The Marvelous Adventures of Gwendolyn Gray by B.A. Williamson

I was hooked with the opening and continued reading with fervor. This reminded me of the film Dark City, the writings of Michel Foucault, a bit of Pleasantville – all wrapped up in a fast paced read suitable for middle grade and young adult readers. This engaging story features a dystopian society that stifles imagination and creativity, and a strong female lead that dares to be different. Continue reading

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The Red Word by Sarah Henstra

Solid 4.5 stars — This is one of the most nuanced and beautifully complex novels tackling gender politics that I have read. Artfully written, I felt like I was an unseen spectator of the events that unfolded as Karen begins to unpack layers of institutionalized sexism and misogyny. Continue reading

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Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi

Wow. Just, wow. Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi is a fantatastic piece of fiction. I was drawn into the narrative with the first words that my eyes took in; the story is instantly engaging and poetically written. The story unfolds at a masterful pace, Adeyemi brings the reader into the world of Orïsha both all at once and slowly, satisfying an unknown craving for more lore while dropping breadcrumbs along the way for more. Continue reading

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