Book Review: Reverie

All Kane Montgomery knows for certain is that the police found him half-dead in the river. He can’t remember how he got there, what happened after, and why his life seems so different now. And it’s not just Kane who’s different, the world feels off, reality itself seems different.
As Kane pieces together clues, three almost-strangers claim to be his friends and the only people who can truly tell him what’s going on. But as he and the others are dragged into unimaginable worlds that materialize out of nowhere—the gym warps into a subterranean temple, a historical home nearby blooms into a Victorian romance rife with scandal and sorcery—Kane realizes that nothing in his life is an accident. And when a sinister force threatens to alter reality for good, they will have to do everything they can to stop it before it unravels everything they know.

I received a digital advanced reader copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

This was such an interesting book. It wasn’t written in the usual young adult format. It almost was written more as an adult sci-fi novel. It was a truly unique story that pulls you in. This is one of those plot heavy books, it is not driven by its characters but it is made up for it by story substance. It was very fun to read. 

My one real complaint is the magic system was very confusing, I spent a lot of time trying to figure out what was happening and how it was happening rather than enjoying my time. I reread a lot of the book just to figure out what was going on. I feel like we could have had the magic system explained a lot earlier and it would have saved a lot of headaches. 

I absolutely adored that there was a solid LGBTQIA presence in this book. We need more books with a strong queer representation, and we get that with Reverie. Kane was by far my favorite character. Even though this wasn’t a character driven story.. Kane’s story was very compelling and had me very interested. I love that he was forced to battle his past even though he could not remember it. 

Reverie kept me very excited through every page turn, and I found myself contemplating what was going to happen even when I wasn’t glued to my kindle. I really enjoyed Ryan La Sala’s writing style. He is incredibly honest and assertive in his writing and it is almost refreshing to the YA universe. 

I really enjoyed Reverie and really hope we see this turned into a series. This is one of those stories that could easily have multiple books to follow and in my honest opinion.. It would make a stellar movie! 

Thank you kindly to Ryan La Sala, NetGalley, and Sourcebooks Fire for the opportunity to review this book.
Images and synopsis taken from NetGalley

Book Review: The Stone Rainbow

Jack Pedersen is finding life complicated ever since he came out to his mom. Even though she’s been doing her best to understand, it’s obvious to Jack that his mom still wants to cry every time she says the word gay.
Complications go into overdrive when a new student named Benjamin arrives at his high school, and Jack starts experiencing feelings he’s never allowed himself before. When a near tragedy turns life upside down, Jack realizes that it’s time to stop hiding and to stand up—for Pride, for Benjamin, and for himself.

I received a digital advanced reader copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

I really wanted to like this book, but if I am being honest.. I almost DNF’d it. It just really did not sit well with me. This book was so obviously written by a straight person who has never identified with the struggles and issues that members of the LGBTQIA+ community has faced. 

And what was up with Jack’s homophopic friend (and why the heck was Jack just accepting of his homophobia?!)

I had an almost impossible time connecting with Jack, well with any of the characters really. The dialogue was super confusing and I had a hard time figuring out who exactly was saying what. I had to reread most of the dialogue. I did rather enjoy Jack’s growth throughout the book. And I did love that some bigger topics were addressed. I do want to add that this book needs a trigger warning. The Stone Rainbow contains suicide/suicide attempts/suicidal thoughts and that should be known before picking this title up to read.

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Images and synopsis taken from NetGalley.

Book Review: Slumber

A YA retelling of the classic fairy tale Sleeping Beauty.
Prince Thomas cannot take the throne without a queen. Though the problem isn’t his lack of suitors but his refusal to marry a princess that is less than perfect. 
The cardinal presents him with an opportunity: a quest to find the most beautiful princess in the land who has been in slumber for a century. 
But, unbeknown to the prince, the cardinal plans to kill him as soon as the prince embarks on his quest, and take the throne for himself. 
Luckily, Prince Thomas’s path crosses with Lucy, a spirited orphan runaway, who saves his life and convinces the prince to continue the quest. When they eventually find Princess Aurora, they also find another contender – Prince Philip – vying for the princess’s heart.  
Despite their mutual disdain for each other, Lucy agrees to assist the prince, and Thomas accepts her help to keep him alive long enough to beat out his competition and return to rule his kingdom alongside his perfect bride.  
They just don’t count on falling for each other in the process. 

I received a free digital copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

Anyone else go simply nuts for a classic Disney retelling? I know I do and Slumber was an absolute gem for me. I must admit, this book had everything my little nerdy heart could ever want in a retelling.

I originally requested this book so I could tell my best friend about it. She is absolutely nuts over Sleeping Beauty (shout out to Jill, love you boo).

I won’t go into too many details about this book, because this is one of those stories that is better to read it than read about it.

Lucy is adorable I loved her tomboy-eques know it all attitude. I feel it is something we haven’t seen in a sleeping beauty character before. I also loved that we got to see this from Prince Phillip’s point of view (though I am still hoping eventually we get to see this from Jack’s perspective as well). I don’t think we get enough fairytale stories with a good prince backstory. Sure.. We know they are handsome and they save the princess, and will shower her with riches.. Etc.. but I loved that I got to hear more about them in this story. I love that the relationship aspect is between Jack and Phillip (we stan this all day every day).

I absolutely adored how this book ended. 2 princes, 1 princes, and one amazing love story.I cannot wait to see what else Becky Bird comes up with. I am watching you lady! I gave this novel a solid 3 star rating, it was cute, adorable, swoonworthy.. but was still somewhat predictable. I loved it though..

Special thank you to Becky Bird and Netgalley for allowing me to review this novel.

⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️

Images and synopsis taken from NetGalley.

Book Review: Queer Second Edition

Teen life is hard enough, but for teens who are LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer), it can be even harder. When do you decide to come out? Will your friends accept you? And how do you meet people to date? Queer is a humorous, engaging, and honest guide that helps LGBTQ teens come out to friends and family, navigate their social life, figure out if a crush is also queer, and challenge bigotry and homophobia. Personal stories from the authors and sidebars on queer history provide relatable context. This updated edition is a must-read for any teen who thinks they might be queer or knows someone who is.

I received a DIGITAL Advance Reader Copy of this book from #NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. 

Oh how I wish there were books like this when I was growing up. Being a teenager is hard enough with the angst, hormones, and growth spurts. Add in confusing feelings of sexuality and you have a recipe for true hardship. As a bisexual identifying female who often questioned my own sexuality many times through my teenage and adult years, I found this book to be refreshing. I spent so many years as a young adult feeling like an outsider and like something was indefinitely wrong with me because I wasn’t like everybody else. I feel this book will help so many young people in the acceptance of themselves as well as others. 

I really enjoyed the stories. I felt I could really connect with the characters and resonate with their stories. I feel this is one of those books that is important to the society we live in now. 

I am giving this book 4 stars because it was truly a work of art. I enjoyed everything about it and I think it will help many of our youth accept themselves. I also believe this would be a fantastic book for parents of the LGBTQIA+ youth in understanding what their son, daughter, or non-gender conforming child may be going through.
⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️

Images and synopsis taken from NetGalley.