Review: What If It’s Us by Becky Albertalli and Adam Silvera

Hey there, bookworms and dragons! Surprise! An actual review from me! 📚🎉 What If It’s Us has been on my TBR since I found out Becky Albertalli and Adam Silvera were writing it together. I was curious how it would come out, with Becky’s tendency for warm fluffy endings and Adam’s tendency to destroy every molecule of my feelings basically from beginning to end. Before we dive into the review, here’s the TW/CWs I remembered to mark. As always, if I missed one you noticed while reading please let me know in the comments or via this form.

  • homophobia
  • colorism? (I’m not sure what it’d be called, but it is confronted on the page.)

I love the amount of character development that went into the characters because, even if it wasn’t a lot in some cases, it always felt like just the right amount. I can’t give any examples without spoiling part of the story, so I’ll just say that the character development didn’t leave me wanting. Both Arthur and Ben are beautifully developed. Also, surprisingly, was Dylan who is actually my favourite character from the novel. The bromance between Dylan and Ben is perfect.

The entire story is set in New York City. I’m assuming it’s 2018 because of both the general feel of the world building (and slang used) and Friday the 13th falls in July during the book. (I guess it could be 2012? But, again, the slang…) I’ve only been to the city once and didn’t get much of a feel for it because it was only for a few hours (I will NEVER drive there again). The way the city is built up in What If It’s Us is enough for it to be immersive, which I love and is generally what I hope for.

The story itself? I LOVED it! I went in with mixed but high expectations and they were blown away. The plot twists didn’t seem very twisty to me as a reader, but I think they were more the kind that’s meant for the character than for the reader, which seems to be Becky Albertalli’s style. Looking it them from this perspective, the twists were perfect. I love the speed at which the story progresses and, for the most part, I also love how it progresses. I also loved the ending. I feel like it really does the story and characters justice.

Honestly, this is the contemporary novel I didn’t know I needed to read and I’m really glad I decided to pick it up. It was just enough fluff with just enough reality and just… read it. It definitely isn’t set up for a sequel, but I kinda hope Becky Albertalli and Adam Silvera get together and give us one anyway. Or maybe a novel in the same universe? (I’m lookin’ at you, Dylan and Samantha!)

Overall, I rate What If It’s Us 4.5 out of 5 bookworms. But don’t just take my word for it. Add it on Goodreads and enjoy it for yourself!

Do you read contemporary fiction? What are some of your favourites?

Audiobook Review: Nyxia by Scott Reintgen

Hey there, bookworms, and happy hump day! I read Nyxia for the Shelflove Crate Annual Readathon Challenge 5: Space Explorers: A Book Set In Space. It was definitely not what I was expecting so I decided I needed to write out a full review to unpack my thoughts and feelings about it. Let’s get the TW/CWs I noticed out of the way first.

  • Torture
  • Strangulation
  • Death

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I’m not going to lie… I kind of went in expecting that the point-of-view character would be an average white girl named Nyxia. I’m going to just go with that YA has given me an overall expectation that mediocre white chicks are often the main characters when it comes to post-apocalyptic and space fiction. Also, I may have skimmed the synopsis a bit too lightly.

So, imagine my surprise and delight when the protagonist was a black teenage boy from Detroit whose roommate is a Japanese girl. Just like that, my interest level went up a notch. Not only was the cast diverse, but the protagonist was a guy which I don’t see often enough in the novels I read. Each character was developed relatively well, though I would have liked to see more development in some of them.

Nyxia is set in the future, but not too far off in the future that things are overly different from our world and our time. The bulk of the story takes place in space between Earth and the planet Babel has been hiding from everyone, named Eden. The world building in this novel is incredibly complex and at points I had trouble absorbing it, but overall it was really well done, I thought.

