The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs by Steven Brusatte: As a dinosaur-obsessed kid from the 90s (Jurassic Park hit theaters the day before I turned six so it was pretty much fate), this book caught my eye a few years ago. And then…sat on my shelf for way too long. Fellow dino-loving kids, you need to give this a read (Brusatte’s casual but relentless roasting of T-Rex’s “teeny, tiny, laughably small, useless, weak arms” is just a bonus).
A Princess in Theory (Reluctant Royals #1) by Alyssa Cole: This story is one part The Princess Diaries and one part Black Panther with a dash of Cinderella, and it’s a delight. Thabiso is well-meaning, although a bit naive (being a sheltered, coddled prince will have that effect), and Naledi is a whip-smart, independent woman…who could stand to be vulnerable sometimes. A LOT happens in this book which was both a strength and a weakness – it’s a complete, well-rounded story with a very solid plot (and some great side plots!) but it did feel just a tad too long at some points.