ARC Review: The Henna Wars by Adiba Jaigirdar

44286258._SY475_

The Henna Wars by Adiba Jaigirdar
Published: Page Street Kids (May 12th 2020)
Genre: young adult; contemporary
Rep: Bengali Muslim lesbian mc, Afro-Brazilian Irish bi li, Bengali side characters, Korean side character
Tw: homophobia, racism, outing, bullying
Rating: 3/5 🍑

interlude.png

If I was to describe The Henna Wars in one word, I would say “comforting”. It’s comforting in a way that it’s a story about a Bengali Muslim lesbian, very clearly not catered towards white audience. The mc’s culture is a central point of the book, it plays a major role and not once is the girl made to feel as if that shouldn’t be the case. Even when facing racism from her pears, she knows it’s them who should change & adapt. I can’t even imagine what a book like this must mean to South Asian readers.

Continue reading “ARC Review: The Henna Wars by Adiba Jaigirdar”

ARC Review: Date Me, Bryson Keller by Kevin van Whye

cover190975-medium

Date Me, Bryson Keller by Kevin van Whye
Published: Penguin Random House Children’s UK (May 21st 2020)
Genre: young adult; contemporary
Rep: mixed-race gay mc, mlm li, gay side character, Indian side character
Tw: homophobia, bullying, fights, outing, another very public outing, unsupportive parents
Rating: 1/5 🍑

interlude.png

In a word, in a phrase? It’s a preachy bulshit. If you’re looking for a light, cute gay romcom, you should keep looking. This book is not it.

The thing we can all agree on is that stories need angst to actually make sense. You can call it conflict or whatever else, but something in the plot has to stop working for a while, for the whole book to start working in the end. The problem is, the cause for that can’t feel like bordeline tragedy porn, can’t feel like kicking one already down, repeatedly.

That’s what Date Me, Bryson Keller failed to grasp.

Continue reading “ARC Review: Date Me, Bryson Keller by Kevin van Whye”

Waiting for: November 2019

I changed my theme! How do you guys like it? I’m lowkey in love.

It doesn’t look like my list of November releases is very long but the truth is, those are the books I’ve been waiting for almost all year. So it’s really great that November start in two days, but also: how on earth is it already the end of October? Where did the year go?

Anyway, books-wise, November is shaping up to be pretty amazing! Also, if you want to learn about more LGBT books being published next month, check out our post @ Reads Rainbow.

Continue reading “Waiting for: November 2019”

ARC Review: On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous by Ocean Vuong

44145077._SY475_

On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous by Ocean Vuong
Published: Vintage, Jonathan Cape imprint (June 20th 2019)
Genre: adult; contemporary
Rep: gay Vietnamese mc (ownvoices), gay li, Vietnamese characters
Rating: 5/5 🍑

interlude

ARC provided by the publisher.

Ocean Vuong is first & foremost a poet and On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous is his literary debut (he also has a poem by the same title). It’s not a novel novel, though, not in this very Western sense we’re all used to. There are no prominent arcs or villains, or any ascending tension. It’s described as a letter from a son to his mother & that’s how it reads, but you could also call it a memoir and not be too far off the mark.

Continue reading “ARC Review: On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous by Ocean Vuong”

Blog Tour: With the Fire on High by Elizabeth Acevedo

I hope you guys are just as excited as I am! This was my first time participating in a blog tour with actual physical arcs involved. 😮 Any of you who are international bloggers as well, know how hard those magical objects are to come by for us…

Anyway! The blog tour is hosted by Karina @ Afire Pages who’s been an absolute gem. And a big Thank You to HarperCollins International for making this all possible! There are two (!) giveaways happening during this blog tour, as well, so you definitely wanna read the whole post, to get to the info about those!

With the Fire on High by Elizabeth Acevedo official blog tour banner.png

Let’s get cooking!

Continue reading “Blog Tour: With the Fire on High by Elizabeth Acevedo”

Diverse Reads & To Be Reads of the Week #20

The title says “of the week”, but I keep making one post like this a month… God, I’m pretty sure all I do on this blog is complaining about how little I read these days… It’s just really tragic, okay? Last week I had to trick myself with some trashy new adult romance books, just so I would finally finish a book. ://

This week was better, though. I actually read some great stuff! And two books that I had on my TBR for basically years. 😮 So that’s gotta count for something, right?

Just please keep your fingers crossed for me that I won’t forget how to read again next week…

Continue reading “Diverse Reads & To Be Reads of the Week #20”