Contemporary · Romance

Georgia Peaches and Other Forbidden Fruit by Jaye Robin Brown

After True Letters From A Fictional Life, which I had to admit I did not expect to like as much as I did, I was lucky enough to read Georgia Peaches, which also surprised me by having a lot more depth than I expected.

The main character, Jo Gordon, is almost the stereotypical lesbian – indie af and hangs out with a very alternative crowd, with a best friend who is probably also a bad influence on her. But that isn’t all that she is – she is also a Good Christian, capital letters and all, and her single father is a successful radio pastor who accepts her as she is… until he meets a woman and falls in love, moving his work (and daughter) to Rome, Georgia. And because Rome is a very conservative small town, and he wants to please his new in-laws, he asks Jo to walk back into her closet. Continue reading “Georgia Peaches and Other Forbidden Fruit by Jaye Robin Brown”

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Eight Book Recommendations For My Niece

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week they’re back from hiatus (yay!) with top ten recs for [insert anything here]. I chose my niece, because my brother had been trying to get her to read the Harry Potter series for a couple of years. She watched the first few movies, and wasn’t that impressed. I think she’d probably get into the Potter books one day, because she had liked other magic and wizardry stuff before, but it’s just not time yet. And, in the meantime, there are other books to explore!

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True Letters From A Fictional Life by Kenneth Logan

A lot of the comments I’ve seen on this book mentions that it is “like a guy version of To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before“, and I guess there’s some truth to that. It’s also a coming-out story, which may annoy the few I know who want queer YA to move beyond coming-out stories. I think it’s good that there are more DIFFERENT kinds of queer fiction for young adults now, but I also think that there’s always room for more coming-out stories, especially when it deals with a character learning more about themselves, because it’s different for every person.

In this book, for example, James Liddell feels as if he lives a pretend life. Continue reading “True Letters From A Fictional Life by Kenneth Logan”

Monthly Books

July’s Books

Books Read in July 2017

* The Queen of Attolia by Megan Whalen Turner (audio, reread)
* The King of Attolia by Megan Whalen Turner (audio, reread)
* A Conspiracy of Kings by Megan Whalen Turner (audio, reread)
* Thick As Thieves by Megan Whalen Turner (reread)
* The Next Together by Lauren James (reread)
* The Last Beginning by Lauren James
* Everything Must Go by Jenny Fran Davis
* I Hate Everyone But You by Gaby Dunn & Allison Raskin
* Evil Librarian by Michelle Knudsen
* Revenge of the Evil Librarian by Michelle Knudsen
* Miles Morales: Spider-Man by Jason Reynolds Continue reading “July’s Books”

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Google Hangout with Michelle Knudsen + ACOTAR Celebration

Last Saturday we had two events as part of our YAwesome fest – our last Google Hangout session with Michelle Knudsen, and an ACOTAR series celebration party as the final event of the month. I am so relieved that everything’s over! And yet, I’m missing it all already, because it was SO FUN being able to connect with other YA fans. Continue reading “Google Hangout with Michelle Knudsen + ACOTAR Celebration”

Fantasy · Romance

Books About Tricksters: Crooked Kingdom, Thick As Thieves, Empire of Storms

Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo

Awesome heist story, with a trickster god (not literally) of an anti-hero? Check. Kickass female characters who really deserve their own books? Check. Romantic subplots that gives you ALL THE FEELS without being annoying or taking over the story? Check. Diverse characters? Check, check and check. A character that might have annoyed me some in the first book but I feel oh so protective about in this sequel? CHECK. Continue reading “Books About Tricksters: Crooked Kingdom, Thick As Thieves, Empire of Storms”

Mari At Work · thinking out loud

Book Talk and Q&A with Kasie West


I said in an earlier post that I’m a Kasie West fan. What I didn’t include was, while I do read a lot of YA contemporary, and even a number of YA contemporary romance, the latter isn’t one of my favourite genres. In fact, I wouldn’t mind it if the books I read are completely romance free. (Which is weird, considering I’m a sucker for so many romantic tropes!) I started reading Kasie West because of Pivot Point, which is more paranormal/suspense, and was happy to find that besides enjoying the story, I enjoyed the writing. It made me try The Distance Between Us, which I really loved, and that cemented my status as a Kasie West fan. Continue reading “Book Talk and Q&A with Kasie West”