Graphic Novel & Comic Recommendations Featuring Women Of Color

This past weekend it was D23 (an expo to showcase/celebrate Disney properties + announce upcoming Disney projects)! One of those projects that had many (including myself) incredibly excited was that there is now a live-action series for Ms. Marvel in the works for Disney+.

To celebrate that announcement, I’m sharing a list of comics and graphic novels featuring women of color! A lot of these series are ones that have really stuck with me with their immersive stories, wonderful artwork and above all, feature inspiring female leads!

831. Ms. Marvel Vol. 1: No Normal by G. Willow Wilson & Adrian Alphona (artist)

Publisher: Marvel

Release Date: October 28, 2014

Summary: Kamala Khan is an ordinary girl from Jersey City — until she’s suddenly empowered with extraordinary gifts. But who truly is the new Ms. Marvel? Teenager? Muslim? Inhuman? Find out as she takes the Marvel Universe by storm! When Kamala discovers the dangers of her newfound powers, she unlocks a secret behind them, as well. Is Kamala ready to wield these immense new gifts? Or will the weight of the legacy before her be too much to bear? Kamala has no idea, either. But she’s comin’ for you, Jersey! 

I remember when I first getting back into graphic novels, this was a series I picked up in my early days as a book blogger (2015) and fell in love with it! Not only was it the first female-led superhero series I’d ever read, but also I loved that it had a diverse lead (Muslim & Pakistani-American). Also, after looking at my Goodreads, I really need to catch up on this series! I can’t wait to see how the Disney+ series turns out, looking forward to seeing Kamala on screen! ⚡❤

Sera And The Royal Stars Issue 12. Sera And The Royal Stars by Jon Tsuei, Audrey Mok (artist), Raúl Angulo (colorist),  Jim Campbell (letterer), & Tim Daniel (design)

Publisher: Vault Comics

Release Date: July 17, 2019 (issue #1) & Jan. 2020 Vol. 1

Full Review: Sera And The Royal Stars Issue #1

Summary: Civil war rages in the Empire of Parsa, and famine has struck. As the seasons refuse to turn, Princess Sera receives a vision from the deity Mitra telling her to find the Royal Stars and restore them to the heavens. Despite her kingdom and her troops’ need of her command, Sera embarks on a quest to find the fallen stars-now trapped on earth-and save her people from dearth and death.

Its been such a long time since I’ve found myself reading comic/graphic novel series and keeping up with them regularly, that is until, I discovered Sera And The Royal Stars! The first issue introduces colorful and detailed artwork, the world of Parsa is expansive, and I can’t wait to see where Princess Sera’s epic journey takes her next as she embarks on a quest at the height of her country’s civil war! This is a fantastic series and I highly recommend picking it up if you love fantasy tales with ancient prophecies, epic journeys, immersive world-building, and more! 💖💫

goldie-vance-vol-13. Goldie Vance Vol. 1 by Hope Larson (writer) & Brittney Williams (artist)

Publisher: BOOM! Box

Release Date: October 11, 2016

Full Review: Goldie Vance Volume 1

Summary: GOLDIE VANCE IS ON THE CASE

Sixteen-year-old Marigold “Goldie” Vance has an insatiable curiosity. She lives at a Florida resort with her dad, who manages the place, and it’s her dream to one day be the hotel’s in-house detective. When Walter, the current detective, encounters a case he can’t crack, together they utilize her smarts, skills, and connections to solve the mystery…even if it means getting into a drag race, solving puzzles, or chasing a helicopter to do it!

If your looking for a fun, 1960’s-set graphic novel filled with mystery and featuring a diverse cast (biracial, queer, & Black rep!) pick this series up! I’ve only read volume 1, but I really want to get back into this series again because I love mystery stories! 🔍🌟

M.F.K. by Nilah Magruder4. M.F.K.: Book One by Nilah Magruder (author & artist)

Publisher: Insight Comics

Release Date: September 26, 2017

Full Review: M.K.F.: Book One

Summary: A fantastic adventure following the story of Abbie, a deaf girl with a mysterious power, who is traveling across a vast desert to scatter her mother’s ashes.

