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Mooncakes by Suzanne Walker and Wendy Xu

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Nova Huang knows more about magic than your average teen witch. She works at her grandmothers’ bookshop, where she helps them loan out spell books and investigate any supernatural occurrences in their New England town. One fateful night, she follows reports of a white wolf into the woods, and she comes across the unexpected: her childhood crush, Tam Lang, battling a horse demon in the woods. As a werewolf, Tam has been wandering from place to place for years, unable to call any town home. Pursued by dark forces eager to claim the magic of wolves and out of options, Tam turns to Nova for help. Their latent feelings are rekindled against the backdrop of witchcraft, untested magic, occult rituals, and family ties both new and old in this enchanting tale of self-discovery.

I think this is my first graphic novel review! Mooncakes has been on my radar for awhile. I’d seen talk about it here and there and that talk was overwhelmingly positive. I was also pretty sure it was queer, so I knew I wanted to read it. I wasn’t quite sure what it was about, but it looked cute and I love graphic novels so that was enough for me!

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I Kissed Alice by Anna Birch and Victoria Ying

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Thank you so much to Macmillan/Imprint and Edeweiss for the e-ARC!

Rhodes and Iliana couldn’t be more different, but that’s not why they hate each other. Hyper-gifted artist Rhodes has always excelled at Alabama’s Conservatory of the Arts despite a secret bout of creator’s block, while transfer student Iliana tries to outshine everyone with her intense, competitive work ethic. Since only one of them can get the coveted Capstone scholarship, the competition between them is fierce. They both escape the pressure on a fanfic site where they are unknowingly collaborating on a graphic novel. And despite being worst enemies in real life, their anonymous online identities I-Kissed-Alice and Curious-in-Cheshire are starting to like each other…a lot. When the truth comes out, will they destroy each other’s future?

 

A f/f enemies-to-lovers book. Did I really need anymore than that for it to shoot up to the top of the list of books I wanted to read? It really didn’t. Any queer book is automatically on the list of books I want to read and this one was no different. Two artists, who are completely different hate each other in real life, but unknowingly connect on a fanfic site where the co-create a graphic novel. I just, I felt like and still feel like screaming when I hear the synopsis. Trigger warnings: depression, anxiety 

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Winter, White, And Wicked by Shannon Dittemore

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Twice-orphaned Sylvi has chipped out a niche for herself on Layce, an island cursed by eternal winter. Alone in her truck, she takes comfort in two things: the solitude of the roads and the favor of Winter, an icy spirit who has protected her since she was a child. But when her best friend, Lenore, runs off with the rebels, she finds herself making a haul too late in the season for a smuggler whom she wouldn’t normally work with, the infamous Mars Dresden. Alongside his team—Hyla, a giant warrior woman, and Kyn, a boy with skin like stone—Sylvi will do whatever it takes to save her friend. But when the time comes, she’ll will have to choose: safety, anonymity, and the favor of Winter—or the future of the island that she calls home.

I was drawn to this book. I love winter books and books with cold climates; this book had both so I was instantly on board. But it also sounded fascinating. Trucking, friendships, an icy spirit, and rebels. I was very, very eager to read it! Trigger warnings: sexual assault, blood, gore

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The Princess Will Save You by Sarah Henning

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Thank you so much to Tor Teen and NetGalley for the e-ARC!

 

When her father dies, Princess Amarande is given an ultimatum: Marry the leader of one of the four neighboring kingdoms, or lose her crown—and possibly her life. And to force her hand, her beloved, the stable boy Luca, is kidnapped. But Amarande was raised to be a warrior, not a sacrifice. And nothing will stop her from saving her true love and rescuing her kingdom..

 

 

 

I’m not sure what drew me to this book first. The title, the cover, or the fact that I loved this author’s other book, Throw Like A Girl. But I do know that I was very, very eager to read it. I mean, a princess is determined to save a stable boy, whom she loves? Yes, that sounds amazing. Trigger warnings: sexism, torture

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The Invisible Life Of Addie Larue by V.E. Schwab

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France, 1714: in a moment of desperation, a young woman makes a Faustian bargain to live forever and is cursed to be forgotten by everyone she meets. Thus begins the extraordinary life of Addie LaRue, and a dazzling adventure that will play out across centuries and continents, across history and art, as a young woman learns how far she will go to leave her mark on the world. But everything changes when, after nearly 300 years, Addie stumbles across a young man in a hidden bookstore and he remembers her name. 

 

 

 

I was lucky enough to be approved for an e-ARC of this book. I honestly couldn’t believe it and I’m still having a hard time believing it. I’ve been excited for this book since the deal announcement, which I know isn’t as long as some people, but I was still very, very excited! It sounded like something incredible and I knew Schwab would do something amazing with it. Trigger warnings: depression, anxiety, attempted suicide, uncomfortable sexual encounters 

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Take A Hint, Dani Brown by Talia Hibbert

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Danika Brown knows what she wants: professional success, academic renown, and an occasional roll in the hay to relieve all that career-driven tension. But romance? Been there, done that, burned the T-shirt. Romantic partners, whatever their gender, are a distraction at best and a drain at worst. So Dani asks the universe for the perfect friend-with-benefits—someone who knows the score and knows their way around the bedroom. When brooding security guard Zafir Ansari rescues Dani from a workplace fire drill gone wrong, it’s an obvious sign: PhD student Dani and ex-rugby player Zaf are destined to sleep together. But before she can explain that fact, a video of the heroic rescue goes viral. Now half the internet is shipping #DrRugbae—and Zaf is begging Dani to play along. Turns out, his sports charity for kids could really use the publicity. Lying to help children? Who on earth would refuse? Dani’s plan is simple: fake a relationship in public, seduce Zaf behind the scenes. The trouble is, grumpy Zaf’s secretly a hopeless romantic—and he’s determined to corrupt Dani’s stone-cold realism. Before long, he’s tackling her fears into the dirt. But the former sports star has issues of his own, and the walls around his heart are as thick as his… um, thighs. Suddenly, the easy lay Dani dreamed of is more complex than her thesis. Has her wish backfired? Is her focus being tested? Or is the universe just waiting for her to take a hint?

When I found out about Get A Life, Chloe Brown, a book with a main character that shared a whole ton of my qualities (including my name!), I knew I had to read it. I read it and fell absolutely in love. Then, I read another one of Hibbert’s books Work For It, and fell completely in love with that one too. So, I was very eager to read another one of her books!

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Take Me With You by Tara Altebrando

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Eden, Eli, Marwan, and Ilanka barely know each other beyond having a class or two together. But when they are all summoned via messaging app to an empty classroom after school, they find a small cube sitting on a desk. Its sides light up with rules for them: Do not tell anyone about the device. Never leave the device unattended. And then, Take me with you . . . or else. At first they think it’s some kind of prank or a social experiment orchestrated by the school administration. Still, they follow its instructions until the newly-formed group starts to splinter. Nobody has time for these games–their lives are complicated enough. But the device seems increasingly invested in the private details of their lives. And disobeying its rules has scary–even life-threatening–consequences . . .

I stumbled across this book while pursuing Goodreads and was instantly intrigued. A small cube mysteriously shows up in four teens lives, providing them with a set of rules to follow. If they don’t, there are dire consequences. While I don’t read a ton of thrillers, this seemed like a great one to try out!

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