Fantasy · Romance

Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo

While I’ve been somewhat interested in this book from the get-go, it took me so long to read because of a few negative reviews. I wasn’t thinking that I would never read it, but at the same time I never put this title – and later, this trilogy – higher up my priority list. There are so many books to read, after all. But then I started reading other series I’ve been putting off, like the Lunar Chronicles and the Raven Cycle, and I loved both so much, that I began to think I should start on the Grisha trilogy. Then Six of Crows was published and I got hooked on that particular duology, because I love heist stories and I love tricksters and I love good ensemble casts (and I love Jesper/Wylan!)

It was only when I heard that The Language of Thorns was to be published that I finally decided to get Shadow and Bone in audiobook, and try it that way. Continue reading “Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo”

thinking out loud

Ten Books I Want My Nieces/Nephew to Read

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week we’re talking about the books we wish our future children/nieces/nephews/godchildren/etc would read. Of course, in my experience, kids will read what they want to read, whatever their parents/aunts/uncles/godparents/etc’s wishes are. Continue reading “Ten Books I Want My Nieces/Nephew to Read”

Contemporary

The Sidekicks by Will Kostakis

I don’t know why I requested this on NetGalley. And then, when my request was approved, I don’t know why I chose to read it before the other books I’ve been anticipating for so long. But I did request this book, with the title and synopsis that interested me somewhat, and a cover that left me cold. And I did read it. And I am so glad I did.

This book is narrated by three teenage boys – Ryan (a swimmer), Harley (a rebel), and Miles (a nerd). These boys only have one thing in common: their best friend was Isaac. As far as everyone else knew, they were a quartet. But to them, there was Isaac, and then there was them, the sidekicks. They weren’t friends with each other, and at the beginning of this book, they had no interest in being friends with each other. Continue reading “The Sidekicks by Will Kostakis”

Contemporary

Noteworthy by Riley Redgate

To be honest, while the synopsis made the book sound like exactly my kind of thing, I still hesitated on this title because of the cover. It’s just… not pretty, or interesting. But in the end the promise of a capella and genderbending and queer poc characters won over, and I requested a copy. I am so glad I did.

The protagonist of Noteworthy is Jordan Sun, a Chinese-American girl on scholarship at a performing arts boarding school, which would have been perfect except for the fact that she always got shut out from school musicals due to her low voice. Continue reading “Noteworthy by Riley Redgate”