Genre: Own Voices

Mirage Review: Readers Will Love This Moroccan-Inspired Fantasy Set in Space!

Mirage Review: Readers Will Love This Moroccan-Inspired Fantasy Set in Space!

Mirage: something that appears real or possible but is not in fact so. The title of MIRAGE may suggest an optical illusion of sorts, but the story in this book felt so real and touching when I read it. This Moroccan-inspired fantasy brings readers across planets and kingdoms. It touches upon colonization, oppression, and the […]

August 21, 2018 | 4 Comments
Not Your Sidekick Review: When Everyone’s a Superhero & You’re Just Trying to Figure Out Life

Not Your Sidekick Review: When Everyone’s a Superhero & You’re Just Trying to Figure Out Life

I love superheroes and books with Chinese characters, so it was a no-brainer to pick up Not Your Sidekick which was also our Name of the Book Club June book of the month. Spanning a world where superpowers are common, and superheroes and villains rule the streets, the book follows a bisexual Chinese-Vietnamese heroine called Jess […]

July 24, 2018 | 4 Comments
American Panda Discussion Review: Dumplings and Jenna on a Cover

American Panda Discussion Review: Dumplings and Jenna on a Cover

American Panda is a novel that I have been eagerly awaiting since I first saw the cover reveal and learned about the book. It’s about a Taiwanese girl, Mei, with huge pressure from her family to become a doctor and marry a high-achieving Chinese guy (preferably a doctor), despite the fact that Mei is afraid of […]

Love, Hate and Other Filters Discussion: Important Topics for Cultural Representation

Love, Hate and Other Filters Discussion: Important Topics for Cultural Representation

When a book arrives with a letter from the author, saying that she wrote this book so that somewhere, someone could relate, I was already curious. Love, Hate and Other Filters tackles topics of Islamophobia, racism, religion and the cultural experience of an Indian teen who just wants to fit in. There are two distinct parts […]

February 17, 2018 | 15 Comments
The City of Brass by SA Chakraborty Review: Middle Eastern Historical Fantasy With Ferocious Magic and Cunning Characters

The City of Brass by SA Chakraborty Review: Middle Eastern Historical Fantasy With Ferocious Magic and Cunning Characters

Step into a world of sand and grit from characters both cunning and mischievous in this book. The City of Brass brings Middle Eastern folklore to life as Chakraborty transports readers from the dusty streets of Cairo, Egypt, to the grandiose and magical land of Daevabad. This historical fantasy was a fun-packed ride from start […]

November 22, 2017 | 6 Comments
Labyrinth Lost Review: Bruja Magic in Brooklyn and Across A Journey in Los Lagos

Labyrinth Lost Review: Bruja Magic in Brooklyn and Across A Journey in Los Lagos

Labyrinth Lost was a book of contradictions: both wonderful yet terrifying, dark yet sweet. I absolutely loved the main character, Alejandra, or Alex, who is extremely flawed yet finds herself in possession of extreme power as the encantrix. Sure, there is the Chosen One trope, with some destiny followed in an adventure. But what makes […]

September 26, 2017 | 4 Comments