Guest Review – Little and Lion by Brandy Colbert

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Happy Sunday everyone! It’s time for another Summer Blogger Promo Tour post. Today, KayleenΒ is on my blog to post a review! Be sure to head over to her blog to see which review she is featuring of mine! πŸ™‚


 

Little & Lion

Little and Lion by Brandy Colbert

When Suzette comes home to Los Angeles from her boarding school in New England, she isn’t sure if she’ll ever want to go back. L.A. is where her friends and family are (along with her crush, Emil). And her stepbrother, Lionel, who has been diagnosed with bipolar disorder, needs her emotional support.

But as she settles into her old life, Suzette finds herself falling for someone new…the same girl her brother is in love with. When Lionel’s disorder spirals out of control, Suzette is forced to confront her past mistakes and find a way to help her brother before he hurts himself–or worse.

I had seen this book around book twitter for awhile and people had been raving about it. Then one day, I was looking around at my library and saw it. I picked it up and decided to read it and let me tell you that was one of the best book decisions I’ve made in awhile.

First, I’ve said this time and time again, but I love a good family dynamic in YA, especially when the family is used as a part of the plot. Too often, YA just ignores the family, but thankfully this book didn’t. Suzette’s mom was a person that she could go to and talk when the other characters were too involved. I loved reading about her relationship with her “stepdad”. And obviously Lionel was a huge part of the story seeing that his nickname is half of the title.

WE HAD SO MANY QUEER GIRLS I CRY. Okay, another thing that I loved and should be more popular is a diverse cast.Β Little and LionΒ had a ton of queer characters: main and side, characters of color: main and side, and there were also characters will varying religions. This book felt so real because of the characters. The real world is this diverse and I loved reading at all times.

Lastly, so I don’t rant on for years, the thing that I love about this book is the Suzette figuring out her sexuality wasn’t all that she was. She was a sister and friend, but also a girl figuring out who she likes. It’s an underlying, but relevant, part of her story. But it wasn’t all that she had to offer. More books need to take a page from this book and how it handles sexuality.

Overall, read this book. Please. It is so good. The mental illness rep is spectacular and so is the queer rep. Trust me, you will love this book just as much as I did. 5/5 stars


 

I am having so much fun collaborating with Kayleen each week on these posts. Stay tuned to both of our blogs next week to see what is coming up next.

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15 Day Book Blogger Challenge – 7

I found this challenge over onΒ Pandora’s Books. It sounded like a lot of fun, and I know this challenge is really old, but I wanted to participate in it. It looks to have been created byΒ Good Books and Good Wine.

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Today’s prompt is: Talk about your blogging quirks.

I’m not really sure that I have any blogging quirks to be honest. I blog about whatever bookish things I want to. I don’t stick to a particular schedule. I tried doing that once, but it just doesn’t work for me. I like posting whenever I have new content to put out instead of sticking to a strict schedule.

Do you have any blogging quirks?

15 Day Book Blogger Challenge – 6

I found this challenge over onΒ Pandora’s Books. It sounded like a lot of fun, and I know this challenge is really old, but I wanted to participate in it. It looks to have been created byΒ Good Books and Good Wine.

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Today’s prompt is: Describe how you shop for books.

I shop for books in a lot of different ways. I don’t mind if my books are new or used, so that opens up quite a bit of options for shopping.

One of the main ways I buy books is in the Facebook book selling groups. I’ve gotten a lot of books that way, especially lately. It’s a great way to add books that you need for your collection without spending a lot of money.

I also buy books at yard sales and thrift stores like Goodwill. That is another way to find inexpensive books.

I buy a lot of books from Barnes & Noble since I have a membership card there. Having that membership has saved me a ton of money. I’m so glad I signed up for it.

I also buy books from Amazon. For e-books, I purchase books on Amazon as well for my Kindle.

How do you buy your books?

15 Day Book Blogger Challenge – 5

I found this challenge over on Pandora’s Books. It sounded like a lot of fun, and I know this challenge is really old, but I wanted to participate in it. It looks to have been created by Good Books and Good Wine.

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Today’s prompt is: Recommend a tearjerker.

Whew. I have a couple of books for this.

The one I am going to talk about though is the book that had me literally curled up in a ball on my bed sobbing for 2.5 hours.

That book was Written in the Scars by Adriana Locke. I have never in my life cried like that while reading a book. The ending absolutely gutted me to my core. I sobbed my way through the rest of the book. I went into my room (still sobbing) and laid down on my bed in a ball then proceeded to sob (gut wrenching, wailing, horrible sobs) for 2.5 hours. I didn’t think I was ever going to be able to stop crying.

It takes a lot of talent to be able to bring out that kind of emotion in someone just with words. Huge kudos to Adriana Locke for writing such an amazing, although heartbreaking, story.

15 Day Book Blogger Challenge – 4

I found this challenge over on Pandora’s Books. It sounded like a lot of fun, and I know this challenge is really old, but I wanted to participate in it. It looks to have been created by Good Books and Good Wine.

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Today’s prompt is: What’s the last book you flung across the room?

I’ve never literally flung a book across the room. There are a few that have made me want to fling them across the room though.

The latest one was The Mark of Athena by Rick Riordan. The cliffhanger ending to that book had my mouth hanging open in shock. I was so angry and upset about what had happened, I really did want to fling the book.

Have you ever flung a book across the room? If you have, which one?Β 

15 Day Book Blogger Challenge – 3

I found this challenge over on Pandora’s Books. It sounded like a lot of fun, and I know this challenge is really old, but I wanted to participate in it. It looks to have been created by Good Books and Good Wine.

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Today’s prompt is: Who are your blogging BFFs?

So, this is going to be a short list. I guess you can take that as either a good thing or a bad thing. I’ve always looked at quality over quantity though.

I have two people that I consider my blogging BFFs.

The first is Grey. Grey and I connected on Twitter last year and started a friendship pretty much right away, especially since we were in a group chat together. We really got to know each other through that group chat. We eventually started talking privately together and have grown a lot closer over the last few months. I can literally talk to Grey about anything and I love that about her. Grey is an amazing friend and I am so glad to have met her. She is a book blogger over at Revised Origins.

The second one is Marybeth. I met Marybeth through a group buddy read last year. We, along with several other ladies, buddy read Wonder Woman: Warbringer together. I enjoyed getting to know her a little through that buddy read group and then we started following each other on other social media and interacting through those as well. She and I immediately clicked. I felt like I had known her forever. We have so much in common. She is an amazing friend, too. She is a booktuber over at Marybeth DwellsinBooks.

Grey and Marybeth both mean so much to me. I don’t know what I would do without them.

Who are your blogging BFFs?

15 Day Book Blogger Challenge – 2

I found this challenge over on Pandora’s Books. It sounded like a lot of fun, and I know this challenge is really old, but I wanted to participate in it. It looks to have been created by Good Books and Good Wine.

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Today’s prompt is: What’s your bedtime reading ritual?

I’m not sure that I really have a bedtime reading ritual. I read whenever I can throughout the day. Sometimes I’m able to read during the day, sometimes I can only read at night. It depends on what I have going on at the time.

When I do read at night though, I always wait until after my boys are in bed. I can’t read or concentrate with a lot of noise. I have to have absolute silence.

So after they are in bed, I’ll pick up whatever book I’m reading at the time, curl up on the couch, and usually end up reading until I fall asleep or am just about to fall asleep. In the winter I’ll have a blanket as well. There is just something really comforting about curling up with a book and a blanket.

 

Do you have any bedtime reading rituals?