Let’s talk about mental health in YA + recommendations

I have read a fair amount of mental health centered books and a lot of them didn’t handle the topic in the best way. Despite the many mental health centered YA books that are out there the industry still has a lot to learn. I have read some books that I feal deal with the topic of mental health in a considerate, and accurate manor.These books are mostly contemporary’s as I have found that mental health is not often represented in science fiction and fantasy that is something I would like to see more in fantasy.

I know many people disagree with me and think charecters with mental health issues have no place in fantasy but I think fantasy should (to a degree) reflect the real world. The characters at the very least need to be realistic. You want to be able to connect with the characters, plus if the story has similar themes to what’s going on in the world it makes it easier to get invested in it. I also think there should be more characters with mental illnesses in books that don’t center around that illness, your mental illnesse does not define you, books should reflect that. There should be more books that are about life after the character decides to get help, often books end right when the character makes that decision, we need more books set during recovery. 

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You have probably heard off this one before it seems to be the most popular YA book with anxiety rep and for good reason, while it is never stated that Cath has anxiety it is clear that she does and I think it’s done well. I highly recommend listing to the audio book it is a big reason why I adore the book so much, I don’t think I would have had as great of an experiene if I hadn’t listened to the audio book.

Queens of Geek

This book is is so cute and nerdy and characters are all lovable dorks. I loved that it was set at a con it made for such a fun and quick read. This is an own voices novel for anxiety and Asperger’s.

The Epic Adventures of Lydia Bennett

If you watched the Lizzie Bennett Diaries then you know that Lydia went through something awful this is about her dealing with the repercussions off that. Lydia deals with a lot of anxiety over deciding on her next step after graduating community college, its really about her figureing out where and who she wants to be. It is also one off the few YA books I’ve found that’s about life after high school.

Girl Against the Universe

This might be my favorite mental health book it was honest, hopeful and heartwarming. It’s about a girl coping with PTSD from a traumatic experience when she was younger. Overall it’s a really sweet book.Untitled design

All of these books do have varying degrees of romance but none off them are love cures all stories, and the romance does not take away from any off the plots but rather adds to them.


Thank you for reading let me know if you’ve read or plan to read any of these books, and if you have any recommendations for me please let me know.

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Wonder Woman: Warbringer

I like this version of the origin of the amazon’s so much better then the movies version and I like that it was focused more on sisterhood. It was made clear how important her sisters are to Diana, she doesn’t get along with all of them, but she respects all of them and learns from them. All she wants is to be accepted into their ranks for although she is an amazon she is different then the ot, she’s the youngest, the only one born an amazon and has never seen battle.

Diana longs go on a hero’s quest and become a true amazon it’s clear that she’s the person she most needs to prove herself to. She gets her chance for adventure when Alia’s ship crashes on Themyscira and Diana being Diana can’t let her die. By saving her Diana risked exile and causing a world war, but Wonder Woman can’t just let an innocent girl die, Wonder Woman finds a way to save everyone.

I knew that Alia was going to be important but I didn’t know that this would be just as much her story as Diana’s. Leigh Bardugo is the Queen of writing Queens she has the best female characters, and the best characters in general, their each strong in different ways. Diana is strong in a more traditional way she’s a total badass but her greatest strength is her kindness, Diana is a fierce warrior and a adorable princess. Alia is not physically strong but she is extremely bright and courageous.

This did some things better the movie, mainly the origin of the Amazon’s, and all the extra details that fit well into a book, but wouldn’t have worked in a movie. but I still liked the movie better. Because seeing the Amazon’s fighting together on that beach and Wonder Woman charging into no man’s land without hesitation was amazing. This book was also amazing and empowering in its own way and lots of fun. It was a joy to read something that showcases how powerful girls can be when we stand together.

Book review: Always and Forever Lara Jean

SynopsisLara Jean is having the best senior year. And there’s still so much to look forward to: a class trip to New York City, prom with her boyfriend Peter, Beach Week after graduation, and her dad’s wedding to Ms. Rothschild. Then she’ll be off to college with Peter, at a school close enough for her to come home and bake chocolate chip cookies on the weekends.

