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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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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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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Finally Someone

We all wanna be someone’s Wanna be someone’s someone With somebody we can’t live without — Monsta X In the year 1986, a stubborn man kissed the ring finger of a similarly stubborn woman. They could not stop fidgeting as they waited for the minister to declare them husband and wife. Meanwhile, a beast in…

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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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Please Give Me More of Hermione (and Crookshanks)

This is my favorite Harry Potter book so far, and I won’t be surprised if the next books throw me off my feet as well.

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Mulan Might Love This Cleverly Spun Tale

Spin the Dawn is a diverse story with many layers. You’ll enjoy it more if you don’t expect a Mulan retelling. But the Project Runway comparison is a bit accurate. Look forward to reading about men sabotaging each other’s fashion projects.

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This Sequel Broke My Not-so-fierce Heart

I probably would’ve given this a higher rating if the first book hadn’t been such a masterpiece. Still, I’m sure that the finale will be much better.

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We Hunt the Plot

This was a diverse but very boring debut. I finished it in a month even after downloading the Audible edition and listening to it at 1.5x speed. Sadly, the prowess of both narrators did not compensate for the slow pace of the plot.

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