E-ARC REVIEW; IN THE SILENCES

When did life get so dangerous? Kaz Adams just wants to read comic books with her best friend, Aisha Warren. And maybe get up the nerve to ask her out, if Kaz turns out to be a gender that Aisha’s into. Kaz figured she’d be the target of violence for her gender nonconformity, but a fatal police shooting thirty miles from their town opens her eyes to the realities of racism. She watches as pressures at school and in their social group mount against Aisha. Kaz would try to stop a bullet for Aisha if she had to, but she has no idea how to stop the waves of soul-crushing disapproval and judgement. When she talks to the other white students and adults in her area, they don’t seem to understand what she’s talking about. Aisha has helped Kaz find a place in the world, but that was about Kaz’s gender expression. Kaz can’t magically change the world for Aisha, but something has to change in their school system or she’ll lose the girl she loves.”
4/5 stars.


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PAST REVIEWS: CHRISTINA HENRY EDITION

Before creating this blog, I was prone to the odd goodreads or bookstagram review here and there, which of course is what inspired this whole journey. So, I thought it might be fun to compile all of my reviews from the past year or so that haven’t made an appearance on this blog, no matter how long or short, and have them all in a nice and tidy little space. There will be a lot, so I’ll be doing a series of posts just to fill in spaces, but hopefully there’ll be a bit of inspiration along the way, and maybe it’ll be a way to drum up conversations about our favourite books, or introduce you lovely readers to some new, exciting material!


To kick off, this is going to be a Christina Henry edition, in which I share my reviews for all of her fairytale retellings.

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HOGWARTS HOUSE BOOK TAG!

HELLO INTERNET AND WELCOME TO ANOTHER EPISODE OF- oh, sorry guys, I’ve been listening to way too much Potterless recently. HOWEVER. We absolutely will be keeping on the topic of Potter today, as I introduce you all to the Hogwarts House Book Tag! Now, I know, I know. I’m sure this has been done a million times, and I absolutely have no intentions of taking complete credit for what I can only imagine is a wildly unoriginal idea. That being said, I promise I did come up with all of these questions, and this was wholly inspired by me being an enormous nerd, Schubes of Potterless fame ranting and raving about house qualities (or lack thereof), and just my own general desire to come up with something a little fun to spruce up my blog! So, here goes.

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APRIL ROUNDUP!

MAY? It’s may ALREADY? Wild. Hey everyone! Happy May, I guess, and welcome to this month’s recap! Blah blah blah, you know the drill. This is the part where I recap the last month! Though, I had a pretty slow reading month last month (what’s new, honestly?), and my head was all over the place, so I’m not sure this will be the world’s most thrilling recap, but we’ll give it a go! Before we get started, I’d like to apologise though! I really have had a sloppy month! I had a rubbish reading month, as well as a rubbish blogging month, and I’ve just been generally very spaced out and a bit on the useless side. I’ve not been keeping track of other bloggers and posts as such, nor have I gotten a very good handle on my own content, so hopefully May will be better all around!


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MONSTROUS REGIMENT & THE BI-BLE!

Hey everyone, I am BACK. Okay, I’m well aware that I’ve been APPALLING as far as updating my blog over the past month, and my reading habits have been at an absolute ALL TIME LOW. I also know that I owe my monthly recap, which is all drafted and ready to go, but for now I wanted to prioritise today’s post, in which we’ll be talking about Monstrous Regiment Publishing’s The Bi-ble.


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REVIEW; COFFEE BOY BY AUSTIN CHANT

After graduation, Kieran expected to go straight into a career of flipping burgers—only to be offered the internship of his dreams at a political campaign. But the pressure of being an out trans man in the workplace quickly sucks the joy out of things, as does Seth, the humorless campaign strategist who watches his every move.
Soon, the only upside to the job is that Seth has a painful crush on their painfully straight boss, and Kieran has a front row seat to the drama. But when Seth proves to be as respectful and supportive as he is prickly, Kieran develops an awkward crush of his own—one which Seth is far too prim and proper to ever reciprocate.”
4/5 stars.

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WLW RECOMMENDATIONS!

Hey everyone! So, as some of you may already know, last month I took part in F/F February. The aim of the game, basically, was to help myself branch out a little and read more WLW reads, both for the theme of the month, and as a way to contribute to some of my reading resolutions that I set for the year! I managed to get through three LGBT+ books, bringing my WLW reads this year up to four out of nine so far. It’s really great setting challenges like this and branching out and reading things that you wouldn’t necessarily prioritise, but I also wanted to do this as a general rule, regardless of month, as I think it’s so incredibly important for LGBT+ stories to be given more attention. And, as well loved as the Simon Spiers’, Elio Perlmans’, Alec Lightwoods’ and Loras Tyrells’ of the world are, I think we need to step away from merely focusing on white boys being our only, or at the very least most celebrated, form of LGBT+ rep. I can never reiterate enough how important I think it is to keep reading LGBT+ lit, but to never place yourself in a box and allow yourself to fall into habits of hyper focusing on the white, cisgendered, male aspects of the LGBT+ community when there are so many other genders, sexualities, and people coming from varying cultural and social backgrounds to be represented.

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REVIEWS; OH MY GODS & WE SHOULD ALL BE FEMINISTS

OH MY GODS by ALEXANDRA SHEPPARD

Life as a half-mortal teenager should be epic.
But, for Helen Thomas, it’s tragic.
She’s just moved in with her dorky dad and self-absorbed older siblings – who happen to be the ancient Greek gods, living incognito in London!
Between keeping her family’s true identities secret, trying to impress her new friends, and meeting an actually cute boy, Helen’s stress levels are higher than Mount Olympus.
She needs to rein in her chaotic family before they blow their cover AND her chances at a half-normal social life.
Or is Helen fated for an embarrassment of mythical proportions?”
3/5 stars.

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MARCH ROUNDUP!

HOW ON EARTH IS IT ALREADY APRIL? Good golly. Hello everyone, and Happy April, I guess? So today’s post is just going to be a recap of all of what I got up to in March! And, as ever, I’ll be finishing the post off with a quick nod to some of my favourite bloggers and posts from the last month!

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