The Gauntlet by Karuna Riazi: A Proudly Islamic & Brilliantly Crafted Steampunk Adventure – Book Review (#OwnVoices MG Fantasy)

The Gauntlet by Karuna Riazi is an #OwnVoices Islamic and #OwnVoices Southwest Asian, middle-grade portal fantasy novel that was released in 2017 via Salaam Reads. It’s about a young girl named Farah who receives a strange board game from her aunt on her birthday. But when her brother accidentally gets sucked into it, she teams…

Rainbirds by Clarissa Goenawan: A Phenomenal Surrealist Contemporary About Loss & Identity – Book Review (Asian Fiction)

Rainbirds by Clarissa Goenawan is an Asian contemporary surrealist fiction novel that is authored by an Indonesian-born Singaporean author and takes place in a fictitious city in Japan. It follows a man named Ren Ishida who goes to Akakawa after learning of his sister’s brutal murder. Upon arriving, he works to wrap up the remnants…

The Island of Sea Women by Lisa See: A Precise, Poignant, & Purposeful Narrative on Cultural Identity & the Strength of Women – Book Review (Historical Fiction)

The Island of Sea Women by Chinese-American author Lisa See is historical fiction story about two women—Mi-ja and Young-sook—who developed a deep-seated friendship as children; one that would follow them throughout their lives, via every obstacle and awe-inspiring challenge that befell them, together and as individuals. Their journey is set on the Korean island of…