Karin

Karin

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Karin spent her childhood escaping to the different fantasy lands created by books and film. This girl mom currently lives with her overly dramatic Tiny Human a hop, skip, and jump (and 300+ mile drive) away from Disneyland, a magical place they visit as often as possible. A lover of all things Marvel, she divides her affection equally between Bucky Barnes, Wanda Maximoff, and Clint Barton. When not podcasting, Karin spends her free time binge watching her latest TV obsession or tearing through books like there is no tomorrow. She is currently writing her debut novel, a story that has rattled around in her mind for over a decade.

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The Food Sounds to DIE For

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February 14, 2024

Reimagining a Childhood Favorite

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February 14, 2024

They Were "Just Friends"

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January 19, 2024

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January 10, 2024

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January 09, 2024

Say Hello to the New Shadow Daddy in Town

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January 07, 2024

This One's For the Swifties

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January 04, 2024

Follow the Thread

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January 04, 2024

And Ten Thousand More...

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January 02, 2024

The Hype was Worth the Pain

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January 02, 2024

Are We Enemies?

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January 02, 2024

Elves Like Cookies Too

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December 25, 2023

Find Your People (and a Good Therapist)

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December 24, 2023

What My Heart Endures

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December 24, 2023

You're Cancelled, Babe

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December 23, 2023

The Love Between Grief & Loss

Sensory Time Warp Syndrome: a rare condition in which one of the five senses triggers the individual to time travel to a specific moment in...

December 18, 2023

Revisiting the Early Aughts

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December 18, 2023

A New Take on an Old Classic

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December 17, 2023

Girlboss the Patriarchy

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December 17, 2023

Rewind to Revenge

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December 12, 2023

The Legacy of Loveboat

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December 10, 2023

Last Will and Treasure Hunt

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December 07, 2023

Be Careful What You Wish For

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November 30, 2023

Don't Look in the Mirror

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November 30, 2023

A Second Chance at First Love

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November 15, 2023

Feels Like a Cult

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November 09, 2023

A Queer Icon

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November 05, 2023

A Hunter, His Witch, and Her Cousin

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November 05, 2023

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November 04, 2023

An Unexpected Love Story

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October 15, 2023

McDreamy's Got Nothing On Noah

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October 15, 2023

A Very Hallmark Snow Storm

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October 14, 2023

Of Gold and Blood

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October 12, 2023

A Breathtaking Shift in Brain Chemistry

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October 12, 2023

Spooky Season in Full Swing

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October 12, 2023

The Transformative Power of Passion

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October 12, 2023

Trauma Never Felt So Cathartic

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October 12, 2023

A Predictable Trade

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October 10, 2023

It's Okay to Be Messy

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October 03, 2023

And They Lived Happily Ever After

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October 03, 2023

If I Have to Be Attacked

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October 02, 2023

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October 01, 2023

The End of an Era

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October 01, 2023

Sapphics Keep Slaying

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Make a Wish, From the Heart

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September 11, 2023

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September 10, 2023

Sisters Before Misters

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September 10, 2023

Cozy Vibes and Grumbling Tummies

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September 10, 2023

Burn the World Down

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Intro to Spooky Season

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September 05, 2023

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September 04, 2023

Slow Burn Never Felt So Good

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September 02, 2023

This Just In!

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August 31, 2023

All the Sapphic Yearning

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August 31, 2023

Dark Academia and Magical Debutantes

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August 29, 2023

A Trip Down (Fangirl) Memory Lane

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August 29, 2023

Secrets, A Plague, and Way Too Much Relatability

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August 27, 2023

Into Every Generation...

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August 23, 2023

Imposter Syndrome in Full Force

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August 16, 2023

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August 14, 2023

Release Your Rage

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August 13, 2023

Second Chances and the Correct Marvel Opinions

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August 12, 2023

Flirty, Thirty, and Thriving (with a Twist)

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August 12, 2023

Assistant Wanted (Cliffhangers Need Not Apply)

Evie Sage is the sole provider for her ailing father and her younger sister so when a chance encounter with The Villain, the scourge of Ren...

August 06, 2023

Olivie Blake Supremacy

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August 04, 2023

A Healthy Dose of Fear and Catholic Guilt

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August 04, 2023

Love > Fear

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August 03, 2023

Much Ado About Naan (& Love)

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August 02, 2023

Whispers At Midnight

Remember when I went to YALLWest and got a ridiculous number of ARCs to bring home? Well, one of those was kind of on accident, but I freak...

