Love a la Mode by Stephanie Kate Strohm

Love à la Mode by Stephanie Kate Strohm

If you’re new to YA Book Shelf, you may want to subscribe to my RSS feed. Thanks for visiting!Buy Love à la Mode Regular price $9.99 Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers / Disney-Hyperion / Listening Library Format: Paperback / eBook / Audiobook Narrator: Stephanie Kate Strohm, the author Reviewer: Melissa on May 30, 2020 Rating: 3 out of 5… Read more →

Every Reason We Shouldn't by Sara Fujimura

Every Reason We Shouldn’t by Sara Fujimura

Olivia is flawed. She has outbursts that are basically juvenile tantrums, and she gets jealous over her boyfriend’s talent when she isn’t sure that she has what it takes. She’s not perfect, but honestly, neither is Jonah. He lies to his parents, sneaks around, yells at his parents, and sometimes says terrible things to Olivia. Yes, he apologized immediately for the last bit, but still it kind of sucked. And yet, I didn’t see criticism of his maturity level anywhere on Goodreads, so I tend to think it’s because we put female characters at a higher, unfair standard, even if we’re women ourselves. Plus, let’s be honest, Jonah has great parents and Olivia’s basically leave her to fend for herself and to worry about the growing pile of last due bills without ever talking to her about it or reassuring her. If anyone has reason to yell at her parents, it’s her. Read more →

The Lady's Guide to Petticoats and Piracy by Mackenzi Lee

The Lady’s Guide to Petticoats and Piracy (Montague Siblings, #2) by Mackenzi Lee

If you loved Monty’s story, you can rest assured that this companion features both him and Percy in equal measure. That said, there are great passages of time where they’re locked out of the story in favour of Felicity, Sim, the Muslim-woman who agrees to pay Felicity’s way to Germany, and Johanna, Felicity’s childhood friend from whom she’d distanced herself for the past few years after a difference of opinion. This novel is primarily an exploration about the different places available for women at the time because just like Felicity, both Johanna and Sim find themselves unable to pursue the roles that they wanted for themselves just because of the gender they were assigned at birth. Read more →


The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue (Montague Siblings, #1) by Mackenzi Lee

Now that I have read, The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue, I can say without a doubt that it was so well done: it’s a story that is funny and heartbreaking, an amazing adventure and about letting go of the residual shame of who are and living the life you want. In other words, it’s a very important book to pick up with a range of diverse representation set in an 18th century world, which rarely, if ever gets a chance to show characters like these ones in exactly this way. If you are queer, asexual, biracial, have chronic illness, or have wanted or pursued a career for which you wouldn’t be allowed to obtain in the 18th century, then trust me, you’ll get a lot out of this novel. Read more →