1. weneeddiversebooks:

#WeNeedDiverseBooks summer reading series! If you liked Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas, try Moribito by Nahoko Uehashi because both have strong female warriors who must face the greatest evil to save their world.
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    weneeddiversebooks:

    #WeNeedDiverseBooks summer reading series! If you liked Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas, try Moribito by Nahoko Uehashi because both have strong female warriors who must face the greatest evil to save their world.

  2. inkyopinions:

    Book review: American Born Chinese by Gene Luen Yang

    This book resonated with me on a completely unexpected level.

    American Born Chinese follows three seemingly separate narratives about identity, transformation, and the struggle to belong.  The first is of the legendary Monkey King, the second of a Chinese-American boy, and the third of a white guy and his cousin, Chin-Kee, a walking racist stereotype of Chinese people in America.  The stories parallel each other throughout the novel, and at the end, they fit together in a clever twist.

    Full disclosure: I am an American-born Chinese.  As such, my reaction to this book is colored by my experiences, and I have no idea if someone who doesn’t share them would enjoy it as much as I did.  To be fair, not all my experiences match up with those depicted in the novel, but I did grow up on Journey to the West picture books in simplified Chinese, and my engagement with the story of the Monkey King can partly be attributed to the fact that I already love him.

    That being said, American Born Chinese has a lot going for it, even if I’m trying to be objective: the neatly entwined storylines, the examination of loneliness, the shrewd commentary on stereotypes, both negative and ostensibly positive.  The art, while not beautiful, is colorful and effective, and the humor lifts some of the heavier themes.  Overall, it’s a fast and fascinating read—worth a visit to the library and an hour of your time.  While it may not be accessible to all readers, there’s very little reason not to at least give it a shot.

    Rating: ★★★★☆

  3. catagator:

    Though there are still a billion miles to go, it is refreshing as hell to see 2 YA books coming out early next year featuring teen girls of color on the front cover. THEY ARE NOT BEING HIDDEN.* 

    I’ve added both to my to-read list and you should too:

    This Side of Home by Renee Watson

    Not Otherwise Specified by Hannah Moskowitz

    *I’ve seen enough of that for next year, too, and plan on digging into that later, but I think it’s worth highlighting this positive cover look first and foremost. It’s pathetic this is noteworthy, but it is. 

  4. Phoebe North Talks About Her New YA Novel "Starbreak," Writing, Parenting, Faith -- And Sexy Plants

    (Source: se-smith)

  5. richincolor:

    It’s finally here! The Shadow Hero’s release date is this week. I reviewed it back in March and have been waiting impatiently for the release ever since. This was one of the best books I have read so far this year. Even if you aren’t a graphic novel, super hero kind of reader, this one is worth a try.

    Title: The Shadow Hero
    AuthorGene Luen Yang
    Illustrator: Sonny Liew
    Publisher: First Second

    Summary: In the comics boom of the 1940s, a legend was born: the Green Turtle. He solved crimes and fought injustice just like the other comics characters. But this mysterious masked crusader was hiding something more than your run-of-the-mill secret identity… The Green Turtle was the first Asian American super hero.

    The comic had a short run before lapsing into obscurity, but the acclaimed author of American Born Chinese, Gene Luen Yang, has finally revived this character in Shadow Hero, a new graphic novel that creates an origin story for the Green Turtle.

    With artwork by Sonny Liew, this gorgeous, funny comics adventure for teens is a new spin on the long, rich tradition of American comics lore. – Cover image via Goodreads, summary via publisher

    Another book being released is Dirty Wings by Sarah McCarry. Kelly Jensen wrote an excellent review here. It’s the second book in a series, but Kelly explained that it could easily be read on its own.

    Title: Dirty Wings (All Our Pretty Songs #2)
    Author: Sarah McCarry
    Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin

    Summary: A gorgeous retelling of the Persephone myth, Sarah McCarry brings us the story of Cass and Maia–the mothers from All Our Pretty Songs–and how their fates became intertwined.

