My Beautiful Shadow by Radhika Jha

My Beautiful Shadow by Radhika Jha

Publication: March 1st 2017 by Jacaranda Books

Format: Paperback Pages: 225

ISBN13: 9781909762473

“I have a secret. I belong to a club. And my club is the biggest, best kept secret in all of Tokyo.”

Kayo is a young Tokyo housewife and mother. Outwardly, she is no different from other young mothers. But she has a secret. She belongs to a kind of club. It involves beautiful clothes and accessories and is the most important thing in the women’s lives.

The club makes it possible for Kayo to escape the tedium of her life and to embrace a dazzling new world. But it quickly becomes an obsession, a drug, the way to both paradise and hell. Can she find her way out of the dark underworld of debt, lies and prostitution? Or is she doomed to exchange one form of loneliness for another? 

A deeply absorbing novel about the ‘holes’ that suddenly appear in women’s lives, My Beautiful Shadow is also a powerful cautionary tale about consumerism gone mad.Goodreads.

 

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Wintersong by S. Jae-Jones

Wintersong by S. Jae-Jones

Publication: February 7th 2017 by Titan Books

Format: Paperback Pages: 508

ISBN13: 9781785655449

Beware the goblin men and the wares they sell.

All her life, nineteen-year-old Liesl has heard tales of the beautiful, mysterious Goblin King. He is the Lord of Mischief, the Ruler Underground, and the muse around which her music is composed. Yet, as Liesl helps shoulder the burden of running her family’s inn, her dreams of composition and childish fancies about the Goblin King must be set aside in favor of more practical concerns.

But when her sister Käthe is taken by the goblins, Liesl journeys to their realm to rescue her sister and return her to the world above. The Goblin King agrees to let Käthe go—for a price. The life of a maiden must be given to the land, in accordance with the old laws. A life for a life, he says. 

Without sacrifice, nothing good can grow. Without death, there can be no rebirth. In exchange for her sister’s freedom, Liesl offers her hand in marriage to the Goblin King. He accepts.

Down in the Underground, Liesl discovers that the Goblin King still inspires her—musically, physically, emotionally. Yet even as her talent blossoms, Liesl’s life is slowly fading away, the price she paid for becoming the Goblin King’s bride. As the two of them grow closer, they must learn just what it is they are each willing to sacrifice: her life, her music, or the end of the world.Goodreads.

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Choquin: Call for Submissions from Latinx Writers & Artists

Hi everyone!

I haven’t got a review for you today but I do have some exciting news about a new Latinx literary magazine that’s looking for submissions.

Choquin is a product of the love we have for literature and our people. Now more than ever, it’s essential for Latinx to carve a space for ourselves where we can tell our stories. As a nod to Gina Rodriguez, this magazine represents a culture that wants to see themselves as heroes.

Here we are. Welcome. – Choquin.

The founder, Jacky Linares, has created the magazine in ‘an attempt to get latinx to make a space for themselves whether it be through art or writing.’

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Radio Sunrise by Anietie Isong

Radio Sunrise by Anietie Isong

Publication: January 19th 2017 by Jacaranda Books

Format: Paperback Pages: 288

ISBN13: 9781909762374

Ifiok, a young journalist working for the government radio station in Lagos, aspires to always do the right thing but the odds seem to be stacked against him. Government pressures cause the funding to his radio drama to get cut off, his girlfriend leaves him when she discovers he is having an affair with an intern, and kidnappings and militancy are on the rise in the country. When Ifiok travels to his hometown to do a documentary on some ex-militants’ apparent redemption, a tragi-comic series of events will make him realise he is unable to swim against the tide.

Radio Sunrise paints a satirical portrait of (post) post-colonial Nigeria that builds on the legacy of the great African satirist tradition of Ngugi Wa Thiongo and Ayi Kwei Armah. – Goodreads.

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ARC Review: The Bone Witch

The Bone Witch by Rin Chupeco

Series: The Bone Witch #1

Publication: March 7th 2017 by Sourcebooks Fire

Format: eBook Pages: 400

ISBN13: 9781492635826

‘When Tea accidentally resurrects her brother from the dead, she learns she is different from the other witches in her family. Her gift for necromancy means that she’s a bone witch, a title that makes her feared and ostracized by her community. But Tea finds solace and guidance with an older, wiser bone witch, who takes Tea and her brother to another land for training.

In her new home, Tea puts all her energy into becoming an asha — one who can wield elemental magic. But dark forces are approaching quickly, and in the face of danger, Tea will have to overcome her obstacles…and make a powerful choice.

Memoirs of a Geisha meets The Name of the Wind in this brilliant new fantasy series by Rin Chupeco!’ – Goodreads

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