While the beginning of this novel screamed Avatar at me, what with the far away planet and unattainable resource guarded by natives, the rest of it was more like The Hunger Games or The Maze Runner but set in space and I am totally here for it. At the beginning, Scott Reintgen hooks your attention with details and emotions and he holds it through the novel with action and conflict. The tension at some points during the book was enough to keep me listening long after I probably should have turned it off to do things like sleep. It was slightly confusing to me that they never actually made it to Eden, but given the way it was set up I’m hoping we’ll get to see it in the next book of the series.

There was one part that I had to put the novel down after for a bit, which was the one that caused the TW/CW up at the top of this review. I know that my PTSD with this specific thing isn’t as bad as some, so please be aware of this going into the novel. It isn’t glanced over at all, but focused on for a good bit. Just remember to practice self care and that no matter how well-written a novel is, it’s not worth triggering yourself over.

The audiobook of Nyxia is narrated by Sullivan Jones and Dominic Hoffman. Honestly, while I was listening I wasn’t sure whether it was one narrator or two because their voices and use of inflection are so similar. I feel like this really worked for the audiobook. I like the way they gave life to the story and to Emmett’s thoughts and emotions. I hope they narrate the next book in the series because this duo really made the novel so much better through their narration.

I’m really happy that I finally got around to reading this one because it was so much better than I thought it was going to be. I don’t know why I went in expecting what I did but, wow, my expectations were blown away by this novel. The only huge drawback for me was the cliffhanger-ish ending. Basically, I need the next novel in the series last week.

Overall, I rate Nyxia 4 out of 5 bookworms. Don’t just take my word for it! Add it on Goodreads and enjoy it for yourself.

What are some of your favourite books set in space?

Audiobook Review: The Bone Witch by Rin Chupeco

The beast raged; it punctured the air with its spite. But the girl was fiercer.

Tea is different from the other witches in her family. Her gift for necromancy makes her a bone witch, who are feared and ostracized in the kingdom. For theirs is a powerful, elemental magic that can reach beyond the boundaries of the living—and of the human.

Great power comes at a price, forcing Tea to leave her homeland to train under the guidance of an older, wiser bone witch. There, Tea puts all of her energy into becoming an asha, learning to control her elemental magic and those beasts who will submit by no other force. And Tea must be strong—stronger than she even believes possible. Because war is brewing in the eight kingdoms, war that will threaten the sovereignty of her homeland…and threaten the very survival of those she loves.

My Review

I’ve actually been meaning to read this one for quite a while, ever since it was first released about a year ago. I kept putting it off for other books on my TBR and it honestly had slipped my mind until quite recently when I heard about the upcoming sequel, The Heart Forger. I wanted to be ready to read that book when it’s released and I discovered that my library owned a digital audiobook of it so it seemed to be something of a match made in heaven.

I really enjoyed getting to know Tea and Fox especially, but the other characters as well. I feel like I got to know enough about each character to make at least most of them seem real enough to have a conversation with. None of the primary characters blur together at all, but I still don’t feel like I know them very well, Tea included. I’d really like to get to know them a bit better in the nest book so fingers crossed that happens!

Since I listened to the audiobook version of this, I didn’t have the advantage of any map that might have been put in the physical book. I’m not entirely sure what the land they’re in would look like, but I know the world-building itself put me in mind of somewhat of a cross between Memoirs of a Geisha and the Witchlands series. The way the world was built up made it seem effortlessly intriguing and immersive. I really enjoyed seeing and learning about the world the characters had to navigate.

The story is split between what could be considered real time where Tea is telling her story to the bard and the past, which is essentially the story she is telling. As with many other flashback style stories, this one took a bit of adjusting for me to be okay with but eventually the back and forth helped build up the plot’s momentum. It flowed really well, with interesting plot twists thrown in throughout.