    Maia is a teenage piano prodigy and dutiful daughter, imprisoned in the oppressive silence of her adoptive parents’ house like a princess in an ivory tower. Cass is a street rat, witch, and runaway, scraping by with her wits and her knack for a five-fingered discount. When a chance encounter brings the two girls together, an unlikely friendship blossoms that will soon change the course of both their lives. Cass springs Maia from the jail of the only world she’s ever known, and Maia’s only too happy to make a break for it. But Cass didn’t reckon on Jason, the hypnotic blue-eyed rocker who’d capture Maia’s heart as soon as Cass set her free–and Cass isn’t the only one who’s noticed Maia’s extraordinary gifts. Is Cass strong enough to battle the ancient evil she’s unwittingly awakened–or has she walked into a trap that will destroy everything she cares about? In this time, like in any time, love is a dangerous game. – Cover image and summary via Goodreads

  6. Hey, marshmallows! I finally finished Veronica Mars season 3 last week, and I still have a bit of a VMars hangover. Today I thought of a couple books I’ve read in the past that would be a great complement to this mood. I always feel like these “liked this? try this!” book posts are super subjective, but I’ve tried to give a little reasoning why these might satisfy your appetite.

    Freaky Green Eyes by Joyce Carol Oates - The main character, a seemingly innocent teenaged girl, learns to embrace a stronger, more cynical side to her character, which she thinks of as separate from her normal self and names “Freaky Green Eyes.” The plot revolves around the disappearance of her mother, and as the threads of the mystery surrounding it unravel, so does the family. Gripping characterizations and the emotional shockwaves the events and revelations send through the family remind me of Veronica Mars. So does the sometimes vengeful nature of the main character’s new self. The author has a sort of dreamy way with imagery that plays out very similarly in my head to some of the more trippy flashbacks in Veronica Mars, especially the memories of Shelley Pomroy’s party.

    The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks by E. Lockhart - Frankie is a teenaged girl coming into her own. She goes to an elite boarding school, the same one her father went to, but she won’t have the same experience he did: he belongs to a secret society based at the school, with a long and proud history as a boys’ club. Sound familiar? Frankie becomes embroiled in a group of fascinating boys at the school, and - as she gets in deeper - in the secret society itself. This is full of the clever dialogue and the fun of the girl outsmarting everyone you get from Veronica Mars. Equally importantly, the characters have interesting depths, and there’s no easy resolution to the social fallout caused by the events in the book.

    (Source: minnarr)

  7. catagator:

Fan of YA fiction? Keeping tabs on what’s coming out this year?
I put together a 66-title preview of the books coming out between July and September. 
Be prepared for those to-be-read lists to explode. 
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    catagator:

    Fan of YA fiction? Keeping tabs on what’s coming out this year?

    I put together a 66-title preview of the books coming out between July and September

    Be prepared for those to-be-read lists to explode. 

  8. weneeddiversebooks:

Today is the start of our new summer reading series “If you liked ___, Read this next” for diverse books. The #WeNeedDiverseBooks campaign is deeply committed to increasing the visibility of the wonderful diverse books that are published, because these books do not get the marketing and promotion that blockbuster books get. We want to do our part in raising the profile of diverse books and bringing them to a larger audience. Help us spread the word! We will have a new “If You Liked” post every day of the summer!
The first book in our series is the YA book Akata Witch by Nnedi Okarafor. You really need to read this author, about whom the great Ursula LeGuin said: “There’s more vivid imagination in a page of Nnedi Okorafor’s work than in whole volumes of ordinary fantasy epics.” So what are you waiting for? Read Akata Witch next!
*For other posts in this series, go to the “About Us” tab and select SUMMERREADINGSERIES
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    weneeddiversebooks:

    Today is the start of our new summer reading series “If you liked ___, Read this next” for diverse books. The #WeNeedDiverseBooks campaign is deeply committed to increasing the visibility of the wonderful diverse books that are published, because these books do not get the marketing and promotion that blockbuster books get. We want to do our part in raising the profile of diverse books and bringing them to a larger audience. Help us spread the word! We will have a new “If You Liked” post every day of the summer!

    The first book in our series is the YA book Akata Witch by Nnedi Okarafor. You really need to read this author, about whom the great Ursula LeGuin said: “There’s more vivid imagination in a page of Nnedi Okorafor’s work than in whole volumes of ordinary fantasy epics.” So what are you waiting for? Read Akata Witch next!

    *For other posts in this series, go to the “About Us” tab and select SUMMERREADINGSERIES

  9. Hey so remember Phoebe North’s amazing generational starship science fiction story with a culture based on Judaism? THE SEQUEL CAME OUT THIS WEEK AND YOU SHOULD GET IT.
STARGLASS and STARBREAK are now available!
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    Hey so remember Phoebe North’s amazing generational starship science fiction story with a culture based on Judaism? THE SEQUEL CAME OUT THIS WEEK AND YOU SHOULD GET IT.

    STARGLASS and STARBREAK are now available!