Review: Being Jazz: My Life as a Transgender Teen – Jazz Jennings

Jazz knew she was a girl very early in her life, and after being allowed to publicly transition, began her campaign of spreading trans-awareness by speaking out on her Youtube channel, going to conventions, and doing interviews.


Why this book?: We were doing book club discussions in my sociology class, and luckily there was a LGBT group. I got in it, and voted to read this one.

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Review: The Gauntlet – Karuna Riazi

During her 12th birthday party, Farah finds a game she presumes is her birthday gift. When she starts playing it with her friends, it sucks her younger brother Ahmed into it, forcing Farah and her friends into the Gaunlet to play the challenges set up by the Architect.


Why this book?: Okay, one, hijaabi main character on the cover. Two, the author is amazing. Three, the story sounds amazing. Doesn’t it sound like Jumanji??

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Reviewer and Author Relationships

Reviewer&AuthorI don’t know about you, but one reason I started blogging was so I’d be able to talk with authors that I’d been admiring from afar. Since then, I’ve not only spoken to a few of my favorite authors ever, but I’ve become, at least what I’d consider, friends with a few.

But, then there’s the problem of Authors Behaving Badly, which I’ve also experienced. Authors wanting you to defend your final review, authors harassing you, etc. What’s up with that?

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Novella Review: Never Now Always – Desirina Boskovich

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Lolo has always had problems with her memory, as far as she can remember. After writing down everything that she dreams of and remembers, Lolo becomes determined to get back to the life she only vaguely remembers.


Why this book?: I was offered an eARC and decided I needed something new and different. It also sounded interesting.

I would like to thank Scott Gable at Broken Eye Books for providing the eARC in exchange for an honest review.

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Short Story Review: Geometries of Belonging – Rose Lemberg

Image result for beneath ceaseless skies #183A famous “mind-healer”, known as Parét, is asked to heal the grandchild of his lover’s enemy. When the patient refuses to be cured, Parét continues to speak to them in order to unravel the full story.


Why this story?: My friend Corey recommended it to me, along with the rest of Lemberg’s writings.

Note: Geometries of Belonging is a story within Beneath Ceaseless Skies Issue #183. This review is only for Lemberg’s piece.Read More »