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Review: The Forbidden Wish – Jessica Khoury

She is the most powerful Jinni of all. He is a boy from the streets. Their love will shake the world… When Aladdin discovers Zahra’s jinni lamp, Zahra is thrust back into a world she hasn’t seen in hundreds of years—a world where magic is forbidden and Zahra’s very existence is illegal. She must disguise…… Continue reading Review: The Forbidden Wish – Jessica Khoury

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Review: The Hate U Give – Angie Thomas

Sixteen-year-old Starr Carter moves between two worlds: the poor neighborhood where she lives and the fancy suburban prep school she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is shattered when Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend Khalil at the hands of a police officer. Khalil was unarmed. Soon afterward, his death…… Continue reading Review: The Hate U Give – Angie Thomas

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Review: Inside Out and Back Again – Thanhha Lai

For all the ten years of her life, Hà has only known Saigon: the thrills of its markets, the joy of its traditions, and the warmth of her friends close by. But now the Vietnam War has reached her home. Hà and her family are forced to flee as Saigon falls, and they board a…… Continue reading Review: Inside Out and Back Again – Thanhha Lai

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Review: You Bring the Distant Near – Mitali Perkins

Five girls. Three generations. One great American love story. You Bring the Distant Near explores sisterhood, first loves, friendship, and the inheritance of culture–for better or worse. Ranee, worried that her children are losing their Indian culture; Sonia, wrapped up in a forbidden biracial love affair; Tara, seeking the limelight to hide her true self;…… Continue reading Review: You Bring the Distant Near – Mitali Perkins

Interviews

Character and author interview: Hitomi and Intisar from The Sunbolt Chronicles

For the first time, I didn’t only have a character come to the interview but an author also. Hitomi is the main character in The Sunbolt Chronicles, a series that I absolutely adore, and Intisar Khanani wrote said series. Hello Hitomi and Intisar! How are you both doing? Hitomi: I’m well, thanks. Right now, I’m…… Continue reading Character and author interview: Hitomi and Intisar from The Sunbolt Chronicles

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Review: An Ember in the Ashes – Sabaa Tahir

Laia is a slave. Elias is a soldier. Neither is free. Under the Martial Empire, defiance is met with death. Those who do not vow their blood and bodies to the Emperor risk the execution of their loved ones and the destruction of all they hold dear. It is in this brutal world, inspired by…… Continue reading Review: An Ember in the Ashes – Sabaa Tahir

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ARC Review: Not So Stories – edited by David Thomas Moore

Anthology of culturally diverse writers create short works in reaction to Kipling’s Just So Stories Rudyard Kipling’s Just So Stories was one of the first true children’s books in the English language, a timeless classic that continues to delight readers to this day. Beautiful, evocative and playful, the stories of How the Whale Got His Throat or…… Continue reading ARC Review: Not So Stories – edited by David Thomas Moore

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Review: The Hungry Ghosts – Shyam Selvadurai

In Buddhist myth, the dead may be reborn as “hungry ghosts”—spirits with stomach so large they can never be full—if they have desired too much during their lives. It is the duty of the living relatives to free those doomed to this fate by doing kind deeds and creating good karma. In Shyam Selvadurai’s sweeping…… Continue reading Review: The Hungry Ghosts – Shyam Selvadurai

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ARC Review: The City of Brass – S. A. Chakraborty

Step into The City of Brass, the spellbinding debut from S. A. Chakraborty—an imaginative alchemy of The Golem and the Jinni, The Grace of Kings, and One Thousand and One Nights, in which the future of a magical Middle Eastern kingdom rests in the hands of a clever and defiant young con artist with miraculous…… Continue reading ARC Review: The City of Brass – S. A. Chakraborty