If We Were Villains by M.L. Rio

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Enter the players. There were seven of us then, seven bright young things with wide precious futures ahead of us. Until that year, we saw no further than the books in front of our faces.

On the day Oliver Marks is released from jail, the man who put him there is waiting at the door. Detective Colborne wants to know the truth, and after ten years, Oliver is finally ready to tell it.

Ten years ago: Oliver is one of seven young Shakespearean actors at Dellecher Classical Conservatory, a place of keen ambition and fierce competition. In this secluded world of firelight and leather-bound books, Oliver and his friends play the same roles onstage and off: hero, villain, tyrant, temptress, ingénue, extra. But in their fourth and final year, the balance of power begins to shift, good-natured rivalries turn ugly, and on opening night real violence invades the students’ world of make believe. In the morning, the fourth-years find themselves facing their very own tragedy, and their greatest acting challenge yet: convincing the police, each other, and themselves that they are innocent.


RATING: 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

Kids, when you come across this book, you’ll hear a voice saying, “Oh, this sounds interesting! Do it.” That’s the devil talking. Continue reading “If We Were Villains by M.L. Rio”

The Astonishing Color of After by Emily X.R. Pan

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Leigh Chen Sanders is absolutely certain about one thing: When her mother died by suicide, she turned into a bird.

Leigh, who is half Asian and half white, travels to Taiwan to meet her maternal grandparents for the first time. There, she is determined to find her mother, the bird. In her search, she winds up chasing after ghosts, uncovering family secrets, and forging a new relationship with her grandparents. And as she grieves, she must try to reconcile the fact that on the same day she kissed her best friend and longtime secret crush, Axel, her mother was taking her own life.

Alternating between real and magic, past and present, friendship and romance, hope and despair, The Astonishing Color of After is a novel about finding oneself through family history, art, grief, and love.


RATING: 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

This book made me CRY.

C: cry
R: right now, I’m going to cry
Y: yeah, that’s right, I’m crying Continue reading “The Astonishing Color of After by Emily X.R. Pan”

Vengeful (Villains #2) by V.E. Schwab

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The sequel to VICIOUS, V.E. Schwab’s first adult novel.

Sydney once had Serena—beloved sister, betrayed enemy, powerful ally. But now she is alone, except for her thrice-dead dog, Dol, and then there’s Victor, who thinks Sydney doesn’t know about his most recent act of vengeance.

Victor himself is under the radar these days—being buried and re-animated can strike concern even if one has superhuman powers. But despite his own worries, his anger remains. And Eli Ever still has yet to pay for the evil he has done.


RATING: 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

Me, having absolutely no concept of liking things in moderation: I WOULD DIE A THOUSAND FIERY DEATHS FOR THIS BOOK. Continue reading “Vengeful (Villains #2) by V.E. Schwab”

A Murder Mystery…Without A Murder: The 7½ Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton

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The Rules of Blackheath:

Evelyn Hardcastle will be murdered at 11:00 p.m.
There are eight days, and eight witnesses for you to inhabit.
We will only let you escape once you tell us the name of the killer.
Understood? Then let’s begin…

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Evelyn Hardcastle will die. Every day until Aiden Bishop can identify her killer and break the cycle. But every time the day begins again, Aiden wakes up in the body of a different guest. And some of his hosts are more helpful than others…


RATING: 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

Has anyone ever finished a book and was tempted to pull a Luke Skywalker and just disappear to an island in the middle of nowhere and dramatically stare at the ocean for an unascertained amount of time? Because I felt that. Continue reading “A Murder Mystery…Without A Murder: The 7½ Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton”

Summer of Salt by Katrina Leno

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A magic passed down through generations . . .

Georgina Fernweh waits with growing impatience for the tingle of magic in her fingers—magic that has been passed down through every woman in her family. Her twin sister, Mary, already shows an ability to defy gravity. But with their eighteenth birthday looming at the end of this summer, Georgina fears her gift will never come.

An island where strange things happen . . .

No one on the island of By-the-Sea would ever call the Fernwehs what they really are, but if you need the odd bit of help—say, a sleeping aid concocted by moonlight—they are the ones to ask.

No one questions the weather, as moody and erratic as a summer storm.

No one questions the (allegedly) three-hundred-year-old bird who comes to roost on the island every year.

A summer that will become legend . . .


RATING: 🌟🌟🌟🌟

This book felt like 5 am in the morning: despite some parts of it being the darkest hours, they left sunlight in their wake. Continue reading “Summer of Salt by Katrina Leno”

🍂 HUGE OCTOBER TBR 🍂 Spooky reads and most anticipated releases!

me: *looks at the 20 books on my tbr for October*

me: *yelling at myself with a megaphone* WHY THE FUCK ARE YOU LIKE THIS?

Hello, friends! First of all, I’d like to formally call myself out for always planning an unrealistically humongous tbr and inevitably setting myself up for failure, only to then wallow miserably in my disappointment…..then doing it all over again because mama truly raised a dumbass! But I figured, since no dead ancestor has appeared (yet) in the sky to stop me, it can’t be that bad of a decision, now can it? Continue reading “🍂 HUGE OCTOBER TBR 🍂 Spooky reads and most anticipated releases!”

A List of Cages by Robin Roe

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When Adam Blake lands the best elective ever in his senior year, serving as an aide to the school psychologist, he thinks he’s got it made. Sure, it means a lot of sitting around, which isn’t easy for a guy with ADHD, but he can’t complain, since he gets to spend the period texting all his friends. Then the doctor asks him to track down the troubled freshman who keeps dodging her, and Adam discovers that the boy is Julian—the foster brother he hasn’t seen in five years.

Adam is ecstatic to be reunited. At first, Julian seems like the boy he once knew. He’s still kindhearted. He still writes stories and loves picture books meant for little kids. But as they spend more time together, Adam realizes that Julian is keeping secrets, like where he hides during the middle of the day, and what’s really going on inside his house. Adam is determined to help him, but his involvement could cost both boys their lives…


RATING: 🌟🌟🌟🌟

I don’t know how a book can splinter in my mind with a haze of pain around it, make tears spring unbidden to my eyes and generally feel as though I was seeing into a bottomless well of anguish, but then, right when I thought the flint shell of my heart would crack, it hits me with a keen pang of hope and sets like a little ball of tingling warmth in the pit of my stomach. Continue reading “A List of Cages by Robin Roe”