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Warcross by Marie Lu

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Warcross by Marie Lu

Emika never thought she would meet Hideo Tanaka. She was an eighteen-year-old bounty hunter, facing eviction from her tiny studio apartment. She had been watching the Warcross tournament just like millions of other people. But when one of the competitors grabbed a power up, worth thousands of bucks, she couldn’t resist hacking into the system and grabbing it. What she never expected was to glitch into the game the moment she touched it! Now her face is plastered everywhere. Everyone knows her name and Emika is terrified she is going to be arrested. When she finally decides to call the number back that’s been calling nonstop, it’s Hideo Tanaka, Warcross creator, who wants to meet her. I picked up Warcross the day after throwing in the towel on a historical fiction novel that was leaving a bad taste in my mouth. This is exactly what I needed to get me out of that funk. Warcross is a really entertaining young adult science fiction novel that follows Emika’s journey fr…

The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevado

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The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevado

This book doesn’t waste words and I won’t either. This is amazing. Written in verse it’s the story of Xiomara, a young woman who expresses herself through the poems she writes in her diary. Her and her twin brother are first generation immigrants from the Dominican Republic. They both are constantly having to navigate what it means to have a family steeped in culture and tradition, while also living as a teenager in the U.S. She has a body that screams for attention and fist that have grown weary from fighting. But now the words on the page that express all of frustrations, fears and dreams are finding their way out through the poetry club she begins attending to avoid her confirmation class. I loved this. I loved it because Acevado was able to pack so much world building, so much life, so much development into each poem. Her world, Xiomara’s world, unfolded beautifully on each page. It’s powerful and it resonates and it questions the relationships she h…

Becoming by Michelle Obama

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Becoming by Michelle Obama


“I’m an ordinary person who found herself on an extraordinary journey. In sharing my story, I hope to help create space for other stories and other voices, to widen the pathway for who belongs and why.”
I didn’t rush to read this book. A lot of it had to do with my own mental space and stressing about the state of the union. Would this book written by the first Black First Lady of the United States really give hope or would it be just another reminder of how far we’ve fallen? I decided instead to read this book as my first #readBlackwomen selection for this February for Black History month. I finished it in three days and if life hadn’t intruded, I would have finished it one day. This book is incredible.
Michelle Obama is the only person who should ever be allowed to write about Michelle Obama No one will have more intimate knowledge of her life, and no one will ever be able to articulate in anyway near as beautifully as she did the story of her life. It begin…

The Vicious Deep by Zoraida Córdova

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The Vicious Deep by Zoraida Córdova


I’m not sure when was the last time I’ve read a book about mermaids. After reading Cordova’s Brooklyn Bruja series I knew I had to read more of her writing style which I absolutely loved. The Vicious Deep isn’t as compelling as her newest series but it is still highly entertaining and a really fun ride.
Meet Tristan. You know this guy. We all know this guy. The girls think he’s cute. He one of the best swimmers on the team and he’s fun to be around. He’s also a lifeguard. And on the day the storm came he ran out into the waves to save the life of woman he saw flailing in the water. He was found days later somehow still alive. Many other people didn’t survive that day. He’s felt weird ever since. The next thing you know he’s lying on the bathroom floor and his legs have turned into fins! There’s a lot his mother hasn’t told him about her family, the family he has never known. Like the fact that he is actually a Merman and a descendant of the Sea King,…

Lethal White by Robert Galbraith

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Lethal White by Robert Galbraith


This is the fourth book in the Cormoran Strike series. There won’t be any spoilers for this book, but if you haven’t read the first three there are spoilers abound.
I’m just going to jump right in with the review and skip the blurb. This book picks up exactly where the 3rd book, Career of Evil, left off. Thankfully, because one of the main reasons why I was itching to get this book in my hand was to find out what Robin chooses to do: Does she stay with Matthew or does she leave? The answer is complicated. But with the prologue we jump right back in, not necessarily into another case but right back into the dynamics of Robin and Cormoran’s relationship, now partnership, friendship? That relationship for me is the driving point of the story. No matter how wrapped up I am in their cases, I am also constantly wondering what the state of their relationship is or will become. Now let’s jump into the actual case at hand. Billy, an obviously mentally ill young …

The Mother of Black Hollywood by Jenifer Lewis with Malaika Adero

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The Mother of Black Hollywood: A Memoir by Jenifer Lewis with Malaika Adero


Jenifer Lewis. When I think of Jenifer Lewis the very first thing that pops in my mind is “What’s Love Got To Do With It.” But the more I think about it, the more movies come to mind, “Corrina Corrina,” “The Preacher’s Wife,” my son’s favorite movie “Cars.” She is in so many movies and has been around in showbusiness damn near my entire life. When I heard about this memoir it was one I knew I would eventually get my hands on enjoy.
Lewis writes just like I would imagine she talks. I heard her voice in my head the entire time I was reading this story. All the exclamations, the singing, the joy, the anger, it’s all there. I found her story very interesting. I found her honesty moving and her resilience inspiring. One thing I also appreciated was how she embraced and relays her sexual nature. She never hides from it and in many ways details her escapades. Judge her if you want to but she is telling her truth.
I do…

The Republic of Pirates: Being the True and Surprising Story of the Caribbean Pirates and the Man Who Brought Them Down by Colin Woodard

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The Republic of Pirates: Being the True and Surprising Story of the Caribbean Pirates and the Man Who Brought Them Down by Colin Woodard


I blame the series “Black Sails” for why I enjoyed this so much. The characters that I watched avidly on Starz for four seasons were real and in all of their glory and truth on these pages and I really enjoyed learning of the real history. Woodard with this book, chronologically tells the history of the Golden Age of Piracy. He starts with the roots of piracy, focusing on the why and how of piracy. But he also focuses on the early lives of four of the men whose names are the most well known in pirate history. Three are the pirates Samuel “Black Sam” Bellamy, Charles Vane and Edward “Blackbeard” Thatch. The other is the man credited the most with helping to end piracy, Woodes Rogers. But if you are like me, the fan of “Black Sails” there are plenty of other names you’ll recognize as well like Jack Rackham and Hornigold. Woodard tells this story of pira…