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: Ironspark // An action-packed YA Paranormal debut [Blog Tour]

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

Title: Ironspark
Author: C.M. McGuire
Genre/s and Tags: Young Adult, Paranormal/Supernatural, Romance, Contemporary Fantasy, LGBTQ+, Sapphic characters, Asexual character, Casual queer rep
Content Warnings: Violence, anxiety/panic attacks, mental illness (minor character has hallucinations), parental loss
Publication date: August 25, 2020
Publisher: Swoon Reads
Goodreads synopsis:

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A teen outcast must work together with new friends to keep her family and town safe from murderous Fae while also dealing with panic attacks, family issues, and a lesbian love triangle in C.M. McGuires’s kick-butt paranormal YA debut, Ironspark.

For the past nine years, ever since a bunch of those evil Tinkerbells abducted her mother, cursed her father, and forced her family into hiding, Bryn has devoted herself to learning everything she can about killing the Fae. Now it’s time to put those lessons to use.

Then the Court Fae finally show up, and Bryn realizes she can’t handle this on her own. Thankfully, three friends offer to help: Gwen, a kindhearted water witch; Dom, a new foster kid pulled into her world; and Jasika, a schoolmate with her own grudge against the Fae.

But trust is hard-won, and what little Bryn has gained is put to the test when she uncovers a book of Fae magic that belonged to her mother. With the Fae threat mounting every day, Bryn must choose between faith in her friends and power from a magic that could threaten her very humanity.

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Hello book nerds! Today is my stop for the Ironspark Blog Tour hosted by Xpresso Book Tours. Make sure to follow along the other tour hosts for more content!

When I first saw this book, I was immediately taken by that striking cover. And upon reading the synopsis, I knew I had to read this book!

Packed with action and mystery, Ironspark is a great paranormal read that features mythology, family, friendship, and queer romance.

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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: Cemetery Boys

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Title: Cemetery Boys
Author: Aiden Thomas
Genre/s and Tags: Young Adult, Urban Fantasy, Paranormal/Supernatural, Murder Mystery, Latinx rep, Trans rep, Gay rep, OwnVoices
Content Warnings: Transphobia, deadnaming, ostracism, violence
Publication date: September 1, 2020
Goodreads synopsis:

Yadriel has summoned a ghost, and now he can’t get rid of him.

When his traditional Latinx family has problems accepting his gender, Yadriel becomes determined to prove himself a real brujo. With the help of his cousin and best friend Maritza, he performs the ritual himself, and then sets out to find the ghost of his murdered cousin and set it free.

However, the ghost he summons is actually Julian Diaz, the school’s resident bad boy, and Julian is not about to go quietly into death. He’s determined to find out what happened and tie up some loose ends before he leaves. Left with no choice, Yadriel agrees to help Julian, so that they can both get what they want. But the longer Yadriel spends with Julian, the less he wants to let him leave.

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There comes a time when I get so lucky and I get blessed by the book gods. Winning an ARC of Cemetery Boys is one of those times. This book is one of my most anticipated releases for 2020 and I am over the moon to have finally read it!

Cemetery Boys is all kinds of amazing. From the rich world-building, the lush writing, to the lovable characters, and the nuances and struggles of being transgender, this book will not disappoint.

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