Reread 📚, Rewrite ✍🏾, BURN 🔥!

Hi guys and welcome back to my blog! Today I have a fun post that I have been thinking of doing for a while now, and I am so excited to share it with you. I will be playing a bookish variant of FMK (fuck, marry kill) with a few books I have read so far in 2020. Instead of FMK, it will be reread, rewrite, burn. I don’t have much to add, so as this one tik toker would say: yuuuuuh get into it!

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REREAD….REWRITE….BURN…

I won’t lie this one is difficult because I don’t to reread some of them as much as I want to rewrite them… But I can only pick one book per choice so here it goes.

REREAD: Such a Fun Age. This is one of my favorite reads of the year. The friendships in this book were everything to me and it felt good to read about someone that doesn’t have everything figured out (even if I found Emira kinda… meh? Only sometimes though). I picked reread for this because I can’t think of anything I’d want to change in this book, but I don’t want to burn it.

REWRITE: Docile. I had a lot of conflicted feelings while reading this. I can see why it’s problematic but I also really enjoyed reading it and was hooked. I would change a few things though. For starters, I’d write it so it comes out as less romantic. Elisha and Alex should not be together in my opinion. I read this in March so I can’t remember if they’re endgame or not but I would not make them endgame and I would make Elisha realize how fucked up his relationship with Alex is quicker than the author did. I would also change the whole last act because it was just long and unnecessary and it felt like the plot was getting dragged.

BURN: Loveboat, Taipei. Listen…. The more I think about this book, the more I get annoyed. It had so much potential and it all disappeared when I read it. The love triangle ended up in a way I did NOT enjoy, we barely saw anything related to Taipei in the book, and the main character was just so annoying and made horrible decisions. I can’t help but question her decisions and who she associates herself with (you will understand if you have read the book). Unfortunately, this is a burn it for me.

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Okay so this round is fairly easy to me.

REREAD: Most Likely. This book has a solid friend group which I absolutely love. The main characters are strong women and I loved reading about them and their friendship and see how they all helped each other achieve their goals. I think it’s an amazing YA novel and I loved it so much. I absolutely would like to reread it for the first time.

REWRITE: If I Had Your Face. I loved this book and I think the message the author wanted to share was amazing. Basically it is about the beauty and the social standards in South Korea and follows the lives of four women living in the same apartment complex. If I were to rewrite this, I would make it longer. I think some of the characters were not developed enough and I would have enjoyed seeing more of them and more of their lives and how they handled their problems. The ending left me wanting more.

BURN: The Jetsetters. I did not hate this book, but the characters were pretty annoying and the ending felt rushed and weird to me. I don’t think I could salvage it with a rewrite (mostly because I don’t know what I’d change) and I don’t really feel like rereading 300 pages of white adults acting like children for no reason.

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AAAAAH! This one is SO hard?????? I loved ALL these books and the thought of burning one of them is hurting me.

REREAD: Felix Ever After. I finished this book literally this morning and I absolutely loved it. I flew through it. I want more of Felix, and Ezra, and Declan, and everyone else. I loved the New York vibes and the fact that the story is set during Pride Month. I don’t have anything bad to say about it, except that I want more of it. And I wish I could reread it for the first time again.

REWRITE: Queenie. I loved this book. I liked the way it dealt about Black women and their health and their mental health, and sexuality and friendships and more. I think the only thing I would change if I could would be the way Queenie acts? She makes mistakes, which normal since she’s human, but I felt like some of them could have been avoided. And I did not like how she was bad at communicating and sometimes it felt like she assumed a lot of things, instead of make sure for real of what was happening.

BURN: Normal People. I loved that book, and it pains me to burn it… But choices were made. And I live by them. Like I said, I loved Normal People, but at the end of the day it offered nothing special or different to me. Sure the way it handled the whole friendship and relationship between Connell and Marianne was different than the same types of relationships we see in other books, but at the end of the day it was just a semi-love-story between two white people who are bad at communicating and don’t seem to want too be better at them. So yeah, I’m burning it.

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REREAD: Foolish Hearts. THIS BOOK WAS SO WHOLESOME. 🥰🥰🥰🥰🥰 I loved everything about it. The characters, the teenage love, the building of new friendships, the theater aspect… EVERYTHING. I would love to reread it for the first time again. It was the first Emma Mills book I read and I definitively want to read more from her.

REWRTIE: Get a Life Chloe Brown. This was a good romance with a lot of representation and I really enjoyed it. However, if I could I would change the way Choe and Red argued. It often felt like it was just so there could be some conflict in the book and often felt unnecessary.

BURN: Anna K: A Love Story. Unfortunately it took me forever to get through that book. Not even because it was long, just because I couldn’t connect to the characters. I don’t know why. It has everything I usually love: spoiled rich kids, New York city setting, love, angst, tons of drama. I just didn’t really vibe with it, so that’s why I chose burn for it.

Pick between reread, rewrite, and burn with the last three books you read and let me know which book you chose for each category!

My thoughts on the book community as a small Black book blogger

Hi. So I think I will keep this intro short since the title is pretty telling.

The past week has been very draining and I am exhausted. Every day I find out something horrible that is happening in the book community, and I wonder if I truly have my place here.

I saw a lot of youtubers make videos telling how they feel as Black people in the book community and I have wondered if there’s anything I could do that’s similar. I hope this isn’t too redundant and that people will care about my thoughts.

I joined the book community in April of 2019. I wanted to have a place to talk and share my thoughts on books and that’s why I made this blog and my twitter account. I didn’t make tons of friends, but I do have some people I talk to. Over the year my blog hasn’t attracted a lot of people, but I’m happy with my small amount of followers and the comments I get when I post them.

Fast forward to now, in the middle of a clear revolution in the book community. I love to see that people aren’t afraid to share their experience, whether it’s with community members or with sponsorships. I also love to see authors come out and talk about how much they’re being paid and uncovering the racism that in the book community.

I hope that this is not a trend and that the publishers (because in my opinion, they’re the one running the book community) will make some real change. Hire BIPOC, pay BIPOC authors at the same rate they pay cis-het white authors. I want to believe that things will change but I have this feeling deep down that this is just a trend. And I so, so hope I’m wrong. Because I deserve better from this community, and so do every other Black member.

I hope we get to see as many books about Black joy as we do about Black trauma. I am sick and tired of asking for Black contemporaries and only being recommended books about racism and police brutality. Why can’t I read the story of a Black person just being happy? Why do publishers love to publish the Black trauma-type of books?

I’m tired. I’m exhausted. And I hope the community will do better.

Click here to know where you can donate and sign petitions for the #BLM movement.

Thank you for reading this.

Saoudia

Five books I would like to read in June!

Hi guys! I am back today with a new post where I will share with you guys five books I would like to read this month. Before I start listing the books I would like to wish everyone a happy Pride Month! Also, I want to remind you guys to sign the petitions for #BlackLivesMatter (you can do this even if you’re not in the US) and encourage those who can to donate. Find more about this HERE.

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A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara

I have had my eyes on this book for a little while now and I think I’m finally ready to read it. From what I’ve gathered, this is a story of four or so men who live in New York. It is sad (too sad according to an Amazon review who said it was trauma-porn) and heart wrenching. Nonetheless I still want to read it so bad and hope I can finish it and like it.

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Girl, Woman, Other by Bernardine Evaristo

This is a British anthology about women living in an apartment complex if I remember correctly. I read If I Had Your Face by Frances Cha in April and I enjoyed it and think this will maybe have the same vibe, but with the point of view of different black women and I may relate to them more since I am one of them. I am excited to read it because it’s the June pick for the Bad Bitch Book Club, a book club created by Caitlin and Jaime, two booktubers I really admire.

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All Boys Aren’t Blue by George M. Johnson

This is a memoir about George M. Johnson. I am not one to read memoirs and stuff but I would like to start doing it now and since we celebrate Pride in June I think it’s a perfect book to read this month. I think this will be hard hitting and will make me cry, maybe? I don’t know anything about the author but I can’t wait to know more about them while reading these essays. Also… Can we talk about how gorgeous this cover is?

