman who broke her heart. When Likotsi and Fabiola meet again on a stalled subway train months later, Fab asks for just one cup of tea. Likotsi, hoping to know why she was…

  • Book Review: A Duke by Default

    A Duke by Default Reluctant Royals, Book 2 By Alyssa Cole Released: July 2018   Award-winning author Alyssa Cole’s Reluctant Royals series continues with a woman on a quest to be the heroine of her own story and the duke in shining armor she rescues along the way… New York City socialite and perpetual hot mess Portia Hobbs is tired of disappointing her family, friends, and—most importantly—herself. An apprenticeship with a struggling swordmaker in Scotland is a chance to use her expertise and discover what she’s capable of. Turns out she excels at aggravating her gruff silver fox boss…when she’s not having inappropriate fantasies about his sexy Scottish burr. Tavish…

  • Book Review: A Princess in Theory

    A Princess in Theory Reluctant Royals, Book 1 By Alyssa Cole Released: February 2018   Between grad school and multiple jobs, Naledi Smith doesn’t have time for fairy tales…or patience for the constant e-mails claiming she’s betrothed to an African prince. Sure. Right. Delete! As a former foster kid, she’s learned that the only things she can depend on are herself and the scientific method, and a silly e-mail won’t convince her otherwise. Prince Thabiso is the sole heir to the throne of Thesolo, shouldering the hopes of his parents and his people. At the top of their list? His marriage. Ever dutiful, he tracks down his missing betrothed. When…

  • Book Review: Vengeful

    Vengeful Villains, Book 2 By V.E. Schwab Released: September 2018   Eli Ever and Victor Vale were only medical students when their mutual discovery that near-death experiences can, under the right conditions, manifest extraordinary abilities. They were best friends, and rivals, and then enemies. They were dead, then alive, and then—Eli killed Victor, once and for all. Or so he thought—but Sydney Clarke felt otherwise, and used her own superpower to tip the scales. Now, a trio hides in the shadows, while another takes advantages of post-death life to take over the city of Merit. If there can be life after death—will there be calm after vengeance, or will chaos…

  • Book Review: Vicious

    Vicious Villains, Book 1 By V.E. Schwab Released: 2013   Victor and Eli started out as college roommates—brilliant, arrogant, lonely boys who recognized the same sharpness and ambition in each other. In their senior year, a shared research interest in adrenaline, near-death experiences, and seemingly supernatural events reveals an intriguing possibility: that under the right conditions, someone could develop extraordinary abilities. But when their thesis moves from the academic to the experimental, things go horribly wrong. Ten years later, Victor breaks out of prison, determined to catch up to his old friend (now foe), aided by a young girl whose reserved nature obscures a stunning ability. Meanwhile, Eli is on…

  • Mini Reviews: Feminist Reads

    Moxie By Jennifer Mathieu All of you were S O  F * I N G  R I G H T ! ♡★♡★♡★♡★♡★♡★♡★♡★♡★♡ I loved this more than I know how to express!!! Wow, talk about an empowering book—if you haven’t picked this up yet, put it on the top of your list! (PS this is also a great book to use to *avoid* an impending slump…) Legendary Ladies By Ann Shen A decent compilation of feminine deities from about 20 different cultures around the world. I really appreciated that it was not limited to Greek and Norse mythology. I was, however, expecting a bit more than a couple of basic…

  • Mini Reviews: The Illuminae Files

    Illuminae The Illuminae Files, Book 1 By Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff Holy ███ mother███er! < ERROR > THERE ARE NOT ENOUGH STARS IN THE MULTIVERSE FOR A PROPER RATING. < INITIALIZING > < ERROR > < ERROR > < FAIL > Since there will never be a coherent review coming from me about this masterpiece, I won’t lie and say RTC, but rather keep it short and sweet: I’ve never experienced anything like this before and it is an instant favorite! I cannot ███ing wait to finish the trilogy. ███ me just read this ███! You won’t regret it, chum 😛 Gemina The Illuminae Files, Book 2 By Amie…

  • Mini Reviews: Summer Lovin’

    The Distance Between Us By Kasie West Wow! I thoroughly enjoyed The Distance Between Us. First of all, this has ‘fanfic’ written all over it. As a massive Gilmore Girls fangirl myself, this actually made me happier rather than upset, so it was a complete guilty pleasure! Also, I just figured out gifs so here’s a ton to gush over. *Sheepishly grins from ear to ear*   Caymen (Rory) – is extremely close with her mom, but things have been stressful financially lately (always). She attends the local public school and has been taught that the rich are a certain breed you don’t want to get messed up with. She’s studious…

  • Book Review: Alice in Zombieland

    Alice in Zombieland White Rabbit Chronicles, Book 1 By Gena Showalter Released: 2013   She won’t rest until she’s sent every walking corpse back to its grave. Forever. If anyone had told Alice Bell that her entire life would change course between one heartbeat and the next, she would have laughed. From blissful to tragic, innocent to ruined? Please. But that’s all it took. One heartbeat. A blink, a breath, a second, and everything she knew and loved was gone. Her father was right. The monsters are real. To avenge her family, Ali must learn to fight the undead. To survive, she must learn to trust the baddest of the…

  • Mini Reviews: The Flamel Secrets

    The Magician The Secrets of the Immortal of Nicholas Flamel, Book 2 By Michael Scott A fantastic sequel to The Alchemyst! It moved quicker and contained more “action” scenes. Since most of the characters were introduced in the previous book, there was more time for some character development. I’m looking forward to The Sorceress, next in the series, to develop Perenelle’s character… I think she could be my favorite! I’m still adjusting to a clash of myths/legends because I typically like stories that keep them categorically separate, but I am finding it an interesting read nonetheless. Audiobook Performance: ★★★★ The Sorceress The Secrets of the Immortal of Nicholas Flamel, Book…

