She’s Too Pretty to Burn by Wendy Heard: ARC Book Review

She’s Too Pretty to Burn is a really fun summer read that’s equal parts nail-biting as it is thrilling! It was so easy to get swept up with these characters and the whirlwind of a summer they themselves had. ☀️ I felt like reading from the perspectives of both Mick and Veronica really helped move the story along and kept me at the edge of my seat.

As exciting as Mick and Veronica’s spontaneously passionate romance was, there was this lingering sense of unease and anticipation throughout their entire time together. While their relationship became more turbulent and all three characters began to act more impulsive and unpredictable, a lingering sense of foreboding grew that was impossible to shake and gripped me wholely until the very end of the book.

And speaking of endings? WHAT. A. TWIST! 😱

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Cool for the Summer by Dahlia Adler: ARC Book Review

OMG, you guys-

I. LOVED. THIS. BOOK! Like, literally, SO MUCH. 💖

Look, I may be biased because I am also a bi-Jewish girl, and so definitely saw myself in the leads and related to them immensely. But what’s wrong with that?! I’ve hardly have ever felt as seen in a book as I did while reading this one.

I found both Lara and Jasmine to be very easy to root for. My heart went out to both of them! I have definitely been where each of them were at different points in my life, and so it was impossible not to be hit with all those emotions again as I read this novel.

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Flower Crowns and Fearsome Things by Amanda Lovelace: ARC Book Review

Inspired by the Greek goddess Persephone, who is both the goddess of spring and the queen of the underworld, Lovelace’s newest poetry collection explores how we can all be both contradictorily soft and fierce at the same time, and what that means for the modern woman.

As I’ve said before in my previous reviews of her work, I feel as though Amanda Lovelace’s poetry just gets better and better with time. Her latest compilation is still a force to be reckoned with, and a welcome addition to her expanding repertoire of novels that tote women empowerment.

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Olive by Emma Gannon: ARC Book Review

Olive and her three best friends have always done everything together. So, in her thirties, when all her friends are married with children (or at least trying for them), Olive can’t help feel like she’s being left behind. While her friends are preoccupied with managing their households, scheduling playdates, and the daunting process of IVF, Olive feels as though she lacks those maternal urges all her friends have.

After breaking up with her boyfriend of many years for that exact reason, Olive feels even more adrift than ever. And each other’s judgment over their different life choices has caused a rift between her once inseparable group of friends. So, when Olive is tasked with looking into the reasons why some young women choose to be child-free for an article at work, she can’t help but see herself in them, and is forced to reconcile the different path her life has taken compared to her friends’.

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Catch Lili Too by Sophie Wittemore: Book Review

I got a ton of “Buffy” vibes while reading the premise of this novel, and that immediately piqued my interest. I was also super excited about the idea of an urban fantasy that included non-Western myths and legends, and very intrigued by the concept of a depressed, asexual siren.

Catch Lili Too is a paranormal thriller, and tells the story of Lili, an immortal siren, who gets roped into trying to catch a serial killer terrorizing Gamin, the town she’s passing through. Along the way she manages to find herself a group of comrades, including ghosts, necromancers, vampires and more.

The representation in this book is really great, with many LGBTQ+ characters and even a couple queer romances. I also really enjoyed the diversity of paranormal creatures that made an appearance in this novel. Some were based on myths and legends I had never even heard of before, which was cool to learn about while reading!

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