xoxo book review! // a new favorite contemporary ft. kpop idols and seoul

Yes, you read that title right. I read a random contemporary in the middle of November…and now it’s a new favorite. My own reading habits scare me sometimes. Upon staring at such a gorgeously illustrated, unfathomably adorable cover you might … Continue reading xoxo book review! // a new favorite contemporary ft. kpop idols and seoul

these violent delights review! // hellooo 1920s shanghai romeo and juliet retelling with gangsters

You know, I think it would be beneficial to all of us if I actually read the original Romeo and Juliet at some point because all I know “Wherefore art thou Romeo” and that’s not okay. Anyways, we’re talking about an absolutely fantastic retelling today, so let’s get on with it! I also had an absolutely amazing time buddy-reading this with Andge from Down The Rabbit Hole, and you can go read her review today as well! These Violent Delights follows a few characters but mainly a girl named Juliette Cai and Roma Montagov. They’re the heirs of the two … Continue reading these violent delights review! // hellooo 1920s shanghai romeo and juliet retelling with gangsters

fable duology review! // my thoughts on fable + namesake

I haven’t really done an overall series review before, but I put up a poll on Twitter and this format won so here we are! Let’s do this! Also, it was my 18th birthday yesterday and I’m mourning the loss of my childhood. Luckily, I’m still quite immature so it’s only half a loss! I am viscerally obsessed with these two covers. They’re gorgeous and vibrant and quite the match. Wednesday Books just does not miss with covers. Anyways! Onto the actual books! Fable is a return to the Adrienne Young that made me fall absolutely in love with her … Continue reading fable duology review! // my thoughts on fable + namesake

the dark descent of elizabeth frankenstein review // feminist frankenstein retelling: yes or no?

The funny thing about being a mood reader is that occasionally, some random book from your backlog that you weren’t even really anticipating reading all that much suddenly appeals to you. So of course, you pick it up and dive in. That was the case with me about a month ago with The Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein. (yeah, this review is kind of late). Abused by her caregiver, Elizabeth Lavenza finds her escape in a boy named Victor Frankenstein. She learns to be whatever he needs to be, do whatever he needs her to do, so she doesn’t lose … Continue reading the dark descent of elizabeth frankenstein review // feminist frankenstein retelling: yes or no?

these deadly games arc review! // the perfect YA thriller for any squid game fan

I loved Squid Game. So I was shocked to read this book and discover that it actually filled the hole Squid Game left in me, complete with edge-of-your-seat “games” and subtly discussing important issues. I’ll have content warnings at the … Continue reading these deadly games arc review! // the perfect YA thriller for any squid game fan

the ones we’re meant to find mini-review! // it’s not you, it’s me

I had really high expectations for this book and well, this is going to be a bit of an awkward review. But hey, things could be worse! One of the most twisty, surprising, engaging page-turner YAs you’ll read this year—We Were Liars meets Black Mirror, with a dash of Studio Ghibli. Cee has been trapped on an abandoned island for three years without any recollection of how she arrived, or memories from her life prior. All she knows is that somewhere out there, beyond the horizon, she has a sister named Kay, and it’s up to Cee to cross the ocean and … Continue reading the ones we’re meant to find mini-review! // it’s not you, it’s me

ghosts of the shadow market review // please stand by as i try to remember these short stories

I started reading Ghosts of the Shadow Market in January, but then couldn’t actually finish out the collection because I hadn’t finished Queen of Air and Darkness at that point. No matter! It’s time for me to put my Dory memory in overdrive and try to form coherent thoughts on each story! My final rating for this collection as a whole will be based on individual ratings. This collection of short stories follows Jem Carstairs and others throughout the years, and throughout the Shadow Markets. Cast Long Shadows | Goodness. I’m both excited and terrified to read The Last Hours … Continue reading ghosts of the shadow market review // please stand by as i try to remember these short stories