ARC Review + Playlist: Miss Meteor [Blog Tour]

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

Title: Miss Meteor
Author: Tehlor Kay Mejia, Anna-Marie McLemore
Genre/s and Tags: Young Adult, Contemporary, Fantasy, Magical Realism, Coming of Age, Romance, Latinx cast, POC reads
Content Warnings: Racism, Xenophobia, Homophobia, Bullying
Publication date: Septermber 22, 2020
Publisher: Harper Teen
Goodreads synopsis:

There hasn’t been a winner of the Miss Meteor beauty pageant who looks like Lita Perez or Chicky Quintanilla in all its history. But that’s not the only reason Lita wants to enter the contest, or why her ex-best friend Chicky wants to help her. The road to becoming Miss Meteor isn’t about being perfect; it’s about sharing who you are with the world—and loving the parts of yourself no one else understands. So to pull off the unlikeliest underdog story in pageant history, Lita and Chicky are going to have to forget the past and imagine a future where girls like them are more than enough—they are everything.

Witty and heartfelt with characters that leap off the page, Miss Meteor is acclaimed authors Anna-Marie McLemore and Tehlor Kay Mejia’s first book together.

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Hi book nerds! Today is my tour stop for the #MissMeteorOnTour book tour hosted by Karina @ Afire Pages! I almost didn’t join this blog tour, but seeing the synopsis, the cover, and knowing the fact that it had pansexual rep (and more), I knew I just had to try and join!

Miss Meteor is such a surprise! It combined fantasy and contemporary, friendship and romance, so as a result, it’s chaotic, magical, and absolutely beautiful.

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ARC Review: Bone Shard Daughter // An incredible new queer SFF series to look out for [Blog Tour]

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Title: Bone Shard Daughter
Author: Andrea Stewart
Genre/s and Tags: Adult, Fantasy, High Fantasy, Epic Fantasy, Queer Science Fiction/Fantasy, LGBTQ+
Content Warnings: Violence,
Publication date: September 8, 2020
Publisher: Orbit Books
Goodreads synopsis:

In an empire controlled by bone shard magic, Lin, the former heir to the emperor will fight to reclaim her magic and her place on the throne. The Bone Shard Daughter marks the debut of a major new voice in epic fantasy.

The emperor’s reign has lasted for decades, his mastery of bone shard magic powering the animal-like constructs that maintain law and order. But now his rule is failing, and revolution is sweeping across the Empire’s many islands.

Lin is the emperor’s daughter and spends her days trapped in a palace of locked doors and dark secrets. When her father refuses to recognise her as heir to the throne, she vows to prove her worth by mastering the forbidden art of bone shard magic.

Yet such power carries a great cost, and when the revolution reaches the gates of the palace, Lin must decide how far she is willing to go to claim her birthright – and save her people.

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Hello book nerds! What’s this, another blog tour stop? Yes it is! It’s my stop for the #BoneShardDaughterPH hosted by Your Tita Kate! The minute I saw bone magic in the synopsis, I couldn’t resist! I initially thought Bone Shard Daughter sounded like an incredible new SFF novel, and oh, I was right.

With political intrigue, interesting perspectives, and an exciting world-building, Bone Shard Daughter is without a doubt the start of an amazing SFF series.

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ARC Review + Mood board: Vanessa Yu’s Magical Paris Tea Shop [Blog Tour]

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

Title: Vanessa Yu’s Magical Paris Tea Shop
Author: Roselle Lim
Genre/s and Tags: Adult, Contemporary, Romance, POC
Content Warnings: Accidents/Near death experience, Racism/Xenophobia, mentions of gambling addictions
Publication date: August 4, 2020
Publisher: Berkeley Romance
Goodreads synopsis:

Become enamored with the splendor of Paris in this heartwarming and delightful story about writing one’s own destiny and finding love along the way.

Vanessa Yu never wanted to see people’s fortunes—or misfortunes—in tea leaves.

Ever since she can remember, Vanessa Yu has been able to see people’s fortunes at the bottom of their teacups. To avoid blurting out their fortunes, she converts to coffee, but somehow fortunes escape and find a way to complicate her life and the ones of those around her. To add to this plight, her romance life is so nonexistent that her parents enlist the services of a matchmaking expert from Shanghai.

The day before her matchmaking appointment, Vanessa accidentally sees her own fate: death by traffic accident. She decides that she can’t truly live until she can find a way to get rid of her uncanny abilities. When her eccentric aunt, Evelyn, shows up with a tempting offer to whisk her away, Vanessa says au revoir to America and bonjour to Paris. While working at Evelyn’s tea stall at a Parisian antique market, Vanessa performs some matchmaking of her own, attempting to help reconnect her aunt with a lost love. As she learns more about herself and the root of her gifts, she realizes one thing to be true: knowing one’s destiny isn’t a curse, but being unable to change it is. 