However, I feel like it would be negligent of me to publish this review without bringing up the conclusion, or lack thereof. The ending of The Bone Witch was basically where you get to the end of the first hour of a two-hour series conclusion on a television show and the words “To Be Continued…” flash dramatically onto the screen. I have more questions about the plot after the ending than I did at any point during the novel itself and, if I’m being completely honest, had I read this book when it first released, I probably wouldn’t have wanted to read the sequel. As it is, the sequel is forthcoming and now I want to know why things happened so I’ll end up devouring it in a day or two.

The audiobook is narrated by Emily Woo Zeller when the point of view is Tea’s and Will Damron when the writing is meant to be from the point of view of the bard. This change was quite jarring at first because there is no pause between narrator changes, but over the course of the novel I grew used to it. At the end, I like that there were two different narrators for the two perspectives because it helped me differentiate between the two much more easily than I could have with a single narrator.

I really enjoyed Emily Woo Zeller’s voice and storytelling style. I feel like she really added an extra level to the novel for me while I was listening to her speak. I was less a fan of Will Damron’s voice, though his skill as a narrator was good. There was just something about his voice that made the hairs on the back of my neck stand up. It wasn’t entirely unpleasant, but it wasn’t comfortable either.

I did like the story a great deal but the ending really killed it for me. As those of you who have been around a while already know, I hate cliffhangers. Enough to drop a bookworm from the rating. In this case, we didn’t even get the cliffhanger ending. I feel like the book just kind of….stopped? And I don’t like that at all. I’m still mad about that but I’ll probably check the next book out when the library gets it to see where the story is going and how we got to the HUGE plot twist we did. I just honestly hope the second book is the conclusion because I can’t take endings like that.

Overall, I rate The Bone Witch 3 out of 5 bookworms. But don’t just take my word for it. Add it on Goodreads and enjoy it for yourself!

That’s all for this review, bookworms. Until next time, happy reading!

Review: Dear Martin by Nic Stone

Raw, captivating, and undeniably real, Nic Stone joins industry giants Jason Reynolds and Walter Dean Myers as she boldly tackles American race relations in this stunning debut.

Justyce McAllister is top of his class and set for the Ivy League—but none of that matters to the police officer who just put him in handcuffs. And despite leaving his rough neighborhood behind, he can’t escape the scorn of his former peers or the ridicule of his new classmates. Justyce looks to the teachings of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. for answers. But do they hold up anymore? He starts a journal to Dr. King to find out.

Then comes the day Justyce goes driving with his best friend, Manny, windows rolled down, music turned up—way up, sparking the fury of a white off-duty cop beside them. Words fly. Shots are fired. Justyce and Manny are caught in the crosshairs. In the media fallout, it’s Justyce who is under attack.

 

My Review

There are quite a few ways to get me to bump a book up on my TBR list and having one of my autobuy authors call it “a must read” right on the cover is definitely one of them! It has also come highly recommended by a few people whose taste in books I tend to trust so it quickly made its way to the top of my TBR pile and almost as soon as it came in at the library, I started reading it.

The main character in this novel is Justyce, whose name I felt was incredibly fitting to the plot of the story. I almost feel like Dear Martin could be characterized as a coming of age story for Justyce but I also feel like leaving it only to that would be ignoring how much more the story really is. The characters in the story are so utterly three-dimensional that I have trouble no trouble imagining them as real people.

Dear Martin takes place in a few different settings that can easily be found in modern America. From the Urban Core to the private high school to the college campus, each of the places and hierarchies described and built up throughout the novel is done with such precision and accuracy that it was easy to lose myself within the pages and hard to notice when it happened.

From the very beginning, Dear Martin sucked me in and made it very difficult to put down. I’ve heard some younger readers say it was boring and they had a hard time getting into it at the beginning. I do feel like it might have started a bit slow, which can often hurt a novel as short as this one, but personally I enjoyed it from beginning to end.

The story goes back and forth between two different points of view, though instead of being between two characters, Dear Martin is told in both third person and first person, which is accomplished through the addition of letters written to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. from the main character, Justyce McAllister. Though this could have easily taken away from the novel and stretched it into nothing comprehensible, this 210 page novel and the characters within it are given a great amount of depth.

