Book Review: Not Your Sidekick by C.B. Lee

NotYourSidekickNot Your Sidekick by C.B. Lee

Published by Duet Books on September 8, 2016

Genres: Young Adult, Fiction, Science Fiction, LGBTQIA+, Superheroes

Pages: 283 Format: Paperback Source: Library

3.5/5 Stars

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Welcome to Andover… where superpowers are common, but internships are complicated. Just ask high school nobody, Jessica Tran. Despite her heroic lineage, Jess is resigned to a life without superpowers and is merely looking to beef-up her college applications when she stumbles upon the perfect (paid!) internship—only it turns out to be for the town’s most heinous supervillain. On the upside, she gets to work with her longtime secret crush, Abby, who Jess thinks may have a secret of her own. Then there’s the budding attraction to her fellow intern, the mysterious “M,” who never seems to be in the same place as Abby. But what starts as a fun way to spite her superhero parents takes a sudden and dangerous turn when she uncovers a plot larger than heroes and villains altogether.


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Book Review: When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon

WhenDimpleMetRishiWhen Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon

Published by Simon Pulse on May 30, 2017

Genres: Young Adult, Fiction, Contemporary, Romance

Pages: 380 Format: Hardcover Source: Purchased

4.5/5 Stars

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Dimple Shah has it all figured out. With graduation behind her, she’s more than ready for a break from her family, from Mamma’s inexplicable obsession with her finding the “Ideal Indian Husband.” Ugh. Dimple knows they must respect her principles on some level, though. If they truly believed she needed a husband right now, they wouldn’t have paid for her to attend a summer program for aspiring web developers…right?

Rishi Patel is a hopeless romantic. So when his parents tell him that his future wife will be attending the same summer program as him—wherein he’ll have to woo her—he’s totally on board. Because as silly as it sounds to most people in his life, Rishi wants to be arranged, believes in the power of tradition, stability, and being a part of something much bigger than himself.

The Shahs and Patels didn’t mean to start turning the wheels on this “suggested arrangement” so early in their children’s lives, but when they noticed them both gravitate toward the same summer program, they figured, Why not?

Dimple and Rishi may think they have each other figured out. But when opposites clash, love works hard to prove itself in the most unexpected ways.


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Mini Reviews: Written in the Stars and Every Heart a Doorway

Today I’ve got my brief thoughts on two titles, Written in the Stars by Aisha Saeed and Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire, that were both absolutely wonderful in their own ways.


WrittenintheStarsWritten in the Stars by Aisha Saeed

Published by Nancy Paulsen Books on March 24, 2015

Genres: Young Adult, Fiction, Contemporary, Romance

Pages: 277 Format: Hardcover Source: Purchased

4/5 Stars

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Naila’s conservative immigrant parents have always said the same thing: She may choose what to study, how to wear her hair, and what to be when she grows up—but they will choose her husband. Following their cultural tradition, they will plan an arranged marriage for her. And until then, dating—even friendship with a boy—is forbidden. When Naila breaks their rule by falling in love with Saif, her parents are livid. Convinced she has forgotten who she truly is, they travel to Pakistan to visit relatives and explore their roots. But Naila’s vacation turns into a nightmare when she learns that plans have changed—her parents have found her a husband and they want her to marry him, now! Despite her greatest efforts, Naila is aghast to find herself cut off from everything and everyone she once knew. Her only hope of escape is Saif . . . if he can find her before it’s too late.

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Book Review: Flame in the Mist by Renée Ahdieh

FlameintheMistFlame in the Mist by Renée Ahdieh

Published by G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers on May 16, 2017

Genres: Young Adult, Fiction, Fantasy, Historical

Pages: 393 Format: Hardcover Source: Purchased

4/5 Stars

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The only daughter of a prominent samurai, Mariko has always known she’d been raised for one purpose and one purpose only: to marry. Never mind her cunning, which rivals that of her twin brother, Kenshin, or her skills as an accomplished alchemist. Since Mariko was not born a boy, her fate was sealed the moment she drew her first breath.

So, at just seventeen years old, Mariko is sent to the imperial palace to meet her betrothed, a man she did not choose, for the very first time. But the journey is cut short when Mariko’s convoy is viciously attacked by the Black Clan, a dangerous group of bandits who’ve been hired to kill Mariko before she reaches the palace.

The lone survivor, Mariko narrowly escapes to the woods, where she plots her revenge. Dressed as a peasant boy, she sets out to infiltrate the Black Clan and hunt down those responsible for the target on her back. Once she’s within their ranks, though, Mariko finds for the first time she’s appreciated for her intellect and abilities. She even finds herself falling in love—a love that will force her to question everything she’s ever known about her family, her purpose, and her deepest desires.


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SST Review & Giveaway: Internet Famous by Danika Stone

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Today I’m happy to bring you a review of Internet Famous by Danika Stone for the SST Blog Tour. Check out my thoughts and all the details below!


InternetFamousInternet Famous by Danika Stone

Published by Swoon Reads on June 6, 2017

Genres: Young Adult, Fiction, Contemporary, Romance

Pages: 320 Format: eARC Source: NG

4/5 Stars

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I acquired this ARC from the publisher through NetGalley. This does not impact my thoughts and opinions in any way.

High school senior and internet sensation Madison Nakama seems to have it all: a happy family, good grades, and a massive online following for her pop-culture blog. But when her mother suddenly abandons the family, Madi finds herself struggling to keep up with all of her commitments.

