BOOK REC: Children of Virtue and Vengeance (The Legacy of Orïsha #2) – Tomi Adeyemi

One of the things I enjoyed about book 1 in this series was how there were no easy answers to the questions. Prejudice and hatred was embedded bone-deep in the two factions of the nation, based on allegedly justifable causes - events in history where both maji and non-maji have brutalised each other as each held power in their own way. While the easy, fairy-tale ending would be right there, with the magic back that justice could prevail as clearly the oppressed were peaceful, Adeyemi isn't going to give us the easy, tidy ending. People aren't easy and tidy, and neither are her characters.

BOOK REC: Children of Blood and Bone – Tomi Adeyemi

Author: Tomi Adeyemi (website) UK Publisher: Macmillan Children's Books Genre: Fantasy, YA They killed my mother.They took our magic.They tried to bury us.Now we rise.Zélie remembers when the soil of Orïsha hummed with magic. When different clans ruled – Burners igniting flames, Tiders beckoning waves, and Zélie’s Reaper mother summoning forth souls.But everything changed the … Continue reading BOOK REC: Children of Blood and Bone – Tomi Adeyemi

REVIEW: Rosewater (Wormwood Trilogy Book 1) – Tade Thompson

Author: Tade Thompson (twitter) UK Publisher: Orbit Genre: Sci-Fi Rosewater is a town on the edge. A community formed around the edges of a mysterious alien biodome, its residents comprise the hopeful, the hungry and the helpless - people eager for a glimpse inside the dome or a taste of its rumoured healing powers. Kaaro is … Continue reading REVIEW: Rosewater (Wormwood Trilogy Book 1) – Tade Thompson

REVIEW: Queenie – Candice Carty-Williams

Author: Candice Carty-Williams (website / twitter) UK Publisher: Trapeze Genre: Comedy Drama, contemporary fiction Release Date: 11th April 2019 Queenie Jenkins can't cut a break. Well, apart from the one from her long term boyfriend, Tom. That's definitely just a break though. Definitely not a break up. Then there's her boss who doesn't seem to see her … Continue reading REVIEW: Queenie – Candice Carty-Williams

REVIEW: Pride – Ibi Zoboi

Author: Ibi Zoboi (website / twitter) UK Publisher: Harper Collins/Balzer and Bray Genre: Contemporary literature, Classic rewrite Buy Now: ebook | hardcover Zuri Benitez has pride. Brooklyn pride, family pride, and pride in her Afro-Latino roots. But pride might not be enough to save her rapidly gentrifying neighborhood from becoming unrecognizable. When the wealthy Darcy family moves … Continue reading REVIEW: Pride – Ibi Zoboi