Review: ‘In The Watchful City’ by S. Qiouyi Lu

"White is the color of death... The color of pictures and clothes and bones left untended and eaten by the suns. But black?... Black is the color of life. When you dig into damp, dark dirt to plant a seed or look at the space between stars, wondering - that's life." Rating: 3.5/5 paper planes … Continue reading Review: ‘In The Watchful City’ by S. Qiouyi Lu

Review: ‘Fire with Fire’ by Destiny Soria

"I'm not like you," Dani said. "I fight to win.""So do I!" [said Eden]."No, you fight to be perfect. It's not the same." All quotes are from the ARC (advance reader copy), subject to change in the final version. Rating: 3.25/5 stars Genre: YA urban fantasy (dragons, sorcerers)Publication: 8 June 2021Pages: 432 (ebook) Synopsis: Dani … Continue reading Review: ‘Fire with Fire’ by Destiny Soria

Review: ‘The Other Black Girl’ by Zakiya Dalila Harris

"With heightened awareness of cultural sensitivity comes great responsibility. If we're not careful, 'diversity' might become an item people start checking off a list and nothing more - a shallow, shadowy thing with but one dimension."All quotes are from the ARC (advance reader copy), subject to change in the final version. Rating: 3.75/5 paper planes … Continue reading Review: ‘The Other Black Girl’ by Zakiya Dalila Harris

Triple round of First Lines Friday + September book haul!

White rectangle with large font swirly text reading 'First Lines Friday' and below it reads in smaller all caps font 'A weekly book feature hosted by Wandering Words'. Behind the white rectangle are teal and peach bokeh lights background design. Without further ado, here's round 1... First-day-back assemblies are the most pointless practice ever.And that's … Continue reading Triple round of First Lines Friday + September book haul!

Review: ‘The Language of the Flowers’ (‘The Language of the Flowers’, #1) by K. Pigeon

“Vow to vow, blood to blood, soul to soul. For as long as the sun shines, the wind roams, the sea flows, and the earth pulses, may you belong to each other, never to part. I give you the Cadre Tiresias’s blessing.” Rating: 3/5 paper planes Genre: Fantasy (romance; shapeshifting; time-travel)Publication: 9 March 2021Pages: 257 … Continue reading Review: ‘The Language of the Flowers’ (‘The Language of the Flowers’, #1) by K. Pigeon

Review: ‘Pride’ by Ibi Zoboi (narr. Elizabeth Acevedo)

Genre: YA contemporary romance; retelling ('Pride and Prejudice')Publication: 18 Sep 2018Listening length: 6 hours (1x speed) Synopsis: Zuri Benitez has pride. Brooklyn pride, family pride, and pride in her Afro-Latino roots. But pride might not be enough to save her rapidly gentrifying neighborhood from becoming unrecognizable. When the wealthy Darcy family moves in across the street, … Continue reading Review: ‘Pride’ by Ibi Zoboi (narr. Elizabeth Acevedo)

Review: ‘The Wolf Den’ (‘Wolf Den Trilogy’, #1) by Elodie Harper

May men fall to me as this offering falls to you, Greatest Aphrodite. May I know love's power, if never its sweetness.All quotes are from the ARC (advance reader copy), subject to change in the final version. Rating: 4.8/5 paper planes Genre: Historical fictionPublication: 13 May 2021Pages: 464 (hardcover) Synopsis: Amara was once a beloved … Continue reading Review: ‘The Wolf Den’ (‘Wolf Den Trilogy’, #1) by Elodie Harper

Review: ‘The High Auction’ (‘Wisdom Revolution’, #1) by Misba

“[S]peaking means nothing if you don’t have voice. The real voice. The voice that never fears.
The voice that never doubts.
The voice that wins without being loud.” Rating: 4.5/5 paper planes Genre: Sci-fi-fantasy; post-apocalyptic utopia/dystopiaPublication: 21 July 2021Pages: 164 (paperback) Synopsis: In the near future, a machinist, a monk, and a mesmerizer are looking for the … Continue reading Review: ‘The High Auction’ (‘Wisdom Revolution’, #1) by Misba

The LGBTQ+ Rep Book Tag: Round 2!

ID: Rainbows in a purple sky over green forests, with 'The LGBTQ+ Rep Book Tag' written in the centre in dark purple and 'The Sassy Library Fox' written in pink in the bottom right. The V (The Sassy Library Fox) to my Yoongi tagged me in this, thank you! I'm almost a month late but … Continue reading The LGBTQ+ Rep Book Tag: Round 2!

ARC Review: ‘Cheer Up: Love and Pompoms’ by Crystal Frasier, Val Wise and Oscar O. Jupiter

"[N]o matter what I do, everyone is always looking at me. I'm always the center of attention. And they think if I screw up, or freak out, it's because I'm a trans girl... Never because I'm just not perfect."All quotes are from the ARC (advance reader copy), subject to change in the final version. Rating: … Continue reading ARC Review: ‘Cheer Up: Love and Pompoms’ by Crystal Frasier, Val Wise and Oscar O. Jupiter