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Clap When You Land by Elizabeth Acevedo

Elizabeth Acevedo is an amazing writer. I read With the Fire On High in September of 2019 and I enjoyed it but not as much as everyone else. I gave it a three stars, mostly because the main character annoyed me. I still want to read Clap When You Land because I heard it is a beautiful book and the story intrigues me. It’s about two girls who find out they are sisters after their father dies. I think it’s also written in verse? I’m not big on poetry but I’m trying to read more of it.

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No Filter: The Inside Story of Instagram by Sarah Frier

I am a big tech girl. I love apps and gadgets and stuff like that. I would actually like to maybe work in IT too! I’m really interested in seeing how Instagram grew as an app and a business and how it got bought by Facebook. So I can’t wait to read this and hope I enjoy this book. It’s crazy when you think about how there is a life before and after Instagram, and how some people have only been here for the after.

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So this is it! These are the five books I would like to read this month. However I know that I’m a big mood reader so I may not read a single of of these but I guess time will tell. Maybe I’ll do a wrap up with my thoughts on them and my ratings.

I hope you guys are all safe and well. Please don’t forget to defend the #BlackLivesMatter cause no matter where you live. These are stressful times and we need as much support as we can have right now. A change is coming and I guarantee you that you do not want to be on the side of those who did nothing about this current environment and climat. Silent is a choice and it is being pro racism. Sign the petitions, donate if you can, help us.

Me writing about four books I recently read and enjoyed

Hi guys! I haven’t made a blog post in a while, mostly because of school, and so I thought it would be fun to make a mini-review type of post where I just write about my thoughts on four books I read recently and enjoyed.

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If I Had Your Face by Frances Cha

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This book was not what i thought it would be, at all. I gave it a three stars rating, but didn’t hate it? I can’t find the exact words to describe how I felt reading it, but the closest I can come to are: dark, depressing, and sad.

If I Had Your Face follows the story of four women living in an apartment complex in Seoul. They each have different problems and in the book they’re confronted with sexism and the high beauty standards in South Korea.

I did not get attached to any of the women, but I would like to know more about them. I felt like the ending of this book was quite abrupt and that I didn’t learn much about them. I also felt like the chapters weren’t equally separated, and that we saw some povs more than others. It is a book I will recommend to people though, but I wish it was longer.

Normal People by Sally Rooney

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I heard a lot of things about this book because I read it and I was super excited and nervous to start it. The reason I actually started it is because I saw the trailer for the television show on YouTube and was super intrigued by it.

This book was good. Like, really good. A new personal favourite to be honest. When i was reading it I kept complaining about the characters: the way they acted was childish and it felt like they were creating problems when really everything in their life was kinda okay? But then when I really thought about it I realized that there is more depth to this. I feel like I judged them too fast, especially Marianne, and that they are valid for feeling certains way.

I really recommend this book, it’s different than the ones I read before, even if the story doesn’t have anything really special or doesn’t break anything more than other stories. I think I like so much because of the way the characters act, they’re not perfect but they felt very real to me. And the ending… was something else too. Can I even call that an ending? I don’t know. I would have taken more, but I like how it stopped. I will definitely read more of Rooney’s work.

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Meet Cute Club by Jack Harbon

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This is the first romance book I read since I can’t remember when and it did not disappoint. It was cute, kinda short, and just very swoony and nerdy. It’s about a guy that has a book club and another one that works in a bookstore.

The second characters were as endearing as the main ones and the intrigued was really good. It was not cringy, not boring, and made me want to read more of this author’s work.

I saw this was the first one in a series and I can’t wait for the rest of it to come out so I can get more of that universe!

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Queenie by Candace Carty-Williams

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Another new favourite of mine! This book takes place in London and I really liked reading about something set in the UK again (after Normal People). Queenie tackled interracial dating, serial one-night-stander, friendships, love, family, being a black woman in a western country in our century, mental health, and many more issues.

Nothing felt  »glossed over » and everything made sense, even if it made me want to rip my hair out. Queenie was an endearing character, but sometimes I just wanted to shake her and yell at her face: girl get it together! can’t you see what you’re doing???? HELLO????

I absolutely recommend this book to everyone who wants to know what a black girl can go through in her every day life. Queenie and I are both black, but we’re completely different and this book opened my eyes on that. It’s wonderful. I wish I could reread it for the first time again.

