book review: last night at the telegraph club by malinda lo

Rating: Format: Physical book + eBook Page Count: 416 Release Date: 01.19.2021 Genre: Young Adult Historical Fiction synopsis. A story of love and duty set in San Francisco’s Chinatown during the Red Scare. “That book. It was about two women, and they fell in love with each other.” And then Lily asked the question that had taken root in her, that was even now unfurling its leaves and demanding to…

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book review: all my rage by sabaa tahir

Rating: Format: Physical book + Audio Book Page Count: 384 Release Date: 03.01.2022 Genre: Young Adult Contemporary synopsis. Lahore, Pakistan. Then. Misbah is a dreamer and storyteller, newly married to Toufiq in an arranged match. After their young life is shaken by tragedy, they come to the United States and open the Cloud’s Rest Inn Motel, hoping for a new start. Juniper, California. Now. Salahudin and Noor are more than best friends;…

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Book Review: Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo (The Grisha Trilogy, 1)

Rating: Format: Physical book Page Count: 358 Release Date: 06.05.2012 Genre: Young Adult Fantasy synopsis. Surrounded by enemies, the once-great nation of Ravka has been torn in two by the Shadow Fold, a swath of near impenetrable darkness crawling with monsters who feast on human flesh. Now its fate may rest on the shoulders of one lonely refugee. Alina Starkov has never been good at anything. But when her regiment…

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Original Poem | Broken Wings

Broken Wings Never doing the right thing Because I keep forgetting That my wings Are broken Always convincing everyone it’s okay Because I keep thinking That not rising from the ashes Clashes with all the advances I’ve made I used to fly to forget What do I do now that these wings Will collect every ounce of freedom They give me in exchange for my memories I used to be…

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eARC Book Review: American Betiya by Anuradha D. Rajurkar

Rating: Format: Ebook Page Count: 368 Release Date: 3.09.2021 Disclaimer: I received a free eARC (Advanced Reader Copy) of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own. American Betiya was one of my most anticipated reads of 2021, and it definitely did not disappoint. It was not only beautifully written, but covered so many themes that have been severely underrepresented…

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Book Review: Ritu Weds Chandni by Ameya Narvankar

Overview Ritu Weds Chandni was one of the most beautiful children’s books I’ve ever read. It was a heartbreaking yet inspiring story about a young person–not yet exposed to the hatred and bigotry of the world–defending her cousin’s happiness and “non-traditional” marriage to her girlfriend. It revealed a lot of the hatred present in the South Asian community towards the LGBTQ+ community while simultaneously presenting a hopeful message that our…

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YA Science Fiction & Fantasy Books by South Asian Authors To Look Forward to in 2021

South Asians are one of the most underrepresented communities in literature–especially in YA– so this is the third and final part in my series of guides for you to learn about the YA books by and about South Asians coming out in 2021. The main goal of this series is to not only highlight these books, but also to highlight their authors, because they deserve the recognition and love for…

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