[Mini-Review] Nuanced and Thoughtful Sci-Fi YA: Ignite the Stars and A Conspiracy of Stars

I’ve been wanting to add more sci-fi to my repertoire for ages. So when after hosting the #EverlastingNoraPH blog tour, Marie Cruz offered to send me a care package with her book plus Maura Milan’s Ignite the Stars, I was all for it! Anyway, I’d been eyeing this YA space opera since it came out last year – not to mention I’d also resolved to read more science fiction in 2019 (I love fantasy, but a girl needs variety, you know?)

Following on the heels of this book was yet another sci-fi novel: A Conspiracy of Stars, by Olivia A. Cole. (Does that name sound familiar? It should. Her husband talked her out of buying a haunted house. Bless.) This is another sci-fi book that discussed themes of colonialism – this time from the point of view of a child of the colonizing species (a.k.a., humans), giving readers deeper insight into a popular trope.

Essentially, reading these two-books was a one-two punch of excellent, thought-provoking science fiction, and I’m gonna need everybody else to check them out!

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Year of the Asian Reading Challenge (ft. a free spreadsheet!)

Whaddup, guys, gals, and enby pals? We’re halfway through the first month of 2019! Can you believe? (Insert Jonathan Van Ness tone of voice here.)

If you’ve been active on Twitter, then you should know by now that four of my favorite bloggers – Shealea @ Shut Up Shealea, Lily @ Sprinkles of Dreams, Vicky @ Vicky Who Reads, and CW @ The Quiet Pond – are hosting #YARC2019, a year-long reading challenge focusing on works by Asian authors! You can visit their blogs to find out more.

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[Top Ten Tuesday] New-to-Me Authors I Read in 2018

Hey hey hey, guys, gals, and nonbinary pals! I’m back with my second installment of Top Ten Tuesday, a weekly theme created The Broke and The Bookish in 2010 and moved to The Artsy Reader Girl in 2018.

For today, the theme is New-to-Me Authors I Read in 2018. Considering that I only started blogging and really keeping track of my reading last year (not to mention reading diversely), pretty much all the authors I read last year were new to me. 😂

Nevertheless, I picked out ten really stand-out authors I discovered in 2018 to share with you all! Please note though that I only decided to include authors who debuted prior to 2018, so that this list would still fit the bare minimum of “New-to-Me” theme!

Let’s get started!

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[Book Review] Empire of Sand – Tasha Suri // a love story wrapped in a tale of survival and sacrifice

Hey there, comrades! Today I’m going to talk about Tasha Suri’s debut novel, which has been on my radar for quite some time. I even talk about it in my most anticipated 2018 releases post. When it finally dropped, I was super excited to get started – but unfortunately, my blog hiatus happened.

Well, I finally got around to reading it just before the New Year festivities, and I finally finished it the morning of January 1st! And I think this is a great way to start the year because not only did I get to add one book to my 2019 Goodreads Reading Challenge, I got to add a five-star read to my 2019 Goodreads Reading Challenge!

So here’s what I thought of Tasha Suri’s amazing book!

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[Top Ten Tuesday] Most Anticipated Releases for January, February, and March

Evening, my good comrades! As part of my 2019 goals to be more organized with my posting schedule, I’ve decided to participate in Top Ten Tuesday! As you all probably know by now, Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly theme created by The Broke and The Bookish in 2010 and moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in 2018.

For today, the topic was Most Anticipated Releases for the First Half of 2019. But because there’s just way too many books I’m looking forward to coming out this year, I’ve decided to divide this post into quarters. So today, I’ll be talking about my Most Anticipated Releases for January, February, and March.

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[Book Review] The Girl King – Mimi Yu // vaguely problematic, but not enough to be totally written off

Whaddup, homies? (Homie is still gender-neutral, yes?) Today I’ll be reviewing one of my most anticipated reads for 2019 (speaking of which, I’ll be talking about this year’s releases that I’m looking forward to, so keep an eye out for that post!), the East Asian inspired fantasy, The Girl King. I was semi-resigned to just having to get it on Amazon or Book Depository, but, wonder of wonders, NetGalley granted this request for me!

Too bad I really didn’t enjoy it.

I tried, I really did! It looked like it was going to be another one of those books whose praises I shouted to the heavens! (And y’all know how hard I roll for the books I love.) But it just wasn’t meant to be.

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January 2019 TBR

It’s been ages since I last posted a TBR! Wow – my blogging life really has fallen by the wayside, huh? 😅

Now I know a ton of you are actually mood readers, and there’s absolutely nothing wrong with that! But having a monthly TBR helps me add some structure to my reading and blogging life, and we all know that lately I’m all about having structure.

So what am I planning to read for the first month of 2019?

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