The Radical Element

I was kindly given this title from the publisher through Netgally in exchange for a review.

To respect yourself, to love yourself, should not have to be a radical decision. And yet it remains as challenging for an American girl to make today as it was in 1927 on the steps of the Supreme Court. It’s a decision that must be faced when you’re balancing on the tightrope of neurodivergence, finding your way as a second-generation immigrant, or facing down American racism even while loving America. And it’s the only decision when you’ve weighed society’s expectations and found them wanting. In The Radical Element, twelve of the most talented writers working in young adult literature today tell the stories of girls of all colors and creeds standing up for themselves and their beliefs.

Original stories by:

  • Dahlia Adler
  • Erin Bowman
  • Dhonielle Clayton
  • Sara Farizan
  • Mackenzi Lee
  • Stacey Lee
  • Anna-Marie McLemore
  • Meg Medina
  • Marieke Nijkamp
  • Megan Shepherd
  • Jessica Spotswood
  • Sarvenaz Tash

I’m determined to start reading more historical fiction and more books with feminist themes. This book fits into both those categories and is why I want to read historical fiction particularly ones inspired by real women. Many of these stories are inspired by real events and real women. There have been many wonderful radical women who helped pave the way for equality, you don’t get to hear about many of those ladies in history class. This book makes me want to make an effort to learn about them.

I hope this collection will provide an impetus for you to be the radical element in your own community, dreaming big, loving yourself fiercely, and writing the next chapter of history – Jessica Spotswood.

I’m fascinated by short stories I love how a whole and lovely story can get told in so little pages. All the stories are about different things and different girls but at there heart there all about the same thing, girls taking charge of their lives. Girls who stand up for what they believe in fight for the life they want, and in some cases learn to accept and love themselves. Most of the stories left me feeling inspired to continue to make my life into the one I’ve been dreaming of, they made me want to be the radical element in my own story.

My favorite story is definitely Better for All the World by Marieke Niikamp, it has an autistic #ownvoices protagonist who wants to be a lawyer. I was blown away by this story and now I must read Marieke’s books. I also greatly enjoyed Daughter of the Book by Dahilia Adller it’s about a jewish girl who rightly believes she deserves the same education as her brother.

Some of the stories didn’t impress but I enjoyed most of them and would give the majority of them a four star rating. Overall I’m in love with this book, with the lovely stories in contains, and the brave, inspiring and radical protagonists that are featured in each of them.

“Respect, and perhaps, one day, even love yourself. It’s the most radical decision you can make.” – Marieke Nijkamp


Book review: The Color Project

Bernice Aurora Wescott has one thing she doesn’t want anyone to know: her name. That is, until Bee meets Levi, the local golden boy who runs a charity organization called The Color Project.

Levi is not at all shy about attempting to guess Bee’s real name; his persistence is one of the many reasons why Bee falls for him. But while Levi is everything she never knew she needed, giving up her name would feel like a stamp on forever. And that terrifies her.

When unexpected news of an illness in the family drains Bee’s summer of everything bright, she is pushed to the breaking point. Losing herself in The Color Project—a world of weddings, funerals, cancer patients, and hopeful families that the charity funds—is no longer enough. Bee must hold up the weight of her family, but to do that, she needs Levi. She’ll have to give up her name and let him in completely, or lose the best thing that’s ever happened to her.

For fans of Stephanie Perkins and Morgan Matson, THE COLOR PROJECT is a story about the three great loves of life—family, friendship, and romance—and the bonds that withstand tragedy.

I fell in love with this within the first few chapters and couldn’t put it down or stop smiling. There was so many great things going on. Bee works in a flower shop and all the scenes of her arranging flowers are lovely. The love interest Levi is the sweetest, he’s and Bee’s first conversations are awkward and adorable. I soon found myself screaming at them to hurry up and get together. I liked all the characters my favorite is Albert who goes around throwing glitter at people he finds rude.

At first this was the perfect fluffy contemporary but you can tell that something bad is going to happen in the beginning. However you forgot about it las you get entranced by The Color Project and the romance. Then the book goes from happy to sad to aggravating real fast. The last quarter of the book is where I started to not love it quite so much. The sad thing is handled fine but there’s an overlapping storyline that isn’t. I felt for what Bee was going through but I also couldn’t help but be frustrated by her refusal to tell Levi her name.

There’s a few chapters towards the end that that felt repetitive and the characters actions, mostly Bee’s, frustrated me. Throughout those chapters the characters don’t grow, nothing really happens, all it seemed to do was draw out the book. The ending however is good and all in all I adore this book, the writing is lovely and witty, Bee has a strong voice that I found instantly compelling. This was everything I wanted it to be, it made me feel all the emotions, mostly it made me happy.