August 01, 2023

Find Your Truth and Live in the One and Only Now

Do you ever see a book and immediately want to read it even though you know nothing about it? That was exactly me when I saw RANA JOON AND ...

July 31, 2023

Spice, Laughs, & A Whole Lot of Donuts

From the moment that my besties over at Forever started talking about FORGET ME NOT by Julie Soto, I knew that I would need to read it. Luc...

July 30, 2023

Very Nearly a DNF

After absolutely falling in love with Sarah Ainslee and her debut novel, I decided to sign up for the ARC team of her publisher, Bow’...

July 25, 2023

Thrills & (Montana) Chills

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July 25, 2023

Sometimes, You Need To Change The Rules

Next up on the YALLWest ARC list is one that I have wanted to read since the moment it came on my radar - THEIR VICIOUS GAMES by Joelle Wel...

July 21, 2023

Remember Your Song

It’s time for another YALLWest ARC! This time, it is P. Djèlí Clark’s middle grade fantasy adventure ABENI’...

July 19, 2023

A King Is Born

I know it may not seem like it considering all the romance that I read, but I’m actually a big fan of thrillers as well. So when the ...

July 17, 2023

When Life and Death Collide

Remember back in September when I read Jeanette Rose & Alexis Rune’s Hades and Persephone retelling THE MAIDEN & THE UNSEEN ?...

July 14, 2023

A Beach Read From the Comfort of Home

It’s July which means we are right in the middle of Beach Read Season™️ and I scored an ARC and an ALC of THE SUMMER GIRL by El...

July 14, 2023

First Love & Finding Your Community

We spend a lot of time on the podcast talking about the importance of representation in the media. So I’m sure absolutely no one is s...

July 13, 2023

A Dying Sun, Found Family & An Ending I'm Still Processing

Listen, if the synopsis reads “ Firefly meets The Breakfast Club ,” I really don’t even need to read anything else to kno...

July 12, 2023

Grief and Anger Can Go Hand in Hand

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July 07, 2023

I Guess Historical Fiction Isn't My Jam

Mummy Darlings by Emily Hourican follows the three Guinness girls (Aileen, Maureen, and Oonagh) at the dawn of the 1930s. Each sister is no...

July 05, 2023

Get In Witches, We're Going to Boarding School

Okay, I am a long time removed from being in the ideal age group for a middle grade read, but my daughter is right at the lower end of that...

July 03, 2023

David vs. Goliath, But With Mani-Pedis

Sometimes, I will open NetGalley just for fun to see if there’s anything new that looks interesting. When my eyes fell upon Sunshine ...

June 29, 2023

Red Pins & Tater Phones

Long time listeners will remember when I received my first ever physical ARC from my favorite local indie bookstore, Linden Tree Books . Si...

June 28, 2023

Tandem Bike Rides, Secret Parks & Exaggerated Shakespeare Acting

During the month of May, Fierce Reads ran an AAPI Heritage Month giveaway and I obviously had to enter. I never expect to win giveaways, bu...

June 27, 2023

What Fine Daylight We Have Today

Even if you are just a casual listener of the podcast, you would know that I am the biggest Chloe Gong fangirl there is (the proof is in th...

June 25, 2023

Small Town Murder à la Mode

I don’t usually go seeking out cozy mysteries, but when I find one up next on my ARC reading list, it’s a pleasant break. It&rs...

June 23, 2023

OMG Becky

The moment I saw the cover for Pamela N. Harris’ newest novel This Town Is on Fire , I had to have it. The cover is fierce, the title...

June 21, 2023

From Winston-Salem to Winning Championships

Generally speaking, when people think of bookish people, they probably don’t think of them as sports fans as well. Well, I am happy t...

June 21, 2023

Blaze the Trail

Anna May Wong. Chances are, even if you don’t know who she is, you’ve heard the name before. And for good reason. When The Brig...

June 18, 2023

Cliffhangers are the Worst, Burr

I don’t know that I believe in fate or destiny or anything like that, but I do believe that things happen for a reason. Like when a b...

June 18, 2023

An Unhinged Girls' Trip

If you’ve followed the podcast, then you know that I am a huge Stephanie Hsu fangirl. When I heard she was going to be in a new movie...