In a world of sleeping gods, a broken government, and a fragile peace held in the hands of the corrupt, one youth must find the strength to stand up against evil and save humanity.

This story is not about that youth.

It’s about Abbie, who just wants to get to the mountain range called the Potter’s Spine and scatter her mother’s ashes. But the way is filled with sandstorms, wild beasts, and rogues that wield inhuman powers and prey on poor desert dwellers. When one of these rogues threatens the town where Abbie takes refuge, she must choose between running, or unleashing her own hidden power to meet danger head-on.

Journeys are hard on the social recluses of the world.

This is one of those graphic novels that in my opinion, is highly underrated! It has a lot of diverse representation within its main cast (featuring brown-skinned characters and Abbie, the MC, is deaf). I fell in love with this incredibly unique and moving story about Abbie who’s trekking across the desert alongside her giant pet bird, to spread her mother’s ashes! The artwork is beautifully illustrated and introduces so many different elements from some sci-fi/fantasy and is incredibly character-driven as she finds refuge in a small town and makes new friends! I remember reading MFK: Book One back in 2017 and was so excited to pick up the next volume, I haven’t heard much about a continuation recently but I do hope to one day see another installment of this wonderful series! 💖🏜

The Avant-Guards Vol. 1 by Carly Usdin

5.The Avant Guards Vol. 1 by Carly Usdin (writer), Noah Hayes (artist), Rebecca Nalty (Colorist), & Ed Dukeshrire (Letterer)

Publisher: BOOM! Box

Release Date: September 3, 2019

Summary: When Charlie transfers to the Georgia O’Keeffe College of Arts and Subtle Dramatics, she struggles to find her feet, but winds up exactly where she belongs…in the school’s (terrible) basketball team.

As a transfer student to the Georgia O’Keeffe College for Arts and Subtle Dramatics, former sports star Charlie is struggling to find her classes, her dorm, and her place amongst a student body full of artists who seem to know exactly where they’re going. When the school’s barely-a-basketball-team unexpectedly attempts to recruit her, Charlie’s adamant that she’s left that life behind…until she’s won over by the charming team captain, Liv, and the ragtag crew she’s managed to assemble. And while Charlie may have left cut-throat competition in in the dust, sinking these hoops may be exactly what she needs to see the person she truly wants to be.

I’ve heard so many wonderful things about this upcoming series and I’m counting down the days until its release! I’ve also been wanting to get into more sports-related stories and this one looks fantastic- not only does it feature a diverse cast, but its also about a women’s basketball team, and has a lot of queer representation! The Avant-Guards looks incredible and I’m hyped to read it when its finally out on shelves! 🏀🎉

And that’s my list of comic and graphic novel recommendations featuring women of color! I highly recommend checking out all of these wonderful female-led series and adding them to your TBR if you haven’t already! 📚❤

Are any of these on your list? Do you have any other recommendations you think I should check out? 📚✨🎉

September 2015 Wrap Up

# of Books Read: 8

911. Queen Song by Victoria Aveyard (RQ 0.5)

Publisher: HarperTeen– Released September 1, 2015

Pages: 55 (100 for Glass Sword Preview)

My Rating: Full StarFull StarFull StarFull StarFull Star

Summary: Queen Coriane, first wife of King Tiberias, keeps a secret diary—how else can she ensure that no one at the palace will use her thoughts against her? Coriane recounts her heady courtship with the crown prince, the birth of a new prince, Cal, and the potentially deadly challenges that lay ahead for her in royal life.

***SPOILERS AHEAD***

My Thoughts: I love short stories/novellas and Queen Song was no exception. It was great to understand Queen Coriane more b/c in RQ she gets mentioned and we have an idea of who she is, but with the novella we understand her a little more! It was great to see Julian again and understand how Queen Coriane met the King.  After reading this novella I’m even more excited for Glass Sword & the next RQ Novella.

922. The Accident Season by Moïra Fowley-Doyle

Publisher: Kathy Dawson Books– Released August 18, 2015

Pages: 304

My Rating: Full StarFull StarFull StarFull Starhalf star--Book Blog

Summary: Every October Cara and her family become inexplicably accident-prone. Some years it’s bad, like the season when her father died, and some years it’s just a lot of cuts and scrapes. They know what they need to do—stock up on bandages and painkillers, cover sharp table edges with padding, banish knives to locked drawers, switch off electrical items. They buckle up, they batten down.

