Not Good for Maidens by Tori Bovalino: Blog Tour & Book Review

Not Good for Maidens was a new release I was excited for, but also a little hesitant of. The premise sounded intense, and I wasn’t exactly sure what to expect going into this one. But I actually think that was the best way to experience it! Not Good for Maidens has a lot of adventure, intrigue, and horror within its pages, and much like Lou herself, it’s impossible to fully know what you’re getting into until you dive in head first.

Not Good for Maidens takes place across two timelines. One set present-day, following Louisa Wickett-Stevens whose world turns upside down when she finds out her teenage aunt Neela has been trapped in the nefarious goblin market her mother had intentionally kept secret from Lou her entire life. The second takes place 18 years earlier and follows Lou’s aunt May, a witch in training, as she begins a dangerous but exhilarating romance with Eitra, a goblin from the market.

Both find themselves venturing into the depths of the goblin market, with all its danger and gore, to save the ones they love. But venturing into the goblin market means there’s a very real risk they might never return…

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First Kill by V. E. Schwab: Book vs. TV Show

Show of hands, who here has already binged First Kill?! 🙋🏻‍♀️🙋🏻‍♀️🙋🏻‍♀️ This sapphic vampire and vampire-hunter romance has been ALL OVER the internet the past few weeks in advance of its release. And you know as a HUGE Buffy fan and sapphic girl myself, I had to binge the entire thing the weekend it came out!

Y’all, I was SO excited. Me and my girlfriend pretty much just squealed the entire watch time. As my girlfriend put it: “now I finally get the Twilight obsession!” 🧛🏻‍♀️🗡🩸🖤

Did I think it was the best show I’ve ever watched? Absolutely not. 🙅🏻‍♀️ But was it cute and fun and silly and squeal-worthy? YES. If you’re a fan of any teen supernatural romps you will enjoy yourself. This show is really campy and definitely a throwback to those types of series (cringy CGI and all, lol).

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They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera: Book Review

When I heard about Silvera’s upcoming prequel to They Both Die at the End, The First to Die at the End, I thought it was the perfect time to finally share my thoughts on this incredible novel – and talk about how excited I am to read it’s successor!

It’s not every day that you come across a story with as much heart and soul infused in it as They Both Die at the End. I think the reason this novel resonates so strongly with so many people is that, despite the fact it takes place in a futuristic world where everyone knows exactly when they’re going to die, the story of Mateo Torrez and Rufus Emeterio is a deeply human one.

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Home Field Advantage by Dahlia Adler: Blog Tour & Book Review

Cool for the Summer was one of my favorite reads from 2021, so you know I was pumped when I found out about Dahlia Adler’s newest novel, Home Field Advantage! As a queer girl myself who was a cheerleader back in the day, I definitely had high hopes for this novel.

And, oh my god, this book did not let me down!

This is the sort of book I wish could have been around when I was in high school. It literally would have defined me. I probably would have walked around never letting it out of my sight, always attached to my person or tucked away in my bag – for MONTHS. It would have been transformative. 📣🏈💕

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Primal Animals by Julia Lynn Rubin: Blog Tour & Book Review

Arlee Gold is spending the summer before her Junior year at Camp Rockaway – the prestige college prep camp that boasts of being the place rich, influential families send their teenagers in the summer. Arlee herself is a legacy – and a pretty notorious one if the other campers’ reactions to her are anything to go by – her mother attended when she was a teen herself. The same mother who is certain that this is the exact thing Arlee needs to put her past finally behind her and start anew. And, despite the fact Arlee is seriously terrified of bugs, she can’t help but hope so too. Especially after meeting her bunkmate, Winnie.

But then Arlee gets invited to join a secret society of women at the camp that goes back generations. A little vary, Arlee nevertheless agrees, hoping that this is the key to building lasting relationships with her campmates. Too bad the society’s initiation process involves a little bit more than what Arlee thought she was signing up for…

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