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THE HONEYS Blog Tour: The Book Look Edition

Bright things in nature are often poisonous. Let that be my defense, then. Let Aspen watch, and predators prowl, and all the waiting jaws yawn wider..

What, you thought I would just share my review of The Honeys and that would be it? On a blog tour for a book written by Ryan La Sala—who always goes above and beyond in the most wonderfully extra way possible?

Absolutely not.

So I tried to channel that same energy by doing a Book Look for The Honeys. Feels good, feels natural.

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THE HONEYS Blog Tour Review: A Haunting Dip into Identity, Grief, and Dismantling Systems of Power (that’s sure to keep your thoughts buzzing!)

Death isn’t the end of a life, but the division of it. When someone dies, their soul scatters into all the things they’ve ever given away. Love. Bruises. Gifts. You struggle to piece together what’s left—even the things that hurt—just to feel haunted.

Today is my stop on the Send Your Thoughts Tour for Ryan La Sala’s latest offering, The Honeys, hosted by Turn the Page Tours! Having loved Ryan’s previous works I am so, so excited to be partaking and sharing my review—and making up a lil’ something extra, too. 👀

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YOU, ME, AND OUR HEARTSTRINGS: A Relatable and Brilliantly Orchestrated Disabled Romance

Before I can freak out about the fact that we’re actually touching—or how warm his skin feels against mine—a callus from his cello presses my skin. I have calluses from my violin. Our scars are mirrors, which reminds me that I’m a talented musician, just like him.

Y’all know the drill: I see an upcoming book with ownvoices disability rep, and I make it my mission to read it. That mission was more a priority than ever for You, Me, and Our Heartstrings, which I’d heard about before its announcement, when it was still in its WIP stages. Even then, by premise alone, I knew that I needed to read it—so you can only imagine my excitement when Melissa announced that it would be releasing from Scholastic this year!

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OUT OF THE BLUE Creative Content Tour: The Book Look Edition

In the words of Crest—er, Ross—I am so flipping excited to be part of the Creative Content Tour for Jason June’s sophomore offering, Out of the Blue, hosted by Literary Bound Tours! I’m a simple soul: I see merfolk, and I dive in. Make the merfolk queer?! Even better. And so, to celebrate, I’m back with my latest Book Look!

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KISS & TELL Creative Content Tour: A Discussion of the Power of Boy Bands + A Playlist of Personal Favourites

There’s no other word for it. Euphoria.

As a lover of all things relating to queer books and boy bands, I am positively ecstatic to be kicking off the Creative Content Tour for Adib Khorram’s upcoming Kiss & Tell, hosted by Literary Bound Tours!

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THE BOOK OF LIVING SECRETS Creative Review Tour: Spotlight

He thinks he can send us into the book. Into Moira. Would you go if he can do it? Could we do this together?

Today is my stop on the Creative Review Tour for Madeleine Roux’s The Book of Living Secrets, hosted by Literary Bound Tours! This spotlight feature will tell you everything you need to know about this upcoming Young Adult release that is part paranormal, part romantic…and extremely supernatural.

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ONLY A MONSTER Creative Review Tour: A Monstrously Refreshing Take on Beloved Tropes

In movies, heroes killed monsters all the time. When the cameras moved from the monsters’ bodies, you never had to think about them again.

But when you were the monster, when the monsters killed were the people you loved…

Hello, hello! I am so happy to be partaking in this Creative Review Tour for Vanessa Len’s monstrously refreshing debut Only a Monster, hosted by Literary Bound Tours! I’ve had Only a Monster on my radar (and list of highly anticipated 2022 releases) for many months now, and the opportunity to read it early made for an amazing start to the year.

There will be more posts coming for my stop on the tour today, but I figured there’s no better place to start with my (spoiler: rave) review!

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ONE FOR ALL: A Fiercely Fresh Disabled Tale, Tackling Ableism and the Patriarchy with Swords Drawn

They may not be the Musketeers I’d imagined. But they were better, because they were mine. And I knew, as I looked at them and saw the cold steely resolve inside me mirrored in their eyes, that I was theirs.

There is no other book I’d rather start off reviewing this year on my blog than One For All. Is that partly because after nearly two months I think I’m finally ready to put into words how much I loved it, and what it means to me? Yes. All good things take time.

