Review: ‘Skin of the Sea’ (‘Skin of the Sea’, #1) by Natasha Bowen

"In the water there are many things that mankind doesn't know about...When you peel back the skin of the sea, you never know what you will find."All quotes are from the ARC (advance reader copy), which may differ to the final version. Rating: 3.8/5 paper planes Genre: YA Historical Fantasy (15th Century C.E.); Mythology (West … Continue reading Review: ‘Skin of the Sea’ (‘Skin of the Sea’, #1) by Natasha Bowen

Review: ‘Bless the Daughter Raised by a Voice in Her Head: Poems’ by Warsan Shire

...At each and every checkpoint the refugee is askedare you human?The refugee is sure it's still human but worries that overnight,while it slept, there may have been a change in classification.(Excerpt from the poem 'Assimilation'.) Rating: 4.5/5 paper planes Genre: Poetry anthology; contemporaryPublication: 10th March 2022Pages: 96 (hardcover) Synopsis: With her first full-length poetry collection, … Continue reading Review: ‘Bless the Daughter Raised by a Voice in Her Head: Poems’ by Warsan Shire

Review: ‘Ace of Spades’ by Faridah Àbíké-Íyímídé

Growing up, I realized quite quickly that people hate being called racist more than they hate racism itself. Rating: 4.8/5 paper planes Genre: YA mystery-thrillerPublication: 10 June 2021 (UK)Pages: 470 (paperback) Synopsis: Welcome to Niveus Private Academy, where money paves the hallways, and the students are never less than perfect. Until now. Because anonymous texter, … Continue reading Review: ‘Ace of Spades’ by Faridah Àbíké-Íyímídé

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

Review: ‘Sorrowland’ by Rivers Solomon (narr. Karen Chilton)

[Vern] saw that cursed flag on the hunter's T-shirt, and wondered if he knew about the glut of traumas that defined this nation's founding. Had he fallen so in love with the myth of belonging that he thought the corpses of his imaginary foes were worthwhile sacrifices toward barbecues, megachurches, bandannas and hot dogs?The primary … Continue reading Review: ‘Sorrowland’ by Rivers Solomon (narr. Karen Chilton)

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: ‘Loud Black Girls’ edited by Yomi Adegoke and Elizabeth Uviebinené

The fact is that plurality, polyvocality, multiplicity - however we describe it - functions to counterbalance invisibility and reductionist stereotyping. Rating: 4.8/5 paper planes Genre: Nonfiction (essay anthology)Publication: 1 October 2020Pages: 256 (hardcover)Synopsis: Despite young black women reading more than any other ethnic group in the UK, they are still largely invisible as published authors. Loud … Continue reading Review: ‘Loud Black Girls’ edited by Yomi Adegoke and Elizabeth Uviebinené