Friday Favorites: Books about rebellion/freedom

As I write this post, 4th of July is upon me and my neighborhood. To distract me from anxiety inducing noises (Was that a gunshot? Is my neighbor going to accidentally set my house on fire because they are drunk and don’t know firework safety? How is my dog handling this better than me?), I’m bringing you my favorite book series about rebellion/freedom.

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These Witches Don’t Burn: Blog Tour Review

I am incredibly excited to be part of the Summer Lovin’ Blogger Campaign, brought to you by Penguin Teen! On this last day of the tour, I’m bringing you a review + some mood boards for These Witches Don’t Burn by Isabel Sterling.

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Book of the Month YA: July Book Selections

FYI: This post contains affiliate links for the Book of the Month YA subscription box. If you sign up for a subcription using any of the links in this post I will make a small commission, at absolutely no cost to you. This commission helps support this blog. All thoughts expressed in this post are not influenced by my affiliate position. I was a fan of the BOTM service before I became an affiliate.


Happy Saturday, my dear bookish people! I’m here today to bring you the Book of the Month YA July Book Selections! There are some awesome books this month and I’m excited to break them down for you. But first, some info on the service.

When you sign up for BOTM: YA, you get to choose one hardback book from the monthly selection of five new release books for $14.99 a month. For the month of July, if you use the code WHOA, your first month is only $9.99. You can also add on books from past month selections for only $9.99 per book. There is also the option to cancel at any time or skip a month. More info and FAQS can be found at the BOTM YA website.

So, let’s breakdown this month’s selections:

Wick Fox by Kat Cho
This one is from a debut author and has romance, supernatural elements, and is first in a series. This was the book I selected for my affiliate box and I am so excited to read it. I’ve heard a lot of good things about it! Check out the synopsis:

Eighteen-year-old Gu Miyoung has a secret—she’s a gumiho, a nine-tailed fox who must devour the energy of men in order to survive. Because so few believe in the old tales anymore, and with so many evil men no one will miss, the modern city of Seoul is the perfect place to hide and hunt.

But after feeding one full moon, Miyoung crosses paths with Jihoon, a human boy, being attacked by a goblin deep in the forest. Against her better judgment, she violates the rules of survival to rescue the boy, losing her fox bead—her gumiho soul—in the process.

Jihoon knows Miyoung is more than just a beautiful girl—he saw her nine tails the night she saved his life. His grandmother used to tell him stories of the gumiho, of their power and the danger they pose to humans. He’s drawn to her anyway.

With murderous forces lurking in the background, Miyoung and Jihoon develop a tenuous friendship that blossoms into something more. But when a young shaman tries to reunite Miyoung with her bead, the consequences are disastrous … forcing Miyoung to choose between her immortal life and Jihoon’s.

The Boy and Girl Who Broke the World by Amy Reed
Now this one is going to be the book for my non-affiliate box. I hadn’t heard of this book until I saw the July picks and let me just say I am stoked to read this one. It’s described as a quirky, magic realism novel that explores loneliness and also has dragons and unicorns. SIGN ME UP! Here’s the synopsis:

Billy Sloat and Lydia Lemon don’t have much in common, unless you count growing up on the same (wrong) side of the tracks, the lack of a mother, and a persistent loneliness that has inspired creative coping mechanisms.

When the lives of these two loners are thrust together, Lydia’s cynicism is met with Billy’s sincere optimism, and both begin to question their own outlook on life. On top of that, weird happenings including an impossible tornado and an all-consuming fog are cropping up around them—maybe even because of them. And as the two grow closer and confront bigger truths about their pasts, they must also deal with such inconveniences as a narcissistic rock star, a war between unicorns and dragons, and eventually, of course, the apocalypse.

