Sep 19, 2017

5 Reasons you should read A Semi Definitive List of Worst Nightmares || Blog Tour ( Review + Giveaway)




A Semi-Definitive List of Worst Nightmares

Title : A Semi - Definitive List of Worst Nightmares
Author : Krystal Sutherland
Release Date : September 5th 2017
Publisher : G.P.Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers
Synopsis :


Ever since Esther Solar’s grandfather met Death, her entire family has been doomed to suffer one great fear in their lifetime—a fear that will eventually lead each and every one of them to their graves. Take Esther’s father, for instance: He’s an agoraphobe who hasn’t left the basement in six years. Then there’s her twin brother, Eugene, whose fear of the dark goes far beyond the things that go bump in the night. And her mother, Rosemary, is absolutely terrified of bad luck.

As for Esther, she’s managed to escape the curse…so far. She doesn’t yet have a great fear because she avoids pretty much everything. Elevators, small spaces, crowds—anything that might trigger a phobia is off-limits and is meticulously recorded in her semi-definitive list of worst nightmares.

Esther thinks she has it all figured out, until she’s reunited with an old elementary school classmate—and first crush—Jonah Smallwood. The encounter leaves her stranded at a bus stop and swindled out of her phone, all her cash, a Fruit Roll-Up she’d been saving, and her list—not to mention her dignity. But the theft is also the beginning of an unexpected friendship between the two, one that sends the pair on a journey of self-discovery as they try to break the curse that’s consumed Esther’s family. Together they face their greatest fears, one debilitating phobia at a time, only to discover the one fear they hadn’t counted on: love.


Sep 16, 2017

14 Upcoming Desi YA/MG releases to be excited for

It's been a while since I graced all of you with my awesome presence. Well, I was in a very bad reading and blogging slump following A/Levels, but now I am all right and am officially back!!!

I was browsing through my goodreads shelves and realised that there's quite a number of YA and MG books coming out later this year and in 2018, which have desi protagonists, and almost all of them are ownvoices. There was a time when I had to dig deep to find these gems. You guys have no idea how glad I am that we've made so much progress. There's still a long way to go, but I am happy and excited about what we are getting in the near future, so I decided to share my finds with you all.




Aug 15, 2017

Book Aesthetics || Guest Post by Sil @ The Book Voyagers


LET’S TALK BOOK AESTHETICS // DIVERSE BOOKS

Hello! Sil here. Mishma was so very kind to think of me for this blog series. I am so happy to be a part of it tbh, especially to talk about this topic today. Because aesthetics have become really big right now in Twitter but book aesthetics more so than ever.


Aug 9, 2017

Reviewing honestly - A Guest Post by Shelly @ Read Sleep Repeat

Writing a review for a book is not an easy task. Especially when you don't end up liking a book, or found something problematic that needs to be addressed. While we all inherently know that we need to be honest, we tend to hesitate at times. So today we have the amazing Shelly over to share some tips to make sure that we're doing it right as reviewers.

Don't forget to check out Shelly's blog and follow her on twitter! ( She's the best.You NEED to follow her on twitter!)



Aug 7, 2017

Sensitivity Reads || Guest Post by Ava @ Bookishness and Tea

Hello bookworms!

Writing diverse books comes with the inherent responsibility of getting your rep right. But the book community has endless resources to help you along the way, and sensitivity reads is one of them. And as marginalised readers, we can reach out to be of help to authors who are attempting to do justice for their selected rep.

So today we have the wonderful Ava to share some things about being a sensitivity reader! Without further ado, let me hand it over to the expert here.

Aug 3, 2017

Discovering new releases - Guest Post by Julie @ Quiet YA Reads

It's the first official guest post of Learnt it the Hard Way 3!

It's such a struggle to keep up with new releases sometimes. I often feel like I am so out of the loop with regards to new and upcoming releases, and when I see some new releases being mentioned around in social media, all I can say is HOW IN THE WORLD DID I NOT KNOW ABOUT THIS BOOK?

So today we invite Julie, the lovely behind Quiet YA, and a blogger who has an amazing knowledge of upcoming titles, to teach us all a little on the art of discovering new book releases. You can also find her at YA Interrobang, Pique Beyond and might know her as one of the founder of Blogbound Con. And of course, don't forget to follow her on twitter!