Dear Martin was also a finalist for the 2018 William C. Morris award from the ALA, which is an award presented for debut novels to first-time authors writing for teens. It most definitely deserves this distinction. From the very beginning, I was sucked into the story and invested in the characters. Dear Martin covers a hard topic in a way that is easily digestible, and I’m in awe of Nic Stone’s ability as a writer. I can not wait to read more of her work!

Overall, I rate Dear Martin 5 out of 5 bookworms.

Don’t just take my word for it. Get your hands on a copy and enjoy it for yourself! A few places you can order your copy from are:

 

That’s all for this post, bookworms. Happy reading!

Review: Reign of the Fallen by Sarah Glenn Marsh

Odessa is one of Karthia’s master necromancers, catering to the kingdom’s ruling Dead. Whenever a noble dies, it’s Odessa’s job to raise them by retrieving their souls from a dreamy and dangerous shadow world called the Deadlands. But there is a cost to being raised–the Dead must remain shrouded, or risk transforming into zombie-like monsters known as Shades. If even a hint of flesh is exposed, the grotesque transformation will begin.

A dramatic uptick in Shade attacks raises suspicions and fears among Odessa’s necromancer community. Soon a crushing loss of one of their own reveals a disturbing conspiracy: someone is intentionally creating Shades by tearing shrouds from the Dead–and training them to attack. Odessa is faced with a terrifying question: What if her necromancer’s magic is the weapon that brings Karthia to its knees?

 

My Review

Reign of the Fallen was the book that came in the Shelflove Crate January ‘Royal Pains’ box. It’s a book I’ve been really looking forward to reading because the premise looked so unique, so it didn’t take much urging for me to read it as soon as it got here. It did take me a few days to read it, but that’s mostly because I mainly read physical books on my days off from work (which are low in number lately) and on my lunch break. The lengthy read time, however, has not given me any less to say about this novel and I will probably ramble a bit so buckle up and grab a snack because this is probably going to be a long one.

The cast of characters is incredible and diverse and I really enjoyed getting to know them. The main character is very well developed and I had no trouble fitting myself into her headspace. The secondary characters might have done better with a little more development but I could imagine having a conversation with most of them so they were developed well enough for the purpose of the story.

What really stood out to me about the characters was the amazingly accurate representation. There was one secondary character who was gay and in a committed relationship with a soft boy whose orientation is never discussed beyond the relationship itself. However, the main character represents multiple things that I identified with on a deeply personal level.

The main character is a bisexual woman who suffers from grief at the loss of a loved one and addiction. The accuracy of the grief and addiction representation in this book is so incredible that even thinking on it now has me tearing up a bit. I will say that if it hadn’t been so long since the beginning of my fight with addiction, I would probably have been more tempted by it so please keep that in mind if you’re thinking of reading it.

The entire story is set in a world where some people are magicians but most are not. There are a few different types of magicians and the type of magician a person can train become is determined by their eye colour. I couldn’t help wonder what kind of magician I might become in such a world, given that my eyes are multiple colours that frequently shift and change, but after finishing the book I realized that I would probably not be a magician because of it so that was slightly disappointing.

One type of magician in Reign of the Fallen are the necromancers, who have varying shades of blue eyes. The main character and most of her friends have recently completed their training and become Master Necromancers, which is how the king, who initially died centuries before, is still able to reign over Karthia instead of passing the rule along to his heirs. With a world this complex, it could be difficult to build up on the page but Sarah Glenn Marsh didn’t seem to have any trouble with it at all and the world quickly became quite immersive.

The opening line of this novel is epic and the story flows well from it. There are a few plot twists, which I absolutely LOVED, but I figured them out long before the characters themselves did, making me believe that these were the type of plot twists meant for the characters instead of the reader. The plot flows back and forth between relatively slow progress and action sequences, but all the while kept me thinking and enjoying the story.

