rivals in the city by y.s. lee

Release Date: March 10th 2015
Source: ARC (Thanks, Candlewick!)
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Purchase: Amazon, Indiebound

The Agency series by Y.S. Lee is seriously, woefully and tragically underrated. I MEAN, IT IS ABOUT A HALF-ASIAN VICTORIAN SPY! How is this not selling like hot cakes! I greatly enjoy this series and Rivals in the City is the last book.

Rivals in the City isn’t really about a mystery like the previous books but a tying of loose ends. Mary and James want to get married but because it is Victorian times, they cannot go to Vegas and call it a day. They are approached with the same case by different employers so they spend the majority of the book apart. This is a shame because I love their banter! I like that they can be independent of each other and still work as fictional characters but they are better together!!

There is also a subplot with a Chinese boxer, who is a potential relative of Mary, which ties back to one of the things I like most about the series. Lee explores Mary’s identity as a passing Asian in great, thoughtful detail. SEE, IT IS TOTALLY POSSIBLE TO WRITE ABOUT POC CHARACTERS IN YE OLDEN TIMES. (also see: the movie Belle. I also now think I may be on the verge of a tangent) I digress. Although it was interesting to learn more about Mary’s history, which she so desperately wants, this subplot wasn’t exactly exciting for me. I like the series because MYSTERY! POC HEROINE! and KISSING! but Rivals in the City was a bit lacking on the mystery and kissing front.

Definitely check out this series because it is excellent.

Sound: Broken Social Scene – All to All
Call of forgiveness
I’m like the beat of the hurt
I’m not the only one
You tried to save when you fell out

I picked this because of how Mary’s past is a constant worry for her but now, she’s slowly getting past that.

Hi! I’m excited to be kicking off the blog tour for The Girl at Midnight by Melissa Grey! She’s sharing her playlist for the highly anticipated debut for this stop along with a giveaway.

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Hi, everyone! Hope you are having a great Sunday! A few days ago, I asked on Twitter if people read reviews on book blogs before and also expressed my frustration that it often feels like I’m talking to an empty room. BUT I also know that I’m not actually talking to an empty room (I…think?) and wanted to take time to tell you how much I appreciate you for stopping by here. Every comment seriously makes my day and I get excited every time I see someone commented. I try to respond and return comments when I can but it’s not always possible. But I really do read every single one and love what hearing what you think. It means a lot that you want to share your thoughts with me because they’re insightful and smart.

So this is just a note saying: THANK YOU SO MUCH! I like you a lot and thanks for sticking around!


Hi, hi! I’m going to BEA/BookCon so I’m excited once again to be a part of the BEA feature hosted by Estelle @ Rather Be Reading! Instead of massive dessert posts like year one and year two, I decided to group the places by areas and branch out a bit. This post is basically a bunch of food and books, two of my favorite things.

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boys don't knit by t.s. easton

Release Date: March 24th 2015
Source: ARC (Thanks, Macmillan!)
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Purchase: Amazon, Indiebound

After an incident regarding a crossing guard and a bottle of Martini & Rossi (and his friends), 17-year-old worrier Ben Fletcher must develop his sense of social alignment, take up a hobby, and do some community service to avoid any further probation.

He takes a knitting class (it was that or his father’s mechanic class) with the impression that it’s taught by the hot teacher all the boys like. Turns out, it’s not. Perfect. 

Regardless, he sticks with it and comes to discover he’s a natural knitter, maybe even great. It also helps ease his anxiety and worrying. The only challenge now is to keep it hidden from his friends, his crush, and his soccer-obsessed father. What a tangled web Ben has weaved . . . or knitted.


Boys Don’t Knit by T.S. Easton is a UKYA and one I’ve been dying to get over the pond because it sounds fun! I really like slightly off-kilter premises and I think this worked nicely. It’s told through Ben’s diaries and he is just very teen boy. Not particularly savvy about women but overall, earnest.

I really loved Ben’s passion for knitting! I’ve always wanted to take up knitting but it’s always been a bit confusing for me. I’m actually jealous Ben is so adept at it! I love that there were knitting groups, podcasts, and a competition. Niche hobbies are very intense! (hi, book blogging)

Very fun and quick to read, Boys Don’t Knit shows boys can definitely knit and there’s nothing wrong with that.

Ice Cream: Ben & Jerry’s “All or Nut-ting Core”

Today is Free Cone Day so I thought I would try something new and pair this book with an ice cream! I picked “All or Nut-ting” because of the pun and that it’s ALL OR NOTHING in the world of knitting for Ben! Plus, I like that it’s a core ice cream showing that maybe people have unexpected depths or hobbies!