Arc Review: What Makes Girls Sick and Tired

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What Makes Girls Sick and Tired is a feminist manifesto that denounces the discrimination against and unfairness felt by women from childhood to adulthood. The graphic novel, illustrated in a strikingly minimalist style with images of girls with varied body types and personalities, invites teenagers to question the sexism that surrounds us, in ways that are obvious and hidden, simple and complex.

The book’s beginnings as a fanzine shine through in its honesty and directness, confronting the inequalities faced by young women, everyday. And it ends with a line of hope, that with solidarity, girls will hurt less, as they hold each other up with support and encouragement.

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What makes girls sick and tired is an amazing graphic novel that covers things like sexism and feminism. It is especially perfect for teenage/young girls to see such great diversity and to be able to learn about feminism in a fun way.

They talk about so much of why we still need feminism and the daily struggles of modern day women around the world. They use some great points and statistics that are meant to provoke a conversation. Not only is the message good the art is beautiful and so diverse.

The only con is that it is sooo short. Though if you are looking for a quick read that makes you think, then you will like it.


Thanks to Netgalley and the publishers for providing me with an arc! The publication date is march 18 if your interested 🙂

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Review: Girls of paper and fire

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Each year, eight beautiful girls are chosen as Paper Girls to serve the king. It’s the highest honor they could hope for…and the most cruel.

But this year, there’s a ninth girl. And instead of paper, she’s made of fire.

In this lush fantasy, Lei is a member of the Paper caste, the lowest and most oppressed class in Ikhara. She lives in a remote village with her father, where the decade-old trauma of watching her mother snatched by royal guards still haunts her. Now, the guards are back, and this time it’s Lei they’re after–the girl whose golden eyes have piqued the king’s interest.

Over weeks of training in the opulent but stifling palace, Lei and eight other girls learn the skills and charm that befit being a king’s consort. But Lei isn’t content to watch her fate consume her. Instead, she does the unthinkable–she falls in love. Her forbidden romance becomes enmeshed with an explosive plot that threatens the very foundation of Ikhara, and Lei, still the wide-eyed country girl at heart, must decide just how far she’s willing to go for justice and revenge.

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I gave this book 5 stars I absolutely loved it. The world building, the characters, the romance it was all so good! The fact that I could read a lesbian romance in a fantasy, I died a little bit from happiness.

I will give a huge trigger warning for sexual assault and abuse, if you are sensitive to those things definitely do not read it. It is set in a very awful world where humans are oppressed by demons. The king is a nasty and abusive and takes these paper girls as his concubines.

The story is not all as dark as it sounds, that’s why I loved Lei and Wren so much. Not only do we have a story of these papergirls falling in love but they are both so stong and fight their oppression by the demon king. Throughout the story we start with a broken girl stolen from her home and family, and slowly the fire builds within her and she becomes a fighter. I loved that because we get to feel her pain but also grow with her as a character.

If you like dark fantasy worlds, with forbidden romance, and revenge you will love this book.

Side note the ending has me rattled, the minute I put it down I was frantically googling if there is a sequel. If you have read it please tell me there is going to be a another book!!


Thanks for reading 🙂

Arc Review: Cogheart

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Synopsis: Some secrets change the world in a heartbeat. . . .

Lily’s life is in mortal peril. Her father is missing and now silver-eyed men stalk her through the shadows. What could they want from her?

With her friends—Robert, the clockmaker’s son, and Malkin, her mechanical fox—Lily is plunged into a murky and menacing world. Too soon Lily realizes that those she holds dear may be the very ones to break her heart. . . .

Murder, mayhem and mystery meet in this gripping Victorian adventure.

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Review: I would give it a good 4 stars. The book did such a great job of hooking me from the very beginning, right away there is a mystery, family secrets and tons of political intrigue which I was surprised to see in a middle grade book, It was also pretty dark which I loved.

The world was amazing. I loved the Victorian London setting and all the mechanicals. The political climate around treating mechanicals like crap, and yet the machines that Lily’s father makes are so life like and amazing. There is also some great air ships and action scenes in unexpected places.

