Fri-YA | #CYBILS2023 Book Reviews 11.17.23

Fiction with all the feels? It must be Fri-YA! Let’s go!

Book summaries come from Goodreads. Click the book cover image to add it to your own TBR.


Gina @ G’s Reading Spree – You think the book can’t make you cry until you get to the author’s note 😭The things Heera sees and experiences are things fully unknown to me; they’re things I never would have fathomed actually happening to people if I hadn’t started reading outside my own experiences. Heera’s journey is both heartbreaking and inspiring, and knowing her story is based on real ones makes it hit even harder. I’m so glad [vendor] gave me the chance to read this one 💗

Cindy Mitchell on behalf of Kiss the Book, review by Laura Trujillo – Ruchira Gupta portrays an incredible story of a young, determined, strong, and heroic character. The book raises awareness and reality of human sex trafficking. Gupta draws the readers into Heera’s life in India. Although, it is unfortunate that Heera’s character and her family experience of life in poverty, I enjoyed reading how Heera is able to hold on to hope and self empowerment.


Cindy Mitchell on behalf of Kiss the Book, review by Carolina Herdegen – I love Tintera’s humor and her relatable characters – especially her strong and confident female characters. Though the book wraps up without a cliffhanger, I am not ready to let this world go and am hoping for a sequel. Rating: PG-13, mature for blood, mention of cannibalism, gun and bomb use, and murder.

TheNextGenLibrarian @ Goodreads – ** spoiler alert ** A fast-paced YA dystopian thriller that I couldn’t get enough of! This was a mile a minute ride! I love a good sci-fi dystopian novel and this one checked all the boxes. Amy Tintera did a fantastic job with this book and I can’t wait to read more by her. CW: pandemic, medical issues caused by pandemic, violence, blood, guns, bombing, war, murder, kidnapping.