REVIEW: Blood Like Fate by Liselle Sambury

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


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Book: Blood Like Fate (Blood Like Magic #2) by Liselle Sambury

Release Date: August 9, 2022

My Rating: 3.5 stars

Rep: Trinidadian-Canadian protagonist and side characters, trans boy Mexican-Canadian love interest, trans girl Trinidadian-Canadian side character, demisexual lesbian Trinidadian-Canadian side character; (Trinidadian-Canadian author)

CW: blood, gore, violence, mentions of addiction and an eating disorder, full list here

Summary: Voya fights to save her witch community from a terrible future.

Voya Thomas may have passed her Calling to become a full-fledged witch, but the cost was higher than she’d ever imagined.

Her grandmother is gone.
Her cousin hates her.
And her family doesn’t believe that she has what it takes to lead them.

What’s more, Voya can’t let go of her feelings for Luc, sponsor son of the genius billionaire Justin Tremblay—the man that Luc believes Voya killed. Consequently, Luc wants nothing to do with her. Even her own ancestors seem to have lost faith in her. Every day Voya begs for their guidance, but her calls go unanswered.

As Voya struggles to convince everyone—herself included—that she can be a good Matriarch, she has a vision of a terrifying, deadly future. A vision that would spell the end of the Toronto witches. With a newfound sense of purpose, Voya must do whatever it takes to bring her shattered community together and stop what’s coming for them before it’s too late.

Even if it means taking down the boy she loves—who might be the mastermind behind the coming devastation.

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LIST: 2022 lgbtq+ ya releases

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I can’t believe it’s already that time of the year, but happy pride month, lovelies!!! As usual, I compiled (almost?) all of the LGBTQ+ YA releases of this year to celebrate. You can view the lists from the previous years here:

As always, thank you thank you to Charlotte, who co-runs readsrainbow (a blog dedicated to LGBT media), along with Anna, for sending me the bulk of this list. I am forever grateful; please go follow them! This is a list of YA releases, but they are a great resource for LGBT novels for all age ranges, as is LGBTQ Reads (run by Dahlia Adler).

What’s a better way to celebrate Pride 2022 than going through this list of 200+ books detailed with all the representation I could find? (It was an effort of some 30+ hours rip.) So without further ado, here is a list of all the LGBTQ+ YA releases in 2022!

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SONG SATURDAY: bts songs + books (pt. 2)

Hello, we are back with another BTS songs + books post! I truly did not mean for almost an entire year (which. how has it been a year) to pass in between posts, but we’ll just say this one has been a long time coming. I have no idea when part 3 will be out at this point, but I definitely have plans to continue this series of posts!

This post also falls under my “song saturday” posts, where I pair books with a song. You can also view my other BTS-related posts (mostly non-bookish) here! If you liked this post and want to see more, don’t forget to follow me (in the sidebar or at the bottom of this post).

I think this set of book rec pairings came out a little happier than part one, just by nature of the songs. For like 3-4 of these, in particular, I could write whole essays about why this song pairs with this book; that’s how strongly I feel about some of these recs lmao. Anyways, here is a list of books paired with BTS songs!

Lyric translations are taken from Doolset Lyrics and BTS-Trans/Bangtan Subs.

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TOUR / REVIEW: The Kindred by Alechia Dow

**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: The Kindred by Alechia Dow

Release Date: January 4, 2022

My Rating: 3.75 stars

Rep: fat demiromantic asexual Black protagonist, bisexual Black protagonist, gay Black side character

Summary: “Utterly swoony…an endearing reminder that true love can change the world”
—J. Elle, New York Times bestselling author of Wings of Ebony

To save a galactic kingdom from revolution, Kindred mind-pairings were created to ensure each and every person would be seen and heard, no matter how rich or poor…

Joy Abara knows her place. A commoner from the lowly planet Hali, she lives a simple life—apart from the notoriety that being Kindred to the nobility’s most infamous playboy brings.

Duke Felix Hamdi has a plan. He will exasperate his noble family to the point that they agree to let him choose his own future and finally meet his Kindred face-to-face.

