First I want to say thank you to Netgalley and the publishers for these ARC reads!
Here are three mini *spoiler free* reviews on ARCs that I received in the last few weeks hope you enjoy!
Author: Suzanne Walker
Genre: Graphic Novel, Young Adult, Fantasy, LGBT
Release Date: October 15th, 2019
Rating: 5/5 paws
“A story of love and demons, family and witchcraft.” -Goodreads description
Mooncakes is a beautiful graphic novel about magic, love, family and friendships. We follow our Chinese-American main characters, Nova and Tam, as they set out to save their town. This was such a fun and cute read! I loved the characters and the artwork is gorgeous. The scenery reminded me so much of home and my falls spent growing up in New England! This book covers so many diverse topics from queer, hard-of-hearing witches to non-binary werewolves.
This was so heartwarming and sweet; I have ALL the feels! Mooncakes is the perfect read to get you into the fall mood!
Title: Michigan vs. The Boys
Author: Carrie S. Allen
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Sports
Release Date: October 1st, 2019
Rating: 4/5 paws
When a determined girl is confronted with the culture of toxic masculinity, it’s time to even the score. -Goodreads description
Trigger Warning: Abuse, Drinking, Drugs
Michigan vs. The Boys follows the story of Michigan Manning as she tries to make it on the boys’ hockey team after budget cuts lead to the end of her own girls’ team. She quickly learns that the boys are not all that inviting as she endures pranks and hazing from her new teammates. She now must decide if speaking up is worth risking her dream.
This book was so much different than the typical YA, sports contemporaries that I read. This wasn’t a feel-good, romance-powered book. Instead, it covered real-life issues and centered around female empowerment. Michigan is a strong female character and there are many instances included in the novel where we see females supporting other females. I felt really connected to Michigan, and found myself rooting for her from the very beginning of the story. While this book isn’t a light-hearted read, it addresses real, societal problems that women are currently battling. Michigan vs. The Boys opens up the important discussion of sexism in our world today and I hope that anyone who has felt the way Michigan did can read this book and feel understood.
Title: Cupid’s Match
Author: Lauren Palphreyman
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Romance
Release Date: October 1st, 2019
Rating: 3.5/5 stars
“He’s mythologically hot, a little bit wicked, and almost 100% immortal. And he’ll hit you right in the heart . . . ” -Goodreads description
What would happen if Cupid ran his own matchmaking business that accidentally matched himself with a normal, teenaged girl? Well, Lila Black is about to find out.
I found that this book was a quick, fun and entertaining read! I really enjoyed the descriptions of the scenery; I always love it when I feel like I can vividly picture the setting the author is trying to create. However, the pace was a bit fast and it took a while for me to connect with the characters. I love mythology so I wish that we got to see some more of that! It was included towards the end, but I would have liked to see it mixed in more from the beginning.
That’s it for now! Which of these books are you most looking forward to? What other upcoming books are you looking forward to this year?
Have a Paw-some Day!