Overview: The First by Dylan S. Perry

Top Ten Reasons To Read:

  1. WITCHES
  2. Specifically: sneaky ~lady~ witches
  3. A main character who tries to deal with her emotions but just can't because sometimes emotions aren't preferable
  4. Time travel (can I get a whoop whoop?)
  5. The main villain in this story is every male, ever and you know what? I'm 100% okay with this.
  6. Fun little cliff-hanger in the middle
  7. Ending with a resolution
  8. SASS
  9. Visceral description of witchy stuff
  10. A main character who loves books??? Sign me up!!!

4/5 Stars

I loved this plot and the story-telling but here's what I was missing:

  1. Badass women of color
  2. More pages

I think this story needs more space to breathe and be told; I wish it were a full length novel rather than a novella!

Overview: The Names They Gave Us by Emery Lord


Top Ten Reasons To Read:

  1. Summer vibes ☀️
  2. Excellent execution of a main character struggling with religion + life
  3. STRONG INDEPENDENT WOMAN WHO DON’T NEED NO MAN
  4. Seriously the best summer book you’ll ever read
  5. The “summer camp” book I needed by never got in my childhood !!!!!!!
  6. THE REALNESS OF THESE CHILDREN OMG
  7. One of my favorite mom and daughter relationships
  8. THE JOKES, MAN, THE JOKES
  9. Teen pregnancy? Trans character? Yes plz
  10. I can’t even explain in words how relatable this book is read it NOW OKAY BYE

Overview: When We Collided by Emery Lord


Top Ten Reasons To Read:

  1. Main character struggling with mental health (anxiety + bipolar disorder)
  2. Alternating views between the two main characters! (Jonah is a real treat, y’all)
  3. Small-town beach life 
  4. Mom vs. young adult struggles
  5. Clear focus on sibling relationships
  6. PERFECT FOR SUMMER READING
  7. Nobody “fixes” anybody
  8. Jonah’s cooking skills amirite?
  9. Vivi’s unapologeic love of anything she’s interested in
  10. Tear jerking resolution leaving you satisfied yet unsatisfied at the same time

Overview: A Conjuring of Light by V. E. Schwab


Top Ten Reasons To Read:

  1. KELL AND ALUCARD BANTER CAN I GET AN AMEN
  2. A villain that’s not Holland (I love him but I wanted a really super evil bad guy and bOY DID I GET ONE)
  3. Lila Bard casually being amazing
  4. The absolute elegance that is Rhy. Full stop.
  5. Every scene that takes place on a boat was my favorite scene. There are a lot of boat scenes. 
  6. A NEW METHOD OF CURRENCY THAT MY POOR BABY ALUCARD SEEMS ALL TOO FAMILIAR WITH 😥
  7. Said new method of currency; I promise you’ll never see it coming.
  8. BLACK MAGIC
  9. Realistic almost-death around every corner – no character is spared *hyperventalites*
  10. The best wrap up to a trilogy that you’ll ever read in your entire life.

Overview & Giveaway: The Trials of Apollo: The Dark Prophecy by Rick Riordan


Top Ten Reasons To Read:

  1. Apollo’s commentary on mortal things had mE CRACKING UP. 
  2. Casual name drop mentions and AN APPEARENCE by some of our fave characters from Riordan’s other series. 
  3. STUFF BLOWS UP
  4. Scary prophecy in sonnet form
  5. My homeboy Leo Valdez
  6. Two kick-ass women in love and fighting for their daughter
  7. Sneaky, sneaky foreshadowing 
  8. Realistic casualties of battle
  9. Apollo having to confront his now-evil-former-lover
  10. Tater tots 

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Overview: A Darker Shade of Magic – V. E. Schwab


Top Ten Reasons To Read:

  1. London, England. (need I say more?)
  2. Really freaking awesome MAGIC
  3. Witty internal monologues
  4. Kell is a precious cinnamon roll too good for this world. 
  5. Young thief wants to be a pirate so she becomes a pirate = role model for children everywhere
  6. AMAZING fight scenes
  7. Thoughtful, intricate, and unique set-up and world building. 
  8. Prince Rhy 😉 😉 😉
  9. Brotherhood!
  10. The Evil Returns™ troupe (#obsessed)