ARC Review – Chemistry Lessons by Meredith Goldstein

Okay, so I’m reviewing this one super early (it comes out in June!) because a) I think a review from someone who has done science is maybe something that the publisher should read (not that my reviews are that well known or anything, but at least it will be out there) and b) my semi-hiatus is coming up and I don’t want this one to get lost. So! Chemistry Lessons was problematic. The writing was great, the characters were engaging, but the entire premise was flawed. And while I feel like the intent of the author (not that intent matters, necessarily) was to give YA readers a sciencey MC to look up to – THIS IS NOT THAT. Young girls who want to do science CANNOT do the things that Maya does in this book. Please PLEASE read this whole review so you can understand why (I get into it in the Dislikes/Problematic Content section of the review.)Read More »

ARC Review – Miles Away from You by A.B. Rutledge

Before I begin – I wasn’t sure I wanted to review this book at all. I read it, I ruminated on it, and then I started seeing some stuff online. It made me realize that I’m not the audience that will be most affected by this book. I’m not the audience that could be hurt by it. So this is a warning, before you go any further. The content of this book could trigger people, and I wouldn’t want that for anyone. So here are the content warnings for this book: suicide, mental illness, depression, transphobia, homophobia, abuse, self-harm, and pedophilia.Read More »

ARC Review – Reign of the Fallen by Sarah Glenn Marsh

I’ve been hyped about this book for months – I think I joined the launch group way back in the late summer. Reign of the Fallen sounded like the book I really wanted to like – there were necromancers, there was magic, there was mystery. But the reality of it wasn’t exactly what I was looking for. But here’s the thing – I didn’t hate it either. I’m going to see if I can unpack this book and my feelings about it in this review, but I can’t promise anything.Read More »