ARC Review: Monster of the Week by F.T. Lukens

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Monster of the Week (The Rules #2) by F.T. Lukens
Published: Duet Books (October 15th 2019)
Genre: young adult; contemporary fantasy
Rep: bi mc with anxiety, Latino (half-Puerto Rican) gay li, sapphic side character, Easter European side character
TW: panic attacks, absent parent, homophobia
Rating: 4/5 🍑

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ARC provided by the publisher.

First of all, I have to admit I was not aware this is a second part of series, but even so – it was a pleasant read & I don’t feel like my lack of knowledge diminished it in any way. I probably will read the first book, though, because I love those characters now.

Monster of the Week ticks off all the right boxes for me, so I have to go through them one by one before this turns into a three-page long rambling nonsense.

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Waiting for: November 2019

I changed my theme! How do you guys like it? I’m lowkey in love.

It doesn’t look like my list of November releases is very long but the truth is, those are the books I’ve been waiting for almost all year. So it’s really great that November start in two days, but also: how on earth is it already the end of October? Where did the year go?

Anyway, books-wise, November is shaping up to be pretty amazing! Also, if you want to learn about more LGBT books being published next month, check out our post @ Reads Rainbow.

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Monthly wrap-up: September 2019

So it’s the middle of the month, so what! Every day is a good time to make a wrap-up post! Don’t shame me! And anyway, I’m barely aware what day of the month it is because I had the last three weeks off work… It does feel like summer break for students, it really does.

I read a lot in September, to be honest! And so far almost nothing in October, but we’re not gonna talk about that.

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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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ARC provided by the publisher.

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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ARC provided by the publisher.

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 think 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
Rep: gay Vietnamese mc (ownvoices), gay li, Vietnamese characters
Rating: 5/5 🍑

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ARC provided by the publisher.

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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