5 stars Princess Hesina of Yan has just become queen after what she believes was her father’s murder. Yet, investigating the suspicious circumstances comes with a cost, namely treasonous magic from a soothsayer. Hesina must navigate both her own personal investigation into the murder, as well as the political games inside the imperial court and … Continue reading Descendant of the Crane by Joan He: SO. MANY. TWISTS.
4 stars A fast paced adventure about the last 8 teens on Earth, Laura Pohl's The Last 8 centers on Clover, a teen who is left alone when everyone she knows is killed in an alien invasion. But when she hears a radio signal from Area 51, she crosses the country to find out who … Continue reading The Last 8 by Laura Pohl: An Action-Packed “We’re Actually the Last Teens on Earth” Story!
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!
I love The Hate U Give and Children of Blood and Bone as much as the next person (and very much appreciate all they've done for the book community), but I wanted to use today's recommendation post in honor of Black History Month to highlight some quieter, smaller YA releases from black authors. Diverse books with huge marketing budgets behind them … Continue reading 18 Underrated Books by Black Authors for Black History Month!
4.5 stars Emotionally moving, steeped with history, and full of meaning, Hanna Alkaf's The Weight of Our Sky is set during the historic race riots in 1969 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Melati Ahmad looks like your typical Beatles-obsessed sixteen-year-old, but she believes she harbors a djinn inside her--one who threatens her with horrific images of her mother’s … Continue reading The Weight of Our Sky by Hanna Alkaf: A Stunning and Emotionally Charged Historical Debut
I am so so excited to announce this challenge to y'all! 2019 is full of so many awesome releases by Asian authors, and I can't boost them enough! So me and some friends (CW, Lily, & Shealea) have started this reading challenge so we can enjoy awesome Asian novels--old and new--as well as have fun … Continue reading Year of the Asian Reading Challenge 2019: Have Fun Reading More Diversely! 🎉
Because I have Rachel dragging me (it's ok i secretly love it) about not reading Outrun the Moon, I thought I'd make this edition of If You Liked... all about some awesome diverse historical fiction! I missed the If You Liked... post in December because I was so busy talking about some of the best 2018 books I read, so I … Continue reading If You Liked… #11: Diverse Historical Fiction Edition
To end 2018, every Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday left in the year will be dedicated to a list of 6 books that absolutely wowed me this year. Today is all about diverse books, and 2018 did so well with all the diverse books that came out, I'm quaking??? Like, there were so many amazing … Continue reading Best of 2018: Favorite Diverse Books
4.5 stars Xiomara Batista feels unheard and unable to hide in her Harlem neighborhood. She has learned to let her fists and her fierceness do the talking, but she still has lots to say and pours all her frustration and passion onto the pages of a leather notebook. This becomes even more important after she … Continue reading The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo: A Lyrical, Impactful Debut
Based on popular demand, I have some reading recommendations for teens of all ages! I have a more complete list of some of my most relatable reads coming in the future in partnership with someone else, so you'll have to wait on that, but for now, here are some reading recommendations for teens 12+! This post was … Continue reading Reading through the Ages: YA Book Recommendations for Teens of Any Age!