Highly Suspicious and Unfairly Cute by Talia Hibbert Blog Tour. EARC Review & Favorite Quotes!

Hi! Welcome to my stop on the TBR & Beyond Tour for Highly Suspicious and Unfairly Cute by Talia Hibbert!

Book Info:

Title: Highly Suspicious and Unfairly Cute by Talia Hibbert

Genre: Young Adult Romance

Publishing Date: January 3, 2023


Synopsis:


From the New York Times bestselling author of the Brown Sisters trilogy, comes a laugh-out-loud story about a quirky content creator and a clean-cut athlete testing their abilities to survive the great outdoors–and each other. Bradley Graeme is pretty much perfect. He’s a star football player, manages his OCD well (enough), and comes out on top in all his classes . . . except the ones he shares with his ex-best friend, Celine. Celine Bangura is conspiracy-theory-obsessed. Social media followers eat up her takes on everything from UFOs to holiday overconsumption–yet, she’s still not cool enough for the popular kids’ table. Which is why Brad abandoned her for the in-crowd years ago. (At least, that’s how Celine sees it.) These days, there’s nothing between them other than petty insults and academic rivalry. So when Celine signs up for a survival course in the woods, she’s surprised to find Brad right beside her. Forced to work as a team for the chance to win a grand prize, these two teens must trudge through not just mud and dirt but their messy past. And as this adventure brings them closer together, they begin to remember the good bits of their history. But has too much time passed . . . or just enough to spark a whole new kind of relationship?


Book Links:

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/57370115-highly-suspicious-and-unfairly-cute
Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Highly-Suspicious-Unfairly-Talia-Hibbertebook/dp/B0B52ZKN8C/
Barnes & Noble: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/highly-suspicious-and-unfairly-cute-taliahibbert/1141693733
Book Depository: https://www.bookdepository.com/Highly-Suspicious-and-UnfairlyCute/9780593650318
Indigo: https://www.chapters.indigo.ca/en-ca/books/highly-suspicious-and-unfairlycute/9780593482346-item.html IndieBound: https://www.indiebound.org/book/9780593482339About the Author:
Talia Hibbert is a New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal bestselling author who lives in a bedroom full of books. Supposedly, there is a world beyond that room, but she has yet to drum up enough interest to investigate.
She writes steamy, diverse romance because she believes that people of marginalised identities need honest and positive representation. Her interests include makeup, junk food, and unnecessary sarcasm. Talia and her many books reside in the English Midlands.

Favorites Quotes


“Whatever magic you and Maria are doing on those kids, you should bottle it and make a fortune.”

“Sorry Medical Truthers, you lost me this time. This cast stays on for at least six weeks. Stay safe, stay weird. “

“Trevor Graeme, you see, loves his family quite a lot and would probably rather die then leave them. “

“I don’t think I noticed how adorable his nose is until I saw his glasses perched on top of it just now.”

“We have been hanging out a lot, and touching a lot, and it’s true that I am unfortunately in love with him, but that doesn’t mean we’re dating.”

“Because what I really want is to spill all my feelings, to say I trust you, yeah, but also I love you and I think I always will, even if you leave me behind.”

“Well take it down a notch, babe. You’re giving me a migraine. And, no Celine’s not here. She went to the bathroom.”

“You’re allowed anywhere you want, I tell her, as long as you’re right here next to me. “

“Right now, we’re everything. Anything. Whatever we want. “

Review

Rating: 4.5 stars

Rep: BLPOC, OCD

Characters

Talia Hibbert is known for her fantastic characters in Adult Romance Novels, and Highly Suspicious and Unfairly cute was no different. Celine and Brad were characters that were different from each other, and their dynamic was fun to read. Celine was a character who knew what she wanted and she was focused on that. Contrary to Celine, Bradley was a character who wasn’t sure what he wanted at the start of the book. Over the course of the novel, Brad figured out what he wanted, also that he was going to live his life for himself and find out what makes him happy. Celine and Brad went on a journey in this book, and I loved seeing them grow over the course of the novel. The supporting cast was also fun to read about, and I enjoyed them. 

Plot

I’m not a big camping person, but I loved the expedition elements. I loved seeing Celine and Brad over the course of the story because, like their character journeys, the plot also helps them on their journeys. The stories with their families were interesting as well, and I wanted to see where they were going to go as I was reading. 

