Missing, Presumed Dead by Emma Berquist | the gritty queer ghost urban fantasy of your dreams

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Missing, Presumed Dead by Emma Berquist

May 21, 2019, from Greenwillow Books
Young adult urban fantasy
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With a touch, Lexi can sense how and when someone will die. Some say it’s a gift. But to Lexi it’s a curse—one that keeps her friendless and alone. All that changes when Lexi foresees the violent death of a young woman, Jane, outside a club. But Jane doesn’t go to the afterlife quietly. Her ghost remains behind, determined to hunt down her murderer, and she needs Lexi’s help. In life, Jane was everything Lexi is not—outgoing, happy, popular. But in death, all Jane wants is revenge. Lexi will do anything to help Jane, to make up for the fact that she didn’t—couldn’t—save Jane’s life, and to keep this beautiful ghost of a girl by her side for as long as possible.

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4 stars

Listen, this book is everything you could want from a gritty queer urban fantasy.

Murder! Ghosts! Murdered gay ghosts who don’t fall into the “bury your gays” trope because, you know … they’re not buried! Missing, Presumed Dead isn’t my usual cup of tea, but Emma Berquist’s debut, Devils Unto Dust, was so innovative that I had to check this one out and I’m so glad I did.

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Mid-Year Freak-Out Book Tag

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I am seriously in so much disbelief that it’s June already? Like, it feels like it was February yesterday. Yeah, I’m definitely freaking out; time just goes faster and faster and I don’t like it.

Anyways! I’ve seen this around a couple times and thought it looked fun.

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Top Ten Tuesday: Most Anticipated Releases of the Second Half of 2019

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme run by That Artsy Reader Girl!

First of all: New graphics! Again! Mostly because I wanted to procrastinate writing my papers. Whoops.

Today’s Top Ten Tuesday is the most anticipated books of the second half of 2019. So I have five of them, purely because in between smashing out history papers I’ve got no time and also carpal tunnel.

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Review: Red, White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston

Red, White and Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston

May 14, 2019, from St. Martin’s Press
Adult contemporary romance
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5 stars

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First Son Alex Claremont-Diaz is the closest thing to a prince this side of the Atlantic. With his intrepid sister and the Veep’s genius granddaughter, they’re the White House Trio, a beautiful millennial marketing strategy for his mother, President Ellen Claremont. International socialite duties do have downsides—namely, when photos of a confrontation with his longtime nemesis Prince Henry at a royal wedding leak to the tabloids and threaten American/British relations.

The plan for damage control: staging a fake friendship between the First Son and the Prince. Alex is busy enough handling his mother’s bloodthirsty opponents and his own political ambitions without an uptight royal slowing him down. But beneath Henry’s Prince Charming veneer, there’s a soft-hearted eccentric with a dry sense of humor and more than one ghost haunting him.

As President Claremont kicks off her reelection bid, Alex finds himself hurtling into a secret relationship with Henry that could derail the campaign and upend two nations. And Henry throws everything into question for Alex, an impulsive, charming guy who thought he knew everything: What is worth the sacrifice? How do you do all the good you can do? And, most importantly, how will history remember you?

This book. Y’all, this book. There was so much hype around it that I feared it wouldn’t live up, but I was absolutely hooked from the first chapter and it never went away. I would have read it in one sitting if I didn’t desperately try to savour it. Red, White, and Royal Blue plays off all my favourite romance tropes (eg. fake dating, enemies to friends to lovers) and some I didn’t know I liked, and all of it works perfectly. I loved every second of reading this book.

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Blog Tour: Stronger than a Bronze Dragon by Mary Fan, Review + Favourite Quotes

Stronger Than a Bronze Dragon by Mary Fan

June 11, 2019, from Page Street Kids
Young adult fantasy
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4 stars

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When a powerful viceroy arrives with a fleet of mechanical dragons and stops an attack on Anlei’s village, the villagers see him as a godsend. They agree to give him their sacred, enchanted River Pearl in exchange for permanent protection—if he’ll marry one of the village girls to solidify the alliance. Anlei is appalled when the viceroy selects her as a bride, but with the fate of her people at stake, she sees no choice but to consent.

Anlei’s noble plans are sent into a tailspin, however, when a young thief steals the River Pearl for himself. Knowing the viceroy won’t protect her village without the jewel, she takes matters into her own hands. But once she catches the thief, she discovers he needs the pearl just as much as she does. The two embark on an epic quest across the land and into the Courts of Hell, taking Anlei on a journey that reveals more is at stake than she could have ever imagined.

With incredibly vivid world building and fast-paced storytelling, Stronger Than a Bronze Dragon is great for readers who are looking for something fresh in epic fantasy.

Hi folks! I am SO excited to be doing my first blog tour with Stronger than a Bronze Dragon. Many thanks to the folks at The Fantastic Flying Book Club for organizing the tour. I very much enjoyed reading the book, and I can’t wait to share some of my favourite quotes from it! This book is packed with action, a fierce heroine, and a very compelling story.

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ARC Review: Again, but Better by Christine Riccio

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Again, but Better by Christine Riccio

May 7, 2019, from Wednesday Books
Young adult contemporary romance
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3 stars

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Shane has been doing college all wrong. Pre-med, stellar grades, and happy parents…sounds ideal—but Shane’s made zero friends, goes home every weekend, and romance…what’s that?

Her life has been dorm, dining hall, class, repeat. Time’s a ticking, and she needs a change—there’s nothing like moving to a new country to really mix things up. Shane signs up for a semester abroad in London. She’s going to right all her college mistakes: make friends, pursue boys, and find adventure!

Easier said than done. She is soon faced with the complicated realities of living outside her bubble, and when self-doubt sneaks in, her new life starts to fall apart.

Shane comes to find that, with the right amount of courage and determination one can conquer anything. Throw in some fate and a touch of magic—the possibilities are endless.

I was pretty excited when I saw Again, but Better, because I’ve watched Christine Riccio’s YouTube channel on and off for a couple years. I’m not an avid viewer, but it’s always so cool to see booktubers/bloggers become published. I thought Again, but Better was a decent debut novel that was incredibly relatable and quite heartwarming.

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