Title: Smash It
Author: Francina Simone
Publisher: Inkyard Press
I jumped into this novel without knowing who Francina Simone was. I saw this cover and and the blurb and I knew I had to read it.
Francina Simone did amazing delivering this masterpiece that deals with major issues that teenagers deal with everyday…especially young adult females. She touches on the topics of body positivity and acceptance, dating, friendships, sex, and being African American in a problematic white society.
I really love Olivia’s character. She decides to make a F*ck it list and vows to make it her year to accept herself, be brave, and just go for things and not be scared anymore. The first thing on her agenda is going to try out for a rap version of the Othello play at her school. Her friendship with her friends was admirable as well. Simone did an amazing job with putting us in the shoes of a 17 year old and having us imagine ourselves being there at that very moment going through everything with her. Thanks to Simone for reminding us that it’s okay to be ourselves and that we shouldn’t be so harsh with ourselves either. Thank you to Inkyard Press and NetGalley for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Title: Dear Haiti, Love Alaine
Author: Maika and Maritza Moulite
Publisher: Inkyard Press
When an incident at her school gets Alaine almost suspended, she is told to go back to her country and complete a internship at her aunt’s non-profit organization. Its called PATRONAL, which is an app created to help fund children in need in Haiti. While in Haiti she’s able to learn more about her country, and of course develop a cute crush on one of the interns. The book is full of lots of Haitian history and culture(I would’ve liked if this also talked about beautiful areas in Haiti). She learned quite a bit of her family history as well….especially when there’s a curse involved.
Follow Alaine as she takes you through her island, and some rather heart wrenching moments, especially those involved with her mom. I think it’s so important to see how she dealt with her moms dementia. That was honestly one of my fave parts of the story (not in a messed up way). Another great thing about this novel is that it’s written by two sisters. Kudos to Maika and Maritza Mountie. You created a beautiful story full of representation. Thank You to NetGalley and Inkyard Press for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. I definitely need a copy of it on my shelf.
Title: Curse if the Evil Librarian
Author: Michelle Knudsen
Publisher: Candlewick Press
I remember taking out ‘The Evil Librarian’ a few years ago from the library. I remember devouring it within two days. I had no idea it was going to be a trilogy and I happily checked out the second book and devoured that one too. Now we’re here on the third and final installment of the series. I was very glad to see in depth analysis of the characters. I’m a sucker for knowing the backgrounds of characters.
We continue with the spunky Cynthia and accompany her on her senior year of school, where she hopes she doesn’t have to deal with anymore evil librarians. However, that’s the not the case. Mr. Gabriel is back and more evil than ever! He’s like the Michael Myers of Librarians…HE JUST WON’T DIE!..everytime Knudsen brings him back, he’s badder and better than ever. That’s what I think keeps making this series so good. We have to stan the characters for having grown up and taking matters into their own hands. DEFEAT THOSE DEMONS! And that’s what brings them closer together. I really enjoyed this book. Brought back a lot of good memories back. Thank you to NetGalley and Candlewick Press for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Title: The Sound of Stars
Author: Alecia Dow
Publisher: Inkyard Press
“If we get separated and you have to choose between life and joining us, choose life, okay? Live. Live for us. Breathe for us. Survive for us.”
Janelle Baker aka Ellie is a 17 year old girl who survived a alien invasion. The aliens are named Ilori. Most of the population is gone. It’s Ellie, her parents, and a select few. Human emotions are nonexistent….and are punishable with execution! Ellie however, is a rule breaker and believes everyone should have access to literature. She keeps a secret library, but when a book goes missing…Ellie fears the Ilori will find it, track it back to her, and she could be killed.
We then meet M0Rr1s (Morris). Morris was created in a lab to feel absolutely nothing. When he finds Ellie’s lab, her greatest fear comes true. Morris has to take her to be executed. But something remarkable happens. Morris finds himself attracted to music…human music. Their love for art brings them together and embarks them on a journey. A journey filled with music and books. The premise of the book is set in the future. I really dig the banned books theme to it. It reminds me of fahrenheit 451 meets Judge Dredd vibes. Dow did a great job with this book. Thank you to Inkyard press and Netgalley for a copy of this book in a exchange for a honest review.