I’m really happy that this book came with the Shelflove Crate box this month because my library hasn’t even ordered it yet. I really enjoyed reading it from beginning to end. At the end of the story, most of the loose ends are tied up, but there is most definitely room for a sequel or companion novel. I really hope to see one, but I would also like to read more from Sarah Glenn Marsh!

Overall, I rate Reign of the Fallen 4 out of 5 bookworms.

Don’t just take my word for it. Get your hands on a copy and enjoy it for yourself! A few places you could order your copy from are:

 

That’s all for me this post, bookworms. Keep living one page at a time!

Audiobook Review: Wonder Woman: Warbringer by Leigh Bardugo

Daughter of immortals.

Princess Diana longs to prove herself to her legendary warrior sisters. But when the opportunity finally comes, she throws away her chance at glory and breaks Amazon law—risking exile—to save a mortal. Diana will soon learn that she has rescued no ordinary girl, and that with this single brave act, she may have doomed the world.

Daughter of death.

Alia Keralis just wanted to escape her overprotective brother with a semester at sea. She doesn’t know she is being hunted by people who think her very existence could spark a world war. When a bomb detonates aboard her ship, Alia is rescued by a mysterious girl of extraordinary strength and forced to confront a horrible truth: Alia is a Warbringer—a direct descendant of the infamous Helen of Troy, fated to bring about an age of bloodshed and misery.

Together.

Two girls will face an army of enemies—mortal and divine—determined to either destroy or possess the Warbringer. Tested beyond the bounds of their abilities, Diana and Alia must find a way to unleash hidden strengths and forge an unlikely alliance. Because if they have any hope of saving both their worlds, they will have to stand side by side against the tide of war.

 

My Review:

I actually finished Wonder Woman: Warbringer last week but it’s taken me quite a few days to gather my thoughts on it, a pattern I’ve noticed with Leigh Bardugo’s books. It actually got to the point where I wasn’t sure I would be writing a full review of it at all. This is the first in a set of four books in the DC Icons series, each written by a different author. I was really excited when I found out Leigh Bardugo was writing this one because I love her work and I just knew she would do Diana justice.

One of the best parts of Wonder Woman: Warbringer for me was the characters. They’re all really well developed and fleshed out enough that it’s super easy to differentiate between them. They’re all definitely individuals and I felt like I could have a conversation with each of them, even if the conversation might end in violence for certain of them.

The world was incredibly well developed, which I’ve come to expect from Leigh Bardugo’s writing. I especially loved getting to see Themyscira and all the different places there. I would have loved to see more of it, but I don’t think the story really allowed for that. In summary: The world building was absolutely stunning and immersive, two things I definitely look for in the books I’m reading.

If the characters and world were well developed, they were half as well done as the plot. There were twists and turns and setbacks and I just LOVED it. By the time the story was finished, I felt like I had been on an epic adventure alongside the characters. I was an emotional wreck, given that my heart was torn out, crushed, and then shoved back into my chest and forced to continue beating. I enjoyed watching the characters grow and change along their arcs. Well, most of them anyway. I’m still mad about the big plot twist, which was probably intentional.

Wonder Woman: Warbringer is narrated by Mozhan Marno, who has the smoothest reading voice. I could listen to her read for hours, which is good because the audiobook is roughly eleven hours long. She gives each character’s voice varying inflections and gives the words a weight that brings an extra depth to the words being read. She doesn’t attempt the voices, but the inflections are more than enough. I found an excerpt from the audiobook on YouTube, which you can listen to here.

