Book Review · Contemporary · South Asian

The Name of Red by Beena Khan

“The men watched with fascination as she opened a book and bowed her head in it. It looked like she was avoiding the crowd, and she appeared to want to blend in. It was impossible though since she’d already caught the attention of her audience by simply standing out in her red dress.” The Name… Continue reading The Name of Red by Beena Khan

Book Review · Contemporary · South Asian

The Subtweet by Vivek Shraya

“With every item she tossed into the washer’s gaping mouth, she dissected every sentence she could recall saying to Neela, analysing the implications of her words and how they might have been interpreted.” The Subtweet by Vivek Shraya is an #OwnVoices South Asian-Canadian contemporary novel about two uniquely separate musicians that formulate a friendship after… Continue reading The Subtweet by Vivek Shraya

Book Review · Chinese Lit · Fantasy

The Prelude to Insurrection by J.C. Kang

“Jie’s heart leaped into her throat. How had she not heard someone approach on the nightingale floors, or even open the door? She spun around, hand reaching for her bladed hairpin.” Prelude to Insurrection by J.C. Kang is short story introduction to the author’s expansive #OwnVoices Chinese adult fantasy series, Legends of Tivara. It follows… Continue reading The Prelude to Insurrection by J.C. Kang

Book Review · Islamic Lit · West Asian Lit

The Map of Salt and Stars by Zeyn Joukhadar

Can sadness be too heavy for God? Maybe God can bear it all, but I don't know if I can. The world is a stone in me, heavy with Baba's voice and the old clock tower and the man selling tea in the street. I want to believe things are supposed to be better, but… Continue reading The Map of Salt and Stars by Zeyn Joukhadar

Book Review · Fantasy · Islamic Lit

The Kingdom of Copper (The Daevabad Trilogy #2) by S.A. Chakraborty

The sky shatters into smoking pieces that dissipate like dust in water as the veil comes falling down, revealing a painfully azure sky from the realm beyond. The mountains groan as dunes of golden sand rush to swallow them, their life snuffed out.” PLEASE NOTE: THERE WILL BE SPOILERS FOR THE CITY OF BRASS IN… Continue reading The Kingdom of Copper (The Daevabad Trilogy #2) by S.A. Chakraborty

Book Review · Fantasy · Islamic Lit

The City of Brass (The Daevabad Trilogy #1) by S.A. Chakraborty

Crouched like a cat over the smouldering remains of a small fire—the sharp smell of burnt green wood filling the air—the djinn stared at her with a sort of wary curiosity in his bright green eyes." The City of Brass by S.A. Chakraborty is the first book in an #OwnVoices Islamic epic fantasy series called… Continue reading The City of Brass (The Daevabad Trilogy #1) by S.A. Chakraborty

Book Review · Chinese Lit

The Moon in the Palace (The Empress of Bright Moon #1) by Weina Dai Randel

In truth, we were similar. Like two sides of a fan, we were at odds with each other, we competed with each other, but our fates similarly rested in the hands of the Emperor--the holder, the commander, the manipulator of our destinies. The Moon in the Palace by Weina Dai Randel is an #OwnVoices Chinese… Continue reading The Moon in the Palace (The Empress of Bright Moon #1) by Weina Dai Randel