Always ready for a space opera: Raven Stratagem by Yoon Ha Lee

“Shuos Jedao is unleashed. The long-dead general, preserved with technologies and resurrected by the hexarchate to put down a heretical insurrection, has possessed the body of gifted young captain Kel Cheris. Now, General Kel Khiruev’s fleet, racing to the Severed March to stop a fresh incursion by the enemy Hafn, has fallen under Jedao’s sway. … More Always ready for a space opera: Raven Stratagem by Yoon Ha Lee

Historical fantasy: The Beautiful Ones by Silvia Moreno-Garcia

“In a world of etiquette and polite masks, no one is who they seem to be. Antonina Beaulieu is in the glittering city of Loisail for her first Grand Season, where she will attend balls and mingle among high society. Under the tutelage of the beautiful but cold Valérie Beaulieu, she hopes to find a … More Historical fantasy: The Beautiful Ones by Silvia Moreno-Garcia

Historical YA – Sleeps Standing: A Story of the Battle of Ōrākau by Witi Ihimaera with Hēmi Kelly

“Both fiction and fact, this fascinating book is a kaleidoscopic exploration of the Battle of Ōrākau. During three days in 1864, 300 Māori men, women and children fought an Imperial army and captured the imagination of the world. The battle marked the end of the Land Wars in the Waikato and resulted in vast tracts … More Historical YA – Sleeps Standing: A Story of the Battle of Ōrākau by Witi Ihimaera with Hēmi Kelly

#NotYourPrincess: Voices of Native American Women

“Whether looking back to a troubled past or welcoming a hopeful future, the powerful voices of Indigenous women across North America resound in this book. In the same style as the best-selling Dreaming in Indian, #NotYourPrincess presents an eclectic collection of poems, essays, interviews, and art that combine to express the experience of being a Native woman. Stories … More #NotYourPrincess: Voices of Native American Women

#ReadersCrossing Sign-up: The Shifting Book Stack

The amazing Read at Midnight is hosting #ReadersCrossing – a non-profit reading challenge inspired by the Animal Crossing game. The camp will begin run between Sunday 10/December to Sunday 31/December, in whatever timezone you’re in. Sign up will be open for the entire period of the reading challenge, as I want to keep #ReadersCrossing as casual … More #ReadersCrossing Sign-up: The Shifting Book Stack

Shapeshifters and loss in ‘Strangers’ by David Alexander Robertson 

“When Cole Harper is compelled to return to Wounded Sky First Nation, he finds his community in chaos: a series of shocking murders, a mysterious illness ravaging the residents, and reemerging questions about Cole’s role in the tragedy that drove him away 10 years ago. With the aid of an unhelpful spirit, a disfigured ghost, … More Shapeshifters and loss in ‘Strangers’ by David Alexander Robertson 

On diasporic families in ‘You Bring the Distant Near’ by Mitali Perkins

“Five girls. Three generations. One great American love story. You Bring the Distant Near explores sisterhood, first loves, friendship, and the inheritance of culture–for better or worse. Ranee, worried that her children are losing their Indian culture; Sonia, wrapped up in a forbidden biracial love affair; Tara, seeking the limelight to hide her true self; … More On diasporic families in ‘You Bring the Distant Near’ by Mitali Perkins