Aug 1, 2017

Introducing Learnt it the Hard Way 3

Hello bookworms!

Blogging is a continuous learning process. There's quite a lot of things we learn along the way, and new things that we adapt to as the community and the blogging realm changes. Sometimes we learn things the hard way but sometimes we can always listen to some pointers from those who have had their share of experience. This is where Learnt it the Hard Way comes in, and let me introduce you to the 3rd edition of the annual blogseries here at Chasing Faerytales - consisting on guest posts on tips and advice on various aspects of book blogging!



Jul 28, 2017

Book Expo Recap || Day 2



Book Expo Day 2 was technically the first day of the show floor. So it was time for the Room no 301 Squad to make our best show floor strategies. We decided to not wake up in some ungodly hour to line up - which actually was a good decision, because this year's lines or crowd was not as insane as last year. But we made a stupid decision when we went to Javits without a suitcase. We ended up carrying all the books around, and my shoulders still remember the unfortunate pain they went through on the show floor :D


The line for the show floor was actually pretty small, and Shelly went and lined up, so the rest of us went to stand in line for the ticketed autographs. Joey, CJ, Hazel and I ended up somehow getting the last few tickets for Maggie Stiefvater, while I also got myself a ticket for Cora Cormack. We even had time to make a quick trip to Starbucks, and still ended up getting a good place in the line, and were able to get in at the right time, when the show floor opened. This year's BEA would have really been the tamest of them all, I guess.


Since we already had a ticket for Maggie, we just wandered around the show floor first, got a copy of Mask of Shadows - which I am currently reading and is amazing!!!- said hi to Kristina from Little Brown, got a glimpse of Melissa, said hi and also grabbed copies of Belles and Cruel Prince. I didn't know that either of those books were going to be at Book Expo, so it was really a pleasant surprise! Plus, the Disney publicists who gave me a copy of Belles were the nicest people ever. I just can't wait to start both the books!

We also acquired the most valuable asset of the entire Book Expo experience at Hachette. The Jimmy Patterson tote bag. Like, I swear, we have all fallen in love with that tote, and Joey had even christened it as the MVT ( swapping player for tote ) Like seriously, it reminded me of Hermione's bag from Deathly Hallows. Not only was it huge, it just had so much space, and I literally dumped my entire haul of the day in that bag. Plus it had pockets! We could actually store the water bottles! That bag was just genius.

P.S - Actually I think, Hachette wins making tote bags. Last year, they gave out a tote which had a zip! It was a lifesaver



We finally made our way to Maggie's line, and I was preparing what to say to her this time around. If you have read my last year's recap, you would know that for some reason, Maggie makes me extremely nervous - she's just so cool, and I have only read Raven Boys, and I swear she has a radar for non die hard fans of TRC - and this time wasn't any different. I still don't know what I managed to mumble this time, but she was so badass like always, and I got my copy of All the Crooked Saints


I also grabbed a copy of Whichwood afterwards,which I honestly had no desire to read before, until I saw that cover, and made it to the Girls Made of Snow and Glass drop. The book is one of my most anticipated reads of 2017- it just sounds so amazing and gorgeous, and I can't wait to devour it. I also met Brittany and Melissa somewhere in between. I honestly can't remember when, my memory has started to form holes by this point.


We visited the Grishaverse experience on our way to lunch, and I managed to get a picture with Kaz Brekker a.k.a my favourite YA character, a.k.a the best YA antihero. Lunch translates into the most expensive chicken tenders I've ever tasted in my life. Inelastic demand you all. Wait...too much Economics these days. Don't mind me.

My next signing was hands down my most awaited signing of the day. ( Well, Leigh's signing comes pretty close, but I was actually not prepared to meet Leigh on that day ) I've been dying to read They Both Die at the End ever since I heard of it, and on top of that, I knew that meeting Adam would be the highlight of the day - and it totally was. I met Adam at last year's BEA, and he was just delightful. He made my day and his signing was undoubtedly my fav from BEA 2016. Then I went home and read History. History Is All You Left Me is one special special book which wrecked me and is so personal to me, and I vented all my feels in my review, which Adam swears is one of his favourite reviews ever. So of course, I was so excited to meet him again. And the funny thing about the signing was that it was only for half an hour. Now if you know Adam, you know that his signings are looooooong. I was telling CJ that in no way he would finish signing books for all the people in the line in half an hour. But he did. It was amazing.


