Book Reviews

I’ve been reviewing books since 2017, from quick pitches to my fellow readers on Instagram to long rants on Goodreads and everything in between. Over the years, I’ve shifted from reviewing mostly Young Adult and Middle Grade contemporary fiction and science fiction to mostly Adult and Young Adult contemporary fiction. In all honesty, most of the reviews on my blog were posted here because they didn’t fit in an Instagram caption, so be sure to follow me there for more.

Review of Legendborn by Tracy Deonn on Ace Of Bens dot com.
Legendborn by Tracy Deonn | REVIEW

Immediately added to the list of Books I’m Embarrassed Took Me So Long to Read. Y’all were NOT kidding when you say Legendborn by Tracy Deonn was amazing beyond words.

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Review: We Could Be So Good by Cat Sebastian AceOfBens.com
We Could Be So Good | REVIEW

We Could Be So Good is a soft, slow burn romance that explores not only Nick and Andy’s relationship as it shifts from professional to platonic to romantic, but also their relationships with themselves and their communities as these two reconcile their roles as members of the NYC media with their existence as queer people in a time when being publicly out could get you arrested. If a character-driven historical romance with plenty of self-discovery and self-growth sounds like your thing, this might be one to pick up.

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Review: You Exist Too Much by Zaina Arafat AceOfBens.com
You Exist Too Much | REVIEW

Arafat's You Exist Too Much has gotten plenty of criticism for its unlikeable main character, but that is exactly why it's an excellent portrayal of the human struggle with trauma.

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Reseña: How To Be A Good Savage por Mikeas Sánchez, traducido por Wendy Call and Shook AceOfBens.com
How To Be A Good Savage | RESEÑA

Sánchez se estrena en inglés con el apoyo de traductores Wendy Call y Shook en esta colección trilingüe que bellamente retrata la manera en que la humanidad va más allá de la lengua. En How To Be A Good Savage and Other Poems, Sánchez explora lo bueno, lo malo y lo feo de existir como mujer indígena por su poesía traducido de zoque y español.

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Review: How To Be A Good Savage by Mikeas Sánchez, translated by Wendy Call and Shook AceOfBens.com
How To Be A Good Savage | REVIEW

Sánchez makes her English debut with the help of translators Wendy Call and Shook in this trilingual collection that beautifully portrays the way humanity transcends language. In How To Be A Good Savage and Other Poems, Sánchez explores the good, the bad, and the ugly of existing as an indigenous woman through her poetry translated from Zoque and Spanish.

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Review: Man o' War by Cory McCarthy AceOfBens.com
Man o’ War | REVIEW

McCarthy captures the worries, the euphoria, and everything in between of the trans coming-of-age experience in Man o' War. Full of both humor and humanity, this book should be getting more attention than it has been, and I hope you'll all consider picking up a copy.

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Review: Jay's Gay Agenda by Jason June AceOfBens.com
5 Thoughts About JAY’S GAY AGENDA

With a messy protagonist at the forefront, Jay's Gay Agenda will have you laughing out loud and gripping the pages with second-hand embarrassment at the same time. Jay's adventures in finding himself and finding community is a great rom com to pick up this June.

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Review: Meet Cute Diary by Emery Lee AceOfBens.com
5 Thoughts About MEET CUTE DIARY by Emery Lee

If queer YA romcoms are your thing, you should get a copy of Meet Cute Diary ASAP, and here are 5 reasons why.

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Review: Get a Grip, Vivy Cohen! by Sarah Kapit AceOfBens.com
7 Reasons You Should Read <i>Get a Grip, Vivy Cohen!</i>

There are many reasons to read Get a Grip, Vivy Cohen! from the great own voices autistic and Jewish rep to a love of baseball to a story about not letting anything get in the way of you being passionate. Come check it out!

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Review: Felix Ever After by Kacen Callender AceOfBens.com
7 Reasons You Should Read <i>Felix Ever After</i>

Felix Ever After is an incredibly important book. It portrays so many aspects of life and love that aren't talked about enough in fiction. If all the other people yelling about this book haven't convinced you to pick it up yet, let me tell you why you need to read it now!

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Review: Check, Please! by Ngozi Ukazu AceOfBens.com
6 Reasons You Should Read <i>Check, Please! Book 1: #Hockey</i> by Ngozi Ukazu

From the characters to the setting to the simple fact it's a story about hockey, there's a lot I loved about Check, Please! Book 1: #Hockey. If you haven't read it yet, come here and I'll give you 6 reasons why you should put it on your TBR (or bump it up if it's already there!)

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Review: Her Royal Highness by Rachel Hawkins AceOfBens.com
7 Reasons You Should Read <i>Her Royal Highness</i> by Rachel Hawkins

Her Royal Highness is everything you'd want and more in a royal YA romance with an f/f pairing. I've narrowed it down to seven main reasons why you should put it on your TBR!

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Review: Tarnished Are The Stars by Rosiee Thor AceOfBens.com
Tarnished Are The Stars by Rosiee Thor | REVIEW

I knew I was going to enjoy Tarnished Are The Stars, but I didn't realize I'd love it this much! Rosiee Thor does an awesome job of crafting a world that you want to learn more about and characters that you'd follow through anything.

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Mooncakes by Wendy Xu, Suzanne Walker | REVIEW

Quick Info about Mooncakes Title Mooncakes Author Wendy Xu (Illustrator), Suzanne Walker (Author) Publisher Lion Forge Release Date 15 October 2019 Format ARC Representation Hard of hearing MC; Non-binary LI; Both are Chinese-American; Queer grandmothers Content Warnings Genre-appropriate violence; Blood; Discussion of abusive parental figures; Deceased parents; Transphobia; Kidnapping Synopsis Nova Huang knows more about […]

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Review: Guts by Raina Telgemeier AceOfBens.com
Guts by Raina Telgemeier | REVIEW

In terms of anxiety rep, Guts is, hands down, the most relatable thing I have ever read. I am so grateful that this is going into the hands of elementary- and middle-schoolers, because if I'd had something like this at that age, I would have been so much better off.

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Brooklyn, Burning by Steve Breezenoff | REVIEW

Synopsis When you’re sixteen and no one understands who you are, sometimes the only choice left is to run. If you’re lucky, you find a place that accepts you, no questions asked. And if you’re really lucky, that place has a drum set, a place to practice, and a place to sleep. For Kid, the […]

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When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon | REVIEW

Synopsis Dimple Shah has it all figured out. With graduation behind her, she’s more than ready for a break from her family, from Mamma’s inexplicable obsession with her finding the “Ideal Indian Husband.” Ugh. Dimple knows they must respect her principles on some level, though. If they truly believed she needed a husband right now, […]

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The Disasters by M.K. England | REVIEW

Synopsis Hotshot pilot Nax Hall has a history of making poor life choices. So it’s not exactly a surprise when he’s kicked out of the elite Ellis Station Academy in less than twenty-four hours. But Nax’s one-way trip back to Earth is cut short when a terrorist group attacks the Academy. Nax and three other […]

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Blanca & Roja by Anna-Marie McLemore | REVIEW

Synopsis: The biggest lie of all is the story you think you already know. The del Cisne girls have never just been sisters; they’re also rivals, Blanca as obedient and graceful as Roja is vicious and manipulative. They know that, because of a generations-old spell, their family is bound to a bevy of swans deep […]

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