Friday, February 28, 2020

#ARCREVIEW: Every Reason We Shouldn't By Sara Fujimura

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Every Reason We Shouldn't By Sara Fujumura
Publisher: Tor Teen
Release Date: March 3rd, 2020
Format: egalley*
My Rating: ★ 1/2
GoodReads ★ Amazon ★ B&N ★ 

Warning: Contains family expectations, delightful banter, great romantic tension, skating (all kinds!), Korean pastries, and all the feels.

Fifteen-year-old, biracial figure skater Olivia Kennedy’s Olympic dreams have ended. She's bitter, but enjoying life as a regular teenager instead of an athlete... until Jonah Choi starts training at her family's struggling rink. Jonah's driven, talented, going for the Olympics in speed skating, completely annoying… and totally gorgeous. Between teasing Jonah, helping her best friend try out for roller derby, figuring out life as a normal teen and keeping the family business running, Olivia's got her hands full. But will rivalry bring her closer to Jonah, or drive them apart?

Every Reason We Shouldn't by Sara Fujimura is a charming multicultural romance perfect for the many fans of Jenny Han and Rainbow Rowell.

You know I like books about hockey, but I also have a slight interested in ice skating, so this one appealed to me right from the summary. I haven't read a YA book in a little bit, but I thought it did the teenager stuff pretty well. Another blogger asked me what I was thinking about this and they couldn't stand the slang in it. I hadn't really noticed it before they asked me that, but it did seem to use "extra" a little too much. I don't think that was a deal breaker for me.

Monday, February 10, 2020

#ARCREVIEW: Messy By Katie Porter

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Messy by Katie Porter
Release Date: March 17th, 2020
Format: egalley*
My Rating: 
GoodReads ★ Amazon 

Alec Davies is an aging-out rock star.

He’s twenty years older than me.

He’s also my father’s ex-best friend.

Dad used to be the lead guitarist of The Skies, an icon of the 90s British music scene. His fights with lead singer Alec were legendary, and so was the band’s self-destruction. I’ve hunted down Alec to tell him that Dad is back in England and determined to die at home. Ending our first encounter by riding Alec’s face is not the smart thing. Saying “yes” when he wants to reconcile with my dad and offers his townhouse as hospice – it’s not the smart thing either, but I do that too.

This is a stand alone, full length romance. Happily ever after guaranteed.

I wanted to like this one way more than I did, like there were things I liked about it, but other times I just didn't understand the appeal the couple had to each other. It felt more like a sexual attraction and the actual love stuff just didn't sit right with me. I was so bummed because I do really want to read age gap stuff.

Tuesday, February 4, 2020

#ARCREVIEW: Shadow of the Batgirl By Sarah Kuhn, Illustrated by Nicole Goux

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Shadow of The Batgirl
Publisher: DC Comics
Release Date: Feb 4th, 2020
Format: egalley*
My Rating:  
GoodReads ★ Amazon ★ B&N ★ 
Cassandra Cain, teenage assassin, isn't exactly Batgirl material...not yet, at least. But when Batgirl goes missing from Gotham, can Cassandra defy her destiny and take on a heroic mantle of her very own?

Cassandra Cain is the daughter of super-villains and a living weapon trained from birth to be the ultimate assassin. But that doesn't mean she has to stay that way, right? She'll have to go through an identity crisis of epic proportions to find out. But how do you figure out who you're supposed to be when you've been trained to become a villain your entire life?

After a soul-shattering moment that sends Cass reeling, she'll attempt to answer this question the only way she knows how: learning everything she possibly can about her favorite hero--Batgirl. But Batgirl hasn't been seen in Gotham for years, and when Cass's father threatens the world she has grown to love, she'll have to step out of the shadows and overcome her greatest obstacle--that voice inside her head telling her she can never be a hero.

Sarah Kuhn, author of Heroine Complex and I Love You So Mochi, takes on her favorite hero of color for a new audience of readers. Featuring the edgy art style of Nicole Goux, Shadow of the Batgirl tells the harrowing story of a girl who overcomes the odds to find her unique identity.
I've been really liking the new DC Comics that have been coming out aimed at the young adult audience. I like them because they are an easy way into comics without assuming you have read like 25893859485 of the other comics.