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”

#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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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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#EverlastingNoraPH Blog Tour Review + Aesthetic Board: Everlasting Nora by Marie Miranda Cruz

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Everlasting Nora 
by Marie Miranda Cruz
Genre: Middle Grade, Children’s, Contemporary, Realistic Fiction, Juvenile
Publication: October 2nd 2018 by Starscape Books
Series: None. Standalone.
Length: 288 pages
Format: eARC from the publisher
Rating: ★★★★☆

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An uplifting middle-grade debut about perseverance against all odds, Marie Miranda Cruz’s debut Everlasting Nora follows the story of a young girl living in the real-life shanty town inside the Philippines’ North Manila Cemetery.

.After a family tragedy results in the loss of both father and home, 12-year-old Nora lives with her mother in Manila’s North Cemetery, which is the largest shanty town of its kind in the Philippines today.

When her mother disappears mysteriously one day, Nora is left alone.

With help from her best friend Jojo and the support of his kindhearted grandmother, Nora embarks on a journey riddled with danger in order to find her mom. Along the way she also rediscovers the compassion of the human spirit, the resilience of her community, and everlasting hope in the most unexpected places. Continue reading “#EverlastingNoraPH Blog Tour Review + Aesthetic Board: Everlasting Nora by Marie Miranda Cruz”

Review + Aesthetic Board: Fight or Flight by Samantha Young

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Fight or Flight by Samantha Young
Genre: Adult, Romance, Realistic Fiction
Publication: October 9th 2018 by Piatkus
Series: None. Standalone.
Length: 560 pages
Format: ARC from Berkley / Penguin Random House International
Rating: ★★★★☆

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A series of chance encounters leads to a sizzling new romance from the New York Times bestselling author of the On Dublin Street series. 

The universe is conspiring against Ava Breevort. As if flying back to Phoenix to bury a childhood friend wasn’t hell enough, a cloud of volcanic ash traveling from overseas delayed her flight back home to Boston. Her last ditch attempt to salvage the trip was thwarted by an arrogant Scotsman, Caleb Scott, who steals a first class seat out from under her. Then over the course of their journey home, their antagonism somehow lands them in bed for the steamiest layover Ava’s ever had. And that’s all it was–until Caleb shows up on her doorstep.

When pure chance pulls Ava back into Caleb’s orbit, he proposes they enjoy their physical connection while he’s stranded in Boston. Ava agrees, knowing her heart’s in no danger since a) she barely likes Caleb and b) his existence in her life is temporary. Not long thereafter Ava realizes she’s made a terrible error because as it turns out Caleb Scott isn’t quite so unlikeable after all. When his stay in Boston becomes permanent, Ava must decide whether to fight her feelings for him or give into them. But even if she does decide to risk her heart on Caleb, there is no guarantee her stubborn Scot will want to risk his heart on her…

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