Diversity Spotlight Thursday #7 – Magicians, Galactic War & The Heartbreaking Truths of Real Life

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Diversity spotlight Thursday is a meme created by Aimal@Bookshelves and Paperbacks. Each week, you discuss three books: one that you’ve read, one that’s on your TBR and one that hasn’t been released yet.



Be ready to be swept off your feet by the haunting atmosphere and the discreet but never-ending tension that made me flew through Darkling. White witches, necromancers, secrets : the reader is thrown in the middle of this complex and dark world and what could have been confusing only added an alluring quality to this fast-paced story of magic and belonging. Not to mention a swoon-worthy romance between Ryder, our trans main character, and his best friend Liam : oh my god, they were perfect together, and their chemistry was off the charts. I can’t wait to read more from Brooklyn Ray and their wonderful writing.

CW – cutting (and blood consumption), animal death, slurs





Exo is the first novel of the YA Science-fiction series written by Fonda Lee. When I first read the blurb, I wasn’t sure that it would be for me, if I’m being honest : aliens? Huuuuh… Not really my thing? However, after reading and absolutely loving her adult novel debut, Jade City, I knew that I just had to give this book a chance. CW’s amazing review confirmed my decision : to ignore this book’s existence would be a terrible mistake I won’t do, and the question is : will you?

Read my review of her adult novel debut, Jade Cityhere.




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Music brought Autumn, Shay, and Logan together. Death wants to tear them apart.

Autumn always knew exactly who she was—a talented artist and a loyal friend. Shay was defined by two things: her bond with her twin sister, Sasha, and her love of music. And Logan always turned to writing love songs when his love life was a little less than perfect.

But when tragedy strikes each of them, somehow music is no longer enough. Now Logan can’t stop watching vlogs of his dead ex-boyfriend. Shay is a music blogger struggling to keep it together. And Autumn sends messages that she knows can never be answered.

Despite the odds, one band’s music will reunite them and prove that after grief, beauty thrives in the people left behind.

I have a love/hate relationship with books dealing with grief, but it seems that I can’t… resist them, even if I’m often scared. Plus The Beauty That Remains got really good reviews from many of my friends, and I know I’ll have to see for myself. I can’t wait.



Tell me, have you read any of these books? What are your most anticipated diverse releases? What are your favorite diverse reads? 

See you next week!


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