Thank you for sharing your readings with us ! I love your blogI also read To Kill a Kingdom a few months ago but unfortunately I didn’t really like it; I found the writing a little dull and I couldn’t get into the characters. I wasn’t a big fan of the main relationship too I think I’m tired of all the banter/filrting and all these “Casanova attitude” when it comes to the hero ! I wish I can find one day a YA book where the main couple isn’t based on banters but I think I dream too much hahaha !

I’m glad you’re enjoying them! I’m sorry To Kill a Kingdom didn’t suit you, but I understand why! I did listen to it as an audiobook, and I think that greatly impacts my reading experience with some books. But I’m sure there are plenty of gentler YA romances out there! Here’s a list of ones I’ve reviewed that I think you might like, both fantasy and contemporary: 

  • Simon Vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda
  • Let’s Talk About Love (technically NA)
  • The Girl with the Red Balloon
  • The Night Circus (not YA)
  • Girls Made of Snow and Glass
  • The Girl From Everywhere
  • Dumplin’
  • Girl Out of Water
  • When Dimple Met Rishi
  • Eliza and Her Monsters  

I can’t think of any “Casanova” types in these romances, so if you haven’t tried them I think you’d like them! 


Sarah, are you going to make a Halloween/Samhain thematic post or video? Also I’d like to read something to get in the Halloween mood. Could you give me some fairy tale or / and novel recs? Thank you so much! :D

Hello! I don’t have a plan for a specific post or video as of right now, mostly because October is an incredibly busy month for me and I’m not sure I’ll have time to prep something like that. I do plan to (attempt) vlogs of the travel I’m doing this month, but I don’t think I’ll be able to do much more than that. 

As for books that fit a Halloween-esque mood … here’s a few that I can think of. They’re not explicitly Halloween-based, but they have to do with monsters or death or other things like that.

Otherwise, I don’t read a lot of horror or spooky sorts of books–but these might be a good fit!

Hello Sarah how are you ? I would like to know if you perhaps know a retelling of Aladdin and Anastasia ?

Hi there! I had a rough week but I’m catching up on some rest this weekend, so that’s nice. 🙂

I don’t know of an Aladdin retelling specifically, but Aladdin is part of the One Thousand and One Nights, and I know of a few retellings of that, such as The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh, A Thousand Nights by E.K. Johnston, and The Storyteller’s Daughter by Cameron Dokey. As for Anastasia, there’s The Diamond Secret by Suzanne Weyn and Saving Anastasia by Jenni L. Walsh (on Wattpad). I haven’t read most of these but the authors are very talented!

Hi Leigh! I just wanted to let you know that your books mean a whole lot to me. As a mixed-race brown kid, I didn’t really have any poc characters growing up in the books I read and that really took a toll on my self-confidence and self-image. Reading your books now makes me so incredibly happy because there are younger kids growing up who’ll read these books and feel represented, which is utterly invaluable. So thank you for being such an incredible writer and person!! Much love <3


That is a really lovely and kind message. Thank you ❤ 

If you’re looking for some great fantasy featuring characters of color, I’ve got some recs for you… Shadowshaper (and its genius upcoming sequel Shadowhouse Fall) by Daniel José Older, Labyrinth Lost by Zoraida Cordova, The Star-Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi, Binti by Nnedi Okarafor (sci fi but so good!), The Wrath & The Dawn by Renee Ahdieh, The Fifth Season by N.K. Jemisin (not YA, but mind blowing), The Belles by Dhonielle Clayton (coming in 2018), Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir, and I’ve heard great things about The Gauntlet, a middle grade fantasy by Karuna Riazi. 

Happy reading! 

Do you have any audible books you would recommend for a long car ride?

Yes! I really enjoyed A Darker Shade of Magic and The Night Circus (I think they’re both narrated by the same person). They’re pretty long so it might take you both legs of the trip! I also thought the Caraval one was very good!

It may be a weird ask but where exactly did you find all the YA books you plan to read or the suggestions ? Because I’m running out of books which is technically impossible because there is so much books out there, I think I just don’t know where to look haha ^^

So, I’m not exactly sure what this questions applies to? Do you mean in general, or for specific things? In general, I am very involved in the online bookish community and tend to hear about a lot of upcoming releases through that. But I’ve also been reading for such a long time that I’ve got a backlog of books on my Goodreads TBR shelf that I’d love to get to eventually.

For things like the diverse reading challenge, the above also applies, but I make a point to tailor that according to the theme. If you’re looking in the right places and making a effort to open your mind to the possibilities, it’s really easy to find marginalized authors whose work should be read and valued.

In general, if you’re stuck looking for book recs, I suggest looking at book review videos on Youtube, following book blogs, and making use of Goodreads. GR has a system where you can add the books you’ve already read and it will generate recommendations for you–but I tend to find that I prefer getting my recommendations from other people (Recommendation Day has been KILLER so far and I’m so happy I did it).

Hope that helps!

Hi ! I don’t know if you remember but I was the anon who ask for The Cruel Prince because I love the fae universe and I was wondering if you have already read the Fever series by Karen Marie Moning and if you did like it ?

Hi! I do remember! Thanks for coming back. 🙂 

I haven’t read this series. Actually, if you check out my Ultimate Reading List, you’ll be able to see all the series and books I have read (with links to my reviews where possible) according to genre. But I’m always open to recommendations!

Are there sex scenes in the cruel prince ? I would like to read a good book with good romance and well-written sex scenes so if you know one I’m all ears !

No, there are no sex scenes! There’s a pretty “hot” makeout scene, but I also wouldn’t exactly call their relationship “romantic.” 

I haven’t read any books with sex scenes in them recently, so I’m fresh out of new suggestions, sorry!

Hi ! Have you read the twilight series and did you like it ? It may be a weird ask but actually I watch the movies long ago (which I find soso) and I never read the books but I turned 24 now so I don’t know if these books will fit me anymore (I’m desperate for some ya book-boyfriend I don’t know where to look to find some)

Hello! I did read the Twilight series, right around the age of 14. I enjoyed them at the time but since then I’ve learned much better. They’re really not good quality. But I totally understand the desire for a “book boyfriend.” In that vein, here are some of my recommendations!

The Star-Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi

The Girl of Fire and Thorns Series by Rae Carson

The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer

An Enchantment of Ravens by Margaret Rogerson

Hope you like them!