A Conjuring of Light by V.E. Schwab

“Love and loss,” he said, “are like a ship and the sea. They rise together. The more we love, the more we have to lose. But the only way to avoid loss is to avoid love. And what a sad world that would be.” The balance of power has finally tipped between the four Londons….

XOXO by Axie Oh

“I’m saying, people do strange things to protect their hearts. But when you’re afraid, your heart is closed, and it’s never the right time, but when your heart is open, and you’re willing to be brave enough to take a chance, the time is always right.” Cello prodigy Jenny has one goal: get into a…

Red, White, and Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston

“The next slide is titled: ‘Exploring your sexuality: Healthy, but does it have to be with the Prince of England?’” First Son Alex Claremont-Diaz is the closest thing to a prince on this side of the Atlantic. Along with his intrepid sister, June, and his best friend Nora, they make-up the White House Trio, a…

Moon of the Crusted Snow by Waubgeshig Rice

“Yes, apocalypse. We’ve had that over and over. But we always survived. We’re still here. And we’ll still be here, even if the power and the radios don’t come back on and we never see any white people again.” With winter looming, a small Anishinaabe community goes dark. Cut off from the outside world, the…

Call Us What We Carry by Amanda Gorman

“Anxiety is a living body, Poised beside us like a shadow. It is the last creature standing, The only beast who loves us Enough to stay.” Amanda Gorman’s new poetry collection reveals an energizing and remarkable new voice in American poetry. Call Us What We Carry is Gorman at her finest and is bursting with…

My True Love Gave To Me: Twelve Holiday Stories

I’m actually not a fan of Christmas/Holiday stories just in general. I know that it’s a bit weird because I love stories with wintry vibes so much, but they generally just come off as gimmicky and forced to me, this collection was unfortunately not an exception. It’s my lowest rated anthology to date. I’m sad…

Cold the Night, Fast the Wolves by Meg Long

“Sometimes you don’t get to pick your family. Sometimes, they show up and pick you and you have to embrace it. And that wolf picked you.” Sena Korhosen has vowed to never run the race that her whole planet seems to revolve around. Ever since both of her mothers died on the ice, she has…

2021 Book Superlatives

Most years I spend the last two weeks of December talking about the best, the most surprising, and the most disappointing books that I read throughout the year. This year I am doing something a little different. I have decided to do my own version of the Bookish Superlatives Tag that I have seen going…

Girls of Fate and Fury by Natasha Ngan

“Because I learned long ago that Paper has its own power — the ability to ignite, re-form, evolve. And the young human girl they’ve brought back to the palace is not the same girl she was the first time around.” Lei never wants to return to the Hidden Palace. The suffering and trauma that she…

Our Violent Ends by Chloe Gong

“To have and to hold, where even death cannot part us,’ Juliette whispered.‘In this life and the next,’ Roma returned, ‘for however long our souls remain, mine will always find yours.” The year is 1927 and Shanghai teeters on the edge of a revolution. The Nationalists are marching in and there are whispers of a…