At the end of the book, I found myself slightly overwhelmed, yet strangely satisfied. It’s a feeling you’d think I’d be used to, given my love of Leigh Bardugo’s writing, but it always still seems to surprise me. While there were a few things in the book I was slightly iffy about, the only thing I really disliked about the book was that we didn’t find out exactly what the Keralis Foundation did or what their stipulations on grant recipients were. I found myself devoting entirely too much energy to wondering what it was that they did or required that was so bad instead of being able to more fully focus on the characters and the story unfolding around them. Maybe that was just me? I don’t know. It was hinted at a couple times but was never blatantly stated and I didn’t feel like assuming.

I did really enjoy the story and the characters in it. I loved watching the world itself unfold through Leigh Bardugo’s storytelling style and how vividly I was able to imagine it all, as though I was there with Diana and Alia throughout the novel. Leigh Bardugo remains an auto-buy author for me and I can’t wait to see what she comes out with next!

Overall, I rate Wonder Woman: Warbringer 4 out of 5 bookworms.

Don’t just take my word for it. Get your hands on a copy and enjoy it for yourself! A few places you can go to order your copy from are:

 

That’s all for me for today, bookworms. Until next time, keep living one page at a time!

​Review: When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon

 

A laugh-out-loud, heartfelt YA romantic comedy, told in alternating perspectives, about two Indian-American teens whose parents have arranged for them to be married.

Dimple Shah has it all figured out. With graduation behind her, she’s more than ready for a break from her family, from Mamma’s inexplicable obsession with her finding the “Ideal Indian Husband.” Ugh. Dimple knows they must respect her principles on some level, though. If they truly believed she needed a husband right now, they wouldn’t have paid for her to attend a summer program for aspiring web developers…right?

Rishi Patel is a hopeless romantic. So when his parents tell him that his future wife will be attending the same summer program as him—wherein he’ll have to woo her—he’s totally on board. Because as silly as it sounds to most people in his life, Rishi wants to be arranged, believes in the power of tradition, stability, and being a part of something much bigger than himself.

The Shahs and Patels didn’t mean to start turning the wheels on this “suggested arrangement” so early in their children’s lives, but when they noticed them both gravitate toward the same summer program, they figured, Why not?

Dimple and Rishi may think they have each other figured out. But when opposites clash, love works hard to prove itself in the most unexpected ways.

 

Favourite Exerpts:

Page 37

Rishi smiled again, but fully this time, unrestrained. It was like watching the sun rise, Dimple thought, or the streetlights come on at dusk. Gradual, powerful, brilliant, in a way.

Page 213

“I have a theory: Charles Wallace is a killer robot.”

Dimple stared at him. “A…killer robot.”

“What? You said it’s sci-fi, right?”

Dimple groaned. “Hai Ram, not every sci-fi has to have a killer robot in it, Rishi Patel. Just read it.”

“I don’t see the point if there aren’t any killer robots, but okay,” Rishi said.

 

Review:

I’ve actually read the book twice now and some time has passed between now and both readings so I think I’m a bit more able to collect my thoughts and feelings in regards to this book. I personally did not see the ablism in this book, but there are others who have called it out in their reviews. I don’t have links to any of them, but they’re all relatively popular on Goodreads so it wouldn’t be difficult to find them.

The two main characters are both really well developed. I loved seeing a couple of the points of view of the children of immigrants, specifically Indian immigrants, and how it affects how they interact with the world they’re raised in. Dimple and Rishi are both so different from each other that their interactions were both humorous and frustrating, depending what was happening in a given scene.

The bulk of the story takes place at Insomnia Con, a summer coding program hosted on a college campus in San Francisco, California. The building of the campus itself and the city around it is just enough to be immersive, allowing the reader to easily put themselves into the setting as though they are witnessing the plot firsthand.

The plot of When Dimple Met Rishi is relatively straightforward, which is to say it’s not straightforward at all. One of the main characters is hopelessly in love with the idea of love while the other is hopelessly in love with the idea of not getting married for the next decade so they can focus on their career. It certainly makes for lots of interesting plot points.