Writing 

Talia Hibbert is an excellent writer. I love how she tells a story, and how she uses different tones to tell a story. Highly Suspicious and Unfairly Cute had some light and fun scenes, where you could tell that the characters are having a great time. This novel also deals with some very real topics, such as OCD, doing what you want to do for yourself, and having your own goals. Talia Hibbert tackles these with care and heart.  

Romance

Highly Suspicious and Unfairly Cute is at its core, a romance. Celine and Bradley had an incredibly sweet romance. They were best friends, who had a falling out, and then they developed feelings for each other. What made the story even sweeter was that you saw the passion the couple had for each other. 

Enjoyment/ Recommend for

I really enjoyed this! The novel was fun while still discussing some very real topics. I recommend this book to fans of YA romance. Also, folks that enjoy diverse books would enjoy it. 

About the Author

Author Links:

Website: https://taliahibbert.com/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/TaliaHibbert

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/taliahibbert/

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/17088554.Talia_Hibbert

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AuthorTaliaHibbert/

Blog Tour Schedule:

January 2nd
Twirling Book Princess – Promotional Post
Bookcheshirecat – Review
PurposelyUnperfect – Favorite Quotes
heylittlesiren – Review

January 3rd
Confessions of a YA Reader – Promotional Post
The Momma Spot – Review
Paiges of Novels – Review & Favorite Quotes

January 4th
Justice For Readers – Promotional Post
Lost in Neverland – Review
Kerri McBookNerd – Review & Playlist
Jen Jen Reviews – Review

January 5th
Kait Plus Books – Journal Spread
Kayl’s Krazy Obsession – Review
dinipandareads – Review & Favorite Quotes
Phannie the ginger bookworm – Review & Playlist

January 6th
The Clever Reader – Review
Midsummer Night’s Read – Review
Books Are Magic Too – Top 5 Reasons to Read Highly Suspicious and Unfairly Cute
PopTheButterfly Reads – Review

January 7th
Stuck in Fiction – Promotional Post
paperbacktomes – Top 5 Reasons to Read Highly Suspicious and Unfairly Cute
What Irin Reads – Review

January 8th
The Book Dutchesses – Promotional Post
Reading Stewardess – Review & Mood Board
Eye-Rolling Demigod’s Book Blog – Review
the nutty bookworm reads alot – Review

In A Holidaze by Christina Lauren (Review)

In a Holidaze is a Romance novel by Christina Lauren that came out in October 2020. The story follows Maelyn Jones and her family as they celebrate the family with friends. 

Characters

I’m not a big romance reader, but when I read a romance, it needs to have great characters. They filled In A Holidaze with characters who you want to read about and root for. I related to Mae as a character because I could feel her struggle with her job. The supporting cast was very fun, and their banter added to the story. 

Plot

In A Holidaze follows a story that is similar to the movie Groundhog Day. Mae relives the day that she kissed Theo, and she can’t get out of it. The problem is that Mae has a crush on Andrew’s brother Theo as well, so the drama becomes the focus of the story. There is also the side story of the family who brought the cabin where they stay for the holidays and selling it, so the characters are dealing with that as well. Holiday antics and shenanigans make In A Holidaze the perfect holiday read because it has family, friendships, and romance. 

Writing

This was my first book by Christina Lauren. I found the writing great and matched the tone of the store. In A Holidaze was a novel filled with light and fun humor, told with a light and fun tone. There were scenes that were real, and heavy, and those were told with a serious tone. A combination of light and fun, mixed with heavy and serious tones makes this a fantastic read. 

Romance

There are two romances in this book. I saw Mae and Theo have more chemistry. Over the course of the story. I preferred the romance between the two of them, and they were more interesting to read about. Mae and Andrew just didn’t have the chemistry I wanted to see. In my opinion, the romance could have just had a little more over the course of the story. 

Recommend for / Enjoyment

 I recommend this book if you enjoy a romance books, or if you’ve read a Christina Lauren book in the past. I did enjoy this book, but some of the elements of the book just didn’t do it for me. 

Critical Role-Vox Machina-Kith& Kin

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Hi! I recently read Critical Role- Vox Machina- Kith &Kin by Marieke Nikamp. I wanted to review the book because I enjoyed it so much. 

