6 Sci-Fi & Fantasy Books by Asian Authors

Hi everyone! Since May is Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, I wanted to highlight some of my favorite books by Asian authors. I already published a post with some of my favorite Romance Books by Asian Authors and now I want to talk about my favorite Sci-Fi and Fantasy books. Without further ado, here they are:

Mirage by Somaiya Daud

Mirage is the story of a girl who is taken to the royal palace to be the body double of a hated Princess in her public appearances and has to be ready to die in her place. While living in the palace, she becomes entangled with a rebellious group.

This book is perfect for fans of slow character driven stories set in a rich and unique worlds inspired by non-western cultures. This book in particular is Morrocan-inspired and it provides a thought-provoking message about the importance of culture and traditions, especially for communities that have had a lot taken from them due to colonialism and persecution. This book is also great for fans of captivating and complex female characters with complicated relationships with each other.

Empire of Sand by Tasha Suri

Empire of Sand is a Mughal India-inspired fantasy about a nobleman’s daughter with forbidden magic in her blood, who needs to resist the cruel agenda of an empire built on the dreams of enslaved gods.

This book has a fascinating magic system and mythological creatures; a villain that’s cruel, mannipulative and conniving; two strong and resilient main characters; a slow-burn love story that’s so touching and beautiful that I get emotional everytime I think about it; and amazing writing that kept me gripped the entire time. If any of those things sound interesting to you, I would encourage you to pick up this book because you won’t regret it!

Not Your Sidekick by C.B. Lee

Not Your Sidekick is about a girl who’s the daughter of superheroes but ends up getting an internship with a supervillain, which takes a dangerous turn when she uncovers a plot larger than heroes and villains altogether.

This book is set in an interesting post-apocalyptic world and it includes amazing conversations about gender and sexuality, while also showing the behind the scenes of being a superhero like hilarious problems with a superhero’s suit and the media spectacule surrounding their lives. If you want a Sci-Fi book with villains that are not so evil and heroes that are not so good, this is for you!

The Bone Witch by Rin Chupeco

The Bone Witch is about a girl who accidentally resurrects her brother from the dead and then she has to leave her home and go with an older bone witch to another land for training. Once there she discovers that dark forces are approaching and she has a role to play.

If you like slow character driven stories that have little plot, but that include a fascinating world and magic system, I think you’ll like this one! One of my favorite parts of this book is that it’s told in two timelines, which works really well fot the story because there’s glimpses of where the characters are going to end up, but you don’t know how they get there and it becomes this very intriguing element of the story. If that sounds like something that you would enjoy, I would recommend that you check this book out.

A Spark of White Fire by Sangu Mandanna

A Sparl of White Fire is about a princess in hiding, who pretends to be a servant until it’s time to claim her stake in the political landscape when she publicly wins a contest for the most powerful warship in existence to help her brother win his crown back.

TThis book takes place in a universe full of gods and goddesses from Indian lore, which gives a unique and intereting setting to the story. It has political intrigue, sentient spaceships, floating cities, broken and complicated relationships, tension and heartbreak. This book has one of the most shocking endings I have read, it will litetally blow you mind. If any of that sounds like something you’d like, give this book a chance!

An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir

An ember in the Ashes is a Roman-inspired fantasy about a girl and boy, whose destinies get intertwined when she infiltrates the military school where he is a student to get information for the rebels who will help her free her brother in exchange.

If you like really intense and nerve wracking reads, where you spend the entire time worried about the characters, this is probably a book you’ll enjoy. This book has an interesting and refreshing setting, captivating main characters and intriguing villains. The writing is amazing and it’s very fast-paced. If you prefer action packed books, this may be the book for you.

What SFF books by asian authors would you recommend? Have you read any of the books I mentioned? Are you planning on reading any of them?

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9 Sci-Fi Book Recommendations

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Hi everyone! Today, I’m sharing a post that I had so much fun writing. Down below, there are 9 Sci-Fi book recommendations divided in categories according to prominent elements of the story. The list goes from the stories that have the most in common with our reality to the ones that have the least in common. 

Without further ado, here are 9 Sci-Fi books that I loved that I would totally recommend!

SUPERHEROES

Secondhand Origin Stories coverSecondhand Origin Stories by Lee Blauersouth

I feel like superheroe books are the perfect way to start reading sci-fi because people are usually familiarized with superheroes thanks to the blockbuster movies. A superhero book I love is Secondhand Origin Stories, a character driven book full of secrets and mysteries and complicated family dynamics, a corrupt goverment agency, discussions about technology and ethics, as well as discussions about systematic racism, racial profiling and incarceration of black people. If you love superheroes and you want a very diverse (in terms of race, sexual orientation and disability), thought-provoking Sci-Fi book, you’ll probably enjoy this!

not-your-sidekickNot Your Sidekick by C.B. Lee 

Another book about Superheroes, but this one is fun and it shows the silly parts of being a superhero, things that go from hilarious problems with the superhero suits to the spectacule that is the whole superhero life and how fake it can be. This book is set in an interesting post-apocalyptic world and it includes amazing conversations about gender and sexual orientation. If you want a Sci-Fi book with villains that are not so evil and heroes that are not so good, this is for you!

