Book Review: Akata Witch by Nnedi Okorafor

Sunny is caught between two worlds, never quite fitting in anywhere. She was born in Nigeria, grew up in New York, and now lives back in Nigeria. She has albino white skin and hair that make her stand out from her peers and sensitive to the sun. And now, she discovers, she is part of a magical race called Leopard People, but born into a non-magical family. Continue reading “Book Review: Akata Witch by Nnedi Okorafor”

Book Review: The Night Tiger by Yangsze Choo

As a twin, a ballroom dancer, and a lover of folklore, The Night Tiger drew me in on all fronts. What part of 1930s Malaysia with dance hall girls, superstition, and weretigers doesn’t sound exciting? I fell in love with Yangsze Choo’s writing with her debut work The Ghost Bride (featured in my 2018 Diverse Books post). Her second book, released just yesterday, is no less entrancing.

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Book Review: The Kingdom of Copper by S.A. Chakraborty

Yesterday, the exciting sequel to The City of Brass by S.A. Chakraborty, which I reviewed last year, was published! In the sequel, The Kingdom of Copper, Nahri has completely left the human world behind, now in a loveless marriage with a crown prince of the djinn. Meanwhile, an exiled prince and a resurrected warrior plot to return to the capital of their homeland.

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Diverse Reads of 2018

I started this tradition with one of my first blog posts, highlighting my favorite diverse books that I read in the past year, inspired by the #WeNeedDiverseBooks campaign. In 2018, I set the ambitious goal of having 33% of all the books I read represent diverse perspectives. At a grand total of 63 books, 31 of which I categorize as diverse which is 49%, I well surpassed my goal!

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Book Review: La Belle Sauvage By Philip Pullman

I grew up with The Golden Compass and the rest of the His Dark Materials series, epic tales of good and evil where part of each person’s soul lives outside them as an animal familiar called a daemon. Author Philip Pullman dived back into that universe for the Book of Dust series, the first installment of which, La Belle Sauvage, came out in 2017. Continue reading “Book Review: La Belle Sauvage By Philip Pullman”

Frost Demons Are the New Vampires

Who knew winter could be so sexy? And this is coming from someone who hates the cold. I’m calling it now: frost demons are the new vampires and soon they will be cropping up everywhere. At least, if the success of The Winternight Trilogy and Spinning Silver are any indication, I expect more and more writers to hop on the bandwagon. Continue reading “Frost Demons Are the New Vampires”

Fairy Tale Retellings: Beauty and the Beast

Up next on my series of fairy tale retelling round ups, we have new takes on a tale as old as time, that of the Beauty and the Beast. In each story, a young woman goes to live with a powerful but beastly man, and comes in time to see the humanity beneath his rough exterior. Continue reading “Fairy Tale Retellings: Beauty and the Beast”

Book Review: Trail of Lightning by Rebecca Roanhorse

I discovered Rebecca Roanhorse on Twitter through her advocacy in conversations about diverse books, and was very excited to finally read her first full-length novel, Trail of Lightning, which came out this summer. Roanhorse has won a Nebula and Hugo award for short story “Welcome to your Authentic Indian Experience.” Trail of Lightning tells the story of a Navajo monster-hunter in post-apocalyptic America who must come to terms with her own past and blood lust before she can save her world. It is the first in a series called The Sixth World. Continue reading “Book Review: Trail of Lightning by Rebecca Roanhorse”

Fairy Tale Retellings: Rapunzel

Welcome to my second post in a series of classic fairy tale retellings! This week I am focusing on Rapunzel, known for her tremendous tresses and being trapped in a tower by an evil witch. Each of these stories adds a twist to the tale but the original seed is still there. Continue reading “Fairy Tale Retellings: Rapunzel”

Book Review: The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black

Nothing gets me in the mood for spooky season like curling up with a good old-fashioned vampire romance novel. Holly Black, queen of urban fantasy, branches off from her usual faerie tales to deliver this delicious paragon of the genre. Continue reading “Book Review: The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black”