I know it has been a long time. I know there are approximately hundreds of reviews I should write before this one. But this is One Last Stop by Casey McQuiston and One Last Time is a time, a place, and a person. Okay, I know it is actually one of the few sapphic New Adult rom-coms dealing with time travels, and finding a home, and the messiness of being in your twenties and not cut out for the world. But it is at the core, a time, a place, and a person. All sums-up into one big celebration of who you are.
First of all, I want to thank Algonquin for this opportunity. Furia is an amazing read that tackles familial abuse and depicts what ambition sometimes expects from you. I loved how family-focused the story was and how unapologetically ambitious and determined Camila was. Camila Hassan lives in Rosario, Argentina. She is an ambitious character who wants to live from her passion in the United States. The opening pages are about her leaving her home to go to her futbol's women's competition. The stakes are set up and you can already see how much Camila is willing to give up on in order to get the opportunity to play football at a professional level, like her brother, her father, and Diego the boy she fell in love with and who is as the book begins, a professional player for Juventus.
First thing first, I want to thank Colored Pages Tour for this opportunity and for their truth in my ability to make a review worthy of this gem of a book. To read a story about stories, their power, their strength, and the changes they move within and outside us, is to read about the essence of words, of communication. And this why this novel is about. It depicts the way a story can be given birth to and die, the way it can reach different people in different ways. Each of Us A desert reminds us of what lingers in the words we spoke, of the freedom, of the desire, and how storytelling, is in the end, more of a matter of choices than of a matter of truth.
Hi readers. Today we are back in business with a discussion post a bit special. I recently read The Falling In love Montage by Ciara Smyth and loved it (you will find the review below) and I was a bit curious because I checked my friends' reviews firsthand and was surprised to see all these "What is this ending???" "THIS ENDING THO" comments. So, I went into my reading with few expectations, ready to be swept away by an ending that would probably break my heart or at least would let me very shocked. No need to say it scared me. Picture me, ready to read what seemed like a pretty cute rom-com, funny and very sapphic which used the no-strings-attached trope as two girls, Saoirse and Ruby, decide to reenact rom-com clichés and to create their own lesbian "falling in love montage" during the summer, well knowing their relationship will have a deadline as the summer ends. It did not happen. The ending was very satisfying but there was still a part of me that wanted to discuss why we are so taken aback by an ending that would not fit the traditional scheme of things. But first, the review.
Cara is a traverser. She is one of the few chosen to traverse between parallel worlds because her mortality rates in these worlds are high which allows her to travel because you need to be dead in these worlds to do multiverse travel without harm. This premise only is genius because it establishes marginalized people as valuable assets. They are needed by a society made up of wealthy people, and scientists who still dismiss their lives and their societies and think they are more worthy than them in spite of everything. With a few lines, Micaiah Johnson addresses social class privilege and racism. But these elements are not casualties, they are not afterthoughts. They are at the core of the plot and this is why the intrigue works. As Cara is sent out on an Earth where she died under strange circumstances to gather incels on the behalf of her company, she starts to unravel secrets that could threaten not only her position in the company but also the future of multiverse travel itself. The book has its fair share of thriller aspects, corporate espionage, but also romance. It is an amazing sci-fi book filled with essential social commentaries and a lyricism that cuts through your bones while staying grounded to the reality and the important topics The Space Between Worlds deals with such as how to reconstruct yourself and your identity after abuse. This book is as much of a sci-fi novel as a tale about the dangers and the double-edged sword of knowledge. Johnson explores the dark sides of our wants, our needs, our aspirations to more. She enlightens us with this deep comprehension of the human psyche and questions us during the whole: are we our own downfalls?
Title: IronsparkAuthor: C.M Mcguire336 PagesPublished August 25th 2020 by Swoon ReadsRepresentation for: bisexual main character, sapphic characters, f/f relationships and an asexual characterDisclaimer: I received this e-arc for the Ironspark book tour, thanks to TBR and Beyond Tour A teen outcast must work together with new friends to keep her family and town safe from… Lire la suite Book Tour Review: Ironspark by C.M Mcguire
Title: The Bone-Shard DaughterAuthor: Andrea Stewart448 pagesPublished September 10th 2020 by OrbitRepresentation for: ownvoices Chinese-inspired universe and characters, mixed race main character; lesbian pov charactersDisclaimer: I received this e-arc for The Bone-Shard Daughter book tour, thanks to Kate Heceta and Orbit, in exchange of an honest review In an empire controlled by bone shard magic,… Lire la suite Blog Tour Review: The Bone Shard Daughter by Andrea Stewart // An high-fantasy that will
Margot runs away from the apartment she shares with her mom, before her 18th birthday, to find remnants of her family in the person of her grandma who lives in the rural town that is Phalene. In this dying midwestern town where her grandma rules over her estate, Fairhaven, and her strange corn crops, Margot will discover the answers she was looking and longing for. From the start, this book is a race towards belonging, a sense of family, and the need to know your own history. I find it very fitting that a story that has at its core an arc on finding your own roots, features a lot of corn and a lot of horrors that come from plants and agriculture and the idea of seeding things and watching them blossom, grow and finally decay.
I loved Acevedo's previous book, With The fire On High, and it was even one of my favorite read ever, because of how it was written with love and bring to life by love: love for the food, love for your family and for your roots, and love for your dream. I am now firmly convicted that Elizabeth Acevedo is the most skilled author there is to write about love, because once again her words are tender. They are magic.
I also made sure to include that queer people were always there, and always existed. They were just erased because they did not conform to the lens History was written through: white, het, cis, and male.