You’ve Reached Sam by Dustin Thao

You’ve Reached Sam is an incredible book about teens dealing with grief and loss. The writing matches the story perfectly, and navigates the digital theme incredibly. The characters are diverse and rich, and the friendships are beautiful.

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Feminism, Interrupted by Lola Olufemi

Feminism, Interrupted is an incredible, thought-provoking, and insightful work on Black feminism in the UK. It’s short, concise and easy to understand. It’s one of those books that will stick with you, and one you will want to read over and over again.

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Anna K. by Jenny Lee

Anna K. was exactly what I wanted, it was like glam, fun, twisty, intoxicating, and full of that incredibly overwhelming first love feeling. I was so incredibly happy to see a mixed main character, it took my breath away. Anyone can be as glam as they want, especially in books! Thank you, Jenny Lee!

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Dread Nation by Justina Ireland

Dread Nation was an incredibly compelling read with young characters but definitely appeals to a much wider audience. Justina Ireland delivers a brilliant novel that tackles so many world issues that you will want to truly pay attention. I absolutely cannot wait to read the sequel to see more of this horrifying world.

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The Dead and the Dark by Courtney Gould

The Dead and the Dark is a wonderful, not so scary, queer ghost story. I absolutely loved the Dark in this book and the “humans are the real monster” dread that came through the entire novel. Courtney Gould definitely delivered in the atmosphere in this creepy rural Oregon town. Can’t wait for more of Gould’s books!

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The Place Beyond Her Dreams by Oby Aligwekwe

★★★★
The Place Beyond Her Dreams feels like a wonderful dream, and the story absolutely matched in a great way. The story was a bit rougher than I expected, but I did still really enjoy the story and the prose. I especially loved Luenah, and wish we dove into it more, but I was satisfied with it regardless.

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Wicked Fox by Kat Cho

Wicked Fox is a delightfully fluffy read with just the right balance of twists, turns, and cheesy drama without being overwhelming and tacky. Kat Cho did a wonderful job keeping me on my toes and weaving in Korean folklore. Definitely recommend to anyone looking for a lighter read. It was so fun!

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khōréō Magazine volume 1, issue 1

★★★★★
Everyone should check out khōréō. It was deeply personal to me, and I hope that it can be for others as well. If you are a member of any diaspora, this is for you. Your magazine. Read it, check it out, cry with me.

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War Girls by Tochi Onyebuchi

★★★
War Girls is a wonderful work of war time science fiction based in the strong relationship and sweet love of two sisters despite the odds. Tochi Onyebuchi writes a personal, action packed, fast paced story full of rich history and based on the Nigerian Civil War.

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No Gods, No Monsters by Cadwell Turnbull

★★★★★
No Gods, No Monsters is an incredibly inclusive story about othering, oppression, police violence, connection and how we stay safe and fight back. Though it is heavy at times, and there are many characters to follow, it is absolutely a wonderful work of art.

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