But this accident season—when Cara; her ex-stepbrother, Sam; and her best friend, Bea, are seventeen—none of that will make a difference.

Because Cara is starting to ask questions. And the answers were never meant to be found.

***Spoilers Ahead***

My Thoughts: This book was very unique! The overall idea of what the Accident Season was very interesting to read about and element of mystery kept me reading. The characters were all unique and from this book, my favorite character was Cara. She is trying to figure out where Elsie has gone and very weird things begin to happen during this Accident Season. When it is revealed who Elsie really is, I was surprised! I did not see that coming! I am very happy with how the ending turned out and that everything was figured out and wrapped up by the end. However, it gets 4.5 b/c I felt the ending was a little rushed. Other than that I absolutely loved this book. It is a perfect Halloween/Fall read. I also recommend this book if you love The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater, b/c of the elements paranormal and mystery of The Accident Season.

933. Reawakened by Colleen Houck (Reawakened #1)

Publisher: Delacorte Press– Released August 11, 2015

Pages: 400

My Rating: Full StarFull StarFull Starhalf star--Book Blog

Summary: When seventeen-year-old Lilliana Young enters the Metropolitan Museum of Art one morning during spring break, the last thing she expects to find is a live Egyptian prince with godlike powers, who has been reawakened after a thousand years of mummification.

And she really can’t imagine being chosen to aid him in an epic quest that will lead them across the globe to find his brothers and complete a grand ceremony that will save mankind.

But fate has taken hold of Lily, and she, along with her sun prince, Amon, must travel to the Valley of the Kings, raise his brothers, and stop an evil, shape-shifting god named Seth from taking over the world

***SPOILERS AHEAD***

My Thoughts: I really wanted to like this book but there were some aspects of the book that made me like it a lot less. First is the fact that its basically Colleen’s Tiger’s Curse series all over again but with Egyptian Mythology instead. This book felt like a lot of “been there done that.” What I did like was Amon as a character. He was very interesting to read about. However, I had an issue with Lily as a character, she felt quite “mary-sue” to me and there really wasn’t much to her character. She felt like a cardboard cutout of the typical YA girl who gets thrown into a new world and her character felt quite dull. I really liked the setting and mythology Colleen was able to weave into this story. Sad to say this story just seemed like a repeat of Tiger’s Curse.

lair-of-dreams4. Lair of Dreams by Libba Bray ( The Diviners #2)

Publisher: Little Brown Books for Young Readers– Released August 25, 2015

Pages: 624

My Rating: Full StarFull StarFull StarFull StarFull Star

Summary: After a supernatural showdown with a serial killer, Evie O’Neill has outed herself as a Diviner. Now that the world knows of her ability to “read” objects, and therefore, read the past, she has become a media darling, earning the title, “America’s Sweetheart Seer.” But not everyone is so accepting of the Diviners’ abilities…

Meanwhile, mysterious deaths have been turning up in the city, victims of an unknown sleeping sickness. Can the Diviners descend into the dreamworld and catch a killer?

***SPOILERS AHEAD***

Full Review for Lair of Dreams

My Thoughts: This was an amazing sequel. The aspect of dreams was very interesting to read about. The overall plot was fantastic and Libba Bray writing really captures the atmosphere of the 1920’s and she is able to write multiple POV’s seamlessly. Ling, our new addition to the story, really shines in this book and was an amazing character to read about. Overall, each and every character grows and it was great to see them team up in the end to save Henry in the dream world. I can’t wait to see what happens in book 3!

95b5. Ms. Marvel Vol. 3: Crushed by G. Willow Wilson

Publisher: Marvel– Released: June 23, 2015

Pages: 112

My Rating: Full StarFull StarFull StarFull StarFull Star

Summary: Love is in the air in Jersey City as Valentine’s Day arrives! Kamala Khan may not be allowed to go to the school dance, but Ms. Marvel is! Well sort of — by crashing it in an attempt to capture Asgard’s most annoying trickster! Yup, it’s a special Valentine’s Day story featuring Marvel’s favorite charlatan, Loki! And when a mysterious stranger arrives in Jersey City, Ms. Marvel must deal with…a crush! Because this new kid is really, really cute. What are these feelings, Kamala Khan? Prepare for drama! Intrigue! Romance! Suspense! Punching things! All this and more!

