ARC Review: Aurora Rising | It’s Time for a New Space-Adventure

ARC Review: Aurora Rising | It’s Time for a New Space-Adventure

TITLE: Aurora Rising
AUTHOR: Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
SERIES: The Aurora Cycle
RELEASED: May 2019; Oneworld Publications
GENRE: YA Science Fiction
FORMAT: Paperback

KEY INFO: space-adventure, military science fiction, squad goals, multiple POVs
REPRESENTATION: 
bisexual male (Finian) , women of color (Auri is half-Chinese and Zila is black), physically disabled (Finian) and neurodivergent (Zila)

Content Notices

death, war, body horror, being knocked unconscious multiple times, unresolved guilt/tension around a one-night stand, ableism

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ARC Review: The Luminous Dead | A Sci-Fi Thriller That Never Quite Reaches Its Potential

ARC Review: The Luminous Dead | A Sci-Fi Thriller That Never Quite Reaches Its Potential

TITLE: The Luminous Dead
AUTHOR: Caitlin Starling
SERIES: N/A
RELEASED: April 2019; Harper Voyager
GENRE: Sci-Fi/Horror
FORMAT: eBook

KEY INFO: cave expedition, psychological thriller, romance, unreliable narrator
REPRESENTATION: 
f/f (main/side)

Content Notices

claustrophobia, caves, absence of light, hallucinations, dead bodies, drugs & forced drug use, descriptions of bodily functions & fluids

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ARC Review: Wicked Saints | The Wicked and the Divine

ARC Review: Wicked Saints | The Wicked and the Divine

TITLE: Wicked Saints
AUTHOR: Emily A. Duncan
SERIES: Something Dark and Holy
RELEASED: April 2019; Wednesday Books
GENRE: NA Fantasy
FORMAT: eBook

KEY INFO: Russian & Polish inspired, magic, gods, holy war, romance, morally grey characters
REPRESENTATION:
bisexual male (main), lesbian (side)

Content Notices

blood, self-harm, torture, war, alcohol dependency, death, abduction, violence

 

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ARC Review: You Asked For Perfect | Perfection is Served

ARC Review: You Asked For Perfect | Perfection is Served

TITLE: You Asked for Perfect
AUTHOR: Laura Silverman
SERIES: N/A
RELEASED: March 2019; Sourcebooks Fire
GENRE: YA Contemporary
FORMAT: eBook

KEY INFO: Academia, friendships, romance, anxiety
REPRESENTATION:
bisexual Jewish MC, gay South Asian Muslim MC, lesbian Korean (side), Jewish family, anxiety

Content Notices

hospitalisation, anxiety, panic attacks, forgetting to eat, descriptions of skin blisters from over-practice

 

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ARC Review: A Memory Called Empire | A Stunning and Intelligent Debut from a Promising New Voice in Science Fiction

ARC Review: A Memory Called Empire | A Stunning and Intelligent Debut from a Promising New Voice in Science Fiction

TITLE: A Memory Called Empire
AUTHOR: Arkady Martine
SERIES: Texicalaan
RELEASED: April 2019; Tor
GENRE: Science-Fiction
FORMAT: e-Book

KEY INFO: Political science fiction, space opera, empire and imperialism, non-western setting, great world-building, political intrigue
REPRESENTATION: 
brown-skinned characters (side), female protagonist, f/f relationship (main), bisexual (side) with both male and female love interests, elderly (side) 

Content Notices

Murder, attempted murder, poisoning, descriptions of blistering skin, bombing, pink mist, suicide, death, brain surgery, political violence

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