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“Better Than the Movies” is better than I expected

D’Juanna Lester, Arts Reporter March 15, 2023

The season of rom-coms is officially upon us, book lovers. The newest addition to my list of favorite guilty pleasure rom-coms is “Better Than the Movies.”  This Young Adult (YA) romance novel...

‘Reggie and Delilah’s Year of Falling’ has me falling 

‘Reggie and Delilah’s Year of Falling’ has me falling 

D’Juanna Lester, Arts Reporter February 15, 2023

The wonderful Elise Bryant cinematic universe continues with her third book “Reggie and Delilah’s Year of Falling”— a dual point-of-view book that shows both Reggie and Delilah’s inner thoughts...

‘Siege and Storm’ and the sequel curse

‘Siege and Storm’ and the sequel curse

D‘Juanna Lester, Arts Reporter February 8, 2023

Everyone knows about the whole thing with sequels. The “Curse of Book Two,” as some have dubbed it. A popular book becomes a series, and the second book of the series falls flat compared to the first. Afflicted...

‘Unseelie’ is an unbelievable read

‘Unseelie’ is an unbelievable read

D’Juanna Lester, Arts Reporter January 18, 2023

Prior to its Jan. 3 debut, “Unseelie,” had been on my To Be Read (TBR) list ever since I heard about it. This epic fantasy novel by debut author Ivelisse Housman had me hooked from beginning to end.  “A...

‘A World Without Princes’ is a beautiful twist

D’Juanna Lester, Arts Reporter November 23, 2022

After Netflix dropped their movie based on the book “The School for Good and Evil,”  I was hooked into the series. I decided to go and check out the second book, and it defied my expectations. After...

Anticipated winter reads 

Anticipated winter reads 

D’Juanna Lester, Arts Reporter November 16, 2022

It’s officially time for the cold months to hit us. With the holiday season approaching, it's once again time to make my list of anticipated reads for the winter. This list will include some upcoming...

The Last Dance of the Debutante — A delightful read

‘The Last Dance of the Debutante’ — A delightful read

D’Juana Lester, Arts Reporter October 19, 2022

What can I say? Something about rebellious debutantes and London society is fascinating to read about, and this read from Julia Kelly was no different. With intriguing characters, a beautiful setting and...

A Show for Two by New York Times bestselling author Tashie Bhuiyan

‘A Show for Two’ – a rom com must read

D‘Juanna Lester, Arts Reporter June 15, 2022

Tashie Bhuiyan does it again! The Bangladeshi-American “Counting Down with You” writer dazzles in her sophomore coming-of-age, romantic comedy. This Young Adult (YA) rom com will have readers squealing...

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‘It Ends with Us’: A most unique cliché

Leticia Cezário Santos, Marketing Director June 15, 2022

I know what you are thinking. “Ugh, yet another romance book ending with the happily ever after.” I understand, believe me – but give me the chance to convince you why this one is actually worth...

“The Rumor Game” by Dhionelle Clayton and Sona Charaipotra was released in March 2022.

‘The Rumor Game’ deserves a TV adaptation immediately

D'Juanna Lester, Arts Reporter March 30, 2022

Book 38 for the year was a good one to say the least. “The Rumor Game”— by Dhionelle Clayton and Sona Charaipotra — is a Young Adult (YA) thriller novel written from the points of view (POV) of...

Cinderella is Dead by Kalynn Bayron

My top reads of February 2022

D'Juanna Lester, Arts Reporter March 16, 2022

February was a great month for new books, especially for the fantasy genre. From starting series that are already out, to fantasy debuts, this month has been very exciting for reading. With my book count...

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