Neighborly & Xeni – Black authors are the gift that keeps on giving

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Today I’m bringing you two speedy reviews of one erotica and one romance book written by Black authors that were an absolute treat to read and couldn’t recommend enough if you read either genre and are looking for quick fun reads. I don’t think I have whole ton to say about either besides GOOD! FUN! So let’s get on with these reviews.

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Work for It – Steamy romance with brilliant mental health representation

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Publication date :  September 3rd, 2019

Publisher : Nixon House

Genre : Adult | Romance

Page Count: 237

Synopsis : For men like us, trust doesn’t come easy.
In this village, I’m an outcast: Griffin Everett, the scowling giant who prefers plants to people. Then I meet Keynes, a stranger from the city who’s everything I’m not: sharp-tongued, sophisticated, beautiful. Free. For a few precious moments in a dark alleyway, he’s also mine, hot and sweet under the stars… until he crushes me like dirt beneath his designer boot.

When the prettiest man I’ve ever hated shows up at my job the next day, I’m not sure if I want to strangle him or drag him into bed. Actually—I think I want both. But Keynes isn’t here for the likes of me: he makes that painfully clear. With everyone else at work, he’s all gorgeous, glittering charm—but when I get too close, he turns vicious.
And yet, I can’t stay away. Because there’s something about this ice king that sets me on fire, a secret vulnerability that makes my chest ache. I’ll do whatever it takes to sneak past his walls and see the real man again.
The last thing I expect is for that man to ruin me.
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Natalie Tan’s Book of Luck and Fortune & Ayesha at Last – Two ~romances~ that were slightly disappointing

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Okay let’s do this! It’s been…quite a few months since I last read both these books! August? I think? So I have a hard time recalling the details of each one of them but what I do recall are the positives and negatives of each and the way they made me feel, which, wasn’t all that good. But not completely bad either. A mixed bag if you will. Continue reading

The Stars and the Blackness Between Them & Color Me in – Books worth the detour

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Yes, YES! I still know how to write positive reviews, I promise, I did not turn into a grump-who-likes-nothing in the time I have been away, I was just unlucky in the book I’ve been picking up the last few months and that reflected in the review I posted, but today I’m talking about books I actually LIKED. Continue reading

Color Outside the Lines – Why must anthologies always make me sad?

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Publication date :  November 12th 2019

Publisher : Soho Teen

Genre : Young Adult | Anthology

Page Count: 312

Synopsis : This modern, groundbreaking YA anthology explores the complexity and beauty of interracial and LGBTQ+ relationships where differences are front and center.
When people ask me what this anthology is about, I’m often tempted to give them the complicated answer: it’s about race, and about how being different from the person you love can matter but how it can also not matter, and it’s about Chinese pirate ghosts, black girl vigilantes, colonial India, a flower festival, a garden of poisons, and so, so much else. Honestly, though? I think the answer’s much simpler than that. Color outside the Lines is a collection of stories about young, fierce, brilliantly hopeful people in love.

—Sangu Mandanna, editor of Color outside the Lines
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Orpheus Girl & Well Met – Two very different books that flopped for me

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Well, well, well! What do we have here? Two books that have nothing in common besides the fact that I strongly disliked them. So even though they’re two different age groups and genres I decided to group them together because I have a backlog of reviews to get through and neither one warrants a full review. Continue reading

The Light at the Bottom of the World – A Great Premise that let me down

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Series: The Light at the Bottom of the World #1

Publication date :  October 29th 2019

Publisher : Disney Hyperion

Genre : Young Adult | Science Fiction

Page Count: 320

Synopsis : Hope had abandoned them to the wrath of all the waters.

At the end of the twenty-first century, the world has changed dramatically, but life continues one thousand feet below the ocean’s surface. In Great Britain, sea creatures swim among the ruins of Big Ben and the Tower of London, and citizens waver between fear and hope; fear of what lurks in the abyss, and hope that humanity will soon discover a way to reclaim the Earth.
Meanwhile, sixteen-year-old Leyla McQueen has her own problems to deal with. Her father’s been arrested, accused of taking advantage of victims of the Seasickness-a debilitating malaise that consumes people,often claiming their lives. But Leyla knows he’s innocent, and all she’s interested in is getting him back so that their lives can return to normal.
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How to Be Remy Cameron & Red White and Royal Blue – Two m/m books to make your heart happy!

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Over the course of the next few weeks (until the end of the year, probably) you’ll be seeing a lot more of these mini-reviews from me because i’ve accumulated a ridiculously huge backlog of books to review and I will never catch up if I don’t do this, so without further rambling let’s get on with the reviews! Continue reading

Kingdom of Souls – African Fantasy with flawed gods and a righteous girl

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Series: Kingdom of Souls #1

Publication date :  September 3rd 2019

Publisher : HarperTeen

Genre : Young Adult | Fantasy

Page Count: 496

Synopsis : THERE’S MAGIC IN HER BLOOD.
Arrah is a young woman from a long line of the most powerful witch doctors in the land. But she fails at magic, fails to call upon the ancestors and can’t even cast the simplest curse.
Shame and disappointment dog her.
When strange premonitions befall her family and children in the kingdom begin to disappear, Arrah undergoes the dangerous and scorned process of selling years of her life for magic. This borrowed power reveals a nightmarish betrayal and a danger beyond what she could have imagined. Now Arrah must find a way to master magic, or at least buy it, in order to save herself and everything she holds dear.
An explosive fantasy set in a world of magic and legend with a twist you will never see coming.
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Gideon the Ninth – Necromancers solve a murder mystery…in space?

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Series: The Locked Tomb #1

Publication date :  September 10th 2019

Publisher : Tor. com

Genre : Adult |Fantasy

Page Count: 448

Synopsis : She answered the Emperor’s call.
She arrived with her arts, her wits, and her only friend.
In victory, her world has turned to ash.
After rocking the cosmos with her deathly debut, Tamsyn Muir continues the story of the penumbral Ninth House in Harrow the Ninth, a mind-twisting puzzle box of mystery, murder, magic, and mayhem. Nothing is as it seems in the halls of the Emperor, and the fate of the galaxy rests on one woman’s shoulders. Continue reading