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Articles / March 9, 2020

Song of Blood & Stone RECOMMENDED: Song of Blood & Stone by L. Penelope is $1.99! This is the first book in the Earthsinger Chronicles and is an amazing fantasy romance. Penelope’s writing is so underrated, in my opinion. I also recommend her podcast episode with Sarah; Penelope has her own podcast as well: My Imaginary Friends. Between love and duty lies destiny Orphaned and alone, Jasminda is an outcast in her homeland of Elsira, where she is feared for both the shade of her skin and her magical abilities. When ruthless soldiers seek refuge in her isolated cabin, they bring with them a captive – an injured spy who steals her heart. Jack’s mission behind enemy lines nearly cost him his life but he is saved by the healing power of a mysterious young woman. Together they embark on a perilous journey straight into the heart of a centuries-old conflict. Thrust into a hostile society, Jasminda and Jack must rely on one another even as secrets jeopardize their bond. As an ancient evil gains power, Jasminda races to unlock a mystery that promises salvation. The fates of two nations hang in the balance as Jasminda and Jack must choose between love…

A Phoenix First Must Burn edited by Patrice Caldwell
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Articles / March 9, 2020

A A Phoenix First Must Burn by Patrice Caldwell March 10, 2020 · Viking Books for Young Readers Science Fiction/Fantasy A Phoenix First Must Burn is a remarkable, uplifting, and interesting anthology of short stories by Black authors about Black women and non-gender-conforming people. The story styles range from Weird West to epic fantasy to dystopia, and many reflect the systemic challenges Black people face. However, the stories also give us characters who are triumphant, finding the best truth and self-actualization possible within circumstances that range from intensely constrained to sky’s-the-limit. Several characters are LGBTQIA and many stories feature intergenerational relationships, giving elders a voice within a collection that focuses on the empowerment of young people. Some of the stories are meditations on larger issues. There’s a beautiful story on colorism and what some would do to escape the trap that is their skin color–what witchy powers they are willing to sacrifice and what societal powers they think they will gain from lightening their skin–and another that is a literal interpretation of the Zora Neale Hurston quote ”All my skinfolk ain’t my kinfolk”. There are beautiful stories about the beginnings of love and the end, some about queer love, some…

Cover Snark: Drink Until It Makes Sense
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Articles / March 9, 2020

Was there a Snark last week? Who knows! Time is a construct! Tara: I…cannot. Elyse: Looking at this is like having a fever dream. Shana No. No. No. This is bizarre, even by the (low) cover standards of Bella Books. Amanda: Ghost Ship meets The Shining, right? Sarah: They can keep their secrets. Thanks. CarrieS: Why is the bartender wearing a wig cap? Why is everything floating? Is it a ghost bar? Is it a bar in Hell? Sneezy: Oh god NOOO!!!! THIS WHY WE SHOULDN’T CLONE PEOPLE!!!!! Susan: I’m not an expert, but surely it would be easier to take the wimple off first Amanda: The quality looks like early Resident Evil character renders. Sneezy: I was raised Catholic, and priest/nun garb is just the antithesis of sexy to me. Although, fun story, my mom went to some church thing/talk with her friend one time, and they were both BEDAZZLED by this GORGEOUS girl… who was wearing this HUGE ASS CROSS. To hear her tell it, the thing was almost as large as her torso. Turns out she was a nun or a nun in training, I forget which. Anyway, she was very vexed at all the, “Stupid boys…