Life couldn’t be more perfect!

At least, that’s what Lara Jean thinks…until she gets some unexpected news.

Now the girl who dreads change must rethink all her plans—but when your heart and your head are saying two different things, which one should you listen to?

My thoughts (1)This book wasn’t at all necessary but it was cute and lovely and I did very much enjoy it, even though nothing really happened. I didn’t notice until I finished that there wasn’t much going on it was about planning a wedding and Lara making plans for after high school. And there also some baking and senior year shenanigans. This book has less drama then the other two in a way it’s good and I’m so glad the there was no Genevieve drama Genevieve is hardly even in this she’s in like one page and that was enough for me. What little drama there was wasn’t too interesting it wasn’t unnecessary but it was something I’ve seen done a million times.

I had a blast reading this because everything was so cute and sweet this trilogy, that shouldn’t really be a trilogy, has so much charm. These are the perfect fluffy reads the writing is simple and lovely and I always read them so fast. Despite being so darn adorable these books are also emotional the they always have moments that make me tear up because there just so sweet.

Always and Forever Lara Jean is one of the only books I’ve read that focuses on deciding what to do after high school. I have read books that take place during senior year but in them the characters are unrealistically not worried abut getting into college, even though they apply to prestigious schools, that they always get into. I think Jenny Han did a great job of capturing the stress of deciding where to go to college and all the bittersweetness of graduation. But I was disappointed that Lara Jean never mentions what career she wants or what she wants to major in it’s fine for her not to know but she should have at least been thinking about it.

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Why I love being a Hufflepuff 

Today is September 1st which means, as every Harry Potter fan knows, it’s time to go back to Hogwarts. To celebrate this important and magical day I’m going talk about why I’m proud to be a Hufflepuff.

Hufflepuff doesn’t have a particular aptitude like the other houses to some this means were lame but really it means Hufflepuff is the most inclusive house. Helga Hufflepuff didn’t care about whether or not your a pure blood or a muggle born. According to the sorting hat when the founders were discussing who to accept Helga said “I’ll teach the lot, And treat them just the same.” Helga Hufflepuff sounds like a great lady she’s probably the best person out of all the founders.

Some don’t like that Hufflepuff takes all the rest and see it as Hufflepuff taking the rejects Hufflepuff does take the oddballs and I think that’s grand. I love being a Hufflepuff because it takes all the rest Hufflepuff house is for the people who don’t fit in, for ordinary people who are kind and hardworking. Hufflepuffs are friendly and dedicated. We might not be the smartest the bravest, or the most astute but we are extremely nice and that does count for something. It counts for a lot actually.

I want to see more Hufflepuff hero’s I want more Newt Scamander’s more characters whose biggest strength is their compassion and thoughtfulness. Characters like Newt who are quirky, kind and sensitive are usually the side kicks I was glad to see one in the spotlight, it’s time Hufflepuffs become the heroes of more books and movies. I especially want male characters who are considerate and humble I’m so tired of angsty YA love interests I want more kind and soft boys in YA.

I’ll leave you with this quote and a reminder that J.K Rowling once said Hufflepuff was her favorite house and that we should all want to be Hufflepuff’s. And I agree we should and who wouldn’t want to be in a house that accepts everyone and treats them all fairly, plus we have a badger as a mascot, badgers are great. #badgerpride

“You might belong in Hufflepuff,

Where they are just and loyal,

Those patient Hufflepuffs are true,

And unafraid of toil.”

Book review: Windwitch

synopsis3After an explosion destroys his ship, the world believes Prince Merik, Windwitch, is dead. Scarred yet alive, Merik is determined to prove his sister’s treachery. Upon reaching the royal capital, crowded with refugees, he haunts the streets, fighting for the weak—which leads to whispers of a disfigured demigod, the Fury, who brings justice to the oppressed.