June 16, 2023

Murder, But Make It Puzzling

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June 15, 2023

Fly Me Away to the French Riviera

Sometimes, I daydream about getting on a plane and flying away from all the craziness that is my regular, everyday life. So when I read the...

June 12, 2023

The Tea is Scorching

Who among us hasn’t gotten drawn into the drama that is reality TV? Avid listeners of the podcast know that we had been discussing Sc...

June 10, 2023

Can You Change Your Fate?

When I attended YALLWest in April, I also attended the Friday preview night, which was just a bunch of early signings for select authors. W...

June 10, 2023

Do You Want To Dinner Date Me?

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June 06, 2023

Embrace Who You Are

A little while back, I attended the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books. I was only expecting to get some books signed, meet podcast bestie...

June 06, 2023

Blown Trades & Bad Wine

I know Goodreads giveaways are supposed to be random, but I started to question that reality when I received an email saying that I had won...

June 05, 2023

Biography of a Bar

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June 03, 2023

The Multiverse Exists and It's Beautiful

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June 03, 2023

Find Your Home (And Maybe Yourself)

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June 02, 2023

It Gets Better (But It Might Start Ugly)

If you’ve been following the podcast, then you know I had a blast attending YALLWest in late April - and that I came home with quite ...

May 29, 2023

Piracy, Parenting, and Power

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May 26, 2023

Fake Dating & Real Comfort Food

Good food, queer love, and some classic romance tropes - all things that make me immediately swoon over a book. So is it any surprise that ...

May 25, 2023

Scared Into a Regular Sleep Schedule

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May 23, 2023

Postpartum Care & Murder in Suburbia

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May 22, 2023

Find Your Pack

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May 21, 2023

The Healing Power of the Bedroom Arts

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May 21, 2023

(Don't) Do It For the 'Gram

When talking about representation in books, I never imagined I meant more than Asian American and/or queer. Well, Kristyn J. Miller’s...

May 20, 2023

A Not-So-Indecent Proposal

One of the fun perks of being a podcaster who also lives on Bookstagram is that sometimes you make friends with authors who will send you a...

May 17, 2023

For the Love of (Chinese) Food

Anyone who knows me knows that Crazy Rich Asians is one of my comfort movies. So it should come as absolutely no surprise that a book pitch...

May 17, 2023

Music, Second Chances, and Filipino Food

Listen, when someone says a book gives off queer Asian Glee vibes, I need to be there. Immediately. Every part of that description is a par...

May 10, 2023

Teenage Drama With a Side of Murder

Do you ever find yourself scrolling Instagram, minding your own business, when all of a sudden you see a post for a book you’ve never...

May 06, 2023

Second Chances in the Serengeti

When I heard the description of Farah Heron’s Jana Goes Wild , I knew I had to have it. And I am so glad I was proved right. Jana S...

May 05, 2023

Comic References Galore

I am a strong proponent of reading whatever you want regardless of the grade level. So when a young adult author breaks into the middle gra...

May 05, 2023

From Slack to Act

When I found out that there was going to be a companion book to Firekeeper’s Daughter by Angeline Boulley, I almost literally jumped ...

May 01, 2023

Uncomfortable History of American Racism

There is little in this world that could get me to DNF a book. That being said, I came close to doing that with Dennis Lehane’s lates...

May 01, 2023

Small Towns and Cozy (Murder) Mysteries

Sometimes, I get sent books to read that otherwise would not have been on my radar. That is the case with Mindy Quigley’s Ashes to As...

April 26, 2023

Hide and Seek with the CIA

Have you ever wondered how much information about you just exists out in the world? How easy that information would be for anyone to access...

April 21, 2023

Pirates, Witches, Spies, Oh My!

When Berkley sends me a new ARC to read, I know I’m about to have a good time. This time was triple the fun because I received book t...

April 17, 2023

Hold My Broken Pieces

I recently read a book that said “mental health is a luxury” and it really hit home. It is a luxury to think about your mental ...

April 16, 2023

Not Your Average Damsel in Distress

There are many book-to-film adaptations, but we see film-to-book adaptations less often. Damsel by Evelyn Skye is one such book, though it ...

April 15, 2023

Midsommar, But Make It More Chill

I tend to read mostly fantasy and romance, but every now and then, something else will catch my eye. That’s exactly what happened wit...

April 10, 2023

The Truth Will Set You Free

Mythology and folktales have always fascinated me, so when I stumbled upon Wings Once Cursed and Bound by Piper J. Drake and found that it ...

