Thursday, August 16

{Mini Reviews} Four 2018 Diverse Contemporaries


Recently, I've read quite a few spectacular novels - and knowing that I'll never have time to talk about each and every one individually, I have brought you a couple of mini reviews today. This time, I'm here with four diverse contemporary novels, all of which I adored a whole lot. 

This post includes books with characters of color and lgbtq+ characters, as well as a romance novel with an autistic heroine. Hope you find your next favorite here, or we can fangirl about these novels in the comments! 

Saturday, August 11

A Meticulous Exploration of Human Nature - How We Learned to Lie by Meredith Miller

Violence in the small, suburban town of Highbone, Long Island, is escalating, and best friends Joan and Daisy are finding themselves in the centre of it.
Joan has always been fascinated by the inner workings of living things: dogfish, eels, stingrays. But the more she sees of life outside her microscope, the more she realizes that people aren’t as easy to read as cells on a slide, and no one, not even Daisy, tells the truth.

Daisy’s always wished he had a family more like Joan’s, and that desire has only grown since his dad went to jail. But not even Joan can help Daisy keep his deadbeat older brother from putting everyone close to them in more danger.

When tragedy strikes too close to home, Joan and Daisy need each other more than ever. But no matter how hard they try, their secrets and lies have driven them apart. It’s only a matter of time before their friendship, just like their town, goes up in flames. 

Thursday, August 9

Flame in the Mist and Five-ish Disney Retellings I'd Eat a Cursed Apple For


Flame in the Mist: OK so it isn't actually a Mulan retelling necessarily. But there's no denying the similarities. Or the outright dedications to scenes from the film. I mean there is a literal scene where the men all sing about what they miss about women and our main character thinks "their minds". My tiny Disney loving heart was so happy.
The true brilliance of Flame in the Mist is in all its originality though. The characters are incredible and multi-layered and the plot is so twisty you'll get lost in it. I'd say like a forest of thorns but that's the wrong fairy tale... Also - if I were to get a proper Mulan retelling there'd have to be a Mushu character. 



Anyway, reading Flame in the Mist has got me thinking about what un-appreciated (or un-adapted) Disney stories really need their own YA retelling. 


Tuesday, August 7

Ten Series We Are Dying To Reread


I know it's not everyone's cup of tea, but I personally love rereading for a multitude of reasons. The best of those by far is when I simply feel like revisiting a book or series, because it was too damned good to only read once. 

Even so, I have trouble committing to rereading series. There are always so many books I want to get to, and while I don't consider rereading in general a waste of time, I'll admit that rereading a god-knows-how-long series will take a long time. 

Thus, there are a ton of series that I adored when I first read them, would love to revisit them, but I'm not sure when that will happen, because omfg, why are there only 24 hours in a day!? Unfair as hell, if you ask me. 

Today, thanks to Heidi's wonderful topic-choice for Tell Me Something Tuesday, Clare and I brought you 5-5 of our beloved series we'd love to revisit.

why = why we loved it slash want to reread
possibility = the chances of us actually rereading

Saturday, August 4

How to Survive Conventions



As you might know, last weekend I attended YALC with my sister and had basically the best time. I saw Jason Momoa so many times we've agreed he's an honorary member of the family and has a standing invitation to Christmas. I met Sasha Alsberg who is basically the blogger who made me a blogger in the first place (and who was also the loveliest person I've ever met - no exaggeration), and Laura Steven who wrote my favourite book of the year - The Exact Opposite of Okay. And because I'm now obviously an expert on all things conventions I thought I'd write down my top tips! 

Thursday, August 2

Life Update - Still Alive and (Not) Blogging


Hello, you beautiful hooman beans! It's me, Ruzaika, and as my extremely creative post title indicates, this is going to be a general update on everything that's been happening recently and what to look forward to from me for the rest of this year. (Hint: not much!)

Tuesday, July 31

{Royal Rantings} Popular Series, The Hype & And Why Am I Like This *cries*


I'm an avid reader of Roberta's blog, Offbeat YA, which is where I first heard about Tell Me Something Tuesday, a weekly discussion hosted by Rainy Day Ramblings. Each week Heidi, RDR's owner, writes about a new topic, and anyone can join in with their own posts.

I absolutely love what Roberta does with these discussions, and I've been meaning to write one myself, and guess what!? The time has come for me to actually do it.



This week's topic has all to do with popular series - particularly popular series I have no interest in reading. I tried to take this topic into various directions, and I hope you'll enjoy! 

Sunday, July 29

{Mini Reviews} Four Fantastic LGBTQIA+ Novels


I've been reading so many fantastic novels lately that I've decided it'd be a crime not to showcase them on the blog, especially given how underrated some of them are. Thus, I've grouped the following four incredible and diverse novels in one post, aiming to convince you to please, please pick them the hell up, because they are so good

To clarify what I meant by lgbtqia+ before you decide to read this - or not - this post contains books with bisexual, lesbian, asexual and gay rep. Hope you'll enjoy! 

Thursday, July 26

Let's Bask in Negativity - The NOPE Book Tag


I don't know about you, but whenever I'm angry or disappointed because of a book, I like to get it out of my system by talking about it with others. Which is what I'll be doing today - and, boy, am I going to be sharing some unpopular opinions! So, lay back and get ready for MY RAGE (just kidding), and then come and discuss your opinion in the comments, EVEN IF IT IS DIFFERENT FROM MINE! That's the most fun, to be honest. 


Saturday, July 21

An Interesting Mix of Darkness and Fun: Scream All Night by Derek Milman

Just a live funeral.
"A what?" The phone slips out of my hands. I juggle it back to my ear.
"Dad's final wish was to be buried alive," says Oren.
"His what was what?"

Dario Heyward knows one thing: He’s never going back to Moldavia Studios, the iconic castle that served as the set, studio, and home to the cast and crew of dozens of cult classic B-horror movies. It’s been three years since Dario’s even seen the place, after getting legally emancipated from his father, the infamous director of Moldavia’s creature features.

But then Dario’s brother invites him home to a mysterious ceremony involving his father and a tribute to his first film—The Curse of the Mummy’s Tongue. Dario swears his homecoming will be a one-time visit. A way for him to get closure on his past—and reunite with Hayley, his first love and costar of Zombie Children of the Harvest Sun, a production fraught with real-life tragedy—and say good-bye for good. But the unthinkable happens—Dario gets sucked back into the twisted world of Moldavia and the horrors, both real and imagined, he’s left there.

With only months to rescue the sinking studio and everyone who has built their lives there, Dario must confront the demons of his past—and the uncertainties of his future. But can he escape the place that’s haunted him his whole life?