Are We All Lemmings & Snowflakes, by Holly Bourne || Mental health, important messages, & mixed feelings + GIVEAWAY


Title: Are We All Lemmings & Snowflakes
Author: Holly Bourne
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary
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Synopsis:

Welcome to Camp Reset, a summer camp with a difference. A place offering a shot at “normality” for Olive, a girl on the edge, and for the new friends she never expected to make – who each have their own reasons for being there. Luckily Olive has a plan to solve all their problems. But how do you fix the world when you can’t fix yourself?

Review:

I have only read two of Holly Bourne’s novels so far (the first one being It Only Happens in the Movies), and I love how she seamlessly incorporates her advocacies for social change into her works in a manner that doesn’t sideline them; rather, these ideas and messages are carefully placed front, center, and with just the right amount of in-your-face. Are We Lemmings & Snowflakes is not any different in that regard; at its heart, this contemporary novel thoughtfully and sensitively explores mental health.

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Not the Girls You’re Looking For, by Aminah Mae Safi || Unapologetically messy. Beautifully diverse.


Title: Not the Girls You’re Looking For
Author: Aminah Mae Safi
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary
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Lulu Saad doesn’t need your advice, thank you very much. She’s got her three best friends and nothing can stop her from conquering the known world. Sure, for half a minute she thought she’d nearly drowned a cute guy at a party, but he was totally faking it. And fine, yes, she caused a scene during Ramadan. It’s all under control. Ish.

Except maybe this time she’s done a little more damage than she realizes. And if Lulu can’t find her way out of this mess soon, she’ll have to do more than repair friendships, family alliances, and wet clothing. She’ll have to go looking for herself.

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Your Destination Is on the Left, by Lauren Spieller || Art & traveling: what makes a spellbinding contemporary


Title: Your Destination Is on the Left
Author: Lauren Spieller
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary
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Dessa Rhodes is a modern-day nomad. Her family travels in an RV, their lives defined by state lines, exit signs, and the small communal caravan they call home. Among them is Cyrus, her best friend and long-time crush, whom she knows she can never be with. When your families are perpetually linked, it’s too dangerous to take a risk on romance.

Instead, Dessa looks to the future. She wants to be a real artist and going to art school is her ticket to success and a new life. There’s just one problem: she hasn’t been accepted…anywhere. Suddenly her future is wide open, and it looks like she’s going to be stuck traveling forever.

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Mini Reviews || 5 poetry books from female voices that need to be heard!

Hey, everyone! It feels like forever since I last did mini reviews by batch. I have never really been great at writing concisely, so I’m generally more comfortable with longer and more comprehensive reviews. However, with a total of 54 read-but-unreviewed titles, my review backlog has gotten pretty daunting and overwhelming – hashtag the struggle is real.

For this batch of mini-reviews, I’ll be sharing five poetry collections from female voices that definitely need to be heard by more people! Four of these poetry books were written by women of color, namely, Blue Bird by Magda Ayuk, milk and honey by Rupi Kaur, Women of Resistance by multiple authors, and Sisters’ Entrance by Emtithal “Emi” Mahmoud. Unfortunately, I decided against finishing Women of Resistance, which was definitely one of my more anticipated poetry titles in this batch. The details of my reading experience with it will be elaborated later in my review. Here we go!



Title: Sisters’ Entrance
Author: Emtithal Mahmoud
Genre: Poetry
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Synopsis:
2015 World Poetry Slam Champion and Woman of the World co-Champion Emtithal “Emi” Mahmoud presents her hauntingly beautiful debut poetry collection.

Brimming with rage, sorrow, and resilience, this collection traverses an expansive terrain: genocide; diaspora; the guilt of surviving; racism and Islamophobia; the burdens of girlhood; the solace of sisterhood; the innocence of a first kiss. Heart-wrenching and raw, defiant and empowering, Sisters’ Entrance explores how to speak the unspeakable.

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Mini Reviews || 3 anticipated fantasy titles that felt underwhelming

As most of you should know by now, fantasy is hands down my favorite genre. I really cannot get enough of magical worlds, mythical creatures, and all that other wonderful jazz. For this batch of mini reviews, I will be talking about three fantasy titles that I was extremely excited about: An Enchantment of Ravens by Margaret Rogerson, The Impostor Queen by Sarah Fine, and Society of Wishes by Elise Kova.

From what I’ve gathered, these titles have been positively received by my trusted sources (i.e. bloggers and friends whose opinions I consider before I pick up a book). Unfortunately, however, I ended up not liking any of the three books. In fact, I found them to be really underwhelming.



Title: An Enchantment of Ravens
Author: Margaret Rogerson
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Romance
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A skilled painted must stand up to the ancient power of the faerie courts—even as she falls in love with a faerie prince—in this gorgeous debut novel.

Isobel is a prodigy portrait artist with a dangerous set of clients: the sinister fair folk, immortal creatures who cannot bake bread, weave cloth, or put a pen to paper without crumbling to dust. They crave human Craft with a terrible thirst, and Isobel’s paintings are highly prized. But when she receives her first royal patron—Rook, the autumn prince—she makes a terrible mistake. She paints mortal sorrow in his eyes—a weakness that could cost him his life.

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Review (and giveaway!) || The Way You Make Me Feel, by Maurene Goo


Title: The Way You Make Me Feel
Author: Maurene Goo
Genre: Young Adult, Romance, Contemporary
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Clara Shin lives for pranks and disruption. When she takes one joke too far, her dad sentences her to a summer working on his food truck, the KoBra, alongside her uptight classmate Rose Carver. Not the carefree summer Clara had imagined. But maybe Rose isn’t so bad. Maybe the boy named Hamlet (yes, Hamlet) crushing on her is pretty cute. Maybe Clara actually feels invested in her dad’s business. What if taking this summer seriously means that Clara has to leave her old self behind?

With Maurene Goo’s signature warmth and humor, The Way You Make Me Feel is a relatable story of falling in love and finding yourself in the places you’d never thought to look.

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Review || Chasing Mindy, by Carla de Guzman


Title: Chasing Mindy
Author: Carla de Guzman
Genre: New Adult, Romance, Contemporary
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Jasmine “Mindy” Capras, born right in the middle of eight, equally unique siblings, has been dreaming of exploring Paris on her own. No crazy (but totally well-meaning!) family. No generic tours and boring tour guides. Unfortunately, when Mindy finally gets to go to Paris for a week, her mother insists that she meets up with Javier Tiangco, who happens to be studying in Paris for his MBA. The same Javier her mother, together with Javier’s mother as a faithful accomplice, has been trying to set her up with.

But while Mindy is dramatic and has a tendency to yell at things when her siblings are brought up, Javier is taciturn and boring. The two of them spending a week in Paris together? It doesn’t sound like the best idea.

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