Melissa Montovani

Melissa Montovani is the founder of YABookShelf.com, where she has been writing content about YA authors and books since 2010. She has over five years of online marketing experience, active followers on Twitter and Facebook and writes freelance reviews for Canadian Children's Book News. She has an M.A. in English Literature and lives and works in Toronto, Canada.

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Undercover Bromance (Bromance Book Club, #2) by Lyssa Kay Adams

Buy Undercover Bromance Special price: $12.80 Regular price: $16.00 Publisher: Berkley Format: Paperback Reviewer: Melissa on July 10, 2020 Rating: 4 out of 5 stars I don’t typically read the description of a book—anyone who reads my reviews regularly would know this. Even though I didn’t read the description for Lyssa Kay Adams‘ Undercover Bromance, in hindsight, I knew that Liv and Mack would be… Read more →

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The Bromance Book Club (Bromance Book Club, #1) by Lyssa Kay Adams

It’s smart, it’s sexy, and it’s a book that you won’t be able to put down. When I first heard about the concept for The Bromance Book Club last fall—a group of guys secretly reading romance novels to repair the damage with their wives and girlfriends, it sounded cute—I was definitely intrigued. Now I can honestly say that I’m glad I picked up this romance novel by new-to-me author Lyssa Kay Adams. Read more →

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Girl, Serpent, Thorn by Melissa Bashardoust

I’m happy to say that Bashardoust delivers a richly developed fantasy world beginning with the story that Soraya’s mother tells her over and over as a child. It starts “There was and there was not,” and in so doing, Bashardoust creates not only a parallel reality that will go on to become very meaningful as the novel continues, but also gives the allusion that the story Soraya’s mother will relate is both just a story and also something that is very much not just a story, but a reality, one that could have deadly consequences if its message is not heeded. Read more →

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Cinderella Is Dead by Kalynn Bayron

Bayron’s debut novel is one that gave me chills at times, in particular when Luke, another queer character who Sophia meets on her journey, says: “‘Just because they deny us doesn’t mean we cease to exist.’” I think it’s a story that everyone needs to read not only because it features a strong, Black, queer character at the story’s centre, but also because her tenacity will, hopefully, give both teen and adult readers the inspiration to use their voice to resist, or even destroy, the patriarchy. Read more →