#Indieathon TBR

Indie a thon is a month long event taking place in March in which you read nothing but indie and self published books. You can read the announcement post for more information. I have been meaning to read more indie books this event is giving me the push I needed to do that. I’m so excited for this event! I have some great books on my tbr and there are a few others I might end up picking up if I have the time.

22892448The Color Project

Bernice Aurora Wescott has one thing she doesn’t want anyone to know: her name. That is, until Bee meets Levi, the local golden boy who runs a charity organization called The Color Project.

Levi is not at all shy about attempting to guess Bee’s real name; his persistence is one of the many reasons why Bee falls for him. But while Levi is everything she never knew she needed, giving up her name would feel like a stamp on forever. And that terrifies her.

When unexpected news of an illness in the family drains Bee’s summer of everything bright, she is pushed to the breaking point. Losing herself in The Color Project—a world of weddings, funerals, cancer patients, and hopeful families that the charity funds—is no longer enough. Bee must hold up the weight of her family, but to do that, she needs Levi. She’ll have to give up her name and let him in completely, or lose the best thing that’s ever happened to her.

For fans of Stephanie Perkins and Morgan Matson, THE COLOR PROJECT is a story about the three great loves of life—family, friendship, and romance—and the bonds that withstand tragedy.

I love a good fluffy contemporary and this one has beautiful cover and sounds lovely.

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A library apprentice, a sorcerer prince, and an unbreakable magic bond…

The Solaris Empire is one conquest away from uniting the continent, and the rare elemental magic sleeping in seventeen-year-old library apprentice Vhalla Yarl could shift the tides of war.

Vhalla has always been taught to fear the Tower of Sorcerers, a mysterious magic society, and has been happy in her quiet world of books. But after she unknowingly saves the life of one of the most powerful sorcerers of them all–the Crown Prince Aldrik–she finds herself enticed into his world. Now she must decide her future: Embrace her sorcery and leave the life she’s known, or eradicate her magic and remain as she’s always been. And with powerful forces lurking in the shadows, Vhalla’s indecision could cost her more than she ever imagined

I read Air Awakens a while ago while I did have some issues with it for the most part I enjoyed it. It’s about time I get around to continuing with the series. The summery above is for Air Awakens, I didn’t want to risk spoiling anyone with the second books synopsis.


Namesake is the story of Emma Crewe, a woman who discovers she can visit other worlds. She finds out that these are places she already knows – fantasy and fairy lands made famous through the spoken word, literature and cinema. Her power as a Namesake forces her to act as a protagonist in these familiar stories as she figures out how to get home. But as she travels, she discovers that those controlling her story have their own selfish goals in mind – and her fate is the key to everyone’s happy ending.

This is a webcomic that sounds so good I love the idea of it and the art is beautiful.

The Changelings Journey


Ailsa is dead. Leaving Morven the last surviving changeling in the village. Everyone knows it is only a matter of time before she too is dead. Desperate to find out why the fairies steal human babies, and to save her own life, she leaves her family behind, travelling north into the fairy kingdoms with her best friend.

They soon find that making their way through vast magical forests, across kelpie-ridden lochs and over seemingly endless mountain ranges is more than they were prepared for. Despite the countless evenings spent listening to stories about adventures, fairies and magic, they find themselves out of their depth. Fighting to stay alive.

Meanwhile in the fairy kingdoms, Princess Freya of Culhuinn struggles to cope with life now that her love has been taken from her. Whilst Queen Euna of Norbroch spends more time lost in her memories than she does ruling her kingdom.

One changeling’s journey to save her life will alter their world forever.

I’m excited to read all the books on this list but I’m most excited for this one. I tend to love anything with magic, fairies and friendship, it seems like a very me book.

Are you participating in Indie A thon? What are you planning on reading?

The Belles, a lavish and dark new YA series

Camellia Beauregard is a Belle. In the opulent world of Orléans, Belles are revered, for they control Beauty, and Beauty is a commodity coveted above all else. In Orléans, the people are born gray, they are born damned, and only with the help of a Belle and her talents can they transform and be made beautiful.

But it’s not enough for Camellia to be just a Belle. She wants to be the favorite—the Belle chosen by the Queen of Orléans to live in the royal palace, to tend to the royal family and their court, to be recognized as the most talented Belle in the land. But once Camellia and her Belle sisters arrive at court, it becomes clear that being the favorite is not everything she always dreamed it would be. Behind the gilded palace walls live dark secrets, and Camellia soon learns that her powers are far greater, and could be more dangerous, than she ever imagined.