***SPOILERS AHEAD***

My Thoughts: Just like the previous volumes, I loved this one too. I loved how in this volume, we focused on Kamala’s family life and how her powers are effecting her even more. It was great to see how strong Bruno and Kamala’s friendship really is. What I honestly wasn’t expecting, was Kamran to be evil! Also it was revealed in the end that another one of Kamala’s family members may also have powers! Cant wait to see where that leads the series!! This graphic novel series is so amazing I cant wait to read the next Volume.

237192706. Vengeance Road by Erin Bowman

Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers– Released September 1, 2015

Pages: 336

My Rating: Full StarFull StarFull StarFull StarFull Star

Summary: When Kate Thompson’s father is killed by the notorious Rose Riders for a mysterious journal that reveals the secret location of a gold mine, the eighteen-year-old disguises herself as a boy and takes to the gritty plains looking for answers and justice. What she finds are devious strangers, dust storms, and a pair of brothers who refuse to quit riding in her shadow. But as Kate gets closer to the secrets about her family, she gets closer to the truth about herself and must decide if there’s room for love in a heart so full of hate.

***Full Review of Vengeance Road***     ***Vengeance Road Wallpapers***

***Spoilers Ahead***

My Thoughts:  This book was awesome! I was hesitant to read it in the beginning because, I am not usually a fan of Westerns, but with a plot like that, I knew I had to read it. I really loved Kate as the main character. She is strong and independent, something I really admired about her. The setting was so detailed at times, I felt at times I was actually there. What I also liked about this book, was how raw it was. There were moments in this book, that were heartbreaking to me. Erin does a great job at portraying just how dangerous it was during that time, when people are obsessed with gold, to the point where they would kill for it! Overall this book was fantastic. If your looking for a strong female lead, little romance, and great character development, this is definitely the book for you.

967. Until Friday Night by Abbi Glines

Publisher: Simon Pulse– Released August 25, 2015

Pages: 336

My Rating: Full StarFull StarFull StarFull StarFull Star

Summary: To everyone who knows him, West Ashby has always been that guy: the cocky, popular, way-too-handsome-for-his-own-good football god who led Lawton High to the state championships. But while West may be Big Man on Campus on the outside, on the inside he’s battling the grief that comes with watching his father slowly die of cancer.

Two years ago, Maggie Carleton’s life fell apart when her father murdered her mother. And after she told the police what happened, she stopped speaking and hasn’t spoken since. Even the move to Lawton, Alabama, couldn’t draw Maggie back out. So she stayed quiet, keeping her sorrow and her fractured heart hidden away.

As West’s pain becomes too much to handle, he knows he needs to talk to someone about his father—so in the dark shadows of a post-game party, he opens up to the one girl who he knows won’t tell anyone else.

West expected that talking about his dad would bring some relief, or at least a flood of emotions he couldn’t control. But he never expected the quiet new girl to reply, to reveal a pain even deeper than his own—or for them to form a connection so strong that he couldn’t ever let her go…

***SPOILERS AHEAD***

My Thoughts: Wow! I really loved this book! I was weary at first b/c I don’t usually reach for YA contemporaries that deal with serious issues like this book had. But I really did love it. Maggie, the main character was so complex. She doesn’t talk to anyone anymore b/c of a traumatic event that happened 2 years prior. I really felt for her and was able to understand why she was the way she was. I also really loved West! They both form this connection that really allows them to heal and move on from their tough issues. My only complaint is that, West was rather controlling/possessive at times! Which bothered me! However, Both Maggie and West were able to talk about it and resolve the issue! They were always honest with each other and became each others confidants, which is what they both truly needed. Overall I really loved this book and cant wait for the next one! ❤