TIME TRAVEL 

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If you haven’t read many time travel books, I think this a great place to start. This book is entertaining and while it explains the technical side of time travel, it does it in a way that’s  understandable and interesting and it doesn’t go into too much details and it doens’t get too complicated. This book has amazing and diverse characters and fascinating dynamics between them and an ending that’s both surprising and bittersweet. If you want to give time travel books a chance, I would recommend this one!

SET ON EARTH

Sleeping GiantsSleeping Giants by Sylvain Neuvel 

Sleeping Giants is a book that takes place entirely on earth and for the most part only involves humans, even if there’s a giant robot and most of the book is about finding out more about it. This is one of those books where you slowly discover along side the characters something that changes everything. The best part about this book is that it addresses important discussions related to science, politics and power and how they are all connected. If you are looking for a Sci-Fi book that it’s thought-provoking, full of unlikeable yet compelling characters and told in a interesting format, this is for you.

The Abyss Surrounds Us by Emily SkrutskieThe Abyss Surrounds Us by Emily Skrutskie 

Another book that takes place entirely on Earth, but a futuristic, full of changes version of Earth. Well, really it takes place on the sea but, you know, it’s planet Earth.  This book has sea monsters and pirates and from the beginning it throws you right in the middle of a very complex and intricate situation and it’s entirely up to you to catch up as soon as you can with the state of the world. In that sense, it can be a little harder to get into especially if you are someone that doens’t read that much Sci-fi or Fantasy. I’ll give this book extra points for having an amazing f/f relationship between a pirate and a trainer of sea monsters.

SET IN SPACE + ALIENS

bintiBinti by Nnedi Okorafor 

This is such a short book but it packs a big punch. The amount of worldbuilding that Okorafor managed to include in this book is outstanding and the overall message of acceptence of other cultures and being willing to communicate with other than are different from us is so powerful. This is a very introspective book and fouses a lot on character development. If you want a Sci-Fi book that has fantastic worldbuilding and an amazing main character that reflects and changes a lot thoughout the story, this is perfect for you!

The long way to a small angry planetA Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet by Becky Chambers

This is a captivating and thought-provoking story. One of the strenghts of this book is that diversity is at the forefront of the story and it’s included in an interesting and thoughtful way; there’s different species, races, sexual orientations, gender identities, body types, cultures, religions and so much more that are represented. If you like quiet books that are character driven, beautifully written and tackle important themes, this is a great choice for you.

MADE UP UNIVERSE

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Mirage by Somaiya Daud 

If you are a Fantasy reader that wants to get into Sci- Fi, this is a great book to do that since it has a fantasy feel to it thanks to the fact that it takes place in a made up universe. Mirage is perfect for fans of slow character driven stories set in a rich and unique worlds inspired by a non-western culture (in this case,Moroccan inspired). This book is also great for fans of captivating and complex female characters with complicated relationships with each other. If you want more in depth thoughts, check out my full review.

A Spark of White Fire

A Spark of White Fire by Sangu Mandanna

Another great book for Fantasy readers to get into Sci-Fi, this also takes place in a made up universe, where there’s royalty and gods and goddesses from Indian lore. A Spark of With Fire has political intrigue, sentient spaceships, floating cities, broken and complicated relationships, tension and heartbreak. If any of that sounds like something you’d like, give this book a chance!

What are some Sci Fi books you would recommend it? Have you read any of the book on this list and did you like them?
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9 Books with Bisexual Female Characters

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In this post, I will talk about 9 books with bisexual female main characters: 3 books I have read and loved, 3 books on my tbr and 3 books releasing soon. I haven’t read that many books with bisexual characters, but it’s something that’s important to me and I will definitely be reading more books with bisexual female characters in the future.

3 BOOKS I HAVE READ 

The book that inspired this list is How to Make a Wish by Ashley Herring Blake, I think the way in which  Grace’s bisexuality is described in the book feels real and honest and the way her bisexuality is treated and viewed by other characters as something normal is so meaningful. here’s my full review.

I recently read Not Your Sidekick by C.B. Lee and the main character in this books is not only a bisexual girl, she is also biracial. Sadly, it’s not that easy to find positive representation of a bisexual, biracial girl, so I think this book is so incredibly important.

