The Weight of Our Sky by Hanna Alkaf: A Stunning and Emotionally Charged Historical Debut

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

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Year of the Asian Reading Challenge 2019: Have Fun Reading More Diversely! 🎉

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! 🎉

If You Liked… #11: Diverse Historical Fiction Edition

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

The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo: A Lyrical, Impactful Debut

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

Reading through the Ages: YA Book Recommendations for Teens of Any Age!

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!

The Brilliant Death by Amy Rose Capetta (ARC): A Queer Italian Mafia-Inspired Fantasy You Don’t Want to Miss

4 stars All her life, Teodora has hidden the fact that she is a strega--a magic wielder. Teo herself can turn people into decorative objects--which is handy when dealing with the DiSangro's enemies--but common belief is that they are figures out of fairytales--not real people. Then the Capo, the land’s new ruler, sends poisoned letters to … Continue reading The Brilliant Death by Amy Rose Capetta (ARC): A Queer Italian Mafia-Inspired Fantasy You Don’t Want to Miss

If You Liked… #8: September 2018 Edition

Today is the last recommendation post of the month (recommendations now on Tuesdays!), and you know what that means: Personalized book recs based on books you know and love! From diverse romantic contemporaries to science fiction action to murderous monsters and genre-bending stories, this month's recommendations (based on my very favorite reads of this month) … Continue reading If You Liked… #8: September 2018 Edition

Hullmetal Girls by Emily Skrutskie (DRC): Angry Cyborg Girls Here to Kick Chassis

3 stars (but only because I'm honestly undecided and have no idea what my feelings really are about this book) Aisha Un-Haad and Key Tanaka's lives collide after they both convert to become Scela, mechanically enhanced soldiers sworn to protect and serve the governing body of the Fleet--the starships their people call home. Aisha converts … Continue reading Hullmetal Girls by Emily Skrutskie (DRC): Angry Cyborg Girls Here to Kick Chassis

A Fierce Tale of Magic, Family, and Power: Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi

4.5 stars Orïsha used to hum with magic. Burners ignited flames, Tiders beckoned waves, and Zélie Adebola’s Reaper mother summoned forth souls. But everything changed the night magic disappeared. A ruthless king ordered all the maji to be killed, leaving Zélie and her people missing both loved ones and hope. But when the change to bring … Continue reading A Fierce Tale of Magic, Family, and Power: Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi