// ARC/Manga Review // Not Your Idol Volume 1 by: Aoi Makino #Manga #NotYourIdol #ARC

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Not Your Idol: Volume 1 by: Aoi Makino
Publish date May 5, 2020 by Viz Media LLC
Manga/Graphic Novel

A psychological suspense series about a girl who has given up her life as an idol after being assaulted by a fan.

After that day, she stopped being a girl. In the wake of an assault, Nina Kamiyama, a former idol in the group Pure Club, shuns her femininity and starts dressing as a boy. At high school she keeps to herself, but fellow student Hikaru Horiuchi realizes who she is. What secrets is she keeping? The shocking drama starts. Continue reading “// ARC/Manga Review // Not Your Idol Volume 1 by: Aoi Makino #Manga #NotYourIdol #ARC”

// ARC Review // The Mall by: Megan McCafferty #ARCReview #TheMall #Netgalley

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The Mall by: Megan McCafferty
Publish Date June 9, 2020 by Wednesday Books
Young Adult/Contemporary

The year is 1991. Scrunchies, mixtapes and 90210 are, like, totally fresh. Cassie Worthy is psyched to spend the summer after graduation working at the Parkway Center Mall. In six weeks, she and her boyfriend head off to college in NYC to fulfill The Plan: higher education and happily ever after.

But you know what they say about the best laid plans… Continue reading “// ARC Review // The Mall by: Megan McCafferty #ARCReview #TheMall #Netgalley”

// ARC Review // Behind Every Lie by: Christina McDonald #ARCReview #Mystery #behindeverylie

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Behind Every Lie by: Christina McDonald
Publish Date February 4, 2020 by Gallery Books
Thriller/Mystery/Fiction

If you can’t remember it, how do you prove you didn’t do it?

Eva Hansen wakes in the hospital after being struck by lightning and discovers her mother, Kat, has been murdered. Eva was found unconscious down the street. She can’t remember what happened but the police are highly suspicious of her.

Determined to clear her name, Eva heads from Seattle to London—Kat’s former home—for answers. But as she unravels her mother’s carefully held secrets, Eva soon realizes that someone doesn’t want her to know the truth. And with violent memories beginning to emerge, Eva doesn’t know who to trust. Least of all herself. Continue reading “// ARC Review // Behind Every Lie by: Christina McDonald #ARCReview #Mystery #behindeverylie”

// Book Review // Saturn and Her Rings: Sonni’s Story by: BL Mute #BookReview #indieauthor

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Saturn and her Rings: Sonni’s Story by: BL Mute
The Mended Universe Series
YA/Mental Health/Fiction

I’m Sonni, but I’ve been called many other names. Reject. Problematic. Orphan. Murderer.

I didn’t have a plan, never had the luxury. So, when my case worker moved me to Harper Valley Safe Haven as a last resort, I knew I’d leave. I had to. Small towns aren’t for people trying to stay hidden, trying to escape the system and start a new life.

But Six had other plans. I shouldn’t have agreed to help him. I should have ran the moment I saw those eyes, but he claims to know things, stuff no one else would know. My real name– Saturn, my history with the law, and worst of all… he knows who my mother is. Continue reading “// Book Review // Saturn and Her Rings: Sonni’s Story by: BL Mute #BookReview #indieauthor”

// ARC Review // Timestamp: Musings of an Introverted Black Boy by: Marcus Granderson

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Timestamp: Musings of An Introverted Black Boy by: Marcus Granderson
Published September 17, 2019 by Post Hills Press
Nonfiction/Memoir

I’m a twenty-two-year-old Black introvert who overthinks everything, can’t get a date, yet somehow managed to graduate from Harvard.

My story is probably not like yours. I’m a Black boy from the Midwest. I’ve never been kissed. I’m desperately in love with two women: Aretha and Whitney. I struggle with a mild form of social anxiety. I sing to myself almost everywhere I go. I’m an ex-chitlins (with hot sauce and ketchup) lover. I’ve been called an Oreo. I’ve been stopped by the police while walking home. I’m the descendant of slaves, and a Harvard graduate.

Though our stories may not be the same, the universal themes explored in this poignant and personal literary collection—love, identity, hope, social justice, and coming of age—bond us together. Timestamp: Musings of an Introverted Black Boy is many things: It’s one Black boy’s journey through college and into adulthood. It’s a compilation of intimate musings, short and long. It’s an anthology of reflections linked to distinct moments in time. It’s a series of meditations on life, love, and the lack thereof. It’s not simply a “Black” book, or even a “millennial” one. It’s a human book.

I wrote it for everyone—and that includes you. Continue reading “// ARC Review // Timestamp: Musings of an Introverted Black Boy by: Marcus Granderson”

// ARC Review // Finding Forever: A 1970s Love Story by: Anthony Sciarratta #BookReview #ARC

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Finding Forever: A 1970s Love Story by: Anthony Sciarratta
Publish Date November 5, 2019 by Post Hill Press
Romance/Fiction

In 1970s New York, a neurotic Italian-American man is inspired to write a novel about his love affair with a quirky Broadway actress who inspires him to pursue his life-long dream.

Michael Coniglio is at his wit’s end. His girlfriend, Angela, announces in front of the local coffee shop crowd that she has a new lover. The emotional fallout leads him to lose his office job, giving his boss the long-awaited excuse to fire him. Michael goes home to his parents looking for support and professes his childhood dream only for his father to remind Michael that he will never amount to anything.

Just as Michael is about to give up on life, he meets a woman who changes everything. The chatty and quirky Elvira Vaughn brings flavor to his world. The innocent, bright eyed, artsy young woman ran from an abusive home to become a Broadway actress in crime-riddled New York City. Suffering from the depression of her past, the now thirty-year-old looks to a higher power for an answer. Can Michael and Elvira overcome the demons of their past and find their way into each other’s hearts? Continue reading “// ARC Review // Finding Forever: A 1970s Love Story by: Anthony Sciarratta #BookReview #ARC”

// ARC Review // The Shrike and the Shadow by: Chantal Gadoury & A.M. Wright #BookReview

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The Shrike & the Shadows by: Chantal Gadoury & A.M. Wright
Publish Date March 3, 2020 by The Parliament House
Fantasy/Fairy Tale Retelling

Men have gone missing before.

The village of Krume is plagued by a haunted wood and a hungry witch. It’s been that way for as long as Hans and Greta can remember, though they have never seen the witch themselves; no one has.

When men start to disappear once again in the cover of night – their bloody hearts turning up on doorsteps – the village falls into frenzied madness.

Hans and Greta, two outcast orphans, find themselves facing accusations of witchcraft and are met with an ultimatum: burn at the stake, or leave the village forever.

With nowhere else to go, they abandon their only home.

As they venture into the strange forest, their path is fraught with horrific creatures, wild and vivid hallucinations, and a mysterious man tied to the witch’s past.

The Shrike is watching, just beyond the deep darkness of the woods. Continue reading “// ARC Review // The Shrike and the Shadow by: Chantal Gadoury & A.M. Wright #BookReview”