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Dear Ijeawele, or a Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions | Review

Title:Dear Ijeawele, or a Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions

Author: Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Rating: 5 Stars

Dates read: 24 Apr 19

Publication date: 07 Mar 2017

Publisher: Knopf Publishing Group

Genre(s): Non-fiction, Epistolary, Feminism

Description:

A few years ago, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie received a letter from a dear friend from childhood, asking her how to raise her baby girl as a feminist. Dear Ijeawele is Adichie’s letter of response.

Here are fifteen invaluable suggestions–compelling, direct, wryly funny, and perceptive–for how to empower a daughter to become a strong, independent woman. From encouraging her to choose a helicopter, and not only a doll, as a toy if she so desires; having open conversations with her about clothes, makeup, and sexuality; debunking the myth that women are somehow biologically arranged to be in the kitchen making dinner, and that men can “allow” women to have full careers, Dear Ijeawele goes right to the heart of sexual politics in the twenty-first century. It will start a new and urgently needed conversation about what it really means to be a woman today.

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The Grateful Boys | Review

Title: The Grateful Boys

Author: Françoise DuMaurier

Rating: 4 Stars

Dates read: 07 Oct 19 – 14 Oct 19

Publication date: 01 Oct 2019

Publisher: Clink Street Publishing

Genre(s): Vampires, YA, Supernatural

Description:

When seventeen-year-old Hailey’s multi-racial, single parent family migrate to the tiny rural town of Corpus, Georgia (population 700), she would rather have moved anywhere but there.

That is, until she spots him. Mysterious definitely, perhaps even supernatural. Where Hailey is awe-struck by the young man of her dreams, her little brother, Mason, sees a soulless creature of the night, a half-man who may be responsible for a series of grisly murders across the southern gothic town.

Antwan Zeddman, the town’s first African-American Sheriff, must enforce a curfew in Corpus to ensure the safety of the townsfolk. He must contend with sightings of hellish winged beasts and investigate the slaying of an innocent young couple traveling through town. There is a growing sense of racial unrest. Hailey will find herself caught between her family, the residents of Corpus, and the vampire she’s falling in love with.

*I received a copy of this book courtesy of Authoright and Clink Street Publishing as part of their The Grateful Boys Blog Tour*

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The Island of Dreams/The Island Prince | Review

Title: The Island of Dreams

Author: Gregory James Clark

Rating: 3 Stars

Dates read: 10 Oct 19

Publication date: 05 Sep 2017

Publisher: Clink Street Publishing

Genre(s): Utopian, Politics, Economics

Description:

In 2107, twenty-four year-old Gary Loman is disillusioned with life. There are scant opportunities in the capitalist world that surrounds him. When he receives a prestigious invitation, Gary knows that the change he has been waiting for has finally arrived; it’s a ticket to fame and glory as a skater.

Leaving the old world behind, Gary embarks on a new adventure on The Island of Dreams, led by the world’s newest monarchy, where he is introduced to the woman who will become his wife and a wildly different social order, one which has evolved over the previous seventy years by virtue of a slow, quiet and largely unnoticed revolution. By 2107, however, The Island is poised to become one of the most powerful states in the world, acquiring, most notably, the territory of Kamchatka.

The Island Queen, Queen Katie of Kamchatka, with the help of her devoted Prime Minister and her faithful staff, then attempt to educate and train the 240 receivers of the distinguished Queen’s Ticket, both for their roles as skaters and within the Kamchatskiy organisation, for whom they will be working under a completely new concept in political economy, based on quality rather than profit motives, and which is replacing Marxism as the world’s rival to capitalism.

As Gary progresses on The Island, and as its Queen seeks out her new King, the world is on the brink of a breath-taking transformation.

Title: The Island Prince

Author: Gregory James Clark

Rating: 3 Stars

Dates read: 10 Oct 19

Publication date: 01 Oct 2019

Publisher: Clink Street Publishing

Genre(s): Utopian, Politics, Economics

Description:

In the Spring of 2108 Australian Defence Minister Aub Ryman resigns from his post, committed to an alternative system for determining the sovereignty of nations that would end warfare forever.

In order to lead this transformation, he must first marry Queen Katie of Kamchatka, whose many fans throughout the world have given her power to approve or remove governments to achieve her objectives under a system known as The New Game.

Before he can assume his role as King, however, The Island Prince must first convince The Queen’s Ministers and the prestigious Kamchatka Parliament that he is indeed the right choice.

