‘Star Daughter’ by Shveta Thakrar | #OwnVoices review | beautiful writing & vivid settings

Hey everyone!

A few days ago I finished a wonderful book called Star Daughterby Shveta Thakrar. It’s been a really long time (REALLY long time) since I’ve written a review, so I’m going to try my best to put my thoughts onto this page!

Before I get into this, can we just take a moment to appreciate be absolutely DISGUSTED by the current block editor? I would just like my classic editor back, please 😭 I have no idea how to use blocks…

Star Daughter

Star Daughter – Shveta Thakrar – Spoiler-Free Review

Representation: Indian MC and completely Indian cast of characters, sapphic side romance

TWs: multiple descriptions of cutting another character for blood (skippable & not condoned)

What I liked:

COVER

Regardless of whether you like Star Daughter or not, everyone has to admit that this cover is stunning. I would give this book five stars just for the cover. 😍 It’s also unapologetically Indian- we have a beautiful brown girl on the cover wearing a bindi and a chutti and it’s gorgeous. 🥰 Continue reading “‘Star Daughter’ by Shveta Thakrar | #OwnVoices review | beautiful writing & vivid settings”

Which Characters Am I? | identity crisis book tag

Hey, folks!

It’s been a while since I’ve posted and I’m really sorry about that- I also miss the blogosphere so much and will try to be more consistent with posting! Meanwhile, I’ve been prepping for a music performance that I recorded and sent (finally after so much stress), and school starts in two days which I’m super sad about!

But yes, I am not dead. Thankfully. With COVID-19 going around, who even knows unless I tell you 😭

I’m also really scared that I won’t have time to post much more because I’m entering the busy high school years which would be super sad 😦 so I’m going to try and post as much as I can in the first few months!

However, I’ve also been in a terrible reading/blogging slump. I read a grand total of… wait for it… zero books in July. (wonderful, I know!) And I haven’t known what to post at all, which is why I procrastinated so much on writing a post.

Anyways, since we’re writing this post which actually sounds like a lot of fun, I need to credit the lovely Kerys @ The Everlasting Library for this amazing idea (and the identity crisis book tag!). Her post is amazing, check it out! I used some different quizzes but the idea is similar!

Okay, on to the post! Continue reading “Which Characters Am I? | identity crisis book tag”

DISCUSSION // whiteness in the book community

Hey everyone!

In the last post I wrote that was a tag about the books I’ve read so far this year, I mentioned that I really wanted to have a discussion about defunding the police (please click on the link! educate yourself!) but I decided that although I would LOVE to write about it, it 1) is mentally draining, 2) requires a lot of research on my part, and 3) is something that hundreds/thousands of others have written on WAY better than me.

So instead of writing to you about defunding the police (like I said, check out the link!), I’m going to talk about a topic that is super prevalent to our little niche of the internet- and something that should be talked about a lot more.

The book industry and, in a way, the book BLOGGING industry upholds a tiring system of internalized whiteness.

I just want to start this post by making myself clear: I absolutely love the bookish community and the people that I interact with! I also do have lots of love for some books by white authors- which I’ll touch on a little bit later- and am in no way saying that you shouldn’t be a white author or white book blogger.

(get ready for a long post, kids.)

Whiteness and white supremacy is not an individual issue. It’s not even that we as a community think that white voices are inherently “better” than the voices of POC, which is why I hesitate to use the words white supremacy- however, this term has an evolving definition which extends to the practices in communities that intentionally OR unintentionally devalues the work, existence, and contributions of non-white people. Continue reading “DISCUSSION // whiteness in the book community”

Mid-Year Book Freakout Tag 2020| ft. all the books I didn’t read…

Hello, everybody!

Yes, it’s me again- the same person who promised to post once a week and hasn’t posted in over ten days. 

My excuse is that I’m in a summer camp which actually takes up my whole day. I finally am writing a post because I finished my work an hour early. And also because I’m sick of ignoring my notifications and not posting anything.