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So that’s it for my small reviews! I hope you enjoyed it and want to read those books. If you do please let me know your thoughts!

With love,

Saoudia

Book Review: If I Had Your Face by Frances Cha

I finished 3 books recently and it feels so good! Today I’m here to talk to you about one of my most anticipated reads of this year: If I Had Your Face by Frances Cha.

I first heard about this book in January in a Youtube video. The booktuber basically pitched it as a novel following four women who live in Seoul and deal with the ups and downs of the high beauty standards there. After reading the book, I feel torn about how I feel about it….

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I thought the novel had so much potential and it just did not exactly go where it could. It was around 275 pages, but I think it could have easily been 400. The author didn’t really dig deep in the lives of the four main characters and the ending felt like a beginning to me.

I wish we would have seen more of Ara and understood why she’s so obsessed with the KPop idol. We don’t know much about what she will do in the future, and that just bugs me SO MUCH!

I thought Kyuri was a great character, a lot of the chapters were about her. I think she’s pretty much the only girl that has an actual  »ending » at the end of the book. We see that she’s trying to get a better life.

Miho was a plain character to me. She had absolutely no substance. She was just… there. I didn’t know much about her before the book started and I didn’t know anything more when I finished it. She was so boring.

As for Wonna… I want to give my opinion on her, but we barely saw her??? She had around 3 chapters and that’s it? In those three chapters all I gathered was that she hates her man and she is scared of being pregnant. Oh and that she’s broke.

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I desperately want a sequel or something I can hang on to see where the girls are going, what is going to happen to them. We only saw a glimpse of their lives and it wasn’t perfect and beautiful but it felt raw and true to me. I just wish things were a bit different, or more developed.

One Year Later…

In April of 2019 i launched this blog under another name: recsfromurfriend. Twelve months later it is now named Withlovesaoudia. In today’s post I will be reflecting on my past year in the book community and my thoughts on it.

I never would have thought that I would get more than 100 followers on this blog! I am extremely grateful that so many people are subscribed to me and read the posts I write and even comment on them!

Joining the book community was a roller-coaster. In the past year, I learned what readathons were, book tags, booktube, bookstagram, and even more. I made some amazing friends and discovered a lot of new authors and books. I am so happy I joined this and decided to read more.

I’m really happy I never focused on the stats of my blog and on trying to be friends with  »bigger bloggers » or  »bigger booktubers » because I think that would have put a toll on myself and on how I treat this hobby. Because yes, to me, this blog is just a hobby, Something I do when I have time and want to share my thoughts on a book I’m reading.

Last year I read 61 books and I think that’s the most I ever read!! I never thought I would read that much ever???

ANYWAYS! I am just so happy to be here this year, even if times are pretty dark right now. I am happy that I made the friends I made, that I stayed myself, and that I grew as a blogger and a reader.

Cheers to many more blogging years!

With love,

Saoudia

Book Review: Most Likely by Sarah Watson

I read a book! Finally!!!

I haven’t finished one in almost a MONTH! The last book I read was Docile, and that was in early March. And with everything else happening currently (Coronavirus, me having to fly back in Canada and cutting my study abroad experience short) I did not feel like reading. At all.

As you read in the title of this blog post, the book I will review today is Most Likely. It was written by Sarah Watson, the creator of one of my favorite TV show: The Bold Type. The Bold Type follows three young adults as they work for a fashion and lifestyle magazine in New York, and we see them go through their ups and downs. It has everything I love in works of fictions: New York, and a good strong friend group.

I had high hopes for Most Likely: it was in fact one of my most anticipated release of the year. I was not disappointed. While it was taking place in Cleveland, and not New York, it did have a pretty good and strong friend group.

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Ava, CJ, Jordan, and Martha (listed in alphabetical order out of fairness)have been friends since kindergarten. Now they’re in their senior year, facing their biggest fears about growing up and growing apart. But there’s more than just college on the horizon. One of these girls is destined to become the president of the United States.The mystery, of course, is which girl gets the gig.

