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Raybearer, by Jordan Ifueko

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adventurous emotional hopeful tense fast-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

5.0

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All of Us with Wings, by Michelle Ruiz Keil

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Did not finish book. Stopped at 53%.
So I know fiction books aren't manuals on how to behave or how people should act and think. But this book did not sit well with me at all. There is an author's note at the very beginning at the book, where the author tells us what type of content will be appearing in this book and why this story is important to her and why she wrote it the way she did. But understanding/knowing that doesn't make this book any better in my opinion.

I had many issues with this book. The biggest one I had was the adult man (28) pursuing and being in a relationship with Xochi a seventeen year old girl. Now that wasn't the only problem with this scenario. Every other adult in this book is either okay with this book (and even encourages it) or isn't okay with not because Xochi is seventeen but because this relationship will negatively impact the twenty-eight year old man because of the heartbreak Xochi will bring him.

Also these very same adults are giving Xochi hard drugs, and encouraging damaging and dangerous relationships.

In Xochi's past, she was raped repeatedly by an authority figure ( her mother's ex-boyfriend) and Xochi is trying to handle that trauma, while being surrounded by these adult who don't care about her well-being because she is so "mature for her age". 

Xochi also has understandable negative feelings about her mother. But these negative feelings lead her to blame her mother for the abuser she (her mother) went through at the hands of the same man who would later abuse Xochi. And I understand that Xochi is a traumatised child and her thoughts can't be looked at as gospel but paired with everything else in this book, I really couldn't stand it.

There was also a magical realism aspect in this book that I really enjoyed. 
 

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Much Ado About You, by Samantha Young

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lighthearted medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? N/A
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? No
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? N/A

4.0

How to Fail at Flirting, by Denise Williams

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emotional funny lighthearted fast-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

5.0

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Almost Flying, by Jake Maia Arlow

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emotional funny lighthearted fast-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? No

5.0

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Follow Me Darkly, by Helen Hardt

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Did not finish book. Stopped at 37%.
Honest to god, I was reading this book for the smut. But the plot and the characters were so annoying. The smut wasn't even good enough to make up for it
The Unbroken, by C. L. Clark

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adventurous dark emotional tense fast-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? N/A
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

3.0

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The Perfect World of Miwako Sumida, by Clarissa Goenawan

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emotional reflective slow-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? It's complicated
  • Loveable characters? No
  • Diverse cast of characters? No
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? It's complicated

3.0

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Master of One, by Dani Bennett, Jaida Jones

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adventurous funny fast-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? N/A
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? It's complicated

4.5

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Boneset & Feathers, by Gwendolyn Kiste

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dark tense fast-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? No
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? It's complicated

5.0

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