Review: The Beautiful (The Beautiful #1) by Renee Ahdieh

Friends, I know this sounds dramatic, but CALL THE POLICE! I’ve been personally victimized by this amazing book. The writing is lush and captivating, the characters are vivid, and the chemistry between characters oozes off the page. Honestly, it has been three months since I read this book and I could write this review from memory.

The atmosphere of this book is all-encompassing. Set in 1870s New Orleans, the city comes alive for the reader. I’ve been there once and felt like the book transported me back onto its streets. The lush descriptions paint such a full picture of being there and draws in the senses. Food is an important part of the city’s culture so it has a place of importance in the story and how Celine experiences New Orleans. The city itself is definitely a character in its own right.

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ARC Review: Tarnished Are the Stars by Rosiee Thor

Narrative style: third person | Perspective(s): multiple (Anna, Nathaniel, Eliza)

This science fiction debut is so incredibly special, friends. I didn’t expect to adore these characters, but here I am, utterly attached and wishing it wasn’t a standalone novel so I could go on more adventures with them.

“There was nothing quite like the first tick of a new heart.”

Tarnished Are the Stars finished copyThe book instantly sucked me in with its opening chapter, situating the reader within the world and providing so much backstory in an easily digestible way. It starts at the operating table; a young boy named Roman needs a mechanical heart to stay alive. Lucky for him, they are outside the walls of the Settlement and the life-saving technology is available to him.

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ARC Review: The Deep by Rivers Solomon

b>Inspired by a song produced by the rap group Clipping for the This American Life episode “We Are In The Future.”

The Deep simply blew me away with its powerful prose and blend of history and fantasy. It’s a story of memory and history, the individual versus the group, of identity, of pain and of hope. This is such a beautifully crafted and powerful story that I can’t recommend enough.

“Forgetting was not the same as healing.”

The Deep arcDescended from pregnant African women thrown overboard from slave ships, the wajinru have no long-term memory, instead choosing to live in the moment without the burden of the past. It is the responsibility of their historian – Yetu – to hold the memories for them so they aren’t lost, and once a year they have a ceremony to remember the history for a brief time. But the weight of the painful and traumatic memories consumes Yetu and threatens her life.

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Rules for Vanishing by Kate Alice Marshall

☠️ You can read an excerpt on PenguinTeen.com!

Holy moly, ghouls and pals! This book. I was looking for a spooky read and this faux-documentary style story in the vein of The Blair Witch Project looked incredibly promising. Not only does it deliver on the spookiness, but it is so much more than that. If you are a fan of found footage and mixed media storytelling, please add this one to your October TBRs.

“FIND THE ROAD. FIND THE GATES. FIND THE GIRL.”

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A House of Rage and Sorrow (The Celestial Trilogy #2) Sangu Mandanna

This review is spoiler-free for A House of Rage and Sorrow but may contain spoilers for A Spark of White Fire. Please exercise caution and don’t even read this book’s synopsis if you haven’t read the first one yet.

I apologize in advance for how incoherent this review will likely be to read. I finished reading A House of Rage and Sorrow about seven hours ago and am still reeling from the perfection that is this trilogy. Mandanna has burst all notions of the Middle Book Slump, crafting a fast-paced plot and characters you can’t help to fall in love with. Grab some tissues, friends, this one is a beautiful and emotional journey.

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