Review: Ascension (Tangled Axon #1) – Jacqueline Koyanagi

Ascension (Tangled Axon, #1)

On a whim, Alana Quick stows away on a ship that just so happens to be looking for her sister, a well known spirit guide. Alana doesn’t know what she’s getting into, but she certainly doesn’t expect falling for the captain, nor being accused of genocide.


Why this book?: Author Tristina Wright (of 27 Hours) was raving about this book, and all of the diversity. Polyamory? Chronic pain? Amputee? F/F couple? Black girl MC with locs? YES!

 

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Novella Review: A Portrait of the Desert in Personages of Power – Rose Lemberg

Image-1Rumors of a mysterious stranger are being heard across the desert, so when the stranger shows up at the gates of the Old Royal’s city, they decide to let them in, and to allow them to learn from their college, as well as themself.


Why this book?: loved Lemberg’s Geometries of Belonging, so when I was offered an early copy of this upcoming novella, I jumped on it.

I would like to thank Rose Lemberg for providing an e-ARC in exchange for an honest review.

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Novella Review: The Secret Ingredient is Love. No, Really. (Stake Sauce #1) – RoAnna Sylver

Going Through The Motions (Stake Sauce Stories, #1)

After an incident at work, Firefighters Eva, Jude, and Jasper now work at the local mall. Jude fights daily with PTSD, and the nagging belief that it was a vampire that slaughtered their team, and not a simple fire.


Why this book?: I’ve heard nothing but wonderful things about RoAnna’s work, and I’ve spoken to them multiple times on twitter. If I was going to start anywhere, it was here.

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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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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 »

Review: Homegoing – Yaa Gyasi

Following half-sisters Effia and Esi, they are separated from their home-villages early in their lives. Effia is married to a British slaver, but stays in Ghana — Esi, however, caught by slavers, is sent to America’s plantations as a slave. Homegoing follows Effia and Esi’s descendants, one through the wars for independence, and the other through the Civil Rights era.


Why this book?: Mainly because it’s the Keep It Diverse choice for Black History Month.

 

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