LIST: Pride June Wrap Up

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Hello Beautifuls! What a long month!

Breakdown on my personal life:

  • completed my second to last semester at university
  • passed all of my classes including the ones I was terrified of failing
  • got into a shitty car accident and had multiple breakdowns
  • went through Ramadan and alhamdullelah surpassed it
  • gained so much support on twitter

Breakdown on my bookworm life:

  • read 16 books: 2 short stories and 14 full novels
  • got followed back by Megan Erickson whoop whoop
  • got rejected for some arcs that still hurt me
  • fell in love with intensely good books
  • read mostly lgbtqiap+ books
  • published 13 posts totaling 10 reviews!
  • completed a readathon of one of my new favorite authors: hannah moskowitz
  • started offering my service of being beta for reviews

This month has been great, so let’s do a quick overview of the books I’ve read. Links of the reviews will be attached, of course, so don’t hesitate to check. Also, I want to open the door for requests of books I’ve read and didn’t review. If you see any book on this list and you’re curious to know how I thought of it beyond the rating, hit me up in the comment section below. Thank you.

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eARC REVIEW: Ida by Alison Evans

30720860Title: Ida

Author: Alison Evans

Publication Date: January 1, 2017

Publisher: Echo Publishing

Rating: ★★★★/ 4 Stars

Genre: Sci-fi, YA, f/nb romance

How do people decide on a path, and find the drive to pursue what they want?

Ida struggles more than other young people to work this out. She can shift between parallel universes, allowing her to follow alternative paths.

One day Ida sees a shadowy, see-through doppelganger of herself on the train. She starts to wonder if she’s actually in control of her ability, and whether there are effects far beyond what she’s considered.

How can she know, anyway, whether one universe is ultimately better than another? And what if the continual shifting causes her to lose what is most important to her, just as she’s discovering what that is, and she can never find her way back?

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REVIEW: Teeth by Hannah Moskowitz

12024430Title: Teeth

Author: Hannah Moskowitz

Publication Date: Jan 1, 2013

Publisher: Simon Pulse

Rating: ★★★★/ 4 Stars

Genre: Fantasy (mermaids!), Contemporary, YA

Be careful what you believe in.

Rudy’s life is flipped upside-down when his family moves to a remote island in a last attempt to save his sick younger brother. With nothing to do but worry, Rudy sinks deeper and deeper into loneliness and lies awake at night listening to the screams of the ocean beneath his family’s rickety house.

Then he meets Diana, who makes him wonder what he even knows about love, and Teeth, who makes him question what he knows about anything. Rudy can’t remember the last time he felt so connected to someone, but being friends with Teeth is more than a little bit complicated. He soon learns that Teeth has terrible secrets. Violent secrets. Secrets that will force Rudy to choose between his own happiness and his brother’s life.

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#HMReadathon wrap-up post!

Hey, everyone!

c_gv7pqwaaaq-l3I hope you are all having a good day, I certainly am!

I am so happy to have started something in the name of supporting a much respected friend and author!

Hannah is hella cute and I wanted this to be a reminder to her that her work can bring joy and entertainment! If you’re reading this, Hannah, thank you for your hard work in creating!

Also: I wanna say thank you to Christine @storysalve, Benni @librarybenni and Ava @bookishwithtea for participating and using the hashtag on twitter! I am so proud of y’all and of myself. It was so much fun to read your tweets and reactions since I believe we read similar books!

Unfortunately, I hit a slump two days ago and I couldn’t finish A History of Glitter and Blood. But, I still have it so I’ll probably pick it up again when I’m in a fantasy mood! I want to do a quick wrap up of the books I did read. My review of Teeth will be up soon, so there’s that to look forward to!

 

Invincible Summer is a great summer read filled with beautiful imgery of summer and the breathtaking complex relationships within a family. It is a book brimming with Moskowitz charm from confused teenagers such as Chase to even more confused adults such as his parents and older brother Noah. Gone, Gone, Gone is probably my favorite book out of the bundle of three as it dealt with a teenager who was not dealt a good hand by his ex-boyfriend. It gave me so many feelings, both nice and sad and made me smile at very cute instances as Craig and Lio navigated their friendships with very intense romantic feelings going on. Finally, Teeth wins the spot for the most heart-wrenching book. I remember saying that I want something light after GGG but for some reason, my heart led me to Teeth! It’s hefty with metaphors and the entire thing felt like a bittersweet allegory as our favorite Rudy befriends a fishboy who he does quite a bit to save.