Fandom to the rescue! As her online fans band together to help, an online/offline flirtation sparks with Laurent, a French exchange student. Their internet romance—played out in the comments section of her MadLibs blog—attracts the attention of an internet troll who threatens the separation of Madi’s real and online personas. With her carefully constructed life unraveling, Madi must uncover the hacker’s identity before he can do any more damage, or risk losing the people she loves the most… Laurent included.

Last year I discovered the wonderful talent that is Danika Stone through the Sunday Street Team and I couldn’t pass up the chance to read and review her newest release, Internet Famous. Madi is a big time blogger but has to keep her real life separate. When both crash together, things begin to unravel and a troll lurking in the shadows comes out of hiding. 

Madi is an absolutely endearing character. She’s witty, smart, and totally passionate. She takes on so much and has a hard time connecting IRL. Laurent, my utterly charming French boy who’s good with a camera, stole so many scenes. And the two of them together was such a joy to read. I also really liked Madi’s sister, Sarah, and the familial bond between them.

The online community can be a magical place. Connecting with people who are passionate about the same things, sharing this joy far and wide, and making lasting impressions on those you’ve never met. All this can be seen first hand through Madi’s eyes. Unfortunately with the good comes the bad and online harassment has gotten worse and worse. Stone shows the extremes from persistent attacks to actual doxxing. 

I did have a few issues with this story, mostly in regards to the family aspects. First of all, what mother screws up the schedule of her autistic child, for her own selfish goals. Not to mention leaving most of her care to her other underage daughter. Plus the father was completely non existent when it came to parenting. Madi had to handle everything on her own and that really grated on me.

Overall Internet Famous by Danika Stone was an adorable and clever story that highlighted both the good and the bad of the online community. Madi and Laurent were ridiculously sweet and I totally connected with the two of them. Plenty of swoons were had but I did have a few minor issues along the way. If you’re looking for a cute romance with a dose of reality, this one is definitely for you.

Are you interested in Internet Famous? Read Stone’s other title All the Feels?

Let me know your thoughts in the comments below!


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DanikaStonePortrait2Danika Stone is an author, artist, and educator who discovered a passion for writing fiction while in the throes of her Masters thesis. A self-declared bibliophile, Danika now writes novels for both teens (All the Feels and Internet Famous) adults (Edge of Wild and Intaglio). When not writing, Danika can be found hiking in the Rockies, planning grand adventures, and spending far too much time online. She lives with her husband, three sons, and a houseful of imaginary characters in a windy corner of Alberta, Canada.

Ms. Stone is represented by Morty Mint of Mint Literary Agency.

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Book Review: Lord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare

LordofShadowsLord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare

Published by Margaret K. McElderry on May 23, 2017

Genres: Young Adult, Fiction, Fantasy

Pages: 699 Format: Hardcover Source: Purchased

4.5/5 Stars

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Would you trade your soul mate for your soul?

A Shadowhunter’s life is bound by duty. Constrained by honor. The word of a Shadowhunter is a solemn pledge, and no vow is more sacred than the vow that binds parabatai, warrior partners—sworn to fight together, die together, but never to fall in love.

Emma Carstairs has learned that the love she shares with her parabatai, Julian Blackthorn, isn’t just forbidden—it could destroy them both. She knows she should run from Julian. But how can she when the Blackthorns are threatened by enemies on all sides?

Their only hope is the Black Volume of the Dead, a spell book of terrible power. Everyone wants it. Only the Blackthorns can find it. Spurred on by a dark bargain with the Seelie Queen, Emma; her best friend, Cristina; and Mark and Julian Blackthorn journey into the Courts of Faerie, where glittering revels hide bloody danger and no promise can be trusted. Meanwhile, rising tension between Shadowhunters and Downworlders has produced the Cohort, an extremist group of Shadowhunters dedicated to registering Downworlders and “unsuitable” Nephilim. They’ll do anything in their power to expose Julian’s secrets and take the Los Angeles Institute for their own.

When Downworlders turn against the Clave, a new threat rises in the form of the Lord of Shadows—the Unseelie King, who sends his greatest warriors to slaughter those with Blackthorn blood and seize the Black Volume. As dangers close in, Julian devises a risky scheme that depends on the cooperation of an unpredictable enemy. But success may come with a price he and Emma cannot even imagine, one that will bring with it a reckoning of blood that could have repercussions for everyone and everything they hold dear.


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ARC Review: Saints and Misfits by S.K. Ali

SaintsandMisfitsSaints and Misfits by S.K. Ali

Published by Salaam Reads on June 13, 2017

Genres: Young Adult, Fiction, Contemporary

Pages: 336 Format: eARC Source: NG

4.5/5 Stars

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I acquired this ARC from the publisher through NetGalley. This does not impact my thoughts and opinions in any way.

How much can you tell about a person just by looking at them?

Janna Yusuf knows a lot of people can’t figure out what to make of her…an Arab Indian-American hijabi teenager who is a Flannery O’Connor obsessed book nerd, aspiring photographer, and sometime graphic novelist is not exactly easy to put into a box.

And Janna suddenly finds herself caring what people think. Or at least what a certain boy named Jeremy thinks. Not that she would ever date him—Muslim girls don’t date. Or they shouldn’t date. Or won’t? Janna is still working all this out.

While her heart might be leading her in one direction, her mind is spinning in others. She is trying to decide what kind of person she wants to be, and what it means to be a saint, a misfit, or a monster. Except she knows a monster…one who happens to be parading around as a saint…Will she be the one to call him out on it? What will people in her tightknit Muslim community think of her then?


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