Hey, guys! Welcome to Diversity Spotlight Thursday! This is the second week of a new meme created by Aimal @ bookshelves&paperbacks to shed light on diverse books. For more info on the meme, click here.
I’ve really enjoyed seeing everyone’s DST posts the last couple weeks. There’s some really great diverse books out there and of course, Mount TBR has grown. Just wanted to say thank you to Aimal for creating this truly amazing meme!
Little Peach by Peggy Kern
What do you do if you’re in trouble?
When Michelle runs away from her drug-addicted mother, she has just enough money to make it to New York City, where she hopes to move in with a friend. But once she arrives at the bustling Port Authority, she is confronted with the terrifying truth: she is alone and out of options.
Then she meets Devon, a good-looking, well-dressed guy who emerges from the crowd armed with a kind smile, a place for her to stay, and eyes that seem to understand exactly how she feels.
But Devon is not what he seems to be, and soon Michelle finds herself engulfed in the world of child prostitution where he becomes her “Daddy” and she his “Little Peach.” It is a world of impossible choices, where the line between love and abuse, captor and savior, is blurred beyond recognition.
This hauntingly vivid story illustrates the human spirit’s indomitable search for home, and one girl’s struggle to survive.
I absolutely adored this book. The POC main character, Peach, goes through so many struggles at such a young age, it’s heart wrenching. If you’re looking for a very emotional diverse book, this is it.
Carry On by Rainbow Rowell
Simon Snow is the worst Chosen One who’s ever been chosen.
That’s what his roommate, Baz, says. And Baz might be evil and a vampire and a complete git, but he’s probably right.
Half the time, Simon can’t even make his wand work, and the other half, he starts something on fire. His mentor’s avoiding him, his girlfriend broke up with him, and there’s a magic-eating monster running around, wearing Simon’s face. Baz would be having a field day with all this, if he were here — it’s their last year at the Watford School of Magicks, and Simon’s infuriating nemesis didn’t even bother to show up.
Carry On – The Rise and Fall of Simon Snow is a ghost story, a love story and a mystery. It has just as much kissing and talking as you’d expect from a Rainbow Rowell story – but far, far more monsters.
Ahh! I can’t wait to read this one! Rainbow Rowell is great. I should be reading this at the beginning of September, so be on the look out for a review!
A Darkly Beating Heart by Lindsay Smith
A time-travel story that alternates between modern day and 19th century Japan as one girl confronts the darkness lurking in her soul.
No one knows what to do with Reiko. She is full of hatred. All she can think about is how to best hurt herself and the people closest to her. After a failed suicide attempt, Reiko’s parents send her from their Seattle home to spend the summer with family in Japan to learn to control her emotions. But while visiting Kuramagi, a historic village preserved to reflect the nineteenth-century Edo period, Reiko finds herself slipping back in time into the life of Miyu, a young woman even more bent on revenge than Reiko herself. Reiko loves being Miyu, until she discovers the secret of Kuramagi village, and must face down Miyu’s demons as well as her own.
Love the cover! Not only does this book have POC characters, but also LGBT characters! A very diverse read that I can’t wait to get my hands on. Expected publication: November 2016.
Let me know if you’ve read or plan to read any of these books, and what attracts you to them.