ARC Review | The Gilded Ones by Namina Forna

Title: The Gilded Ones Author: Namina Forna Publisher/Publish date: Delacorte Press/February 9, 2021 Edition/Pages: Ebook/432 pages Genre: YA Fantasy Sixteen-year-old Deka lives in fear and anticipation of the blood ceremony that will determine whether she will become a member of her village. Already different from everyone else because of her unnatural intuition, Deka prays for … Continue reading ARC Review | The Gilded Ones by Namina Forna

ARC Review | One of the Good Ones by Maika and Maritza Moulite

Title: One of the Good Ones Authors: Maika and Maritza Moulite Publisher/Publish Date: Inkyard Press/January 5, 2021 Edition/Pages: Kindle/384 pages Genre: YA contemporary/mystery Trigger warning: policy brutality, racism ISN'T BEING HUMAN ENOUGH? When teen social activist and history buff Kezi Smith is killed under mysterious circumstances after attending a social justice rally, her devastated sister … Continue reading ARC Review | One of the Good Ones by Maika and Maritza Moulite

Dear Haiti, Love Alaine by Maika Moulite and Maritza Moulite

Title: Dear Haiti, Love Alain Authors: Maika and Maritza Moulite Publisher/Publish Date: Inkyard Press/September 3rd, 2019 Edition/Pages: Kindle/432 pages Genre: YA contemporary, fiction, coming of age Trigger warning: mental health, mention of sexual abuse When a school presentation goes very wrong, Alaine Beauparlant finds herself suspended, shipped off to Haiti and writing the report of a lifetime… … Continue reading Dear Haiti, Love Alaine by Maika Moulite and Maritza Moulite

Transcendent Kingdom by Yaa Gyasi

Title: Transcendent Kingdom Author: Yaa Gyasi Publisher/Publish Date: Knopf/September 1st, 2020 Genres: Adult, contemporary, literary fiction Edition/Pages: Kindle/288 pages Trigger Warnings: mentions of suicide, drug abuse, abandonment, depression "I wanted, above all else, to be good. And I wanted the path to that goodness to be clear." Gifty is a fifth year candidate in neuroscience … Continue reading Transcendent Kingdom by Yaa Gyasi

ARC Review | Kingdom of the Wicked by Kerri Maniscalco

Title: Kingdom of the Wicked Author: Kerri Maniscalco Publisher/Publish date: JIMMY Patterson/October 27, 2020 Genres: Young adult fantasy, historical fiction, mystery Edition/Pages: eBook/448 pages Emilia and her twin sister Vittoria are streghe – witches who live secretly among humans, avoiding notice and persecution. One night, Vittoria misses dinner service at the family’s renowned Sicilian restaurant. … Continue reading ARC Review | Kingdom of the Wicked by Kerri Maniscalco

Kingdom of Flesh and Fire (From Blood and Ash #2) by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Title: Kingdom of Flesh and Fire Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout Publisher/Publish Date: September 1st 2020 by Blue Box Press Genre: New adult, high fantasy, romance Edition/Pages: Kindle Edition/637 pages Trigger warning: kidnapping, mention of physical and sexual abuse **Spoilers for the first installment, From Blood and Ash, below** Everything Poppy has ever believed in is … Continue reading Kingdom of Flesh and Fire (From Blood and Ash #2) by Jennifer L. Armentrout

The Black Kids by Christina Hammonds Reed

Title: The Black Kids Author: Christina Hammonds Reed Publisher/Publish Date: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers/August 4, 2020 Genre: YA contemporary Edition/Pages: E-book ARC/368 pages Trigger warning: Police brutality, racism, cheating, suicide (mentioned), abuse, underage alcohol and substance use The Black Kids is a YA contemporary book that delves into social commentary, focusing on … Continue reading The Black Kids by Christina Hammonds Reed

Escaping From Houdini (Stalking Jack the Ripper #3) by Kerri Maniscalco

Goodreads synopsis: Audrey Rose Wadsworth and her partner-in-crime-investigation, Thomas Cresswell, are en route to New York to help solve another blood-soaked mystery. Embarking on a week-long voyage across the Atlantic on the opulent RMS Etruria, they’re delighted to discover a traveling troupe of circus performers, fortune tellers, and a certain charismatic young escape artist entertaining … Continue reading Escaping From Houdini (Stalking Jack the Ripper #3) by Kerri Maniscalco

Hunting Prince Dracula (Stalking Jack the Ripper #2) by Kerri Maniscalco

“Monsters are only as real as the stories that grant them life. And they only live for as long as we tell those tales.” Goodreads Synopsis: Following the grief and horror of her discovery of Jack the Ripper's true identity, Audrey Rose Wadsworth has no choice but to flee London and its memories. Together with … Continue reading Hunting Prince Dracula (Stalking Jack the Ripper #2) by Kerri Maniscalco

Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco

“Roses have both petals and thorns, my dark flower. You needn’t believe something weak because it appears delicate. Show the world your bravery.” Goodreads synopsis: Seventeen-year-old Audrey Rose Wadsworth was born a lord's daughter, with a life of wealth and privilege stretched out before her. But between the social teas and silk dress fittings, she … Continue reading Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco

House of Earth and Blood (Crescent City #1) by Sarah J. Maas

“Through love, all is possible.” The Plot House of Earth and Blood (I kept calling it Crescent City for the longest) follows Bryce Quinlan through her seemingly perfect life in Lunathion. She works hard during the day and spends her nights being the quintessential party girl. When her closest friends are violently dismembered and murdered, … Continue reading House of Earth and Blood (Crescent City #1) by Sarah J. Maas

The Young Elites (The Young Elites #1) by Marie Lu

The Young Elites brings us into the world of Kenettra, where a blood fever swept the nations and left a few physically marked, and named malfettos. Others developed god-like powers. They are known as the Young Elites. Our main character, Adelina Amouteru survived the blood fever severely scarred, with a very dark and dormant power within … Continue reading The Young Elites (The Young Elites #1) by Marie Lu

Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult

“Equality is treating everyone the same. But equity is taking differences into account, so everyone has a chance to succeed.” Small Great Things takes place in present-day America, where unfortunately racial issues are still a problem. Ruth Jefferson is a light-skinned African American labor and delivery nurse at a small hospital in Connecticut. She has … Continue reading Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult

City of Ashes (The Mortal Instruments #2) by Cassandra Clare

City of Ashes brings us back into the Shadowhunter world and things have gotten worse from last time. Clary, Jace, and the whole Shadowhunter crew are on the hunt for Valentine. His radical ideas for bringing down the clave are slowly becoming a reality. With Downworlder children dying left and right, the gang believes that … Continue reading City of Ashes (The Mortal Instruments #2) by Cassandra Clare

City of Bones (The Mortal Instruments #1) by Cassandra Clare

Usually, I would insert a quote from the book before I begin my review. But, unfortunately, there are no quotes in this book that would really summarize it’s the plot. And that is neither bad nor good. City of Bones introduces us to the world of the Shadowhunters, the highly trained and paranormal half-humans who … Continue reading City of Bones (The Mortal Instruments #1) by Cassandra Clare