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Iron Widow by Xiran Jay Zhao

*Spoiler free*

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

The boys of Huaxia dream of pairing up with girls to pilot Chrysalises, giant transforming robots that can battle the mecha aliens that lurk beyond the Great Wall. It doesn’t matter that the girls often die from the mental strain. When 18-year-old Zetian offers herself up as a concubine-pilot, it’s to assassinate the ace male pilot responsible for her sister’s death. But she gets her vengeance in a way nobody expected—she kills him through the psychic link between pilots and emerges from the cockpit unscathed. She is labeled an Iron Widow, a much-feared and much-silenced kind of female pilot who can sacrifice boys to power up Chrysalises instead.​ To tame her unnerving yet invaluable mental strength, she is paired up with Li Shimin, the strongest and most controversial male pilot in Huaxia​. But now that Zetian has had a taste of power, she will not cower so easily. She will miss no opportunity to leverage their combined might and infamy to survive attempt after attempt on her life, until she can figure out exactly why the pilot system works in its misogynist way—and stop more girls from being sacrificed.

I’ve been looking forward to this book since the deal announcement! It looked very, very interesting. Giant magical robots, a girl fighting against a patriarchal society to avenge her sister’s murder, and it’s queer. I was extremely intrigued and eager to see what I would think of it. Trigger warnings: mentions of rape, physical and emotional abuse, torture, gore

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The One’s We’re Meant To Find by Joan He: Blog Tour!

I am so thrilled to be apart of the blog tour for The One’s We’re Meant To Find. Joan is one of my favorite authors, and The One’s We’re Meant To Find is one of my favorite books, so I’m super pumped to scream about it some more. My stop on the tour is sort of a review with a twist. Since I already did a traditional review, I’m going to be creating a bit of a mood board. Basically, I’m going to throw at a lot images at you that encompass my feelings about this book, and kind of encompass what this book is!

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