The Good Luck Girls by Charlotte Nicole Davis

The Good Luck Girls (The Good Luck Girls, #1)The Good Luck Girls by Charlotte Nicole Davis
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This was such a unique read. It’s like a fantasy western novel impregnated a paranormal dystopian novel, and the result was this story.

I really enjoyed the large cast of female characters. I was hooked from the start, and I enjoyed the way the character development unfolded as the story progressed. I can’t wait to see what comes next!

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Renegades Series Reread

Renegades (Renegades, #1)Renegades by Marissa Meyer
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is my 3rd time though, in preparation for reading the final book. And this is still glorious. I really have enjoyed revisiting these characters and this world.

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Superb! This one gets 5 Super stars, with bonus magical powers.

I’m so happy to be rereading this one, in preparation for reading book 2 for the first time.

I adore how this explores the same situation from different perspectives. It walks that fine line between what is right and what is wrong, as well as who is good and who is bad. It’s a reminder that most of the world and life exists in the gray areas, not in the black and white areas.

Book 45 read in 2019

Pages: 552

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A book about superheroes and villains, you say?

This was so much fun!

Until it wasn’t.

And it was full of brave and powerful heroes and villains…

…assuming you can figure out which are which.

And the ending:

This was another incredible book by Marissa Meyer, assuming you like to feel like this while reading:

Here’s how long you’ll be willing to wait for book two:


Archenemies (Renegades, #2)Archenemies by Marissa Meyer
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

It was a lot less upsetting reading the end of this book knowing I now have book 3 in hand and can continue onward. I can’t wait to see what happens next!

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This was every bit as fast-paced, action-packed, and gut-wrenching as book one. I even had to shout at a couple of characters on several occasions, not that any of them ever listened to me.

This has a dramatic conclusion which will leave you feeling desperate for book 3, in order to see how the story moves forward. That being said, book two did a great job of pushing the overall series forward. It also sticks a knife in and twists it, just when you think you can’t take anymore.


Supernova (Renegades, #3)Supernova by Marissa Meyer
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Super-b.

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Love From A to Z by S.K. Ali

Love From A to ZLove From A to Z by S.K. Ali
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I buzzed straight through this one, and it tugged at all my heartstrings. It has a way of being very informative, current, and relevant, but without feeling like you’re being preached at or lectured. I guess what I’m saying is that it makes good points but doesn’t hammer you over the head with them, which is good, as I usually find that to be disruptive to the story.

I think YA has a lot of great diversity these days (which I’m excited about), but the universe definitely needed this book. I especially liked the commentary on cultural appropriation, as I think that is something people definitely need to be more aware of and informed about. I also just enjoyed learning more about Muslim beliefs and customs. Some of the different aspects of the religion seem quite beautiful and appealing, and it made me curious to learn more.

Anyway, long story short, I’m happy that this book exists, and I hope that the current generation of teen readers grow up to become more informed, compassionate, and outspoken humans because this book exists.

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The Astonishing Color of After by Emily X.R. Pan

The Astonishing Color of AfterThe Astonishing Color of After by Emily X.R. Pan
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Gorgeous writing. Difficult topic, handled well. Elements of magical realism. Lots of insight into Taiwanese culture. Overall, this was a good read with a unique format and a lot of moving parts, but it all came together beautifully in the end.

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We Set the Dark on Fire by Tehlor Kay Mejia

We Set the Dark on Fire (We Set the Dark on Fire, #1)We Set the Dark on Fire by Tehlor Kay Mejia
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Freaking amazing. A totally unique and fascinating world, in which there still manages to be interesting political commentary that is currently highly relevant to our political climate.

I have started the New Year right by reading several YA novels with resistance themes this weekend (totally by accident) which is all sitting really well with me. If this is an end result of our currently difficult political climate—-that writers everywhere are using their art to tell beautiful stories that send strong messages to people about humanity and power dynamics, then at least one good thing has come out of all the mess. Because this is glorious. I can’t wait to get my hands on book 2, and I think more people need to get their hands on this book. I’m hoping it gives teens a lot to think about, in regards to what they believe in and care about, so that when they reach the age of majority and can vote, they’ll do better than my generation has been able to do. And be kinder to all people than my generation has been.

Clearly, I absolutely adored this, but I am now so tense and stressed out after reading it that I think I’m going to have to have my shoulders surgically removed from my ears.

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