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

Book Tour Stop: ‘Josephine Against the Sea’ by Shakirah Bourne

I find myself on top of Coconut Hill, in front of the view of the shimmering blue sea - inviting, magical, but dangerous.[All quotes are from the ARC, subject to change in the final edition.] Rating: 4.9/5 paper planes Genre: Middle-grade contemporary fantasyPublication: 6 July 2021 (Scholastic)Pages: 304 (hardcover) Synopsis: Meet Josephine, the most loveable … Continue reading Book Tour Stop: ‘Josephine Against the Sea’ by Shakirah Bourne

Book Tour Stop: Review + Top 5 Reasons to Read ‘Sugar and Spite’ by Gail D. Villanueva

"Magic can't heal everything, can it?""No, it cannot heal everything. Like I said, it's only a temporary fix. True healing must come from within the patient themselves." Rating: 5/5 paper planes Genre: Middle-grade contemporary fantasyPublication: 20 April 2021Pages: 208 (hardback) Synopsis: Can a bully be defeated by a magical love potion? Jolina can’t take Claudine’s … Continue reading Book Tour Stop: Review + Top 5 Reasons to Read ‘Sugar and Spite’ by Gail D. Villanueva

Review: ‘Firekeeper’s Daughter’ by Angeline Boulley (narr. Isabella Star LaBlanc)

Mom. She won't survive my death. One bullet will kill us both. Rating: 4.5/5 paper planes Genre: Historical fiction; mystery/thriller; contemporaryPublication: 16 March 2021Pages: 496 (hardback) Synopsis: As a biracial, unenrolled tribal member and the product of a scandal, eighteen-year-old Daunis Fontaine has never quite fit in, both in her hometown and on the nearby … Continue reading Review: ‘Firekeeper’s Daughter’ by Angeline Boulley (narr. Isabella Star LaBlanc)

Review: ‘An Unkindness of Ghosts’ by Rivers Solomon

[Aster] was standing on the edge of a new world and so ready to jump. How Lucifer felt upon leaving the Heavens. He didn't fall. He dove. Rating: 5/5 paper planes Genre: Science-fiction; Afrofuturism; dystopian fictionPublication: 3 Oct 2017Pages: 351 (paperback) Synopsis: Odd-mannered, obsessive, withdrawn - botanist and healer Aster Gray has little to offer … Continue reading Review: ‘An Unkindness of Ghosts’ by Rivers Solomon

Review: ‘The Gilded Ones’ (‘Deathless’, #1) by Namina Forna

"I don't want you to be sorry... I want you to keep the memory of my scars. I need someone to remember what happened to me." Rating: 4/5 paper planes Genre: YA high fantasy; feminist fantasyPublication: 9th Feb 2021Pages: 432 (ebook) Synopsis: Sixteen-year-old Deka lives in fear and anticipation of the blood ceremony that will … Continue reading Review: ‘The Gilded Ones’ (‘Deathless’, #1) by Namina Forna

Review: ‘Legendborn’ (‘Legendborn’, #1) by Tracy Deonn

"Legends are dangerous, Bree. Don't underestimate them." Rating: 4.5/5 paper planes Genre: YA urban fantasy (Arthurian legend)Publication: 15 Sep 2020Pages: 512 (hardcover) Synopsis: After her mother dies in an accident, sixteen-year-old Bree wants nothing to do with her family memories or childhood home. A residential program for bright high schoolers at UNC–Chapel Hill seems like … Continue reading Review: ‘Legendborn’ (‘Legendborn’, #1) by Tracy Deonn

Review: ‘The Black Kids’ by Christina Hammonds Reed

Sometimes people, they see your skin, and all they know of you is war. Rating: 4.8/5 paper planes Genre: Historical fiction; coming-of-age Publication: 4 Aug 2020 Pages: 368 (hardback) Synopsis: Los Angeles, 1992. It’s the end of senior year. Ashley and her friends can already feel the endless possibilities of summer. Everything changes when four … Continue reading Review: ‘The Black Kids’ by Christina Hammonds Reed

Review: ‘Cinderella is Dead’ by Kalynn Bayron

I don't want to be saved by some knight in shining armor. I'd like to be the one in armor, and I'd like to be the one doing the saving. Rating: 3/5 paper planes Genre: Fantasy (fairytale retelling) Publication: 7 July (US); 6 Aug 2020 (UK) Pages: 400 (paperback) Synopsis: It's been 200 years since … Continue reading Review: ‘Cinderella is Dead’ by Kalynn Bayron