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The Lies of the Ajungo (The Forever Desert #1) by Moses Ose Utomi - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781250849069
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Published: Tordotcom - March 21st, 2023

Utomi's writing is captivating, and I wanted to sit and read until I had read the whole thing. In a city without tongues, who is there to spread their experiences beyond the city walls? A severe hundred-year lack of water drives a young boy to head into the desert in search of water, mere days before he turns thirteen and has his tongue cut out. For the Ajungo provides his city with barely enough water to survive, in exchange for the tongues of all the citizens. A really interesting and engaging read that makes you think about who is telling what stories and controlling resources. ~ Reviewed by Isabel Long


Carrie Soto Is Back: A Novel by Taylor Jenkins Reid - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780593158685
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Published: Ballantine Books - August 30th, 2022

Taylor Jenkins Reid captured my attention with this riveting story of a professional tennis player coming out of retirement to defend her world record in the 1990s. Carrie Soto is a complex person, confronting what it means to be a living legend, to be a female professional athlete in the public eye, to fail, and the importance of the people around us. This book grabbed me from the beginning and didn't let go. ~ Reviewed by Isabel Long


Babel: Or the Necessity of Violence: An Arcane History of the Oxford Translators' Revolution by R. F. Kuang - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780063021426
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Published: Harper Voyager - August 23rd, 2022

This book is a powerful, beautifully written examination of colonialism and empire. Here, translation has the ability to be magical, with the meaning lost in translation manifested by silver. A stunning story of friendship, identity, Babel captured me with its characters, academic intrigue, and thoughtful attention to the exploitation of people and resources inherent in an empire, specifically the British empire. A must read. ~ Reviewed by Isabel Long


The Chronicles of Chrestomanci, Vol. I by Diana Wynne Jones - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780063067035
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Published: Greenwillow Books - May 18th, 2021

The Chronicles of Chrestomanci series is one of my all-time favorites! Six books in three volumes follow Eric "Cat" Chant, Christopher Chant, and other magical children whose stories connect with the Chants. Cat and Christopher are powerful nine-lived enchanters who will each one day be the Chrestomanci, in charge of maintaining magical order in all the related worlds. But Christopher and Cat seem to lose lives oddly... Full of adventure, magical cats, griffins who name themselves, traveling between worlds, and missing goddesses, I laugh every time I read it! ~ Reviewed by Isabel Long


Under the Whispering Door by TJ Klune - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781250217349
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Published: Tor Books - September 21st, 2021

Wallace is an unpleasant, career-focused lawyer. When he dies in the office, he is horrified that his funeral is poorly attended and his passing is unlamented. Taken by a reaper, May, to a ferryman, Hugo, Wallace has the time, space, support, and tea to confront who he was and who he wants to be. Oh, and he needs to figure out how the whole being-being-dead-thing works (he really does not want to be eternally stuck in flip-flops!). In crafting this gorgeous exploration of life, death, found family, and love, Klune has solidified himself as one of my all-time favorites, and this book as an absolute must-read. Plus, the ghost dog is adorable. ~ Reviewed by Isabel Long


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