ARC Review: It All Comes Back to You by Farah Naz Rishi // A Messy Story about Family and Growth

I’ve been reading less YA contemporary these days.

But I’ve had It All Comes Back to You on my radar, especially ever since the gorgeous cover by Zahra Fatima was dropped, and I was so excited to read it. While it’s marketed as a romcom and that’s not usually what I reach for, I knew that it would also deal with heavier topics as well and was interested to see those explored.

What I didn’t expect was that it would be a lot less focused on romance and more so on family and individual character growth, which was honestly a better outcome than I could have expected. And today I’m here to review It All Comes Back to You in all its messy (in a good way) glory!

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ARC Review: She Who Became the Sun by Shelley Parker-Chan // A Radiant Fantasy about Destiny and Gender

As a picky reader, it is rare for me to find favorite books.

I can say without a doubt, though, that She Who Became the Sun is absolutely making my best of 2021 list, and near the top of it. It hit on so many of my personal tastes (morally grey gaysian characters is my form of heaven!), and there are truly endless things to love about it. And I can’t describe the joy of finding a new favorite book and not being the slightest bit disappointed after holding high expectations for it!!

Today I have a review of She Who Became the Sun, to do my best to convince you to pick this up! If the hype hasn’t already made you interested in it, I hope this review will, because all the praise you’ve heard for this book is completely deserved.

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ARC Review: The Jasmine Throne by Tasha Suri // A Fiery and Feminist Fantasy

Sapphic Asian fantasy remains superior as always.

It will always feel special to me as a sapphic Asian, but something about these books truly just hit in a way like no other, and that’s no exception with The Jasmine Throne. The f/f romance (especially with morally grey characters) certainly does not disappoint, but the book also holds so much more than just romance: It’s a complex story about women and empire and every way those two things can intersect.

Since it releases today (in the US), I’m bringing you a review of The Jasmine Throne, where I can hopefully convince you to pick it up and wait in eager anticipation for the next book with me!!

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Blog Tour Review: When We Were Infinite by Kelly Loy Gilbert // A Beautiful, Heavy yet Hopeful Book

I’ve officially cried over my first book of the year!

If you’ve been following me for a while, you’ll know that one of my favorite books is Picture Us in the Light by Kelly Loy Gilbert. I was highly anticipating her next book and completely prepared to cry because of her words yet again—and that’s exactly what happened!

Today, I’m very excited to review When We Were Infinite, and hopefully persuade you to read it and experience its beauty for yourself, or at the very least add it to your TBRS. I don’t remember the last time I’ve ever felt so hollow after reading a book, and if it was able to make my cold dead heart feel something, you know it was amazing.  

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ARC Review: The Burning God by RF Kuang // The Heartbreaking End to One of My Favorite Series

It’s been almost half a year since I read this book, and I’m still recovering.

If you’ve been around here for the past year, you’ll know that one of my all-time favorite series is The Poppy War. The Burning God, the last book of the series, was my most anticipated release of the year. And wow, was it an experience. It broke me, and all I can say thank you, Ms. Kuang!

I’m not going to write any more for this intro (this review is practically an essay at over 1.6k words long), but if you haven’t read The Poppy War or The Dragon Republic, I would skip over the first half of my review! I don’t mention any specific spoilers for any books, but you could assume certain things based on what I say!!

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