book review: a crown of wishes ~ a gorgeous diverse fantasy

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Release Date
: March 28 2017

Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy
Rating: 5 stars
Goodreads Blurb: 

An ancient mystery. An unlikely union. For one young princess in a state of peril, a dangerous wish could be the only answer…

She is the princess of Bharata—captured by her kingdom’s enemies, a prisoner of war. Now that she faces a future of exile and scorn, Gauri has nothing left to lose. But should she trust Vikram, the notoriously cunning prince of a neighboring land? He promises her freedom in exchange for her battle prowess. Together they can team up and win the Tournament of Wishes, a competition held in a mythical city where the Lord of Wealth promises a wish to the victor. It seems like a foolproof plan—until Gauri and Vikram arrive at the tournament and find that danger takes on new shapes: poisonous courtesans, mischievous story birds, a feast of fears, and twisted fairy revels. New trials will test their devotion, strength, and wits. But what Gauri and Vikram will soon discover is that there’s nothing more dangerous than what they most desire.

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book review: splintered by a.g. howard

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Publisher: Amulet Books
Release Date: January 1 2013
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy
Rating: 5 stars
Goodreads Blurb: 

This stunning debut captures the grotesque madness of a mystical under-land, as well as a girl’s pangs of first love and independence.

Alyssa Gardner hears the whispers of bugs and flowers—precisely the affliction that landed her mother in a mental hospital years before. This family curse stretches back to her ancestor Alice Liddell, the real-life inspiration for Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. Alyssa might be crazy, but she manages to keep it together. For now.

When her mother’s mental health takes a turn for the worse, Alyssa learns that what she thought was fiction is based in terrifying reality. The real Wonderland is a place far darker and more twisted than Lewis Carroll ever let on. There, Alyssa must pass a series of tests, including draining an ocean of Alice’s tears, waking the slumbering tea party, and subduing a vicious bandersnatch, to fix Alice’s mistakes and save her family. She must also decide whom to trust: Jeb, her gorgeous best friend and secret crush, or the sexy but suspicious Morpheus, her guide through Wonderland, who may have dark motives of his own.

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book review: when the moon was ours by anna-marie mclemore

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Publisher: Thomas Dunne Books
Release date: October 4, 2016
Genres: YA, Magical Realism, Fantasy

Pages: 288
Rating: 5 stars
Goodreads Blurb:

When the Moon Was Ours follows two characters through a story that has multicultural elements and magical realism, but also has central LGBT themes—a transgender boy, the best friend he’s falling in love with, and both of them deciding how they want to define themselves.

To everyone who knows them, best friends Miel and Sam are as strange as they are inseparable. Roses grow out of Miel’s wrist, and rumors say that she spilled out of a water tower when she was five. Sam is known for the moons he paints and hangs in the trees, and for how little anyone knows about his life before he and his mother moved to town.

But as odd as everyone considers Miel and Sam, even they stay away from the Bonner girls, four beautiful sisters rumored to be witches. Now they want the roses that grow from Miel’s skin, convinced that their scent can make anyone fall in love. And they’re willing to use every secret Miel has fought to protect to make sure she gives them up.

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Book Review: Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli

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Publisher: Penguin

Release Date: April 7th 2015

Genre: Contemporary, YA, Lgbt

Rating: 5 stars

Goodreads Blurb:

Sixteen-year-old and not-so-openly gay Simon Spier prefers to save his drama for the school musical. But when an email falls into the wrong hands, his secret is at risk of being thrust into the spotlight. Now Simon is actually being blackmailed: if he doesn’t play wingman for class clown Martin, his sexual identity will become everyone’s business. Worse, the privacy of Blue, the pen name of the boy he’s been emailing, will be compromised.

With some messy dynamics emerging in his once tight-knit group of friends, and his email correspondence with Blue growing more flirtatious every day, Simon’s junior year has suddenly gotten all kinds of complicated. Now, change-averse Simon has to find a way to step out of his comfort zone before he’s pushed out—without alienating his friends, compromising himself, or fumbling a shot at happiness with the most confusing, adorable guy he’s never met.

My Review

Lately it seems there are a lot more YA books that deal with lgbt and coming out but of the ones I’ve read so far, this one would definitely be in my top 10. It’s so incredibly cute and adorable that after reading it, I felt like I was just wrapped in this blanket of happiness. I, also, couldn’t stop thinking about Blue and Simon and just what an amazing ship they are! And let’s not forget oreos which I couldn’t stop craving.

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To be honest, there isn’t actually much of a plot in this book but the fact that it’s very realistic and relatable is what made me love it so much. Even though Simon vs is really fluffy, it delves  into important themes like identity, and coming out/being lgbt). The best part is that Simon is portrayed as normal. The whole controversy surrounding the concept of being lgbt makes it easy to forget that we are all humans and feeling a certain a way about someone of your own gender doesn’t change that. In the book, Simon doesn’t stand out as this “other.” He feels like he’s different because he’s gay but at the same time he’s dealing with the same things an “average” (straight) teenager does.

Becky also addresses all the turmoil and controversy surrounding coming out about being gay to your friends and family. Even though Simon’s friends and family turn out to be very accepting, there is still this awkwardness Simon feels about sharing this part of himself with them. In fact, I feel like this book is very relevant to our generation because it explores all the issues related to coming out from the perspective of a truly adorable and likeable character.

I loved basically everything about this book….The writing style, dialogue, and emails exchanged between Simon and Blue were some of my favorite parts of the book. Nothing felt forced or unrealistic and the characters were very unique. The dynamics of Simon’s friend group are also really interesting and the way they all just fit together made me wish I could meet them all in real life.

So basically, go read this book! And then tweet me @inkylove16 and tell me what you think. 🙂