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…