This book is definitely one of my favourites this year and one of the few I’ve gone out of my way to reread, albeit in audiobook format. I really enjoyed the story from beginning to end and I can’t wait to read Sandhya Menon’s upcoming works!

Overall, I rate When Dimple Met Rishi 5 out of 5 bookworms!

Don’t just take my word for it. Get your hands on a copy and enjoy it for yourself! A few places you can reserve your copy are:

 

That’s it for me today. Happy reading, bookworms!

Waiting On Wednesday: Shadowhouse Fall

Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Breaking the Spine that highlights anticipated releases. I decided to participate in this one this week to see how I like it for when I return to blogging more regularly.

This week, my anticipated read selection is:

Shadowhouse Fall by Daniel José Older

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Publication Date: September 12, 2017

Goodreads Synopsis:

The extraordinary sequel to the New York Times bestseller Shadowshaper is daring, dazzling, defiant.

Sierra and her friends love their new lives as shadowshapers, making art and creating change with the spirits of Brooklyn. Then Sierra receives a strange card depicting a beast called the Hound of Light — an image from the enigmatic, influential Deck of Worlds. The shadowshapers know their next battle has arrived.

Thrust into an ancient struggle with enemies old and new, Sierra and Shadowhouse are determined to win. Revolution is brewing in the real world as well, as the shadowshapers lead the fight against systems that oppress their community. To protect her family and friends in every sphere, Sierra must take down the Hound and master the Deck of Worlds… or risk losing them all.

Waiting On Wednesday: The Language of Thorns

Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Breaking the Spine that highlights anticipated releases. I decided to participate in this one this week to see how I like it for when I return to blogging more regularly.

This week, my anticipated read selection is:

The Language of Thorns by Leigh Bardugo

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Publication Date: September 26, 2017

Goodreads Synopsis:

Love speaks in flowers. Truth requires thorns.

Travel to a world of dark bargains struck by moonlight, of haunted towns and hungry woods, of talking beasts and gingerbread golems, where a young mermaid’s voice can summon deadly storms and where a river might do a lovestruck boy’s bidding but only for a terrible price.

Inspired by myth, fairy tale, and folklore, #1 New York Times–bestselling author Leigh Bardugo has crafted a deliciously atmospheric collection of short stories filled with betrayals, revenge, sacrifice, and love.

Perfect for new readers and dedicated fans, these tales will transport you to lands both familiar and strange—to a fully realized world of dangerous magic that millions have visited through the novels of the Grishaverse.

This collection of six stories includes three brand-new tales, all of them lavishly illustrated with art that changes with each turn of the page, culminating in six stunning full-spread illustrations as rich in detail as the stories themselves.

Waiting On Wednesday: From Twinkle, With Love

Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Breaking the Spine that highlights anticipated releases. I decided to participate in this one this week to see how I like it for when I return to blogging more regularly.

This week, my anticipated read selection is:

From Twinkle, With Love by Sandhya Menon

Publication Date: 2018

Goodreads Synopsis:

Aspiring filmmaker and wallflower Twinkle Mehra has stories she wants to tell and universes she wants to explore, if only the world would listen. So when fellow film geek Sahil Roy approaches her to direct a movie for the upcoming Summer Festival, Twinkle is all over it. The chance to publicly showcase her voice as a director? Dream come true. The fact that it gets her closer to longtime crush, Neil Roy—aka Sahil’s twin brother? Dream come true x 2.

When mystery man ‘N’ begins emailing her, Twinkle is sure it’s Neil, finally ready to begin their happily-ever-after. The only SLIGHTLY inconvenient problem is that, in the course of movie-making, she’s fallen in love with the irresistibly adorkable Sahil.

Twinkle soon realizes that resistance is futile: The romance she’s got is not the one she scripted. But will it be enough?

Told through the letters Twinkle writes to her favorite female filmmakers, From Twinkle, With Love navigates big truths about friendship, family, and the unexpected places love can find you.