AfroBoricua Reads Book Reviews: Akata Witch (Akata #1) by Nnedi Okorafor

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Summary:

Akata Witch transports the reader to a magical place where nothing is quite as it seems. Born in New York, but living in Aba, Nigeria, twelve-year old Sunny is understandably a little lost. She is albino and thus, incredibly sensitive to the sun. All Sunny wants to do is be able to play football and get through another day of school without being bullied. But once she befriends Orlu and Chichi, Sunny is plunged into the world of the Leopard People, where your worst defect becomes your greatest asset. Together, Sunny, Orlu, Chichi and Sasha form the youngest ever Oha Coven. Their mission is to track down Black Hat Otokoto, the man responsible for kidnapping and maiming children. Will Sunny be able to overcome the killer with powers stronger than her own, or will the future she saw in the flames become reality?

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Waiting on Wednesday: The Belles by Dhonielle Clayton 

The Belles by Dhonielle Clayton

Release Date: February 18, 2018

Publisher: Disney-Hyperion

Hi Everbody! 

Welcome to my first ever Waiting on Wednesday! My TBR is filled with books that release dates seem so far away and final covers to still be revealed. This is the oldest and most anticipated.

Fantasy is my favorite genre of all time and it needs to be filled with more #ownvoices, like The Belles.  I can already tell this book will be filled with Black Girl Magic. Dhonielle Clayton is an amazing author, if you haven’t read her series that she cowrote with Sona Charaipotra, Tiny Pretty Things do so right now!

If you follow me on Twitter you know it’s one of my most anticipated reads ever. Here’s why the main character Camellia is black and will be on the cover in a ball gown. A BALL GOWN. Black girls in YA fantasy are scarce and we’re never the main characters always the side character. So this book is going to be a moment for so many of us and already I know this book will mean so much to Black girls who want to be the hero. 

Here’s the synopsis from Goodreads and a link to its Goodreads page. 

Camellia Beauregard is a Belle. In the opulent world of Orléans, Belles are revered, for they control Beauty, and Beauty is a commodity coveted above all else. In Orléans, the people are born gray, they are born damned, and only with the help of a Belle and her talents can they transform and be made beautiful.
But it’s not enough for Camellia to be just a Belle. She wants to be the favorite—the Belle chosen by the Queen of Orléans to live in the royal palace, to tend to the royal family and their court, to be recognized as the most talented Belle in the land. But once Camellia and her Belle sisters arrive at court, it becomes clear that being the favorite is not everything she always dreamed it would be. Behind the gilded palace walls live dark secrets, and Camellia soon learns that the very essence of her existence is a lie—that her powers are far greater, and could be more dangerous, than she ever imagined. And when the queen asks Camellia to risk her own life and help the ailing princess by using Belle powers in unintended ways, Camellia now faces an impossible decision. 
With the future of Orléans and its people at stake, Camellia must decide—save herself and her sisters and the way of the Belles—or resuscitate the princess, risk her own life, and change the ways of her world forever.

http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/23197837-the-belles

Also follow Dhonielle on Twitter and Instagram @brownbookworm. The Belles Instagram is @the_belles 

Why the YA Community isn’t for teens, a lot of the time 

I’m back again! 

This time not a review or a reaction, a thinkpiece at best. 

YA without a doubt is my go to genre. Whenever I go to my local library that’s my safe place. I know that they’re new things to explore and familiar things as well. I’ve been reading YA my whole life, as a teen it’s awesome to be taken seriously when so many brush us off. 

As much I was a fan of the YA genre, I was terrified to start a book blog. I didn’t think I would be taken seriously as a reviewer in the YA genre. Most of the reviewers I saw in this community where older and it was intimidating. Finally I said screw it, isn’t YA for teens anyway?

That’s what I think so many people forget: YA is for teens! Why should I be intimidated to talk about a genre written for me? Why should I be afraid to speak out in a community that’s about me? I admit I’m late to game, I just turned 18 and to most that means I’m not a kid anymore. They’re right I recognize that I’m getting older but, why aren’t teens getting recognition in a genre that’s about them?

Why should those that are clearly not teenagers anymore and don’t work with teenagers get more rep in this community than a 15 year old? 

We need to make this community safe for all teens. Give them a platform to speak out in this community, don’t speak over them. YA is for teens but so many of us forget that too often. 

As someone who’s barely out of her teens, I often feel ignored in favor of those older than me. I feel way more afraid to speak my mind than someone who is thirty years old and white. I live in constant fear that I’ll be attacked for speaking out against injustices in this community. I feel the constant need to prove myself in this community that should be about kids my age. When I hear people say this community isn’t fun anymore, I laugh because it’s hardly fun for a teen my age. 

 I’m not the most eloquent writer, nor do I know how to express myself very well but I try all the time. I’m not perfect but I’m willing to listen and learn to those I’ve hurt. But those that are older in this community very rarely listen. 

I’m rambling now, but I wrote this post because I want teens to feel safe and heard in this community. I want teens to have a voice in a genre that’s about them. 

Love, 

Tatiana

Not a Half-Breed: My reaction to The Black Witch by Laurie-Ann Forest 

Hi everyone! 

It’s been a while I’m sorry for that depression really takes it out of me. I’m back to talking about bookish things but not a review just a reaction to someone reading the book. 