Is it Ava, the picture-perfect artist who’s secretly struggling to figure out where she belongs? Or could it be CJ, the one who’s got everything figured out…except how to fix her terrible SAT scores? Maybe it’s Jordan, the group’s resident journalist, who knows she’s ready for more than their small Ohio suburb can offer. And don’t overlook Martha, who will have to overcome all the obstacles that stand in the way of her dreams.

This is the story of four best friends who have one another’s backs through every new love, breakup, stumble, and success–proving that great friendships can help young women achieve anything…even a seat in the Oval Office.

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I really enjoyed the whole book and gave it a 4/5 stars. I was leaning towards a 3 stars, but the ending surprised me and took me off-guard. I think the characters were realistic and kinda lovable? While some of them (*coughs*… Ava and Jordan) got on my nerves, others really made me want to give them a hug (CJ, Martha)

I admired Ava’s closeness with her adoptive mother, and I think it was refreshing to see a main character of color deal with mental illness (depression in this case). I would have loved to read more on that and feel like I would have enjoyed her more as a character if Watson wrote more about how Ava dealt with depression. We only saw a glimpse of it: her feelings towards Logan because of what he said in Freshman year, her saying she has a therapist. To me, it was really all talk not action.

I thought Jordan was a great character. She reminded me of Kat, in the Bold Type. She’s a fierce and a go-getter. She doesn’t wait for no one and knows what she’s good at. Her storyline with Scott made me a bit uncomfortable though. I’m so glad it didn’t go deep at all! But i still felt a bit… eh. I hate hate hate when characters lie about their age and pretend to be someone they aren’t. I don’t have much more to say about Jordan to be honest, because that’s pretty much all we saw about her…

I think CJ is the character I could relate to the most. She has a lot of ambition, but can’t get a good SAT score. By the way, I am so grateful I never had to take the SATs. CJ and I have something in common and it’s the fact that we want a lot, but we still feel ordinary. I enjoyed her romance with Wyatt, and I think they’re perfect for each other. He uplifted her so much and they have SO MUCH CHEMISTRY!!!

Finally, I loved Martha. I personally feel like we could have seen her a bit more? I loved her romance with Victoria and I loved her relationship with her father. I think it was interesting to read this book and see how Martha and CJ came from poor-er households whereas Jordan and Ava were richer, yet they all were best friends.

I found this book to be centered around Ava a lot, and she wasn’t my favorite character, so that annoyed me a bit, but i still enjoyed it. There is a sequel posted on Goodreads, but I’m not sure what it could be about, since they’re all graduating in this book….

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That’s pretty much it for me! I hope you guys enjoyed this review.

With love,

Saoudia

Travel Diary: Paris

I’m currently studying abroad in France! I wish I could say I’m having the best time of my life, but I’m not. However, I am enjoying some bits of it, and decided to share a fun trip I had recently.


I went to paris for 5 days and stayed at my aunt’s place. Here’s a little diary entry about what I did, and what I saw. (Spoiler: I didn’t do much.)

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Visited the infamous Shakespeare & Company Bookstore

I didn’t take a picture of the bookstore or inside of it (we weren’t allowed) but I did take a picture of a little message bord they had. I write a little message to leave my mark. I walked around the neighborhood for a little while, but then I got cold and decided to go shopping.

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Shopped at the big Galeries Lafayette

If you didn’t know, fashion is another one of my big passion. Being in this store felt surreal. Everything is so beautiful and I had the opportunity to see the clothes of some of my favorite designers: Jacquemus and Alexander Wang. I don’t think I need to mention the fact that everything was so freaking expensive! I ended up buying some bullet journals.

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Visited around (again) and had bubble tea

I went to some Asian markets in hopes to find some cheetos (I’ve been craving them since I got here and they don’t have them in French store!) and saw the Eiffel Tour! It was really gloomy and cold outside so I just saw it, took a picture of it and decided to continue my route. I also found a cute bubble tea place on Tik Tok (yup) and decided to look it up and visit it. The place was SO cute! The lady was really nice. I got a bubble tea that was like… soda with jelly bubbles? And I got a strawberry mochi (my first mochi ever!). I’m not entirely sold on mochis, but maybe i’ll get some in the future again.

