TOUR / REVIEW: These Feathered Flames by Alexandra Overy

**I received an ARC from the publisher through Netgalley for this blog tour. These are my honest opinions, and in no way was I compensated for this review.**


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Book: These Feathered Flames (These Feathered Flames #2) by Alexandra Overy

Release Date: April 20, 2021

My Rating: 3.5 stars

Rep: lesbian protagonist and love interest

Summary: A queer retelling of “The Firebird,” a Russian folktale

When twin heirs are born in Tourin, their fates are decided at a young age. While Izaveta remained at court to learn the skills she’d need as the future queen, Asya was taken away to train with her aunt, the mysterious Firebird, who ensured magic remained balanced in the realm.

But before Asya’s training is completed, the ancient power blooms inside her, which can mean only one thing: the queen is dead, and a new ruler must be crowned.

As the princesses come to understand everything their roles entail, they’ll discover who they can trust, who they can love—and who killed their mother.

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REVIEW: The Serpent’s Curse by Lisa Maxwell

**I received an ARC from the publisher through Edelweiss. These are my honest opinions, and in no way was I compensated for this review.**


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Book: The Serpent’s Curse (The Last Magician #3) by Lisa Maxwell

Release Date: April 13, 2021

My Rating: 3.75 stars

Rep: lesbian main character, Chinese main character, Black side characters

CW: mentions of past parental abuse (emotional, physical), forced drug use

Summary: Evade the serpent.
Heed the curse.
Rewrite the present.

Esta isn’t a stranger to high-stakes heists. She’s a seasoned thief who has no reservations about using her affinity for time to give her an edge, and she’s trained her whole life for one mission: travel back to 1902 New York, steal the ancient Book of Mysteries, and use its power to destroy the Brink and free the Mageus from the Order’s control.

But the Book held a danger that no one anticipated—Seshat, an angry goddess was trapped within its pages. Now that terrible power lives within Harte, and if given the chance, Seshat will use Esta to destroy the world and take her revenge.

Only Esta and Harte stand in her way.

Yet in their search to recover the elemental stones needed to bind Seshat’s power, Esta and Harte have found themselves stranded in time with a continent between them. As Esta fights to get back to Harte, the Order is no longer the only obstacle standing in her way.

Saving Harte—and magic itself—will put even Esta’s skills to the test. And all the while, another danger grows, one more terrible than both Seshat and the Order combined…

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REVIEW: Southern Sun, Northern Star by Joanna Hathaway

**I received an ARC from the publisher through Netgalley. These are my honest opinions, and in no way was I compensated for this review.**


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Book: Southern Sun, Northern Star (Glass Alliance #3) by Joanna Hathaway

Release Date: April 20, 2021

My Rating: 4 stars

Rep: biracial protagonist, brown side characters, wlw side character, gay side character

CW: descriptions of war, war injuries, etc.

Summary: Battles, revolution, and romance collide in Joanna Hathaway’s stunning, World Wars-inspired Southern Sun, Northern Star.

Reeling from the tragedy that beset her family, Princess Aurelia has joined the resistance in Havenspur, spying on the Northern leaders who were once her allies and determined to stop her uncle’s machinations for war. Meanwhile, her beloved pilot Athan leads his squadron into battle as the Safire wage a losing war abroad and combat growing unrest back home.

When Athan is sent on leave to Havenspur following the death of a comrade, the pair reunite and rekindle their romance until Aurelia uncovers one of Athan’s secrets, a secret that could save countless lives. But exposing it to the right people will cost her Athan’s trust, and this time, their shared memories of love might not be enough to stop the fateful path of destruction that threatens all they’ve fought to defend.

As history unfolds around them, every move they make drives them one step closer to either recreating their parents’ shadowed past or redeeming the alliance that could bring peace.

The breathtaking finale to a legendary series. Part war drama, part romance, Southern Sun, Northern Star is the epic conclusion to the Glass Alliance series.

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REVIEW: What’s Not to Love by Emily Wibberley and Austin Siegemund-Broka

**I received an ARC from the publisher through Netgalley (thanks, Penguin Teen!). These are my honest opinions, and in no way was I compensated for this review.**


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Book: What’s Not to Love by Emily Wibberley and Austin Siegemund-Broka

Release Date: April 20, 2021

My Rating: 4 stars

Rep: bisexual side character

CW: emeto (food poisoning, first two chapters)

Summary: An academic enemies-to-lovers YA with all the nerdy drama, high school antics, and heartpounding romance of the Netflix original series Never Have I Ever

Since high school began, Alison Sanger and Ethan Molloy have competed on almost everything. AP classes, the school paper, community service, it never ends. If Alison could avoid Ethan until graduation, she would. Except, naturally, for two over-achieving seniors with their sights on valedictorian and Harvard, they share all the same classes and extracurriculars. So when their school’s principal assigns them the task of co-planning a previous class’s ten-year reunion, with the promise of a recommendation for Harvard if they do, Ethan and Alison are willing to endure one more activity together if it means beating the other out of the lead.

