Genre: Contemporary Fantasy

Bite-Sized Reviews of Courtesy of Cupid, The Curse of Eelgrass Bog, Falling Short, and Dungeons and Drama

Bite-Sized Reviews of Courtesy of Cupid, The Curse of Eelgrass Bog, Falling Short, and Dungeons and Drama

Today, I’m reviewing three MG novels a YA romance. I hope these bite-sized reviews will be enough to feed your fiction addiction! Courtesy of Cupid is one of the first true middle grade romances I can remember reading (where the romance is the primary focus of the book). In fact, it reads a lot like a YA romance, except that the relationship doesn’t make it all the way to kissing by the end of the […]

Posted February 5, 2024 in Reviews / 6 Comments
Bite-Sized Reviews of Ruptured, Enemies in the Orchard, Skandar and the Phantom Rider, Ink Girls, and The Luminaries

Bite-Sized Reviews of Ruptured, Enemies in the Orchard, Skandar and the Phantom Rider, Ink Girls, and The Luminaries

Today, I’m reviewing two MG verse novels, a MG fantasy, a MG graphic novel and a YA fantasy. I hope these bite-sized reviews will be enough to feed your fiction addiction! Ruptured is a MG verse novel that explores the fragility of life and the triumphs that come from making it through incredibly difficult situations. Claire’s mom shares some devastating news with her just before suffering an aneurysm, so Claire struggles with fears both about her […]

Posted November 17, 2023 in Reviews / 2 Comments
Bite-Sized Reviews of Throwback; Goth Girl, Queen of the Universe; Ellie Engle Saves Herself; and Perfect Villains

Bite-Sized Reviews of Throwback; Goth Girl, Queen of the Universe; Ellie Engle Saves Herself; and Perfect Villains

Today, I’m reviewing two YA reads and two MGs. I hope these bite-sized reviews will be enough to feed your fiction addiction! Perfect for fans of Back to the Future, this book sends the MC on a quest back in time, where she has to fix the relationship between her mom and her grandma… and maybe meet the boy of her dreams? Sam has a fantastic bond with her halmoni (her grandma), and she’s never understood […]

Posted June 14, 2023 in Reviews / 2 Comments
Bite-Sized Reviews of Skandar and the Unicorn Thief, Valentina Salazar Is Not a Monster Hunter, As Long as the Lemon Trees Grow, and I Cannot Draw a Horse

Bite-Sized Reviews of Skandar and the Unicorn Thief, Valentina Salazar Is Not a Monster Hunter, As Long as the Lemon Trees Grow, and I Cannot Draw a Horse

Today, I’m reviewing two MG fantasies, a YA contemp (or recent historical, I guess?) set in Syria, and a picture book. I hope these bite-sized reviews will be enough to feed your fiction addiction! Skandar and the Unicorn Thief is an exciting middle grade fantasy adventure, filled with elemental magic, dangerous unicorns, and backstabbing betrayals. First off, I thought the worldbuilding in this book was really interesting. I loved the concept of the unicorn races […]

Posted October 27, 2022 in Reviews / 3 Comments
Charlie Hernández & the Golden Dooms by Ryan Calejo: Review & Giveaway

Charlie Hernández & the Golden Dooms by Ryan Calejo: Review & Giveaway

Amazon, Kindle, B&N, iBooks, Kobo, TBD, Bookshop.org Charlie Hernández & the Golden Dooms is the third installment in the series, and it continues the humor, adventure, and heart of the first two books. When a calaca (a Mexican skeleton of sorts) shows up at Charlie’s school and begs him for help, he can’t refuse. And of course, his incredibly intelligent and inquisitive longtime crush Violet is ready to put her sleuthing skills to the test and jumps right in to […]

Posted September 30, 2022 in Giveaways (Ended), Reviews / 4 Comments
Serwa Boateng’s Guide to Vampire Hunting by Roseanne A. Brown: Review & Giveaway

Serwa Boateng’s Guide to Vampire Hunting by Roseanne A. Brown: Review & Giveaway

Amazon, Kindle, B&N, iBooks, Kobo, TBD, Bookshop.org Serwa Boateng is not your average kid. She has been training her whole life to fight adze, a Ghanian version of vampires, so when she has to face the woes of regular middle school, she isn’t sure she can handle it. The book brings Ghanian folklore to life, with gods, monsters, and a fascinating magic system based on adinkra symbols that can still be found in Ghanian art today. I […]

Posted September 9, 2022 in Giveaways (Ended), Reviews / 6 Comments
Paola Santiago and the Sanctuary of Shadows by Tehlor Kay Mejia: Review & Giveaway

Paola Santiago and the Sanctuary of Shadows by Tehlor Kay Mejia: Review & Giveaway

Amazon, Kindle, Audible, B&N, iBooks, Kobo, TBD, Bookshop.org This final book in this series tests Paola’s ever-evolving relationships and explores the theme of community. Paola hasn’t given up on her best friend Dante, even though he said terrible things before he disappeared into the void. She is determined to find him and rescue him. But her newfound relationship with her father complicates things–he sees her as a little girl he needs to protect, which does nothing […]

Posted August 11, 2022 in Giveaways (Ended), Reviews / 9 Comments
Bite-Sized Reviews of Ballad & Dagger, Spineless, Lia Park and the Missing Jewel, and Mina

Bite-Sized Reviews of Ballad & Dagger, Spineless, Lia Park and the Missing Jewel, and Mina

Today, I’m reviewing a YA contemporary fantasy, a MG historical fiction, a MG fantasy, and a picture book! I hope these bite-sized reviews will be enough to feed your fiction addiction! Ballad & Dagger lends a fantastical twist to the immigrant experience. It’s set in Brooklyn, but in a diaspora community from a fictional island that sank into the sea. The island’s population was a blend of pirates, Cuban Santeros, and Sephardic Jews, and it […]

Posted July 13, 2022 in Reviews / 6 Comments
The Last Fallen Moon by Graci Kim: Review & Giveaway

The Last Fallen Moon by Graci Kim: Review & Giveaway

Amazon, Kindle, Audible, B&N, iBooks, Kobo, TBD This second book in the Gifted Clans Series finds our heroine once again trying to find a way to fit in amongst her people. You’d think saving humanity would have won everyone over, but Riley now finds herself up against new obstacles. First off, in the act of saving the world, she also removed the Gom clan’s healing powers, and the clan is not at all pleased. And this time she doesn’t […]

Posted June 2, 2022 in Giveaways (Ended), Reviews / 11 Comments
YA Reads for Black History Month (and Beyond!): Daughters of Jubilation and Ain’t Burned All the Bright

YA Reads for Black History Month (and Beyond!): Daughters of Jubilation and Ain’t Burned All the Bright

Today, I’m focusing on YA books with Black protagonists for Black History Month, but these books are great reads any time! In addition to those two reviews, scroll down to see one other book recommendation as well. I hope these bite-sized reviews will be enough to feed your fiction addiction. Daughters of Jubilation is a story of power and the ways it can be wielded for both good and evil. Having grown up in the […]

Posted February 23, 2022 in Reviews / 6 Comments