Category: Reviews

American Street by Ibi Zoboi

American Street by Ibi Zoboi

Posted November 15, 2021 in Reviews // 0 Comments

Whelp. That was an ending I didn’t anticipate. For my first book by Ibi Zoboi, American Street hit hard! In a good way, but also in a sad way. I quickly fell in love with Fabiola “Fabulous” Toussaint. From the way her dialogue is written, to her vibrant internal monologue, to her flow of emotions and determination and love and fear… Fabiola is a beautiful multi-faceted character and the perfect one to be telling this story. From the first pages of the book, the world challenges Fabiola. Upon entering the United States, her mother is detained in immigration. Detroit is […]

Dear Justyce by Nic Stone

Dear Justyce by Nic Stone

Posted November 1, 2021 in Reviews // 0 Comments

Dear Justyce is just as hard-hitting as Dear Martin, but exploring a different aspect of the Black American story. As she expressed in her foreword to the book, Nic Stone had no intention of writing a sequel to Dear Martin and this book came about by a conversation she had with two individuals who wanted to see their story in her world. It’s a touching introduction to a book that tells a sad story. As with her other writing, Stone does an excellent job of building a world and developing characters in a limited amount of space. She uses her […]

Binti by Nnedi Okorafor

Binti by Nnedi Okorafor

Posted October 28, 2021 in Reviews // 0 Comments

I enjoyed Binti so much that I quickly forgot it was only a novella and was surprised when it came to an end after only two and a half hours of listening time. Binti is solid sci-fi. Nnedi Okorafor proves yet again that the white male gatekeeping of the genre has only hurt its development. In 96 pages, Okorafor introduces the reader to multiple civilizations, multiple planets, varying cultures, varying species, and advanced technology. She does all this with an expert hand, and need I say again, in less than one hundred pages. Epic fantasy writers could stand to learn […]

The Last Ever After by Soman Chainani

The Last Ever After by Soman Chainani

Posted October 26, 2021 in Reviews // 0 Comments

The School for Good and Evil series continues to be in equal parts entertaining and ridiculous. The beginning of this book starts off with some problematic aspects, a lot of the same homophobic/transphobic things that appeared in the last book. Fortunately these things go away after the first couple chapters, but Tedros’s confused feelings about his attachment to Sophie-as-Phillip were not handled well. Nor were the sex change scenes… in general, Tedros’s homophobia and transphobia are extremely off-putting, particularly in a book intended for younger readers. I want to say that up front, because while there are some great aspects […]

All of Us Villains by Amanda Foody & Christine Lynn Herman

All of Us Villains by Amanda Foody & Christine Lynn Herman

Posted October 25, 2021 in Reviews // 0 Comments

  Disclaimer: I received this book for free from NetGalley and Tor Books in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. I was a little bit worried about All of Us Villains at first because the book started out slowly and with a lot of POVs.  It took me a while to get into the book because for the longest time, it felt like it was going nowhere. Once the plot started picking up, I found myself pulled deeper and deeper.  I‘m glad I pushed through the beginning […]