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Hello book nerds! Today is my stop for the #VanessaYuTour hosted by Shealea at Caffeine Book Tours. I’ll be reviewing Vanessa Yu’s Magical Paris Tea Shop and sharing a mood board! I’ll also be including a few quotes from the book! This book was so adorable, so scroll down now to see me ramble!

Roselle Lim’s Vanessa Yu’s Magical Paris Tea Shop is both atmospheric and romantic, meant to make you fall in love with Paris and realize you can change your destiny.

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ARC Review + Mood board: A Song of Wraiths and Ruin [Blog Tour]

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Title: A Song of Wraiths and Ruin
Author: Roseanne A. Brown
Genre/s and Tags: Young Adult, Fantasy, Mythology, POC, Diverse reads
Content Warnings: Violence, Racism/Oppression
Publication date: June 2, 2020
Goodreads synopsis:

The first in an fantasy duology inspired by West African folklore in which a grieving crown princess and a desperate refugee find themselves on a collision course to murder each other despite their growing attraction.

For Malik, the Solstasia festival is a chance to escape his war-stricken home and start a new life with his sisters in the prosperous desert city of Ziran. But when a vengeful spirit abducts Malik’s younger sister, Nadia, as payment into the city, Malik strikes a fatal deal—kill Karina, Crown Princess of Ziran, for Nadia’s freedom.

But Karina has deadly aspirations of her own. Her mother, the Sultana, has been assassinated; her court threatens mutiny; and Solstasia looms like a knife over her neck. Grief-stricken, Karina decides to resurrect her mother through ancient magic . . . requiring the beating heart of a king. And she knows just how to obtain one: by offering her hand in marriage to the victor of the Solstasia competition.

When Malik rigs his way into the contest, they are set on a course to destroy each other. But as attraction flares between them and ancient evils stir, will they be able to see their tasks to the death?

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Hello book nerds! Today is my stop for the A Song of Wraiths and Ruin Blog Tour hosted by The Fantastic Flying Book Club. I’ll be reviewing A Song of Wraiths and Ruin and sharing a mood board!

A Song of Wraiths and Ruin is brilliantly done! Though it took a while to build up, the world-building and high-stakes plot are more than enough to get you hooked.

My thoughts on A Song of Wraiths and Ruin

The very first thing that truly struck me as I was reading this book was that it has such a fantastic world-building! It’s intricate and it’s beautiful, and just so mesmerizing! The same goes for the mythology and the magic system that the story has. It’s rich and magical and will definitely hold your attention. To be honest, it also made me want to learn more about West African folklore since this was the main inspiration of the book!

I also thought the author did a good job building these main characters. I was able to see Karina and Malik’s aspirations, their insecurities, their passion, and their perspectives in their contrasting lives. Unfortunately, when it came to the romance, I was left unsatisfied. I just didn’t find it believable enough, and it seemed like one of those pairings that only interacted with each other for a few times but already felt attracted to each other. Still, it doesn’t mean that I didn’t like Karina and Malik’s dynamic. Karina and Malik together is definitely interesting and I think them working together (instead of trying to kill each other) will be such a powerhouse! I can’t wait to see how they are in the sequel!

As for the plot, it definitely took a while to build up. However, everything was so interesting that you’re still invested and you won’t want to take your eyes off the page. It was adventurous and exciting, and some of the plot twists were surprising. I remember thinking, “woah, that was W I L D” after reading this book! Have to say though, I kind of predicted one of the major plot twists in the book. Still, it was damn enjoyable.

In conclusion, GET THIS BOOK. I swear, you will not regret it!

A Song of Wraiths and Ruin Mood Board

Here’s the mood board I created inspired by the book!


A Song of Wraiths and Ruin Buy Links + Campaign

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About the Author 

Roseanne “Rosie” A. Brown was born in Kumasi, Ghana and immigrated to the wild
jungles of central Maryland as a child. Writing was her first love, and she knew from a young age that she wanted to use the power of writing
—creative and otherwise—to connect the different cultures she called home. She graduated from the University of Maryland with a Bachelor’s in Journalism and was also a teaching assistant for the school’s Jiménez-Porter Writers’ House program. Her journalistic work has been featured by Voice of America among other outlets.

On the publishing side of things, she has worked as an editorial intern at Entangled Publishing. Rosie was a 2017 Pitch Wars mentee and 2018 Pitch Wars mentor. Never content to stay in any one place for too long, Rosie currently teaches in Japan, where in her free time she can usually be found exploring the local mountains, explaining memes to her students, or thinking about Star Wars.

