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Sunday Funday: Mini Reviews: Ordinary Girls (ARC) & The Delinquent Crown

Happy Sunday everyone!  Today I'm sharing two ARC mini reviews with you: Ordinary Girls by Jaquira Díaz (available October 29th, 2019) and The Delinquent Crown: A YA Fantasy Adventure (Olexia Legends #1) by Sydney Faith (available September 9th, 2019).  Thank you very much to the publisher for providing me with an ARC of Ordinary Girls and to the author of The Delinquent Crown for the ecopy of the novel in exchange for my honest reviews.  Read on to see my thoughts on these two books:

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Ordinary Girls by Jaquira Díaz is one of the most unflinchingly raw memoirs I've luckily had the opportunity to read. It's also a lyrical and triumphant tale of hope. Díaz didn't have a comfortable life growing up in both Puerto Rico and Miami Beach. Her parents were emotionally and physically absent and suffered from mental illness and addiction. Even though Jaquira's friends were hood girls, committed crime, and spent time with boys with guns, they helped her learn about friendship and love, and how to be strong. Over time, Jaquira did a lot of growing up, working and learning to make a better life for herself. To become proud of who she is and help others like her to follow a different path. This memoir reads very much like a novel and you absolutely need to experience it yourself. Her story is truly an incredible, satisfying, and powerful story. If you enjoyed reading, Educated by Tara Westover, Hunger by Roxane Gay, and Fun Home by Alison Bechdel, or even fiction of Angie Thomas, then you will absolutely need to read Ordinary Girls by Jaquira Díaz. I, for one, am looking forward to reading whatever Díaz writes in the future.

My review is also available on Goodreads.

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The Delinquent Crown (Olexia Legends #1) by Sydney Faith is the first novel in a magical new YA portal fantasy adventure series. While Nick and Miri's story takes a little while to get going, once it really takes off it doesn't stop and becomes quite fast-paced and action packed. Faith's world-building for Olexia is the real standout in this story and it's quite easy to visualize. I quite enjoy the magic and also the sense of wonder. My only issue was keeping track of all of the characters that we're introduced to. Sometimes I had to go back and reread a section to verify who was doing what and when. Overall, though, there's still so much need to know of the world and the cast, so I'm glad to know that we will be getting a sequel, and hopefully soon. Thanks again to the author for letting me wander around in Olexia!

My review is also available on Goodreads.

What are you reading this weekend?  Are you planning on reading either of these books?  As always, thanks for visiting my blog and perhaps even commenting down below!


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