Resources to #StopAsianHate + 2021 YA Releases by AAPI Authors!

Hello everyone, and welcome back! I’m not sure how to start this post, so I’ll just get right into it: I’m back today to discuss some recent events that occurred here in the United States. On March 16, eight people were killed in Atlanta, Georgia across several spas and massage parlors. On March 22, ten people were killed in Boulder, Colorado in an unrelated incident at a supermarket. The taking of innocent lives is always terrible and tragic, but two mass shootings in such quick succession is especially horrific. My heart goes out to the families and loved ones of the victims. 

In addition, the fact that most of the victims in Atlanta were Asian-American women is heartbreaking and inexcusable. While the suspect has been claiming that the shooting was not racially motivated, the fact that he thought of Asian massage parlors as a sexual “temptation” to “eliminate” says a lot. Whether or not these women were actually sex workers, there is little doubt that this killing is a direct result of the sexualization and fetishization of Asian women — an intersection of racism and sexism.

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Review: Soothsayer by Kathryn Amurra

Hello and welcome — you know what, fixed-in-stone openings are overrated. I AM ALIVE FOLKS. I have been an abysmal blogger as of late; I haven’t posted in almost 2 weeks, which is a record for me 😬 In my defense, school life has been pretty fraught recently. Tests, quizzes, endless assignments, projects, grades, the subsequent and inevitable mental breakdowns… you know the drill.

But hey, I’m back! Equipped with a book review, at that! Soothsayer was a fantastic read, and I can’t wait to share my thoughts about it with you all!

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Mini-Reviews: Royal Holiday, The Handmaid’s Tale

Hello everyone, and welcome back! I am once again behind with reviewing the books I’ve finished recently (what’s new?), so I’m back with another collection of mini-reviews for two of those books: Royal Holiday by Jasmine Guillory and The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood. Let’s get right into it!

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Review: Of Curses and Kisses by Sandhya Menon

Up until a few days ago, I hadn’t read a properly romantic YA contemporary since April (and no, American Royals doesn’t count). It’s completely unacceptable. I was virtually drowning under the weight of the rapid-fire plot twists and morally significant metaphors of O. Henry and Edith Wharton until Of Curses and Kisses rescued me from certain death by classic literature. I would love this book for that reason alone, except that it took me by surprise with the depth of its characters and the sizzling romance.

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