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Tour Schedule

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Giveaway

Prize: Win an ASOWAR bookplate, bookmark, two trading cards, and access to the exclusive short story (INT)
Starts: June 2 2020
Ends: June 16 2020

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ARC Review + Dream cast: Camp [Blog Tour]

Title: Camp
Author: Lev A.C. Rosen
My rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Genre/s and Tags: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance, Romcom, LGBTQ+, Queer rep
Content Warnings: Toxic masculinity, internal homophobia, explicit/graphic sex scenes
Publication date: May 26, 2020
Goodreads synopsis:

From the author of the acclaimed Jack of Hearts (and other parts) comes a sweet and sharp screwball comedy that critiques the culture of toxic masculinity within the queer community.

Sixteen-year-old Randy Kapplehoff loves spending the summer at Camp Outland, a camp for queer teens. It’s where he met his best friends. It’s where he takes to the stage in the big musical. And it’s where he fell for Hudson Aaronson-Lim – who’s only into straight-acting guys and barely knows not-at-all-straight-acting Randy even exists.

This year, though, it’s going to be different. Randy has reinvented himself as ‘Del’ – buff, masculine, and on the market. Even if it means giving up show tunes, nail polish, and his unicorn bedsheets, he’s determined to get Hudson to fall for him.

But as he and Hudson grow closer, Randy has to ask himself how much is he willing to change for love. And is it really love anyway, if Hudson doesn’t know who he truly is?

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Hello book nerds! It’s my stop for the Camp Blog Tour hosted by The Fantastic Flying Book Club. Today, I’m going to share my thoughts on Camp, and share my own dream cast for the book!

Camp is a wonderfully queer YA novel that will teach us not only how to be ourselves, but also to never let anyone’s prejudice define us. And also to kick toxic masculinity to the curb!

My thoughts on Camp

First of all, Camp was funny and so wonderfully queer that I want to hold the physical copy in my hand and just hold it.

The writing was good; it was light-hearted and funny, and was able to give the reader a personal connection to the main character. I have to say though, I struggled to like Randy, especially in the early parts of the book. There were so many things wrong with his “I’m-going-to-change-myself-and-make-Hudson-fall-in-love-plan”, and more often than not I wanted to shake him and tell him, “No, you don’t need to do this!“. I also didn’t like that he seemed to have forgotten about his friends in the midst of going with this plan. I was really rooting for him to get that character development. And he did, mostly. While Randy achieved character development, I still feel like it lacked. I was waiting for him to acknowledge some of his own faults/wrongdoings, but it didn’t exactly meet my expectations.

I did love the other characters, though: George, Ashleigh, Paz, even Brad! I’ve been wary about Hudson since the first page (he likes only “straight-acting” guys, and I’m just appalled), but I did get to know him at the end of the book and he achieved character development, which was really nice.

Despite a few shortcomings, I loved the core message that Camp was trying to send to the readers. At the very heart of this book is the idea that we should not hide our true selves and succumb to the faulty logic of those who are narrow-minded. This particularly applies to those who think masculine gay guys are better than those who are gender nonconforming. This toxic masculinity is so much more harmful than we realize, and I’m so glad the author chose to tackle this in the book, and in Randy and Hudson’s story.

I also loved all the discussions about sexuality and the freedom of being queer depicted in the book. In a way, I felt like one of the characters, like I was at Camp Outland as well, and I could simply be me.

Overall, Camp was such a great read and it’s such a necessary book tackling necessary issues within the community.

My dream Cast for Camp

Here is my dream cast for Camp! Which actually just makes me more excited, because, y’all, Camp is heading to HBO Max! How cool is that?!

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George Shelley as Randy/Del

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Daniel Henney as Hudson
(I’m thinking of a much younger Daniel Henney, of course.)

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Avan Jogia as George

Rowan Blanchard as Ashleigh

Rowan Blanchard as Ashleigh

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Amandla Stenberg as Paz


Camp Buy Links + Promotion

Amazon | Barnes & Noble Google Books | KoboBook Depository | iTunes

Join the virtual launch on May 27th! Click the banner to register.

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About the Author 

Lev A.C. RosenLev Rosen is the author of books for all ages. Two for adults: All Men of Genius (Amazon Best of the Month, Audie Award Finalist) and Depth (Amazon Best of the Year, Shamus Award Finalist, Kirkus Best Science Fiction for April). Two middle-grade books: Woundabout (illustrated by his brother, Ellis Rosen), and The Memory Wall. His first Young Adult Novel, Jack of Hearts (and other parts) was an American Library Association Rainbow List Top 10 of 2018. His books have been sold around the world and translated into different languages as well as being featured on many best of the year lists, and nominated for awards.

Lev is originally from lower Manhattan and now lives in even lower Manhattan,
right at the edge, with his husband and very small cat. You can find him online at
LevACRosen.com and @LevACRosen

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Giveaway

Prize: Win (1) of (2) copies of CAMP by Lev A. C. Rosen (US Only)
Starts: 20th May 2020
Ends: 3rd June 2020

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