ARC Review: By Any Means Necessary by Candice Montgomery

40651526._SY475_

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 🍑

 

 

interlude.png

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.

Continue reading “ARC Review: By Any Means Necessary by Candice Montgomery”

ARC Review: The Infinite Noise by Lauren Shippen

43263239

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 🍑

 

 

interlude

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.)

Continue reading “ARC Review: The Infinite Noise by Lauren Shippen”

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

44145077._SY475_

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 🍑

interlude

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.

Continue reading “ARC Review: On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous by Ocean Vuong”

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!

With the Fire on High by Elizabeth Acevedo official blog tour banner.png

Let’s get cooking!

Continue reading “Blog Tour: With the Fire on High by Elizabeth Acevedo”

ARC Review: I Knew Him by Abigail de Niverville

40711378._SY475_

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 🍑

interlude

ARC provided by the publisher.

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.

Continue reading “ARC Review: I Knew Him by Abigail de Niverville”

Diverse Reads & To Be Reads of the Week #20

The title says “of the week”, but I keep making one post like this a month… God, I’m pretty sure all I do on this blog is complaining about how little I read these days… It’s just really tragic, okay? Last week I had to trick myself with some trashy new adult romance books, just so I would finally finish a book. ://

This week was better, though. I actually read some great stuff! And two books that I had on my TBR for basically years. 😮 So that’s gotta count for something, right?

Just please keep your fingers crossed for me that I won’t forget how to read again next week…

Continue reading “Diverse Reads & To Be Reads of the Week #20”