 Since we've interacted about the review on twitter, I was expecting Adam to know me if I introduced myself to him, but still I was totally amazed when he knew me right away. In fact, when it was his turn, he was as excited to see me as I was to see him. He called me his BFF, And gave me a hug. The fangirl died and went to heaven. And he inquired about my long flight again and told me that my History review means so much to him. Then I asked him how much I would cry after reading TBDATE. He said not as much as History. He lied. Because the book broke my heart

See that all-the-32-teeth-bared smile? I am such a goofball.

Then I made my way to Penguin for the signings of Genuine Fraud and Beasts Made of Night. E.Lockhart's signing was ultra fast, but I managed to tell her how much I loved We Were Liars. Tochi Onyebuchi was hands down one of the coolest people I've met. Of course, that means I said some unintelligent nonsense to him which I can't remember. I need coaching on how to talk to badass authors whom I haven't had a twitter conversation with before. Actually, even the ones I have talked to on twitter. After all, I successfully ended up talking to Tristina Wright only at her signing the next day, even after seeing her multiple times the days prior.


I finally got a glimpse of Melissa Albert - thanks to Shelly's heads up - and went and said hi. Melissa's the editor at the BN Teen Blog, where I contribute once a month, so I was pretty excited to meet her and gush about how eagerly I am waiting for her debut Hazel Wood. She was the sweetest. Then I made my way to the signing of Roar at the literal last minute, and flailed to Cora about how much I have loved her NA romances. My next signing was the MG Graphic Novel Pashmina, which I am so excited for, as it has a Desi MC and looks absolutely adorable! Nidhi - the author was delightful, and I met Sona Charaipotra in the line and chatted about Desi novels and how Times Square doesn't hold a candle of the chaos of Indian markets and everything in between :)

I ended up going to the Harper drop for Release and The Last Namsara sometime during the day, but again, hole in the memory. The Harper publicist was sooooooo friendly. ( Sense the sarcasm) She was literally holding the two books and in a monotone professed that we can only pick one. I even gave her my best smile, and she looked at me as if why I am wasting her time. It was.......unnerving. I picked Release, but actually ended up getting The Last Namsara later that day, since they had so many leftovers - obviously everyone picked Release over the latter.

CJ, Hazel, Joey and I were wandering around when we saw Adam Silvera and Marieke Nijkamp having a conversation. We lurked around for a while, and I was trying to approach Adam without appearing like an idiot, but he noticed us, and invited us over because he's amazing like that. We chatted with both of them - with Adam explaining just how he managed to finish his signing in half an hour. And we took a selfie because Adam has long arms.


My last signing for the day was Leigh Bardugo. I actually wasn't planning to make it to the signing, because I'd meet her anyway at the Fierce Reads party the next day, but Joey gave me his ticket, so I just ended up going, because why not? Leigh is undoubtedly my second favourite author - there's no doubt who's the first - and it was my first time meeting her so I was just a flailing mess. She just has a majestic presence, and it's hard to have a straight head in front of her.


Also the Language of Thorns is probably the first sampler I voluntarily acquired.And it's just gorgeous. The art! Just spectacular.

That was more or less the end of the show floor experience for that day. Our shoulders were crying, and we were exhausted, but we were so full of excitement even then. We returned to the hotel room, and while Hazel, Joey and I tried to sort out our day's hauls - and Joey was engaged in the regular acrobatics that come with taking a picture for Bookstagram - while CJ and Shelly went to Hillary Clinton's event. We were going to meet Cale Dietrich for ice cream after they returned, so we set out as they came back.


We met Cale and Sonia Belasco at the Big Gay Ice Cream Shop. Coincidentally, Vee and their friend Kristin also came by, so we all hung out and had ice cream. Cale is a dear good friend, and just a big sweetheart, and it was so amazing to get to meet him. We chatted about a whole lot of things, and even got to see the legendary Stonewall Inn.


And......that was the story of the second day of Book Expo! 

