Book Review: Blood Scion by Deborah Falaye

Book Review: Blood Scion by Deborah Falaye

I do love getting the Harper360 blogger newsletter. I love receiving some of the books I asked for from it even more. I know I’m lucky when I do, and from the last newsletter, I requested Blood Scion by Deborah Falaye. This is a dark YA fantasy novel inspired by Yoruba-Nigeran mythology. Aspects of it feel like this could be a sci-fi fantasy novel (a fantasy novel set in a distant future), and I loved that.

Sloane has powers that allow her to incinerate any enemy at will, but it’s a power that she’s had to hide. When she’s conscripted into the Lucis army as a child soldier, she has to learn about her powers as she rises through the ranks. Her goal is to find out what happened to her dead mother and eventually get revenge.

Before I start this review, I need to give some content warnings. This book is incredibly dark and features sensitive content including attempted rape, child soldiers, self-harm, ritual cutting, torture and other things associated with war.

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Book Review: Into the Real by Z Brewer

Book Review: Into the Real by Z Brewer

As a non-binary person I love reading genre books with an enby main character. There’s something so fulfilling about seeing something about seeing some part of yourself represented in a fantasy or sci-fi setting. I recieved this book in return for a review through the Harper360 YA newsletter and was super happy to get it.

Quinn is genderqueer. Sometimes they’re a girl, sometimes a boy, sometimes neither and sometimes both. But in the world they live in that doesn’t matter. The city of Brume is filled with monsters, gangs and is surrounded by fog. But this isn’t the only Brume and two other versions of Quinn exist too.

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Book Review: Star Daughter by Shveta Thakrar

Book Review: Star Daughter by Shveta Thakrar

Holy wow. Star Daughter has been one of my most anticipated books for 2020 and I was desperate to get my hands on a copy. So when I saw it was available to request in the Harper360 Blogger Newsletter? I obviously requested it, but didn’t have much hope that I’d be lucky enough to get a copy. And then I was and I was so damn excited.

Now I’ve read it I’m still so damn excited about this book.

This book follows Sheetal, a half-human and half-star girl who was raised in New Jersey by her human dad without much clue as to how being a half-star affects her. One day her father gets burned by starlight and the only way for her to heal him would be to get the blood of a star. This sends her on a journey into the celestial court to find her mum and there she winds up entering a tournament for the sake of her family and to earn the blood for her dad.

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