Book Review: Kingdom of the Blazing Phoenix

Author: Julie C. Dao

Genre: Fantasy

Age Range: 13+

Published: By Philomel Books on November 6th, 2018

Content Warning: Violence and death

Format I Read: E-book

Grade: Outstanding

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Book Synopsis (section header)

Princess Jade has grown up in exile, hidden away in a monastery while her stepmother, the ruthless Xifeng, rules as empress of Feng Lu. But the empire is in distress and its people are sinking into poverty and despair. Even though Jade doesn’t want the crown, she knows she is the only one who can dethrone the empress and set the world right. Ready to reclaim her place as rightful heir, Jade embarks on a quest to raise the Dragon Lords and defeat Xifeng and the Serpent God once and for all. But will the same darkness that took Xifeng take Jade, too? Or will she find the strength within to save herself, her friends, and her empire?

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April Wrap-Up + May Reading Month (2019)

Happy Star Wars Day and May, fellow nerds! It’s finally become slightly cooler thanks to a few timely storms and things are looking hopeful now that spring is everywhere. April was an amazing month in terms of reading because of the OWLs readathon. I also read some cool blog posts, successfully evaded Endgame and Game of Thrones spoilers and made new bookish friends. Some of my most anticipated books came out in April, which I had the pleasure of reading early copies of. Read on to find out which ones and what I’m looking forward to in May!

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Book Review: How Long ’til Black Future Month

Author: N. K. Jemisin

Genre: Science fiction and fantasy

Age Range: 18+

Published: By Orbit on November 27th, 2018

Content Warning: Racism, sexism, homophobia, violence and death

Format I Read: E-book

Grade: Outstanding

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In these stories, Jemisin sharply examines modern society, infusing magic into the mundane, and drawing deft parallels in the fantasy realms of her imagination. Dragons and hateful spirits haunt the flooded city of New Orleans in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. In a parallel universe, a utopian society watches our world, trying to learn from our mistakes. A black mother in the Jim Crow south must figure out how to save her daughter from a fey offering impossible promises. And in the Hugo award-nominated short story “The City Born Great,” a young street kid fights to give birth to an old metropolis’s soul.

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Top 10 Memorable Book Quotes

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together. How it works is that each Tuesday the host assigns a topic and then posts their top ten list that fits the topic. Every blogger can create their own top ten (or 2, 5, 20, etc.) list as well and link to the host’s. The topic for April 30th, 2019 is: Inspirational/Thought-Provoking Quotes from Books. For this topic, I’m making a list of quotes from books written by authors I’ve not read before that make me want to pick them up immediately.

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Book Review: Aru Shah and the Song of Death

Author: Roshani Chokshi

Genre: Fantasy

Age Range: 8+

Published: By Rick Riordan Presents on April 30th, 2019

Content Warning: N/A

Format I Read: Physical

Grade: Outstanding

Note: I received an ARC of the book from my book blogging friend, Jenna @ Falling Letters. Thank you so much for noticing how much I loved Aru Shah and the End of Time and sending me an ARC of the sequel all the way from Canada, Jenna!

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Aru is only just getting the hang of this whole Pandava thing when the Otherworld goes into full panic mode. The god of love’s bow and arrow have gone missing, and the thief isn’t playing Cupid. Instead, they’re turning people into heartless fighting-machine zombies. If that weren’t bad enough, somehow Aru gets framed as the thief. If she doesn’t find the arrow by the next full moon, she’ll be kicked out of the Otherworld. For good. But, for better or worse, she won’t be going it alone. Along with her soul-sister, Mini, Aru will team up with Brynne, an ultra-strong girl who knows more than she lets on, and Aiden, the boy who lives across the street and is also hiding plenty of secrets. Together they’ll battle demons, travel through a glittering and dangerous serpent realm, and discover that their enemy isn’t at all who they expected.

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10 Books That Changed My Life

One of the reasons I started this blog was because I wanted to talk about books and hope that the habit of reading would someday change another person’s life as it did mine. Today being World Book Day, I wanted to take a moment to reflect on the books that have made me who I am today to illustrate the power of literature. This isn’t a recommendations post as such, but if there’s one thing that I want you to take away from this is that stories have the potential to be the catalyst people need to make their lives better. I would urge you all to pick up a book today – any book – and give it a chance. Maybe it could be the one to improve your life the way the books mentioned below helped me.

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Book Review: Kindred

Author: Octavia Butler

Genre: Sci-fi and historical fiction

Age Range: 18+

Published: By Beacon Press on July 20th, 1997

Content Warning: Slavery, sexual assault, violence, torture and suicide

Format I Read: Audiobook

Grade: Outstanding

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Having just celebrated her 26th birthday in 1976 California, Dana, an African-American woman, is suddenly and inexplicably wrenched through time into antebellum Maryland. After saving a drowning white boy there, she finds herself staring into the barrel of a shotgun and is transported back to the present just in time to save her life. During numerous such time-defying episodes with the same young man, she realizes the challenge she’s been given: to protect this young slaveholder until he can father her own great-grandmother.

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10 Books to Read on a Hot Summer Day (2019)

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together. How it works is that each Tuesday the host assigns a topic and then posts their top ten list that fits the topic. Every blogger can create their own top ten (or 2, 5, 20, etc.) list as well and link to the host’s. The topic for April 16th, 2019 is: Rainy Day Reads. Since it is peak summer here, I decided to share my summer recommendations for 2019 instead.

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Book Review: Descendant of the Crane

Author: Joan He

Genre: Fantasy

Age Range: 13+

Published: By AW Teen on April 9th, 2019

Content Warning: Death, gory violence, slavery, suicide, torture

Format I Read: E-book

Grade: Outstanding

Note: I received a free digital ARC of the book from the author in exchange for an honest review

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Book Synopsis (section header)

Princess Hesina of Yan has always been eager to shirk the responsibilities of the crown, but when her beloved father is murdered, she’s thrust into power, suddenly the queen of an unstable kingdom. Determined to find her father’s killer, Hesina does something desperate: she engages the aid of a soothsayer—a treasonous act, punishable by death… because in Yan, magic was outlawed centuries ago.

Using the information illicitly provided by the sooth, and uncertain if she can trust even her family, Hesina turns to Akira—a brilliant and alluring investigator who’s also a convicted criminal with secrets of his own. With the future of her kingdom at stake, can Hesina find justice for her father? Or will the cost be too high?

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Top 10 Diverse YA Sci-Fi Reading List

I decided to skip the Top Ten Tuesday prompt today because I wasn’t feeling it. While thinking of another idea for a blog post, I was inclined towards a recommendations post when it hit me that as someone who claims to love sci-fi, I don’t read a lot of it. This is especially true for the young adult bracket and even more so for books by diverse authors. In this post, I’m going to be sharing the top ten YA sci-fi books by POC authors (most are #OwnVoices) that are on my TBR.

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