What I enjoy with the Top Five Tuesday scavenger hunt is discovering something new I love about books. For example, it wasn’t until I was doing research for this theme that I realised I am drawn to books featuring beautiful architecture! I don’t know why this is so surprising thought since I love historical architecture in real life. I’m so glad that buildings and vehicles was the prompt for this week because it now makes me want to binge read all these beautiful books!
Acclaimed author of Ash Malinda Lo returns with her most personal and ambitious novel yet, a gripping story of love and duty set in San Francisco’s Chinatown during the Red Scare.
“That book. It was about two women, and they fell in love with each other.” And then Lily asked the question that had taken root in her, that was even now unfurling its leaves and demanding to be shown the sun: “Have you ever heard of such a thing?”
Seventeen-year-old Lily Hu can’t remember exactly when the question took root, but the answer was in full bloom the moment she and Kathleen Miller walked under the flashing neon sign of a lesbian bar called the Telegraph Club.
America in 1954 is not a safe place for two girls to fall in love, especially not in Chinatown. Red-Scare paranoia threatens everyone, including Chinese Americans like Lily. With deportation looming over her father—despite his hard-won citizenship—Lily and Kath risk everything to let their love see the light of day.
Last Night at Telegraph Club boasts a beautiful neon nightlife with a cute couple meeting at the cover. I have said this many times over already but I will say it again. This is one books that I really want to read because I am so drawn to historical books featuring queer couples.
The emperor’s reign has lasted for decades, his mastery of bone shard magic powering the animal-like constructs that maintain law and order. But now his rule is failing, and revolution is sweeping across the Empire’s many islands.
Lin is the emperor’s daughter and spends her days trapped in a palace of locked doors and dark secrets. When her father refuses to recognise her as heir to the throne, she vows to prove her worth by mastering the forbidden art of bone shard magic.
Yet such power carries a great cost, and when the revolution reaches the gates of the palace, Lin must decide how far she is willing to go to claim her birthright – and save her people.
The Bone Shard Daughter by Andrea Stewart is one of my favourite books ever! While I can’t honestly say that Mephi did not sway this decision, I do believe that readers will love the concept of floating islands, the mix of necromancy and engineering magic system, and the emotional development of the characters at the end.
Ambassador Mahit Dzmare arrives in the center of the multi-system Teixcalaanli Empire only to discover that her predecessor, the previous ambassador from their small but fiercely independent mining Station, has died. But no one will admit that his death wasn’t an accident—or that Mahit might be next to die, during a time of political instability in the highest echelons of the imperial court.
Now, Mahit must discover who is behind the murder, rescue herself, and save her Station from Teixcalaan’s unceasing expansion—all while navigating an alien culture that is all too seductive, engaging in intrigues of her own, and hiding a deadly technological secret—one that might spell the end of her Station and her way of life—or rescue it from annihilation.
A Memory Called Empire by Arkady Martine is probably one of the most badass book titles. Couple that with the beautiful cover design by Jaime Jones and I am sold. The premise of this political space opera novel reminds me a little bit of The Wolf of Oren-Yaro by K.S. Villoso as it features a main character fighting to survive in a foreign land and culture.
While most of the world has drowned beneath the sudden rising waters of a climate apocalypse, Dinétah (formerly the Navajo reservation) has been reborn. The gods and heroes of legend walk the land, but so do monsters.
Maggie Hoskie is a Dinétah monster hunter, a supernaturally gifted killer. When a small town needs help finding a missing girl, Maggie is their last—and best—hope. But what Maggie uncovers about the monster is much larger and more terrifying than anything she could imagine.
Maggie reluctantly enlists the aid of Kai Arviso, an unconventional medicine man, and together they travel to the rez to unravel clues from ancient legends, trade favors with tricksters, and battle dark witchcraft in a patchwork world of deteriorating technology.
As Maggie discovers the truth behind the disappearances, she will have to confront her past—if she wants to survive.
Welcome to the Sixth World.
Climate apocalypse. That’s all I needed to know about this book to immediately add it to my reading list. Trail of Lightning by Rebecca Roanhorse is set during a post-apocalyptic world where the waters have risen and drowned much of the land. We have gods, monsters, monster hunters and gripping main character.
Cairo, 1912: Though Fatma el-Sha’arawi is the youngest woman working for the Ministry of Alchemy, Enchantments and Supernatural Entities, she’s certainly not a rookie, especially after preventing the destruction of the universe last summer.
So when someone murders a secret brotherhood dedicated to one of the most famous men in history, al-Jahiz, Agent Fatma is called onto the case. Al-Jahiz transformed the world 50 years ago when he opened up the veil between the magical and mundane realms, before vanishing into the unknown. This murderer claims to be al-Jahiz, returned to condemn the modern age for its social oppressions. His dangerous magical abilities instigate unrest in the streets of Cairo that threaten to spill over onto the global stage.
Alongside her Ministry colleagues and her clever girlfriend Siti, Agent Fatma must unravel the mystery behind this imposter to restore peace to the city – or face the possibility he could be exactly who he seems….
A Master of Djinn is a historical fantasy set during the early 1900s Cairo. The book features a steampunk world where the paranormal is the norm, even to a point of affecting the world’s economics and geopolitics. Although I’m still dipping my toes in to historical fantasy, I know that this is just one my favourite sub-genres.