Penned in loving, sharp verse, The Poet X is a beautiful, excruciating love letter to teenagedom, slam poetry, and Afro-Latina girls.
Inventive, heartfelt, and surprisingly quiet, Opposite of Always uses the time-loop plot to zoom in on personal relationships and character journeys.
Despite the haunting setting and skillful world-building, Wicked Saints fails to deliver on its essential promises. Three stars for a clumsy, frustrating fantasy. A girl who can speak to gods must save her people without destroying herself. A prince in danger must decide who to trust. A boy with a monstrous secret waits in the…
I had high hopes for The Hazel Wood but ended up confused, frustrated, and worst of all, bored. Two stars for incoherent execution on a wonderful urban fantasy concept.
Swoon. Delivering sweet, seaside romance, Don’t Date Rosa Santos is a moving coming-of-age about family, heritage, and what lies beyond the ocean.
Thoughtful, compassionate, and quietly moving. Four stars for a celebration of faith, love, and other marvels.
This book is going to be beloved by some readers–just not me. Two stars for an erratic, half-baked sci-fi adventure.
Sharp, sweet, and gloriously fun. Five stars for the laugh-out-loud, must-listen audiobook version.
The Gilded Wolves has everything I could possibly want. It’s perfect on paper, but just didn’t work for me. Three stars for an interesting but convoluted tale of colonialism and identity.
A windswept, youthful YA romance in cowboy boots. Five stars for reminding me how fun contemporary can be. “Holy mother, it’s gonna be a summer, isn’t it?”
I binged the three published entries in the AEITA quartet at the speed of sound, so I’m going to review them all together. If this is your thing, you will be VERY into these books. It’s only 80% my thing, so I’m only 80% into it.
A heartrending, character-driven tale that is spectacular in the truest meaning of the world: a show-stopping spectacle. Five stars.
A riveting, gut-punch of a thriller with a must-listen audio production.
I have five books here that aren’t going to get full reviews but deserve at least a mention. I’ve got a three, two fours, and two fives coming in one post. Here we go!
A perfectly serviceable action-fantasy that gives new life to a classic short story. Predictable and thin. Three stars.
What a strange little book. I mean that (mostly) in a great way.
Internment reaches for lofty subject matter, but is more like a Twitter thread than a story: a collection of rants straight from the author, funneled through stick-figure characters so it can pretend to be a novel. Poorly written and frustrating. One star.
Three stars for a fascinating, enlightening work of war biography that suffers from dry writing and a flawed premise.
This will make me sound biased (and of course I am) but Heretics Anonymous was exactly what I expected: a hilarious little contemporary romance with interesting themes and terrible, terrible Catholic rep.
Lovely and enlightening but a little thin. Four stars for this compassionate historical portrait.
Four stars for a mercifully fresh YA fantasy that kept me always uncertain and uncomfortable, usually (but not always) in a good way.