COVER REVEAL: The Queen's Rising by Rebecca Ross

Friday, June 23, 2017

With gorgeous description and detailed rendering of a world where not everything and everyone are what they seem, Rebecca Ross weaves an intricate tale of revenge, loyalty, and, ultimately, self-discovery. Don’t miss the beautiful cover for Rebecca Ross’s debut young adult fantasy, THE QUEEN’S RISING, and pre-order your copy today!


When her seventeenth summer solstice arrives, Brienna desires only two things: to master her passion and to be chosen by a patron.

Growing up in the southern Kingdom of Valenia at the renowned Magnalia House should have prepared her for such a life. While some are born with an innate talent for one of the five passions—art, music, dramatics, wit, and knowledge—Brienna struggled to find hers until she belatedly chose to study knowledge. However, despite all her preparations, Brienna’s greatest fear comes true—the solstice does not go according to plan and she is left without a patron.

Months later, her life takes an unexpected turn when a disgraced lord offers her patronage. Suspicious of his intent, and with no other choices, she accepts. But there is much more to his story, and Brienna soon discovers that he has sought her out for his own vengeful gain. For there is a dangerous plot being planned to overthrow the king of Maevana—the archrival kingdom of Valenia—and restore the rightful queen, and her magic, to the northern throne. And others are involved—some closer to Brienna than she realizes.

With war brewing between the two lands, Brienna must choose whose side she will remain loyal to—passion or blood. Because a queen is destined to rise and lead the battle to reclaim the crown. The ultimate decision Brienna must determine is: Who will be that queen?


Rebecca Ross Bio: Rebecca Ross received her Bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Georgia. In the past, she has worked at a Colorado dude ranch, as a school librarian, and as a live-time captionist for a college. She resides in Northeast Georgia with her husband and her dog. THE QUEEN’S RISING is her debut novel. Visit her on the web at or on Twitter @_RebeccaRoss.          

Simon Vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda (Mini Review)

Sunday, June 18, 2017
Simon Vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli
Genre: Young Adult/Contemporary/LGBTQIA+
Page Length: 320 pages
Publisher: Balzer + Bray

About Simon Vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda (via Goodreads):

Sixteen-year-old and not-so-openly gay Simon Spier prefers to save his drama for the school musical. But when an email falls into the wrong hands, his secret is at risk of being thrust into the spotlight. Now Simon is actually being blackmailed: if he doesn’t play wingman for class clown Martin, his sexual identity will become everyone’s business. Worse, the privacy of Blue, the pen name of the boy he’s been emailing, will be compromised.

With some messy dynamics emerging in his once tight-knit group of friends, and his email correspondence with Blue growing more flirtatious every day, Simon’s junior year has suddenly gotten all kinds of complicated. Now, change-averse Simon has to find a way to step out of his comfort zone before he’s pushed out—without alienating his friends, compromising himself, or fumbling a shot at happiness with the most confusing, adorable guy he’s never met.
Simon Vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda was an absolute delight to read. Becky had me laughing out loud on too many occasions to count, while also making me shed some tears.

I'm not usually one to call people "precious cinnamon rolls" or any of that stuff, but I can see how that applies to this book. Simon and Blue were just so freaking adorable and I was smiling from ear-to-ear whenever they interacted (and especially when they finally met IRL). Although I had a suspicion as to who Blue was from relatively early on (and I was ultimately right), Becky definitely made sure to throw some curveballs that completely threw me off guard and made me question my guess throughout the story.

Honestly, all the characters were so relatable and realistic (more so than any I've ever seen) and I instantly fell in love with all of them (even all the secondary characters were so precious and wonderful, including Simon's ridiculously awkward and lovable parents)!

Overall this book was so cute and heartwarming (and also important!), and now I understand why everyone loves it so much because I love it too *clutches all the characters protectively to my chest* I just want to hug them all and have them be my best friends.

My Rating: 4 stars