First and foremost I have not read The Black Witch by Laurie-Ann Forest and I never plan to. My awesome friend Shauna @b00kstorebabe on Twitter got an ARC of it and was immediately concerned with the main character ‘s blatant racism towards the other races in the book. 

If you haven’t heard of the Black Witch look up the summary I won’t link it, I’m not promoting this book I’m warning my followers the dangerous ideas this author poised in this so-called “fantasy” novel. 

I’ll admit I was really excited for The Black Witch, I’m a sucker for fantasy especially witches in fantasy but this thread changed it all. 

A thread about The Black Witch
I encourage you to read this thread because mine will make more sense of my very raw feelings. 

My twitter thread about The Black Witch
Okay have you read them both? Good because what I’m about to say is very important. 

We as consumers hold the power over what publishing houses releases. Our money tells them what kinda books we wanna see in the world. I don’t wanna see books like The Black Witch in the world, I don’t know what the author intended but this is not her place and she has hurt so many and the book doesn’t even come out until May. 

I’m devastated about this book coming out and harming so many people. It’s not okay for something like this occur in this day and age in the publishing industry. Editors need to do better. Writers need to do better. The whole publishing industry needs to do better. 

As of this moment the author hasn’t responded to anything about the harmful aspects in her book. I hope she handles in a responsible way and change because that’s what it’s going to take change. It’s up to you and me to change because unless we take action nothing is going to change. 

So take a stand and call on the author to respond nicely, no threats or harmful words should be used. If we want to foster actual change diplomacy works better in the long run even if it’s tough like it is right now for so many. 

That’s all I wanted to say for right now I just needed to get my feelings out hopefully this inspires you to do something. 

Love, 

Tatiana

Look! It’s the cover for Tristina Wright’s 27 Hours! 

I cannot tell you how excited I am for this book! 27 Hours is a diverse space opera YA novel that we have all been waiting for. Check out the synopsis, preorder links, and the cover below! 
27 Hours (The Nightside Saga #1) by Tristina Wright 

Release Date: October 3, 2017 

Book Description: 

Rumor Mora fears two things: hellhounds too strong for him to kill, and failure. Jude Welton has two dreams: for humans to stop killing monsters, and for his strange abilities to vanish.
But in no reality should a boy raised to love monsters fall for a boy raised to kill them.
Nyx Llorca keeps two secrets: the moon speaks to her, and she’s in love with Dahlia, her best friend. Braeden Tennant wants two things: to get out from his mother’s shadow, and to unlearn Epsilon’s darkest secret.

They’ll both have to commit treason to find the truth.
During one twenty-seven-hour night, if they can’t stop the war between the colonies and the monsters from becoming a war of extinction, the things they wish for will never come true, and the things they fear will be all that’s left.

Preorder Links: 

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/27-Hours-Tristina-Wright/dp/1633758206/

Amazon.ca: https://www.amazon.ca/27-Hours-Tristina-Wright/dp/1633758206/

Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/27-Hours-Tristina-Wright/dp/1633758206

B&N: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/27-hours-tristina-wright/1125323416?ean=9781633758209

Now the moment you’ve all been waiting for: 


If you would like to learn more about Tristina (I highly recommend you do!) 
Author Bio:

Tristina Wright is a blue-haired bisexual with anxiety and opinions. She’s also possibly a mermaid, but no one can get confirmation. She fell in love with science fiction and fantasy at a young age and frequently got caught writing in class instead of paying attention. She enjoys worlds with monsters and kissing and monsters kissing. She married a nerd who can build computers and make the sun shine with his smile. Most days, she can be found drinking coffee from her favorite chipped mug and making up more stories for her wombfruit, who keep life exciting and unpredictable.
Still trying to figure out the mermaid thing.

Tristina’s Media Links 

Website: http://tristinawright.com/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/tristinawright/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TristinaMWright

Twitter: https://twitter.com/TristinaWright

Tumblr: http://authorwrightnow.tumblr.com/

Snapchat: @tristinawright

The Thanks U Give: A Bookish Community Thanksgiving Celebration!

Thanks to Chasing Faerytales (http://chasingfaerytales.blogspot.com/) and Stay Bookish (http://www.staybookish.com/) for hosting this wonderful event!

 

This year has been a whirlwind of good and bad things, but one of the things I am most thankful for this year is (surprise, surprise) books.

Let me explain, I’ve suffered from depression and anxiety for years. This year was the first year I found a good balance with meds and therapists, I finally felt like I could do something. I started requesting books from my library like crazy, the books couldn’t come faster I was constantly returning and picking books up.

It wasn’t until September that I finally started my blog, I first started on Tumblr then moved over to WordPress. I started expressing my feelings online and in real life and it felt amazing! I was finally doing something I love and making friends, something I’ve never experienced before.

I’m just so grateful that I’ve been welcomed into this community and shown so much love! I love you guys so much for helping me and being my friends over these past few months. Finally, I wanna thanks you guys, my followers! I’m so happy you’ve clicked on my blog and liked what I had to say!

Don’t forget #TheThanksUGive celebration is going on all week, join us Nov 24th at 10 am EST for our #TheThanksUGive twitter chat! Also we have a giveaway going on right now (link at end!) and you can still sign up for The Thanks U Give celebration until Nov 24th 11:59 pm EST ! I hope you guys join us and spread the love!

Hugs and bookish dreams,

Tatiana

Link to signup and giveaway: http://www.staybookish.com/the-thanks-u-give-kick-off-epic-thanksgiving-giveaway/