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The world of Orleans is vastly original the idea of the magic system is what drew me to this, it was as wonderful as I’d hoped it would be. The writing is beautiful but at times too flowery, there are too many overly descriptive passages on hair and rooms. The world is very dark and it grows darker as the story progresses, the villain is obsessed with being the most beautiful and simply pure evil. I thought they were well done, all of their scenes are intense, I simultaneously wanted and didn’t want to know what they were about to do.

I thought Camila would be an unlikable protagonist, obsessed with becoming the favorite but it turns out she’s not what I wanted or expected. Camila wants to make people love themselves she wants to improve the world, she’s more kind and empathetic then anyone else in this world. Despite having admirable qualities I oftentimes found her aggravating. The other Belles are ushered out of the story early on, their only in a few scenes not enough for any development, I would like to see more of them in the next book.

I didn’t think there was any real chemistry between Camila and the love interest every scene between them was both boring and frustrating. I think he should have been cut from the book, the plot would only have needed to be slightly tweaked, and I would have enjoyed it a lot more. There are two scenes that I’m not sure are necessary they seem more for shock value then anything else. One of them definitely could have been removed without greatly effecting the plot. I have no idea how many books are going to be in this series I think everything could be sufficiently wrapped up with just one more book. I am definitely interested in seeing where the story goes.

Books with female friendships shouldn’t be hard to find

Happy Galentines day! What’s Galentines day you ask

anigif_enhanced-buzz-13301-1422878212-6Galentines day is a fictional holiday from Parks and Recreation and it is one of the bestest holidays. It’s all about ladies celebrating ladies. In honor of this wonderful holiday I wanted to share some of my favorite books that feature strong female friendships. Sadly there are not many books that have well done female friendships all too often the friendship is pushed to the side in favor of romance. Female friendship and just friendship in general is so important. Platonic relationships can definitely be just as important as romantic ones, despite what popular media tends to convey. I would love to see more books where the romance takes a step back in favor of friendship, or better yet no romance at all.

The mean girl trope does at least seem to be going away, and there are more and more books coming out with good female friendships. However I still think we can do better, I could only think of two books that had a female friendship at the forefront of the story. When there is female friendship it often falls flat, the best friend is usually a one dimension character, who the main character forgets about when they start dating.

The Wrath and the Dawn, has a great female dynamic between Shazi and Despina but at its core it’s a romance. A good romance sure however, I want to make a list of books about female friendships, not books featuring it as a substory. I have been searching the internet for thirty minutes and I can only find a small list of YA books that fit what I’m looking for.

YA comics seem to be doing a little better I’ve only read a few of them and found three that feature it: Squirrel Girl, Paper Girls, and Ms Marvel. I strongly recommend them all. And if your interested in reading comics but aren’t sure where to start there each a good introduction.

The only two YA books I’ve read that are about female friendship are Wonder Woman: Warbringer by Leigh Bardugo and Truthwitch by Susan Denard. I was delighted to find that Warbringer is about two wonderful female protagonists whose relationship is at the center of the story. And there’s practically no romance! I know I’ve already mentioned Truthwitch a few times but I can’t seem to stop thinking about it. The dynamic between Safi and Isult in Truthwitch is one of my favorite things ever, it’s at the heart of the story. Their friendship might even be the thing that ends up saving the world.

Lucky for me the next Witchlanders novel, Sightwitch comes out today! It’s partly what inspired this post, I will be spending the day reading it. I also intend to look for some friendship focused books while I’m getting it at the bookstore. So definitely leave me some recommendations in the comments. And let me know your thoughts on female friendships in young adult lit. I’m thinking about also buying Moxie I have great things about it and it would definitely be a good book ti read on Galentines day.

Revisiting my first ever book review

I thought it would be fun to share with you the first review I ever wrote and see how I have grown as a reviewer. The first book I ever reviewed is All the Bright Places, I reviewed it on February 17th 2015. That’s almost exactly three years ago it feels like I’ve been reviewing books a lot longer then three years. I will insert my review below for you guys then tell you how my thoughts on the book have changed.

This book is marketed as The Fault in Our Stars meats Eleanor and Park I haven’t read The Fault in are Stars but I have read Eleanor and Park and I see very little similarity’s between the two. I’m getting really tired of the this book meats this book thing, All the Bright Places is perfect for fans of Eleanor and Park but it definitively stands on its own. Its very original the characters were realistic although I would have liked to see more of the minor characters.