978. Famous In Love by Rebecca Serle (Famous In Love #1)

Publisher: Poppy– Released October 21, 2014

Pages: 336

My Rating: Full StarFull StarFull StarFull Starhalf star--Book Blog

Summary: When Paige Townsen gets plucked from high school obscurity to star in the movie adaptation of a blockbuster book series, her life changes practically overnight. Within a month, Paige has traded the quiet streets of her hometown for a bustling film set on the shores of Maui, and she is spending quality time with her costar Rainer Devon, one of People’s Sexiest Men Alive. But when troubled star Jordan Wilder lands the role of the other point in the movie’s famous love triangle, Paige’s crazy new life begins to resemble her character’s.
In this exciting tale of romance and drama, both on-and offscreen, Paige must adjust to a crazy new life without the daily support of her friends and family, while figuring out who she is–and who she wants–as the whole world watches.

***SPOILERS AHEAD***

My Thoughts: Overall I really loved this book. Getting an insight into Hollywood and the movie making process was very interesting. However, I felt that at times the book’s pacing was rather slow and the 2 guys that Paige was introduced to, weren’t given much character development away from the Hollywood drama. But, the ending has me excited to read the next one ❤ !

***Famous In Love Full Review Here***

August 2015 Wrap Up

# of books read: 8

831. Ms. Marvel Vol. 1: No Normal by G.Willow Wilson

Publisher: Marvel– Released October 30, 2014

Pages: 120

My Rating:Full Star Full StarFull StarFull StarFull Star

Summary: Kamala Khan is an ordinary girl from Jersey City — until she’s suddenly empowered with extraordinary gifts. But who truly is the new Ms. Marvel? Teenager? Muslim? Inhuman? Find out as she takes the Marvel Universe by storm! When Kamala discovers the dangers of her newfound powers, she unlocks a secret behind them, as well. Is Kamala ready to wield these immense new gifts? Or will the weight of the legacy before her be too much to bear? Kamala has no idea, either. But she’s comin’ for you, Jersey!

***SPOILERS AHEAD***

Overall Thoughts: I flew through this volume. It was fast-paced and fun to read. What made this comic even more great was how diverse it was. Pakistani Muslim-American Heroine?? Yes!!! With our MC Kamala, she just wants to fit in, but her parents being true to their Pakistani and Muslim heritage, don’t want her to lose touch with her roots. Her transformation from herself into Ms.Marvel, in my opinion, was a metaphor for her getting a chance to “fit in.” By the end, a villain by the name “The Inventor” gets introduced and I can’t wait to see how he ties into the plot of this amazing graphic novel series!

842. Last Year’s Mistake by Gina Ciocca

Publisher: Simon Pulse–Released June 9, 2015

Pages: 320

My Rating: Full StarFull StarFull StarFull Starhalf star--Book Blog

Summary: Is there anything that electric chemistry can’t overcome? The past may be gone, but love has a way of holding on in this romantic debut novel told in alternating Before and After chapters.

The summer before freshman year, Kelsey and David became inseparable best friends—until the night a misunderstanding turned Kelsey into the school joke and everything around her crumbled, including her friendship with David. So when Kelsey’s parents decide to move away, she can’t wait to start over and leave the past behind. But David’s not quite ready to be left.

Now it’s senior year and Kelsey has a new group of friends, genuine popularity, and a hot boyfriend. Her life is perfect. That is, until David’s family moves to town. Old feelings bubble to the surface and threaten to destroy Kelsey’s second chance at happiness. The more time she spends with David, the more she realizes she never let him go. And maybe she never wants to…

***SPOILERS AHEAD***

Overall Thoughts: This was such a great contemporary. Going into this book, I did not know it was going to be told in alternating POV’s (Past & Present), but with that addition, it helped me to better understand Kelsey and David and why their relationship/friendship had issues. Though I did love this book, what I didn’t like was how Kelsey & David didn’t have much communication in regards to their problems. It would have been easily fixed if they had just talked to each other. I also did not like Violet’s character. Her attitude in the book is what ruined the story for me. However, by the end, Kelsey&David fix their relationship and that happy ending saved the book for me!

