Wicked Saints by Emily A. Duncan | an edgy gothic fantasy

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Wicked Saints by Emily Duncan

April 2, 2019, from Wednesday Books
YA fantasy
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A girl who can speak to gods must save her people without destroying herself.

A prince in danger must decide who to trust.

A boy with a monstrous secret waits in the wings.

Together, they must assassinate the king and stop the war.

In a centuries-long war where beauty and brutality meet, their three paths entwine in a shadowy world of spilled blood and mysterious saints, where a forbidden romance threatens to tip the scales between dark and light.

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2 stars

This book seemed cool from the outset; look, I like dark fantasy, and I generally tend to enjoy all the blood and gore that comes with it. That paired with the Gothic, eastern-European setting made me think this book could be for me despite the mixed reviews I’d read. Alas, the potential was wasted. Despite Wicked Saints seeming like something I’d enjoy, I went into it with trepidation, and it still fell flat.

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Top Ten Tuesday: Book Covers I Love

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

I missed the freebie about book covers even though I was really excited for that, so here it is. I really love pretty book covers, and I think this post shows, uh, my Type. (Flowers, snakes, and girls.)

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Her Royal Highness by Rachel Hawkins | an adorable royal romance

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Her Royal Highness by Rachel Hawkins

May 7, 2019, from G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers
YA contemporary rom-com
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Millie Quint is devastated when she discovers that her sort-of-best friend/sort-of-girlfriend has been kissing someone else. And because Millie cannot stand the thought of confronting her ex every day, she decides to apply for scholarships to boarding schools . . . the farther from Houston the better.

Millie can’t believe her luck when she’s accepted into one of the world’s most exclusive schools, located in the rolling highlands of Scotland. Everything about Scotland is different: the country is misty and green; the school is gorgeous, and the students think Americans are cute.

The only problem: Mille’s roommate Flora is a total princess.

She’s also an actual princess. Of Scotland.

At first, the girls can barely stand each other–Flora is both high-class and high-key–but before Millie knows it, she has another sort-of-best-friend/sort-of-girlfriend. Even though Princess Flora could be a new chapter in her love life, Millie knows the chances of happily ever afters are slim . . . after all, real life isn’t a fairy tale . . . or is it?

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5 stars

I’m officially hooked on queer royal romances. I read Red, White, and Royal Blue last spring and I loved it. Her Royal Highness has the same charm, complete with so many of my favourite romance tropes.
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Why I’m Tired of Multiple First-Person Perspectives

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I’m officially done. I’m over it. In the 2020s, can we please leave multiple first-person perspectives behind?

It seems like over the past ten years, so many more books have been written in multiple first-person perspectives than before, where two (or more) characters narrate in first-person. I’ve noticed it being especially present in young adult, and though I don’t read it much, new adult. Meanwhile, middle grade and adult don’t have quite as many books with this narrative style.

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I Wish You All the Best by Mason Deaver | a soft, emotional, and lovely book

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I Wish You All the Best by Mason Deaver

May 14, 2019, from Push
Young adult contemporary
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When Ben De Backer comes out to their parents as nonbinary, they’re thrown out of their house and forced to move in with their estranged older sister, Hannah, and her husband, Thomas, whom Ben has never even met. Struggling with an anxiety disorder compounded by their parents’ rejection, they come out only to Hannah, Thomas, and their therapist and try to keep a low profile in a new school.

But Ben’s attempts to survive the last half of senior year unnoticed are thwarted when Nathan Allan, a funny and charismatic student, decides to take Ben under his wing. As Ben and Nathan’s friendship grows, their feelings for each other begin to change, and what started as a disastrous turn of events looks like it might just be a chance to start a happier new life.

At turns heartbreaking and joyous, I Wish You All the Best is both a celebration of life, friendship, and love, and a shining example of hope in the face of adversity.

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4 stars

I’d heard a lot about I Wish You All the Best and how good it was. I haven’t read a lot of ownvoices books about non-binary characters, so I was excited to read this, and I was not disappointed. I Wish You All the Best is a soft book that deals with difficult subjects but ultimately manages to be uplifting and positive.

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