Violet had a lot of fantastic character development throughout the novel. Finch is complex and quirky and I loved him I liked his point of view better then Violets. I’m not normally a fan of alternating point of views but this one was very well done the characters both had very distinctive voice, the romance was cute, the last half of the book felt rushed and the ending was predictable but well done. The writing is wonderful and overall this book is thoughtful honest and lovely.

Well I don’t think it’s too bad for a first review but now I would completely cut the first paragraph and go into more detail. I’ve definitely learned to be more critical and how to better explain why I did or didn’t enjoy a book. I am positive that if I were to reread this that I would not enjoy it as much, and I’m sure I wouldn’t call it original. But part of what I adore about reading is that where you are in life can greatly effect how you feel about a book.

When I read All the Bright Places I had just begun to read contemporary and this was the first hard hitting one I ever read. Now I have a lot of books to compare it to and my reading tastes have changed. I originally gave this four stars if I were to read it now I would probably give it three maybe even two. It’s hard to say exactly how I would feel about and I don’t remember it too well. I know though that the book did not stick with me for long like I originally thought it would. I have since read contemporary stories that deal with important topics with a lot more care.

Reading update #1/ First reads of 2018

I have been at a loose for post ideas lately and I think this is probably not going to be the most interesting of posts but it’s all I can think off right now. I figured since I have been reading a lot recently that I would give you guys a reading update. I’m going to share with you the books I’ve recently read, what I’m currently reading and what I plan to read next. I have already read seven books this month and an half way through another one, I don’t usually read more then five books a month. They have all been short which is mostly why I’ve read so much four of them were comics that only took me a few hours to read.

Books I’ve finished

  • Runaways vol 1 & 2: Very fun and filled with teen angst but I’m not in a hurry to read the next installment.
  • Paper girls vol 1: This is my favorite read of the year so far.
  • This is not the End: This one was quite different, I don’t even know what genre you would label it as, I had some issues with it but overall it was good.
  • Rapunzel’s revenge: The story was sweet but I wasn’t a big fan of the art style.
  • The Witch Doesn’t Burn in this One: I think I like this better then her first collection I did feel like it was occasionally reparative though. I really liked the overall theme and messages and found many of the poams to be empowering.
  • A Wrinkle in Time: I can understand why this is a classic but I personally don’t love it. But I’m am very excited for the movie the effects look spectacular. It does look like it will deviate from the book but I don’t think I’ll mind.

Current reads

  • The Shadow Queen: I’ve only read the first two chapters of this it’s good but I don’t think I’ll finish it before my library loan expires. I got distracted by the next book on the list and now I’m not really in the mood for this one.
  • The Lion The Witch and the Wardrobe: I’m liking this a lot more then I thought I would I’m not even sure what compelled me to pick it up maybe it was because of how cold it’s been.


  • The Girl Drank the Moon: I actually already started this but it’s been over a month so it doesn’t really count as being currently read. I would like to finish this soon I just keep getting distracted by other books but I think I’ll puck it up again soon.
  • Prince Caspian: I think I want to read these slowly so I will probably read about one a month. I might not even get to this one in February there’s a lot of good books coming out or that have just come out and I want to catch up on new releases.
  • The Radical Element: I’m so excited that I got approved for this on Netgally! I adored A Tyranny of Petticoats I can’t wait to read more stories about dauntless girls written by equally amazing and inspiring women.

I’m planning on preordering Sightwitch abd Heart of Iron and I will most likely read them as soon as I get them I’m so excited for them. I normally don’t buy books often but seeing as how they come out around by birthday and how there by two of my favorite authors I decided to treat myself. I was going to buy these in store so I wouldn’t have to wait on them to ship but it’s going to be cheaper to order them online.

What’s the best book you read recently? What are you currently reading? And what do you plan on reading next?

This is Not the End

Seventeen-year-old Lake Deveraux is the survivor of a car crash that killed her best friend and boyfriend. Now she faces an impossible choice. Resurrection technology changed the world, but strict laws allow just one resurrection per citizen, to be used on your eighteenth birthday or lost forever.

For each grieving family, Lake is the best chance to bring back their child. For Lake, it’s the only way to reclaim a piece of happiness after her own family fell apart.

And Lake must also grapple with a secret–and illegal–vow she made years ago to resurrect someone else. Someone who’s not even dead yet.

As Lake’s eighteenth birthday nears, secrets and betrayals new and old threaten to eclipse her cherished memories. Lake has one chance to save a life…but can she live with her choice?

Rating: 4/5 stars

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This is a pragmatic thought provoking story that I got way more enjoyment then I was expecting from. I was intrigued by the idea of resurrections but I was still weary going into this book I had never heard anything about it before. So for once I had no preconceived ideas of what I would think.

