REVIEW: Late to the Party by Kelly Quindlen

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


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Book: Late to the Party by Kelly Quindlen

Release Date: April 21, 2020

My Rating: 4.25 stars

Rep: lesbian protagonist, wlw side character/love interest, bisexual Panamanian-American side character, gay Black side characters

Summary: She’s never crashed a party, never stayed out too late. She’s never even been kissed. And it’s not just because she’s gay. It’s because she and her two best friends, Maritza and JaKory, spend more time in her basement watching Netflix than engaging with the outside world.

So when Maritza and JaKory suggest crashing a party, Codi is highly skeptical. Those parties aren’t for kids like them. They’re for cool kids. Straight kids.

But then Codi stumbles upon one of those cool kids, Ricky, kissing another boy in the dark, and an unexpected friendship is formed. In return for never talking about that kiss, Ricky takes Codi under his wing and draws her into a wild summer filled with late nights, new experiences, and one really cute girl named Lydia.

The only problem? Codi never tells Maritza or JaKory about any of it.

From author Kelly Quindlen comes a poignant and deeply relatable story about friendship, self-acceptance, what it means to be a Real Teenager. Late to the Party is an ode to late bloomers and wallflowers everywhere.

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REVIEW: Wicked As You Wish by Rin Chupeco

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


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Book: Wicked As You Wish (A Hundred Names for Magic #1) by Rin Chupeco

Release Date: March 3, 2020

My Rating: 3.5 stars

Rep: ownvoices Filipino protagonist and side characters, gay main character, ownvoices nonbinary Chinese main character, Japanese main character

Summary: Tala Warnock has little use for magic – as a descendant of Maria Makiling, the legendary Filipina heroine, she negates spells, often by accident. But her family’s old ties to the country of Avalon (frozen, bespelled, and unreachable for almost 12 years) soon finds them guarding its last prince from those who would use his kingdom’s magic for insidious ends.

And with the rise of dangerous spelltech in the Royal States of America; the appearance of the firebird, Avalon’s deadliest weapon, at her doorstep; and the re-emergence of the Snow Queen, powerful but long thought dead, who wants nothing more than to take the firebird’s magic for her own – Tala’s life is about to get even more complicated…

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REVIEW: The Silvered Serpents by Roshani Chokshi

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


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Book: The Silvered Serpents (The Gilded Wolves #2) by Roshani Chokshi

Release Date: September 22, 2020

My Rating: 5 stars

Rep: biracial (Algerian, French) protagonist, bisexual biracial (Filipino (ownvoices), Spanish) protagonist, ownvoices Indian (Tamil) protagonist, Jewish protagonist, mlm biracial (Haitian, French) main character

Summary: Returning to the dark and glamorous world of her New York Times instant bestseller, The Gilded Wolves, Roshani Chokshi dazzles us with another riveting tale as full of mystery and danger as ever.

They are each other’s fiercest love, greatest danger, and only hope.

Séverin and his team members might have successfully thwarted the Fallen House, but victory came at a terrible cost ― one that still haunts all of them. Desperate to make amends, Séverin pursues a dangerous lead to find a long lost artifact rumored to grant its possessor the power of God.

Their hunt lures them far from Paris, and into icy heart of Russia where crystalline ice animals stalk forgotten mansions, broken goddesses carry deadly secrets, and a string of unsolved murders makes the crew question whether an ancient myth is a myth after all.

As hidden secrets come to the light and the ghosts of the past catch up to them, the crew will discover new dimensions of themselves. But what they find out may lead them down paths they never imagined.

A tale of love and betrayal as the crew risks their lives for one last job.

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REVIEW: Ink in the Blood by Kim Smejkal

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


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Book: Ink in the Blood (Ink in the Blood #1) by Kim Smejkal

Release Date: February 11, 2020

My Rating: 4.25 stars

Rep: wlw protagonist, non-binary side characters

Summary: A lush, dark YA fantasy debut that weaves together tattoo magic, faith, and eccentric theater in a world where lies are currency and ink is a weapon, perfect for fans of Leigh Bardugo and Kendare Blake.

Celia Sand and her best friend, Anya Burtoni, are inklings for the esteemed religion of Profeta. Using magic, they tattoo followers with beautiful images that represent the Divine’s will and guide the actions of the recipients. It’s considered a noble calling, but ten years into their servitude Celia and Anya know the truth: Profeta is built on lies, the tattooed orders strip away freedom, and the revered temple is actually a brutal, torturous prison.

Their opportunity to escape arrives with the Rabble Mob, a traveling theater troupe. Using their inkling abilities for performance instead of propaganda, Celia and Anya are content for the first time . . . until they realize who followed them. The Divine they never believed in is very real, very angry, and determined to use Celia, Anya, and the Rabble Mob’s now-infamous stage to spread her deceitful influence even further.

To protect their new family from the wrath of a malicious deity and the zealots who work in her name, Celia and Anya must unmask the biggest lie of all—Profeta itself.

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TOUR / REVIEW: Spellhacker by M.K. England

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


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Book: Spellhacker by M.K. England

Release Date: January 21, 2020

My Rating: 3 stars

Rep: ownvoices queer protagonist, nonbinary main character/love interest, Korean-coded main character, queer side characters

Summary: From the author of The Disasters, this genre-bending YA fantasy heist story is perfect for fans of Marie Lu and Amie Kaufman.

In Kyrkarta, magic—known as maz—was once a freely available natural resource. Then an earthquake released a magical plague, killing thousands and opening the door for a greedy corporation to make maz a commodity that’s tightly controlled—and, of course, outrageously expensive.

