IMWAYR and Reviews

IMWAYR and Reviews

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? #IMWAYR is a weekly blog hop co-hosted by Unleashing Readers and Teach Mentor Texts which focuses on sharing books marketed for children and young adults. It offers opportunities to share and recommend books with each other. Make sure to visit these blogs (and those linked in their posts) to find new books and new friends.

(The original IMWAYR, with an adult literature focus, was started by Sheila at Book Journeys and is now hosted by Kathryn at The Book Date.)

Below is a list of the books I read this past week and my thoughts as well as my YouTube video. Comment below if you’ve read some of these or want to know more. Thanks for stopping by!

Books I Read

Middle Grade

Paper HeartPaper Heart by Cat Patrick
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I loved Tornado Brain even though it absolutely ripped my heart out and when I heard there was a companion novel, I knew I had to read it. I really love how Cat Patrick was able to tell two stories of grief from two very different sisters’ points of views. This book will break your heart, but will also warm and heal it right back up. Thank you to G. P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers for sharing a copy with me through NetGalley. I highly recommend.

View all my reviews Pauli Murray: The Life of a Pioneering Feminist and Civil Rights ActivistPauli Murray: The Life of a Pioneering Feminist and Civil Rights Activist by Terry Catasús Jennings
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Thank you Yellow Jacket and Terry Catasús Jennings for sharing a copy of this book with me to review. I think my favorite type of novel in verse is biography/memoir and so when I found out this was a biography novel in verse, I moved it right on up my tbr pile and I am so excited I did! It was absolutely wonderful and a great glimpse into the life of Pauli Murray. More of these stories need to be told-of the unknown or lesser known heroes who fought for equal rights. I definitely recommend.

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Coming in March 2023

Mirror to MirrorMirror to Mirror by Rajani LaRocca
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Rajani LaRocca never disappoints. Her words are absolutely beautiful, whether written in poetry or prose. This novel is written in verse and I love the duality with the twin sisters’ points of view. It was not difficult to keep each twin separate and I enjoyed watching each grow so much, along with their family. It was a great story of sisterhood, family, and finding yourself. Also, with the rise of anxiety in youth, this is an important story about sharing what is going on and opening yourself up to help.

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Young Adult

The Agathas (The Agathas, #1)The Agathas by Kathleen Glasgow
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

A perfect mystery full of twists! The dual perspective definitely kept the mystery going and I look forward to reading more from Kathleen and Liz!

View all my reviews Monsters Born and MadeMonsters Born and Made by Tanvi Berwah
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Definitely a Hunger Games/Gladiator vibe here. I really enjoyed the mystical creatures, the characters, and the land that Tanvi created. I really hope there will be more books in this world! Thank you Sourcebooks for sharing a copy. I did listen to the audiobook and also recommend!

View all my reviews The SacrificeThe Sacrifice by Rin Chupeco
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Delightfully spooky and what I was looking for! I loved the twists too and that the pov was a local. Thank you Sourcebooks Fire.

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Option Pile


Currently I am doing the Bit About Books Fall Reading Challenge…and not doing so well. But, I still have time!

Fall 2022 reading challenge by Alexis Ennis

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