Then the royal family is assassinated, putting Felix next in line for the throne…and accused of the murders. Someone will stop at nothing until he’s dead, which means they’ll target Joy, too. Meeting in person for the first time as they steal a spacecraft and flee amid chaos might not be ideal…and neither is crash-landing on the strange backward planet called Earth. But hiding might just be the perfect way to discover the true strength of the Kindred bond and expose a scandal—and a love—that may decide the future of a galaxy.

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LIST: most anticipated 2022 releases (pt. 1)

I can’t believe it’s the end of the year, but that just means another year of releases to look forward to! I feel like I don’t have as many anticipated releases next year as I usually do, but that might be because of supply chain issues pushing back release dates or I just need to discover more books. I’ll probably end up updating this post multiple times throughout the next few months. Anyways, here are my most anticipated releases for the first half of 2022!

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SONG SATURDAY: book recs + my top songs of 2021

It’s that time of the year: time to pair some of my most listened to songs this year with books! Like last year’s post, it was a bit difficult to pair my top 10 songs with books…and most of my top 100 honestly because the list was almost entirely BTS. I’m also reserving some of these songs for my next “BTS songs + books” posts, so I reused a couple from the first post, as well as some songs from the playlists I’ve posted this year.

This year, I hand-picked a few songs from my top 100 songs, as well as a couple of songs from my top 10 albums. So, the name of this post is a bit of a misnomer, but sometimes you have to do it for the quality of the book recs lol. Anyways, here are my top songs of 2021 paired with books!

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LIST: releases you might have missed in 2021

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I know I say this every year, but what a year of phenomenal releases! However, a downside to having so many great releases is it’s hard to keep track of all of them…but don’t worry! I’m here to help. Here is a list of releases you might have missed in 2021!

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LIST: if you like these violent delights

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As you well know, These Violent Delights is one of my favorite duologies of all time, and I’m still crying over Our Violent Ends. And next week, everyone gets to experience the pain that is book two! In preparation of Our Violent Ends‘s release date, I thought I’d celebrate by giving some book recommendations, especially as it’s been more than a full year since I’ve done an “if you like” book rec post. So, if you’ve already read Our Violent Ends or are still waiting for it, here are some book recommendations that I think you’ll like if you love These Violent Delights!

I’m doing something a little different in this post; there are still quizzes for you to take to narrow down your choices, but the recs and quizzes are split between the six main characters of the series. The books are all fairly similar to These Violent Delights in terms of vibes / character dynamics if not plot.

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LIST: pick an emoji and i’ll rec you a 2021 release (pt. 4)

We’re in the last quarter of the year, so that means the last post in this series for this year: pick an emoji and I’ll recommend you a 2021 release from October through December! You can see the other posts from this year here: part 1 (January through March), part 2 (April through June), and part 3 (July through September).

As always, adult and new adult releases are marked as such; also, 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: Iron Widow by Xiran Jay Zhao

**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: Iron Widow (Iron Widow #1) by Xiran Jay Zhao

Release Date: September 21, 2021

My Rating: 4 stars

Rep: Chinese-coded cast and setting, bisexual protagonists; (nonbinary Chinese-Canadian author)

Summary: The boys of Huaxia dream of pairing up with girls to pilot Chrysalises, giant transforming robots that can battle the mecha aliens that lurk beyond the Great Wall. It doesn’t matter that the girls often die from the mental strain.

When 18-year-old Zetian offers herself up as a concubine-pilot, it’s to assassinate the ace male pilot responsible for her sister’s death. But she gets her vengeance in a way nobody expected—she kills him through the psychic link between pilots and emerges from the cockpit unscathed. She is labeled an Iron Widow, a much-feared and much-silenced kind of female pilot who can sacrifice boys to power up Chrysalises instead.​

To tame her unnerving yet invaluable mental strength, she is paired up with Li Shimin, the strongest and most controversial male pilot in Huaxia​. But now that Zetian has had a taste of power, she will not cower so easily. She will miss no opportunity to leverage their combined might and infamy to survive attempt after attempt on her life, until she can figure out exactly why the pilot system works in its misogynist way—and stop more girls from being sacrificed.

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