CAWPLIE Breakdown

Rating-9.57

Star Rating- 5 stars 

Characters- 9

Atmosphere- 10

Writing-10

Plot-8

Intrigue -10

Logic-10

Enjoyment-10 

Characters

The characters in this story were two characters I knew from watching Critical Role, but I loved seeing them in a new story. Vex and Vax are both fantastic characters who come to life in this new story. The supporting cast was full of vivid characters that added an additional element to the story. While Vex was my favorite character, I also really enjoyed Vax, Aswin, and Trinket. 

Plot

A plot is something I need in a Fantasy because I’m one of those Fantasy readers who prefers a story in addition to the world-building. Critical Role: Vox Machia- Kith & Kin had a great story in addition to the world-building. Having a duel timeline for the stories also was fantastic because you got to see Vex and Vax through the years, and see their journeys. The characters and story elements were also interesting across both plots. 

Writing

I loved the writing of Critical Role: Vox Machina-Kith & Kin. The light-hearted scenes were perfect because they showed Vex & Vax having fun with their friends and exploring the world they lived in. This novel also has heavy scenes, which show that Vex and Vax are human, and they have a rich story, along with being multi-layered as human beings. World Building is something that comes into play in a Fantasy, and Critical Role: Vox Machina -Kith &Kin is the perfect mix of world-building, characters, and story which I loved. 

Recommend for and Enjoyment 

This is a fantasy novel that I have not seen talked about as much. If you love Fantasy, one that is a little off the beaten path, consider this one. I enjoyed this novel immensely. 

Gamer Girls:Gnat Vs Spyder by Andrea Towers (ARC Review)


Gamer Girls: Gnat Vs Spyder by Andrea Towers

Thank you Netgalley and Andrews McMeel Publishing for the E-ARC of Gamer Girls. A few months back, I was in the mood for a new book, so I started browsing Netgalley Read now. I stumbled upon this book and being a gamer as well, I wanted to see what kind of story this was. 

Book info

Title: Gamer Girls: Gnat vs Spyder

Author: Andrea Towers

Genre: Middle-Grade Contemporary

Expected Publication: January 31st, 2023 by Andrew McMeel Publishing

Add to Goodreads:here

Star Rating: 4 stars

Cawpile breakdown Cawpile is a book rating system that lets you look at books in a more analytical way. I love it because it adds a little more to ratings and reviews than just a number. I’ll be using it for my book reviews now to look at stories more analytically and share more about why I enjoyed or didn’t enjoy a book. 

Characters:7

Atmospehere:6

Writing:8

Plot:7

Intriuge:7

Logic:7

Enjoyment:8

Total:7.14

Characters

The characters were why I wanted to read this novel. I enjoyed getting to know them, and they all had unique story to tell. Each of them had their own hobby and passions, but that’s what made the book interesting to me. Together as a friend group, the characters were interesting because they were a mix of personalities. Natalie was my favorite character, but I also really enjoyed Lucy. 

Plot

Here’s the thing, I kind of guessed the big twist to the story about halfway through, but I still really enjoyed the end of the book. Gamer Girls: Gnat Vs Spyder followed two gamers who compete when they play a game called Alienlord. Alienlord is a game set in space, and it’s a two-player game where one person is the alien, and the other person is the hunter. Both characters took turns doing both roles as the book progresses. Lucy moves next door to Nat. Judging by context clues, it’s clear that Lucy is Spyder. Another plot element to Gamer Girls: Gnat Vs Spyder is the fact that Nat’s sister Dylan is moving out, and how she deals with that. There’s a friendship in this novel that plays a part in the story which was fun. 

Writing 

Middle-Grade a whole is filled with writing that is both light and heavy in tone depending on the scene. Gamer Girls: Gnat Vs Spyder has a similar style of storytelling to the rest of the genre. The fun scenes are told with a light and fun tone. Heavier topics, such as keeping things from friends, and hiding your hobbies and passions, are told with passion and care. Andrea Towers is a writer that I will read more from. 