I needed to do One For All the justice it deserves, because it is such an incredible book. It it fierce and fun and I guarantee it will *stab stab stab* its way right to your heart.

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Yearly Wrap-Up: It’s About the Serotonin

It’s that time of year again, where I realized a week into the new year that I’d yet to properly reflect on the books I read throughout the previous year. I mean, I kind of did on Instagram, but the caption limit means I couldn’t really go into depth about the specific books.

But y’know, that’s why I have a blog—so I can ramble at length, as I please.

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JOURNEY TO THE HEART OF THE ABYSS: A Riveting Conclusion Sure to Sweep You Away

Racing is freedom; it’s escaping from everything confusing and painful, and hurtling toward some unidentifiable hope.

Usually, I’d be prone to singing the praises of excellent sequels with something along the lines of “soaring to new heights.” But in the case of Journey to the Heart of the Abyss, I feel it’s far more apt to say that London Shah dove to greater depths, racing towards a dramatic conclusion full of as much imagination as the first—and even more shocking revelations.

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OUR VIOLENT ENDS: It’s About the Tender Moments, the Absolute Heartbreak, and Even More Bloodshed (Seriously Shakespeare, Keep it Moving)

Burn through vengeance and terror and warfare. Burn through everything that fuels the human heart and sears it red, burn through everything that covers the outside with hard muscle and tough sinew. Cut down deep and grab what beats beneath, and it is love that will survive after everything else has perished.

Leave me here to mourn. Arguably, just leave me here to die and perish.

Chloe Gong has ultimately delivered what is an absolute Force™ of a book—one that pulls out all the stops and delivers several punches, going down in an undeniable blaze of glory. Our Violent Ends made me laugh, it made me flail, it made me stay up far later than I should have, it used up a large portion of my sticky tabs, it planted at least two ideas for papercrafts in my head…

And, as expected, it most definitely made me cry.

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THE ART OF RUNNING AWAY: A Layered and Heartfelt Exploration of Identity and the Meaning of Family

Sometimes people go through things we can’t understand. But that doesn’t mean what happened is any less real. Pain doesn’t have to be bloody to hurt.

There is something truly extraordinary about middle grade books. They are fantastical and imaginative and have so, so much heart. They provide some of my absolute favourite escapes. And, truth be told, they are most often the books that render me a sobbing mess.

It is on that final note in particular that The Art of Running Away most certainly delivered.

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SKIN OF THE SEA Creative Review Tour: The Book Look Edition

Well, well, well—I have another post for the Skin of the Sea Creative Review Tour! While this tour was technically just for reviews, I adored the cover for this book so much that I couldn’t help myself. An idea for a very fun Book Look wriggled its way into my head, and just wouldn’t go away…

Plus, it was Halloween weekend, and I hadn’t planned a costume beforehand.

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SKIN OF THE SEA Creative Review Tour: An Engrossing and Immersive Debut

We cannot change the past, only learn from it. What happens next is up to you.

Hello, hello! I am absolutely ecstatic to be the first stop on the Creative Review Tour for Skin of the Sea, hosted by Literary Bound Tours. This has been on my list of anticipated reads ever since it was featured at one of Penguin Teen Canada’s preview events earlier this year, so being selected to participate in the tour and having the opportunity to read Skin of the Sea early was amazing.

I’ve got lots of fun content planned across a handful of my social media platforms, but first—let’s dive in with my review!

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BLOODY SPADE: Queer as Hell and Fantastically Fun (and begging to be drawn)

But then, what was love if not a form of madness? To want to give your whole self to another human being and hope for them to do the same, you had to be mad. Absolutely bonkers.

Strange, how thrilling that madness could be.

Every so often, I stumble across a book that speaks both to every single geeky part of my soul, as well as nearly all of my favourite things. And I am so, so excited to say that Bloody Spade did precisely that.

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A LESSON IN VENGEANCE: An Alluring and Hauntingly Atmospheric Dive into the Dark Corners of Grief, Obsession, and Academia

She saw the black and twisted heart of me. She took my hand and guided me into that darkness. She opened the door, and truth entered, and nothing can undo that now.

