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Review: History is All You Left Me // Character Driven, Complex, and Beautiful

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RATING : 3-stars

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It’s a little disappointing to see that I’ve fallen into the hype. In case you didn’t know, I loved More Happy Than Not and this book is honestly one of my most anticipated releases this year. This is gonna be an unpopular opinion but unfortunately, I wasn’t impressed.

History is All You Left me follows the story of Griffin, a high school senior whose ex-boyfriend Theo just died in a drowning accident. Theo was Griff’s best friend, first love, and probably end game as well. They broke up before Theo went to college in California. In there Theo started a new relationship with Jackson, despite saying that Griff would be his end game as well. Continue reading

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Review : The Hate U Give // Powerful, Important, and Provocative

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RATING : 5 Stars

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Five stars and more, and I don’t think any reviews will ever do this book justice. It’s so powerful, wonderful, and undoubtedly the most important and honest book I’ve ever read in my life.

As could be inferred from the blurb, The Hate U Give was inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement. Going into this book, I almost didn’t know what to expect. I heard it was amazing, unapologetic, and possibly one of the best books everyone’s ever read. But still, I didn’t know what to expect. What I got was so much… more, than I could have expected. This book was so honest, strong, brilliant, and it evoked so many emotions in me. Hours after reading that last page, I’m still reeling with my emotion. There are so many things I want to discuss about this book. Continue reading

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The Diversity Corner #2 : March Updates, Asian Representation, and April New Releases

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Hello everyone, welcome to the second edition of The Diversity Corner! ♥

ICYMI, I talked about Muslim representation in books on my first edition, you could read it here. Today I’ll be talking about Asian representation and I teamed up with several Asian bloggers to put this post together! 😀 But before we get there, as usual, I’m bringing you some diversity-related news and updates ♣

P.S. it’s gonna be long, so grab your drink, settle into a comfortable position, and read 😉 Continue reading

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ARC Reviews : You’re Welcome, Universe & Things I Should Have Known

Hello everyone! ♥

It’s Thursday and according to my new blogging schedule, it’s review time! 😀 Lately I’ve been reading so many books, mainly review copies and ARCs, which means there are a lot of reviews I need to post. That’s why today I’m doing a double review of You’re Welcome, Universe and Things I Should Have Known. However, my reason of doing a double review isn’t merely for convenience! These books also have several things in common 😛

Behold, I’ve prepared a list :’) Both books are 1) diverse contemporary, 2) e-ARCs I received from netgalley, and 3) going to be released in March. Without further ado, let’s get down to the reviews! ♣

You’re Welcome, Universe by Whitney Gardner

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The Diversity Corner #1 : February News, Muslim Representation, and March New Releases

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Hello everyone, welcome to the first edition ever of The Diversity Corner! 

You might remember my post about my stance as diverse book blogger and the introduction of my feature. I’m a bit nervous but HERE I AM, with its first edition ♥ Today I’ll be talking about Muslim representation. I chose this topic because this is the one topic that is so close to my heart. I’ve been living and learning it ever since I was a baby, so this is the topic that I’m most comfortable talking about. I promise you, I won’t be preachy! I won’t sell or promote my religion to you. I just want to talk about its representation in book–or rather, the lack there of 😂

But before we get there, let’s start with the first two sections : diversity news & updates and diverse book bloggers spotlight ♥ Continue reading

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ARC Review : The Inexplicable Logic of My Life // Lyrical, Beautiful, and Heartwarming

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RATING : 4 Stars

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I received this book from publisher via Netgalley in exchange for honest review.

UPDATEIt has been brought to my attention that this book is problematic. I honestly missed this part and I didn’t think it wasn’t a big deal, mostly because the book didn’t make it a big deal. But after reading a few reviews and rethinking some passages from the book, I agree that one of the conflict could have been handled a lot more wisely. Here’s a review that talks about it in detail if you want to know more. Below is my original review ⇓

WHAT A BEAUTIFUL BOOK INDEED ♥ Continue reading

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Review : The Girl from Everywhere & The Ship Beyond Time // Maps, Ship, Diverse Characters, and Time Travel

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Hello everyone, it’s review time! ♥

As you probably remember, I won a giveaway hosted by Heidi Helig in December. The prize is seven diverse books that arrived last month and two of them are Heidi’s own books : the UK edition of The Girl from Everywhere and the ARC of The Ship Beyond Time. Thank you Heidi! 😀 Since it was Heidi who gave me the books, of course I read her books first. Not to mention that I’ve been wanting to read them for a while now.

Without further ado, let’s get down to the review! Continue reading