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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25 Personalized Book Recommendations (& Upcoming Releases) Pt 2

Better late than never I guess…?

I am like 3 months late in this second part of my personalized book recommendations. It took me a bit of time to find all the books and put together this list, and honestly by now I think you all know how terrible I am at being punctual with part 2s of my posts (see: my blogiversary Q&As). 

But my last installment of my personalized book recommendations is finally here, and I had so much fun creating this list! I’m repeating some prompts—I’m sure the more recommendations the better—since this one is open to any authors, and I’m really sorry that I skipped the ones that I couldn’t find any books for. But let me know if you’d be interested in more personalized recs like this in the future!!

Content warnings for the books I’ve read are at the end of this post for readability.

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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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Recommending Some of My Favorite Queer Asian Books Paired with Rina Sawayama Songs

You all know some of my favorite books are queer Asian books.

And since it’s Pride month, I really wanted to do something related to them on my blog. But since I’ve already talked a lot about my favorite books, I thought I’d switch it up a little and recommend/discuss them according to songs by Rina Sawayama! If you don’t know who she is, Rina is a Japanese British pansexual pop singer, and I don’t listen to too much pop music anymore but I absolutely adore her songs.

It was a lot harder to do this than I expected, especially because Rina’s songs all have such specific, personal meanings, which is why I was only able to do 8 books and songs. But I had a lot of fun pairing these books and songs together and doing something new!

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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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