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So this is what concludes my small trip to Paris. I’m going back in a few weeks (or next month I don’t know yet) and I’ll make sure to see the Eiffel Tour again, the Louvre, the Château de Versailles, les Champs Élysées, l’Arc de Triomphe, and all the other tourist-y places!

I know this wasn’t a bookish post, but I hope you enjoyed reading this post.

See you soon,

Saoudia!

march 2020 most anticipated reads

hi everyone! look who’s trying to blog again…. (me)

i’m back today with a list of a few books that are getting released this month and that i want to read in the near future! i pre-ordered most of those books last night and that’s self-care, tbh. i have been in a blogging slump for a few months now, but i would like to get back to it soon! so this is my attempt to get back in the blogging world! without further ado, let’s get into this!

Anna K. : A Love Story

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Meet Anna K. At seventeen, she is at the top of Manhattan and Greenwich society (even if she prefers the company of her horses and Newfoundland dogs); she has the perfect (if perfectly boring) boyfriend, Alexander W.; and she has always made her Korean-American father proud (even if he can be a little controlling). Meanwhile, Anna’s brother, Steven, and his girlfriend, Lolly, are trying to weather an sexting scandal; Lolly’s little sister, Kimmie, is struggling to recalibrate to normal life after an injury derails her ice dancing career; and Steven’s best friend, Dustin, is madly (and one-sidedly) in love with Kimmie.

As her friends struggle with the pitfalls of ordinary teenage life, Anna always seems to be able to sail gracefully above it all. That is…until the night she meets Alexia “Count” Vronsky at Grand Central. A notorious playboy who has bounced around boarding schools and who lives for his own pleasure, Alexia is everything Anna is not. But he has never been in love until he meets Anna, and maybe she hasn’t, either. As Alexia and Anna are pulled irresistibly together, she has to decide how much of her life she is willing to let go for the chance to be with him. And when a shocking revelation threatens to shatter their relationship, she is forced to question if she has ever known herself at all.

Dazzlingly opulent and emotionally riveting, Anna K.: A Love Story is a brilliant reimagining of Leo Tolstoy’s timeless love story, Anna Karenina―but above all, it is a novel about the dizzying, glorious, heart-stopping experience of first love and first heartbreak.

Why Am I Interested In This?

I love books that are set in New York, have a Gossip Girl vibe, and are full of drama! And I think this book will fulfill all those things! It’s also the March pick of the Subtle Asian Book Club and that makes me even more excited to read it, because I know I will be able to talk about it with some people!

The Electric Heir

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Six months after Noam Álvaro helped overthrow the despotic government of Carolinia, the Atlantians have gained citizenship, and Lehrer is chancellor. But despite Lehrer’s image as a progressive humanitarian leader, Noam has finally remembered the truth that Lehrer forced him to forget—that Lehrer is responsible for the deadly magic infection that ravaged Carolinia.

Now that Noam remembers the full extent of Lehrer’s crimes, he’s determined to use his influence with Lehrer to bring him down for good. If Lehrer realizes Noam has evaded his control—and that Noam is plotting against him—Noam’s dead. So he must keep playing the role of Lehrer’s protégé until he can steal enough vaccine to stop the virus.

Meanwhile Dara Shirazi returns to Carolinia, his magic stripped by the same vaccine that saved his life. But Dara’s attempts to ally himself with Noam prove that their methods for defeating Lehrer are violently misaligned. Dara fears Noam has only gotten himself more deeply entangled in Lehrer’s web. Sooner or later, playing double agent might cost Noam his life. 

Why Am I Interested In This?

Ever since I finished The Fever King In January, I have been dying for more Noam and Dara! The ending left me restless and I just can’t wait to find out how this duology will end!

House of Earth And Blood

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Bryce Quinlan had the perfect life—working hard all day and partying all night—until a demon murdered her closest friends, leaving her bereft, wounded, and alone. When the accused is behind bars but the crimes start up again, Bryce finds herself at the heart of the investigation. She’ll do whatever it takes to avenge their deaths.

Hunt Athalar is a notorious Fallen angel, now enslaved to the Archangels he once attempted to overthrow. His brutal skills and incredible strength have been set to one purpose—to assassinate his boss’s enemies, no questions asked. But with a demon wreaking havoc in the city, he’s offered an irresistible deal: help Bryce find the murderer, and his freedom will be within reach.