Jul 26, 2017

A mesmerizing Indian fantasy || The Library of Fates by Aditi Khorana ( Blog Tour + Review + Giveaway )



Title : The Library of Fates
Author : Aditi Khorana
Release Date : 18th July 2017
Publisher : Razorbill
Synopsis :


A romantic coming-of-age fantasy tale steeped in Indian folklore, perfect for fans of The Star-Touched Queen and The Wrath and the Dawn

No one is entirely certain what brings the Emperor Sikander to Shalingar. Until now, the idyllic kingdom has been immune to his many violent conquests. To keep the visit friendly, Princess Amrita has offered herself as his bride, sacrificing everything—family, her childhood love, and her freedom—to save her people. But her offer isn't enough.

The unthinkable happens, and Amrita finds herself a fugitive, utterly alone but for an oracle named Thala, who was kept by Sikander as a slave and managed to escape amid the chaos of a palace under siege. With nothing and no one else to turn to, Amrita and Thala are forced to rely on each other. But while Amrita feels responsible for her kingdom and sets out to warn her people, the newly free Thala has no such ties. She encourages Amrita to go on a quest to find the fabled Library of All Things, where it is possible for each of them to reverse their fates. To go back to before Sikander took everything from them.


Stripped of all that she loves, caught between her rosy past and an unknown future, will Amrita be able to restore what was lost, or does another life—and another love—await?

Jul 24, 2017

Mackenzi Lee talks Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue, Monty and grand tours

Hey bookworms!

Today's interview features one of my favourite authors and human beings, and the creator of one of my fav books of 2017, as well as one precious cinnamon roll of a character, for whom I have the biggest soft spot. Say hi to Mackenzi Lee, author of The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue, who gave the world the delightful treasure that is Henry Montague.


Jul 21, 2017

The making of an empress || Forest of a Thousand Lanterns by Julie C.Dao



Title : Forest of a Thousand Lanterns
Author : Julie C.Dao
Release Date : October 10th 2017
Publisher : Philomel Books
Synopsis:

An East Asian fantasy reimagining of The Evil Queen legend about one peasant girl's quest to become Empress--and the darkness she must unleash to achieve her destiny.

Eighteen-year-old Xifeng is beautiful. The stars say she is destined for greatness, that she is meant to be Empress of Feng Lu. But only if she embraces the darkness within her. Growing up as a peasant in a forgotten village on the edge of the map, Xifeng longs to fulfill the destiny promised to her by her cruel aunt, the witch Guma, who has read the cards and seen glimmers of Xifeng's majestic future. But is the price of the throne too high?

Because in order to achieve greatness, she must spurn the young man who loves her and exploit the callous magic that runs through her veins--sorcery fueled by eating the hearts of the recently killed. For the god who has sent her on this journey will not be satisfied until his power is absolute.

Jul 6, 2017

Sandhya Menon talks When Dimple Met Rishi, Desi rep and bollywood || Diverse Reads 2017


If you know me, you know that I consider When Dimple Met Rishi one of the best things that 2017 has brought to me. I adore the book to pieces and have flailed enough to let you all know that you guys need to read this book! Today we have the lovely author of WDMR,Sandhya Menon on the blog today, and let's get into all the Desi goodness!


Jun 30, 2017

The adventures of Mish || A NYC recap

Hey bookworms! You guys all know that I went to NYC last month - it's been weeks already, since I came back! I am still in denial! -and I've been promising to share my adventures with you all and have been spending some lazy , jet lagged days instead.

Today, I am finally presenting you all with my NYC stories!!!

Well there's a lot to tell, obviously, and I am known for my exaggerated stories anyway. So this post is going to be long. Also, I did BEA/Bookcon as well, but I am making a separate recap for that, so this post is just about all the non bookish fun I had in the city that never sleeps! :)

Let's get going!


Jun 25, 2017

Recs for Ramadan || A rec list of books with Muslim MCs and rep

Hi bookworms!

First of all, Eid Mubarak to all my Muslim friends! I've been wanting to do this post the whole of Ramadan, but only ended up posting on Eid. Well, better late than never! :D

Today I bring to you a recommendation list of books with Muslim MCs and representation courtesy of Ramadan. Addition to my own list, I've also invited some ownvoices and authors to present their recs for their favourites, so let's get going!


