ARC Review: Starfish | Healing, Identity, and Belonging

ARC Review: Starfish | Healing, Identity, and Belonging

TITLE: Starfish
AUTHOR: Akemi Dawn Bowman
SERIES: N/A
RELEASED: September 2017; Simon Pulse
GENRE: YA Contemporary
FORMAT: e-Book

KEY INFO: #ownvoice, coming of age, healing, family, romance, artistry
REPRESENTATION:
bi-racial, female MC, anxiety, survivor
CONTENT WARNINGS:
anxiety, sexual abuse, emotional abuse, parental racism, suicide attempt

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Book review: The Rest Of Us Just Live Here | The Background Characters Take Over

Book review: The Rest Of Us Just Live Here | The Background Characters Take Over

TITLE: The Rest of Us Just Live Here
AUTHOR: Patrick Ness
SERIES: N/A
RELEASED: August 2015; Walker Books
GENRE: Magical Realism
FORMAT: Library Hardback

KEY INFO: Coming of age, superpowers in contemporary society, young adult struggles, super cute friendships, not the Chosen Ones, romances
REPRESENTATION:
OCD (MC), gay men, eating disorder, woman of colour, anxiety
CONTENT NOTICES:
OCD loops (minor injuries), discussion of eating disorders, discussion of suicidal thoughts, anti-depressants

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Book Review: Illuminae | Holy Frak What Did I Just Read

Book Review: Illuminae | Holy Frak What Did I Just Read

TITLE: Illuminae
AUTHOR: Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff
SERIES: The Illuminae Files
RELEASED: October 2015; Knopf Books for Young Readers
GENRE: YA Science Fiction
FORMAT: Library Paperback

KEY INFO: Unique story presentation, set on a spaceship, awesome AI, romance, dystopia, space thriller
REPRESENTATION:
Female MC, AI side character
CONTENT NOTICES:
lots of space death, gory murders, insanity

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Book Review: The Inexplicable Logic of My Life | A Coming of Age Novel Surrounded by Controversy

Book Review: The Inexplicable Logic of My Life | A Coming of Age Novel Surrounded by Controversy

TITLE: The Inexplicable Logic of My Life
AUTHOR: Benjamin Alire Saenz
SERIES: N/A
RELEASED: March 2017; Clarion Books
GENRE: YA Contemporary
FORMAT: Physical

KEY INFO:  Platonic love, coming of age, dealing with emotions, family, friendship
REPRESENTATION:
Mexican-American (side characters), adopted child, gay men
CONTENT NOTICES:
rape, physical violence, male aggression, relatives death and grief

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ARC Review: The Wicked Cometh | The Darkest Secrets, An Unknown Evil & F/F Romance

ARC Review: The Wicked Cometh | The Darkest Secrets, An Unknown Evil & F/F Romance

TITLE: The Wicked Cometh
AUTHOR: Laura Carlin
SERIES: N/A
RELEASED: February 2018; Hodder & Stoughton
GENRE: Historical Fiction
FORMAT: e-Book

KEY INFO: Queer historical fiction, murder mystery, 19th Century London
REPRESENTATION:
Female MC, F/F romance
CONTENT NOTICES:
murder, poverty, descriptions of dead bodies

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