Six for Sunday – Favourite LGBT Books

This meme is hosted by Steph at A little but a lot. The weekly prompts for 2019 can be found here.

This week’s prompt is Favourite LGBT Books:

1. Simon Vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli

2. The Summer of Jordi Perez by Amy Spalding

3. The Brightsiders by Jen Wilde

4. The Unbinding of Mary Reade by Miriam McNamara

5. They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera

6. The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee

Did you write a #SixforSunday post? What was your list of Favourite LGBT Books?

Review: Pride

Title: Pride
Author: Ibi Zoboi
Genre: Young Adult
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Source: Owlcrate
Format: Hardcover
Release Date: September 18, 2018
Rating: ★★★★★

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Goodreads Synopsis:

Pride and Prejudice gets remixed in this smart, funny, gorgeous retelling of the classic, starring all characters of color, from Ibi Zoboi, National Book Award finalist and author of American Street.

Zuri Benitez has pride. Brooklyn pride, family pride, and pride in her Afro-Latino roots. But pride might not be enough to save her rapidly gentrifying neighborhood from becoming unrecognizable.

When the wealthy Darcy family moves in across the street, Zuri wants nothing to do with their two teenage sons, even as her older sister, Janae, starts to fall for the charming Ainsley. She especially can’t stand the judgmental and arrogant Darius. Yet as Zuri and Darius are forced to find common ground, their initial dislike shifts into an unexpected understanding.

But with four wild sisters pulling her in different directions, cute boy Warren vying for her attention, and college applications hovering on the horizon, Zuri fights to find her place in Bushwick’s changing landscape, or lose it all.

In a timely update of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, critically acclaimed author Ibi Zoboi skillfully balances cultural identity, class, and gentrification against the heady magic of first love in her vibrant reimagining of this beloved classic.

Review:

I loved this modern adaptation of Pride and Prejudice.

It’s amazing the way that the story can be told in a contemporary setting. The world of this story, which is Brooklyn in 2018, is completely different from the 1800s in England when Jane Austen originally wrote the book. The story still makes sense in this setting.

This story doesn’t have to be read as an adaptation. It could be its own story, even without the references to Pride and Prejudice. You don’t have to have read Pride and Prejudice to understand it.

I loved the way the characters were turned into modern Brooklyn characters. The Benitez sisters are Haitian-Dominican girls, named Janae, Zuri, Marisol, Kayla and Layla. Darius is the Darcy character and he has a brother Ainsley (based on Bingley) and a sister Georgia. I loved these updated names.

This is an amazing adaptation!

What to read next:

American Street by Ibi Zoboi

Ayesha at Last by Uzma Jalaluddin

Have you read Pride? What did you think of it?

Stacking the Shelves – February 2

This is a weekly meme hosted by Tynga’s Reviews and Reading Reality. Stacking The Shelves is all about sharing the books you are adding to your shelves, may it be physical or virtual. This means you can include books you buy in physical store or online, books you borrow from friends or the library, review books, gifts and of course ebooks!

I received my preorder from Indigo:

King of Scars (Nikolai Duology #1) by Leigh Bardugo

I was approved for a book from Simon and Schuster Canada on NetGalley:

The Revenge of Magic by James Riley

Thank you Simon and Schuster Canada for this book!

What books did you get this week?

Review: Come Find Me

Title: Come Find Me
Author: Megan Miranda
Genre: Young Adult, Thriller
Publisher: Crown Books for Young Readers
Source: Publisher
Format: Paperback
Release Date: January 29, 2019
Rating: ★★★★★

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Goodreads Synopsis:

From the New York Times bestselling author of All the Missing Girls and The Perfect Stranger comes a captivating thriller about two teens who connect when each discovers a mysterious radio frequency, which suggests their family tragedies are mysteriously connected. 

After surviving an infamous family tragedy, sixteen-year-old Kennedy Jones has made it her mission to keep her brother’s search through the cosmos alive. But then something disturbs the frequency on his radio telescope–a pattern registering where no signal should transmit.

In a neighboring county, seventeen-year-old Nolan Chandler is determined to find out what really happened to his brother, who disappeared the day after Nolan had an eerie premonition. There hasn’t been a single lead for two years, until Nolan picks up an odd signal–a pattern coming from his brother’s bedroom.

Drawn together by these strange signals–and their family tragedies–Kennedy and Nolan search for the origin of the mysterious frequency. But the more they uncover, the more they believe that everything’s connected–even their pasts–as it appears the signal is meant for them alone, sharing a message that only they can understand. Is something coming for them? Or is the frequency warning them about something that’s already here?

Review:

I started reading this book before bed one night, which I shouldn’t have done. I couldn’t put it down! I ended up finishing this book in just one day.

I loved that there was a supernatural element to the story. Though it is a realistic thriller, there is the suggestion that something extraterrestrial or supernatural is happening there. Both Kennedy and Nolan receive strange signals from their devices, which makes them think there is something happening near them. The signals end up leading them to each other, so they can investigate their family problems together.

There was a lot left unsaid at the beginning of the story which made me want to keep reading. The details of the homicides in Kennedy’s family aren’t actually explained until halfway through the book, and it was completely unexpected! Nolan’s brother’s disappearance is also investigated further towards the end of the book. Since the details of their lives are not described at the beginning, it made me want to keep reading to find out what happened.

I loved this book and I highly recommend it if you like teen thrillers!

What to read next:

The Safest Lies by Megan Miranda

Two Can Keep a Secret by Karen M. McManus

Have you read Come Find Me? What did you think of it?

First Lines Friday – February 1

This is a weekly meme hosted by Wandering Words, where you give the first few lines of a book to hook your readers before introducing the book.

Here are my first lines:

“We got the letter in the post, my mother was ecstatic. She had already decided that all our problems were solved, gone forever. The big hitch in her brilliant plan was me. I didn’t think I was a particularly disobedient daughter, but this was where I drew the line.”

Do you recognize these first lines?

And the book is… The Selection (The Selection #1) by Kiera Cass.

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Goodreads synopsis:

For thirty-five girls, the Selection is the chance of a lifetime. The opportunity to escape the life laid out for them since birth. To be swept up in a world of glittering gowns and priceless jewels. To live in a palace and compete for the heart of gorgeous Prince Maxon.

But for America Singer, being Selected is a nightmare. It means turning her back on her secret love with Aspen, who is a caste below her. Leaving her home to enter a fierce competition for a crown she doesn’t want. Living in a palace that is constantly threatened by violent rebel attacks.

Then America meets Prince Maxon. Gradually, she starts to question all the plans she’s made for herself—and realizes that the life she’s always dreamed of may not compare to a future she never imagined.

Have you read The Selection? What did you think of it?