Jun 18, 2017

A book destined to break your heart || They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera



Title: They Both Die at the End
Author: Adam Silvera
Release Date: September 5th 2017
Publisher: HarperTeen
Synopsis:
New York Times bestselling author Adam Silvera reminds us that there’s no life without death and no love without loss in this devastating yet uplifting story about two people whose lives change over the course of one unforgettable day.

On September 5, a little after midnight, Death-Cast calls Mateo Torrez and Rufus Emeterio to give them some bad news: They’re going to die today. Mateo and Rufus are total strangers, but, for different reasons, they’re both looking to make a new friend on their End Day. The good news: There’s an app for that. It’s called the Last Friend, and through it, Rufus and Mateo are about to meet up for one last great adventure—to live a lifetime in a single day.

Jun 16, 2017

Cale Dietrich talks The Love Interest, YA tropes and writing inspirations || DiverseReads2017

Hey guys!

Guess who's back??? I know I made a fake promise to you all that I am not going to take a hiatus because of my NYC trip, but I ended up taking one, because I forgot to schedule posts. I know I know, but forgive me, and I am back now, so let me treat you all with all the amazing posts hereafter! :D

Today on the blog, we have the author of one of my favourite reads of 2017, who's also one of the best human beings I've met - he's just so wonderful! So everyone, say hi to Cale Dietrich,the fabulous author of The Love Interest!


May 24, 2017

I am going to New York!


Hey bookworms!

I am off to New York tomorrow!

Calm down, I am not migrating or anything :D Maybe you already know this, ( especially if you follow me on twitter ) but I am doing BEA and Bookcon again this year, and decided to spend a few more days in USA, so I am leaving for New York tomorrow and will be back on the 8th of June!

I am not taking a hiatus, posts will be up on Chasing Faerytales as usual, but I might be scarcely seen online. Do make sure to be up to date with my adventures through my social media accounts! Addition to twitter, I'll be updating through my personal instagram (nefarioustales) and snapchat (chasingfaes). Don't forget to follow and/or add me!

And I am so excited yet nervous! My pre travel anxiety is in full force yet I am so excited about the trip! I can't wait to explore the city, meet all the bloggers and authors, and the books!!!!

Also, my NYC friends, I'd love to meet you! Let me know if we can hang out on any of the days of my trip!

Farewell and next time I'll meet you guys, I'll be in NY!

May 12, 2017

Julia Ember's tips for building a SFF World || The Seafarer's Kiss Blog Tour + Giveaway


Hello bookworms!

Welcome to today's stop on the Seafarer's Kiss blog tour! This f/f retelling of the Little Mermaid is fresh, amazing and a must read! Wonderfully diverse and beautifully written, I can't recommend the book enough! Today we have it's lovely author Julia Ember over at the blog, sharing some tips for building a believable SFF world, as part of the blog tour!


P. S - I shared my review on GR today, do make sure to check it out here!


Title : The Seafarer's Kiss
Author: Julia Ember
Publisher : Interlude Press/Duet Books
Release Date : May 4th 2017
Synopsis : 

Having long-wondered what lives beyond the ice shelf, nineteen-year-old mermaid Ersel learns of the life she wants when she rescues and befriends Ragna, a shield-maiden stranded on the mermen’s glacier. But when Ersel’s childhood friend and suitor catches them together, he gives Ersel a choice: say goodbye to Ragna or face justice at the hands of the glacier’s brutal king.

Determined to forge a different fate, Ersel seeks help from Loki. But such deals are never as one expects, and the outcome sees her exiled from the only home and protection she’s known. To save herself from perishing in the barren, underwater wasteland and be reunited with the human she’s come to love, Ersel must try to outsmart the God of Lies.

May 11, 2017

Mulan meets Feudal Japan || Flame in the Mist by Renee Ahdieh






Title : Flame in the Mist
Author: Renee Ahdieh
Publisher : G.P.Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers
Release Date : May 16th 2017
Synopsis : 

The daughter of a prominent samurai, Mariko has long known her place—she may be an accomplished alchemist, whose cunning rivals that of her brother Kenshin, but because she is not a boy, her future has always been out of her hands. At just seventeen years old, Mariko is promised to Minamoto Raiden, the son of the emperor's favorite consort—a political marriage that will elevate her family's standing. But en route to the imperial city of Inako, Mariko narrowly escapes a bloody ambush by a dangerous gang of bandits known as the Black Clan, who she learns has been hired to kill her before she reaches the palace.