This is now my…third? Yeah, third—third attempt to compose a coherent review that fully encapsulates how much I loved A Lesson in Vengeance. My first stab at it (via IG stories) was hopeless, because my brain was simply a loop of “holy fuck” (times infinity). My second attempt was a bit better, but it still felt lacking.

They do say third time’s the charm though, right?

Because it is positively criminal how good this book is, and I want to write a review that does it—and Victoria Lee—the justice they are both due.

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HANI AND ISHU’S GUIDE TO FAKE DATING: Another Adorable and Poignant Look at Identity, Relationships, and Love

We all have people who we bend ourselves for the approval of. For you and me, it’s Amma and Abbu. For Hani, it’s her friends. We all need to fit in, or need to be loved, or need approval. You and Hani aren’t that different, if you think about it.

It’s official: Adiba Jaigirdar is on my list of auto-buy authors.

I loved her debut, The Henna Wars, and it left me excited about what she would be writing next. Enter Hani and Ishu’s Guide to Fake Dating, which I think I loved even more. It strikes that same perfect balance between tones sweet and serious, while also exploring the ways in which intersectional identities shape individual experiences.

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COOL FOR THE SUMMER: The Perfect Summer Anthem for Exploring Sexuality and Finding Yourself

How do you tell your closest friends, when you only have one year left before you all head off in new directions, that they don’t know you as well as they think?

How do you have that conversation when it means facing that you didn’t know yourself as well as you thought you did?

Tell me what you want, what you like, it’s okay
I’m a little curious too
Tell me if it’s wrong, if it’s right, I don’t care
I can keep a secret, can you?

— Demi Lovato, Cool for the Summer

It should come as no surprise that I am always excited for books that explore and navigate bisexuality, and all the tumultuous emotions that come with it. As once stated in the iconic Red, White & Royal Blue: “Bisexuality truly is a rich and complex tapestry.”

Because it is precisely that, and I’m so excited to have Dahlia Adler’s ode to summer love and finding yourself now woven into the Bisexual Book Canon. it’s a thing now, I’ve coined it

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THANKS A LOT, UNIVERSE: A Throat-Punch of Kindness (and sadness) that Deconstructs Toxic Masculinity

There are people we hang around because it’s comfortable or convenient or safe, then there are our people. When you find them, you’ll know the difference.

Let me just say it: middle grade fiction, especially right now, is putting in the Work™. The sheer scope of everything that middle grade novels are exploring, and unpacking, and offering to today’s younger readers? It’s inspiring. Maybe even a tad bit intimidating.

And Chad Lucas’s debut Thanks a Lot, Universe is an excellent addition to this literary landscape.

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SOUTHERN SUN, NORTHERN STAR: A Gritty, Bloody, but Ultimately Hopeful Conclusion—Bring Tissues.

War doesn’t give us right and wrong. It gives us simply war, and on the other side of that, some will be free, and some will be alone. Some of us will work to do better, and some will pay for their crimes, but none of it will ever bring back the lives lost.

After reaching the end of this trilogy, I need to be left alone for about five to seven business days. Maybe even longer. To say that Southern Sun, Northern Star destroyed me is maybe the biggest understatement that I will say all year. It devastated me. It chewed me up and spit me back out. It left me bawling my eyes out hopelessly at nearly two in the morning, thinking there was no way I could continue.

It broke me down into a hundred—a thousand—tiny pieces, the words on the page digging into my skin like shrapnel.

And then, somehow, miraculously, those same words healed me. They mended closed the wounds left by previous chapters. Though perhaps not perfectly—certainly not back into exactly who I was at the start. But all the same, they stitched me back together.

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Recommendation: Read These Books, Period.

It would be a very bold lie for me to say that this post hasn’t been sitting, waiting, in my drafts for nearly a year. It’s a post I knew I wanted to write, needed to write, and have honestly written before—at least in part, in many different places.

Just over five years ago, after eleven years of living with chronic and debilitating pain, I was diagnosed with stage IV endometriosis. And now here I am, another year later, at the end of another March. A month that, to me, is best known as Endometriosis Awareness Month. Because for a chronic illness that on average affects 1 in every 10 people, very little is known about it.

What I do know is that it needs to be talked about more.

