Hi guys! Diversity Spotlight Thursday is a weekly meme hosted by Aimal from Bookshelves and Paperbacks. Every week, you choose a book for each of these three categories: a diverse book you’ve read and enjoyed, a diverse book on your tbr, and a diverse book that hasn’t been released yet. This week all my picks are SFF books with black girls on the cover.
Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi
Zélie Adebola remembers when the soil of Orïsha hummed with magic. Burners ignited flames, Tiders beckoned waves, and Zelie’s Reaper mother summoned forth souls. But everything changed the night magic disappeared. Under the orders of a ruthless king, maji were targeted and killed, leaving Zélie without a mother and her people without hope.
Now, Zélie has one chance to bring back magic and strike against the monarchy. With the help of a rogue princess, Zélie must outwit and outrun the crown prince, who is hell-bent on eradicating magic for good.
So technically I haven’t read this book, I am reading it. But I just want an excuse to yell about how amazing it is ok? This book has everything I want from this kind of a story: well-drawn, complex characters, a fascinating world, a fast-paced, interesting plot and excellent writing. I keep having to read just one more chapter.
Zahrah the Windseeker by Nnedi Okorafor
In the northern Ooni Kingdom, fear of the unknown runs deep, and children born dada are rumored to have special powers. 13 year old Zahrah feels like a normal girl , she grows her own flora computer, has mirrors sewn onto her clothe, and stays clear of the Forbidden Greeny Jungle. But unlike other kids in the village of Kirki, Zahrah was born with the telling dadalocks. Only her best friend, Dari, isn’t afraid of her, even when something unusual begins happening, something that definitely makes Zahrah different. The friends investigate, edging closer and closer to danger. When Dari’s life’s threatened. Zahrah must face her worst fears alone, including the thing that makes her different.
Considering how often I mention Akata Witch and Binti, I’m sure y’all know by now, but I’m a huge Nnedi Okorafor fan. She’s one of my top 5 SFF writers and I’m slowly making my way through her backlist. Of all her published books Zarah the Windseeker is the one that sounds closest to Akata Witch in style and genre, so I’m very excited to get my hands on it.
Song of Blood & Stone by L. Penelope, May 1st 2018
Orphaned and alone, Jasminda lives in a land where cold whispers of invasion and war linger on the wind. She’s an outcast in Elsira, where her gift of Earthsong is feared. When ruthless soldiers seek refuge in her isolated cabin, they bring a captive, an injured spy who threatens to steal her heart.
Jack’s mission behind enemy lines to prove that the Mantle between Elsira and Lagamiri is about to fall nearly cost him his life, but he is saved by Jasminda. Together they escape their ruthless captors and embark on a perilous journey to save Elsira and to uncover the secrets of The Queen Who Sleeps.
I honestly don’t know a lot of this book, I only read about it on a blog a couple of days ago. But I’m always down for YA fantasy and I lowkey have a thing for spies. Also, look at that cover. It’s stunning.
Have you read any of these books? Do you have any of them on your TBR? What’s your favorite book cover with a black girl on it? Please let me know in the comments, I love looking at pretty covers!