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

Image and Description Credit: Goodreads

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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PRIDE ~ Reading Recs & TBR

Since June is Pride Month I thought I’d highlight some of my favorite LGBTQIA+ reads and put together a TBR for ones I’m excited to pick up. I’m definitely not an expert as I’m a straight, cisgender person but if you’re looking for comprehensive websites with lists, posts, and resources, Gay YA and LGBTQ Reads, are phenomenal sites and I highly recommend checking them out.


Fave LGBTQIA+ Titles

From contemporary romances to fantasy worlds, these twelve YA/NA titles all have wonderful LGBTQIA+ protagonists. If you’re looking for MCs identifying as gay, than History is All You Left Me, Timekeeper, Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda, The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue, and Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe should be on your list.

Both Unicorn Tracks and The Abyss Surrounds Us have lesbian rep while Queens of Geek and Noteworthy feature bisexuals. Out of Good Behavior was the first time I’ve seen pansexual representation on the page and When the Moon was Ours highlights a trans boy. Rounding out my list of faves was my most recent read, Every Heart a Doorway, which features an asexual MC.

All of these I’ve reviewed on the blog so if you’re looking for more detail, feel free to use the search option in the side bar. Now onto the titles I’m looking forward to.


To Be Read


Have you read any of these titles? Can you even pick favorites? Are there books I’m missing out on? Any recommendations?

Let me know in the comments below!

Top 5 Wednesday: Side Ships

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Top 5 Wednesday was created by Lainey (Gingerreadslainey on Youtube) as a way for book reviewers and lovers to share their love of lists every Wednesday. Check out the Goodreads group.

  1. Tamar/Nadia
  2. Bat/Maia
  3. Nico/Will
  4. Basra/Arjan
  5. Tee/Izzy

 This week’s Top 5 is all about ships, side ships! While I love a good main romance, the ones on the side are always pretty freaking amazing. At the top is Tamar and Nadia from the Shadow and Bone Trilogy. These two were such a surprise over the course of these books and they make me so happy. Since my love of Bat from The Mortal Instruments is strong, I was happy to see him get together with Maia. I think they make a great couple. Next up is Nico and Will from Heroes of Olympus. I love Nico and he deserves all the happiness in the world. Thankfully Will provides that. Shadow Run came out of nowhere for me and the relationship between Basra and Arjan was just so amazing. Totally here for it. Last but certainly not least are Tee and Izzy from Shadowshaper. The two of them together is pure fire.

What are your favorite side ships? Was it hard to pick?

Let me know in the comments below!

Teaser Tuesday: A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man

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Hosted by A Daily Rhythm, Teaser Tuesday is a bookish meme meant to highlight passages from books you are currently reading.

Here are the rules (as described by A Daily Rhythm):

  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
  • Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

This week’s teaser is coming from my book club pick of the month, A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce. Now I’ve never read any of Joyce’s works before and I’m honestly not sure how I feel about it yet. Stream of consciousness is kind of hard to get into. Check out this teaser for a little insight:

He was caught in the whirl of a scrimmage and, fearful of the flashing eyes and muddy boots, bent down to look through the legs.

Have you read any James Joyce? Like stream of consciousness in writing?

Let me know in the comments below!

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

Image and Description Credit: Goodreads

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

Image and Description Credit: Goodreads

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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About the Author

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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Tour Schedule

5/22 ~ Tine Reviews

5/23 ~ The Heart of a Book Cover

5/24 ~ Fafa’s Book Corner

5/25 ~ The Ultimate Fangirl

5/26 ~ The Cozy Little Book Nook

5/29 ~ The Hermit Librarian

5/30 ~ Paved with Books

5/31 ~ Books and Ladders

6/1 ~ Boundless Bookaholic

6/2 ~ Recommends Book

6/5 ~ Little Book Wyrm

6/6 ~ Bookstackamber

6/7 ~ Pondering the Prose

6/8 ~ Bayy in Wonderland

6/9 ~ Hopeful Reads

6/12 ~ A Gingerly Review

6/13 ~ The Litaku

6/14 ~ Downright Dystopian

6/15 ~ Books, TV, & More…Oh My!

6/16 ~ A Backwards Story


May Book Haul ~ 2017

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Behold all the books!

This haul wouldn’t have been this large if I had just avoided my library’s book sale. Kind of hard when I’m constantly there working though. From the aforementioned sale I picked up The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks, Belzhar, The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender, Black Dove White Raven, Lips Touch, and Egg & Spoon. At least I didn’t break the bank on these. Only $1.80 for all six.

All my other purchases were May releases that I just had to have. So Noteworthy, The Farmer’s War, and A Court of Wings and Ruin were all from the beginning of the month. Then came The Crown’s Fate, Flame in the Mist, and Lord of Shadows. All in all and excellent purchase month.

Have you picked up any of these titles? Frequent library book sales?

Let me know in the comments below!