TAKE THE LEAD BY ALEXIS DARIA

“You light me up. You helped me remember who I was before, and see clearly who I am now and who I want to be.”

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Title: Take the Lead
Author: Alexis Daria
Series or Standalone: Dance Off #1
Genre: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance
Publication Date: October 3rd 2017
Publisher: Swerve
Format: eBook
Source: Library
Star Rating: ★★★★☆
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Take the Lead is sizzling romance between a Puerto Rican professional dancer and Mountain man reality star who find love on a reality show centred around a dance competition. As all budding romances go between a bubbly female lead and a brooding love interest, this book hits all the beats you expect a good romance novel to hit. It’s flirty, fun, with just the right amount of smut. But Alexis Daria takes this book to the next level and does more than what’s expected of the average new adult novel. With important conversations about Latina women in the entertainment industry being type casted and over-sexualised, this book features many elements that make it an exceptional and fresh addition to the genre.

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CROWN OF FEATHERS BY NIKKI PAU PRETO

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“I am a daughter of death….From the ashes I rose, like a phoenix from the pyre.”

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Title: Crown of Feathers
Author: Nikki Pau Preto
Series or Standalone: Crown of Feathers #1
Genre: Young Adult & Fantasy
Publication Date: February 12th 2019
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Format: eArc
Source: Netgalley
Star Rating: ★★★☆☆
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BOOKS ABOUT MENTAL HEALTH

In honour of May being Mental Health Awareness Month, I’ve written a list of books that I’d like to read with mental health rep for this Top 5 Wednesday.

Trigger warning: mentions of depression, anxiety, rape and trauma. 

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THE VERSATILE BLOGGER AWARD

A few months ago one of my favourite bloggers Alexandra at readingbystarlight kindly nominated me for The Versatile Blogger Award. Thank you for tagging me Alexandra! Side note, be sure to check out Alex’s blog if you get the chance, she’s one of the loveliest bloggers in this community!

The Versatile Blogger Award has a few simple rules….

  • Thank the person who nominated you (✓)
  • Leave a link to their blog (✓)
  • Tell us 7 things about yourself
  • Nominate 15 bloggers/bloggers you’ve discovered recently or follow regularly

Here are seven things about me:

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THE SHATTERED COURT BY M.J. SCOTT

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Title: The Shattered Court
Author: M.J. Scott
Series or Standalone: Series ‘The Four Arts’ (Book #1)
Genre: Adult, Fantasy, Romance & Witches
Publication Date: April 28th 2015
Publisher: Roc
Format: Paperback
Source: Library
Star Rating: ★★☆☆☆
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Full disclosure, I went into this book believing that it was fantasy romance. And I went solely into this book for that fact alone. I am a reader who loves romance in a fantasy context, and was so excited. Unfortunately, I found The Shattered Court to be an underwhelming instalment in the genre.

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GIRLS OF PAPER AND FIRE BY NATASHA NGAN

34433755.jpg“I know what it means to dream about the past. To dream about things you have loved, and lost.”

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Title: Girls of Paper and Fire
Author: Natasha Ngan
Series or Standalone: Series (Book #1)
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, LGBT
Publication Date: November 6th 2018
Publisher: Jimmy Patterson Books
Format: eArc
Source: Netgally
Star Rating: ★★★★☆
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THE SURFACE BREAKS BY LOUISE O’NEILL

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Author: Louise O’Neill
Series or Standalone: Standalone
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Retellings, Feminism, Romance
Publication Date: May 3rd 2018
Publisher: Scholastic
Format: Hardcover
Source: Library
Star Rating: ★★★☆☆
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“Don’t be afraid, sisters. I hold my hands up, so they will see that I am no threat to them. I want to protect them. We are women. And women are warriors, after all. “

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