Book Reviews, Reviews

#TBRMocaw 2: Simba’s Pride

I love reading and liveblogging my books, but now that I’ve stepped back from Twitter, I’m not sure how, or if, #TBRMocaw will continue. I may make an Instagram? A bookstagram? I am so far removed from that scene it’s not funny, haha. If you have tips or ideas I’m very open to them!

For now, though, let’s celebrate the last run of my Twitter liveblogs together.

Shades of Magic Trilogy by V.E. Schwab

Yes, I am late to these. Yes, they are amazing as everyone says they are. Schwab is my new inspiration for what I can do with language and prose and setting. I see much of myself in Kell in a bad way, but I love that in books, seeing my flaws in a human who still tries. A note: Kell is a white man out of place in a predominantly brown country, which…yeah. It’s a good reminder as a white fantasy writer who wants to use diverse settings to be careful and thoughtful in this diversity.

Edit, June 19: I have removed my recommendation for Paul Krueger’s works after finding out about his serial harassment, which I cannot and will not abide. Many thanks to the people who brought these allegations forward; I am learning and repairing what damage I can.

Reverie by Ryan La Sala

The best description I can think of for this novel is heartwarmingly gay. Kane struggles to relearn how to use his magic powers, how to make friends, and how to fall in love…with GAY RAINBOW MAGIC. It is unapologetic in its pride. There are queer characters everywhere. This book is meant to be in the hands of teens who are questioning or gay and want to feel warm and seen in a fantasy. Do also check out La Sala’s Twitter, because he is HILARIOUS.

Wicked Fox by Kat Cho

Do you like YA romances? Do you like Kdramas? If you like either go read this, right now. I got so wrapped up in it I forgot to actually liveblog my read, that’s how good it was. An Own Voices read with strong characters, heartwarming family ties, and numerous great twists. Miyoung is my ideal protagonist—smart, kind of oblivious, and a demon. I can’t wait for a book 2!

Let’s Talk About Love by Claire Kann

Alice is a Black, biromantic asexual college freshman who struggles with family, friends, and romance. I cannot praise this book enough for its relatability, its mature handling of the intersections of racism, biphobia, and acephobia, and the respect it has for its readers. Kann is a hilarious writer, and her prose had me in stitches. Definitely going to be picking up her other book. And please read this one. Please. It’s so fun.

On The Come Up by Angie Thomas

Yet another “book so good I forgot to liveblog my read of it because I was too busy reading it”. Thomas is everything you’ve heard she is. Witty. Funny. Emotional. Poetic. An author who’s skill should be praised to no end. Heed any CW you need as the book deals with anti-Black racism, but damn. I want the world for Bri and her family. You should too.

An Illusion of Thieves by Cate Glass

Okay, I know, 3/3 on these for not really liveblogging, but in this case it’s because of my Twitter hiatus. The writing style change from On The Come Up to Thieves made it very hard for me to get into it—but once I’d adjusted back to “high fantasy” prose I adored this novel. Secret sorcerers! A heist! Deep and passionate love of many kinds (romantic, sibling, friendship)! And there is a book 2 out now.

I’m about 4 books away from finishing my TBR pile, and I have 30 books that I want to borrow from the library/buy once it’s cleared out. I can’t wait for the other stories out there for me!

Sending magic your way,
Ashe Mocaw

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