Little & Lion by Brandy Colbert

25062038Little & Lion by Brandy Colbert

Expected publication: August 8th 2017 by Little, Brown

336 Pages

Goodreads Summary: 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.

Review: In a time when diversity is at the forefront of everyone’s mind, Little & Lion brings you a community of characters bursting with diversity in many forms – LGBTQ, religion, POC, and mental illness.  The main character, Suzette aka Little, has just returned home for the summer from boarding school unsure if she wants to return in the fall.  There is an incident involving her roommate Iris that is mentioned quite a bit in the beginning but isn’t really explained until later on in the book. As Suzette tries to settle back into her home, there are some flashbacks to show how her family unit came to be and how strong her relationship was with her stepbrother Lionel aka Lion.  In the present, it is clear that something has affected their relationship so they’re not as close as they used to be even though Suzette desperately wants their relationship back to where it was.  Something caused a strain and as the story continues, and some pretty big events transpire, you find out what that was.

Overall I enjoyed reading this book even though I didn’t quite fully connect with the characters.  I loved Suzette and Lionel’s family!  They seem to have such a cool dynamic.  With the exception of Emil, I didn’t really care for too many of the secondary characters.  A few of the scenarios felt a little exaggerated but they didn’t really have a negative affect on my overall opinion of the book.  One of the main things I was disappointed in was the ending.  It felt rushed and was not satisfying for me.  I would’ve really liked to see the ending expanded to go more into detail about what happens with the decisions that Suzette decided to make regarding school.  I don’t want to say too much more so I don’t spoil anything.  I’ve been torn on where to rate this one and have decided that while I liked the book I don’t think I will ever read it again so I’ve set it at a 3.  It’s definitely worth a read, especially if you are looking for some great diversity.  There is some sexual content so be aware of that if you are looking at this book for a younger YA reader.

3 Stars

I received a copy of this book from The Novl in exchange for an honest review.

#readthemargin Reading Challenge

picture_20161201_201557732Hey everyone! Happy December! Hard to believe it’s almost the end of 2016 already.  Today I’m coming at you with most of my December TBR.  Originally I had planned to catch up on some ARCs but  I was scrolling through my Twitter feed and this particular post stuck out to me.  I immediately clicked on the hashtag to find out more.  From what I could gather it was a reading challenge to read marginalized books.  Eventually I found the original source of the hashtag and confirmed that that was indeed the case. Read the original post here.

Basically from December 1st through January 1st, you read books written by marginalized authors (marginalized people includes groups like women, the queer community, people of color, disabled people, muslim and jewish people, etc.).  Have fun and share what you’re reading on Twitter and Instagram using #readthemargin.  I will also be doing a weekly check-in with this challenge about what I’ve been reading and any books I’ve added to my TBR that would qualify for this challenge.

I’ve been having a pretty slow couple of reading months lately so I’m not sure how many of these I will read but it’s always nice to have some options.  For this month I will just be reading books that I already own but haven’t read yet.  These are the books that I will be reading from this month.picture_20161201_201231423

  • The Star-Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi
  • A Torch Against the Night by Sabaa Tahir
  • The Sun Is Also A Star by Nicola Yoon
  • Labyrinth Lost by Zoraida Cordova (Kindle)
  • Seriously…I’m Kidding by Ellen DeGeneres
  • None of the Above by I.W. Gregorio
  • The Girl From Everywhere by Heidi Heilig
  • Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake
  • More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera (Kindle)
  • Dawn by Elie Wiesel
  • Day by Elie Wiesel
  • Love and First Sight by Josh Sundquist (arc)
  • The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden (arc)
  • Talking As Fast As I Can by Lauren Graham

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Are you participating in this challenge?  What books are you reading?

Top Ten Books With Diverse Characters

Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.  Each week there is a new topic and this week’s topic is: Ten Books That Celebrate Diversity/Diverse Characters (example: features minority/religious minority, socioeconomic diversity, disabled MC,  neurotypical character, LGBTQ etc etc.)

I know there are many more out there that could be included in this post but I only wanted to use books I have read.  And I included more than 10 and still left a few out that I could have used.

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