Racine: Sisterhood Stories by Alison Clarke

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“In a world divided by fear, hate, and prejudice, Racine embarks on a journey to discover who she really is. After a lifetime of alienation and rejection because of the colour of her skin and her Black heritage, she discovers the ultimate truth of good
is wrapped up in the magic of the Story. Stories have the power to change the world, but first, the stories need unlocking.

In this thought-provoking, profoundly moving call-to-arms fantasy story, Alison Clarke tells the story of Racine’s self-discovery and coming of age through her exploration of the ‘Story’ throughout time and ages. As Racine travels from the Library of Congress through time and space to lands both magical and real, she unlocks the mysteries of her own heritage and comes to understand that there are more things that join us than divide us. 

Winner of Canada’s Diversity Magazine Award ‘Black Writer Of The Year Award 2017’ Alison Clarke writes inspirational, magical stories with a powerful message about being the change in the world we would like to see. For readers of all ages.”

Source: Amazon.com

Racine is a lonely young woman trying to figure out her path in life. She spends her days hiding out  in the famed Library of Congress, using her love of reading to comfort old wounds. She soon discovers a magical world full of legendary figures and learns some profound life lessons on her journey.
This story is well written with a treasure trove of imagery and superb world building. You can tell the author took great care in crafting this story. (I love a good craftswoman 😉 )   giphy (2)

Alison Clarke has a way of making the reader feel she is inhabiting the body of the main character. Everything Racine experienced made me feel like I was actually there with her in real time (and we all know that is the mark of an excellent book).  I also think I need to gush about the cover.

The cover of this book is a thing of beauty.  I have stared at it longer than is acceptable, even my fangirl standards.  The colors are strong and bright, giving off a dreamy quality while our main character is standing in profile looking up at the sky with a dreamy expression and blade in hand. She is a woman on a mission and I want to see what it is. Also…Can we PLEASE get ZENDAYA to play RACINE? I would die, she is my girl crush of the moment and I personally think she would be perfect.  So there, it’s been put out there so the universe can hear it. Make this a movie starring Zendaya please and thank you.

Also…Can we PLEASE get ZENDAYA to play RACINE? I would die, she is my girl crush of the moment and I personally think she would be perfect.  So there, it’s been put out there so the universe can hear it. Make this a movie starring Zendaya pleaseandthankyou.

Now that it’s

giphy (3).gif been put out there so the universe can hear it, let’s repeat this mantra:  Make this a movie starring Zendaya please and thank you.  Of course, in order for it to reach the attention of the movie gods, everyone needs to READ it, so go forth and one-click and it shall be so. (pretty sure that’s written on an ancient scroll somewhere) ❤

 

So, we have a gorgeous cover and an equally gorgeous story.  You know what that means boys and girls…. We have a winner! Racine gets a 5 out of 5 stars and a recommendation for everyone to read it!

It is available on Amazon along with The Sisterhood by Alison Clarke which is the first book in that series.

Until next time,

Happy Reading!

Bibliogal

 

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Title: Children Shouldn’t Play with Dead Things
Author: Martina McAtee     
Genre: YA Paranormal Romance

 

Blurb:
17-year-old Ember Denning has made an art of isolating herself. She prefers the dead. She spends her days skipping school in old cemeteries and her nights hiding from her alcoholic father at the funeral home where she works. When her own father dies, Ember learns her whole life is a lie. Standing in the cemetery that’s been her sanctuary, she’s threatened by the most beautiful boy she’s ever seen and rescued by two people who claim to be her family. They say she’s special, that she has a supernatural gift like them…they just don’t know exactly what it is.
They take her to a small Florida town, where Ember’s life takes a turn for the weird. She’s living with her Reaper cousins, an orphaned werewolf pack, a faery and a human genius. Ember’s powers are growing stronger, morphing into something bigger than anything anybody anticipated. Ember has questions but nobody has answers. Nobody knows what she is. They only know her mysterious magical gift is trying to kill them and that beautiful dangerous boy from the cemetery may be the only thing standing between her and death.
As Ember’s talents are revealed so are the secrets her father hid and those in power who would seek to destroy her. What’s worse, saving Ember has put her cousins in danger and turned her friend’s lives upside down. Ember must learn to embrace her magic or risk losing the family she’s pieced together.
Martina McAtee lives in Jupiter, Florida with her teenage daughter, her best friend, two attack chihuahua’s and two shady looking cats. When she isn’t writing young adult books about worlds with reapers, zombies, werewolves and other supernatural creatures she’s reading or watching shows that involve reapers, zombies, werewolves and other supernatural creatures. Her debut novel Children Shouldn’t Play with Dead Things released in August of 2015. Her second book in the Dead Things series, Dark Dreams and Dead Things, will release July 15, 2016.
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Review: Death Know My Name by Kellie Wallace

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After the tragic drowning of her brother eighteen years ago, Aleida Fuller has lived her life communicating with the supernatural. She can see and speak to the dead, as if they were still walking the earth. Despite being welcomed in the spirit world, Aleida lives a closeted existence. Her reclusive mother refuses to accept her abilities and the local townsfolk think she’s a fraud.

When mysterious traveler Rafe Jenner arrives in town, Aleida’s dull life is irrevocably changed. He’s handsome, strange, and oddly alluring, with piercing eyes that turn red in the dark…

As Aleida and Rafe are teamed up to solve a crime for the Sheriff’s Office, a great evil lurks in the shadows. Bloodthirsty for Aleida’s soul, Hell-bound demon Albinus roams the earth, shedding blood and taking lives in search of her. He will stop at nothing until he gets what he wants. Aleida must draw on her physic abilities and her new-found alliance with Rafe to battle Hell’s agents before her soul is lost forever.”

Blurb Source: Amazon

I have waited for a long time to officially review this book and the time is here!  Anyone who knows me or reads the blog on a semi – regular basis, knows my obsession with Supernatural.  This story reads like an episode,

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only maybe a spin-off with side characters.  What I’m trying to say is, the overall feel of this book is spine tingling good.

We have Aleida, a troubled soul who can see spirits.  She obtained her power through tragedy and lives under the scrutiny and skepticism of a small town.

Rafe Jenner is a bored and restless spirit, tasked with collecting souls.  He has a secret past and it’s tricky to see what side he’s on.  Is is good or bad? The mystery of Rafe is as tantalizing as the mystery of the entity that is after Aleida.

I absolutely loved this book and the adventure it took me on.  Scary villains, anti-heroes, and spooky ghost stories all intertwine to take you on a magical thrill ride.  I am so glad this book is going to be a series as I have plans to read them ALL!

Death Knows my Name gets a solid 5 out of 5 Stars and is recommended to everyone (but probably 18 and up for some sexual content and scary paranormal elements) and it’s available just in time for Halloween!

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For those interested, Death Knows My Name is available on Amazon. You can follow Kellie Wallace on Goodreads, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram!

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