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Asexual Spectrum Representation in Books – 1/∞

It’s that time of year where everyone is bombarded with Valentine’s Day nonsense in shops, social media, even in our everyday lives. This can be really tough for those who are on the asexual spectrum. As someone who is ace-flux, it can be overwhelming.

Anyway, here’s a list of books with asexual spectrum representation that may interest you! Those marked with * = I haven’t read yet but are on my TBR!

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Review – Warcross by Marie Lu

Title: Warcross

Author: Marie Lu

Publisher: Penguin Books

Publication Date:  12th September 2018

Format: Hardback

Genre: YA Science Fiction

Page Count: 353

Summary: “For the millions who log in every day, Warcross isn’t just a game – it’s a way of life. Struggling to make ends meet, teenage hacker Emika Chen works as a bounty hunter, tracking down players who bet on the game illegally. Needing to make some quick cash, Emika takes a risk and hacks into the opening game of the international Warcross Championships – only to accidentally glitch herself into the action and become an overnight sensation.

Convinced she’s going to be arrested, Emika is shocked when she gets a call from the game’s creator, the elusive young billionaire Hideo Tanaka, with an irresistible offer. He needs a spy on the inside of this year’s tournament in order to uncover a security problem . . . and he wants Emika for the job. Emika’s whisked off to Tokyo and thrust into a world of fame and fortune that she’s only dreamed of. But soon her investigation uncovers a sinister plot, with major consequences for the entire Warcross empire.” (Source: Goodreads)

Content Warnings: grief, gun usage, injury detail, intimate scenes, manipulation

Rating:  ★★★★★  (5 stars) 

Spoilers in this review? No

I’ve never been so hooked on a book from the beginning than I have with Warcross. Warcross could have been 1,000 pages long and I still would have been hooked.

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My Top Reads of 2018 (2/3)

Here’s the second part of my top reads of 2018! In no particular order…

  • Zig Zag Girl by Brenna Twohy –  one of my favourite poetry collections ever, it discusses grief in so many ways and the journey to overcome grief.

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Review – The Chaos of Longing by K. Y. Robinson

Title: The Chaos of Longing

Author: K. Y. Robinson

Publisher: Andrew McMeels Publishing

Publication Date: September 26th 2017 (first self-published on May 31st 2016)

Format: Paperback

Genre: Poetry

Page Count: 160

Summary:  “The Chaos of Longing is a brutally honest exploration of desire—physical, emotional, and spiritual. This revised and expanded edition contains over 50 pages of all-new material.

Organized in four sections – Inception, Longing, Chaos, and Epiphany – K.Y. Robinson’s debut poetry collection explores what it is to want in spite of trauma, shame, injustice, and mental illness. It is one survivor’s powerful testimony, and a love letter “to those who lie awake burning.” (Source: Goodreads)

Content Warnings: difficult parental relationship, trauma, body objectification, sexual harassment, sexual assault, manic depression, graphic depiction of sexual assault, abusive relationships, intimacy, suicidal ideation, racism, sexism

Rating: ★★★★★ (5 stars)

Hello everyone! I’m back at it again with the POETRY. I tend to space out my reading with one fiction book then one poetry book, going back and forth. The Chaos of Longing is kind of a reread? I read the first edition of the collection when it was still self-published, but then the author was given a book deal with Andrew McMeels Publishing! YAY! I first read the self-published edition of The Chaos of Longing back in summer 2017, and I LOVED IT. It was actually one of the first modern poetry books that I read that inspired me to keep going with my self-published author-y thing. And guess what? K. Y. ROBINSON LOVED MY BOOK ALSO??? HECK!!!

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My Top Reads of 2018 (1/3)

This is a transfer from my Patreon, you can find out what I enjoyed in 2018!

In no particular order…here we go! Some of these books I’ve not reviewed yet, but please do check them out!

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Review – Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi

Title: Children of Blood and Bone

Author: Tomi Adeyemi

Publisher: Macmillan

Publication Date: March 8th 2018

Format: Paperback

Genre: YA Fantasy

Page Count: 531

Summary:  Zelie remembers when the soil of Orisha hummed with magic. When different clans ruled – Burners igniting flames, Tiders beckoning waves, and Zelie’s Reaper mother summoning forth souls.  

But everything changed the night magic disappeared. Under the orders of a ruthless king, anyone with powers was targeted and killed, leaving Zelie without a mother and her people without hope. Only a few people remain with the power to use magic, and they must remain hidden.  

Zelie is one such person. Now she has a chance to bring back magic to her people and strike against the monarchy. With the help of a rogue princess, Zelie must learn to harness her powers and outrun the crown prince, who is hell-bent on eradicating magic for good.  

Danger lurks in Orisha, where strange creatures prowl, and vengeful spirits wait in the waters. Yet the greatest danger may be Zelie herself as she struggles to come to terms with the strength of her magic – and her growing feelings for an enemy. (Source: Goodreads)

Content Warnings: childhood trauma, war, violence, death, slavery, racism, xenophobia/ic language, attempted rape, torture, self-harm, abusive parents.

Rating: ★★★★★ (5 stars)

This book is an incredible debut. I cannot fault it at all. Tomi Adeyemi is amazing at her craft. Her writing is simply mesmerising. Her ability to create complex characters is astonishing.

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