ARC Review: By Any Means Necessary by Candice Montgomery

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By Any Means Necessary by Candice Montgomery
Published: Page Street (October 8th 2019)
Genre: young adult; contemporary
Rep: Black gay mc, Afro-Latino bi li, almost all Black side characters
Rating: 4/5 🍑

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I received an ARC from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

I have so much love for this book, I’m not even sure where to start. Let’s just make a list and get through it step by step.

1) The writing style is really cool. It’s first person pov, which I know isn’t everyone’s cup of tea, but it works perfectly here. It’s clear that Montgomery knows how teenagers think, so it’s never awkward in that particular way only some YA books can be. Instead, it’s fresh & funny & casual. It’s like hanging out with a friend, basically. And then you get treated with a beautiful sentence here and there & it becomes magical.

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ARC Review: The Infinite Noise by Lauren Shippen

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The Infinite Noise by Lauren Shippen
Published: Tor Teen (September 24th 2019)
Genre: young adult; contemporary, science-fiction
Rep: mlm mc, gay mc with depression
Rating: 2/5 🍑

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I received an ARC from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

You know that picture of a horse that starts really beautiful & detailed and ends like something drawn by a three-year-old? That’s this book.

It starts really good, fun even, with a dual first person pov. It’s engaging, it’s interesting, it’s intriguing. You think you’re safe. You think you’re reading a solid four stars book. And then, in the last fifty pages or so, the spell breaks. (And you catch yourself thinking of all the little things you were overlooking up until now, because on the whole the book still was good.)

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Monthly wrap-up: May-August 2019

There comes a time in one’s life, when you have to look at your book blog and thin to yourself: wow, I haven’t posted a wrap-up in months! And then you realise the only way to come out of the situation with any dignity at all, is to make one post for all the months you missed.

So this is technically a monthly wrap-up. But it’s actually more like a quarterly wrap-up. And actually, I’m only gonna list the books I rated 4 or 5 stars (peaches!).

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ARC Review: On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous by Ocean Vuong

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On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous by Ocean Vuong
Published: Vintage, Jonathan Cape imprint (June 20th 2019)
Genre: adult; contemporary
LGBT rep: gay mc (ownvoices), gay li
Rating: 5/5 🍑

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I received an ARC from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Ocean Vuong is first & foremost a poet and On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous is his literary debut (he also has a poem by the same title). It’s not a novel novel, though, not in this very Western sense we’re all used to. There are no prominent arcs or villains, or any ascending tension. It’s described as a letter from a son to his mother & that’s how it reads, but you could also call it a memoir and not be too far off the mark.

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Monthly wrap-up: April 2019

Well, if I’m doing a wrap-up post for April, the first thing I should mention is: I moved last week! It’s been whole eight days, to be exact, because I moved on a Saturday. We were renovating a flat for me for ages, since my father and uncle did all the work themselves and they only had time after their day jobs. But hey, who cares, right? The important part is that they are finished & I have a whole beautiful flat for myself!

Also, head over to my twitter for some pics!

I had to finally change my twitter bio as well, because up until now it just said “a book blogger with no bookshelves”. But I have a bookcase now! I even arranged my books on it last night!

Anyway, let’s talk about the books I’ve read last month! And yes, before you ask, I am still doing my monthly reread of Crush.

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Blog Tour: With the Fire on High by Elizabeth Acevedo

I hope you guys are just as excited as I am! This was my first time participating in a blog tour with actual physical arcs involved. 😮 Any of you who are international bloggers as well, know how hard those magical objects are to come by for us…

Anyway! The blog tour is hosted by Karina @ Afire Pages who’s been an absolute gem. And a big Thank You to HarperCollins International for making this all possible! There are two (!) giveaways happening during this blog tour, as well, so you definitely wanna read the whole post, to get to the info about those!

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Let’s get cooking!

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ARC Review: I Knew Him by Abigail de Niverville

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I Knew Him by Abigail de Niverville
Published: Nine Star Press (April 15th 2019)
Genre: young adult; contemporary
LGBT rep: bi mc, gay li, three side gay characters, side lesbian character
Rating: 4/5 🍑

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I received an ARC from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

You know those books that just make you feel safe? As if someone you love gave you a long, warm hug? As if for a brief moment you knew with absolute certainty that everything is going to be okay?

That’s how I Knew Him made me feel.

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