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doodle.books: The 1,000 Followers Giveaway is Here!

It happened, it happened! I officially hit that long elusive milestone: having 1,000 people follow my bookstagram account, doodle.books! I’m really proud of the content and aesthetic I’ve come to curate in that space, and the support of my followers means the world to me.

So, to celebrate that, I’m hosting an international giveaway!

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LIGHTBRINGER: An Ambitious and Perfectly Bittersweet Conclusion

For too long we have been tools of those who love us and those who hate us. Those who think they know our minds, our hearts, our strength. The power that feeds us.

This…is a very long overdue review. A very large part of that comes down to the fact that finding the words to adequately explain what Claire Legrand accomplishes in Lightbringer took me longer than I would expect.

If I were to pick one word to summarize the Empirium trilogy, it would be this: a feat.

The sheer scope of this series is…intimidating to think about. Overwhelming. There are so many threads that connect and entwine in order to bring this story together, and I sit here in awe of Claire Legrand’s ability to have done so without tangling them.

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WINGS OF EBONY: A Riveting Debut Full of Family, Heart, and Learning to Recognize Your Magic

Sunlight glints off the golden metal pattern written into my arms. I don’t care who sees. This block is family and they’re gonna know all this power stands with them.

When I say that 2021 is stacked with anticipated releases, I mean stacked. Very high up on that list was J. Elle’s debut, Wings of Ebony, so when it fell into my hands I was ecstatic. And now, afterwards, that energy is still there. Wings of Ebony was, in many ways, an absolute Force™.

A diamond, created under immense pressure, that refuses not to shine.

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Wrap-Up: The Epic Highs and Lows of Reading in 2020

Eight days into the trashfire that has been 2021 so far, I realized—I hadn’t done any sort of wrap-up for 2020 yet. I better do that! I read the most books I ever have in a single year (which is owed most definitely to audiobooks), finding new favourites and…not favourites.

Which was bound to happen. Not every book will be for everyone, and that’s okay. Your favourite read, with characters that own your heart and that lives in your mind rent free, is likely someone else’s DNF. And that book you detest, that should burn a thousand fiery deaths? Almost assuredly, someone’s given it a glowing five star review.

So without further ado, I present the very best books I read in 2020…and the very worst.

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Books, Books, Books: December 2020 Haul

Well, I’m hoping this post won’t take too long to put together, because as I look back through my Instagram story archives and emails about shipping notifications…I did not have many books arrive this month. Which was also aided by the fact that I succeeded with my December challenge set by my sister: I only bought one (1) book* during the entire month of December!

*Excluding any books from book boxes that I had already paid for
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New Year, New Name: Recreating and Revamping the Blog (and some suggestions if you want to, too!)

It was just after 1:00AM on December 10, 2020. I was lying in bed, and had the sudden but desperate need to begin acting on a thought that had been simmering in the back of my mind for much, much longer: I wanted to revamp my blog.

More than that, though, I wanted to revamp essentially my entire identity as a bookish content creator. Which is no easy undertaking, but I wanted to do it. So I did.

And because you can take the student out of the art and design program, but you can’t take the art and design out of the student, I figured why not document the revamping process—and take this opportunity to offer my tips and suggestions for anyone out there thinking about doing the same!

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HOW THE KING OF ELFHAME LEARNED TO HATE STORIES: A Beautifully Illustrated Return to a Beloved Series

And if his cruelty had the sharp edge of despair, if slights and taunts were all that fell from his tongue now, what did it matter? He had always been awful. Now he was just worse.

There are few things as comforting as falling back into one of your favourite worlds, especially during a year as unpredictable and often lonely as this one has been. For me, the trend among those comfort worlds has been faeries—and if the two ends of that spectrum are The Folk of the Air and Winx Club, you definitely didn’t hear it from me, okay?

Needless to say, this was precisely the book I needed to read last month.

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A CURSE OF ROSES: An Utterly Enchanting Debut About Learning to Love Every Part of Yourself—You’ll Be Hungry For More

This was another part of her she’d neglected, a type of affection she’d never feasted upon, and now that she had, she couldn’t keep herself from seeking another taste, from devouring every morsel.

