My Favorite Black Characters in YA \\ Black History Month

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Hello Book Ravens!

Okay, so can I start this by saying I don’t like using the word “black” when describing a person? Some people are okay with it, some aren’t, but I just feel like I’m using a label on a large group of people…and that makes me feel weird.

Anyway, I’m sure all of you know that February is Black History Month, and I decided I wanted to talk about some of my favorite black characters in YA!

I also want to hear your favorites – this list is limited to books I’ve read, so I’d love to hear what some of your favorites are as well!

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What I Love About the Book Community

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Happy Valentine’s Day Book Ravens!

I hope you’re having a great day with your partner or loved ones…I do not have a significant other at the moment, but I wanted to take a moment and talk about what I love about the bookish community.

I truly think I wouldn’t be who I am if I had not become a part of this community when I did, and I have noticed some things that, compared to other online communities, are really wonderful!

I might get a bit sappy, but what else am I supposed to do on February 14th?

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P.S. I Like You | Review

Title: P.S. I Like You

Author: Kasie West

Genre Themes: Realistic, High School (is that a theme?), Contemporary

Date Published: July 26, 2016

Cover Rating: 4.5/5

Buy: P.S. I Like You

Synopsis: While spacing out in Chemistry class, Lily scribbles some of her favorite song lyrics onto her desk. The next day, she finds that someone has continued the lyrics on the desk, and added a message to her. Intrigue!

Soon, Lily and her anonymous pen pal are exchanging full-on letters — sharing secrets, recommending bands, and opening up to each other. Lily realizes she’s kind of falling for this letter writer. Only who is he? As Lily attempts to unravel the mystery, and juggle school, friends, crushes, and her crazy family, she discovers that matters of the heart can’t always be spelled out…


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I got this book in the August Owlcrate Box. Thanks so much to Owlcrate introducing me to this book and author!

 

I started this book the day I got it, and finished it two days later. The writing style is easy to get lost in, and I really enjoyed it.

 

Lily (our protagonist) and I could be, like, best friends. We’re so alike! We both have a big, kind crazy family…she has two younger brothers and an older sister, I have three younger brothers and an older sister…

 

I found her to just be so relatable! There was one quote that she said (well, wrote) that pretty much sums up my relationship with my brothers. And that quote is…

I know I’ll soften soon because he’s the prince of the house and as aggravating as he is, I love his face.

I mean, come on. Anyone else relate to that? Anyone with siblings out there?

 

There was also none of the ‘Public Schooler Trope’ that you see everywhere in YA.

In case you didn’t know, I hate the typical ‘Public Schooler Trope’ that I see EVERYWHERE in realistic teen books. It’s the Trope where the main character, because he’sshe’s a teen, and a public schooler, has to swear and drink and smoke and sneak out at night.

Like, just because they’re a teen, it means that all make the wrong decisions? All of them? It’s obviously just an author pretending to be a teen, and not even accurately. I mean, I’ve never been to public school, but I seriously doubt it’s anything like that. At least, not commonly.

But Kasie West got it on point! I loved it! Her books are perfect if you’re new to teen books, or if you’re on the younger side of YA.

 

I love, love, LOVED the romance in this book! It was sweet, and fun to read about. AND it stayed realistic, which, let’s be honest, isn’t very common.

This book made me happy! There’s no other way to put it – I felt good while reading this book. I haven’t seen that much since I became a reviewer, but this fully gave me that feeling.

 

As you can tell by the rating, this is one of only three books on my Favorite Standalone Books Shelf – a high honor…sort of, maybe?

Anyway, I highly recommend this book. It’s funny, and heartwarming and written by a really great author.


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💞Kasie West💞

Kasie West is the author of The Fill-In Boyfriend, as well as other bestsellers. Along with writing YA, she loves Junior Mints (Me too!).

I find Kasie West’s books are my favorite type of High School books. If you are 11 or 12, and are new to YA or to teen books, hers are a great start to the teen section. Much better for your soul 💕

The Kiss of Deception | Review

Title: The Kiss of Deception: The Remnant Chronicles (book one)

Author: Mary E. Pearson

Genre Themes: Fantasy, Royalty, Romance, Adventure, Mystery

Date Published: July 8, 2014

Cover Rating: 4.5/5

Buy: The Kiss of Deception (The Remnant Chronicles)

Synopsis:  In a society steeped in tradition, Princess Lia’s life follows a preordained course. As First Daughter, she is expected to have the revered gift of sight―but she doesn’t―and she knows her parents are perpetrating a sham when they arrange her marriage to secure an alliance with a neighboring kingdom―to a prince she has never met.

On the morning of her wedding, Lia flees to a distant village. She settles into a new life, hopeful when two mysterious and handsome strangers arrive―and unaware that one is the jilted prince and the other an assassin sent to kill her. Deception abounds, and Lia finds herself on the brink of unlocking perilous secrets―even as she finds herself falling in love.


I really, really liked this book!

 

Lia is an amazing main character. She is strong, and I liked her view and sarcasm and just her overall attitude. I liked the side characters as well – Pauline and Gwen were particularly enjoyable.

 

The adventure aspect is really intriguing, and I think it added a lot to the story. The same can be said for the mystery – trying to figure out who was the assassin and who was the prince was an extra challenge.

 

I liked the world building. The history was really interesting, and I loved hearing about it! It was very well thought-out, very realistic, and I can’t wait to read more.

 

(In case any of you were wondering, I’m voting for Kaden, even though I like Rafe)

 

Overall, I can’t wait to start the second book and get back to these characters. I highly suggest this book.

 


Mary E. Pearson

Mary E. Pearson is the author of The Jenna Fox Chronicles as well as The Remnant Chronicles – the third book of which just came out recently.