April 10, 2023

Scandal, Revenge, and Second Chances

Betrayal, a second chance at love, and a revenge plot? Sign me up! When Mandy talked about the plot of Queen Bee by Amalie Howard, I was re...

April 06, 2023

Manifestor or Magic Wielder?

My eight year old is getting to the point where she is right on the verge of being ready for middle grade books, which means that she is wa...

April 02, 2023

Love Conquers All

If you’ve been following along with the podcast, you will remember that Mandy was supposed to get an ARC mailed to her after YALLFest...

March 31, 2023

Secret Admirer, But Make It Your Crush

I can’t be the only person who is constantly entering Goodreads giveaways, right? I never expect to win, but it’s nice to dream...

March 31, 2023

Hex & Hex Again

Picture it: I’m sitting around, minding my own business. Open up my email app on my phone and there’s a new email…from B...

March 27, 2023

Just Another Time Loop Monday

One thing about me is that I will always jump at the chance to read a new Robbie Couch book. So it should come at no surprise that I fell h...

March 20, 2023

I 💙 New York

Who among us hasn't daydreamed about meeting our favorite celebrity, falling in love, and living happily ever after? That's not  exact...

March 19, 2023

Nostalgia + Anxiety Brain = Existential Crisis (But In a Good Way!)

How would you feel if the big promotion you’ve been working toward your entire career thus far would be decided by…whether you...

March 16, 2023

Everything Means Something

“Be the change.” People say it all the time. But what does it really mean? That’s what teens Jax, Yas, Han, and Spider - ...

March 13, 2023

Sass, Spice, and Sex Positivity

One thing about me is that I will never shy away from a good romance novel. And an especially steamy romance novel? Complete swoon. That's ...

March 12, 2023

Big City Girl Falls for Small Town Romance

Whenever I have the opportunity to read books from Asian authors, I jump at the chance. This time, it happened to be a small town romance t...

March 07, 2023

Broken Families & Barroom Brawls

There is an awful epidemic in this country of missing brown and Black girls. We don’t always hear about it, but we know it’s ha...

February 26, 2023

A Tale of an Overdue Review

What would you say to a book with The Princess Diaries vibes, but with two gay princes? I know, I was also immediately in. Please Note : ...

February 25, 2023

A Reviewer's Guide to Reading More Cozy Fantasy

I don’t know about you, but when Berkley calls (or, rather, emails), I come running. And when they come calling with an ARC of a book...

February 14, 2023

A Cozy Fantasy Painted In Rainbow

When your bestie and one of your favorite authors sing the praises of a book loudly, you have to listen. That’s exactly why I had to ...

February 12, 2023

A Love Story Told In Two Parts

Early last year, I picked up Anatomy: A Love Story by Dana Schwartz because, to be completely honest, the cover was beyond stunning. Though...

January 31, 2023

A Historian And A Paleontologist Walk Into A Bar...

Have you ever wondered what would happen when you force together a grumpy historian and an optimistic paleontologist? Yeah, me either, but ...

January 30, 2023

Film, ASMR, And Some Gay Joy

Is there anything more comforting than a romcom with a happily ever after? I think not. And there is something even more comforting when it...

January 21, 2023

An Intriguing Foray Into Nonfiction

Sometimes, I like to venture out of my comfort zone. In this case, that translated to an ARC of Courtiers: Intrigue, Ambition, and the Powe...

January 15, 2023

From Resolutions to Results

It has been a long time since I have felt personally attacked by a book, but that is exactly what happened with The Year of Cecily by Lisa ...

January 02, 2023

Domestic Bliss, But With Former Gangsters

I can't imagine a better way to end 2022 and ring in 2023 than reading a Chloe Gong book, which is exactly why I started reading my ARC of&...

December 20, 2022

Modern Traditions

Chances are that you know what your astrological sign is, but did you know there is also a Chinese zodiac? It is based upon the year and ho...

December 10, 2022

A Cozy Witchy Wintertime

I have arisen from my frantic book-a-day holiday reading challenge to bring you a long overdue review! Earlier this year, I picked up ...

November 22, 2022

Gorgeous Cover, Breathtaking Story

If you don’t know by now, let me tell you - I am an absolute SUCKER for a pretty cover. Go look up the cover for Amélie Wen Zh...