Overall, excellent books and I’m so happy to finally have a taste of Hannah’s talented brain! She made me groan with pain so often I was sure she could sense my agony! I definitely loved seeing her writing style develop and yet maintain such a distinctive taste of strong familial relationships as well as alive main characters who made for incredible narrators. I can’t wait to read more of Hannah’s books and you should too!

You can find more posts related to this Readathon in the tag “Hannah Moskowitz Readathon” easily.

If you have read any of the books above, link me to your reviews so we can have  Moskowitz chats!

REVIEW: Gone, Gone, Gone by Hannah Moskowitz

8849382Title: Gone, Gone, Gone

Author: Hannah Moskowitz

Publication Date: April 12, 2012

Publisher: Simon Pulse

Rating: ★★★★★/ 5 Stars

Genre: Contemporary, YA, m/m relationship

In the wake of the post-9/11 sniper shootings, fragile love finds a stronghold in this intense, romantic novel from the author of Break and Invincible Summer.

It’s a year after 9/11. Sniper shootings throughout the D.C. area have everyone on edge and trying to make sense of these random acts of violence. Meanwhile, Craig and Lio are just trying to make sense of their lives.

Craig’s crushing on quiet, distant Lio, and preoccupied with what it meant when Lio kissed him… and if he’ll do it again…and if kissing Lio will help him finally get over his ex-boyfriend, Cody.

Lio feels most alive when he’s with Craig. He forgets about his broken family, his dead brother, and the messed up world. But being with Craig means being vulnerable…and Lio will have to decide whether love is worth the risk.

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REVIEW: The Paths We Choose by M. Hollis

33299493Title: The Paths We Choose (Lilac Town #2)

Author: M. Hollis

Publication Date: April 6, 2017

Rating: ★★★★★/ 5 Stars

Genre: Contemporary, NA, F/F relationship

Lily Ferrari enjoys having control over every detail of her life. Ever since she left her parents’ house to gain her freedom, she decided to fully own her autonomy. But an unexpected visit from her little brother may change the path she chooses to follow.
Add to that a casual fling with the bright architect Mayte González, and Lily’s summer is turning out more interesting than she expected. It certainly beats the routine of working extra shifts at Johnson’s Bookstore.
A few weeks before her college life begins, Lily needs to figure out if she’s wrong about the past or if she should continue to protect her heart at all costs.

Sometimes moving forward is only possible if you have the right people by your side.

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REVIEW: Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan Mcguire

25526296Title: Every Heart a Doorway (Wayward Children #1)

Author: Seanan McGuire

Publication Date: April 5th, 2016

Publisher: Tor.com

Rating: ★★★★/ 4 Stars

Genre: Urban Fantasy, YA, with LGBT+ characters (more in the review)

Eleanor West’s Home for Wayward Children
No Solicitations
No Visitors
No Quests

Children have always disappeared under the right conditions; slipping through the shadows under a bed or at the back of a wardrobe, tumbling down rabbit holes and into old wells, and emerging somewhere… else.

But magical lands have little need for used-up miracle children.

Nancy tumbled once, but now she’s back. The things she’s experienced… they change a person. The children under Miss West’s care understand all too well. And each of them is seeking a way back to their own fantasy world.

But Nancy’s arrival marks a change at the Home. There’s a darkness just around each corner, and when tragedy strikes, it’s up to Nancy and her new-found schoolmates to get to the heart of the matter.

No matter the cost.

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REVIEW: Invincible Summer by Hannah Moskowitz

8105542Title: Invincible Summer

Author: Hannah Moskowitz

Publication Date: April 19, 2011

Publisher: Simon Pulse

Rating: ★★★★/ 4 Stars

Genre: Contemporary YA

Noah’s happier than I’ve seen him in months. So I’d be an awful brother to get in the way of that. It’s not like I have some relationship with Melinda. It was just a kiss. Am I going to ruin Noah’s happiness because of a kiss?

Across four sun-kissed, drama-drenched summers at his family’s beach house, Chase is falling in love, falling in lust, and trying to keep his life from falling apart. But some girls are addictive….

Not your typical beach read.

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