Review + Aesthetic Board: Comics Will Break Your Heart by Faith Erin Hicks

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Comics Will Break Your Heart by Faith Erin Hicks
Genre: YA Contemporary, Realistic Fiction, Romance
Publication: February 12th 2019 by Roaring Brook Press
Series: None. Standalone.
Length: 320 pages
Format: ARC from the publisher
Rating: ★★★★.5

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Miriam’s family should be rich. After all, her grandfather was the co-creator of smash-hit comics series The TomorrowMen. But he sold his rights to the series to his co-creator in the 1960s for practically nothing, and now that’s what Miriam has: practically nothing. And practically nothing to look forward to either-how can she afford college when her family can barely keep a roof above their heads? As if she didn’t have enough to worry about, Miriam’s life gets much more complicated when a cute boy shows up in town . . . and turns out to be the grandson of the man who defrauded Miriam’s grandfather, and heir to the TomorrowMen fortune.

In her endearing debut novel, cartoonist Faith Erin Hicks pens a sensitive and funny Romeo and Juliet tale about modern romance, geek royalty, and what it takes to heal the long-festering scars of the past (Spoiler Alert: love). Continue reading “Review + Aesthetic Board: Comics Will Break Your Heart by Faith Erin Hicks”

Review: Black Enough: Stories of Being Young & Black in America edited by Ibi Zoboi

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blackenoughBlack Enough: Stories of Being Young & Black in America edited by Ibi Zoboi
Genre: YA Contemporary, Realistic Fiction, #ownvoices, Short Story Collections
Publication: January 8th 2019 by Balzer + Bray
Series: None. Standalone.
Length: 416 pages
Format: ARC from the publisher
Rating: ★★★★.5

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Black Enough is a star-studded anthology edited by National Book Award finalist Ibi Zoboi that will delve into the closeted thoughts, hidden experiences, and daily struggles of black teens across the country. From a spectrum of backgrounds—urban and rural, wealthy and poor, mixed race, immigrants, and more—Black Enough showcases diversity within diversity.

Whether it’s New York Times bestselling author Jason Reynolds writing about #blackboyjoy or Newbery Honor-winning author Renee Watson talking about black girls at camp in Portland, or emerging author Jay Coles’s story about two cowboys kissing in the south—Black Enough is an essential collection full of captivating coming-of-age stories about what it’s like to be young and black in America.

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#BloomTour: Bloom by Kevin Panetta and Savanna Ganucheau – Book Review + Aesthetic Board

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Bloom by Kevin Panetta and Savanna Ganucheau
Genre: Graphic Novels, YA Contemporary, Realistic Fiction, Romance, LGBTQIA+
Publication: February 12th 2019 by First Second
Series: None. Standalone.
Length: 368 pages
Format: ARC from the publisher
Rating: ★★★★.5

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Now that high school is over, Ari is dying to move to the big city with his ultra-hip band―if he can just persuade his dad to let him quit his job at their struggling family bakery. Though he loved working there as a kid, Ari cannot fathom a life wasting away over rising dough and hot ovens. But while interviewing candidates for his replacement, Ari meets Hector, an easygoing guy who loves baking as much as Ari wants to escape it. As they become closer over batches of bread, love is ready to bloom . . . that is, if Ari doesn’t ruin everything.

Writer Kevin Panetta and artist Savanna Ganucheau concoct a delicious recipe of intricately illustrated baking scenes and blushing young love, in which the choices we make can have terrible consequences, but the people who love us can help us grow.

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JM Joins #YARC2019! // BFR’s Year of the Asian Reading Challenge Sign-up Post + TBR & Most Anticipated 2019 Books by Asian Authors

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Hi, y’all! So in efforts to read (a lot) more diversely this 2019, I’m signing up to be a part of the 2019 Year of the Asian Reading Challenge as hosted by some of the lovely people from the book blogging community: Lily from Sprinkles of DreamsVicky from Vicky Who Reads, Shealea from Shut Up, Shealea, and CW from The Quiet Pond! This will serve as my official sign-up post, and on here, you’ll find my reading goal, and immediate TBR! So let’s get this post started, a’ight?

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Review + Aesthetic Board: The Gilded Wolves by Roshani Chokshi

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The Gilded Wolves by Roshani Chokshi
Genre: YA Fantasy, Adventure, History
Publication: January 15th 2019 by Wednesday Books
Series: The Gilded Wolves #1
Length: 400 pages
Format: ARC from Wednesday Books / Macmillan International
Rating: ★★★★.5

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Set in a darkly glamorous world, The Gilded Wolves is full of mystery, decadence, and dangerous but thrilling adventure.

Paris, 1889: The world is on the cusp of industry and power, and the Exposition Universelle has breathed new life into the streets and dredged up ancient secrets. In this city, no one keeps tabs on secrets better than treasure-hunter and wealthy hotelier, Séverin Montagnet-Alarie. But when the all-powerful society, the Order of Babel, seeks him out for help, Séverin is offered a treasure that he never imagined: his true inheritance.

To find the ancient artifact the Order seeks, Séverin will need help from a band of experts: An engineer with a debt to pay. A historian who can’t yet go home. A dancer with a sinister past. And a brother in all but blood, who might care too much.

Together, they’ll have to use their wits and knowledge to hunt the artifact through the dark and glittering heart of Paris. What they find might change the world, but only if they can stay alive.

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