Dressed as a peasant boy, Mariko sets out to infiltrate the ranks of the Black Clan, determined to track down the person responsible for the target on her back. But she's quickly captured and taken to the Black Clan’s secret hideout, where she meets their leader, the rebel ronin Takeda Ranmaru, and his second-in-command, his best friend Okami. Still believing her to be a boy, Ranmaru and Okami eventually warm to Mariko, impressed by her intellect and ingenuity. As Mariko gets closer to the Black Clan, she uncovers a dark history of secrets, of betrayal and murder, which will force her to question everything she's ever known.

May 2, 2017

Ashley Herring Blake talks How to Make A Wish, queer rep and #ownvoices || #DiverseReads2017

Hi bookworms!

Can you believe it's May already? It's unbelievable! So is the amount of book releases that the month brings along.

Today's the release date of one of my favourite May releases! How to Make A Wish, a beautiful, heartwarming and fantastic contemporary by the lovely Ashley Herring Blake is releasing today and you should all read this wonderfully diverse #ownvoices novel! ( If you need more persuasion, check out my review here )

So today, we have Ashley over, to answer some questions about the book. Hope you all enjoy!


Apr 24, 2017

A YA Bollywood Rom Com || When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon




Title : When Dimple Met Rishi
Author: Sandhya Menon
Release Date : May 30th 2017
Publisher : Simon Pulse
Synopsis : 
A laugh-out-loud, heartfelt YA romantic comedy, told in alternating perspectives, about two Indian-American teens whose parents have arranged for them to be married.

Dimple Shah has it all figured out. With graduation behind her, she’s more than ready for a break from her family, from Mamma’s inexplicable obsession with her finding the “Ideal Indian Husband.” Ugh. Dimple knows they must respect her principles on some level, though. If they truly believed she needed a husband right now, they wouldn’t have paid for her to attend a summer program for aspiring web developers…right?

Rishi Patel is a hopeless romantic. So when his parents tell him that his future wife will be attending the same summer program as him—wherein he’ll have to woo her—he’s totally on board. Because as silly as it sounds to most people in his life, Rishi wants to be arranged, believes in the power of tradition, stability, and being a part of something much bigger than himself.

The Shahs and Patels didn’t mean to start turning the wheels on this “suggested arrangement” so early in their children’s lives, but when they noticed them both gravitate toward the same summer program, they figured, Why not?

Dimple and Rishi may think they have each other figured out. But when opposites clash, love works hard to prove itself in the most unexpected ways.

Apr 16, 2017

The Ultimate Guide for 2017 Diverse Releases || April Edition

Hi bookworms!

It's time for the April edition of my ultimate guide of 2017 diverse releases! These month has some exciting titles coming out, and I am so excited to share them with you! Also I want you to be prepared for May already because spoiler alert - May is going to sooooo good with new diverse releases!!!

P.S - This list/post is part of DiverseReads2017 - a reading challenge hosted by myself and Shelly at Read Sleep Repeat. There's still time to join! You can sign up here

P.P.S - Since most of these titles are unreleased, this list is based on ARCs I've read, reviews I've checked from trusted sources, and GR descriptions. If by any chance there are any books in this list that is not qualified to be diverse, problematic, or if I've missed any important aspect - such as the title being #ownvoices - feel free to let me know through the comments!

Apr 11, 2017

Top Ten Books with Different Narrative Styles

Sometimes the Lit student in me tries to poke her head in my regular reads, and I've come to a point where I can't go without appreciating the literary techniques in every YA I read. So today, I decided to use the TTT prompt to present a list I've been wanting to share for a long time. Here are my top ten books with different narrative styles!


Mar 28, 2017

Mar 22, 2017

A shipper's musings : when your ships aren't canon

I have never made it a secret that I am a huge shipper. I love myself some good romance, and when I find a couple that I LOVE, I become so invested in their love life, that at times, my obsession and flailing becomes ridiculous. While I do love my canon OTPs, I also often end up jumping on sinking ships, or worse, ships that were never built. Oh, the agony of shipping non canon fictional couples!

