Strange Grace by Tessa Gratton

This is such a weird and beautiful book. Friends, I am struggling to find the words to articulate how much I adored this book. While the premise of a hundreds-year old pacts that provide prosperity to a town in return for sacrifice isn’t new, I found Strange Grace to be refreshing and captivatingly written. It is one of the best witch stories I’ve ever read.

Three Graces is an idyllic town: there is no disease, the weather is perfect, injuries heal overnight, and crops grow in abundance.

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Rule by Ellen Goodlett

Reading this book brought back memories of watching Pretty Little Liars; if you enjoyed the tv show I would recommend this to you! This is a book full of deadly secrets, political intrigue, and a fantasy world where the ruling class is out of touch with the people over whom they rule. While these are ingredients that I love to read, I unfortunately found the execution for Rule to be a bit lacking: the characters were one-dimensional, character relationships to have little to no development to justify their actions, and I was left wanting more worldbuilding. The base ideas are interesting and intriguing, but in my opinion need more development.

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Mirage by Somaiya Daud [Blog Tour]

Friends, Mirage is such a beautifully written debut novel from Somaiya Daud and I cannot wait for the rest of you to experience it! Poetically written and instantly captivating, this book draws you into a new world so vivid you feel as if you could walk the streets. This is a powerful own-voices Moroccan inspired SFF tale of culture, family, oppression, and rebellion with a diverse cast of complex characters that you cannot help but adore.

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These Rebel Waves by Sara Raasch

If you are looking for an action-packed story full of political intrigue, colonization, oppression, war, disillusionment, and religious fervor… this is the first-in-duology book for you! These Rebel Waves is not quite what I expected (pirates sailing the open seas 🏴‍☠️), but fortunately for me I love books like this! I think that if you have expectations about this being your typical pirate adventure you will be disappointed, so it is important to go in knowing what to expect with this one since the blurb doesn’t really help in that respect and the rumors circulating about this being about gay pirates are setting people up for disappointment.

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Anger Is a Gift by Mark Oshiro

This is an incredibly powerful novel about resilience in the face of adversity and loss. It is about community. It is about taking a stand against the system of oppression, even if it seems hopeless. This is an incredibly difficult read, but it is such an important read. The Bay Area, and Oakland especially, has a long history of activism and holding the police accountable yet there is a long documented history of police brutality there. This novel shines a light on what it is like to be a person of color in Oakland. Compton. Chicago. And countless other cities around the United States. Continue reading

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