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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...

My Summer RomCom Book List

My Summer RomCom Book List

D’Juanna Lester, Arts Reporter May 18, 2022

It’s that time of year again. Summer. Sun. Traveling. No school. Time for catching up on all of the great romance novels, and looking forward to the new ones. Who doesn’t love a book about a classic...

The Young Adult fantasy Cursebreaker series by Brigid Kemmerer

Grading Brigid Kemmerer’s amazing ‘Cursebreaker’ series

D'Juanna Lester, Arts Reporter April 13, 2022

Books 40, 41 and 42 for the year are none other than Brigid Kemmerer’s legendary “Cursebreaker” series. The dark fantasy series will indeed continue as Kemmerer has announced the spin-off “Forging...

The Kiss Quotient is the first book in Helen Hoangs New Adult rom-com trilogy series.

My favorite books with autistic characters

D'Juanna Lester, Arts Reporter April 6, 2022

As April is Autism Acceptance Month, I wanted to write about four of my favorite autistic characters in New Adult (NA) and Young Adult (YA) books that I’ve read. An interesting note: three of them are...

“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...

Six of Crows is the fourth book in the Grishaverse series.

Leigh Bardugo’s ‘Six of Crows’ is fantasy genius

D'Juanna Lester, Arts Reporter February 23, 2022

*Spoilers ahead!* A month and a half into the new year, and my book count for the year is already climbing. I am currently on my 25th book: “Rule of Wolves”, the seventh book in the Grishaverse...

Morgan Rhodes YA fantasty “Echoes and Empires” came out on Jan. 4.

‘Echoes and Empires’: new breakout YA series?

D'Juanna Lester, Arts Reporter February 2, 2022

The year has started off with a bang in terms of great books. I’ve already read eleven books so far, and today, I want to review my standout read for January: “Echoes and Empires.” “Echoes and...

Elise Bryants YA romance One True Loves came out on Jan. 4.

‘One True Loves’: YA masterpiece we’ve been waiting for

D'Juanna Lester, Arts Reporter January 19, 2022

“One True Loves” by Elise Bryant was a book that I discussed in my Exciting January 2022 book releases article. Now that the book is out, and I’ve read it, I wanted to give a proper review.  The...

There are many highly anticipated books coming out January 2022. “When You Get the Chance, perfect for theatre lovers is coming out Jan. 4.

Exciting January 2022 book releases

D'Juanna Lester, Arts Reporter January 12, 2022

New debuts, spinoffs and book-to-film adaptations are only some of the book related things to look forward to this year. For the month of January, there are many books coming out that have readers over...

A Vow so Bold and Deadly is the final book in the “Cursebreaker” trilogy.

My top six reads of 2021

D'Juanna Lester, Arts Reporter December 8, 2021

With the year coming to a close, I’ve been thinking about all of the books I’ve read this year. So far, my count is up to 97. Here is a rundown of some of my favorites from 2021.  “A Vow So Bold...

Leigh Bardugos two-book series Shadow and Bone and Six of Crows was made into a Netflix series. The differences between the books and the show hurt the overall feel of the Netflix series.

‘Shadow and Bone’: Netflix show vs. books

D'Juanna Lester, Arts Reporter November 10, 2021

After rewatching the hit Netflix young adult (YA) fantasy series based on the two-book series “Shadow and Bone” and “Six of Crows” by author Leigh Bardugo, I noticed many differences between the...

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