Friendship 

Friendship plays a role in Gamer Girls: Gnat Vs Spyder, and I loved the journey the group went on. The story started with some tension because Nat was keeping things from her friends, and you could tell that she wanted to tell her friends, she just didn’t know how they would react. Once Lucy moves and joins their group, things become a little better because Lucy is a gamer, who is confident about gaming. By the end of the novel, all four girls know about Nat and her gaming, and they all support each other by letting them all know they support them, and they all play a role in their streams. 

Enjoyment/ Recommend for 

I really enjoyed this book! It was fun and each of the characters had an interesting story. If you enjoy Middle-Grade Novels, or novels about friendships, and growing, similar to The Baby-Sitters Club, you will enjoy this novel as well. I believe that any fan of gaming and Middle-Grade Novels would enjoy this book just based on the vibes of the story.

Terry’s Crew by Terry Crews Blog Tour-(ARC Review)


Hello! Thank you to TBR and Beyond Book Tours and NetGalley for giving me a copy of this book for the blog tour.

About the book

Genre: Middle-Grade Graphic Novel
Publishing date: November 8, 2022

Goodreads Amazon Barnes & Noble | Book Depository | Indigo IndieBound

Synopsis:

Actor-author-athlete Terry Crews digs into his childhood in Flint, Michigan, to tell a story of fitting in and finding your place in his showstopping debut middle-grade graphic novel, the start of a series.

Terry’s Crew is a true delight from beginning to end. It’s sure to provide a much-needed mirror and sliding glass door for countless kids.” —Angie Thomas, author of The Hate U Give

“A delightful, powerful, readable retelling of Terry Crews’s adolescence. Readers young and old will be captivated.”
—Sharon M. Draper, author of Out of My Mind

“A must-read for all those kids who allow themselves to dream in a variety of big ways. Bravo!” —Pablo Cartaya, author of The Epic Fail of Arturo Zamora

Young Terry Crews has a Big Dream Plan: He wants to become a MULTIHYPHENATE. That means he wants to be an artist. And a football player. And a musician. And maybe a NASA scientist, too! OK, maybe it’s ambitious, but his parents worked hard so he could go to a new school—Rock City Academy, a prestigious institution (read: rich kids go there) where he’s sure he can make his mark at the talent show. He plans an elaborate performance with his new friends, Rani, a passionate engineer, and Xander, a shy kid with a head like an encyclopedia.

Along the way, Terry’s plan is threatened by his grades, which slip below Mom-and-Dad-approved levels, as well as the schemes of the school’s football star, Rick, who won’t stop until Terry quits the talent show altogether. No matter what challenges he faces, though, Terry knows that he always has his crew to back him up. 

Terry’s Crew by Terry Crews review

Rating: 3 stars

Characters

Even in a Graphic Novel, I still need compelling characters to enjoy a book. Terry’s Crew featured Terry and his friends, and all of them were amazing. I loved how well fleshed out each character was, even though they were people that Terry grew up with and went to school with. One of my favorite things about the book was how Terry, Rani, and Xander came together for the talent show. Each character in this book went on a journey, even Rick, and I was so excited to see how much they grew at the end of the novel. 

Plot

One of my favorite parts of this novel was the story. The primary focus is Terry starting a new school, the times he has there, and how it can help him when he grows older. As someone who used to do talent shows in school as well, I related to the talent show section the most, and this was my favorite story element. My other favorite element was Terry finding out who his loyal friends were at his new school. 

Writing  and Art

Terry’s crew is told with heart, and you can tell how much passion Terry has for the story being told. Sure, it’s mostly inspired by his life, and what happened in his childhood, but it’s told in an interesting way from other books in the genre. Art is very important to a graphic novel, and the art in this book is fantastic. I love how the art worked with the story and enhanced the story. Art Style comes into play when looking at the art of a graphic novel, and the style of art used is one that works well for the story being told. 

Friendship

This book doesn’t have romance, but the novel has a lovely friendship. Terry and Rani meet when Rani is showing Terry his school when he is a new student. Xander meets them a little later in the story, but he’s a welcome member of the trio. Terry, Rani, And Xander support each other when needed, and they also help each other through the heavier topics discussed in the story. Rick is one that starts off as a bully, and he wants Terry to join him in his act for the talent show. By the end of the novel, even Rick is a character that you want to root for. 

