Book Review: Kingdom of the Blazing Phoenix by Julie C. Dao

Book Review: Kingdom of the Blazing Phoenix by Julie C. Dao

Edition: Amazon Kindle

Rating: ★★★☆☆

Jade has been exiled from her kingdom, thanks to her stepmother, Empress Xifeng. But the Empress cannot let Jade out of her sight any longer. The older and more capable she becomes, the more she poses a threat. Determined to defeat Xifeng and the evil that threatens her kingdom, Jade sets out on a magical journey of exploring the world of legends in order to write her own.

Book Review/Reaction: A Very Large Expanse of Sea by Tahereh Mafi

Book Review/Reaction: A Very Large Expanse of Sea by Tahereh Mafi

Edition: Amazon Kindle

Rating: ★★★★★

Set in 2002, A Very Large Expanse of Sea is the story of Shirin - a Muslim teenager in America trying to fight every stereotype coming her way, all while juggling school, inter-personal relationships, romance, break-dancing.