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: ‘The Last Firefox’ by Lee Newbery (illust. Laura Catalan)

...I turn slowly.The head of the Grendilock is peering back through the curtain of ivy. I can see myself reflected in the empty blackness of its insect eyes.I look afraid. Rating: 4.8/5 paper planes Genre: Children's/Middle-Grade Fantasy; Contemporary Fantasy; Adventure; LGBTQ+; AnimalsPublication: 3 March 2022Pages: 304 (paperback) Synopsis: Between bullies at school and changes at … Continue reading Review: ‘The Last Firefox’ by Lee Newbery (illust. Laura Catalan)

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 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

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