Okay, so—I am coming into this review prepared to fight. Fists raised, knives out, guns blazing. This was such a mesmerizing and beautiful story of self-realization and self-acceptance, and I am finding it quite distressing how many people are ignoring that, or…somehow missing it altogether.

So, I am here to do my part by shouting from the rooftops about the absolutely incredible job Pinguicha does of weaving together a story as magical as A Curse of Roses was (with only one or two puns involved).

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THESE VIOLENT DELIGHTS: It’s About the Yearning, the Betrayal, and the Bloodshed (Step Aside, Shakespeare)

This was what this city did to lovers. It tossed blame around like a slick coat of blood, mixing and merging with everything else until it had left its stain.

I feel this has been happening a lot this year: I find books and, based on synopsis alone, I just Know™ I’m going to love them wholeheartedly. And then I read them. And I love them wholeheartedly.

(pretends to be shocked)

But honestly, These Violent Delights had essentially everything I could have ever asked for, and it has hastily clambered its way to being one of my favourite reads of not just the year, but of all time.

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WINTER, WHITE AND WICKED: A Desolate World Packed with Fast-Paced Action and Adventure

Maybe that’s why I like the road, why I like travelling alone. Out here…survival, coin, that’s all that matters. The rest is a luxury for those who don’t have to worry about either.

I love when I stumble upon a book that feels completely new: something I’ve never quite seen done before in terms of plot, or world, or premise, or character. Something that you can’t quite compare to any book you’ve read before.

Dittemore’s Winter, White and Wicked was, I’m excited to say, precisely that book.

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THE SILVERED SERPENTS: A Tense and Absolutely Heart-Wrenching Sequel—It’s a Compliment.

He’d fought the world for the privilege to draw air into his lungs. That’s what life was. A privilege. He wouldn’t waste it chasing vengeance. He would do something vastly more meaningful, more important.

For all the less than stellar things that have happened this year I feel I can, with a great deal of certainty, say that sequels have never been stronger. I have read so many amazing sequels this year, ones that continue the stories and expand upon the characters without falling prey to the dreaded Middle Book Syndrome™.

It should not be surprising, then, when I say that The Silvered Serpents continued that trend.

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FENCE: STRIKING DISTANCE: A Fantastically Character-Driven Follow-Up ft. the Best (and Worst) of Fanfiction Vibes

He’d had the hazy thought, now and then, that one day he’d meet someone great and feel what was described as a coup de foudre: a strike of lightning. Or a coup de maître: a masterstroke, someone delivering a strike that was both utterly unrecognizable and irresistible. 

One of the highest praises I can think of is loving a piece of media so much that it inspires you to create. It doesn’t matter so much what form that creation takes—writing, drawing, cosplay, so much more—but rather the act itself.

And what’s so incredible about Fence: Striking Distance is that, at its heart, it is precisely one of these creations.

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Books, Books, Books: October 2020 Haul

Okay, I’m officially back on track with my book hauls! It took a few months, but those few months were enough to convince me I never want to fall behind on these again. Alternatively, I could stop buying and acquiring so many books so falling behind isn’t as much of a task to catch up on.

I know which one of these is more likely to happen, though…

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BEYOND THE RUBY VEIL: An Ambitious, Chaotic, and Deliciously Ruthless Debut

I have something I believe in, too. I believe in myself. I believe that I can change things no one else has ever been able to change, and do things no one else has ever been able to do. I don’t care if people love me, or if they think what I do is good. But rest assured, they’re going to know I was here.

Generally speaking, I have a pretty good idea of which books I’m going to vibe with prior to reading. Beyond the Ruby Veil has been sitting near the top of my most anticipated reads list ever since I first heard about it. It was one of those books where I was so excited, I actually put off reading it. (Truthfully, I think other people can relate to this?)

Now that I’ve read Beyond the Ruby Veil, I can confirm that I did in fact absolutely vibe with it, and I want to share the absolute chaos that is this book with everyone I know.

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BLAZEWRATH GAMES: A Fast-Paced and Fantastical Adventure (that would light up the screen!)

It is never easy to predict how a group of strangers will get along, especially when there are dragons involved. 

