The books that are amplified throughout all levels of the bookish community rarely reflect the diverse reality, so I can understand why multiple entry points like these features exist. Even though I share a lot of the diverse books I read on the blog, CW was curious about what else is on my reading pile, so I’ll pop into this feature every now and again. Thanks to Aimal for creating and hosting this feature. See her announcement post for the full details.
Diversity Spotlight will take place every Thursday, and it will be featuring three books in any given week:
1. A book you have read:
The Wild Hunt is stirring and dragons are waking from their long sleep.
Cat Barahal was the only survivor of the flood that took her parents. Raised by her extended family, she and her cousin, Bee, are unaware of the dangers that threaten them both. And although they are poised on the brink of an Industrial Age, magic — and the power of the Cold Mages — still holds sway.
Now, betrayed by her family and forced to marry a powerful cold mage, Cat will be drawn into a labyrinth of politics. There she will learn the full ruthlessness of the Cold Magic rule. But what do they want from her? And who will help Cat in her struggle against their powerful magic?
Long time blog readers know of my love for this fantasy series. The writer aptly calls Cold Magic an “Afro–Celtic post-Roman icepunk Regency novel with airships, Phoenician spies, and the intelligent descendents of troödons.” Eternal thanks to Nafiza and Krystle for getting me into this world. It’s an expansive world but so worth diving into. I’ll write my love letter to the series someday.
2. A released book you have not read:
Portable Curiosities by Julie Koh
A biting collection of stories from a bold new voice. A young girl sees ghosts from her third eye, located where her belly button should be. A corporate lawyer feels increasingly disconnected from his job in a soulless 1200-storey skyscraper. And a one-dimensional yellow man steps out from a cinema screen in the hope of leading a three-dimensional life, but everyone around him is fixated only on the color of his skin. Welcome to Portable Curiosities. In these dark and often fantastical stories, Julie Koh combines absurd humour with searing critiques on modern society, proving herself to be one of Australia’s most original and daring young writers.
I’ve been trying to read more Australian works. I read ‘The Three Dimensional Yellow Man‘ and just knew that I had to read more of this blazing, fierce and funny satirical voice. Will be reading this in late November/December.
3. A book that has not yet been released:
Bad Boy by Elliot Wake
Vlog star Renard Grant has nothing to prove: he’s got a pretty face, chiseled body, and two million adoring video subscribers. Plus the scars on his chest and a prescription for testosterone. Because Ren is transgender: assigned female at birth, living now as male. He films his transition and shares it bravely with the world; his fans love his honesty and positivity. But Ren has been living a double life.
Off-camera, he’s Cane, the muscle-bound enforcer for social justice vigilante group Black Iris. As Cane, he lets his dark side loose. Hurts those who prey on the disempowered. Indulges in the ugly side of masculinity. And his new partner, Tamsin Baylor, is a girl as rough and relentless as him. Together, they terrorize the trolls into silence. But when a routine Black Iris job goes south, Ren is put in the crosshairs.
Someone is out to ruin his life. He’s a bad boy, they say, guilty of what he punishes others for. Just like every other guy: at heart, he’s a monster, too. Now Ren’s got everything to prove. He has to clear his name, and show the world he’s a good man. But that requires facing demons he’s locked away for years. And it might mean discovering he’s not such a good guy after all.
I haven’t read many mysteries but every new adult reader I know has read a book by Elliot Wake (formerly known as Leah Raeder). The blurb might convince me to read Black Iris too. I plan to pick up his previous books first before I get to this one.