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L-L-L-Little Reviews #39: Another All Audiobook Edition – 11 Reviews

L-L-L-Little Reviews #39: Anot..

Posted May 14, 2022 by Lisa Mandina in Review / 2 Comments

I haven’t done one of these posts since January I think, and I’ve listened to quite a few since then, even if a few were only novellas. Turning Back (Turning #2) by J.A. Huss: My Review: I enjoyed the first one in this series, and decided I needed to listen to the rest before I […]

ARC Review:  Burn Down, Rise Up by Vincent Tirado

ARC Review: Burn Down, Rise U..

Posted May 5, 2022 by Lisa Mandina in Review / 2 Comments

Synopsis: Stranger Things meets Get Out in this Sapphic Horror debut from nonbinary, Afro-Latine author Vincent Tirado. Mysterious disappearances. An urban legend rumored to be responsible. And one group of teens determined to save their city at any cost.  For over a year, the Bronx has been plagued by sudden disappearances that no one can explain. Sixteen-year-old […]

ARC Review: Queen of the Tiles by Hanna Alkaf

ARC Review: Queen of the Tiles..

Posted April 21, 2022 by Lisa Mandina in Review / 4 Comments

Blurb: They Wish They Were Us meets The Queen’s Gambit in the world of competitive Scrabble when a teen girl is forced to investigate the mysterious death of her best friend a year after the fact when her Instagram comes back to life with cryptic posts and messages. CATALYST13 pointsnoun: a person or thing that precipitates an event […]

ARC Review:  Gone Dark by Amanda Panitch

ARC Review: Gone Dark by Aman..

Posted April 11, 2022 by Lisa Mandina in Review / 6 Comments

Blurb: Dry meets Hatchet in this thrilling tale of survival following a teen girl who must lead her friends across country to the safety of her estranged father’s survivalist compound after a mass power failure leaves the country in chaos. When seventeen-year-old Zara escaped her father’s backwoods survivalist compound five years ago, she traded crossbows and skinning hides […]

ARC Review:  Debating Darcy by Sayantani DasGupta

ARC Review: Debating Darcy by..

Posted April 2, 2022 by Lisa Mandina in Review / 4 Comments

Blurb: This Pride & Prejudice retelling brings New York Timesbestselling Sayantani DasGupta’s trademark wit and insight to her bright and funny YA debut! It is a truth universally acknowledged that Leela Bose plays to win. A life-long speech competitor, Leela loves nothing more than crushing the competition, all while wearing a smile. But when she meets the incorrigible […]

ARC Review:  So This is Ever After by F.T. Lukens

ARC Review: So This is Ever A..

Posted March 26, 2022 by Lisa Mandina in Review / 6 Comments

Blurb: Carry On meets Arthurian legend in this funny, subversive young adult fantasy about what happens after the chosen one wins the kingdom and has to get married to keep it…and to stay alive. Arek hadn’t thought much about what would happen after he completed the prophecy that said he was destined to save the Kingdom […]

ARC Review: Survive the Dome by Kosoko Jackson

ARC Review: Survive the Dome b..

Posted March 14, 2022 by Lisa Mandina in Review / 8 Comments

Blurb: Jamal Lawson just wanted to be a part of something. As an aspiring journalist, he packs up his camera and heads to Baltimore to document a rally protesting police brutality after another Black man is murdered. But before it even really begins, the city implements a new safety protocol…the Dome. The Dome surrounds the […]

ARC Review: Savvy Sheldon Feels Good as Hell by Taj McCoy

ARC Review: Savvy Sheldon Feel..

Posted March 5, 2022 by Lisa Mandina in Review / 0 Comments

Blurb: A delicious debut rom-com about a plus-size sweetheart who gets a full-life makeover after a brutal breakup. Savvy Sheldon spends a lot of time tiptoeing around the cracks in her life: her high-stress and low-thanks job, her clueless boyfriend and the falling-apart kitchen she inherited from her beloved grandma—who taught her how to cook […]

ARC Review:  Turning by Joy L. Smith

ARC Review: Turning by Joy L...

Posted February 26, 2022 by Lisa Mandina in Review / 2 Comments

Blurb: In this raw, searingly honest debut young adult novel, a former aspiring ballerina must confront her past in order to move forward from a devastating fall that leaves her without the use of her legs. Genie used to fouetté across the stage. Now the only thing she’s turning are the wheels to her wheelchair. […]