December 2021 Wrap-Up!

This is so late forgive me. But I mean, at least I’m on-brand for 2022 right? Let’s talk about December!

I had a good Christmas and New Year’s despite a COVID scare (thankfully, it was just colds!). I’ve also been in a really big Doja Cat mood for some reason? And I saw No Way Home. I have no more words to say about that, only tears and squeals.

books

Hotel Magnifique by Emily J. Taylor | When I heard that a book about a magical hotel and the dark secrets hidden within was coming out, you’d better believe I jumped for an ARC of this. And it was pretty good! The magic was fun, glamorous, and dramatic. My only issue was that I wanted a little more depth from it, but other than that this was a fun ride! 4/5 stars.

Remember Me Gone by Stacy Stokes | Basically, I forgot I requested this. Which is a good sign of my impeccable judgment right? This is a paranormal thriller that follows a girl whose dad can take away bad memories. However, in this seemingly perfect little Southern town, she begins to suspect that maybe her memories have been altered. I was surprised at how lovely the writing was in this story, and the story was incredibly heartwarming (after all the darker twists and turns). 4/5 stars!

How We Fall Apart by Katie Zhao | I had really high hopes for this one! It was pitched as “an Asian-American thriller at a prestigious school that explores the pressure of being an Asian American”. Unfortunately, I really didn’t find much depth to be had in any of the elements of this thriller. It felt shallow in its exploration of the Asian-American identity, and the actual twists were rather predictable.

Love Com Vol. 1 by Aya Nakahara | This first volume of a (random) shojo manga I found in the library was actually really good. The banter between a taller girl and a shorter guy as they both try and find love is so funny and heartwarming. I can’t wait to continue this story!

The Lost Dreamer by Lizz Huerta | This fantasy inspired by Meso-American mythology was so incredibly rich in worldbuilding, magic, and character work. It follows two girls: one who is a Dreamer in the capital city, and another girl who is a seer. I really enjoyed this one a lot more than I was expecting, and I honestly think it’ll be my most underrated pick of the year! 5/5 stars.

When You Get The Chance by Emma Lord | This is a reverse Mamma Mia retelling that follows a girl who dreams of Broadway…and finding her birth mother. I loved how unapologetically quirky and fun this story was! Also, this wasn’t just focused on romance. There was an emphasis on every sort of relationship and it served Millie’s character well. Overall, 4.5/5 stars!

So that’s it! What’s your favorite thing that happened this month?

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24 thoughts on “December 2021 Wrap-Up!

  1. And I saw No Way Home. I have no more words to say about that, only tears and squeals.

    Oh my god same, that ending was so so …. magnificent! Like heartbreaking but amazing at the same time! For a moment I thought MJ and Ned were dating haha.
    When you get the chance is on my TBR, and I am glad you enjoyed it!
    Great post Kaya!

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  2. Great post and great reviews! I never heard of these books before, but I definitely plan on checking out When You Get The Chance. It sounds like a great read, and I love any kind of story that involves Broadway. My favorite thing about last December was I finally watched the film adaptation of tick, tick… BOOM! So good!

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  3. I’m looking forward to both Hotel Magnifique and When you get the chance, i’m so glad you enjoyed them!!
    ah atleast I’m not alone in feeling that way about How we fall apart haha. love the wrap up

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  4. Ahhh… No Way Home, all the emotions!! I mean, what an experience!! 😍
    I had heard some mixed reviews for How We Fall Apart which is such a shame because it sounded amazing. The execution seems lacking though 😭
    So so happy to hear you loved The Lost Dreamer, it makes me everb more excited to get to it!!
    All the best for 2022 Kaya 💜

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