Review: Among the Beasts & Briars by Ashley Poston

"You aren't the Aloriyans I imagined. You trekked among the beasts and briars, and the deep heart led you all the way to Voryn." Goodreads Cerys is safe in the kingdom of Aloriya. Here there are no droughts, disease, or famine, and peace is everlasting. It has been this way for hundreds of years, since…

Review: Six Crimson Cranes by Elizabeth Lim (Six Crimson Cranes #1)

“Fear is just a game, Shiori, I reminded myself. You win by playing.” Goodreads Shiori, the only princess of Kiata, has a secret. Forbidden magic runs through her veins. Normally she conceals it well, but on the morning of her betrothal ceremony, Shiori loses control. At first, her mistake seems like a stroke of luck,…

Review: Excuse Me While I Ugly Cry by Joya Goffney

"She’s right. I am a warrior. I faced my to-do list. I fought for my freedom...and now I’m here. I’m back at the place where I first found myself, finding more pieces of who I am." Goodreads Quinn keeps lists of everything—from the days she’s ugly cried, to “Things That I Would Never Admit Out…

ARC Review: And We Rise by Erica Martin

"Retrospect is a place where truth lives guilt-free." Goodreads In stunning verse and vivid use of white space, Erica Martin’s debut poetry collection walks readers through the Civil Rights Movement—from the well-documented events that shaped the nation’s treatment of Black people, beginning with the “Separate but Equal” ruling—and introduces lesser-known figures and moments that were…

Review: The Gilded Ones by Namina Forna

“Like all the rest, giving us impossibilities and calling them choices.” Goodreads Sixteen-year-old Deka lives in fear and anticipation of the blood ceremony that will determine whether she will become a member of her village. Already different from everyone else because of her unnatural intuition, Deka prays for red blood so she can finally feel…