When the Bloodwitch Aeduan discovers a bounty on Iseult, he makes sure to be the first to find her—yet in a surprise twist, Iseult offers him a deal. She will return money stolen from him, if he locates Safi. Now they must work together to cross the Witchlands, while constantly wondering, who will betray whom first?

After a surprise attack and shipwreck, Safi and the Empress of Marstok barely escape with their lives. Alone in a land of pirates, every moment balances on a knife’s edge—especially when the pirates’ next move could unleash war upon the Witchlands.

  • Rating: 4/5 starrs
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my-thoughts3I was worried this would be disappointing I was worried about all the characters being separated but somehow it worked even without the dynamics I loved so much. Although I did really miss Safi and Isualt’s friendship and Safi and Merik’s adorableness. Safi gained a potential new love interest and I’m not sure I like it I love her and Merik together, but they both think the other is dead, hopefully they’ll get a happy reunion in the next book. I’m so excited for Safi and Isuelt’s reunion I love how they each kept thinking about what the other would do in their situation.

This book started with a literal bang and while it was full of action and adventure I did find it more boring then the first book it wasn’t slower but I was less interested in the storylines. This book focuses on Merik who I really like but he’s my least favorite of the four main characters, but that definitely doesn’t men he’s a dull character. My favorite storyline was surprisingly Vivia’s I love that girl if you’ve only read the first book your probably confused but just you wait you’ll end up loving her too. She’ has some great character development and I loved the overlapping thought’s her and Merik had, those two are so much more similar then they know.  
I have so many questions and I need the next book I need to know all the things. I think that’s about all I can say without spoiling anything to sum things up this book was epic if you haven’t read this series you should really consider changing that. Even though this series is popular I don’t think it’s quite as popular as it deserves. I think it should be as popular as Six of Crows and Throne of Glass. 

Book review: Truthwitch

synopsisIn a continent on the edge of war, two witches hold its fate in their hands.

Young witches Safiya and Iseult have a habit of finding trouble. After clashing with a powerful Guildmaster and his ruthless Bloodwitch bodyguard, the friends are forced to flee their home.

Safi must avoid capture at all costs as she’s a rare Truthwitch, able to discern truth from lies. Many would kill for her magic, so Safi must keep it hidden – lest she be used in the struggle between empires. And Iseult’s true powers are hidden even from herself.

In a chance encounter at Court, Safi meets Prince Merik and makes him a reluctant ally. However, his help may not slow down the Bloodwitch now hot on the girls’ heels. All Safi and Iseult want is their freedom, but danger lies ahead. With war coming, treaties breaking and a magical contagion sweeping the land, the friends will have to fight emperors and mercenaries alike. For some will stop at nothing to get their hands on a Truthwitch.

I LOVE THIS BOOK! Why did it take me so long to get around to reading it? I could have had these characters in my life a whole two years sooner. Even though I had heard good things about this book I never had that much interest in reading it but I was in the mood for some high fantasy and this book was the first one to come to mind when deciding my next read. I was so glad to see that the library had Truthwitch and Windwitch and I was so happy when I started reading and found everything that I had been wanting, and more. This book has a lot going for it at first I was slightly overwhelmed by all the characters and information but I quickly caught on. The world is spectacular there are a ton of different witchery’s and each one is awesome, the scale of the world is way bigger then what I usually come across in YA fantasy.

This book started out with a bang and the adventure never stopped, there was a lot going on yet it was all interesting and wonderfully woven together. Everything was well plotted and well executed. Truthwitch is a fantastic novel it has everything you could passably want in a fantasy book: magic, epic battles, grand adventures, political intrigue and fierce characters.  I love the characters I was attached to them within the first twenty pages. There’s plenty to love about this book my favorite thing is a tie between the world and the friendship. The relationship between Safi and Iseults is so pure it is definitely the most strongly and realistically crafted friendship I’ve ever come across in a book. All of the relationships are excellently done and have a lot of depth to them.