I always love discovering books that completely consume me while I read: the ones that grab hold from the first chapter, first page, first sentence, and keep a firm grip. What Ortiz has crafted with Blazewrath Games is an undeniably magical and fast-paced debut that burns through you with all the force of a Sol de Noche’s flames.

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CUTE MUTANTS, VOLUME ONE: A Fresh and Fun as Hell Spin on the Superhero Genre

Being part of a group of people somewhere between friends and family is something I used to dream of, but it always seemed even less realistic than the mutant powers.

I’m just going to say it outright: I haven’t had this much fun reading a book in a long, long while. Cute Mutants, Vol 1: Mutant Pride is quirky and original while still paying homage to those that came before it, and I loved it a whole heckin’ lot. OMG

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Books, Books, Books: August 2020 Haul

So…what does it say about the month of September that I’m only getting my August haul posted at the start of October? Oops. But you know what they say: better late than never!

August was a bit slower for book mail by my standards, which makes sense as I was trying to limit my spending while recovering from surgery and being (temporarily) out of work.

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#IronHeartTour: Crier and Ayla Fan Art

You know what they say: third time’s the charm! For the last of my contributions to the #IronHeartTour, I pulled out my many, many sheets of card stock and my exacto knife, and brought one of my favourite quotes from Iron Heart to life as a piece of fanart!

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#IronHeartTour: The Book Look Edition

Welcome to the second part of my stop for the #IronHeartTour!

In addition to a review, I couldn’t help but also choose to feature a Book Look inspired the absolutely gorgeous cover for the book. And it would be a bold lie to say I haven’t been itching for a good excuse to put on make-up for the first time since the COVID-19 pandemic hit my country…

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#IronHeartTour: Book Review + Favourite Quotes

She thought of love, a creature that took infinite forms, and marveled that her Kind had ever sought to be rid of it.

Hello, and welcome to the first of my posts for the #IronHeartTour, hosted by Caffeine Book Tours. I’d like to offer a million thanks to Shealea for organizing this tour, and for inviting me to participate!

It’s no secret that Crier’s War was one of my favourite reads last year, period. And to put it simply: Iron Heart is one of my favourite reads this year, also period.

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NOT YOUR #LOVESTORY: A Heartfelt and Humorous Exploration of Consent, Privacy, and Growing Up (with the internet)

We weren’t two teenagers in love who’d met by chance at a baseball game. This ultimately wouldn’t be a story written in the stars. We’d gotten what many people tried for and only a few attained. Instant, viral fame. And playing it up, stretching it out, to meet our own ends didn’t make us good or right, but we did it anyway.

I was positively smitten with Hartl’s debut, Have a Little Faith in Me, so I leapt at the opportunity to read her sophomore offering. While Not Your #Lovestory is just as humorous and full of heart, I unfortunately found there to be a few shortcomings in the execution of an otherwise stellar premise.

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THE FAITHLESS HAWK: A Magical and Masterfully Crafted Sequel that Positively Soars

She felt dangerous, she felt raw and undeniable, like vengeance made flesh, like a walking curse. And she was not done with any of them yet.

I’m going to apologize in advance because I don’t think it’s possible for me to write a coherent review for The Faithless Hawk. It doesn’t seem enough to just say “I love this, please read it,” but…

I adore this series with my whole heart. Please read it.

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THE DARK TIDE: An Atmospheric and Aesthetically-Driven Dance of Lyrical Prose and Wondrously Queer Characters

She’d always lived in daydreams and stories, spinning what adventure and romance she could from an ordinary life, from boring everyday happenings.

You know those books where you see the title or cover and just know—instinctively in the pit of your gut, before even reading the synopsis—that the story you’re holding in your hands is one that is going to take root, settling it’s way into your heart?

That is what The Dark Tide was for me. The world and the characters washed over me like a wave—and it might seem odd to say, but this a story I would happily drown in.

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Books, Books, Books: July 2020 Haul

Another month has passed, and once again…I bought books. I’m sure this isn’t a surprise anymore. Was it ever? Probably not.

July was an odd combination of two things:

  1. Don’t spend money because you’re going to be out of work for all of August recovering from surgery.
  2. But what will I read in that month recovering?! *forgets about the hundreds of books already on my shelves*

And now, lets see how that played out with my purchased, or otherwise acquired, reads.

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