Spin the Dawn

I read this book for CYBILS. Although it's not a finalist, I really liked it and I would love to get to share it with all of you.  Maia has worked as a tailor in her father's shop for years. She dreams of owning the shop one day, however, she cannot as a woman. When... Continue Reading →

Fireborne: CYBILS Finalist

This is a CYBILS finalist! Annie and Lee are two orphans who grew up together during a brutal revolution. Annie was freed from her position as a peasant and Lee was relieved of his position of royalty, and secretly left alive unlike the rest of his family. After the revolution and with the new government,... Continue Reading →

Echo North: Cybils Finalist

This is a CYBILS finalist! Echo loves her father, and so she'd do anything for him. She'd even follow the wolf that attacked her when she was a child into a castle to stay with him for a year. While she's there, she gets to know the wolf better, explore the castle held together by... Continue Reading →

Aurora Rising: Cybils Finalist

This is a CYBILS Finalist for Young Adult Speculative Fiction The year is 2380 and the world is a lot bigger than just earth. The graduating cadets of Aurora Academy are going on their first mission. One group, however, isn't necessarily the A team even though its captain is the best in the class. Due... Continue Reading →

Daughter of the Pirate King

I listened to this book, and I don't normally do that. I think that might have had some influence on my thoughts on this book. I didn't have as much agency over the tone, pacing, or even the accent of the characters. THREE STARS I like the concept of this book. I like the characters.... Continue Reading →

When I was Puerto Rican

I've never reviewed a memoir before. Honestly, I've never read a whole memoir before. This was a fun and new experience for me, which I believe is the purpose of this book. I'm looking into reading Esmeralda Santiago's next memoir. The memoir is about Santiago's experience growing up in Puerto Rico with her siblings and... Continue Reading →

Ruin & Rising: The End Has Come

I'm still in shock from this book. Still feeling weepy and I cannot be expected to emotionally engage right now. However, I will attempt to put my thoughts and feelings about this book into words. Starting with: WHY YOU GOTTA DO ME LIKE THAT BARDUGO?! There are spoilers in this post cause I cannot talk... Continue Reading →

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