A Curse of Roses by Diana Pinguicha

First of all, I do not know how anybody can pass by this cover without feeling the NEED to know more. And, I’d like to say this story is just as beautiful as it appears. I really appreciate the author’s note at the beginning. A kind of warning about topics that could make a reader uncomfortable. However, all these topics were covered with such class that I had no difficulty. This is based on a Portuguese story about a princess named Ysabel. Ysabel is not a typical princess and believes she is cursed. She is basically starving herself because the food she touches and tries to eat turns into flowers. However, with the help of an unexpected new arrival she learns to turn this curse into a blessing. This book has so many layers, from religious to political to the fantastical. What this comes down to is can Ysabel accept herself, all the things that make up herself, and be true to herself.

Cemetery Boys by Aiden Thomas, A Quick Review

I had no idea how much I needed Yadriel and Julian in my life! This is such a vibrant book that simply overflows with love and acceptance. Yadriel is a 16 year old trans boy that is right on the cusp of discovering that not only can he be accepted by his family but he will find a way to be more accepting of himself as well. Before he meets Julian, Yadriel thinks that all he needs is to become a brujo, which he believes will show everyone that he is also truly a boy. When he secretly completes the ritual to become a brujo, he also tries to raise a spirit and this is when the ghost of Julian enters the story. This is an eye opening tale in many ways and I was captivated until the end.

Someone’s Story by B.A. Bellec, A Quick Review

This really surprised me, not just for what an amazing story this is, but that it is honestly the most enjoyable and fulfilling reading experience I have had in a while. This tale is about Someone that I think we all can relate to. This 17 year old young man feels a heightened sense of pressure from the outside world and has the anxiety that goes along with that. When he begins a new school year as a senior in a new town, he doesn’t just learn new things, but learns a whole new way of living. This story made me laugh out loud and also had some very emotional moments that left me in tears. I also love the author’s unique writing style that fits this story perfectly. I feel like Someone’s Story is a must read for YA fans and, honestly, I don’t think I will be forgetting this incredible tale anytime soon.

Kingdom of the Wicked by Kerri Maniscalco, A Quick Review!

Thank you Netgalley for this ARC! Wow, this ending! I have to read the next book as soon as possible! This is the perfect Halloween read. Maniscalco spins a tale about witches, demons (sexy demons!), even Vampires and werewolves. Join Emilia as she searches for her sister’s murderer and finds herself pulled deeper and deeper into dark magic and her families secrets. This was a thrilling ride and, like I said, I can’t wait for the next book!

A Golden Fury by Samantha Cohoe, A Quick Review

Thank you Netgalley for this ARC! Be prepared to immerse yourself in the secret world of alchemy in A Golden Fury by Samantha Cohoe. Theosebeia is a 17 year old young woman who was on the cusp of discovery when her mother seemed to begin losing her mind while living with a patron in France. Thea finds herself facing new territory mostly on her own. Although she may come across reasons to distrust those around her, she will also find a completely new way of life. This is a terrific read that comes out mid October this year and I will be recommending this to all my friends!

Four: A Divergent Collection, by Veronica Roth, A Short Review

I am so excited that I finally got to read this book! I already loved Four’s character, so I’m not going to say this put him in a new light for me. Rather, it did add some extra context that I otherwise would not have known. I love the Divergent series and this is a perfect ending.

Thanks for reading my review and happy reading!!!

Of Wicked Blood by Olivia Wildenstein and Katie Hayoz

This book immediately sucked me in and didn’t let go until the end. A thief steals something that changes everything for not just him but a whole town. It leads him and others into a world of magic that never was imagined. The characters are charismatic and likeable. I loved reading this story and look forward to the sequel!

Lord of Shadows, The Dark Artifices book 2, by Cassandra Clare, A Short Review

This second book in the Dark Artifices series by Cassandra Clare had a fairly slow beginning and middle until almost the very end. I definitely had problems focusing and keeping my attention on reading this book. With that said, the ending is intense. I really can’t even decide how I feel about it besides partially devastated and maybe frustrated. This series really attempts to tackle some serious issues concerning mental health and different aspects to the LGBTQ community which only increases my love for Clare. I definitely suggest being patient with this series and trying to enjoy it, especially if you are a fan of the first two series in the Shadowhunter world.

Down World by Rebecca Phelps, A Quick Review

I really loved this. I did see the likeness to Stranger Things but it was different enough to still hold it’s own. The author, Phelps, must have experience with loss or she really did her research. The way Phelps described the emotions and reactions to this devastating loss the family was going through was just so on the mark. I felt a connection to Marina’s character the whole book even though she is so young, I felt like she was very truthfully described, very relatable. I definitely suggest this to scifi fans and YA fans!

Lady Midnight, The Dark Artifices book 1, by Cassandra Clare, A Quick Review

What a great start to The Dark Artifices series by Cassandra Clare! The last line of the book, not the Epilogue, made me gasp a little. I couldn’t help it! I just… what? But? Omg! Too much and I cant handle it. This book was steeped in the importance and love of family, also romance for sure, but family more so really. The need to have that older sibling, fatherly or, for some, motherly figure. To have that wholeness as a unit, that togetherness that defines the Blackthorns as family. I thought this tale was beautifully told, exciting, had my heart racing at parts. I highly recommend this for fans of The Mortal Instruments and The Infernal Devices by Cassandra Clare!