What Sorcery Is This?

Margaret Rogerson is slowly becoming one of my favorite authors. While Enchantment of Ravens is like ACOTAR done right, this sophomore novel is a love letter to bookworms, with a hint of Howl’s Moving Castle and perhaps Strange the Dreamer. But even without the comparisons, the story is remarkable.

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Tigers, Not Scaredy-cats

Are you fond of ghost stories? If you’re looking for something mildly creepy to read during this very long quarantine, you’re in the right place.

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Fake Stars and Gnashing of Teeth

Amora tarnished my reading experience. Still, I refuse to give the book a 1-star rating on the off chance that the author intentionally created a dislikable protagonist or anti-hero.

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In Love with the Romanovs

I wonder why books that make me cry always make it to my list of favorites? I’m not a masochist, but I guess there’s something delightful about mourning over the demise of my beloved fictional characters.

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Should I Kiss This Book Goodbye?

Of Curses and Kisses by Sandhya Menon My rating: 2 of 5 stars Thank you, Simon & Schuster, for giving me an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review. She couldn’t make this boy fall in love with her. She couldn’t break his heart. Because if she did, it was her, not…

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In Defense of Blood Heir: When the Road to Publication Becomes a Soap Opera

This is another instance of unwarranted hate. It’s sad how Twitter almost crushed the dreams of a promising author who only wanted to retell one of the dark periods in Chinese/Asian history. Overly sensitive influencers disregarded Amélie’s standpoint, accusing her of Black discrimination (and plagiarism). Now that I’ve read the ARC and final manuscript, I feel very indignant.

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This Manga Has Nothing to Do with Cannibalism

I Want to Eat Your Pancreas is one of my least favorite manga this year. However, regardless of my frustration with the protagonists, I liked the overall message of the story: You can enjoy life even if you have a terminal illness.

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Always Such a Flirt

I bought this book only because it was written by a real-life couple. The idea of creating a novel with a loved one appealed to the romantic in me, and I wanted to see how two intimate people could integrate their unique voices into a single point of view.

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The Comeback of Beautiful Vampires

The Beautiful is a fine piece of gothic fiction, especially when you compare it to YA classics that dealt with vampirism. It isn’t Renee Ahdieh’s best work, but its lyrical writing and gripping plot prove why she’s one of my auto-buy authors.

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Tenacious Thieves and Unbreakable Vows

Vow of Thieves is a satisfying conclusion to a fantastic duology. I expect nothing less from one of the queens of YA fantasy.

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