book reviews

RATING: ★★★★

This truly was as amazing as everyone was saying it was (‘: This story follows a Latinx transgender boy named Yadriel who just wants to prove to his family that he is a real brujo. Yadriel’s life is turned upside down when he accidentally summons his schools bad boy from the dead after he was just recently murdered. After some other strange disappearances start to plague his community, Yadriel teams up with Julian to try to figure out who or what is behind it. This story was so full of heart and was so spectacular.

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RATING: ★★★★★

Guys this book was so fantastic I cannot get over it. There are so many wonderful quotes that I wish I could include all of them in this review. I listened to this on audiobook (stellar narrator btw), but I wish I had the physical copy so I could have marked down all my favorite parts because there were so many! The writing! The characters! The messages! All so wonderful!!!

OkaY so this book follows a girl named Frances who is one of the top students at her school and it seems like all she does is study, hoping to get into university. However, Frances is secretly a huge nerd for this niche internet podcast called Universe City and draws fan art for the show.

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RATING: ★★★★.5

I had so much fun reading Of Fire and Stars! This story follows a princess named Denna who was always destined to be betrothed to her neighboring kingdom’s prince. However, Denna has a secret. She has an affinity for fire magic, something which is strictly forbidden in her kingdom and her betrothed’s. So, Denna must try to hide her powers as they continue to get stronger and stronger. This story also follows a girl named Amaranthine, aka Mare, who is the prince’s sister and renowned horse trainer. The two girls meet when Denna has to learn how to ride a horse and a cute little story of hate to love begins!

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RATING: ★★★.75

Grown was such a powerful story. This is such an impactful story about a 17 year-old Black girl named Enchanted who is an aspiring singer. She ends up meeting this famous man named Korey Fields at an audition, who is loosely based off of R Kelly. The story takes off from this point as Enchanted begins to fall in love with Korey despite him being a 28 year-old man. I’m going to be honest, this story is not easy to get through. TW: Sexual assault, emotional manipulation, physical abuse, murder, rape, mentions of suicide, grooming, drugging, kidnapping, pedophilia

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RATING: ★★★★★

Raybearer was perfect in so many different ways it’s hard to put into words. This story follows a girl named Tarisai who has never really had a family before. Her mother, known as The Lady, raises her pretty much in isolation for the purpose of killing the crown prince when she gets older. When Tarisai comes of age, her mother sends her to the capital in order to gain the crown prince’s trust and join his sacred council of 11, who are sworn to protect the prince for all of their lives.

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RATING: ★★★★★

Felix Ever After has definitely made my favorite books of the year list. AHH! This wonderful story follows a transgender, Black, and queer boy named Felix who is trying to figure out his identity and how his many intersectionalities work with one another. Felix’s world is turned upside down when someone at his school displays pictures of Felix pre-transition and uses his deadname without his consent. Now Felix is determined to get revenge on who did this to him, all while navigating a summer art program at his school. 

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RATING: ★★★★.75

A Very Large Expanse of Sea follows a Muslim teenage girl named Shirin living in 2002 as she faces racism and discrimination following the events of 9/11. While Shirin is trying to balance high-school and learning to break dance with her brother, she meets this guy named Ocean, who is one of the first guys not to throw degrading comments her way. I’ve heard some great things about this book and was excited to read about a new perspective. 

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