ARC Review: She Who Became the Sun by Shelley Parker-Chan // A Radiant Fantasy about Destiny and Gender

As a picky reader, it is rare for me to find favorite books.

I can say without a doubt, though, that She Who Became the Sun is absolutely making my best of 2021 list, and near the top of it. It hit on so many of my personal tastes (morally grey gaysian characters is my form of heaven!), and there are truly endless things to love about it. And I can’t describe the joy of finding a new favorite book and not being the slightest bit disappointed after holding high expectations for it!!

Today I have a review of She Who Became the Sun, to do my best to convince you to pick this up! If the hype hasn’t already made you interested in it, I hope this review will, because all the praise you’ve heard for this book is completely deserved.

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Recommending Some of My Favorite Queer Asian Books Paired with Rina Sawayama Songs

You all know some of my favorite books are queer Asian books.

And since it’s Pride month, I really wanted to do something related to them on my blog. But since I’ve already talked a lot about my favorite books, I thought I’d switch it up a little and recommend/discuss them according to songs by Rina Sawayama! If you don’t know who she is, Rina is a Japanese British pansexual pop singer, and I don’t listen to too much pop music anymore but I absolutely adore her songs.

It was a lot harder to do this than I expected, especially because Rina’s songs all have such specific, personal meanings, which is why I was only able to do 8 books and songs. But I had a lot of fun pairing these books and songs together and doing something new!

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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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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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Blog Tour Review: Iron Heart by Nina Varela // Beautiful Prose and Yearning

Another day, another sapphic book!

Last year, I fell in love with the YA fantasy Crier’s War. It had everything I wanted in a book: slowburn enemies to lovers f/f, compelling characters, and absolutely stunning writing. I’m so excited to have been able to read the sequel Iron Heart and be reviewing it today! If you’re eagerly awaiting this book after having read the first one, or interested in this series (especially with their gorgeous covers), I can guarantee you won’t be disappointed.

Thank you so much to Shealea for making it possible for me to have received an ARC of this book and be a part of this blog tour!

There are no spoilers for Iron Heart in this review, and though I tried my best to keep every reference I made to the events of Crier’s War vague, they may be viewed as spoilers, so take care!

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