Review: The Poppy War by RF Kuang // My Favorite Book of the Year and Forever

For once… a regular book review? 

I truly never post reviews on my blog of books that aren’t ARCs (and therefore had to post). The last time I did this was literally the year I started blogging, since everyone knows reviews get low engagement and I’m sad when people don’t talk to me!

But today I’m making history!! Because 1) I have absolutely zero blog post ideas anymore, and 2) I need to officially recognize my love for The Poppy War on my blog with a review.

Before I get into the very long review, I want to note that I picked this book for an English project, so I’m more analytical than usual since I had to look at the book in a more critical lens. It reads more like an essay than my other reviews, because I actually had to write an essay!

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ARC Review: The Fever King by Victoria Lee // Gay Slowburn Romance and Magical Sci-Fi Fantasy that Destroyed Me

Hi I’m May! And if you don’t know, I’m self-destructive!

When it comes to books, specifically (because I could talk about how I’m self-destructive in my personal life but I’d rather not*): I love to read books that destroy me. But it’s more like, I know full well that it will break me, refuse to believe it, and then get surprised when it destroys me.

The Fever King is a perfect example of that. I’d read reviews of how much pain the readers felt because of this book, and I was like “wow, that’s going to happen to me”. But there was also another part of my brain that for some reason believed I would be different.

Beloved ones, I was not.

Fortunately!! I still feel a huge amount of love towards this book, despite all the pain and suffering Victoria Lee has caused me, so today, exactly 10 minutes before its release date (in my timezone), I’m here to gush about it and convince you to pick it up!

*Prime example of be being self-destructive by avoiding important topics that I should probably talk about!!

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ARC Review: Girls of Paper and Fire by Natasha Ngan // The Beautiful, Brutal Book of My Sapphic Asian Heart

You know those books that you’re so full of love for that you just feel like you could burst?

Girls of Paper and Fire is one of those books. It’s an absolutely beautiful book, with the best themes and messages. It has a stunning cover, a gorgeous romance, and an intricately crafted world.

But while I love it for all of that, I love it for so much more: the fact that it’s a story about two queer, sapphic Asian girls, fighting against all odds for themselves and for each other. And as a queer, sapphic Asian myself, this book means so much to me.

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Blog Tour Review: Darius the Great is Not Okay by Adib Khorram // Now I’M the One Who Isn’t Okay (I Cried Over This Book)

I really thought I could stay strong and keep the tears in… but I couldn’t.

Darius the Great is Not Okay was a book that sucked me in from the beginning and kept me in its grip the entire time. It captivated me so much that it even made me cry, which, if you know me, is no easy feat when it comes to books.

Today for my stop in the Darius the Great is Not Okay blog tour, I’ll be doing a review of the book! I was super excited when I was offered this opportunity because this book is one that I’ve been anticipating so much—and if you haven’t already added this to your TBRs, you NEED to.

Thank you to Penguin Random House for providing me a copy of the book in exchange for a spot on the blog tour and promotion of the book!

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Mini ARC Reviews: Girl Made of Stars (A New Favorite that Made me CRY) & Isle of Blood and Stone (Surprisingly Entertaining)

I love books that go beyond my expectations.

I mean, who doesn’t?? It means a lot tp ME, because usually, books end up being worse than I expected and I get hit by disappointment like no other.

But this time… IT WAS THE OTHER WAY AROUND.

I liked these books better than I thought I would??? Surprise!!

Girl Made of Stars was one of my most anticipated releases of the year (I saw that my request had been accepted at school and struggled not to scream) and it was even better than I had imagined. So SO GOOD.

And I honestly didn’t expect much out of Isle of Blood and Stone besides an average fantasy (especially since the beginning was slow) but it ended up surprising me and being much more entertaining than I’d suspected!!!

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