Labyrinth Lost by Zoraida Córdova is especially important to me, because the main character is not only bisexual, she is latinx like me. Fantasy is one of my favorite genres and finding a fantasy book that I can relate to means so much to me.

3 BOOKS ON MY TBR 

I’m so excited to read Keeping her Secret by Sarah Nicolas, it sounds like Parent Trap (the movie with Lindsay Lohan, which I have watched countless times and loved it all of them), but instead of sisters the girls like each other and one of them is bisexual. I think that’s all I need to say about it.

I have heard so many good things about Ash by Malinda Lo from Riley @RileyMarie that I can’t wait to read it. Also, I love retellings and more when the main character in the retelling is bisexual.

Not Otherwise Specified by Hannah Moskowitz has a black, bisexual female main character that has an eating disorder.  Finding a book like that it’s so rare that I can’t wait to read it. I’m so happy this book exist.

3 BOOKS RELEASING SOON 

27 Hours by Tristina Wright sounds amazing, the synopsis is great but the fact that it has a bunch of queer teens in space saving the day has me really excited to read it.

Noteworthy by Riley Redgate has a bisexual, Asian-American female main character and it has accapela and I’m intrigued by that. I love books where there’s music and I want to see how they incorporate the accapela into the book.

Queens of Geek by Jen Wilde sounds amazing, I have heard the representation is spot on and I know it includes not only a bisexual female character, but also positive representation for autism (this is #ownvoices).

Have you read any of these books? did you enjoy them? Are you planning on reading any of them? Do you have recommendations for books with bisexual female characters? 

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January 2017 Wrap Up – Dumbledore’s Army Readathon & #DiverseAThon

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This month I participated in two readathon revolving around diversity. I did ok in one of them, but completely failed in the other. At the end, I read seven books in January, six of them for the readathons and another one for a buddy read. The reviews for all of these books will be posted in the next few of weeks.

1. Dumbledore’s Army Readathon

At the beginning of the month I participated in the #DAReadathon and I had so much fun chatting with people on twitter about the books I was reading. There were 7 promps, so that means participants were supposted to read 7 books. I didn’t accomplish that goal, I read 5 books and started the 6th. This readathon took place in my last days of uni break and I thought that I was gonna have a lot of time to read, but I ended up going on several trips and that took a lot of my reading time. Nonetheless, I felt I did a good job.

Redefining Realness by Janet Mock  (4,3 stars)

A beautifully written memoir of a trans woman of color. This book is captivating, honest and touching. Here’s my review.

When Reason Breaks by Cindy L. Rodriguez (4,4 stars)

This book  portraits depression through the stories of two main characters that experience this mental illness in very different ways and that it’s definitely the thing that makes this book incredibly important, as well as unique. Something else that I really like about it is all the Emily Dickinson poems and references; they add so much to the story. Here’s the full review.

Delicious Temptation by Sabrina Sol (3 stars)

The main characters of this book are latinxs and the story revolves around traditional latinx food and desserts. Even if that sounds amazing, the characters end up being really two dimentional and that means that, if we take the traditional food and random spanish phrases, it was hard to tell they are latinxs at all. Here’s the full review.

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Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? by Mindy Kaling (3 stars)

I was expecting this book to be funnier and I was expecting it to be more about Mindy’s job in The Office and about her writing. Even if this books talks about those things, it also spends way to much time in Mindy’s childhood and teen years, and I didn’t find that part entertaining at all.

An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir (4 stars)

This book is intense and nerve wracking; as a reader you spend the entire time worried about the characters. The plot isn’t entirely unique, but the setting makes it feel refreshing and intresting. The main characters are captivating and the villains are intriguing. I can’t wait to read the sequel.

2.#DiverseAThon

I completely failed at DiverseAThon, I was hoping to read 3 book and ended up only reading one. Also, I didn’t have time to participate in the twitter chats.  But the one book I read was really good, so at the end, it wasn’t so bad.

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Not Your Sidekick by C.B. Lee (4 stars)

A cute book with a biracial, bisexual main character, a trans character, an interesting post-apocalyptic world, amazing conversations about gender and sexual orientation,  villains that are not so evil and heroes that are not so good. If that sounds like sometime you would like, I totally recommend it.

3. Buddy Read as part of Read with Marines 

A booktuber I think you may know called Marines hosts really casual  buddy reads and for January she choose a book I was really excited to read and that’s why I decided to join in.

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My Brilliant Friend by Elena Ferrante (4,2 stars)

An amazing book about a complicated friendship, that deals with a variety of topics from poverty and the connection it has with education to war enemies living in the same neighborhood after the war ends. A complex story, with a lot characters, written in a beautiful yet simple way. Here’s the full review.

Have you read any of these books? Did you like them? What did you read this month?