  • Book Review: Since You’ve Been Gone

    Since You’ve Been Gone By Morgan Matson Released: 2014   It was Sloane who yanked Emily out of her shell and made life 100% interesting. But right before what should have been the most epic summer, Sloane just…disappears. All she leaves behind is a to-do list. On it, thirteen Sloane-inspired tasks that Emily would normally never try. But what if they could bring her best friend back? Apple picking at night? Okay, easy enough. Dance until dawn? Sure. Why not? Kiss a stranger? Um… Emily now has this unexpected summer, and the help of Frank Porter (totally unexpected), to check things off Sloane’s list. Who knows what she’ll find? Go…

  • Book Review: Geekerella

    Geekerella Once Upon a Con, Book 1 By Ashley Poston Released: 2017   Cinderella goes to the con in this fandom-fueled twist on the classic fairy tale. Part romance, part love letter to nerd culture, and all totally adorbs, Geekerella is a fairy tale for anyone who believes in the magic of fandom. Geek girl Elle Wittimer lives and breathes Starfield, the classic sci-fi series she grew up watching with her late father. So when she sees a cosplay contest for a new Starfield movie, she has to enter. The prize? An invitation to the ExcelsiCon Cosplay Ball, and a meet-and-greet with the actor slated to play Federation Prince Carmindor…

  • Book Review: To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before

    To All the Boy’s I’ve Loved Before To All the Boy’s I’ve Loved Before, Book 1 By Jenny Han Released: 2014   What if all the crushes you ever had found out how you felt about them…all at once? Sixteen-year-old Lara Jean Song keeps her love letters in a hatbox her mother gave her. They aren’t love letters that anyone else wrote for her; these are ones she’s written. One for every boy she’s ever loved—five in all. When she writes, she pours out her heart and soul and says all the things she would never say in real life, because her letters are for her eyes only. Until the…

  • Book Review: The ABC’s of LGBT+

    The ABC’s of LGBT+ By Ashley Mardell Released: 2016   Beyond Binary The 21st Century has seen very positive movement for LGBT+ rights in the last few years – the overturning of DOMA, SCOTUS ruling in favor of the Marriage Equality Act, American transgender politicians elected to office and landmark moments such as Apple becoming the most valuable company in the world under the leadership of an openly gay CEO. We are living in a post-binary world where gender fluency and awareness of how people identify is essential. Ashley Mardell, one of the most trusted voices on YouTube, presents a detailed look at all things LGBT+. Along with in-depth definitions,…

  • Mini Reviews: Wayward Children

    Every Heart a Doorway Wayward Children, Book 1 By Seanan McGuire You’re nobody’s doorway but your own, and the only one who gets to tell you how your story ends is you. I really liked the characters, each with their own quirks and flaws. I loved the writing. The premise was full of promise, but the actual plot left me… unsatisfied? The story started with fantasy elements—both colorful as well as dark—then a little over half way through it declared, “No, that was a false pretense, silly. Deep down, I’m more of a grotesque horror. Psych!” Let’s step back for a moment to how much I love the writing and…

  • Mini Reviews: Kids Save the Day

    Wizard for Hire Wizard for Hire, Book 1 By Obert Skye A wizard can go weeks without water, but only days without books. Wizard for Hire was a delight to read! I was really impressed and entertained by this story full of mystery, heart, and humor. It can be read as a standalone book, but I’m happy that there is a series to look forward to—I want more Ozzy, Clark (the independently thinking and talking metal raven), and the one and only Rin (wizard of Quarfelt)! You look at me and see a wizard. I look at everything and see magic. The Son of Neptune The Heroes of Olympus, Book…

  • Mini Reviews: Fangirling

    I Am Princess X By Cherie Priest Holy crud-muffins this was SO GOOD! It was the epitome of serendipitous fun! 🙂 When I accidentally stumbled upon this, I couldn’t peel my eyes away. It wasn’t on my radar, but those are the reads that I typically enjoy the most. The story follows a webcomic with a riddle only May can solve… and that’s all I’ll disclose because it’s definitely more fun to go into it blind! Pick this one up if you’re looking for a quick fun YA murder mystery. I loved May! ♡ And I loved how the webcomic was intertwined into the plot. “Why should the princess have…

  • Book Review: Scythe

    Scythe Arc of a Scythe, Book 1 By Neal Shusterman   Thou shalt kill. A world with no hunger, no disease, no war, no misery. Humanity has conquered all those things, and has even conquered death. Now scythes are the only ones who can end life—and they are commanded to do so, in order to keep the size of the population under control. Citra and Rowan are chosen to apprentice to a scythe—a role that neither wants. These teens must master the “art” of taking life, knowing that the consequence of failure could mean losing their own. ♫ You might have to excuse me I’ve lost control of all my…

  • Book Review: This Book Is Gay

    This Book Is Gay By Juno Dawson Released: 2014   Lesbian. Bisexual. Queer. Transgender. Straight. Curious. This book is for everyone, regardless of gender or sexual preference. This book is for anyone who’s ever dared to wonder. This book is for YOU. There’s a long-running joke that, after “coming out,” a lesbian, gay guy, bisexual, or trans person should receive a membership card and instruction manual. THIS IS THAT INSTRUCTION MANUAL. You’re welcome. Inside you’ll find the answers to all the questions you ever wanted to ask: from sex to politics, hooking up to stereotypes, coming out and more. This candid, funny, and uncensored exploration of sexuality and what it’s…