This Golden Flame – blog tour (review + giveaway!)

Author: Emily Victoria
Publication date: February 2, 2021
Genre: young adult fantasy
My rating: 4/5 stars

Self-aware magic-AI-robot-person! A world inspired by ancient Greece! Pirates! Aro-ace protagonist! And so much more! This Golden Flame is a solid debut with adventure, diverse representation, and lots of wholesome character friendships. I’m so happy to be able to bring you this review as part of TBR and Beyond Tours’ blog tour for this book! Read on for my review, some more info about the book, and a chance to win a copy for yourself!

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Let’s Talk Bookish 2/12 – beauty is in the eye of the book-holder

Hello, lovelies! Very excited to be trying out this new weekly meme, Let’s Talk Bookish, hosted by Rukky @ Eternity Books & Dani @ Literary Lion, where bloggers get to talk about all sorts of bookish topics and (hopefully) open up some interesting dialogue! This week’s prompt includes a couple questions centered around the larger topic: What makes a book beautiful? I’m going to address each of the sub-questions individually, so let’s get started!

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Muted – blog tour (promo + a photo!)

Author: Tami Charles
Publication date: February 2, 2021
Genre: YA contemporary novel-in-verse

Hello! Super excited to be hosting a stop on the tour for Muted by Tami Charles. I’m about halfway through this book right now, and…wow. It’s great so far, and I can’t wait to get through the rest of it. I have a feeling I’m going to be emotionally gutted by the end (in a good way!). Stick around with this post to get some general info on the book, and be sure to come back here in a couple days for my review!

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Audiobook mini-review: The Midnight Library

Author: Matt Haig
Publication date: August 13, 2020
Genre: magical realism, contemporary, fantasy
My rating: 4.5/5 stars

Do you ever read a book that deals with a topic that is really close to your heart, and all you can think when you read it is some sound of internal shrieking because somebody gets it? Because…yeah, that pretty accurately sums up my feelings on The Midnight Library, a story about depression, second chances, and the impact of even the smallest choices. As is typical for me, this audiobook review is going to be very short, sweet, and concise, because let’s face it–audio reviews can be hard to write. Let’s go.

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Top Ten Tuesday 2/9 – Love Is All You Need

Hello, lovelies! It’s been ages since I’ve written one of these (I think close to a year actually?), but getting back on my blogging game–I’ve only missed one day so far this month–means that I get to start joining in more of the fun-filled weekly memes, including the delightful Top Ten Tuesday hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week is a Valentine’s Day/”Love Freebie,” so I figured I would get back to basics and just list 10 of my favorite fictional couples. Yes, I know, I’m ace, but that doesn’t mean I can’t love reading about the emotions of fictional characters, okay?

This list is by no means definitive–it is a mix of old favorites and then some I really liked from books I’ve read in the past year or so. I’m sure I’m missing a bunch. Please don’t be too harsh on me; I’m still getting back into the swing of things.

Without further ado, let’s begin!

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Concrete Rose – review

Author: Angie Thomas
Publication date: January 12, 2021
Genre: YA contemporary/recent historical
My rating: 5/5 stars

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Going into this book, I knew I would love it. Angie Thomas is a phenomenal writer and both of her first two books blew me away. But y’all, I did not expect it to be this phenomenal. Writing a prequel can be a risky move, so I was a little skeptical about how this one would work out–but this one was flawlessly executed, fusing both pain and joy in the experiences of a Black teenage boy who finds himself unexpectedly a father. I know it’s only February, but I think it’s safe to say this book will wind up in my top ten reads of this year. Just…wow.

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Fable – review

Author: Adrienne Young
Series: Fable (#1)
Publication date: September 1, 2020
Genre: YA fantasy
My rating: 4.5/5 stars

Folks, this book is more than just a pretty cover. After all the hype surrounding it when it came out, I wasn’t sure whether I would end up actually enjoying it as much as people suggested. But I am so glad I ended up reading it anyway last month, because y’all: this one is actually really good. Pirates, diving for gemstones, trade rivalries, and boats–it is a quintessential female-fronted maritime adventure, and I need more books like this one, stat.

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First Line Fridays – 2/5

This week has been rough, and my bad shoulder has me in a fair amount of pain right now, so thank god for these weekly memes that make it easier to write posts! This is actually my first time participating in this one, even though it’s one that I love seeing other people post. First Line Fridays is hosted by Wandering Words and encourages us to judge books not by their covers, but by their first lines! The rules are simple:

  • Pick a book off your shelf (it could be your current read or on your TBR) and open to the first page
  • Copy the first few lines, but don’t give anything else about the book away just yet – you need to hook the reader first
  • Finally… reveal the book!

Now, the book closest to me right now is actually my Constitutional Law textbook, and I’m pretty sure nobody cares about the first sentence of that one. (But, if you’re curious: “It is traditional to begin the examination of American constitutional law with opinions from the Supreme Court presided over by Chief Justice John Marshall early in the nineteenth century.” Yikes.) So we are going to go with the next-closest title instead. Here’s the first line:

At seven, Regan Lewis was perfectly normal according to every measurement she knew, which meant she was normal in every way that counted.

Ready to find out what this one is?

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Audiobook mini-review: The Guest List

Author: Lucy Foley
Publication date: June 2, 2020
Genre: mystery/thriller
My rating: 4/5 stars

Lately, I’ve been trying to diversify the genres that I read. This has included joining in a monthly horror read hosted by Melanie at TBR and Beyond, as well as picking up the occasional thriller and some historical fiction, to complement my usual contemporary/literary/YA/fantasy/nonfiction/poetry. (I’ve also been dabbling in some MG and even trying a romance once in a while–yes, I know, shocking! My opinions on those romances, though, are…less shocking, if you know me. But that’s a story for another day.)

All that is to say, this book, being a thriller, was a little outside my wheelhouse. I gave this specific one a shot because my friend M at Storme Reads a Lot was pretty psyched when it won the Goodreads Choice Award for the Thriller category last year, and…I guess I generally like to defer to those with more expertise when trying a genre that they know much better than I do? Their enthusiasm sold me on it.

Cool, enough rambling. Let’s make this actual review short, sweet, and to the point:

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WWW Wednesday – 2/3

Wow, it’s been a while since I’ve done one of these! But in the name of getting back into blogging, dangit, I’m going to do my best to get back in on these weekly memes and other fun stuff. WWW Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Taking On a World of Words. Every Wednesday, bloggers present our answers to the 3 W’s:

  1. What are you currently reading?
  2. What did you recently finish reading?
  3. What do you think you’ll read next?

As usual, I’m reading entirely too many books at once, but here’s a rough outline:

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