A Rainbow of Book Recs for Pride Month!

Happy Pride month, everyone! I know that we shouldn’t read queer books just during Pride month, but I thought it was the perfect time to celebrate all the amazing queer books out there! Sadly, I have not read as many queer books as I would like to so this post will include books I have read (bolded) and books I want to read. Also, if possible, I have organized the books by the identities represented in the story. (*= book has not been released yet)

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Review: One of Us Is Lying

ONE OF US IS LYING
Author: Karen McManus
Genre: YA, Mystery, Thriller, Romance
Pub Date: May 30, 2017
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Source: ARC from #booksfortrade

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The Breakfast Club meets Pretty Little Liars, One of Us Is Lying is the story of what happens when five strangers walk into detention and only four walk out alive. Everyone is a suspect, and everyone has something to hide.
Pay close attention and you might solve this.
On Monday afternoon, five students at Bayview High walk into detention.
Bronwyn, the brain, is Yale-bound and never breaks a rule.
Addy, the beauty, is the picture-perfect homecoming princess.
Nate, the criminal, is already on probation for dealing.
Cooper, the athlete, is the all-star baseball pitcher.
And Simon, the outcast, is the creator of Bayview High’s notorious gossip app.
Only, Simon never makes it out of that classroom. Before the end of detention, Simon’s dead. And according to investigators, his death wasn’t an accident. On Monday, he died. But on Tuesday, he’d planned to post juicy reveals about all four of his high-profile classmates, which makes all four of them suspects in his murder. Or are they the perfect patsies for a killer who’s still on the loose?
Everyone has secrets, right? What really matters is how far you would go to protect them.

 

review-at-a-glance

TITLE: boring | nothing special | pretty good | caught my eye | perfection | music to my ears
COVER: not my favorite | goes well with rest of the series | boring | generic | pretty | series cover change | beautiful | HEART EYES
POV: 1st | 2nd | 3rd limited | 3rd omniscient | multiple POVs | too many POVs
CONCEPT: original as heck | run of the mill in genre | average | has potential | great idea, bad execution
MOOD: dark | hilarious | light hearted | romantic | depressing | suspenseful | fluffy | mysterious
PACING: snail’s pace | couldn’t keep up | mix of fast and slow | slow in the wrong places | fast in the wrong places | what even is pacing?
CHARACTERS: i’m in love | couldn’t connect | too many | well developed (all) | infuriating | annoying | precious babies | underdeveloped (all)| a mix of good and bad | diverse | okay (Addy) | new favorite characters
ROMANCE: none | steamy | fluffy | OTP status | cute | not center stage | barely there | cheesy | instalove | slow burn | i ship it | love triangle
DIVERSITY: none | lgbtq+ | racial | religion | disabled | mental illness | body | #ownvoices

 

Look, an actual review on a reviewing website!! School has kept me very, very busy for the past few months (hasn’t everyone been busy with school?) but now that finals are nearly done and summer is in reach, I’ve finally had time to return to blogging. This book is keeping in theme with current events–it’s about a murder that takes place in detention, and the students who are believed to be suspects.

Sounds like my kind of book, right? If you’re a regular reader of my blog, you know that I love a good mystery–and this book has a ton of glowing reviews! It sounded so, so promising.

Sadly, for the first time in awhile, I was the black sheep.

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7 Essential Items for A Dream Library

Happy end of school season, everyone! Summer is right around the corner, and I expect to have this blog back in full swing within the next month or so.

While I was dreaming up blog posts, Molly from Arhaus gave me a great idea–dream libraries! I’m sure you have a picture in your head; whether it’s a library straight out of Beauty and the Beast, or a cozy nook full of pillows, or a room full of built-in bookshelves, all libraries require essentials. Today, I’m going to show you 10 things you need to create your dream library.

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Review: The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware

THE WOMAN IN CABIN 10
Author: Ruth Ware
Genre: Adult, Thriller,  Mystery
Pub Date: June 30, 2016
Publisher: Gallery/Scout Press
Source: Library

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In this tightly wound story, Lo Blacklock, a journalist who writes for a travel magazine, has just been given the assignment of a lifetime: a week on a luxury cruise with only a handful of cabins. At first, Lo’s stay is nothing but pleasant: the cabins are plush, the dinner parties are sparkling, and the guests are elegant. But as the week wears on, frigid winds whip the deck, gray skies fall, and Lo witnesses what she can only describe as a nightmare: a woman being thrown overboard. The problem? All passengers remain accounted for—and so, the ship sails on as if nothing has happened, despite Lo’s desperate attempts to convey that something (or someone) has gone terribly, terribly wrong…

With surprising twists and a setting that proves as uncomfortably claustrophobic as it is eerily beautiful, Ruth Ware offers up another intense read.

 

review-at-a-glance

TITLE: boring | nothing special | pretty good | caught my eye | perfection | music to my ears
COVER: not my favorite | goes well with rest of the series | boring | generic | pretty | series cover change | beautiful | HEART EYES
POV: 1st | 2nd | 3rd limited | 3rd omniscient | multiple POVs | too many POVs
CONCEPT: original as heck | run of the mill in genre | average | has potential | great idea, bad execution
MOOD: dark | hilarious | light hearted | romantic | depressing | suspenseful | fluffy | mysterious
PACING: snail’s pace | couldn’t keep up | mix of fast and slow | slow in the wrong places | fast in the wrong places | what even is pacing?
CHARACTERS: i’m in love | couldn’t connect | too many | well developed (all) | infuriating | annoying (Lo) | precious babies | underdeveloped (all)| a mix of good and bad | diverse | okay | new favorite characters
ROMANCE: none | steamy | fluffy | OTP status | cute | center stage | barely there | cheesy | instalove | slow burn | i ship it | love triangle
DIVERSITY: none | lgbtq+ | racial | religion | disabled | mental illness | body

 

*blinks* Is this an adult book on a young adult book blogger’s site? Why yes, yes it is 🙂 I’ve been expanding my horizons in terms of reading, and lately, adult thrillers are my jam. They are very enjoyable (the good ones, at least), even if you don’t typically like adult, and I personally think many have YA crossover appeal. This is one I stumbled across on goodreads and promptly rushed over to the library to pick up.

*note: this is a mini review. partially because this isn’t my typical book review in terms of genre, and i want to test the waters to see if anyone else is interested in seeing more reviews of adult thrillers

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Stranger Things Book Tag!

It’s no big secret that Stranger Things has taken the world by storm. I binge watched the entire season in two days last summer, and I haven’t been able to stop thinking about it since! When my lovely friend Ava tagged me in this, I just knew I had to do it (never mind the fact that I’m a little late on this…lol).

Books + Stranger Things = The Best Thing in the World? (Answer: HELL YES!)

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Fictional Fever Week: Day 7 | Lillie’s Romantic Books + Playlists!

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Welcome to day 7 of Fictional Fever Week at Fiery Reads! If you’re just joining in, I posted the schedule for the event in the introduction post, which you can check out here.

Today is day 7, the last day of Fictional Fever Week *cries*. But don’t worry–we’re going out with a bang! Lillie is here to share two of life’s greatest things with you: books and music! She’s created playlists for romantic YA books.

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