Burning Roses by S.L. Huang: A Beautifully Dark & Queer Re-Imagining of Many Fairy Tales – Book Review

Burning Roses by S.L. Huang is an adult own-voices Queer Chinese fantasy novella about Rose (a.k.a. Red Riding Hood) and an archer named Hou Yi. Together they join forces to stop deadly sunbirds from ravaging the countryside. Their journey shall take them into a reckoning of terrible sacrifices, a mourning of mistakes, of choices, and also of family amid a quest for immortality.

The Moon in the Palace by Weina Dai Randel: A Slow-Paced Retelling of Empress Wu’s Beginnings – Book Review

The Moon in the Palace by Weina Dai Randel is an own-voices Chinese historical fiction novel that is the first in a duology chronicling the life of Empress Wu as she rose from a simple concubine to become one of the most powerful rulers in Chinese history. The story begins with a little girl named Mei who is picked to become a potential paramour for the Emperor. In the wake of her father’s demise, she is whisked away to the palace, never to see her family again.

The Imperial Alchemist by A.H. Wang: An Ordinary Yet Culturally Rich Historical Adventure – Book Review (#OwnVoices Chinese Fiction)

The Imperial Alchemist by A.H. Wang is an #OwnVoices Chinese historical thriller that alternates between two time periods. In 210 B.C.E. China, we follow the country’s most powerful emperor and his search for the elixir of life while his existence dangles on the brink of death. In the present era, we get acquainted with renowned…

Current Reads: Contemporaries & Urban Fantasy

Happy Sunday morning, chums! Before I dive into my current reads, I wanted to take a moment and say a special shout-out to everyone who is a parent. I know that today is specifically for mothers, but not every parent out there is a mother or a father, and I believe that all of them…

Top 10 Books to Read Before the Year Ends

To-Be-Read stacks can be awesome because they give the bookworm tons of options on what to pick up after finishing a book, however. This can also create madness within a bibliophile because sometimes everything on the TBR list sounds and looks fantastic, thus making it a hundred times harder to actually choose that next read.…

15 Fantastic Sci-Fi & Fantasy Books by Authors of Colour!

One of my favourite genres to read is science-fiction. The imagination and the storytelling potential that comes with speculative fiction can be absolutely brilliant, especially when it involves alternate histories, dystopian nations, technology beyond belief, interstellar travel, galactic political intrigue, plus much more. There is almost always something to learn, something there to inspire, awe,…

February’s Big Book Haul!

Good morning and happy Saturday to you all! Today, I will be sharing all the books that I bought/received during February. There are 21 total titles here. I am pleasantly surprised with the variety and diversity of books that I ended up with with this month’s haul, and I am super eager to jump into…

January Reading Wrap-Up!

January turned out to be a phenomenal month for me in terms of reading. There was a good variety of multiple genres and mediums, and it has left me very excited for all of the books to come in February! Check them all out down below. 👍🏾 Fantasy & Fiction Literature: Forge of the Mindslayers…