The main characters Lily, Robert, and Malkin are so lovable, and yet there is so many characters that you don’t know if you can trust or what they are going to do. I loved that Lily and Robert have a platonic relationship and they have such great bonding and development on their adventure. There is a character death that seemed unnecessary to me so that slightly brought my rating down, otherwise I had no complaints.

I loved the format as they add occasional pictures of cards, documents, and newspapers etc that you can read as well. I would recommend this to more than just a middle grade audience, the book was just as amazing as the cover and had such a dark vibe to it I really loved. The end wrapped up really nicely even though there is more books.


Thanks for reading 🙂

 

Mini Reviews: Saga 1-3

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Synopsis: When two soldiers from opposite sides of a never-ending galactic war fall in love, they risk everything to bring a fragile new life into a dangerous old universe.

Review: For sure a 5 star read! The story line had me hooked, the minute I finished I wanted to pick up the other books and keep going. The art style and the characters are all so unique. There is also so much action because everyone is trying to kill this sweet couple with a newborn. I think it is really great and tackling world issues without actually saying it, like war, racism, and interracial relationships.

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Synopsis: The smash-hit ongoing epic continues! Thanks to her star-crossed parents Marko and Alana, newborn baby Hazel has already survived lethal assassins, rampaging armies, and alien monstrosities, but in the cold vastness of outer space, the little girl encounters something truly frightening: her grandparents!

Review: This one was just as good as the first, if not better! We are introduced to new characters, Marko’s grandparents and his crazy ex Gwendolyn. There is just as much action and intrigue but what I loved most about this one is they show their backstory. How they became a couple against all odds on either side of a war, it is really beautiful in its own badass kind of way.

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Synopsis: Saga is the sweeping tale of one young family fighting to find their place in the universe. Searching for their literary hero, new parents Marko and Alana travel to a cosmic lighthouse on the planet Quietus, while the couple’s multiple pursuers finally close in on their targets.

Review: It is really hard not to spoil anything at this point, but I have come to the conclusion this is just an amazing series. They always find a way to slip out of the hands of evil. In this one they seek refuge for a while at an important author’s lighthouse. He wrote the book inspiring them to escape in the first place. They introduce even more characters like freelancers and nosey reporters, and like always there is just as much action.


All in all this is a really great series with a constantly deep and evolving plot, and tons of action. I most definitely reccomend it!

Thanks for reading 😄

Arc Review: The little shop of found things

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Synopsis: Xanthe and her mother Flora leave London behind for a fresh start, taking over an antique shop in the historic town of Marlborough. Xanthe has always had an affinity with some of the antiques she finds. When she touches them, she can sense something of the past they come from and the stories they hold. So when she has an intense connection to a beautiful silver chatelaine she has to know more.

It’s while she’s examining the chatelaine that she’s transported back to the seventeenth century. And shortly after, she’s confronted by a ghost who reveals that this is where the antique has its origins. The ghost tasks Xanthe with putting right the injustice in its story to save an innocent girl’s life, or else it’ll cost her Flora’s.

While Xanthe fights to save her amid the turbulent days of 1605, she meets architect Samuel Appleby. He may be the person who can help her succeed. He may also be the reason she can’t bring herself to leave.

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I give this book 4 stars I liked a lot of the aspects of it but the beginning was a bit too slow. The premise had me really interested because she can see the history of certain antiques she finds and that was really cool. Going back in time to see all this drama caused by this chatelaine was definitely unique. Especially because she goes back and forth between time and there was a lot of risk involved, which definitely kept me intrigued.

I loved that she had a relationship with her mother, and I thought it was interesting that she used her mother being threatened by a ghost as the motive to save this girl Alice from the past. Being transported to the past she finds Alice wrongly accused and so on a race against time she tries to save her from being hanged.

The romance was great and not the main focus which I liked, but it did kind of feel like it was just thrown in at the end. That being said the ending was very strong, she made it seem as if all hope is lost and seeing how everything actually comes together in the end was amazing. I would recommend this book especially to people who enjoy time travel or magical realism.