One the item and with the world’s eyes upon them, they express their love for each other and reinforce their message for world peace

*I received a copy of these books courtesy of Authoright and Clink Street Publishing as part of their The Island Prince Blog Tour*

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Chessboxer | Review

Title: Chessboxer

Author: Stephen Davies

Rating: 4 Stars

Dates read: 27 Sep 19 – 04 Oct 19

Publication date: 03 Oct 2019

Publisher: Andersen Press

Genre(s): Contemporary, YA, Sport

Description:

Leah Baxter is a genius. She’s a few wins away from becoming a junior chess grandmaster, and her life is on course to achieve everything her mom and coach want for her.
But Leah is at stalemate – grieving for her father, and feeling suffocated. She decides to make the ultimate sacrifice and quit chess. But chess doesn’t want to quit her. Soon Leah discovers her new gambit: chessboxing, a dangerous hybrid sport which will test her body and mind to their limits. Can the pawn become the queen?

*I received a copy of this book courtesy of Dark Room Tours and Andersen as part of their Chessboxer Bookstagram/Blog Tour*

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A Chain Across The Dawn | Review

Title:The Stars Now Unclaimed

Author: Drew Williams

Rating: 5 Stars

Dates read: 20 Aug 19 – 27 Aug 19

Publication date: 08 Aug 2019

Publisher: Simon and Schuster UK

Genre(s): Science Fiction, Adventure, Space Opera

Description:

It’s been three years since Esa left her backwater planet to join the ranks of the Justified. Together, she and fellow agent Jane Kamali have been traveling across the known universe, searching for children who share Esa’s supernatural gifts.

On a visit to a particularly remote planet, they learn that they’re not the only ones searching for gifted children. They find themselves on the tail of a mysterious being with impossible powers who will stop at nothing to get his hands on the very children that Esa and Jane are trying to save.

With their latest recruit in tow—a young Wulf boy named Sho—Esa and Jane must track their strange foe across the galaxy in search of answers. But the more they learn, the clearer it becomes—their enemy may be harder to defeat than they ever could have imagined.

*I received a copy of this book courtesy of Dark Room Tours and Simon and Schuster UK as part of their The Chain Across The Dawn Bookstagram/Blog Tour*

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The Stars Now Unclaimed | Review

Title:The Stars Now Unclaimed

Author: Drew Williams

Rating: 4.5 Stars

Dates read: 09 Apr 19 – 12 Apr 19

Publication date: 23 Aug 2018

Publisher: Simon and Schuster UK

Genre(s): Science Fiction, Adventure, Space Opera

Description:

A century ago, a mysterious pulse of energy spread across the universe. Meant to usher in a new era of peace and prosperity, it instead destroyed technology indiscriminately, leaving some worlds untouched and throwing others into total chaos.

The Justified, a mysterious group of super-soldiers, have spent a hundred years trying to find a way to restore order to the universe. Their greatest asset is the feared mercenary Kamali, who travels from planet to planet searching for gifted young people and bringing them to the secret world she calls home. Kamali hopes that those she rescues will be able to find a way to reverse the damage the pulse wreaked, and ensure that it never returns.

But Kamali isn’t the only person looking for answers to unimaginable questions. And when her mission to rescue a grumpy teenaged girl named Esa goes off the rails, Kamali suddenly finds herself smack in the centre of an intergalactic war… that she started.

*I received a copy of this book courtesy of Dark Room Tours and Simon and Schuster UK as part of their The Chain Across The Dawn Bookstagram/Blog Tour*

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Gods of Jade and Shadow | Review

Title: Gods of Jade and Shadow

Author: Silvia Moreno-Garcia

Rating: 3 Stars

Dates read: 04 Aug 19 – 14 Aug 19

Publication date: 23 Jul 2019

Publisher: Jo Fletcher Books

Genre(s): Fantasy, Historical Fiction, Mythology

Description:

The Mayan god of death sends a young woman on a harrowing, life-changing journey in this dark, one-of-a-kind fairy tale inspired by Mexican folklore.

The Jazz Age is in full swing, but Casiopea Tun is too busy cleaning the floors of her wealthy grandfather’s house to listen to any fast tunes. Nevertheless, she dreams of a life far from her dusty small town in southern Mexico. A life she can call her own.

Yet this new life seems as distant as the stars, until the day she finds a curious wooden box in her grandfather’s room. She opens it—and accidentally frees the spirit of the Mayan god of death, who requests her help in recovering his throne from his treacherous brother. Failure will mean Casiopea’s demise, but success could make her dreams come true.

In the company of the strangely alluring god and armed with her wits, Casiopea begins an adventure that will take her on a cross-country odyssey from the jungles of Yucatán to the bright lights of Mexico City—and deep into the darkness of the Mayan underworld.

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