The Afterlife of Holly Chase by Cynthia Hand Published October 24th 2017 by HarperTeenClassified as Christmas, Retelling, & Young AdultObtained as Ebook On Christmas Eve five years ago, Holly was visited by three ghosts who showed her how selfish and spoiled she'd become. They tried to convince her to mend her ways. She didn't. And … Continue reading The Afterlife of Holly Chase // AKA An Excuse to Use ALL the Christmas GIFs
GooooOOOOOOoooooooOOOOOOooooooooOOOOOOooOoooOOOOOoood MMooOOOOOOOoooorrrRRRRrrrrnnnnnNNNNNnniiiiNNGGGGGggggg! My first thought when watching that video: “Wow, big mood.” My second: “Man, I wish I felt that good when I woke up in the morning. Usually I just feel like somebody ran a flat roller over my tongue during the night.” Anyways, good morning to one and all from over here in … Continue reading In Which I Talk About Myself (THE HORROR) // The Versatile Blogger Award
Muse of Nightmares by Laini TaylorPublished October 2nd 2018 by Little, Brown Books for Young ReadersClassified as Fantasy, Romance, & Young AdultObtained as Ebook Sarai has lived and breathed nightmares since she was six years old. She believed she knew every horror and was beyond surprise.She was wrong. In the wake of tragedy, neither Lazlo … Continue reading Muse of Mental Illness Rep // Muse of Nightmares by Laini Taylor
I’m not a funny person. The highlight of my would-be funny person career was when I was nine years old and I cracked some super lame joke about sheep at Sunday School. That was definitely one of the Top Three defining moments of my life (up there with giving birth and getting married). And even … Continue reading I’m Not A Funny Person // The Entertainer Award
Muse of Nightmares // Laini Taylor // ★★★★.5☆ – FFJDSKFJSLKJFLKSDF. That is an accurate description of my feelings for this book. Honestly, it wasn't what I was expecting; IT WAS SO MUCH BETTER. It had Mental Illness representation by the truckloads and basically was an answer to my many complaints about mental illness rep in … Continue reading When All Is Read And Done // November 2018 Wrap-Up
At the end of the day, when I’m snuggling into my bed with a few precious minutes to myself, I’m not reaching for books about adults in their late Forties who have settled into their “adultiness.” Right now, I don’t feel represented by those stories and there’s no appeal in them for me. This is why I choose to read YA novels as a 20-something book blogger.
There is something utterly magical about books that spotlight a culture I know, love, and get to experience everyday. And because I want I to share this magic with you, you, you, AND EVERYONE, I put together this amazing list of some YA books that have to do with Japan.
Empress of All Seasons is a love letter to Japanese culture that boasts a unique storyline and beautiful world-building. Plot-driven and full of empowering themes, Emika Jean's fantasy novel is a must-read for lovers of asian-inspired fantasy.
Pride by Ibi Zoboi is a wonderfully diverse Pride and Prejudice retelling featuring the fearless Zuri Benitez and her lovable, yet crazy, family.
Daughter of the Pirate Kingby Tricia Levenseller is a swashbuckling adventure staring the cutthroat Alosa and is full of steamy romance.
Well, good morning and salutations to all of you bookish fiends out there! Want to hear a joke? Yes, of course you do. Everybody loves jokes, just like everybody loves cake (QUICK – NAME THAT MOVIE). Wait, what's that? You don't want to hear a joke? .... Then go directly to jail. Do not pass … Continue reading Mr. Sun, Sun, Mr. Golden Sun // The Sunshine Blogger Award