Thank you so much to NetGalley for providing me with this book! And if you interested in reading it, the publication date is on October 16th


Thanks for reading 🙂

ARC Review: Imagine us happy

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Synopsis: Some love stories aren’t meant to last.

Stella lives with depression, and her goals for junior year are pretty much limited to surviving her classes, staying out of her parents’ constant fights and staving off unwanted feelings enough to hang out with her friends Lin and Katie.

Until Kevin. A quiet, wry senior who understands Stella and the lows she’s going through like no one else. With him, she feels less lonely, listened to—and hopeful for the first time since ever…

But to keep that feeling, Stella lets her grades go and her friendships slide. And soon she sees just how deep Kevin’s own scars go. Now little arguments are shattering. Major fights are catastrophic. And trying to hold it all together is exhausting Stella past the breaking point. With her life spinning out of control, she’s got to figure out what she truly needs, what’s worth saving—and what to let go.

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First off I enjoyed reading it and I rated it 3.5 stars. The book really shows the red flags people ignore when they are in love, and it was told in an interesting format, changing between future and present tense.

The diversity and representation of mental health is a big part of this book which is great. Also there isn’t many parents in YA books but Stella’s mom always had her best interests in mind, with a good cup of tea at hand 🙂 Another relatable aspect for people might be parents with an unhappy marriage.

I liked that our main character was already seeing a therapist while all of this was happening. She even warned her When you place all your self worth in one person it can get really unhealthy really fast, and it does. A lot of people with depression tend to isolate themselves and you can Stella doing this as well, which made it quite realistic to me.

My only dislike was the pacing wasn’t the greatest and the ending sort of seemed too quick and not well thought out.

This book is definitely not for everyone, you have to be in a good place to read it, because it deals with depression, self harm, and unhealthy relationships, and may be triggering to some people but if you enjoy reading about mental health it is great.

Thank you so much to NetGalley and Harlequinn TEEN for providing me with this book! And if you interested in reading it, the publication date is this October 23rd.


Like always, Thanks for reading 🙂

Review: The Astonishing Color of After

1indexSynopsis: Leigh Chen Sanders is absolutely certain about one thing: When her mother died by suicide, she turned into a bird.

Leigh, who is half Asian and half white, travels to Taiwan to meet her maternal grandparents for the first time. There, she is determined to find her mother, the bird. In her search, she winds up chasing after ghosts, uncovering family secrets, and forging a new relationship with her grandparents. And as she grieves, she must try to reconcile the fact that on the same day she kissed her best friend and longtime secret crush, Axel, her mother was taking her own life.

Alternating between real and magic, past and present, friendship and romance, hope and despair, The Astonishing Color of After is a novel about finding oneself through family history, art, grief, and love.

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This book was just beautiful. I gave it 5 stars and I can see why so many people where raving about it.

From the very beginning of this book we see Leigh after her mother takes her own life. The way they covered grieving was so raw and real. Watching her process what happened, and feeling like she could have prevented it.

“How did we fail? Sleep is what I need. Sleep will end all these thoughts, this viridian spiraling. But with my eyes squeezed shut, lashes twitching against my cheeks, all I can do is think about the past.”

The format of the book is told in present tense and through memories. This is really when the magical realism comes to play, because we see both magic and real memories. Slowly the book gains more and more depth, and you start to understand a lot of why everything happened the way it did.

The most important aspect of the entire book to me was family. She digs up the past and learns so much more about the family she never knew. She meets her grandparents for the first time and also learns why her mother never wanted them to meet. Through all this she also struggles with the language barrier.

“it’s an incredible blessing to be able to see your loved ones during the most difficult times.”

I think this is a really good coming of age story as well, with her struggling at home and falling in love with her best friend. It was well done and super realistic in my opinion. They are both too scared to put themselves out there, even though they both like each other. And after her mother dies she feels guilty about it all and we really see her sort out what she wants.

“There’s no point in wishing. We cant change anything about the past. We can only remember. We can only move forward.”

The ending was so strong and you really feel Leigh and her dad are on a path towards healing and making peace with it all. I would recommend this to anyone who likes emotional books, the topic of mental health, or magical realism.


Thanks for reading 🙂 If you read this already what did you think? If not would you?