It definitely feels good to write a post again. I feel like with the world changing around us so quickly, time is just flying by and even though I posted ten days ago, it feels like a month. Honestly, there are so many things I wanted to do that I didn’t get a chance to and so many things that I never even thought I would have done that all happened in the first half of 2020.

Aside from the quick identity crisis, this tag is actually going to be focused on books. Part of me wants to write a long post explaining why we should defund the police but I also just want to read a fluffy contemporary novel even though I’m sort of in a reading slump right now.

Hopefully I’ll get a chance to satisfy myself in this post!

This tag was originally created by IsThatChami and EarlGreyBooks. I don’t know if I was tagged (like I said, I haven’t actually checked notifs in… weeks) but I want to do this tag anyways! Continue reading “Mid-Year Book Freakout Tag 2020| ft. all the books I didn’t read…”

5 YA Books By Black Authors You NEED // police brutality, West African magic, LGBTQ+ contemporaries, and more

Hey friends!

It’s been quite a few days since I’ve last posted here, which is disappointing me. (yes, disappointing me– the same person who made the decision to procrastinate on my blog posts.)

The last post I wrote was a quite angry rant dedicated to any of my lovely “All Lives Matter” readers who I hope I pissed off.

This time, though, I want to write something a little bit more actionable beyond just thoughts (although thoughts are incredibly powerful). That’s why I wanted to share five amazing books by Black authors that I’ve read and loved.

In these troubling times, it’s crucial that we support Black-owned businesses and, as a part of the bookish community, I want to use my small platform to raise awareness of these phenomenal reads. Also, almost all of these books written by Black women authors, and the only non-woman author is nonbinary.

Before I get into these recommendations, I wanted to add that I am not a #ownvoices reviewer when it comes to books by Black authors. Please support Black book-content creators and take their word when it comes to accurate/harmful representation in books! However, as far as I know, most of these books are well-liked and do not have any “controversies” regarding representation. Feel free to correct me so I can add a disclaimer in my post!

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1. “The Hate U Give” by Angie Thomas

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COLLAB: Sophie recommends|reading ‘The Raven Cycle’ & watching ‘Brooklyn Nine-Nine’

Hey loves!

I’m so excited to be posting this collaboration that has been in the works for around two months now!

In late March, Sophie and I started talking about a possible collab and we came up with the coolest idea ever 😉

Both of us recommended a favorite TV series and a favorite book series to the other. Then we both had to read and watch the other person’s recommendations and see how we liked it!

Both of us are posting our reactions to the other person’s recommendations. We’re also posting why we recommended the TV series and book series we chose for the other person!

Sophie @ Me and Ink is definitely one of my favorite bloggers of all time because not only does she produce AMAZING bookish content (like, seriously) but she also has one of the sweetest personalities in this niche. I was so excited to collab with her and it turned out awesome! Check out her post here.

Now, let’s get on with the post!

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What I Recommended To Sophie:

I recommended the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series and Avatar: The Last Airbender to Sophie!

AVATAR:
 
I recommended Avatar: The Last Airbender to Sophie because it’s probably my favorite TV show of all time! The characters are incredibly well-written, the worldbuilding is fantastic, the animation and music are beautiful, and everything about it is nostalgic and wholesome. I also think that Sophie will enjoy it because lots of our tastes are similar in books, so she might like this as well!
PERCY JACKSON:
 
Rick Riordan is my favorite author, and this is the series where it all started. The characters are amazing, the ships are my favorite of all time (and that’s saying something, given that I ship a lot of characters) and the narrator, Percy, is hilarious. It’s a pretty popular series and it brings me back to my childhood every time I read it. Also, we’re getting a TV series soon, so I really wanted Sophie to read it so we could rave about it together! 

What Sophie Recommended To Me:

BROOKLYN NINE-NINE:

I recommended this show because I love sitcoms, and this is one of the best. I genuinely find it hilarious, like even after I’ve seen the episode ten times I’m still laughing. Plus, the characters are just as wonderful as the comedy. They display a variety of traits and they have a beautiful found family with lots of healthy relationships. What’s not to love??