Recommend for/ Enjoyment 

This was an enjoyable read for me, as someone who is trying to read more Middle-Grade Books and is also trying to get into graphic novels more. The story is fun, however, there are also some lessons in the novel that readers young and adults can grow from. I recommend this for people that enjoy the genre, and those that are looking for a fun memoir, 

About the Author

Terry Alan Crews (born July 30, 1968) is an American actor and former American football player. He is best known for playing Julius on the UPN/CW sitcom Everybody Hates Chris, Sergeant Terry Jeffords on the NBC comedy Brooklyn Nine-Nine, and for his appearances in Old Spice commercials, as well as films such as Friday After NextIdiocracy, and The Expendables series. He is a host of America’s Got Talent.

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November 8th
The Irresponsible Reader – Review
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The Chance to Fly (Review)

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Title: The Chance to Fly

Authors- Ali Stroker and Stacy Davidowitz

Genre: Middle-Grade Contemporary

Rating- 5 stars

Characters

They filled the Chance to Fly with so many amazing characters, and I just love how much they care about each other. Nat is a delightful main character, and I relate to her the most out of all the characters in the story. Rey is a supporting character, and she is such is a sweet friend to Nat. Hudson is my other favorite character because of how much he supports Nat, and how much he makes her feel a part of the group. 

Plot

This is another story that is more vibes than a plot for me. I love it because the characters are fantastic and they have such a great time together. The story is about a group of theater kids working together, and making their production of Wicked happen even after losing their performance space. I love this story because it’s a group of theater kids coming together, in a time of need to make sure they can do their show. I related to this element because I could see me and my theater friend doing the same thing if we ever lost our venue when I did theater. 

Writing

This novel is own voices, and that really shows in the writing. Nat is in a wheelchair, and Ali Stroker treats the main character with care and passion. Stacy Davidowitz adds heart and passion to the characters in the writing as well. They fill the Chance to Fly with light-hearted scenes, where you can tell the group is having fun, and scenes that really talk about the issues and challenges people who are disabled face. This is an element I love in the story because I believe it’s a story that needs to be told in the world.  They handled heavier scenes with care, and passion. I love how the writing works well to tell the story, but also how it talks about the issues that need to be addressed. There are text chats in the book filled with username puns, and it brings me so much joy to see the usernames every time I read the book. 

Friendships

One of the best things about this novel is the friendship group. Each member of the group has a unique personality, and they all support each other, even if someone gets the role they wanted in the production. Each member of the friend group has their own strengths, and they each add something to the friend group dynamic, much like a family has different roles and dynamics for each member of the family. At the end of the day, even if there is drama in the group, they can all support each other because their friendship matters more.  

Enjoyment/ Recommend for

If you know me, you know how much I love this book. I’ve read this novel twice and loved it, even more, the second time, and I didn’t think that was possible.  If you’ve read the Fearless series by Mandy Gonzalez, you may enjoy these books as well. I have not read Drama yet, but based on what I know, if you’ve read that book/ series you would enjoy this as well. If you’re a fan of theater, a former theater kid, or someone who enjoys theater, this would be a book you would enjoy. 

Tash Hearts Tolstoy by Kathryn Ormsbee

Title: Tash Hearts Tolstoy

Author: Kathryn Ormsbee

Rating:  ***** (5 stars) 

Rep: A-Sexual

Review

Characters

One of the main reasons I love Tash Hearts Tolstoy is because of the characters. When you read a YA contemporary novel, you want your characters to feel real, and that you can be friends with them. Tash and her friends are genuine characters, and they go through the things that a typical teen would have to go through. I read a lot of novels in this genre, and this story has some of the characters I’ve connected with on a personal level, especially Tash. The characters have their ups and downs, and they all go through a journey with this story. 

Plot

I could describe Tash Hearts Tolstoy as having more vibes than a plot, however, I think there is a plot, it’s just more of a character-driven story. The story is one of my favorites because I love fandom and fan-made pieces and this follows Tash and her friends on their web-series Unhappy Families, a modern retelling of Leo Tolstoy’s Anna Karenina. I love this because it’s a fun way to introduce Anna Karenina to a new generation, and I wish that Unhappy Families really existed as a TV show or a web series. They shot the show to fame after a shout-out from a famous vlogger, and this is what happens today, this is another proper element of the story. There’s a romance that happens, and this also feels real as teens have crushes, and need to come to terms with telling their crushes personal details about their sexuality. 