Which is why Diz and her three best friends run a highly lucrative, highly illegal maz siphoning gig on the side. Their next job is supposed to be their last heist ever.

But when their plan turns up a powerful new strain of maz that (literally) blows up in their faces, they’re driven to unravel a conspiracy at the very center of the spellplague—and possibly save the world.

No pressure.

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REVIEW: In Other Lands by Sarah Rees Brennan


Book: In Other Lands by Sarah Rees Brennan

Release Date: August 15, 2017

My Rating: 5 stars

Rep: bisexual protagonist, gay main character/love interest

Summary: “What’s your name?”
“Serene.”
“Serena?” Elliot asked.
“Serene,” said Serene. “My full name is Serene-Heart-in-the-Chaos-of-Battle.”
Elliot’s mouth fell open. “That is badass.”

The Borderlands aren’t like anywhere else. Don’t try to smuggle a phone or any other piece of technology over the wall that marks the Border—unless you enjoy a fireworks display in your backpack. (Ballpoint pens are okay.) There are elves, harpies, and—best of all as far as Elliot is concerned—mermaids.

Elliot? Who’s Elliot? Elliot is thirteen years old. He’s smart and just a tiny bit obnoxious. Sometimes more than a tiny bit. When his class goes on a field trip and he can see a wall that no one else can see, he is given the chance to go to school in the Borderlands.

It turns out that on the other side of the wall, classes involve a lot more weaponry and fitness training and fewer mermaids than he expected. On the other hand, there’s Serene-Heart-in-the-Chaos-of-Battle, an elven warrior who is more beautiful than anyone Elliot has ever seen, and then there’s her human friend Luke: sunny, blond, and annoyingly likeable. There are lots of interesting books. There’s even the chance Elliot might be able to change the world.

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TOUR / REVIEW: The Fever King by Victoria Lee

**I received an ARC of this book for this tour. These are my honest opinions, and in no way was I compensated for this review.**


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Book: The Fever King by Victoria Lee

Release Date: March 1, 2019

My Rating: 4.5 stars

Rep: ownvoices bisexual Jewish Mexican protagonist, gay main character/love interest, gay main character, lesbian side characters

CW: sexual abuse

Summary: In the former United States, sixteen-year-old Noam Álvaro wakes up in a hospital bed, the sole survivor of the viral magic that killed his family and made him a technopath. His ability to control technology attracts the attention of the minister of defense and thrusts him into the magical elite of the nation of Carolinia.

The son of undocumented immigrants, Noam has spent his life fighting for the rights of refugees fleeing magical outbreaks—refugees Carolinia routinely deports with vicious efficiency. Sensing a way to make change, Noam accepts the minister’s offer to teach him the science behind his magic, secretly planning to use it against the government. But then he meets the minister’s son—cruel, dangerous,and achingly beautiful—and the way forward becomes less clear.

Caught between his purpose and his heart, Noam must decide who he can trust and how far he’s willing to go in pursuit of the greater good.

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REVIEW: Famous in a Small Town by Emma Mills

**I received an ARC from the publisher (Thank you, Henry Holt!). These are my honest opinions, and in no way was I compensated for this review.**


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Book: Famous in a Small Town by Emma Mills

Release Date: January 15, 2019

My Rating: 5 stars

Rep: gay Black side character, Black side character

Summary: For Sophie, small-town life has never felt small. She has the Yum Yum Shoppe, with its famous fourteen flavors of ice cream; her beloved marching band, the pride and joy of Acadia High (even if the football team disagrees); and her four best friends, loving and infuriating, wonderfully weird and all she could ever ask for.

Then August moves in next door. A quiet guy with a magnetic smile, August seems determined to keep everyone at arm’s length. Sophie in particular.

Country stars, revenge plots, and a few fake kisses (along with some excellent real ones) await Sophie in this hilarious, heartfelt story.

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REVIEW: Foolish Hearts by Emma Mills

Book: Foolish Hearts by Emma Mills

Release Date: December 5, 2017

My Rating: 5 stars

Rep: lesbian East Asian side character, wlw side character, side character with epilepsy

Summary: A contemporary novel about a girl whose high school production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream leads her to new friends—and maybe even new love.

The day of the last party of the summer, Claudia overhears a conversation she wasn’t supposed to. Now on the wrong side of one of the meanest girls in school, Claudia doesn’t know what to expect when the two are paired up to write a paper—let alone when they’re both forced to try out for the school production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

But mandatory participation has its upsides—namely, an unexpected friendship, a boy band obsession, and a guy with the best dimpled smile Claudia’s ever seen. As Claudia’s world starts to expand, she finds that maybe there are some things worth sticking her neck out for.

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REVIEW: Beneath the Citadel by Destiny Soria

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

Book: Beneath the Citadel by Destiny Soria

Release Date: October 9, 2018

My Rating: 3.5 stars

Rep: asexual fat protagonist with anxiety, bisexual protagonist, mlm main character

Summary: In the city of Eldra, people are ruled by ancient prophecies. For centuries, the high council has stayed in power by virtue of the prophecies of the elder seers. After the last infallible prophecy came to pass, growing unrest led to murders and an eventual rebellion that raged for more than a decade.

In the present day, Cassa, the orphaned daughter of rebels, is determined to fight back against the high council, which governs Eldra from behind the walls of the citadel. Her only allies are no-nonsense Alys, easygoing Evander, and perpetually underestimated Newt, and Cassa struggles to come to terms with the legacy of rebellion her dead parents have left her — and the fear that she may be inadequate to shoulder the burden. But by the time Cassa and her friends uncover the mystery of the final infallible prophecy, it may be too late to save the city — or themselves.

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