‘The Year of the Witching’ is a Must-Read Dark Fantasy - Book Review

In Bethel, whatever the Prophet says is law. Immanuelle simply living and existing is blasphemy. Due to her mother’s union with an outsider of a different race, Immanuelle’s family was cast into disgrace. Therefore, Immanuelle does what she can to lead a life of submission by worshipping the Father and following Holy Protocol. Immanuelle must conform like all of the other women in the settlement. But of course, much of that is easier said than done.

‘Poe Dameron: Free Fall’ is a Coming-of-Age Tale Focused on One of Our Favourite Pilots - Book Review

Young Poe Dameron’s life is drastically altered after the death of his beloved mother. For years since her passing, Poe’s still been struggling to find and keep a connection with his fighter pilot father. Eventually, Poe decides it’s better to put some distance between the pair of them. Poe’s only option is to run away from home and do his best on his own.

'The Black Kids' Packs a Powerful, Timely Punch - Book Review

It’s 1992 and Ashley’s senior year of high school. With summer fast approaching in Los Angeles, Ashley and her friends are ready for a carefree summer before they are off to college and other adventures. But being the only Black person in the friend group makes Ashley the subject of many micro-aggressions that she typically lets slide. However, all of that changes on a fateful April afternoon when four LAPD officers were acquitted in the beating of Rodney King.

‘Cinderella Is Dead’ by Kalynn Bayron is a Unique and Exciting Retelling of the Fairy Tale - Book Review

It’s been 200 years since Cinderella made her appearance at that infamous ball. Having had the pleasure of finding her prince, the girls in Lille to attend an annual ball at the palace to find their suitors, just like Cinderella. However, this is not a choice for them. It is a mandatory obligation that none of them are able to escape from. While the men in the kingdom have the choice to attend the ball whenever they please (or never at all), the girls of the kingdom do not have this same luxury.

'The Voting Booth' By Brandy Colbert is a Perfectly Poignant and Timely Novel - Book Review

When one turns 18, many often think of officially becoming an adult and all of the things that brings to our lives. This is the same for Marva and she’s exceptionally elated by the fact that she is now able to vote. With the first election upcoming, Marva is ready to cast her ballot and make a difference. Not only is Marva excited to vote, but she’s also been pounding the pavement, helping to get voters registered. So, when she sees a young man named Duke turned away from a polling station...

‘Hunted by the Sky’ is a Stunning YA Fantasy Set in Medieval-Inspired India - Book Review

In Hunted by the Sky, Gul has lived her life on the run for her entire life due to the star-shaped birthmark upon her arm and she isn’t the only one who is being hunted. Girls with the same birthmark have been taken or have disappeared for years throughout the kingdom of Ambar. Gul’s parents did all that they could in order to protect their daughter. However, after her parents are murdered for hiding her their entire lives, Gul vows to exact her revenge against the king.

Superman Fights Against Racism in the Timely ‘Superman Smashes the Klan’ - Review

Superman has always been seen as a beacon of hope and justice. This is something that has made his character a staple for decades and in Superman Smashes the Klan, it’s no different. Set in 1946, the graphic novel follows the Lee family who have moved from Chinatown to Metropolis for Dr. Lee’s new job at the Metropolis Health Department. However, not everything in the bustling city is great for Dr. Lee and his family. While Tommy seems to make friends fast, his sister, Roberta, isn’t so lucky.

DC's ‘You Brought Me the Ocean’ Explores Finding and Accepting One’s True Self - Review

Jake Hyde (a.k.a. Aqualad) lives in a desert town in New Mexico, but all he yearns for is the ocean. It’s called to him for as long as he can remember and he doesn’t truly know why. However, it is his passion for the ocean that causes him to apply for his dream Oceanography program at his dream college in Miami, unbeknownst to his best friend, Maria, who believes the two will be applying to colleges together in-state. But Jake’s choice of school isn’t the only secret he’s been hiding from Maria.

‘Wonder Woman: Tempest Tossed’ Is A Brilliant New Take on Diana’s Origin Story - Review

A growing warrior is trying to acclimate to the changes in her body. Finally 16-years-old, Diana, Princess of Themyscira would love nothing more than to be free of “The Changeling” title she’s acquired over the last few years. No one knows how to explain and with her body growing and her moods changing as quickly as the weather, the young princess wants to take the day to celebrate without her bodily changes being at the forefront.

‘A Song Below Water’ is a Fantastic YA Fantasy That Tells an Untold Tale of Black Mermaids - Book Review

In A Song Below Water, Tavia spends much of her time hiding a part of herself that she cannot let others find out about – she is a siren; a mermaid. All the while, her best friend, Effie is going through struggles of her own. While the two best friends do their best to navigate their personal troubles, something shakes Portland, Oregon to its core. When a murder trial of a siren happens in their city, Tavia reveals her true voice at the most inopportune time.

'The Goddess Twins' is a Magical Debut Novel From Yodassa Williams - Book Review

17-year-old twins Arden and Aurora are doing their absolute best to manage their school and home life balance. However, a milestone is fast approaching: their 18th birthday. Looking forward to this day, the twins are thrown into chaos when their famous mother disappears whilst on a tour in London. As if that isn’t enough, the pair also develop their latent powers of telepathy and telekinesis.

Must Reads: DC Ink Graphic Novels

Most of you are likely aware of DC and the plethora of comic books they have for readers to enjoy. However, if you’re looking for original one-shots, you may want to check out their imprint: DC Ink. Specializing in graphic novels that are geared toward young adults, DC Ink released their first book Mera: Tidebreaker in February 2019. Since then, DC Ink has released even more graphic novels which keep getting better and better.

‘All Your Twisted Secrets’ is a YA Thriller That Will Have You on the Edge of Your Seat – Book Review

What do you get when you have a group of students trapped inside a room with a bomb that’s about to go off and a syringe full of poison? Well, that is exactly the story that unfolds in Diana Urban’s All Your Twisted Secrets. With a crew of misfits, that don’t really fit together (think The Breakfast Club) comprised of the class valedictorian, the queen bee, the stoner, the musical geek, the star athlete and the loner, the stakes are high as the high schoolers have to fight to stay alive...

Sweeney Boo Gives Readers A Graphic Novel Unlike Any Other With ‘Eat, And Love Yourself’ – Review

Graphic novels can give readers a view into many things, but I never expected to read Eat, And Love Yourself and feel so seen. Within the pages of the latest book from BOOM! Box, the readers meet a young woman named Mindy. Fighting through her day-to-day life, doing her best to have a good work/life balance, while also dealing with an eating order that not many know about.

‘Not So Pure And Simple’ is Thoughtful, Witty, and Timely – Book Review

Del Rainey has had a thing for his schoolmate, Keira, for as long as he can remember. However, she’s never been single for Del to make his move. What Del knows for certain is that he wants Keira to know just how he feels about her, but trying to get her to acknowledge him is an entirely different ball game. Keira’s family are church royalty and Del has to play the part, even if it means accidently joining the Purity Pledge at First Missionary Church. Just how one accidentally ends up being part
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