But with all this extra time spent in each other’s company, their rivalry begins to feel closer to friendship. And as tension between them builds, Alison fights the growing realization that the only thing she wants more than winning…is Ethan.

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REVIEW: She Drives Me Crazy by Kelly Quindlen

**I received an ARC from the publisher through Netgalley. These are my honest opinions, and in no way was I compensated for this review.**


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Book: She Drives Me Crazy by Kelly Quindlen

Release Date: April 20, 2021

My Rating: 4 stars

Rep: ownvoices lesbian protagonist, lesbian Indian-American love interest, Black side character

CW: toxic relationship

Summary: High school nemeses fall in love in this queer YA rom com perfect for fans of Becky Albertalli and Casey McQuiston.

After losing spectacularly to her ex-girlfriend in their first game since their break up, Scottie Zajac gets into a fender bender with the worst possible person: her nemesis, the incredibly beautiful and incredibly mean Irene Abraham. Things only get worse when their nosey, do-gooder moms get involved and the girls are forced to carpool together until Irene’s car gets out of the shop.

Their bumpy start the only gets bumpier the more time they spend together. But when an opportunity presents itself for Scottie to get back at her toxic ex (and climb her school’s social ladder at the same time), she bribes Irene into playing along. Hijinks, heartbreak, and gay fake-dating scheme for the ages. From author Kelly Quindlen comes a new laugh-out-loud romp through the ups and downs of teen romance.

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INTERVIEW: Tashie Bhuiyan

Counting Down with You immediately made its way onto my TBR list as soon as I read the premise! I mean, fake dating with a protagonist of color and the school bad boy? I really enjoyed the book, and I’m happy to be talking with the author today. Counting Down with You releases May 4! In the meantime, read on for my interview with Tashie Bhuiyan about her love letter to young brown girls, some of her favorite releases this year, and which One Direction songs pair with this book!

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LIST: pick an emoji and i’ll rec you a 2021 release (pt. 2)

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Here we go again: pick an emoji and I’ll recommend you a 2021 release from April through June! You can see part 1 (January through March releases) here.

As always, adult releases are marked as such; as usual, the emojis aren’t spoiler-y and are mostly attuned to the cover or the general summary of the book.

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REVIEW: Yolk by Mary H.K. Choi

**I received an ARC from the publisher through Edelweiss. These are my honest opinions, and in no way was I compensated for this review.**


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Book: Yolk by Mary H.K. Choi

Release Date: March 2, 2021

My Rating: 4.5 stars

Rep: ownvoices Korean-American protagonist, main character, and love interest

CW: disordered eating, body dysmorphia, bulimia (ch. 45 particularly), cancer (uterine), depression

Summary: From New York Times bestselling author Mary H.K. Choi comes a funny and emotional story about two estranged sisters switching places and committing insurance fraud to save one of their lives.

Jayne Baek is barely getting by. She shuffles through fashion school, saddled with a deadbeat boyfriend, clout-chasing friends, and a wretched eating disorder that she’s not fully ready to confront. But that’s New York City, right? At least she isn’t in Texas anymore, and is finally living in a city that feels right for her.

On the other hand, her sister June is dazzlingly rich with a high-flying finance job and a massive apartment. Unlike Jayne, June has never struggled a day in her life. Until she’s diagnosed with uterine cancer.

Suddenly, these estranged sisters who have nothing in common are living together. Because sisterly obligations are kind of important when one of you is dying.

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REVIEW: The Infinity Courts by Akemi Dawn Bowman

**I received an ARC from the publisher through Netgalley. These are my honest opinions, and in no way was I compensated for this review.**


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Book: The Infinity Courts by Akemi Dawn Bowman

Release Date: April 6, 2021

My Rating: 3 stars

Rep: ownvoices biracial (Japanese, white) protagonist

CW: torture, death

Summary: Eighteen-year-old Nami Miyamoto is certain her life is just beginning. She has a great family, just graduated high school, and is on her way to a party where her entire class is waiting for her—including, most importantly, the boy she’s been in love with for years. The only problem? She’s murdered before she gets there.

When Nami wakes up, she learns she’s in a place called Infinity, where human consciousness goes when physical bodies die. She quickly discovers that Ophelia, a virtual assistant widely used by humans on Earth, has taken over the afterlife and is now posing as a queen, forcing humans into servitude the way she’d been forced to serve in the real world. Even worse, Ophelia is inching closer and closer to accomplishing her grand plans of eradicating human existence once and for all.

As Nami works with a team of rebels to bring down Ophelia and save the humans under her imprisonment, she is forced to reckon with her past, her future, and what it is that truly makes us human.

From award-winning author Akemi Dawn Bowman comes an incisive, action-packed tale that explores big questions about technology, grief, love, and humanity.

Westworld meets Warcross in this high-stakes, dizzyingly smart sci-fi about a teen girl navigating an afterlife in which she must defeat an AI entity intent on destroying humanity, from award-winning author Akemi Dawn Bowman.

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