Review: Final Draft by Riley Redgate

The only sort of risk 18-year-old Laila Piedra enjoys in Final Draft is the peril she writes for the characters in her stories: epic sci-fi worlds full of quests, forbidden love, and robots. Her creative writing teacher has always told her she has a special talent. But three months before her graduation, he’s suddenly replaced—by Nadiya Nazarenko,…

Character Interview: Zita from Baker Thief

Hello, dear readers! Today, I’m interviewing Zita, a character from Claudie Arseneault’s latest novel, Baker Thief. Arseneault describes Baker Thief as “the first in a fantasy series meant to reframe romance tropes within non-romantic relationship and centering aromantic characters. Those who love enemies-to-lovers and superheroes should enjoy the story!” I thoroughly enjoyed this story, and Zita…

Review: Revenant Gun by Yoon Ha Lee

When Shuos Jedao wakes up for the first time in Revenant Gun, several things go wrong. His few memories tell him that he’s a seventeen-year-old cadet– but his body belongs to a man decades older. Hexarch Nirai Kujen orders Jedao to reconquer the fractured hexarchate on his behalf even though Jedao has no memory of…

Review: Bruja Born by Zoraida Córdova

Lula Mortiz feels like an outsider in Bruja Born. Her sister’s newfound Encantrix powers have wounded her in ways that Lula’s bruja healing powers can’t fix, and she longs for the comfort her family once brought her. Thank the Deos for Maks, her sweet, steady boyfriend who sees the beauty within her and brings light…

May Wrap Up

So, the month of May was exciting in a lot of unexpected ways. I mentioned in last month’s wrap up that I turned in my notice at my job. Well, as of last week, I am no longer a full time reporter. Instead, I am now a full time freelancer dipping my toes into the…

Review: Furyborn by Claire Legrand

When assassins ambush her best friend, the crown prince, Rielle Dardenne risks everything to save him, exposing her ability to perform all seven kinds of elemental magic in Furyborn. The only people who should possess this extraordinary power are a pair of prophesied queens: a queen of light and salvation and a queen of blood…

Author Interview: Julian Winters

Hello, dear readers! Today I’m happy to introduce you to Julian Winters, author of Running With Lions, which debuts on June 7 through Duet Books! It’s a queer YA sports story the likes that the YA community has never seen before. I’m looking forward to reading Running With Lions.  Bloomington High School Lions’ star goalie, Sebastian Hughes, should…

Review: Tone of Voice by Kaia Sønderby

At the beginning of Tone of Voice, Xandri Corelel has spent six months living among the Ongkoarrat after her unceremonious firing from the crew of the Carpathia, and though she misses her home, she has settled into her new life. Then Diver arrives with news that changes everything. The Hands and Voices — squid- and…

Author Interview: Sara Wolf

Hello, dear readers, and welcome back to CandidCeillie! Today I’d like to introduce you to Sara Wolf, author of the Lovely Vicious series and Bring Me Their Hearts through Entangled. Zera is a Heartless – the immortal, unageing soldier of a witch. Bound to the witch Nightsinger ever since she saved her from the bandits who murdered her family,…

Review: Clara Voyant by Rachelle Delaney

Clara can’t believe her no-nonsense grandmother has just up and moved to Florida, leaving Clara and her mother on their own for the first time. This means her mother can finally “follow her bliss,” which involves moving to a tiny apartment in Kensington Market, working at a herbal remedy shop and trying to develop her…