Six Crimson Cranes by Elizabeth Lim: gorgeous plotting & beautiful writing

Hi all!! I’m back. Again. I think I might be back for real too. I’ve managed to jigsaw my schedule into something resembling a workable timetable, and I’ve set aside time for blogging, so hopefully it works out. Anyways, I’m really excited about this book!! I loved Spin the Dawn, and I was so excited (and surprised) to see that I got approved for an arc of Six Crimson Cranes. Fairytale retelling + asian rep + stunning writing from an author I already love? Yes, please.

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It Goes Like This by Miel Moreland [blog tour]: top 5 reasons to read & mood board

I’m back from the dead again! And hopefully I’ll be really, truly back from the dead in a week (once I’m out of school and have more time). Today I’m on the blog tour for It Goes Like This by Miel Moreland. Thank you so much to TBR and Beyond Tours for having me! You can find the rest of the tour schedule here.

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The Last Shadow Warrior by Sam Subity [blog tour+giveaway]: viking warriors & mood board

It’s been a minute since I’ve posted. Which is unfortunate, because I have a multitude of ideas now that I don’t have time to write. I probably won’t have time to post at all this month, as I’ve been training around 20 hours/week for climbing (and will continue to until the competition mid June). Between that and school, I have no time for writing or blogging. I should be able to start again though once school’s out, regardless of training schedule. For the foreseeable future though, this (along with one other blog tour), is all I will be posting, unfortunately. I simply don’t have the time. Now for the actual post:

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She Drives Me Crazy by Kelly Quindlen: fake dating & there’s only one bed + playlist!!

I’m obsessed with this book. It’s absolutely perfect. It’s adorable and snarky and fun. This was towards the top-ish of my tbr-release list, but after actually reading it it’s jumped way up. If I don’t read a single arc for the rest of the year that is a-okay because I read this one.

It has it all: enemies-to-lovers, fake dating, sapphics, and there’s only one bed!!

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Everyone Dies Famous in a Small Town by Bonnie-Sue Hitchcock: a hit or miss anthology with 2/9 hits + song pairing

I don’t usually read anthologies—or stories about small towns. I’m a city girl. I’m used to commuting to school and passing person upon person, all of their stories invisible to me. (although, that hasn’t been the case for nearly a year now—thanks covid) Small towns are the opposite of this. Everyone is intimately aware of everyone else’s life—their successes, their failures, their joys and their tragedies.

That’s pretty much the basis for this story. Nine intimately interwoven stories. All from small towns. All impactful and passionate and full of the the fiery, all consuming feeling of being a teenager. Personally, I love the idea. I love books that connect seemingly disconnected people, weaving their lives and stories in and out of one another, despite being hundreds of miles or decades apart. When it’s well done, it’s effortless and beautiful and frequently heartbreaking.

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