November 21, 2022

Make It Work

This is going to come as a shock to you, but I attended a virtual launch event for Foul Lady Fortune by Chloe Gong (where she was in conver...

November 18, 2022

Work Hard, Mischief Harder

In case you somehow didn’t hear about it, I went to a Chloe Gong book signing last month. At that event, Chloe was in conversation wi...

November 18, 2022

Don't Be Those People

The People We Hate at the Wedding is a new comedy from Amazon based on the 2016 novel of the same name by Grant Ginder. The story revolves ...

November 12, 2022

Whisk Me Away to a Magical Island

I'm a sucker for a pretty cover and when I saw the cover for  Lumara by Melissa Landers, I hit that request button so fast that I gave...

November 10, 2022

Haunted by Ghosts and Vague Paranormal Rules

I’ve been giving a lot of attention to NetGalley (for good reason!) of late, but I have also receive ARCs from Book Sirens. My latest...

November 09, 2022

A Darling Thrill

If you weren't already aware, I have a massive crush on both Florence Pugh and Gemma Chan (among several other celebrities, obviously). So ...

November 08, 2022

Geeks and Nerds, Unite!

In case the name of the podcast didn't tip you off, I am kind of a nerd. When the opportunity came up to read an ARC of  The Wrong Kin...

November 08, 2022

No Sleep November: A Journey of 800 Pages in 34 Hours

I know we've primarily been writing about ARCs we've received and read, but I just read  The Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Sha...

November 02, 2022

Happy Birth Month To Me

It's the first day of November which means that it is officially time to celebrate ME, not Christmas (despite what Mandy will tell you). It...

November 01, 2022

Cue Dramatic Zither Music

I had seen the cover of  Strike the Zither by Joan He for so long that I didn't realize it hadn't actually been released yet when I st...

October 22, 2022

The Blog Post for Good and Evil

It's been awhile since I've been able to talk about a movie. Advanced screenings in my area are usually in San Francisco (aka 45-60 minutes...

October 15, 2022

Mistakes Were Made

Have you ever had a one night stand? Did you regret it in the morning or did you continue on your normal day? In  Mistakes Were Made b...

October 10, 2022

Picture This

The Picture Bride is a novel written by Lee Geum-yi and originally published in March 2020 in Korean. It has been translated into English b...

September 18, 2022

You Can't Fight Fate

If there is one thing in this world that we can all agree on, it's that we love a good Hades and Persephone retelling, amirite? With that i...

September 05, 2022

Home is Where the Books Are

How about a lightning fast (or maybe so not fast), three for one book review? Because that's what this blog post is gonna be. Pro tip: if y...

August 28, 2022

Expect The Unexpected

One day awhile back, I was walking through the books section at Target and spotted a book called  Dial A For Aunties . There was no wo...

August 27, 2022

Don't Forget Self-Care

At the beginning of this week, I was expecting to regale you all about my experience attending an advanced screening and Q&A for  ...

August 15, 2022

Who's Your Bias?

Have you hopped onboard the K-pop and K-drama train? I'll be honest, I haven't. Not for lack of interest - I just have so much other stuff ...

August 13, 2022

Rerouting...

What would you do if your ex-boyfriend wrote a movie about your breakup? That is what Callie Dressler has to figure out in Andrea J. Stein'...

August 10, 2022

Strangers, Friends, Lovers - OH MY!

I had the pleasure of receiving an ARC for indie author Erin Thomson's sophomore novel  Five Dates Between Friends . Before I received...

August 04, 2022

My Heart Will (Probably) Go On

When I found an email in my inbox from NetGalley, my breath caught in my throat. As soon as I opened it, I had to suppress a scream while m...

July 25, 2022

I'm Fine (The New Fine)

Let's talk about Jessica George's debut novel  Maame . I received a digital ARC to read and review via NetGalley and I am so incredibl...

July 15, 2022

Don't Make Me Go... Through Unnecessary Twists

Oh look, a review that isn't for a book! I received a pass to attend a virtual screening of  Don't Make Me Go a day ahead of the offic...

June 15, 2022

Just Keep Dreaming

We Were Dreamers: An Immigrant Superhero Origin Story by Simu Liu was released into the world on May 17, which also happens to be the day t...

May 03, 2022

Nothing Foul About It

I am still shaking with excitement over the fact that I was able to read an advance reader's copy (ARC) of Chloe Gong's upcoming new novel,...