What I’m Thankful For: 8 Years of Book Reviews by Ava

Thanksgiving is tomorrow, which means I’m in Arkansas visiting my lovely relatives. This year, I have a lot to be thankful for, from my amazing, supportive family to the incredible education I am lucky enough to have access to thanks to a generous scholarship. But, one thing I wanted to highlight this season was how thankful I am for the wonderful book review community- everyone from my loyal readers to bookstore owners, librarians, publishers, publicists, authors, and many more.


Since my first review for Warwick’s Bookstore in San Diego, book reviewing has been an integral part of my life, one that I can’t imagine my life without. As a young reader, I am grateful for the platform to share my ideas and opinions about literature. The empowerment that comes from expressing my thoughts has been integral to my growth into a young adult who is passionate about reading.

My first review followed little Lulu, a drama-queen wishing for a brontosaurus as a pet. It was three sentences long and emphasized the cute illustrations and laughable dialogue. Back then, I had my dad edit my reviews down to the sentence and only posted a review when I loved the book.

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What’s Happening This April?

There’s so much happening in YA this April! If you’re like me, just thinking about it all stresses you out… so many books, events, and more. Here’s a summary of what I’m most excited about. Enjoy!

April 12: A Fierce and Subtle Poison by Samantha Mabry comes out

This lush fantasy set in Puerto Rico is so good! So excited for it to launch and for everyone else to love it as much as I do.

April 17: Hudson Valley YA Society: Out of This World event

Held at indie bookstore, Oblong Books and Music, this event features authors Sarah Rees Brennan, Heidi Heilig (find my interview with her here: link)  and Heather Demetrios. Find out more about this event here: link

April 19: The Darkest Corners by Kara Thomas comes out

This book is so creepy and good…. a perfect murder mystery to curl up with on a rainy day.

April 26: The Rose and the Dagger by Renée Ahdieh and The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater come out

I’m so excited for both of these books! The Rose and the Dagger is the follow up to The Wrath and the Dawn (my review here) and The Raven King is the final book in the Raven Boys series

April 30-May 1: YALLWest Book Festival in Santa Monica, CA

This is the event I’m the most excited about! I went last year and it was so amazing. If you’re in or around the area, I absolutely recommend going (don’t worry, it’s free). See you there! Find out more about YALLWest here: link

And don’t forget – it’s National Poetry Month!