Writing 

The writing of Tash Hearts Tolstoy is one of the highlights of the story for me. Tash Hearts Tolstoy is filled with scenes that are light, handled with a light tone, where you can tell that the characters are having fun, and you want to have fun along with them. They handled heavy scenes in the novel with care and will tug at the reader’s heartstrings. 

Friendship

Tash has a core group of friends, her crew, and the cast in her show, and I love the core friend group. This core group of friends has the banter you find in a family or found family, and that leaps off the page to the readers. Tash and Jack have their moments in the novel, but at the end, they forgive each other and remain their bond of best friends. 

Enjoyment/ Recommended for 

This is one of my favorite books ever, and I love it so much. I’ve read it twice and loved it both times I’ve read it. Read this book if you love: Alice Oseman and Becky Albertalli.  I find the characters, story, and writing similar between all three authors. Read if: you’re a fellow Ace or Demi sexual, and you’re looking to see yourself represented in a book. If you love queer YA Contemporary novels, check this one out if haven’t yet!

Frizzy (ARC Review)

Title: Frizzy

Authors: Claribel A. Ortega (text) and Rose Bousamra (Illustrations) Kirk Benshoff (Cover Design)

Genre: Middle-Grade Contemporary Graphic Novel

Publication: October 18th, 2022

Rating:  ***** (5 stars) 

Rep: Latinx MC & Supporting characters 

Review

Characters

Frizzy is filled with characters that are lovely, and so sweet as you read the story. Marleen is a fantastic main character, who goes on a journey of self-acceptance and self-love. Cam is Marleen’s best friend and is one of my favorite characters because she supports Marleen. Frizzy has a sweet section with Marleen’s Tia Ruby, who was also one of my favorite characters. 

Plot

This story was one that was more vibes, and about the characters than the plot. The major story of Frizzy follows Marleen on her journey to love her hair, and her curls, no matter what her mother says. After some bullying at school about her hair, Marleen goes to spend the weekend with her Tia Ruby, who will take her through a traditional washday she does with her hair. I loved this because, as someone with curly hair, I related to Marleen when it comes to my hair being frizzy. The end of the novel was sweet because we saw Marleen’s mother, Paola, come around and embrace her natural curls again. 

Writing 

Frizzy is a story that has both fun and light-hearted scenes, as well as heavy scenes that guide Marleen on her journey of self-love and self-acceptance. A fun and light-hearted tone accompany the lighter scenes, and you can tell the characters are having fun just based on reading that scene. They handle heavy topics with care, and you can tell the characters are growing based on what is happening in the scene. 

Art

When it comes to a Graphic Novel, art is one of the ways you tell the story. Frizzy has art that was so cute, and so perfect for how the story should be told. The style was consistent throughout, but they used light tones colors in the light scenes, and they used darker tones in the dark scenes. 

Enjoyment/ Recommended for 

I really enjoyed this novel! If you’re a fan of graphic novels or Middle-Grade Contemporary Novels, you would love it as well.

Other Ever Afters by Melaine Gillman Blog Tour-Review & Favorite Quotes

Hello and welcome to my stop on the TBR & Beyond blog tour for Other Ever Afters by Melanie Gillman. Thank you to TBR & Beyond and Random House for an E-ARC of the book. Having a free copy of the book does not affect my opinions or my review.

About the Book


Genre: Young Adult Graphic Novel
Publishing date: September 20th, 2022

Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Book Depository | Indigo | IndieBound

Rep: Multiple Queer Representation

Synopsis

Once upon a time . . . happily ever after turned out differently than expected. In this new, feminist, queer fairy-tale collection, you’ll find the princesses, mermaids, knights, barmaids, children, and wise old women who have been forced to sit on the sidelines in classic stories taking center stage. A gorgeous all-new collection in graphic novel format from a Stonewall Honor-winning author and artist.

What if the giant who abducted you was actually thoughtful and kind? What if you didn’t want to marry your handsome, popular, but cold-inside suitor? What if your one true love has all the responsibilities that come with running a kingdom?

Award-winning author Melanie Gillman’s phenomenal colored-pencil art creates another “ever after” for the characters who are most worthy of it.