There are a couple of instances where the shipping of these non canon couples are inevitable. Everyone sees it, the readers, the fandom, the postman who brings the book to me - except the author and the characters. So I decided to break it down, and discuss instances where we end up shipping those beautiful ships that never were, or never would be. *sobs*


Mar 9, 2017

The Ultimate Guide for 2017 Diverse Releases || March Edition

Hi bookworms!

It's time to get ready for all the amazing March releases! Today, I bring to you all the diverse books that are coming out this month, get your TBRs and wallets ready! ;D

P.S - This list/post is part of DiverseReads2017 - a reading challenge hosted by myself and Shelly at Read Sleep Repeat. There's still time to join! You can sign up here

P.P.S - Since most of these titles are unreleased, this list is based on ARCs I've read, reviews I've checked from trusted sources, and GR descriptions. If by any chance there are any books in this list that is not qualified to be diverse, problematic, or if I've missed any important aspect - such as the title being #ownvoices - feel free to let me know through the comments!


Mar 5, 2017

Ellie Terry talks Tourette Syndrome and its representation || Diverse Reads 2017

Hi bookworms!

Today, I bring to you another Diverse Reads 2017 post, featuring yet another 2017 diverse book and author.

But today's post is extra special to me, personally. Let me introduce to you Forget Me Not, an #ownvoices MG novel written in verse and features a MC with Tourette Syndrome - a disorder that I myself has been suffering from since I was 11 years old.

I am so excited and happy that this book was written, and is going to be published, hoping that a lot of kids around the world with Tourette Syndrome will get to read it and feel less alone, something I desperately wish that my younger self could've also experienced.

So today, we have the wonderful author of the book, Ellie Terry, who's here to give a breakdown on what exactly is Tourette Syndrome and its representation in MG and YA.


Feb 28, 2017

Heidi Heilig talks The Ship Beyond Time, time travel and diversity in SFF || #DiverseReads2017

Hey bookworms! Today we have yet another #DiverseReads2017 interview!

I am super excited to host Heidi Heilig on the blog today! Heidi's The Ship Beyond Time - sequel to the amazing The Girl From Everywhere - is releasing today, and she's here with us, sharing some exciting information about the book!



Feb 25, 2017

A heartwarming story of relationships || How to Make a Wish by Ashley Herring Blake



Title : How to Make a Wish
Author : Ashley Herring Blake
Release Date : May 2nd 2017
Publisher : HMH Book for Young Readers
Synopsis :
All seventeen year-old Grace Glasser wants is her own life. A normal life in which she sleeps in the same bed for longer than three months and doesn't have to scrounge for spare change to make sure the electric bill is paid. Emotionally trapped by her unreliable mother, Maggie, and the tiny cape on which she lives, she focuses on her best friend, her upcoming audition for a top music school in New York, and surviving Maggie’s latest boyfriend—who happens to be Grace’s own ex-boyfriend’s father.

Her attempts to lay low until she graduates are disrupted when she meets Eva, a girl with her own share of ghosts she’s trying to outrun. Grief-stricken and lonely, Eva pulls Grace into midnight adventures and feelings Grace never planned on. When Eva tells Grace she likes girls, both of their worlds open up. But, united by loss, Eva also shares a connection with Maggie. As Grace's mother spirals downward, both girls must figure out how to love and how to move on.

Feb 16, 2017

The Ultimate Guide for 2017 Diverse Releases || February Edition

Hi bookworms!

Since you guys loved the recommendation post of all the diverse books releasing last month, I thought of continuing it, forward! So here is a complete list of diverse titles coming out in February 2017!

P.S - This list/post is part of DiverseReads2017 - a reading challenge hosted by myself and Shelly at Read Sleep Repeat. There's still time to join! You can sign up here

P.P.S - Since most of these titles are unreleased, this list is based on ARCs I've read, reviews I've checked from trusted sources, and GR descriptions. If by any chance there are any books in this list that is not qualified to be diverse, problematic, or if I've missed any important aspect - such as the title being #ownvoices - feel free to let me know through the comments!