Reviews

  • 5-Star Review: PETER DARLING, by Austin Chant peterdarling400A grimly whimsical and yet delightfully uplifting reinvention of the ideas that made Peter Pan and Neverland into legends – with a legendary new take on love, identity, and belonging with Peter as a transgender man who finds himself redefining his relationship to Captain James Hook.
  • 5-Star Review: TREASURE, by Rebekah Weatherspoon treasureQuick and sweet, with a real, refreshing look at the dynamics of love between two Black women from very different life circumstances – a story of love across the tracks in which they find their paths surprisingly parallel, and their attraction surprisingly deep.
  • DNF: COUNTERMIND by Adrian Randall o-countermindKicked to the curb after 15% for a lot of harmful, inaccurate Asian representation rife with stereotypes and poor research. Read on for a complete breakdown of the problems I ran into in the first fifth of the book alone.
  • 3-Star Review: BEAR by Marian Engel EngelMarianBEARCoverProof that Canada must be growing the good goddamned hash up there, because goddamn. This book. I have two words for you. The first is bear. The second is cunnilingus. And this won literary awards.
  • 4-Star Review: MOONLIGHT by Ines Johnson (Moonkind #2) moonlightPOC shifters, an unexpected baby, domineering families, and an unconventional heroine and hero make for a smart, funny read in an intriguing world where magic and the supernatural live side by side with humanity as part of everyday life.
  • My TBR Updated periodically as I remember to generate a new GoodReads widget. See the full list on GoodReads Labyrinth Lost by Zoraida Córdova tagged: to-read The Blazing Star by Imani Josey tagged: to-read Noble Love by Té Russ tagged: to-read A Hundred Thousand Words by Nyrae Dawn tagged: to-read Treasure by Rebekah Weatherspoon tagged: to-read When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon tagged: to-read Iron Cast by Destiny Soria tagged: to-read The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas tagged: to-read The Star-Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi tagged: to-read A Crown of Wishes by Roshani Chokshi tagged: to-read Death ...
  • Author Fan Group Takeovers I’m happy to help marginalized authors with boosts by doing author takeovers in the McCade’s Marauders fan group. If you’d like to host a takeover event and you think the group’s readers would be interested (they’re primarily M/F and M/M contemporary readers, with some genre interests but not the majority), contact me at blackmagic@blackmagicblues.com with ...
  • Review Policy + Submissions BMR-LogoBLackI tend to buy whatever books I stumble across that interest me, flash by my Twitter timeline, and fit my book budget at the time; that generally shapes my reviewing choices, and I often focus on under-represented groups (whether the author or the book characters themselves are from those groups) to boost voices that don’t ...
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