853. Skyscraping by Cordelia Jensen

Publisher: Philomel Books–Released June 2, 2015

Pages: 352

My Rating: Full StarFull StarFull StarFull StarFull Star

Summary: A heartrending, bold novel in verse about family, identity, and forgiveness

Mira is just beginning her senior year of high school when she discovers her father with his male lover. Her world–and everything she thought she knew about her family–is shattered instantly. Unable to comprehend the lies, betrayal, and secrets that–unbeknownst to Mira–have come to define and keep intact her family’s existence, Mira distances herself from her sister and closest friends as a means of coping. But her father’s sexual orientation isn’t all he’s kept hidden. A shocking health scare brings to light his battle with HIV. As Mira struggles to make sense of the many fractures in her family’s fabric and redefine her wavering sense of self, she must find a way to reconnect with her dad–while there is still time.

***SPOILERS AHEAD***

My Thoughts: This book was an absolute gem. Going into this book, I did not know it was going to be written in verse. With that, it added so much to the story and worked extremely well for the plot. I must also mention the writing style. It was so beautiful, each chapter had a unique style to it, and I had honestly never read a book like that before. With this topic, of course there would be sad moments, but there are many happy moments as well.  It is fast-paced but is filled with so much emotion and tackles many topics in a raw and realistic way, such as family dynamics, GLBT, and HIV. I could not find much reviews on this book from other blogs etc., and I feel it is extremely underrated, so if you have not read this book please do. You will not regret it!

864. My Life with the Walter Boys by Ali Novak

Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire–Released March 1, 2014

Pages: 358

My Rating:Full StarFull StarFull StarFull Star

Summary: Jackie does not like surprises. Chaos is the enemy! The best way to get her successful, busy parents to notice her is to be perfect. The perfect look, the perfect grades-the perfect daughter. And then…

Surprise #1: Jackie’s family dies in a freak car accident.

Surprise #2: Jackie has to move cross-country to live with the Walters-her new guardians.

Surprise #3: The Walters have twelve sons. (Well, eleven, but Parker acts like a boy anyway)

Now Jackie must trade in her Type A personality and New York City apartment for a Colorado ranch and all the wild Walter boys who come with it. Jackie is surrounded by the enemy-loud, dirty, annoying boys who have no concept of personal space. Okay, several of the oldest guys are flat-out gorgeous. But still annoying. She’s not stuck-up or boring-no matter what they say. But proving it is another matter. How can she fit in and move on when she needs to keep her parents’ memory alive by living up to the promise of perfect?

***SPOILERS AHEAD***

Overall Thoughts: Reading about Jackie and how she would adjust to her new life, was overall very enjoyable to read. The “Walter Boys” were all unique and it was great to learn more about them as the story progressed. The reason this book has 4 stars, is due to the fact that around 1/2 way through the book, I felt Jackie’s character wasn’t acting as she normally would. She began taking risks, by ditching class and going out to parties. Though it made sense because she lost her parents/sister and felt all that sadness within herself, but to me it just felt inconsistent with who her character was. Overall it was an enjoyable book and one I am glad I took a chance to read.

875. Ms. Marvel Vol. 2: Generation Why by G.Willow Wilson

Publisher: Marvel–Released April 7, 2015

Pages: 136

My Rating:Full StarFull StarFull StarFull StarFull Star

Summary: Who is the Inventor, and what does he want with the all-new Ms. Marvel and all her friends? Maybe Wolverine can help! Kamala may be fan-girling out when her favorite (okay maybe Top Five) super hero shows up, but that won’t stop her from protecting her hometown. Then, Kamala crosses paths with Inhumanity for the first time–by meeting the royal dog, Lockjaw! Every girl wants a puppy, but this one may be too much of a handful, even for a super hero with embiggening powers. But why is Lockjaw really with Kamala? As Ms. Marvel discovers more about her past, the Inventor continues to threaten her future

***SPOILERS AHEAD***

Overall Thoughts: Kamala had even more character development in this issue. She began questioning whether she can be a superhero without hurting others. It was also great to see she got a companion.  A Giant Teleporting Dog! It doesn’t get much better than that! It is revealed that “The Inventor” was using kids to power up destructive robots!! A few pages later, another robot attacks Kamala at school! As the story progresses, she figures out she is “inhuman.” When she tries to fight Doyle again, she realizes other runaways don’t want to be rescued and are there by choice. She convinces them to fight with her after another encounter with “The Inventor.” After reaching his lair, Kamala see’s where all the other kids are being held. After the action-packed ending I can’t wait to read Vol. 3!

