House of Earth and Blood
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Review: House of Earth and Blood – Sarah J. Maas

Content warnings: “Despite his suspicions, Hunt had the creeping feeling that this assignment was either going to be a fuck-ton of fun or a nightmare.” That quote? My mood when I started this book. Given that I had mixed feelings over SJM’s last two books, I went into this behemoth (1109?!? pages on my ereader) with quite a bit of…

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The Chosen
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Review: The Chosen – Taran Matharu

Content warnings: I’m not sure what I was expecting when I picked up this book, but it certainly wasn’t this! And that’s not a bad thing – this is a wild ride, a sort of mashup between The Hunger Games, Jurassic Park, and The Martian. In addition, this book is ownvoices – Cade is South Asian, as is the author…

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Bears Behaving Badly
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Review: Bears Behaving Badly – MaryJanice Davidson

Content warnings: MaryJanice Davidson’s Undead series was my introduction to paranormal romance, and I have fond memories of the utter ridiculousness that was Betsy, shoe-loving queen of the vampires. I was excited to see she had a new series, this time starring shifters, and it’s exactly the hilarious fluff I needed right now. Annette is a werebear social worker who…

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Love and Hiplife
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Review: Love and Hiplife – Nana Prah

Content warnings: I first read about this book in Alyssa Cole’s newsletter, and when I had the chance to review a copy, I jumped on it. A super smart academic heroine and a rock star? Yes, please! Lamisi’s stubbornness and willingness to tough it out has served her well getting through her PhD program, but maybe it’s not such a…

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Messy
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Review: Messy – Katie Porter

Content warnings: “Messy” is a very apt description for this book! First off, it’s an age gap romance between an aging rock star and the daughter of his ex-bandmate who’s dying of cancer, with all the content warnings that implies. Secondly, both main characters are, well, messy – they’re broken, with lots of sharp edges that don’t fit well together.…

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Matzah Ball Surprise
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Review: Matzah Ball Surprise – Laura Brown

Content warnings: Hello, fake relationship, my favorite trope! Yes, I read a ton of these, so I’m always looking for something with a new spin on it – in this case, the fake date is for Passover, and the hero is Deaf. The author herself is Jewish and Hard of Hearing, so while I can’t speak for the rep, it’s adorably sweet,…

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Hidden Magic
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Review: A Veil is Parted – Anela Deen

content warnings: This is the first in a three-part novella series that will be published in the Hidden Magic anthologies. I grew up reading early-90s portal fantasies – where someone from the real world ends up in a magical land, or vice versa – so I’ll always have a soft spot in my heart for them, and the novella definitely hit…

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That Can Be Arranged
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Review: That Can Be Arranged – Huda Fahmy

This is a sweet memoir that starts with Huda’s childhood her introduction to Muslim courtship customs and ends with her marriage a few weeks before she turns 26. In between, we learn about her hopes (that she won’t turn into an elderly cat lady) and dreams (how to find the perfect husband??) as well as see some of the, well,…

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Wolf in Sheep's Clothing
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Review: Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing – Charlie Adhara

Look, I cannot express in words how much I love Cooper and Park. From reluctant partners to is-this-a-relationship to living together, it’s been quite the journey, and now we’ve reached the next step – relationship counseling! If you haven’t read anything in the Big Bad Wolf series yet, please go read them – and beware, spoilers for the first three…

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