Showing posts with label leigh bardugo. Show all posts
Showing posts with label leigh bardugo. Show all posts

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

16 Fantastic 2016/17 YA Books by Disabled Authors | #DiversityBoost

This month's #DiversityBoost focuses on disabled authors and their fantastic upcoming or recent releases.

Do yourself a favor, diversify your shelf, and add all those fantastic books to your TBR on Goodreads.


THIS IS WHERE IT ENDS - Marieke Nijkamp
An intense contemporary about a school shooting. (Jan 2016, Sourcebooks Fire) Goodreads

ON THE EDGE OF GONE - Corinne Duyvis
An exciting sci-fi about humanity having to colonize a new planet after a comet hits Earth. (Mar 2016, Amulet Books) Goodreads

GENA/FINN - Hannah Moskowitz & Kat Helgeson
Told in blog posts, texts, and chats, two girls bond over message boards and fan fiction. (May 16th 2016, Chronicle) Goodreads

RUN - Kody Keplinger
A delightfully queer contemporary about friendship that you don't want to miss. (Jun 2016, Scholastic Press) Goodreads


A contemporary with a blind protagonist whose eyesight gets restored but has been told lies about his crush's looks. (Jan 2017, Little, Brown Books) Goodreads

UNFOLDING - Jonathan Friesen
A mystery with a protagonist that has frequent seizures. (Jan 2017, Blink) Goodreads

A house-bound agoraphobic girl falls in love with her cute next-door neighbour. (Jan 2017, Clarion) Goodreads

A queer contemporary set at comic con. (Mar 2017, Swoon Reads) Goodreads

The sequel to THE GIRL FROM EVERYWHERE, a fantastically diverse time travel high fantasy with pirates! (Mar 2017, Greenwillow Books) Goodreads

GIRL OUT OF WATER - Laura Silverman
A coming-of-age novel in the wake of a tragedy. Very excited for this one (May 2017, Sourcebooks Fire) Goodreads

More adventures from Wonder Woman, this time YA style! We all need this in our lives. (Aug 2017, Random House) Goodreads

(other covers yet to be revealed but not any less exciting)

THE STATE OF GRACE - Rachael Lucas
This one features a teen with Asperger's. Uh. Exciting! (April 2017, Macmillan Children's Books) Goodreads

27 HOURS - Tristina Wright
A queer sci-fi set in space. (Oct 2017, Entangled: Teen) Goodreads

GRAY WOLF ISLAND - Tracey Neithercott
Five teens are looking for a treasure on an island. I love a good adventure novel! (2017, Knopf Books for Young Readers) Goodreads

Time travel and magic in 1988 East Berlin. (2017, Albert Whitman) Goodreads

FLOWERS OF LUNA - Jennifer Linsky
A sapphic sci-fi romance involving mining ships in space. (2017, KDP) Goodreads

Special shoutout to Corinne Duyvis, author of OTHERBOUND, ON THE EDGE OF GONE and GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY: COLLECT THEM ALL, who is super lovely and nice and helped me a lot with this list! Give her a follow on twitter.

Which book sounds the most interesting to you?

More #DiversityBoost:

#DiversityBoost is a monthly feature on my blog where I boost and highlight upcoming and recent diverse books or books by diverse authors. 

If you're a diverse author/ have written a diverse book and would like to be in one of my posts, follow my twitter to never miss a submission call!

Previously: 18 Upcoming 2016/17 Books by Latinx Authors

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Tuesday, June 28, 2016

[Review] Six of Crows (#1) - Leigh Bardugo: European Exoticism, Russian Cliches, and a Confusing World

In SIX OF CROWS, a gang of master thieves is hired to free the inventor of a dangerous drug that might kill everyone who uses it.

What intrigued me: The fact that no one on tumblr is physically able to shut up about Leigh Bardugo. Did I even have a choice?

European exoticism isn't cool-or inventive

The world building is just awkward. Ketterdam, the setting, is loosely based on a cliche of Amsterdam. The language and lingo the characters use is a weird mix between Dutch, German and Swedish words and names, umlaut marks thrown around randomly, and every cliche you've ever read about Russia. Please don't smash existing languages together, it may sound ~cool~ and **exotic** for people who don't see through this, but it makes native speakers cry. I cried. 

I was secondhand embarrassed more times than I could count. Stadwatch, Fabrikator, Hringkälla, Corporalnik ... can we just stop??

This does not work as a stand-alone

Aside from the fact that the lingo made me want to crawl into a hole out of embarrassment, this is just not the book for me. The characters are very much cliches - we have the morally grey super attractive reckless leader Kaz, the funny best friend Jesper, the badass girl who's secretly pining for Kaz, Inej. And some filler characters whose names I didn't bother to learn. 

There is so much filler, so many names and so many concepts I have never heard befor-. SIX OF CROWS is technically a spin-off of Bardugo's Grisha verse and supposed to be able to stand on it's own, but it really can't. I didn't know what was happening half the time. Heartrender, Drüskelle, Grisha... what is all this??! It's thrown around in the book very early on without explanation, or just a lazily muttered sentence here and there, and I had to look words up online to be able to follow the plot. This a red flag and should never happen if this book is marketed as the beginning of a different, independent series!

Maybe it was the topic, maybe it was the world building, but I was just so bored out of my mind while I read this. Nothing in there, nothing in this premise made me want to continue. I didn't like any of the characters, I found the mission annoying, and the world building confused me too much to even want to bother learning what's going on. I'm sorry, this is probably an it's not you, it's me situation.




Overall: Do I Recommend?

If you haven't been in contact with Northern European or Russian culture, go ahead. You'll probably enjoy this and think it's very unique and interesting. To my European friends out there: No.

Additional Info

Published: 29th September 2015
Pages: 465
Publisher: Henry Holt
Genre: YA / High Fantasy
ISBN: 9781627792127

"Ketterdam: a bustling hub of international trade where anything can be had for the right price—and no one knows that better than criminal prodigy Kaz Brekker. Kaz is offered a chance at a deadly heist that could make him rich beyond his wildest dreams. But he can't pull it off alone...

A convict with a thirst for revenge.

A sharpshooter who can't walk away from a wager.

A runaway with a privileged past.

A spy known as the Wraith.

A Heartrender using her magic to survive the slums.

A thief with a gift for unlikely escapes.

Kaz's crew are the only ones who might stand between the world and destruction—if they don't kill each other first."(Source: Goodreads)

 Have you read any of the Grisha books?

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