2017 Reviews, Long Fiction

Aunty Lee’s Delights

After becoming a widow, Rosie Lee devoted herself to her restaurant, Aunty Lee's Delights, where she serves Singaporean home cooking and folksy wisdom in equal measure. But when one of her dinner guests turns up missing and a body is found washed up on a beach, Aunty Lee discovers another passion: solving murders. Aunty Lee's Delights… Continue reading Aunty Lee’s Delights

2017 Reviews, Long Fiction

Ink

In a near-future America, anti-immigrant sentiment has escalated. "Inks," temporary workers, permanent residents, and first-gen citizens, are tattooed on their wrist and submitted to interrogations, discrimination in the workplace, and traffic checks. Over the ten years of this novel, the repercussions of 'othering' this population transform into vigilante kidnapping, mob violence, and population control. The violence… Continue reading Ink

2017 Reviews, Long Fiction

The Star Touched Queen

Maya is a teenager that has high aspirations but low expectations for her life; as the most unfavored daughter of the King, Maya hopes to be left alone to study and learn for her whole life. But when her kingdom is ravaged, Maya agrees to marry the mysterious king of Akaran, Amar. But the kingdom… Continue reading The Star Touched Queen

2017 Reviews, Long Fiction

The Vegetarian

After a series of nightmares, Yeong-hye becomes convinced to stop eating meat. Her unconventional and subversive choice throws the people around her into chaos, forcing her to take her personal choice into more extreme and frightening forms of rebellion. This modern South-Korean novel explores Yeong-hye's choice through the eyes of her husband, her brother-in-law, and her sister to… Continue reading The Vegetarian

First Looks, Long Fiction

First Look: Binti

"Binti is a supreme read about a sexy, edgy Afropolitan in space! It's a wondrous combination of extra-terrestrial adventure and age-old African diplomacy. Unforgettable!" I've heard so many good things about Binti and the recent sequel, "Home". I read "Who Fears Death" by Okorafor last year, and while I loved the writing, I wanted more… Continue reading First Look: Binti

2017 Reviews, Fiction

The Reader

After a brutal murder orphaned Sefia as a child, she has lived her life running from authorities and anyone who may get too close. But when her mentor  is taken, Sefia is left to fend for herself using the only clue she has, a rectangular object full of paper. In Sefia's world, reading and writing… Continue reading The Reader

2017 Reviews, Long Fiction

When the Moon was Ours

Rumors swirl about odd best friends, Miel and Sam. Sam paints moons to hang in the trees around town and mostly keeps to himself. Roses grow out of Miel's wrists, and no one knows where she came from before she tumbled out of the town's water-tower. But as odd as Miel and Sam are, even… Continue reading When the Moon was Ours

2017 Reviews, Long Fiction

Under a Painted Sky

Samantha, a Chinese American, and Annamae, a runaway slave, flee West  towards California. Annamae is running from slavery and to find her brother, while Samantha is fleeing an accidental crime. Both girls are looking for a new start and freedom that they just can't have in Missouri in 1845. The girls disguise themselves as boys-Sammy… Continue reading Under a Painted Sky