[Review] Signal To Noise – by Silvia Moreno-Garcia

Signal To Noise begins in 2009 when Meche returns to Mexico City after her father’s death, leaving behind her quiet but comfortable life in Oslo, Norway. Meche is a Mexican native, but fled her home country and has not returned in twenty years, though for most of the book, we don’t know what drove her away for so long. However, it quickly becomes clear that it has something to do with her former friends Daniela and Sebastian, whom she has not spoken to since 1989. The mystery surrounding their friendship and the eventual dissolution of that friendship is fascinating, and Silvia Moreno-Garcia does an excellent job unraveling their story chapter by chapter, in alternating time periods.

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A Taste Of Honey by Kai Ashante Wilson – Review & Giveaway!

I can’t stress to you all how much Fantasy and Science-Fiction with LGBTQIA characters mean to me, especially those centering Queer people of color. So when I heard about Kai Ashante Wilson’s follow-up to Sorcerer of the Wildeeps, I was ecstatic. Gay romances set in fantasy worlds really get to me, y’all. I am so thankful to writers like Kai Ashante Wilson for being fearless and unapologetic in writing stories with Queer characters, especially in the current – hostile – political climate.

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[Review] The Mothers by Brit Bennett

“The Mothers” are a group of elderly women who frequent Upper Room Chapel, a focal point and social hub for the small town of Oceanside. Their voices frame the narration — they open and close the story — as they gossip about and recount the history of their town. This narrative choice aptly captures what it’s like to live in a socially conservative town, where your business is everyone else’s and judgment is freely doled out. The social dynamics of the community fascinated me and made for a riveting reading experience.

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Lore Lush Publishing Is Now Open For Submissions

Today I am honored to have Lure Lush Publishing on the blog to help promote their call for submissions. If you are a writer or know some writers who would be interested in submitting their work to Lore Lush Publishing, please direct them to this post or to Lore Lush Publishing’s website and contact info.

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[Review] Because Of The Sun – by Jenny Torres Sanchez

Dani Falls has a complicated and fractured relationship with her mother, Ruby, who in her eyes is a not good mother in any regard. In fact, for dozens of pages, Dani often explicitly stated that she hates her mother, hates her because she felt unappreciated, unloved, and ignored by her. By Dani’s account, we are led to believe that Ruby is objectively a selfish and neglectful mother. It is all Dani has known, and because she is the narrator, we are inclined to empathize with her side of the story. Dani believes she knows who her mother really is deep inside, that her ugliest aspects are the real her. But what Dani doesn’t know is that she really doesn’t know her mother at all.

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[ARC Review] The Night Of The Virgin by Elliott Turner

The Night Of The Virgin tells the story of Emmaneul “Manny” Hernandez, a young soccer prodigy living in Texas who one day wants to become a professional soccer player. There’s one big problem, though — he’s undocumented. But his legal status will not crush his dreams entirely. One day, he and his best friend Hector leave their lives in Texas behind and head to California to see what surprises and opportunities life has in store for them there. Over the course of the novel, we will see Manny grow from a brash young man into a loving father, but before he gets from point A to point B Manny will experience many triumphs, failures, mistakes, and regrets.

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[Review] The Obelisk Gate by N.K. Jemisin

In 2016 I reviewed the Hugo Award winner for Best Novel, The Fifth Season. After a slow and difficult period of adjustment, due to narrative structure and writing style, this epic fantasy blew my socks off and quickly became one of the best books I read that year. It is an ambitious and dense, but incredibly rewarding novel if one invests the time and effort. The Obelisk Gate is a solid sophomore effort that continues the epic saga of this post-apocalyptic story in a way that promises great things for the series finale.

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[Review] The Interrogation Of Ashala Wolf by Ambelin Kwaymullina

The Interrogation Of Ashala Wolf was December’s pick for the Diverse Scifi-Fantasy Book Club. An informal discussion will happen on December 30th – check the #DSFFBookClub hashtag to stay updated!

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Give Short Fiction A Chance! – 12 Diverse Short Story Collections And Anthologies That Will Win You Over

Short Fiction is underappreciated in literary circles and especially in the book blogging community. Many readers are averse to reading short story collections and anthologies because they prefer the continuous, flowing narrative that novels offer. Some are even hesitant to read novellas! Often, reviews for novellas will cite the work’s short length as a downside (I have down this before as well), which is simply unfair to writers of short fiction.

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[Review] The Education of Margot Sanchez by Lilliam Rivera

I read The Education of Margot Sanchez a few days after hearing the devastating news that Donald Trump had been elected as the next president of the United States. I’m sure the feelings of loss and despair are still fresh in our minds for many of us. I tried distracting myself by reading a good book but nothing was a good enough distraction. I started and put aside three adult literary fiction novels until I came to Lilliam Rivera’s wonderful YA contemporary novel. The Education of Margot Sanchez was the perfect light and fast read with captivating characters and riveting family drama. I devoured the novel in two sittings because it was that good!

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