Review + Aesthetic Board: Opposite of Always by Justin A. Reynolds

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Opposite of Always by Justin A. Reynolds
Genre: YA Contemporary, Romance, Science Fiction
Publication: March 5th 2019 by Katherine Tegen Books
Series: None. Standalone.
Length: 464 pages
Format: ARC from the publisher
Rating: ★★★★.5

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Jack Ellison King. King of Almost.

He almost made valedictorian.

He almost made varsity.

He almost got the girl . . .

When Jack and Kate meet at a party, bonding until sunrise over their mutual love of Froot Loops and their favorite flicks, Jack knows he’s falling—hard. Soon she’s meeting his best friends, Jillian and Franny, and Kate wins them over as easily as she did Jack. Jack’s curse of almost is finally over.

But this love story is . . . complicated. It is an almost happily ever after. Because Kate dies. And their story should end there. Yet Kate’s death sends Jack back to the beginning, the moment they first meet, and Kate’s there again. Beautiful, radiant Kate. Healthy, happy, and charming as ever. Jack isn’t sure if he’s losing his mind. Still, if he has a chance to prevent Kate’s death, he’ll take it. Even if that means believing in time travel. However, Jack will learn that his actions are not without consequences. And when one choice turns deadly for someone else close to him, he has to figure out what he’s willing to do—and let go—to save the people he loves.  Continue reading “Review + Aesthetic Board: Opposite of Always by Justin A. Reynolds”

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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Event Recap: #BeckyandAdaminPH

Wow, I mean… How do I even begin to write the recap for my all-time favorite bookish event? Tell me, because I seriously need to know. For almost 4 years now, I’ve been dreaming of meeting Adam Silvera and Becky Albertalli, and just last Sunday, this dream of mine came true all because of the efforts of National Bookstore. They brought the What If It’s Us authors to Manila and Cebu for signing events, and we’ve been given the chance to sit down and grab breakfast with them, and MY FEELINGS? Yeah, they’re EVERYWHERE. It’s a surprise to me that I’m able to write this roundup right now, but I obviously need to try and do it justice. So let’s get this started.

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International Blog Tour Review + Aesthetic Board: What If It’s Us by Adam Silvera and Becky Albertalli (+ Giveaways)

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What If It’s Us by Adam Silvera and Becky Albertalli
Genre: YA Contemporary, Fiction, Romance, Romantic Comedy, #ownvoices
Publication: October 9th 2018 from HarperTeen & Balzer + Bray
Series: None. Standalone.
Length: 448 pages
Format: ARC from publisher
Rating: ★★★★★

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Arthur is only in New York for the summer, but if Broadway has taught him anything, it’s that the universe can deliver a showstopping romance when you least expect it.

Ben thinks the universe needs to mind its business. If the universe had his back, he wouldn’t be on his way to the post office carrying a box of his ex-boyfriend’s things.

But when Arthur and Ben meet-cute at the post office, what exactly does the universe have in store for them?

Maybe nothing. After all, they get separated.

Maybe everything. After all, they get reunited.

But what if they can’t quite nail a first date . . . or a second first date . . . or a third?

What if Arthur tries too hard to make it work . . . and Ben doesn’t try hard enough?

What if life really isn’t like a Broadway play?

But what if it is?

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Book Freak Revelations Turns 3! Anniversary Post, Q&A, & International Giveaways

BFR (4)Celebrating a book blogging anniversary is pretty much the same as celebrating a birthday. It marks another year into one’s life, and I’m so glad to have been able to stay and grow alongside everyone that I’ve met for the past 3 years. The bookish YA / book blogging community has been my safe haven for the longest time, and so I want to reflect on the great parts of my journey, and share them all with you, as I always do. I also have giveaways planned for everyone to join so be sure to check out this anniversary post to know how to get your hands on some exciting books!

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