YA | LGBTQIA+ | Reading 'When You Get the Chance' was like holding a ball of wholesomeness radiating with LGBTQIA+ positivity.
With retellings, authors can make fairytales modern, more just, and more inclusive. Actually, they can add more magic while making the stories feel more real. | Let me tell you about three "Cinderella" spinoffs in this post!
Mayhem, a YA paranormal novel by Estelle Laure, is out today. Find out basic info about the book, an excerpt, a special letter from the author, and a Q&A in this post | Spoiler: I loved Estelle's answers!
Fantasy | Contemporary | YA | 'A Song Below Water' is a complex read with real eye-opening teenager voices.
Fantasy | MG | A sweet book set in a cool sea-related world (with dragons and a lot of magic) that weaves friendship, daughter-and-mother love, and adventure.
Fairy-tale retelling | YA | Take a huge dose of 'Caraval' vibe, mix it with light 'The Night Circus' enchantment, sprinkle it with a good bit of 'Alice In Wonderland' story style, add a pinch of 'Mulan' dynamics, throw in a bucket of crucial life messages, adapt it all as a sequel-slash-retelling of 'Cinderella'... And you get Stepsister. As marvelous as that.
Sci-fi + fantasy | YA | General + book-by-book reviews | This was a wild ride. Both reading the series and writing the reviews.
Robin Stevenson, co-author of 'When You Get the Chance', answered a few questions about her most recent novel, its purpose, and the reason behind its delayed publication.
YA | Contemporary | How to sum up this story in a few words. I'll go with "A disastrous read with an ending that lightly makes up for it."
Historical fiction (1920s) | YA | This is a cute book, but it didn't strike me as thaaat special. It was mostly fluff with good characters but not an otherworldly story. Kudos to the last two chapters, though.