Review of Our Wayward Fate by Gloria Chao (physical arc)





Our Wayward Fate by Gloria Chao

Seventeen-year-old Ali Chu knows that as the only Asian person at her school in middle-of-nowhere Indiana, she must be bland as white toast to survive. This means swapping her congee lunch for PB&Js, ignoring the clueless racism from her classmates and teachers, and keeping her mouth shut when people wrongly call her Allie instead of her actual name, pronounced Āh-lěe, after the mountain in Taiwan.

Her autopilot existence is disrupted when she finds out that Chase Yu, the new kid in school, is also Taiwanese. Despite some initial resistance due to the “they belong together” whispers, Ali and Chase soon spark a chemistry rooted in competitive martial arts, joking in two languages, and, most importantly, pushing back against the discrimination they face.

But when Ali’s mom finds out about the relationship, she forces Ali to end it. As Ali covertly digs into the why behind her mother’s disapproval, she uncovers secrets about her family and Chase that force her to question everything she thought she knew about life, love, and her unknowable future.

Snippets of a love story from nineteenth-century China (a retelling of the Chinese folktale The Butterfly Lovers) are interspersed with Ali’s narrative and intertwined with her fate.

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Blog Tour for Mirror Bound by Monica Sanz (promo, excerpt, and giveaway)


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Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for Mirror Bound by Monica Sanz.  This tour is being hosted by YA Bound Book Tours.


This is a book two, so there may be some spoilers for book one below.

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Review of Now Entering Addamsville by Francesca Zappia (digital arc)





Now Entering Addamsville by Francesca Zappia

When someone burns down the home of the school janitor and he dies in the blaze, everyone in Addamsville, Indiana, points a finger at Zora. Never mind that Zora has been on the straight and narrow since her father was thrown in jail. With everyone looking for evidence against her, her only choice is to uncover the identity of the real killer. There’s one big problem—Zora has no leads. No one does. Addamsville has a history of tragedy, and thirty years ago a similar string of fires left several townspeople dead. The arsonist was never caught.

Now, Zora must team up with her cousin Artemis—an annoying self-proclaimed Addamsville historian—to clear her name. But with a popular ghost-hunting television show riling up the townspeople, almost no support from her family and friends, and rumors spinning out of control, things aren’t looking good. Zora will have to read between the lines of Addamsville’s ghost stories before she becomes one herself.

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5 Star Predictions for Fall 2019


I’ve seen quite a few bloggers do these posts, so I thought I would give it a try.  I’m going to pick 10 books that I think will get 5 stars from me.  I’m hoping to read all of these this fall and I’ll do an update post later in the winter to see if I was right.

I’m writing this post on 9/8/19, so it’s possible I will have finished one of these before this post goes up.  I have all ten of these books (some arcs and some finished books).




Trouble is haunting Cassidy Blake . . . even more than usual.

She (plus her ghost best friend, Jacob, of course) are in Paris, where Cass’s parents are filming their TV show about the world’s most haunted cities. Sure, it’s fun eating croissants and seeing the Eiffel Tower, but there’s true ghostly danger lurking beneath Paris, in the creepy underground Catacombs.

When Cass accidentally awakens a frighteningly strong spirit, she must rely on her still-growing skills as a ghosthunter — and turn to friends both old and new to help her unravel a mystery. But time is running out, and the spirit is only growing stronger.

And if Cass fails, the force she’s unleashed could haunt the city forever.

Why?  I loved City of Ghosts and gave that one 5 stars.  I expect this to be the same.

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Can’t Wait Wednesday 9/11/19




Can’t Wait Wednesday/Waiting on Wednesday is hosted by Wishful Endings and was previously hosted by Breaking the Spine.   It was created to show off a future release that you are excited for.

I apologize if there are any repeats.

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Top Five Tuesday 9/10/19


Top Five Tuesday was created by Bionic Book Worm.  You can find the topics on the blog I just linked.


This week’s top is top five book covers of 2019.  This one is torture.  There were so many beautiful covers this year, but I’ll do a bigger post towards the end of the year or beginning of 2020.   I’m sure I forgot about some and my tastes change all the time.  But these are my current choices.

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Top Ten Tuesday 9/10/19




Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl.   You can find each week’s topic on her site.


This week’s theme is 10 books I’ve been avoiding (and why).  I’m not going to post covers, so sorry this will be a bit plain.

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