As Bryce and Hunt dig deep into Crescent City’s underbelly, they discover a dark power that threatens everything and everyone they hold dear, and they find, in each other, a blazing passion—one that could set them both free, if they’d only let it.

Why Am I Interested In This?

I always wanted to read something by Sarah J. Maas, but never really wanted to read her other YA books because I feel like I’m late to the game. This is the perfect occasion for me to start reading her and to start a new series (hopefully!). I also want to read more adult novels so this is a good fit.

Docile

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Docile is a science fiction parable about love and sex, wealth and debt, abuse and power, a challenging tour de force that at turns seduces and startles.

To be a Docile is to be kept, body and soul, for the uses of the owner of your contract. To be a Docile is to forget, to disappear, to hide inside your body from the horrors of your service. To be a Docile is to sell yourself to pay your parents’ debts and buy your children’s future.

Elisha Wilder’s family has been ruined by debt, handed down to them from previous generations. His mother never recovered from the Dociline she took during her term as a Docile, so when Elisha decides to try and erase the family’s debt himself, he swears he will never take the drug that took his mother from him. Too bad his contract has been purchased by Alexander Bishop III, whose ultra-rich family is the brains (and money) behind Dociline and the entire Office of Debt Resolution. When Elisha refuses Dociline, Alex refuses to believe that his family’s crowning achievement could have any negative side effects—and is determined to turn Elisha into the perfect Docile without it.

Why Am I Interested In This?

I don’t really know what makes me really interested in this book, if I’m being totally honest. I think it’s because of the angsty vibes I get from the summary…. Either way I can’t wait to start it and see if I enjoy it!

Most Likely

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Ava, CJ, Jordan, and Martha (listed in alphabetical order out of fairness) have been friends since kindergarten. Now they’re in their senior year, facing their biggest fears about growing up and growing apart. But there’s more than just college on the horizon. One of these girls is destined to become the president of the United States. The mystery, of course, is which girl gets the gig.

Is it Ava, the picture-perfect artist who’s secretly struggling to figure out where she belongs? Or could it be CJ, the one who’s got everything figured out…except how to fix her terrible SAT scores? Maybe it’s Jordan, the group’s resident journalist, who knows she’s ready for more than their small Ohio suburb can offer. And don’t overlook Martha, who will have to overcome all the obstacles that stand in the way of her dreams.

This is the story of four best friends who have one another’s backs through every new love, breakup, stumble, and success–proving that great friendships can help young women achieve anything…even a seat in the Oval Office.

Why Am I Interested In This?

Sarah Watson is the creator of one of my favorite shows: The Bold Type. That was enough to make me really want to read her first book! I love novels with political stuff in them and I love books with good squad vibes, which is what the summary is giving me. I hope I enjoy this book!

When We Were Magic

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Alexis has always been able to rely on two things: her best friends, and the magic powers they all share. Their secret is what brought them together, and their love for each other is unshakeable—even when that love is complicated. Complicated by problems like jealousy, or insecurity, or lust. Or love.

That unshakeable, complicated love is one of the only things that doesn’t change on prom night.

When accidental magic goes sideways and a boy winds up dead, Alexis and her friends come together to try to right a terrible wrong. Their first attempt fails—and their second attempt fails even harder. Left with the remains of their failed spells and more consequences than anyone could have predicted, each of them must find a way to live with their part of the story.

Why Am I Interested In This?

The cover is GORGEOUS! Plus… sapphic witches and BIG best friends to lovers vibes…? I’m sold.

The Truth About Keeping Secrets

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Sydney’s dad is the only psychiatrist for miles around their small Ohio town.

He is also unexpectedly dead.

Is Sydney crazy, or is it kind of weird that her dad-a guy whose entire job revolved around other peoples’ secrets-crashed alone, with no explanation?

And why is June Copeland, homecoming queen and the town’s golden child, at his funeral?

As the two girls grow closer in the wake of the accident, it’s clear that not everyone is happy about their new friendship.

But what is picture perfect June still hiding? And does Sydney even want to know?

