A book blogger meme hosted by Bookshelves and Paperbacks blog where the three main categories are:
- A diverse book you have read and enjoyed
- A diverse book that has already been released but you have not read
- A diverse book that has not yet been released
Book I Read
In a perfect world, sixteen-year-old Phoebe Martins’ life would be a book. Preferably a YA novel with magic and a hot paranormal love interest. Unfortunately, her life probably wouldn’t even qualify for a quiet contemporary.
But when Phoebe finds out that Dev, the hottest guy in the clarinet section, might actually have a crush on her, she turns to her favourite books for advice. Phoebe overhauls her personality to become as awesome as her favourite heroines and win Dev’s heart. But if her plan fails, can she go back to her happy world of fictional boys after falling for the real thing?
This was a cute contemporary novel. It’s not going to blow anyone’s mind but it’s fun to read. Phoebe’s crush is Dev, who is Indian, and one of her best friends is a lesbian and is in a steady relationship with another girl throughout the book. It was good to see more diversity included, showcasing one again that it isn’t particularly hard and there is a way of doing it without shoehorning it in.
Book On my TBR
Lo-Melkhiin killed three hundred girls before he came to her village, looking for a wife. When she sees the dust cloud on the horizon, she knows he has arrived. She knows he will want the loveliest girl: her sister. She vows she will not let her be next.
And so she is taken in her sister’s place, and she believes death will soon follow. Lo-Melkhiin’s court is a dangerous palace filled with pretty things: intricate statues with wretched eyes, exquisite threads to weave the most beautiful garments. She sees everything as if for the last time. But the first sun rises and sets, and she is not dead. Night after night, Lo-Melkhiin comes to her and listens to the stories she tells, and day after day she is awoken by the sunrise. Exploring the palace, she begins to unlock years of fear that have tormented and silenced a kingdom. Lo-Melkhiin was not always a cruel ruler. Something went wrong.
Far away, in their village, her sister is mourning. Through her pain, she calls upon the desert winds, conjuring a subtle unseen magic, and something besides death stirs the air.
Back at the palace, the words she speaks to Lo-Melkhiin every night are given a strange life of their own. Little things, at first: a dress from home, a vision of her sister. With each tale she spins, her power grows. Soon she dreams of bigger, more terrible magic: power enough to save a king, if she can put an end to the rule of a monster.
This book is a 1001 nights retelling, much like The Wrath and the Dawn. The reviews say this is a very different book however and the romance is not the main focus. This is a book set in a land similar to the Middle East but I wasn’t able to find out more. I’ve got it out from the library so I should be reading and reviewing it soon (likely before this post goes up).
Book Yet To Be Released
Sallot Leon is a thief, and a good one at that. But gender fluid Sal wants nothing more than to escape the drudgery of life as a highway robber and get closer to the upper-class―and the nobles who destroyed their home.
When Sal steals a flyer for an audition to become a member of The Left Hand―the Queen’s personal assassins, named after the rings she wears―Sal jumps at the chance to infiltrate the court and get revenge.
But the audition is a fight to the death filled with clever circus acrobats, lethal apothecaries, and vicious ex-soldiers. A childhood as a common criminal hardly prepared Sal for the trials. And as Sal succeeds in the competition, and wins the heart of Elise, an intriguing scribe at court, they start to dream of a new life and a different future, but one that Sal can have only if they survive.
I have already read this because I received an ARC of it but it doesn’t come out until late August/early September. I really enjoyed this book, the level of detail was impressive. Sal is genderfluid, which is part of the story but not the focus (considering the whole audition to the death) and is definitely something I want to see more in fantasy books.