The Downstairs Girl by Stacey Lee: Another Amazing Historical Novel About A Chinese Girl in 1890 Atlanta

I loved reading Outrun the Moon, and can’t believe Stacey Lee managed to outdo herself with another stunning novel. The Downstairs Girl is an immediate new favorite and I absolutely adore not only the entire story, but Jo Kuan herself and her innate spunk. From Jo to her questions about her past to Lee’s intricate … Continue reading The Downstairs Girl by Stacey Lee: Another Amazing Historical Novel About A Chinese Girl in 1890 Atlanta

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Writer Wednesday: Author Interview with Elizabeth Lim on Spin the Dawn

Y'all, this has been one of my most anticipated releases of 2019, and WOW IT'S ALMOST HERE. I honestly can't believe that I forgot that I preordered this and had all the swag and beautiful book on the way, but I remembered as I wrote this post & gave myself a little pat on the … Continue reading Writer Wednesday: Author Interview with Elizabeth Lim on Spin the Dawn

This Time Will Be Different by Misa Sugiura: Flower Shops, Social Justice, & Jealousy

I knew I was going to enjoy this book, but I didn’t realize I would end up loving this that much. It was just so well developed on so many fronts, and I can’t help but be in love with every bit of this book. From its social activism, to developing CJ’s relationships, to really … Continue reading This Time Will Be Different by Misa Sugiura: Flower Shops, Social Justice, & Jealousy

The Candle and the Flame by Nafiza Azad: A Richly Developed Fantasy Perfect for Fans of YA/Adult Crossover Fiction

I feel like The Candle and the Flame deserves so much more buzz and marketing than it currently has. It’s a great book. In the scope of all modern lit, The Candle and the Flame develops a complex story about not only Fatima Ghazala and her newfound powers, but also the entire City of Noor … Continue reading The Candle and the Flame by Nafiza Azad: A Richly Developed Fantasy Perfect for Fans of YA/Adult Crossover Fiction

Love from A to Z by S.K. Ali: Miracles, Romance, and Fierce Muslim Girls

Another hit from Ali, Love from A to Z is more than just a romance—it’s a story about family and friendship and kindred spirits. It’s a story about fighting back and embracing yourself. It’s a fantastic book and one I’d recommend to contemporary, romance, and contemporary romance readers alike. There were just so many things … Continue reading Love from A to Z by S.K. Ali: Miracles, Romance, and Fierce Muslim Girls

April Showers Bring May #YARC2019 Reads! (What to Read for YARC This Month!)

I'm absolutely stunned that we're already 1/3 of the way done with the year and our Year of the Asian Reading Challenge! Are you on track? I'm trying to keep a steady pace of 4 YARC reads a month, and it's going pretty well! But, even if you're behind, there's no worries! We have ample … Continue reading April Showers Bring May #YARC2019 Reads! (What to Read for YARC This Month!)

Internment by Samira Ahmed: A Powerful Look at a Potential Future if Islamophobia Persists

4.5 stars Layla Amin and her parents marked themselves as Muslim on the U.S. census, despite watching hatred against Muslims grow in the community and word around them. Now, Layla and her family have been forced to leave their homes and live in an internment camp for Muslim-American citizens, under the rule of a harsh … Continue reading Internment by Samira Ahmed: A Powerful Look at a Potential Future if Islamophobia Persists

What to Read for #YARC2019 This Month? (March YARC Recs!)

Can you believe we're already on our third month of the year, and #YARC2019 is almost 1/4 of the way done?! I certainly can't! Either way, if you haven't heard about it, #YARC2019, or the Year of the Asian Reading Challenge, is a year-long reading challenge dedicated to reading more books by Asian authors! You … Continue reading What to Read for #YARC2019 This Month? (March YARC Recs!)

The Beauty of the Moment by Tanaz Bhathena: A Sweet, Fresh Take on the New Girl/Bad Boy Trope!

I am officially in love with Tanaz Bhathena's books. I really enjoyed reading A Girl Like That last year, but The Beauty of the Moment absolutely blew me away! It finally gave me that romance I was craving--tropey enough that I was hugging it to my chest, but fresh enough that it didn't feel overdone. … Continue reading The Beauty of the Moment by Tanaz Bhathena: A Sweet, Fresh Take on the New Girl/Bad Boy Trope!