So recently on Twitter we’ve seen a lot of people asking questions about co-blogging or looking into finding a co-blogger. Since it seems to be a popular topic at the moment, we thought we’d do a little FAQ on the topic. We’re not experts but we have both been blogging here together for a few years now, so we think we can definitely give you an insight into it! If you have anymore questions we don’t cover, feel free to ask in the comments.
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For me, graphic novels is a new genre I’m venturing into. I always feared that the story wouldn’t be able to come across as well with art as it does with novels but I have been proven wrong a lot lately. Although I didn’t love Mooncakes as much as everybody else, I’m still excited that books like this are being brought into the world as graphic novels about queer witches and werewolves definitely wasn’t common when I was younger.
Mooncakes follows the story of Nova Huang, a young witch working at her grandmother’s magical bookshop. In terms of rep, Nova is Chinese-American, hard of hearing (her hearing aids feature heavily in the book which was amazing) and queer. Although sexualities aren’t discussed or labelled in this book, it does feature a F/NB relationship between Nova and childhood sweetheart, Tam. Tam is a non-binary werewolf, also Chinese-American, who comes back to town after a period away. The two soon rekindle their relationship and it is very wholesome.
The art work was beautiful and even though the end few pages on the Netgalley copy were black and white, it didn’t take away from the story. That being said, the use of colour was beautiful and I loved how rich and vibrant it was. The reason I didn’t rate this book higher was purely because I felt as though the story moved too quickly and because of this, the plot wasn’t fleshed out completely. However, I do appreciate that this is a graphic novel and a fairly short one at that so it does make sense. Luckily, the representation and diverse characters make up for this and it made me excited to pick it up. Nobody’s sexualities or identities are questioned, they are just accepted without fuss which makes the story very wholesome and safe to read.
Overall, this has definitely made me want to pick up even more graphic novels so if you have any recommendations, then please let me know! For now, Mooncakes is available on Netgalley (I believe for auto-acceptance!) so do go over and check it out. The final copy will be released on October 15th!
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Lots of Love,
This is a tag hosted by Taking on a World of Words and is one I used to do a lot so I thought I’d bring it back this week! The rules are to simply answer three questions about your current books and to keep a little tab on what you’re reading next. As I’m currently taking part in my N.E.W.T’s and have an exciting little TBR next month, I’m excited to do some more of these.
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So after completing and loving the Reading Rush last month, I definitely wanted to do another readathon this month as it really is the best motivation. I asked around to see which ones were being hosted and I was recommended the Magical Readathon hosted by Book Roast. This is a really complex readathon inspired by Harry Potter and it’s clear how much work has been put into it. However, I hit a slight snag when I found out that I should have first completed my O.W.L’s in April. Even though I’m usually a stickler for rules, I’ve decided to swap them around and sit my N.E.W.T’s first. I’ve also picked the Librarian career to aim towards so here are the books I’ll be reading in August in order to get my qualifications.
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So, I swear I’ve been possessed this entire month because nothing else explains the fact that after reading hardly any books this year, I read 18 books this month?! I’d like to think it’s a combination of the Reading Rush, Pride Book Club and pure boredom. I’m super proud of myself and am hoping this continues for the rest of the year. I’ve found some new favourites, did some crying and have almost wanted to throw some books through the window. But anyway, here is what I read this month – Continue reading “Angharad’s July 2019 Wrap Up”
By day, seventeen-year-old Kiera Johnson is an honors student, a math tutor, and one of the only Black kids at Jefferson Academy. But at home, she joins hundreds of thousands of Black gamers who duel worldwide as Nubian personas in the secret multiplayer online role-playing card game, SLAY. No one knows Kiera is the game developer, not her friends, her family, not even her boyfriend, Malcolm, who believes video games are partially responsible for the “downfall of the Black man.”
But when a teen in Kansas City is murdered over a dispute in the SLAY world, news of the game reaches mainstream media, and SLAY is labeled a racist, exclusionist, violent hub for thugs and criminals. Even worse, an anonymous troll infiltrates the game, threatening to sue Kiera for “anti-white discrimination.”
Driven to save the only world in which she can be herself, Kiera must preserve her secret identity and harness what it means to be unapologetically Black in a world intimidated by Blackness. But can she protect her game without losing herself in the process?
Thank you to Hachette Childrens for sending me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
I want to start off by saying, as a white person, this book wasn’t written for me so in writing this review, I hope to bring attention to an amazing novel for black readers. I can only imagine how amazing this book would be for young, black gamers – especially girl gamers. Continue reading “SLAY by Brittney Morris // Review”
The Fickle Mermaid is a modern, poetic retelling of The Little Mermaid by Hans Christian Anderson.
When a young mermaid called Cordelia rescues Nikolai, a stunning but troubled model from a watery grave she becomes besotted with him. Cordelia would do anything to be at his side, including sell her soul to a sinister sea witch.
*Thank you to Sophie for providing me with a review copy of her book. All opinions are my own* Continue reading “The Fickle Mermaid by Sophie Bowns / Mini Review & Author Interview”