ARC Review: The Jasmine Throne by Tasha Suri // A Fiery and Feminist Fantasy

Sapphic Asian fantasy remains superior as always.

It will always feel special to me as a sapphic Asian, but something about these books truly just hit in a way like no other, and that’s no exception with The Jasmine Throne. The f/f romance (especially with morally grey characters) certainly does not disappoint, but the book also holds so much more than just romance: It’s a complex story about women and empire and every way those two things can intersect.

Since it releases today (in the US), I’m bringing you a review of The Jasmine Throne, where I can hopefully convince you to pick it up and wait in eager anticipation for the next book with me!!

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May’s Moments of the Month: May // I’m Finally Done with School!

May was surprisingly… not too bad!

Even though I was dead for most of it because school decided it was a great idea to murder all the students in the last few weeks of the year, I survived it in the end. And lots of good things actually happened to me throughout the month, things that I’m very grateful for and excited about! And though I wasn’t as active online because of school, I had a lot of fun buddy reading with friends.

Overall May was a pretty decent month (and it better have been, because it was “my” month or whatever idk I hate making this joke but I can’t help myself we’re carrying on now), but I’m definitely ready for summer.

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My June TBR for Pride Month!

Hi, it’s me back from the dead again…

I realize I have been absent from the blog the whole month, which was on accident mainly because of demanding schoolwork/finals. But I swear that I’ll be more active again now that I finally am finished with my school year AND I finally have content ideas for June! Which is Pride Month, aka the time of year I dedicate my reading to only queer books—I’ll be sharing my Pride TBR today and I am very excited to read all the books on it.

I tried to pick a lot of QPOC books and authors because that’s important to me (though to be honest, I really don’t care that much for white gay books anymore so it wasn’t necessarily difficult to pick QPOC books). I also don’t like emphasizing ownvoices books or author identity when it comes to queer books, but almost all of these authors are out as queer, and many are trans. So I’m happy with how this TBR turned out!

(Another shoutout to Ju for buddy reading literally half of these books with me.)

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May’s Moments of the Month: April // Did Anything Actually Happen?

April honestly did not feel real.

I think time in general does not feel real now, but last month literally feels like it was a month of just Void. I don’t know if anyone else had the same experience or if it was just me, but as I sat writing this post I was just like wow. Absolutely nothing happened!

Anyway, it’s a bit funny to say that I’m here to give a recap of the month when I just said it felt like nothing happened, but here I am giving a recap of April! (I think the most exciting part of this month was the books I read, because they were very good and also at this point I am nothing but existential dread and escapism through fiction.)

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My May TBR for Asian Heritage Month!!

It’s almost one of my favorite times of the year!

Every year during Asian Heritage Month in May, I try to read only books by Asian authors. I read these throughout the whole year, of course, so this is just a special month dedicated to only Asian stories! And I think I have an especially amazing list for this year. I tried to pick from a wide range of authors (aka ensuring I’m not reading only East Asian authors) and included a nonfiction book for the first time, and I honestly feel like I’m going to love most—if not all—of these books!!

A note on why I say Asian Heritage Month instead of Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month: 1) while Asian and Asian American experiences are different, I think a month celebrating Asian people and identity shouldn’t exclude non-Americans, and 2) Pacific Islanders have discussed issues with being grouped with Asians in the term AAPI before, and also, this list doesn’t have any PI authors so using that term would be misleading!

Also, shoutout to Julianna for buddy reading like half of these with me (and shoutout because she just came back from hiatus and you should check her blog out!). 

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