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Review: Dark and Deepest Red by Anna-Marie McLemore

Reviewed by Vanessa Rodriguez Dark and Deepest Red is a young adult magical realism novel by Latinx LGBTQ+ author, Anne-Marie McLemore. This reimagining of Hans Christian Andersen’s “The Red Shoes” is written in multiple POVs, including a young woman in sixteenth century Strasbourg, France, and draws on several accounts in history of a dancing plague...

Review: Loveboat, Taipei by Abigail Hing Wen
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Review: Loveboat, Taipei by Abigail Hing Wen

Reviewed by Vanessa Rodriguez College-bound Ever Wong has grown up to fulfill the future her parents have planned for her—become a doctor. It’s expected when her parents immigrated to America and sacrificed so much for their children’s success, something Ever’s mother constantly reminds her. If only she could summon the courage to tell her parents...

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Fiction: Elma Honey by Christa Hogan

by Christa Hogan MeMaw visits at nights mostly, when Daddy’s asleep and our little house in town is quiet. Tonight when she comes, I’m waiting for her, damp with sweat from the heat, my head full of Beulah Mae’s warnings about hell. I can tell the moment MeMaw arrives. Even her ghost smells like smoke...

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Review: Passages by Kelli Owen

Passages picks up right where Wilted Lilies left off; Lily May is being driven far from home, to Pennsylvania, where she will attend a school for children like her. Other kids who have powers. Lily soon discovers that not all of the residents of McMillan Hall have the same abilities she does, and not all...