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: ‘Six Crimson Cranes’ (‘Six Crimson Cranes’, #1) by Elizabeth Lim

The crane was a constellation of seven stars northeast of the moon...Father had named those seven stars after us seven children... "No matter where life takes you," he would say, "you will be like those stars - connected by the light you shine together."All quotes are from the ARC (advance reader copy), subject to change … Continue reading Review: ‘Six Crimson Cranes’ (‘Six Crimson Cranes’, #1) by Elizabeth Lim

Review: ‘If This Gets Out’ by Sophie Gonzales and Cale Dietrich (happy publication week!)

[E]veryone wants the world to see them as they are. The truth isn't the problem. The problem is that the world doesn't always make the truth safe for us to share.All quotes are from the ARC (advance reader copy), subject to change in the final edition. Rating: 4/5 paper planes Genre: YA (older) contemporary; LGBTQ+; … Continue reading Review: ‘If This Gets Out’ by Sophie Gonzales and Cale Dietrich (happy publication week!)

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

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: ‘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

Review: ‘The Wolf and the Woodsman’ by Ava Reid

This is a power I've always had, one that I've earned, one that can't be taken from me by some capricious god. Rating: 4.5/5 paper planes Genre: Fantasy, mythological and historical inspirationPublication: 8 June 2021Pages: 448 (hardcover) Synopsis: In her forest-veiled pagan village, Évike is the only woman without power, making her an outcast clearly … Continue reading Review: ‘The Wolf and the Woodsman’ by Ava Reid