Favorite Quotes

“I’ve Been Sick for a long time. The Flowers help me feel a little better.”- The King’s Forest

Some things are worth a little risk.”- The King’s Forest

“Goose Girl. Through your station is low and your family poor, I have watched you sell your geese at the market, and your beauty has bewitched me.” -Goose Girl

“Only complete my happiness, and I swear I will complete yours.” -Goose Girl

“And I’m afraid, no love in a wife who would ask her beloved to live in such a way.”- Goose Girl

“When you laugh it will ring so beautifully,  he will have no choice but to look.”-Hesthete

“I have one gift left. Take my candle. Use it to light your way home and trust me.” -Hesthete

“If I am lucky, I may live to do so many, many times more.” Hesthete




Review

Rating -5 stars

Characters

Even when I read graphic novels or comics, I love when stories have interesting characters. All the characters in Other Ever Afters were amazing, and they each had their own backstory and personalities. In the same story, a character would go from fun and light-hearted to heavy, and this shows Melaine Gillman’s style, and how they can bring the reader into the stories through their characters. 

Stories 

Other Ever Afters was a collection of stories featuring LGBTQ+ characters, and I enjoyed all of them. I had three favorites, which were: The King’s Forest, Goose Girl, and Hesthete. The King’s Forest was a cute story about two girls and the flower that brought them together. I love flowers, and forest vibes, so this story spoke to me on a personal level. Goose Girl followed a princess who wanted to marry a peasant girl, and the story talked about class dividers. As a fan of mythology, Hesthehe was my favorite in this collection. T could feel the main character’s anxiety and Hesthehe’s love for the bride was so sweet, and I loved them as a couple. 

Art

The art style is something I love seeing in Graphic Novels, and the art style Melanie Gillman uses in Other Ever Afters is adorable, and so sweet. I love the use of light and dark colors in all the panels. A graphic novel relies on the art style to tell the story and Other Ever Afters works in tandem with the writing to tell the story. 

Romance 

Other Ever Afters was filled with sweet romances with LGBTQ+ characters a the helm. I love seeing queer characters in stories, and the romances found in these stories were so interesting. 

Recommended for/ Enjoyment 

I enjoyed Other Ever Afters so much! Other Ever Afters would be recommended for fans of Graphic Novels, especially with LGTBQ+ characters. 

About the Auhtor

Melanie Gillman is the cartoonist behind this story.  They hold an MFA in comics from the Center for Cartoon Studies, and currently live in Columbus, OH.  Melanie is also the author of Stage Dreams, a lesbian western graphic novel, available from Lerner/Graphic Universe.  They are represented by Jen Linnan, of Linnan Literary Management.

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Bad At Love by Gabriela Martins (E-ARC Review)

Hi! I was on the blog tour for Bad at Love by Gabriela Martins, and I wanted to review the book as well. 

Rating: 4.75 5 stars on Goodreads

Characters

They filled bad at Love with characters that I loved reading about. Daniel and Sasha were both fantastic, and a supporting cast of characters that made the story fun for me to read surrounded them. My favorite character was Sasha because she wanted to live out her dream as a writer and a journalist, and I related to her. Daniel was also sweet, and he was just trying to live his life and find out about himself. Both Sasha and Daniel went on journeys in this book, and I loved seeing where they ended up at the end of the novel. 

Plot

The story of Bad at Love was one about finding love and finding yourself when the world is rough for you. There was also a music element, and as a fan of music, I love seeing new stories that have a music element.  Bad at Love was also a light and fun story about teenagers in LA just trying to live their lives, and I loved it. 

Writing 

The writing in this novel was fantastic. There was a mixture of fun scenes with a light-hearted tone, and this was a break from the scenes that were heavy scenes. I loved the heavier scenes as well because they made the story feel real. 

Romance 

One of the characters in this novel is Demi-sexual, and I loved seeing the romance in the novel. Sasha and Daniel made a cute couple, and I loved their romance. They had their struggles, but I felt that these struggles made the story real. This was one of the rawest romances I’ve read in YA, and I just loved it. 

Enjoyment & Recommended

This book was very fun, and I enjoyed my time with it. If you enjoy a romance with characters who are fun but still have their struggles, I recommend this book for fans of YA Romance with light and heavy themes.