❈ Huge thanks to HarperCollins for providing me with an ARC in exchange for a fair review ❈
Title: Like Water
Author: Rebecca Podos
Release Date: October 17th, 2017
Category: Young Adult
Genre: Contemporary, Romance
Content Warning: Illness, D slur, some Homophobia
Synopsis: In Savannah Espinoza’s small New Mexico hometown, kids either flee after graduation or they’re trapped there forever. Vanni never planned to get stuck—but that was before her father was diagnosed with Huntington’s disease, leaving her and her mother to care for him. Now she doesn’t have much of a plan at all: living at home, working as a performing mermaid at a second-rate water park, distracting herself with one boy after another.
That changes the day she meets Leigh. Disillusioned with small-town life and looking for something greater, Leigh is not a “nice girl.” She is unlike anyone Vanni has met, and a friend when Vanni desperately needs one. Soon enough, Leigh is much more than a friend. But caring about another person stirs up the moat Vanni has carefully constructed around herself and threatens to bring to the surface the questions she’s held under for so long.
Like Water has been one of my most anticipated reads of 2017. All of the details I heard about Like Water made me think it had the makings of my next favorite Young Adult Novel. There was post high school aimlessness, waterpark mermaids, and an on page bisexual main character and genderqueer love interest. And the cover had stars on. After reading Like Water, I feel confused as to why I didn’t absolutely love it.
With some shake ups in my personal life, I’ve been needing to declutter my life. One of the biggest clutters, of course, is books. Books that I used to love but now no longer do, books that I read and hated, and books that I know I can’t read.
One of those books is 27 Hours. Which I was sent by the publisher. Typically, I don’t talk about books that I decide not to read on my blog, or on Twitter, because I don’t see the need (especially if they have problematic content cause that should be a given). Since I was sent 27 Hours by the publisher, I knew I had to talk about why I’m not going to read it. And then share everything else that is getting the boot from my shelves.
In late September, I was lucky enough to attend the St. Paul
(Yes, the one in Minnesota) stop of Leigh Bardugo’s Midnight Tales Tour for the release of The Language of Thorns hosted by the Red Balloon Bookshop. For those of you who know me, I live in California so it was a whirlwind trip to Minnesota the day of the signing to meet Leigh Bardugo (and see some friends who were also important I guess). It was my first time meeting her, and she truly is a shinning star amongst Young Adult Authors.
This has been an issue that has been weighing on me for a long time. With the great things that #ownvoices has brought us, it has also brought us this movement for authors writing Queer stories to out themselves in order to give them the “validity” to write the story they are writing. Over the summer, I had a specific experience at a book signing that prompted me to write this post.
As a bisexual reader who hasn’t even been out for a year, I feel particularly invested in this issue because I’m still raw from the circumstances that made me feel forced to come out to a specific group of people. It really breaks my heart when I see this happening.
And it’s time for another book haul. The last time I did one was way back in Spring after I went to two book festivals. I figured that since I got quite a few books this month from book events (and just blowing some of my cash), I would share some of them~.
Here’s to hoping I don’t spend nearly as much money as I did in September ever again, but knowing I probably will. 🥂
A week or so ago I was organizing my bookshelves and picked out my copy of Shadow and Bone. Upon opening it up, I came across something horrifying: I dog eared pages of the book.
I KNOW. Who was I back then? Today, I simply don’t dog ear pages (okay, partial lie. I have been know to do it with school books), and that got me thinking: How have I changed as a reader since becoming apart of the book community?
Welcome back to another discussion post. Today, we’ll be talking about authors & invasion of fan spaces.
This is an issue that has been on my mind since I’ve gotten more involved in this community. I’ve been involved in online fandom for eons, and the book community is quite unique in that it was the first time I’ve seen such a heavy amount of creator (in this case author) & fan interaction. While I think accessibility is amazing, I have encountered a lot of behavior I find alarming with regards to authors actually invading fan spaces.
Naturally, I wanted to talk about it AND get your opinions and hear about your experiences with it.
Welcome back to Short Story Sundays in which I peddle short stories. Today, I will be talking about and recommending some of my favorite short stories that were inspired by Fairytales, Folklore & Mythology Retellings.
Short Story Sunday is a meme/series created by yours truly, which exists to promote short stories/fiction and their writers. Short Story Sundays take a variety of forms like Genre Recommendations or Writer Spotlights. All Short Story Sunday posts include content related to short stories along with where to read the ones I’m talking about for free legally. You can learn more about Short Story Sundays here.
Pride Month on Bookstagram was a royal mess. There was not a single day that went by in June that I didn’t see people using mostly non-LGBTQ+ books in their rainbows. Inspired by my frustration as a bisexual person, I decided to make a list documenting the spine colors of LGBTQ+ books to make your life easier and hopefully expand your TBR. I will be including mainly Young Adult Books, but there will be some Middle Grade and New Adult Books.
This post is going to be broken up into 3 parts. There will be two parts for hardcovers: one part for spine color with the dust jacket on & one part for color without the dust jacket on, and then one part for paperback spine color. It’s going to be mainly US editions, but some UK & Special editions will be thrown in. Under each color section I have a ‘✹’ next to book listings that will be colored the approximate color that the spine is so you can seek out in between colors & because some color sections, like Green, have a lot of different shades including ones that lean towards another color. Also, I include the font colors on the spine. I will update this guide periodically as I find more books & new releases come out!
Welcome back to another entry into the #BroodyBFF Challenge. It’s a series of challenges being held for #BroodyBFFs (aka the Broody street team) in in honor of the swoon-worthy Brooding YA Hero getting his own book, Brooding YA Hero: Becoming a Main Character (Almost) as Awesome as Me, out October 3rd.
This week’s written challenge theme is summer. Today, I will be sharing two books, one Young Adult & one New Adult, that put me in a summery mood.