The Disney Princess Sidekick tag

Hey guys! It’s been a while since I’ve done a tag this one is super cute I love anything Disney.
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Mushu from Mulan & Olaf & Sven from Frozen

The Comic Relief, name your favorite hilarious character or your favorite comedy/funny book

Squirrel Girl, the Squirrel girl comics are so funny there’s so many puns and I just love those comics so much.

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Book review: When Dimple Met Rishi

synopsis3Dimple 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?my-thoughts3The first half of this book was so cute! I was loving this book, despite the cliches until about half way through then the talent show happened. I was so confused as to what a talent show had to do with coding it made no sense for a talent show to be apart of a program for aspiring web developers. The talent show was just odd it didn’t fit the book and caused me to loose interest. Nothing after the talent show was that great either the book became a lot more cliche or maybe I became more aware and less forgiving of the cliches.

Other then the talent show, a couple of aggravating side characters and a few things about the ending this book was good. I liked the writing and the character the romance was very sweet. When Dimple Met Rishi os a fun, fluffy book with a rom com feel to it. While it was an adorable book it could have been better I would have liked more of a focus on coding and it would have been better without the talent show.

It seems like everyone either hates this book or loves it I’m in the middle it has a lot going for it and I think most of the negative reviews are absurd. Most of the negative reviews were saying they hated Dimple because when she first met Rishi she thought he was a creepy stranger and threw iced coffee on him. I think her reaction was warranted, I don’t know why people are so bitter about fictional iced coffee, anyway, I liked that scene. I liked the whole book for the most part and even though it was obvious it was a deput I really liked the writing. 

Book review: The Girl with the Red Balloon 

I received this book through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.synopsisWhen sixteen-year-old Ellie Baum accidentally time-travels via red balloon to 1988 East Berlin, she’s caught up in a conspiracy of history and magic. She meets members of an underground guild in East Berlin who use balloons and magic to help people escape over the Wall—but even to the balloon makers, Ellie’s time travel is a mystery. When it becomes clear that someone is using dark magic to change history, Ellie must risk everything—including her only way home—to stop the process.

my-thoughtsThis book was so good I enjoyed the story and liked the magic system everything made sense even the time traveling was not at all confusing. I liked the characters, and I liked their relationships with each other and how there is no annoying cliches. However I did have some quibbles with this my biggest issue is the writing I can’t quite explain why but the writing wasn’t for me. I always struggle to describe writing styles and this one was unusual it’s not crisp, lyrical, flowery or any of the words I would usually use when describing a writing style. However you would describe the writing it didn’t work for me but it could also be that this is a debut novel and just needed more refinement, Lock’s writing could improve.

This book is interesting, thought the ending will probably be unsatisfactory to many people. You don’t really get answers, I usually like open endings but I do want some more closure. I felt like there should have been an epilogue or something I needed just a little more. There is going to be a another book and I’m glad there is but it isn’t a sequel which I am a little sad about, but then again it doesn’t really need a sequel it needs an epilogue. The companion novel is going to have one one character from this book in it I don’t know who or anything else about it but I’m looking forward to it.

I’ve never read anything quite like this it’s only the second YA book I know of that takes place in the 80s and the only book I’ve read that’s set in Berlin. I like how it’s about two time periods it’s unique and flawlessly done. Most of the book is set in 1988 then there’s one pov that takes place in Germany the way both time periods connect is amazing. Overall this is a great read if you’re looking for something a little different and like historical fiction, and imaginative, thought provoking stories.

#Thereadingquest TBR

The Reading Quest is a exiting reading adventure hosted by Aentee @ReadatMidnight this reading challenge looks so fun, different and its so well thought out if you want to know the full details of the challenge click here.

For this challenge you can choose a character class and this determines what path and the quest board you take and what your reading prompts are I chose a mage.Emma I chose a mage because the prompts fit best with the books I was already planning on reading this month. I’m also doing some of the side quests but I’m not sure I’ll end up getting to them all.  I would like to do the multiplayer (buddy read a book) side quest but I need someone to buddy read a book with so let me know if you want to buddy read any of the books on this list. Continue reading “#Thereadingquest TBR”