All of Us with Wings by Michelle Ruiz Keil
This is another debut author novel AND it’s magic realism, so maybe I’m seeing my add on book for the month with this one. Wings definitely sounds a bit dark (there is graphic violence and sexual content warnings), but concept is very intriguing and it is marked as LGBTQ+ friendly. Check out the synopsis:

Seventeen-year-old Xochi is alone in San Francisco, running from her painful past: the mother who abandoned her, the man who betrayed her. Then one day, she meets Pallas, a precocious twelve-year-old who lives with her rockstar family in one of the city’s storybook Victorians. Xochi accepts a position as Pallas’s live-in governess and quickly finds her place in their household, which is relaxed and happy despite the band’s larger-than-life fame.

But on the night of the Vernal Equinox, as a concert afterparty rages in the house below, Xochi and Pallas accidentally summon a pair of ancient creatures devoted to avenging the wrongs of Xochi’s adolescence. She would do anything to preserve her new life, but with the creatures determined to exact vengeance on those who’ve hurt her, no one is safe—not the family she’s chosen, nor the one she left behind.

Symptoms of a Heartbreak by Sona Charaipotra
Now this just sounds like the perfect summer, contemporary read. Heartbreak is marked as inspirational, LOL, romance, and light-read. What more could you want for a summer book? This synopsis definitely makes me want to pick up more contemporaries:

Fresh from med school, sixteen-year-old medical prodigy Saira arrives for her first day at her new job: treating children with cancer. She’s always had to balance family and friendships with her celebrity as the Girl Genius―but she’s never had to prove herself to skeptical adult co-workers while adjusting to real life-and-death stakes. And working in the same hospital as her mother certainly isn’t making things any easier.

But life gets complicated when Saira finds herself falling in love with a patient: a cute teen boy who’s been diagnosed with cancer. And when she risks her brand new career to try to improve his chances, it could cost her everything.

It turns out “heartbreak” is the one thing she still doesn’t know how to treat.

Past Perfect Life by Elizabeth Eulberg
Past Perfect Life sounds like an addictive drama that I didn’t know I needed! Small town girl finds out she’s not who she thinks she is via a college application? Yes, please! I’ve seen Eulberg’s name tossed around before in the contemporary side of the book blogging community and it sounds like she knows how to write one heck of a story. Check out the synopsis:

Small-town Wisconsin high school senior Allison Smith loves her life the way it is—spending quality time with her widowed father and her tight-knit circle of friends, including best friend Marian and maybe-more-than-friends Neil. Sure she is stressed out about college applications . . . who wouldn’t be? In a few short months, everything’s going to change, big time.

But when Ally files her applications, they send up a red flag . . . because she’s not Allison Smith. And Ally’s—make that Amanda’s—ordinary life is suddenly blown apart. Was everything before a lie? Who will she be after? And what will she do as now comes crashing down around her?


So the only question that remains is: what book will be your pick for your book of the month?

Friday Favorites: Books Set In High School

Happiest of Fridays, my dear bookish friends! Today we are looking at our favorite books set in high school. Look, high school was not the best time for a lot of people, myself included, but some of my favorite books of all time are set in high schools. I’ve got some old school goodies on this list, so I am terribly interested to see if there is any crossover of my list with others participating in FF this week!

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Friday Favorites: Urban Fantasy

Happy Friday, my dear bookish people! I was looking at the Friday Favorite Prompts for the month of June and I realized that I LOVE all of these prompts so darn much! They hit on a lot of my favorite kind of bookish moments/settings/tropes. I must have subconsciously set it up that way because I kinda hate June (it’s the beginning of me slowly dying of heat) and would need something to keep me happy. So, without further ado, let’s jump into this week’s favorites!

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Book of the Month YA: June Books

FYI: This post contains affiliate links for the Book of the Month YA subscription box. If you sign up for a subcription using any of the links in this post I will make a small commission, at absolutely no cost to you. This commission helps support this blog. All thoughts expressed in this post are not influenced by my affiliate position. I was a fan of the BOTM service before I became an affiliate.


