ARC Review: The Deep by Rivers Solomon

b>Inspired by a song produced by the rap group Clipping for the This American Life episode “We Are In The Future.”

The Deep simply blew me away with its powerful prose and blend of history and fantasy. It’s a story of memory and history, the individual versus the group, of identity, of pain and of hope. This is such a beautifully crafted and powerful story that I can’t recommend enough.

“Forgetting was not the same as healing.”

The Deep arcDescended from pregnant African women thrown overboard from slave ships, the wajinru have no long-term memory, instead choosing to live in the moment without the burden of the past. It is the responsibility of their historian – Yetu – to hold the memories for them so they aren’t lost, and once a year they have a ceremony to remember the history for a brief time. But the weight of the painful and traumatic memories consumes Yetu and threatens her life.

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Rules for Vanishing by Kate Alice Marshall

☠️ You can read an excerpt on PenguinTeen.com!

Holy moly, ghouls and pals! This book. I was looking for a spooky read and this faux-documentary style story in the vein of The Blair Witch Project looked incredibly promising. Not only does it deliver on the spookiness, but it is so much more than that. If you are a fan of found footage and mixed media storytelling, please add this one to your October TBRs.

“FIND THE ROAD. FIND THE GATES. FIND THE GIRL.”

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A House of Rage and Sorrow (The Celestial Trilogy #2) Sangu Mandanna

This review is spoiler-free for A House of Rage and Sorrow but may contain spoilers for A Spark of White Fire. Please exercise caution and don’t even read this book’s synopsis if you haven’t read the first one yet.

I apologize in advance for how incoherent this review will likely be to read. I finished reading A House of Rage and Sorrow about seven hours ago and am still reeling from the perfection that is this trilogy. Mandanna has burst all notions of the Middle Book Slump, crafting a fast-paced plot and characters you can’t help to fall in love with. Grab some tissues, friends, this one is a beautiful and emotional journey.

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These Divided Shores (Stream Riders #2) by Sara Raasch

While this review is spoiler-free for These Divided Shores, tread lightly if you haven’t read These Rebel Waves yet as this review has spoilers for the first book.
What a wild ride the Stream Raiders duology was. I’m not going to lie: I was hoping that this installment would bring some piratey seafaring adventures, but unfortunately, that’s not the story this duology is telling. (15/10 would read a spinoff adventure with Teo the raider, though!) If you enjoy complex political revolutionary stories filled with political intrigue, colonization, oppression, war, disillusionment, and religious fervor then this series is for you!

“You won’t even feel it happen – something will become more important to you than fear, and you will find yourself doing amazing things.”

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Rage (Stormheart #2) by Cora Carmack

While this review is spoiler-free for Rage, tread lightly if you haven’t read Roar yet as this review has spoilers for the first book.

Anticipation is a tricky thing, friends. I loved Roar so much that I had incredibly high expectations for this sequel, and unfortunately, I was a little disappointed. Don’t get me wrong, this is a solid sequel, one that I enjoyed and would recommend, but some elements of the story didn’t work well for me.

“I wanted to choose my own life, rather than having it chosen for me.”

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