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Heart of Iron: Review

I received Heart of Iron, by Ashley Poston, in a recent Fairyloot box and I was STUNNED by the gorgeous purple sprayed pages. Billed as an Anastasia retelling set in space, I knew I was in for an adventure because Ashley Poston's writing is so witty and brilliant. Her first novel, Geekerella, mesmerized me- and Heart of Iron was no different! With a cast full of diverse characters and a plot subtly reminiscent of Anastasia, this was such a unique and fun read!

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Pachinko: Review

Pachinko is one of those books that rips your heart out, but then tenderly stitches the pieces back together for you. Min Jin Lee has crafted- yes, "crafted," because this story is an exquisite tapestry woven of narratives and heartbreak- an incredible story of love and loss, faith and family. It's all rooted in history, with experiences inspired by interviews that Lee had with South Korean migrants in Japan. Read on for my review below!

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Dread Nation: Review

Dread Nation by Justina Ireland was an incredibly hyped book for me, one reason being that the cover itself featured a woman of color. How! Badass! Is! That! There's been some controversy recently about the author and her comments about who she considers to actually be people of color... but I read this book and formulated my review before this all went down. And down, it went. It's pretty draining to even think about but rest assured, my review below is based entirely on what I read within these 455 pages and not what I read on Twitter.

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The Poppy War: Review

The Poppy War was one of my most highly anticipated reads in 2018 and it did not disappoint. In fact, I had to Google whether there was a Chinese translated version because I knew without a doubt that my dad- who loves kung fu movies like Ip Man- would enjoy this book immensely. This adult fantasy is so rich with detail and world-building, invoking East Asian mythology and inspiration, and pays homage to kung fu in a way that I haven't quite seen before in literature. Read on for my review!

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Blood and Sand: Review

I am always ready to read a good historical fiction and when I heard that Blood and Sand by C.V. Wyk is a genderbent retelling of Spartacus- consider me sold! Now, I've always been intrigued by gladiatorial Rome even though I'm a huge chicken and can't sit through any of the movies. A YA retelling was perfect for me and Blood and Sand truly did not disappoint.

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The Bird and the Blade: Review

Ladies and gentlemen, I have read a few retellings in my day. Retellings of fairy tales, mythology, folk tales- you name it. But guys. The Bird and the Blade by Megan Bannen is a standalone novel and retelling of Turandot, the famous opera by Puccini. An OPERA! Okay, yes, the original opera and story is extremely problematic as it initially puts a Mongolian princess in a position of power and independence, only to have her wither away into a lovesick woman. But! Bannen rectifies this story by introducing a brand new perspective in the form of our narrator and building a lush world where the reader is transported back to the Yuan Dynasty. Read on for my review!

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Jade City: Review

There is something that just drew me into Jade City, by Fonda Lee. Was it the incredible cover with its jade motifs and striking typeface? Was it the intriguing description that sounded reminiscent of old-school kung fu movies? I have heard great things about Jade City, a Nebula Award finalist and named a Best Book of 2017 by NPR, Barnes & Noble, Powell's Books, Syfy Wire, and the Verge, and could not wait to jump into this epic. Read on for my review!

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Chemistry: Review

I promised myself at the start of the year to be more conscious about the books I buy and make more of an effort to support authors color. When I joined Book of the Month recently, I knew that Chemistry by Weike Wang was one of the books that I wanted to pick up! This was a very short read at just 224 pages- so I don't know why it's taken me so long to write this review!

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