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Five Star Arc Review: Out of Salem by Hal Schrieve

Non-binary (transsexual is the term utilized in the book due to being set in the 1990s) zombies, lesbian witches, lesbian Turkish-American witches and a Jewish African-American teacher make Out of Salem, the debut novel by Non-binary author Hal Schrieve, is not only intersectional in its representation but completely unique in the genre he chose to …

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Four Star ARC Review of Killing November by Adriana Mather- Out 3/26

Killing November by Adriana Mather is like Deadly Class if the main character was a part of one of the main families and just didn’t know. The setting is a boarding school unknown to the world that trains children of highly influential political families dating back a millennium. Being a descendent of these elite families …

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Four Star Review: Nation of Beasts (Book 1: Lord of the Sabbath) By Mariana Palova

Nation of the Beasts is the first of a new four book series by Mariana Palova (all of which will be translated into English). Per the publisher, The Mage's Lantern/International Book Publishers Association: Originally published in Spanish, La Nación de las Bestias: El Señor del Sabbath enchanted Latin American readers, and now the first book of …

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3.5 Star ARC Review: Everlasting Rose by Dhonielle Clayton Published 3/5/2019

After The Belles by Dhonielle Clayton came out, I was thrilled that I was granted an ARC of Everlasting Rose which is published on March 5th. While there were parts I thoroughly enjoyed, there were more that fell flat. First, I really thought Camille's story arc was amazing. She was no longer the bitter moping …

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Four Star Review of Crown of Feathers by Nicki Pau Preto- Released 2/12/2019

Crown of Feathers by @nickipaupreto is the first in a trilogy #YoungAdult #Fantasy dealing with family, purpose, and the courage to fight for your truth. via @simonteen ‏

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ARC Five Star Review: For a Muse of Fire by Heidi Heilig

Warnings (mentioned by author in book): Mental illness (bipolar), blood use in magic, gun violence, war, colonialism, racism, descriptions of dead bodies, mention of reproductive coercion, mentions of torture, mention of suicide

Heidi Heilig  has created a piece of art that is multi-faceted in characters, writing structures and plot points. Within this she has interwoven an own voice struggle as a bipolar woman through the main character, Jetta, who simply refers to it as her malheur, the french word for misfortune. Heilig discusses writing a bipolar heroine at the end of the book. She balances writing Jetta's manic highs driving her family's successful shadow plays, her ability to defend herself and control spirits through necromancy. However, it also causes rash decisions and leads to actions that harms herself and those she cares the most about. This comes with the depressive lows where she withdraws, panics and sleeps due to the exhaustion of fighting it all because of a driving resilience, intelligence and need to not have her malheur define who she is nor her life.

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Buried Beneath the Baobab Tree by Adaobi Tricia Nwaubani with Afterword by Viviana Mazza

Adaobi Tricia Nwaubani interlaces coming of age rituals, best friends and foreshadowing to set-up the fictional retelling of 2014's terrorist raid of a Nigerian village based on the stories of those women that survived.

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Fresh Ink

Fresh Ink is an anthology of “twelve label-defying” stories. For those familiar with Point-of-View short story works that have recently come out, Fresh Ink is not centered on a central plot point. For instance, it isn’t the same as Feral Youth by Shaun David Hutchinson (a fantastic read if you get the chance). Edited by the co-founder of We Need Diverse Books, Lamar Giles, the anthology includes topics on coming out, poverty, untimely death, transitioning and romance. I am not going to go through every story, but I am going to talk about my favorites without giving too much away. Dedicated to the late, great Walter Dean Myers, I am going to leave Tags for last.