I’m here today to talk to you about the June book picks for the new Book of the Month (BOTM) YA subscription box. First, I wanted to give you some background. I was a BOTM member last year and LOVED the service. The shipping was fast and the prices were amazing considering you got one new release hardback for $14.99/mo and $9.99 for any add on books. The only reason I ended my subscription was because there weren’t any YA options.

Enter the BOTM YA! They are set up in the exact same way as the original BOTM, but it’s all YA book options! Y’all, this is everything I’ve ever wanted! The prices are the same, $14.99/mo for one book and $9.99 for each additional book, and did I mention the free shipping? BECAUSE FREE SHIPPING! And from my previous experience, I can tell you that the shipping is fast! You can also skip a month if the book picks aren’t working for you. Each book is not only hardback, but under the jacket of each book is the BOTM logo and the month and year for the pick. I loved collecting my previous BOTMs and its just a cool little feature for each book.

BOTM YA was kind enough to send me this book, along with some extra goodies, for my Affiliate box!

So, let’s check out the June book picks!

Storm and Fury by Jennifer L. Armentrout – I am 99% sure this will be my pick for the month. According to the info on the BOTM YA page, this book is supernatural, has forbidden love, and there are some sexy times. So, basically my perfect book. I’ve heard a lot of good things about Armentrout and this feels like a good time to try her stuff out. You can read the full synopsis on the book’s Goodreads page.





These Witches Don’t Burn by Isabel Sterling – This would have been my pick if I hadn’t just booked a book tour through the publisher. Not only is this a debut novel, but it is a feminist LGBTQ+ friendly. I have a soft spot in my heart for witchy high school drama and this sounds like it will satisfy that love. You can read the full synopsis on the Goodreads page.






Patron Saints of Nothing by Randay Ribay – This book sounds intense in all the ways that we need books to be right now. An Own Voices novel that explores guilt, grief, and the drug war currently happening in the Phillipenes, Patron Saints of Nothing sounds like a novel that’ll stick with you long after you have finished it. I have seen a lot of good reviews on this one and that synopsis definitely has me intrigued. You can read the full synopsis on the Goodreads page.





This Time Will Be Different by Misa Sugiura – Contemporary novels are not normally my thing, but after reading the synopsis on this one I may need to reconsider that. This book sounds incredibly intriguing: full of social issues and family drama. It’s also set in Northern Calfornia, which is where I am from, and I am always drawn to books in that setting. You can read the full synopsis on the Goodreads page.





The Rest of the Story by Sarah Dessen – This is from an author that I hear much about from all my contemporary loving book friends. The Rest of the Story sounds like it has the right mix of family drama and young love to keep an angst loving reader like myself very happy. You can read the full synopsis on the Goodreads page.






So, what book or books will you be picking for your June BOTM YA box?

Top Ten Tuesday: Books from My Favorite Genre

Hello and Happy Tuesday, my dear bookish people! I hope your week has had a fantastic start. I’m happy to be here with a Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl.

This week’s topic is the top ten books from your favorite genre. Now, you might not know this about be, considering how fantasy heavy my blog and bookstagram is, but Sci-Fi is actually my favorite genre. I just find it harder to find Sci-Fi books that click with me. Fantasy is easier for me, but my heart lies in space.

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Friday Favorites: Classic Books

Oh hello, Friday! Where did you come from? I’ve had a short work week, so my days are all thrown off. Today feels like my Wednesday, but also, holy heck am I glad it’s Friday because it has been a Week ™. But I am here today to talk to you about my favorite classic books. Well, my FAVORITE classic book. Singular. Because I’m about to hit you with a hugely underrated classic book and it’s not one written by an Austen or Brontë.

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Friday Favorites: Books that were recommended to you

Last week we talked about favorite books to recommend to people but this weeks its all about the books that were recommended to you that became favorites. Reading books that were recommended to you can always be a hit or miss thing. I’m a Hufflepuff, so it physically hurts me when I end up not liking a recommend book that a friend has loved. I’ve been really lucky with liking most of the books that friends have recommended and here are a few of the hardcore favorites that I’ve had of the last few years.

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