In Every Generation by Kendare Blake

Disclaimer: I received this e-arc and finished copy from the publisher. Thanks! All opinions are my own.

Book: In Every Generation

Author: Kendare Blake

Book Series: Standalone for now

Rating: 4.5/5

Diversity: Part indigenous character, Lesbian character, Black character, Asian side character

Recommended For…: young adult readers, urban fantasy, paranormal, retelling, Buffy fans

Publication Date: January 4, 2022

Genre: YA Urban Fantasy Retelling

Recommended Age: 14+ (Violence, Gore, Death, Language, sexual content)

Explanation of CWs: The book had a lot of violence, death, and gore. The book made a few sexual content references, but nothing explicit or romantic. The book also had some slight cursing.

Publisher: Disney-Hyperion

Pages: 392

Synopsis: Frankie Rosenberg is passionate about the environment, a sophomore at New Sunnydale High School, and the daughter of the most powerful witch in Sunnydale history. Her mom, Willow, is slowly teaching her magic on the condition that she use it to better the world. But Frankie’s happily quiet life is upended when new girl Hailey shows up with news that the annual Slayer convention has been the target of an attack, and all the Slayers—including Buffy, Faith, and Hailey’s older sister Vi—might be dead. That means it’s time for this generation’s Slayer to be born.

But being the first ever Slayer-Witch means learning how to wield a stake while trying to control her budding powers. With the help of Hailey, a werewolf named Jake, and a hot but nerdy sage demon, Frankie must become the Slayer, prevent the Hellmouth from opening again, and find out what happened to her Aunt Buffy, before she’s next.

Get ready for a whole new story within the world of Buffy!

Review: For the most part I really enjoyed this book! I was scared going into it in the beginning because I haven’t watched any of the Buffy episodes so I was worried that this would be above my knowledge level of the series, but it wasn’t. The book did well to explain the important bits and it had a few moments where I think inside jokes would be placed. The book was wonderfully well written with well developed characters and the world building was well done as well. I also really loved where the book left off and I’m excited for the second one already!

The only issue I had with the book is that the book had a lot of POV switching and it was confusing to switch into different people suddenly. The book was also fast paced, which I enjoyed for the most part but I really would have liked some slower moments like during battle.

Verdict: It was great! Highly recommend for Buffy fans!

Swan Song of My Era by Elsie Swain

Disclaimer: I received this e-arc from the publisher. Thanks! All opinions are my own.

Book: Swan Song for My Era

Author: Elsie Swain

Book Series: Standalone

Rating: 3/5

Diversity: Malaysian/Asian characters, SE Asian queer vitiligo MC, SE Asian queer MC, Sapphic f/f romance

Recommended For…: young adult readers, contemporary, ownvoice, romance, SE Asian

Publication Date: April 19, 2021

Genre: YA Contemporary

Recommended Age: 16+ (Body shaming, Bullying, Divorce, Childhood trauma, Homophobia, Grief, Romance, Slight gore, Slight Language)

Explanation of CWs: There is body shaming, homophobia, and bullying in this book. The book touches on divorce and childhood trauma. There is slight gore and some cursing. There is romance in this book and it’s Sapphic friends to lovers. The book shows grief as well.

Publisher: Ukiyoto Publishing

Pages: 415

Synopsis: What happens when Hope Vale, an aspiring Vitiligo make-up artist who wants to eradicate the market of whitening products meets Spes Zrey, an arrogant Hugo-Boss awardee struggling to shape her Designer dream, as they envision reshaping Asia into the next Fashion empire together?

‘Set in Malaysia, this Contemporary Fiction is all about the gruelling ambition against all hurdles of reality to break the confinements of Gender and the stereotypes of preferred white beauty in Asia.

Review: For the most part this was an okay book. The book did well to talk about Asian beauty standards and it takes them down. The book is ownvoice and is honestly written. The book has well developed characters and beautifully detailed world building. I also loved the romance and the platonic interactions in this book.

However, this book takes forever to get into. The book is so slow paced and the beginning feels like a crawl instead of a walk. The book finally picked up at 40% but there were a lot of times I wanted to DNF it. The book is also very flowery in its writing and that took a bit for me to work out.

Verdict: It’s great, just hard to get into.

Book Info:

Swan Song of my Era by Elsie Swain

Genre: Young Adult Contemporary

Publishing Date: April 19, 2021

Synopsis:

What happens when Hope Vale, an aspiring Vitiligo make-up artist who wants to eradicate the market of whitening products meets Spes Zrey, an arrogant Hugo-Boss awardee struggling to shape her Designer dream, as they envision reshaping Asia into the next Fashion empire together?

‘Set in Malaysia, this Contemporary Fiction is all about the gruelling ambition against all hurdles of reality to break the confinements of Gender and the stereotypes of preferred white beauty in Asia.

Book Links:

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/57833608-swan-song-of-my-era

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Swan-Song-Era-Elsie-Swain/dp/9814989312/ref=sr_1_1?__mk_pl_PL=%C3%85M%C3%85%C5%BD%C3%95%C3%91&dchild=1&keywords=swan+song+of+my+era&qid=1623072617&sr=8-1

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Book Depository: https://www.bookdepository.com/Swan-Song-My-Era-Elsie-Swain/9789814989244?ref=grid-view&qid=1634060040811&sr=1-1

IndieBound: https://www.indiebound.org/book/9789814989244

About the Author:

Elsie has always been an individual firmly on the phrase “A picture speaks a thousand words”. She wrote her first book at the tender age of 10 on Indian Mythology. The world of books hasn’t been the only source to drive her passion. Her interest in art is a beautiful pictorial representation of her writings, bringing the best of two worlds together. Elsie’s drive not only comes from her parents’ constant support but also from her will to perfect the criticism she faces. In this book, she showcases not only her views on the perspectives of society but also her desire to research on Alzheimer’s Disease. She wrote her first book ‘TRIAL OF IDENTITY’ at the mere age of fifteen.

Author Links:

Twitter: https://twitter.com/elsie_iyle

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/elsie.iyle/?hl=en

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/19458695.Elsie_Swain

Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/playlist/29Jf6X4tfjDQFfVTl4qAiQ?si=Zh-GEpMKQzGIr6jscqAqvg&dl_branch=1&nd=1

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