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Wildcard by Marie Lu

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Wildcard by Marie Lu


Wildcard is the sequel to Warcross. There will be some spoilers regarding Warcross in this review so if you haven’t read the first book I would definitely recommend doing so before reading this review. That is the only disclaimer you are going to get! Moving on. It’s been weeks since Hideo’s algorithm took over the Neurolink. People have been turning themselves in for past crimes to the police. Crime is at an all time low. And the Dark Web is slowly fading due to all of the people reporting details to the police. And while the general public has no idea what has happened, Emika knows it’s because of Hideo. Because he has taken away choice and is forcing people to do no harm through his algorithm. But Emika can’t forget the person she saw when the algorithm took over. The man standing in all black, whose identity showed as Sasuke Tanaka, Hideo’s brother whom everyone assumed was dead. Could Zero really be Sasuke? Was he actually trying to stop Hideo? Why hadn’t he g…

How We Fight White Supremacy by Akiba Solomon and Kenrya Rankin

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How We Fight White Supremacy by Akiba Solomon and Kenrya Rankin


Have you ever asked yourself how you fight white supremacy? You’d have to define it first and then understand what it means before you could answer that. But once you understood what it meant and how you were affected by it, could you say how you fight white supremacy? It’s a question I’ve battled with for the last few years. Definitely more so since 2016. I don’t know if I have a single answer for that, especially when sometime just existing as a Black woman in the United States feels like an act of resistance. I gravitated towards this book because I wanted to see what other people had to say and how other people are fighting back. If nothing else, this book has shown me that there are many different ways to fight. People will do what they are capable of doing, and fight in the best way they know how. This book is a collection of many things. It has poetry, essays, interviews, question and answer sessions and music. It’s…

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…

Moby Dick by Herman Melville, A reread many years later

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Moby Dick by Herman Melville



I’m so disappointed with this reread. I had really fond memories of this book. I read it while in high school, well over a decade ago, and genuinely enjoyed it. I was looking forward to this reread. All I’ve felt the majority of this read through was frustration.
This is the story of Ahab and his pursuit of the white whale, Moby Dick, that caused him to lose his leg. At its bones this is what this novel is about. Unfortunately, Melville decided to also provide a course on whaling throughout the novel which stops any kind of natural flow from occurring. At times you don’t know who the narrator is because Melville changes throughout and at times it felt like Melville was just talking. If none of the nonfiction stuff was included and this was just a streamline novel about Ahab’s monomaniacal thirst for revenge against Moby Dick it would have been epic! But it’s not! The story meanders, Melville wanders and then suddenly readers are thrown back into the story!

Harbor Me by Jacqueline Woodson

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Harbor Me by Jacqueline Woodson

I saw children I know in the pages of this book. I heard their voices. I saw their experiences. I read the words and envisioned these children that I knew. What Woodson did with this novel is open the door for children to be children but at the same time talk about things in a way that we never give them credit for. In a way that’s open, beautiful and honest not only with themselves but with each other. Harbor Me is a novel that looks at how hard it is to be a child coming of age right now and how they can open up to one another when given the space and opportunity. This story is simply the conversations of six kids, whose teacher gave them time to be together and they formed an unforgettable friendship.
Woodson chose to tackle some very relevant and yet heavy topics: deportation, police brutality, death, race, and privilege. I thought she did this in a way that was both respectful of all these topics and deeply honest and upfront as well. She didn’t sug…

Thick and Other Essays by Tressie McMillan Cottom

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Thick and Other Essays by Tressie McMillan Cottom


Thick. If that isn’t an apt title for this collection than I don’t know what is, because this is a thick book. Not thick in the amount of pages, but absolutely full of relevant and necessary information. It isn’t curing cancer or solving climate change. But it is giving a voice and analytical eye to the way we treat, judge, measure, love, hate and depict Black women. I knew after the very first essay in this collection that I was willing to analyze and absorb everything that Cottom had to write. And write she did, absolutely beautifully. As a Black woman I have been making it a point to not only think critically about my own situation and positioning in this disturbing time in our history, but to also think critically about the experiences of other Black women. I see Cottom doing the same thing in this collection, but in a way so composed that I could never imagine myself capable. Each of these essays take a measured look at the relatio…

Bruja Born by Zoraida Córdova

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Bruja Born by Zoraida Córdova


This is the second book in this series and while there are no spoilers for this book. There are a few spoilers for the first book. In the first book of this series, Labyrinth Lost, we met the Mortiz family, all of whom are descendants of Brujas and Brujos and have their own magical abilities. The first book focused on Alex, who was trying to hide her abilities only to be named an encantrix, the strongest witch of her generation. This book takes place months after the first and focuses on Lula, the oldest sister who has the power of healing. Lula hasnt been the same since returning from Los Lagos. Her magic isn’t the same, she doesn’t feel the same way about her magic or the Deos and it’s taking its toll on everything, especially her relationship with Maks. The day of his last soccer game there’s a horrible accident. Lula, Maks and dozens of others are injured. It’s only through surgery and the healing powers of her family that Lula survives. She begs for t…