886. Daughter of Deep Silence by Carrie Ryan

Publisher: Dutton Books for Young Readers–Released May 26, 2015

Pages: 375

My Rating: Full StarFull StarFull StarFull Star

Summary: I’m the daughter of murdered parents.
I’m the friend of a dead girl.
I’m the lover of my enemy.
And I will have my revenge.

In the wake of the devastating destruction of the luxury yacht Persephone, just three souls remain to tell its story—and two of them are lying. Only Frances Mace knows the terrifying truth, and she’ll stop at nothing to avenge the murders of everyone she held dear. Even if it means taking down the boy she loves and possibly losing herself in the process.

***SPOILERS AHEAD***

My Thoughts: Overall I really enjoyed this book. I am a big fan of YA mystery/thrillers, but the reason this book gets 4 stars, is because of the pacing. With some chapters, I was reading through them quickly because it was fast paced, but a majority of the time, the other chapters felt really slow and seemed to drag on. The overall plot was fantastic and was on the edge of my seat wondering what would happen next. The characters too, were  written very well and were all very unique. So, though this story was great as a whole, the pacing made it rather difficult to get through.

897. The Start of Me and You by Emery Lord

Publisher: Bloomsbury– Released March 31, 2015

Pages: 384

My Rating: Full StarFull StarFull StarFull StarFull Star

Summary: Brimming with heartfelt relationships and authentic high-school dynamics, The Start of Me and You proves that it’s never too late for second chances.

It’s been a year since it happened—when Paige Hancock’s first boyfriend died in an accident. After shutting out the world for two years, Paige is finally ready for a second chance at high school . . . and she has a plan. First: Get her old crush, Ryan Chase, to date her—the perfect way to convince everyone she’s back to normal. Next: Join a club—simple, it’s high school after all. But when Ryan’s sweet, nerdy cousin, Max, moves to town and recruits Paige for the Quiz Bowl team (of all things!) her perfect plan is thrown for a serious loop. Will Paige be able to face her fears and finally open herself up to the life she was meant to live?

***Spoilers Ahead***

My Thoughts: Overall this was a beautiful contemporary! I was really able to relate to Paige because, she mentioned she was an introvert and at times, I can be introverted too! She also mentioned her love of reading which, of course, I can relate to as well.  It was great to read about  her growth and learning to accept Aaron’s death. And it was also great to see her finally admit her feelings to Max by the end! The pacing was great and the overall messages of this story were great too! Highly recommend this YA contemporary.

898. The Game of Love & Death by Martha Brockenbrough

Publisher: Arthur A. Levine Books– Released April 28, 2015

My Rating: Full StarFull StarFull StarFull Star

Summary: Antony and Cleopatra. Helen of Troy and Paris. Romeo and Juliet. And now… Henry and Flora.

For centuries Love and Death have chosen their players. They have set the rules, rolled the dice, and kept close, ready to influence, angling for supremacy. And Death has always won. Always.

Could there ever be one time, one place, one pair whose love would truly tip the balance?

Meet Flora Saudade, an African-American girl who dreams of becoming the next Amelia Earhart by day and sings in the smoky jazz clubs of Seattle by night. Meet Henry Bishop, born a few blocks and a million worlds away, a white boy with his future assured—a wealthy adoptive family in the midst of the Great Depression, a college scholarship, and all the opportunities in the world seemingly available to him.

The players have been chosen. The dice have been rolled. But when human beings make moves of their own, what happens next is anyone’s guess.

***Spoilers Ahead***

My Thoughts: This was a very unique story. I loved Henry and Flora as main characters. The author’s writing style is captivating and adds an element of mystery. The alternating chapters between Henry, Flora, and Love&Death let me understand each characters fully and understand the world through their eyes. It gets 4 stars because, I felt at times it went a little slow for me but other than that, I really loved this book and highly recommend it if you have read The Diviners by Libba Bray (both stories immerse you in an atmosphere of the early 1900’s)  or just love YA Historical Fiction.

What books did you read this month? 🙂