Review: The Damned (The Beautiful #2) by Renée Ahdieh

911? hello? I’d like to report a murder of my heart at the hands of Renée Ahdieh. 😭😭😭 While this book wasn’t as big of a slam dunk for me, I am in desperate need of the third book (also since when is this not a duology?). If you were left wanting for paranormal in The Beautiful, let me tell you that you’ll love the expansion of the worldbuilding and supernatural elements.

While this review is spoiler-free for The Damned, it may contain spoilers for The Beautiful so tread lightly if you haven’t read the first book in the series.

If you’re a fan of mutual pining and star-crossed romance, this series is certainly for you. The Beautiful features one of my favorite slow-burn romances, and The Damned has torn the two lovers apart, breaking my heart in two. Bastien and Celine were put through the ringer and I appreciate that this series installment grapples with those events before moving forward.

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ARC Review: I Hope You’re Listening by Tom Ryan

Fast-paced and intricately plotted, I Hope You’re Listening is a fresh addition to the mixed media + podcast motif in thrillers that fans of Sadie will want to pick up!

Okay so listen: Keep This to Yourself is one of the best YA mystery/thrillers I’ve ever read and landed Tom Ryan on my insta-buy list for YA thrillers. Of course as a result my expectations going in were super high, the author delivered another thrilling queer YA mystery that I devoured in one 4-hour sitting!

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