This was worth the read, the writing grabbed me right from the beginning, and wouldn’t let me go, when I wasn’t reading this I was thinking about it. The resurrections was an interesting concept every character had a different take on it. Some thought it was this miracles thing while others saw it as corrupt. Then there’s the fact that when you bring someone back from death they may not be the same person they used to be.

I really liked the flashbacks you got to see Lake meeting Will and Penny and how deeply they all cared for one another. The relationship between all three of them was adorable and made the rest of the book all the more sad. I really synthesized with Lake she has to make an impossible decision and no one makes it easy for her, everyone is pulling her in a million different directions.

I understand where the adults are coming from after all most parents would do anything for their kid and they should never have to outlive them. But they still ask too much of her even Lake’s own parents put a weight on her shoulders that she shouldn’t have to carry, they really aggravated me.

This book keeps you guessing some of the twists were unnecessary they were there to add drama but didn’t add any substance. All the characters are complex I don’t necessarily love them all but I can understand and appreciate them. The story took some interesting turns I love reading about alternative worlds they tend to raise some interesting questions. Overall it’s a remarkable story that’s worth checking out.

Most anticipated books of 2018

This blogmas thing has been fun but I definitely should have planned it better then maybe I wouldn’t have missed three days. I’m going to try to post twice tomorrow to make up for one of those days we shall see if that works out. Anyway today I’m bringing you yet another list (I feel like that’s all I post) this one is of my six most anticipated books of 2018.


The Witchlander series is quickly becoming one of my all time favorite fantasy series I cannot wait to dive deeper into the amazing world. This is a companion book I think it will expand upon the world and I can’t wait to learn more about the sightwitch’s. I’m so excited for this story, it’s going to be told through Diary entries and feature illustrations.

Heart of Iron

I loved Geekerella and even though I would read anything else Ashley comes out with I’m really excited that she’s doing something different from her previous books. I also know that she’s a huge nerd so I’m excited to see how her love for Firfly Star Trek etc, will influence the story.

Throne of Glass 7

I was disappointed in EOS and I’m not sure I’m liking where the story is going but I’m so invested in the characters and have to know how it ends. I still love the first three books in this series and really hope I’ll love this one too.

See Witch

Books about sea creatures is something I have been really waiting I know there’s a few books about them, but honestly none of them, except the one I read, sound appealing. This one however sounds great it’s about the origin of Ursala!

The Radical Element

I love a good anthology and A Tyranny of Petticoats is one of the very best ones. I’m so glad were getting another collection of stories of badass ladies.

Aru Shah and the End of Time

Roshani Chokshi is one of my favorite writers I did have issues with her two books but her writing is just beautiful and therefore I will read everything she writes. I’m curious to see what she does with a middle grade book it sounds like a fun story.

What are your most anticipated books of 2018?

Disappointing books of 2017

I’ve already talked about my favorite books of the year today I thought I’d share my most disappointing reads. Luckily there aren’t as many disappointing books as there are favorites. There are two other books that I didn’t like much but decided not to include because I didn’t expect much from then to begin with. These aren’t all my least favorite books off the year, just the ones that turned out not to be as good as I anticipated.

Long May She Reign

I hadn’t known much about this when I picked it up at the library but the synopsis looked promising. I was excited that it was a standalone I hardly ever find standalone fantasy novels and the cover was beautiful. This book had a lot of things I would usually like, I love royal intrigue but the mystery and the politics fell flat, as did the characters. My biggest problem with this one is it’s depiction of mental illness, I was initially excited to see mental health being talked about in a fantasy novel however it was ultimately handled poorly.

The Hundredth Queen

I had seen many positive reviews for this but I remember that it ended up not being my cup of tea. I know I didn’t like the romance, I can’t remember almost anything else about this book. I don’t think it’s an awful book but it clearly didn’t stick with me.

Spider Gwen vol 0 & 1

I did like these comics however there disjointed. I often felt like I had missed something and would go back and still not find the information I was looking for. The storytelling wasn’t the best I do like the characters though and the story was interesting enough. I do think I’ll continue the series but I won’t be buying any physical copies and I now regret asking for then for Christmas last year.

When Dimple Met Rishi

This is another one that I liked just not as much as I was expecting it was cute and light. I think it needed more time spent on it the characters and story were intriguing but I enjoyed it less and less as the book progressed. I would have liked more of a focus on coding and there was a cluster of side characters that got on my nerves.

What are your most disappointing reads of 2017? I hope there isn’t many.