Why Am I Interested In This?

Ever since i finished The Hand On The Wall by Maureen Johnson, I have been wanting to read more mystery books! That’s why I’m interested in this book. Plus, I think it’s sapphic soooooooo….

The Jetsetters

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When seventy-year-old Charlotte Perkins submits a sexy essay to the « Become a Jetsetter » contest, she dreams of reuniting her estranged children: Lee, an almost-famous actress; Cord, a handsome Manhattan venture capitalist who can’t seem to find a bride; and Regan, a harried mother who took it all wrong when Charlotte bought her a Weight Watchers gift certificate for her birthday. Charlotte yearns for the years when her children were young and she was a single mother who meant everything to them. When she wins the cruise, the family packs all their baggage—literal and figurative—and spends ten days traveling from sun-drenched Athens through glorious Rome to tapas-laden Barcelona on an over-the-top cruise ship, the Splendido Marveloso. As lovers new and old join the adventure, long-buried secrets are revealed, and the Perkins family is forced to confront the defining choices in their lives. Can four lost adults find the peace they’ve been seeking by reconciling their childhood aches and coming back to each other?

Why Am I Interested In This?

This is the March pick for Reese Witherspoon’s Book Club and the plot was right up my alley! I only read one novel set on a cruise before and I’m excited to get tons of European vibes from this book as I’m currently in Europe! I also love family relationships in books! And this grandma looks cute as hell!

What are your most anticipated novels of this month?

Loveboat, Taipei | Spoiler review

hello babes, it’s finally time for my first book review of the year!

the book i recently finished and want to talk about today is loveboat, taipei. it was written by abigail hing wen. this book is my asian book of the year and counts in my year of the asian challenge.

ever wong is 18 years old and heading to college to eventually become a doctor. cool, right? wrong. all ever wants to do is dance, but her parents do not want her anywhere near a dance scene. they are your typical immigrant parents who want their child to be a doctor and save lives and won’t let them do anything else. they are strict and controlling. at the beginning of her last summer before college, ever learns that her parents are sending her off to Taiwan to learn mandarin. however, what she thought was about to be the worst summer of her life quickly turns into a summer of first everything, friendship, and love…

EVER WONG

i had a lot of feelings whilst reading this book. i was annoyed, i smiled, i laughed, etc. my feeling where basically… all over the place. i enjoyed ever’s character, but she was not my favorite. i could not understand why she didn’t love herself at all, and this is coming from an african american who also grew up in a white environment.

throughout the book you learn that ever always rejected things that reminded her of asia and of the fact that she’s asian. and i can’t help but wonder why? so what people at school ask you what’s in your lunch? of course they don’t know… they’re white. hello???

i also sometimes felt like ever just had no spine. she hates the sight of blood yet let her parents try to make her a doctor???? i understand the pressure of parents but sometimes you just have to talk to them and just let them know the truth. which she did at the end of the book.

another thing that made me mad is that she kept being friends with sophie. i am sorry but someone who releases your nudes is not a toxic friend: they’re a bad person. #SorryNotSorry. how are you going to release my nudes and expect me to be your friend still?? seriously ever????

THE ROMANCE

i didn’t know going into this that there would be a love triangle!!! to be fair, it wasn’t really a love triangle, but still. i absolutely LOVED it. i am team xavier and at first i was annoyed that ever  »picked » rick, but now i see how cute they are (they’re both kinda bland…. oops). i could see xavier dating sophie in the future, if sophie properly redeems herself…

i loved xavier’s mysterious self and i can’t help but wonder how will things with his dad end? is he and ever still friends? is he ever going to finish high school?

as for rick… he was cute. i feel sad for him and what he went through with jenna… but i can’t help but not care at all about him? like, he kept calling ever his little sister… and then they date?? that’s just so weird.

FINAL THOUGHTS

i liked the book. loved, even. if i’m being honest, i’m not a big fan of the way characters in young adults act but that’s probably because i can’t relate to them anymore? anyway! the writing was good, the characters were complete and amazing, the setting was very nice it almost made me want to visit Taiwan!

i absolutely recommend this book and can’t wait for its sequel!

have you read loveboat, taipei? what are your thoughts?