Review: Ronit and Jamil – Pamela L. Laskin

Ronit & Jamil

Ronit, who is an Isreali girl, falls in love with a Palestinian boy. Their warring nations keep them from being together, as well as their families, but that doesn’t stop them from wanting to be together.

Why this book?: I’d heard about it before, I guess. I saw it in my library, and it was short, diverse, and seemed interesting. It’s also a Romeo and Juliet retelling!

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Review: A Lesson Before Dying – Ernest J. Gaines

A Lesson Before Dying

Jefferson is accused of a crime he didn’t commit, and is sentenced to death. In his defence, his attorny calls him a hog, claiming that something that isn’t human doesn’t deserve to be treated as one. Jefferson’s godmother, incensed by this, employ’s Professor Grant Wiggins, to make a man of Jefferson before his final days.

Why this book?: It’s my first required read for my AP Lit class. I’d also heard interesting things about it before having to pick it up for class.

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Review: Howl’s Moving Castle (Howl’s Moving Castle #1) – Diana Wynne Jones

Howl's Moving Castle

Sophie, being the eldest sister, knew that she would never amount to anything. So when the Witch of the Waste comes into her hat shop and curses her, Sophie leaves behind her family to join Wizard Howl, because being in the presence of another wizard (and fire demon!) might help break the spell.

Why this book?: I loved the movie Howl’s Moving Castle, but out by Studio Ghibli, and when I learned there was a book, I just had to read it.

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Novella Review: Sea Foam and Silence – Lynn E. O’Connacht

Sea Foam and Silence

The little mermaid is the smallest of her sisters, although not the youngest. She wants to prove to her sisters that she can protect and care for herself. While out on her own, the little mermaid is captured and saved by “tall-crabs”, springing her interest in becoming one of them.

Why this book?: I had heard it was a Little Mermaid retelling with an aroace main character. I’ve been looking for more ace-spec rep, and it came highly recommended by Sinead @ Huntress of Diverse Books.

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