Diversity spotlight Thursday is a new 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.
A Book I’ve Read
Ms Marvel: No Normal by G. Willow Wilson
Marvel Comics presents the new Ms. Marvel, the groundbreaking heroine that has become an international sensation!
Kamala Khan is an ordinary girl from Jersey City — until she’s suddenly empowered with extraordinary gifts. But who truly is the new Ms. Marvel? Teenager? Muslim? Inhuman? Find out as she takes the Marvel Universe by storm! When Kamala discovers the dangers of her newfound powers, she unlocks a secret behind them, as well. Is Kamala ready to wield these immense new gifts? Or will the weight of the legacy before her be too much to bear? Kamala has no idea, either. But she’s comin’ for you, Jersey!
As a Muslim Pakistani girl living in a ‘western’ country I could really relate to some of the struggles Kamala goes through. I’ve looked for books with Pakistani/South Asian main characters before and I very rarely find anything that isn’t dealing with the character being oppressed/forced into a marriage/terrorism so it was very nice to read this book. Also, if you’re not a huge comic fan but are looking for a place to start I’d recommend this one! It’s the only marvel comic I’ve read and I wasn’t confused at all.
A Book On My TBR
The Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson
Once a century, one person is chosen for greatness.
Elisa is the chosen one.
But she is also the younger of two princesses, the one who has never done anything remarkable. She can’t see how she ever will.
Now, on her sixteenth birthday, she has become the secret wife of a handsome and worldly king—a king whose country is in turmoil. A king who needs the chosen one, not a failure of a princess.
And he’s not the only one who seeks her. Savage enemies seething with dark magic are hunting her. A daring, determined revolutionary thinks she could be his people’s savior. And he looks at her in a way that no man has ever looked at her before. Soon it is not just her life, but her very heart that is at stake.
Elisa could be everything to those who need her most. If the prophecy is fulfilled. If she finds the power deep within herself. If she doesn’t die young.
Most of the chosen do.
I’ve had this on my TBR for the longest time. I actually had no idea it features a person of colour but when I was looking up diverse books this came up. Knowing it features one has only increased my excitement for this book and I know I’ll be bumping this one higher up on my TBR pile.
A Book Releasing Soon
Of Fire and Stars by Audrey Coulthrust
Betrothed since childhood to the prince of Mynaria, Princess Dennaleia has always known what her future holds. Her marriage will seal the alliance between Mynaria and her homeland, protecting her people from other hostile lands. But Denna has a secret. She possesses an Affinity for fire—a dangerous gift for the future queen of a kingdom where magic is forbidden.
Now, Denna must learn the ways of her new home while trying to hide her growing magic. To make matters worse, she must learn to ride Mynaria’s formidable warhorses before her coronation—and her teacher is the person who intimidates her most, the prickly and unconventional Princess Amaranthine (called Mare), sister of her betrothed.
When a shocking assassination leaves the kingdom reeling, Mare and Denna reluctantly join forces to search for the culprit. As the two work together, each discovers there’s more to the other than she thought. Mare is surprised by Denna’s intelligence and bravery, while Denna is drawn to Mare’s independent streak. Soon their friendship is threatening to blossom into something more.
But with dangerous conflict brewing that makes the alliance more important than ever, acting on their feelings could be deadly. Forced to choose between their duty and their hearts, Mare and Denna must find a way to save their kingdoms—and each other.
Not only is this a fantasy book so I’m automatically intrigued but the whole falling in love with your bethrothed’s sister angle has me excited to get my hands on a copy. I’m really hopping that Mare’s brother isn’t a dick and is supportive if/when her feelings for Denna are revealed.
This book will be released on the 22nd November 2016
Have you read any of the books I mentioned in this post? What did you think of them? Do you have any diverse book recommendations for me? Tell me in the comments!