THE RAVEN BOYS:

The Raven Boys: This is definitely a unique series, please don’t ever ask me to describe the plot or genre. But the reason I fell in love with it was because of the lyrical writing. There is always something new to discover within the words, whether some new symbolism or foreshadowing. Secondly, I love the characters. There is something very real about them, and they are all so different but bonded by their love for each other. The series is definitely a journey, one I’ve always loved being a part of.


My Review of ‘The Raven Cycle’:

WOW. This series completely blew me away! I loved each book so much. Here’s what I rated the books:

The Raven Boys (#1): ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

The Dream Thieves (#2): ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Blue Lily, Lily Blue (#3): ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

The Raven King (#4): ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

The Dream Thieves was only a four-star read probably because I started the first part of it and waited a whole week before reading the rest 😂

WHAT I LOVED ABOUT THE RAVEN CYCLE:

  • the writing: magical, eery, thrumming (honestly the best way I can describe it)
  • the characters are THE BEST (gansey is my boy)
  • the plot is amazing! it keeps you on your toes!

I would just like to put a disclaimer that the beginnings of all the books are a liiiittle bit slow but if you push through it, the books are on a whole new level!

I’m so excited that I found a new favorite set of books too so this was a total success for sure! 🙂

MY FAVORITE DETAILS:

  • any time we got to see the women of 300 Fox Way was awesome
  • the fact that despite being a super confusing mix of genres, it’s! so! good! (it’s sort of paranormal and fantasy-ish sorta?) as someone who normally doesn’t like paranormal, you can take it from me that it’s great nevertheless 🙂
  • sargensey!! the angst !! i can’t take it!
  • maura + calla + persephone is THE power trio and you cannot make me believe that any of these characters are straight tbh
  • Mr. Gray! I love his character lots!
  • piper greenmantle. she really lived up to her name tbh. if piper mclean were evil, she’d approve.

My Thoughts On ‘Brooklyn Nine-Nine’:

Wow. I thought that I’d never love a series as much as Avatar and while I’m still right (hehe) I loved Brooklyn Nine-Nine much more than I expected to! It’s a sitcom in a police station and I adored the characters from the beginning.

THE CHARACTERS:

Y’all, the characters are great! We have Jake, who’s a great detective but is also kind of a total goofball (<3 ❤ <3) and Amy, the smart, organized detective who he’s always arguing with (<3 <3). And then we have Captain Holt, the new captain who’s strict and completely unlike their old cap, and Sarge, a totally rad role model and dad. Rosa, who’s a badass and completely awesome, and Gina, who’s always complimenting herself and is also hilarious. And, of course, Charles! He’s Jake’s best friend and partner in crime (well, jk, they’re cops. haha). Then there’s Hitchcock and Scully (I ship them lmao).

Also, Peralta-Santiago for the win!!

MY FAVORITE EPISODES in no particular order:

  • Basically all the Halloween Heist episodes, especially the first one and ‘HallowVeen’!
  • ‘Jake and Amy’, Season 5, Episode 22- it was just a rollercoaster the whole while!
  • Any episode with Doug Judy 😉
  • ‘Game Night’ or ‘Show Me Going’, both of which involve Rosa and the precinct
  • “The Box”!! Honestly, the criminal in this episode was played by an awesome actor even though he’s a guest star 😂

OTHER:

B99 has covered some serious issues, too. It had an episode relating to sexism in the workplace and the #MeToo movement (but it was handled really well IMO) and an episode where Terry gets stopped because he’s a black man. 

Despite that, B99 is a comedic show above all else and it’s a really really fun watch!

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That’s a wrap! This collaboration with Sophie was super fun and I’m really glad we did it. I found two new amazing series- both of which are now favorites 🙂 Go read Sophie’s post here, because she’s going to be sharing her thoughts on reading Percy Jackson and watching Avatar: The Last Airbender for the first time!

Have you read The Raven Cycle and watched Brooklyn Nine-Nine? What are your thoughts on them?

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