2018 YA Releases with POC Protagonists \\\ Fantasy & Sci-Fi


Hello Book Ravens!

So I know it won’t be too long until I have to write my “March YA Releases” post, but I really wanted to take a bit to talk about upcoming releases with POC protagonists! There are some amazing books coming out this year, and I feel like they deserve more specific attention, instead of just being included on a general list.

This is all through-out 2018, and if I miss anything feel free to let me know. I want as many books on this list as are coming out this year!

Also, this is specifically sci-fi and fantasy, as those are the genres that A) I read and B) I most often talk about on Books and Ravens. If you really want a contemporary list, then be sure to say so and I’ll write one.

*organized by release date*

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My Favorite Black Characters in YA \\ Black History Month


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Okay, so can I start this by saying I don’t like using the word “black” when describing a person? Some people are okay with it, some aren’t, but I just feel like I’m using a label on a large group of people…and that makes me feel weird.

Anyway, I’m sure all of you know that February is Black History Month, and I decided I wanted to talk about some of my favorite black characters in YA!

I also want to hear your favorites – this list is limited to books I’ve read, so I’d love to hear what some of your favorites are as well!

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Quests for Glory \\ Spoiler-Free Review

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Title: Quests for Glory (The School for Good and Evil #4)

Author: Soman Chainani

Publisher: HarperCollins

Genre: Fantasy, Fairy Tales

Format: Hardcover

Spoiler Review: GoodReads


Join Sophie, Agatha, Tedros, and the other students as they begin a new era in the Endless Woods—The Camelot Years—where Evers and Nevers alike must move beyond the bounds of school and into the biggest, boldest adventures of their lives.

The students at the School for Good and Evil thought they had found their final Ever After when they vanquished the malevolent School Master. Now, on their required fourth-year quests, the students face obstacles both dangerous and unpredictable, and the stakes are high: success brings eternal adoration, and failure means obscurity forever.

For their quests, Agatha and Tedros are trying to return Camelot to its former splendor as queen and king. For her quest, Dean Sophie seeks to mold Evil in her own image. But soon they all feel themselves growing more isolated and alone.

When their classmates’ quests plunge into chaos, however, someone must lead the charge to save them…

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What I Love About the Book Community


Happy Valentine’s Day Book Ravens!

I hope you’re having a great day with your partner or loved ones…I do not have a significant other at the moment, but I wanted to take a moment and talk about what I love about the bookish community.

I truly think I wouldn’t be who I am if I had not become a part of this community when I did, and I have noticed some things that, compared to other online communities, are really wonderful!

I might get a bit sappy, but what else am I supposed to do on February 14th?

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R.I.P. It or Ship It \\ YA Fantasy Edition


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Happy Valentine’s week Biblios!

Instead of doing something typical and listing my favorite OTPs (who, let’s be honest, I talk about all year long) I thought I’d do the R.I.P it or Ship it tag! I assume you guys already know what this tag is, so I won’t waste time explaining.

Also, feel free to add your own weird ships in the comments – I want to see some serious cross-fandom relationships down there 😂

Created by: Emmmabooks

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Fictional Worlds I Want to Live In


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Let’s be honest: we all have moments (or days, or weeks) when we want to live somewhere else.

Preferably somewhere where wearing cloaks is socially acceptable and you can have a pet dragon.

Now, obviously not all fictional worlds are ideal  (*cough* Panem) , but there are some that I find myself consistently imagining what it would be like to live there. So I figured I’d list them all and…hope that one day I fall through a magic portal.

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Bi\Pan Representation I Want to See in YA


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This past week I’ve been thinking a lot about representation, and I realized that I haven’t really read any books that – I feel – properly represent my sexuality.

This has never really bothered me, mainly because I enjoy all types of stories, with all types of characters, and I don’t find sexuality to be a key part of any person or character.

But I would like to see some representation. So I made a bit of a wishlist. I might as well put it out into the universe and see if something comes my way!

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Down the TBR Hole #5 \\ (40-50)

Hello Book Ravens!

It’s time for another edition of the post I always write when I’m out of ideas!

…that’s not a joke – I literally had nothing for Monday. But! But! I have some interesting posts for the rest of the week! A review, a talk about representation…cool stuff!*

*I mean, hopefully. We’ll see.

Previously on Down the TBR Hole…

This tag was created by Lost in a Story – basically it helps you go through your TBR, and also gives you blog post ideas! I enjoyed reading it on Jess’s blog, so I figured I’d give it a go.

So as I go through I’ll talk about the books, why I added them to my GoodReads TBR, and decide whether to keep them or remove them.

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