I listened to a few audiobooks in the last month so here are some smaller reviews because I’m procrastinating and really should be studying. I listened through scribd and if you don’t have that and would like your first two months free click the link HERE and I’ll get 1 month free which is great!
You Should See Me in a Crown by Leah Johnson
Publication Date: June 2nd, 2020
Liz Lighty has always believed she’s too black, too poor, too awkward to shine in her small, rich, prom-obsessed midwestern town. But it’s okay — Liz has a plan that will get her out of Campbell, Indiana, forever: attend the uber-elite Pennington College, play in their world-famous orchestra, and become a doctor.
But when the financial aid she was counting on unexpectedly falls through, Liz’s plans come crashing down . . . until she’s reminded of her school’s scholarship for prom king and queen. There’s nothing Liz wants to do less than endure a gauntlet of social media trolls, catty competitors, and humiliating public events, but despite her devastating fear of the spotlight she’s willing to do whatever it takes to get to Pennington.
The only thing that makes it halfway bearable is the new girl in school, Mack. She’s smart, funny, and just as much of an outsider as Liz. But Mack is also in the running for queen. Will falling for the competition keep Liz from her dreams . . . or make them come true?
This was such a wholesome and powerful book about a girl who learns to be true to herself while doing community service, finding love, and trying to be prom queen so she can get a scholarship that she really needs to get to her dream school!
I laughed and cried and honestly had a really great time. This explored the good, the bad, and the ugly about being a black person in a small town. I’m not an ownvoices reader (black, LGBTQIA+) for this so I definitely think you should check out some ownvoices reviews to see what the rep means. I heard nothing but good things about this book and the audiobook was a perfect way to follow Liz’s journey.
I would recommend this to anyone who wants a coming-of-age high school story. If you enjoy awkward crushes, friendship and friend drama, fighting for what’s right, and a just a great story about a true queen this is the book for you!
Ghost Squad by Claribel A Ortega
Publication Date: April 7th, 2020
Coco meets Stranger Things with a hint of Ghostbusters in this action-packed supernatural fantasy.For Lucely Luna, ghosts are more than just the family business. Shortly before Halloween, Lucely and her best friend, Syd, cast a spell that accidentally awakens malicious spirits, wreaking havoc throughout St. Augustine. Together, they must join forces with Syd’s witch grandmother, Babette, and her tubby tabby, Chunk, to fight the haunting head-on and reverse the curse to save the town and Lucely’s firefly spirits before it’s too late. With the family dynamics of Coco and action-packed adventure of Ghostbusters, Claribel A. Ortega delivers both a thrillingly spooky and delightfully sweet debut novel.
I was wanting to read this for forever and then finally got the impulse to just dive into the audio! It was absolutely PERFECT narration and I had so much fun in Lucely’s mind! There’s the perfect mix of spooky and fun that I definitely think everyone would enjoy!
I loved the incorporation of the culture with the ghost stories. I’m not an ownvoices reader so make sure to read reviews from some ownvoices reviewers! This was an action packed adventure about magic and ghosts and family and friendship! I loved the narrator and the voice of the main character. I really enjoyed the story and the spookiness as well as all the wholesome family love!
If you love to read about magic and ghosts, two kids getting into lots of trouble with a kind of clingy cat, trying to save the family business and home, and the perfect combination of mischief and spookiness you’ll definitely enjoy this fun ride!