Diversity Spotlight #7

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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


23299980The Iron Trial by Cassandra Clare & Holly Black

Most kids would do anything to pass the Iron Trial.

Not Callum Hunt. He wants to fail.

All his life, Call has been warned by his father to stay away from magic. If he succeeds at the Iron Trial and is admitted into the Magisterium, he is sure it can only mean bad things for him.

So he tries his best to do his worst – and fails at failing.

Now the Magisterium awaits him. It’s a place that’s both sensational and sinister, with dark ties to his past and a twisty path to his future.

The Iron Trial is just the beginning, for the biggest test is still to come . . .

I thought I’d already mentioned this book in a previous diversity spotlight post but when I was looking back at them I realised I actually hadn’t. I know a lot of people are hesitant to pick this up because of the Harry Potter comparison, and whilst I will not deny there are elements that are similiar to it, for the most part this series seems to be heading in a different direction. This series also has a poc and a disabled main character which is amazing. I have a review on the first book if you’d like to read it you can do so here.

A Book On My TBR


11250317The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller

Greece in the age of heroes. Patroclus, an awkward young prince, has been exiled to the court of King Peleus and his perfect son Achilles. Despite their difference, Achilles befriends the shamed prince, and as they grow into young men skilled in the arts of war and medicine, their bond blossoms into something deeper – despite the displeasure of Achilles’ mother Thetis, a cruel sea goddess.

But when word comes that Helen of Sparta has been kidnapped, Achilles must go to war in distant Troy and fulfill his destiny. Torn between love and fear for his friend, Patroclus goes with him, little knowing that the years that follow will test everything they hold dear.

I bought myself a copy of this back when everyone was reading and raving about it but I didn’t end up reading it. I always talk about how I love historical fiction but I tend to lean more towards WW2 historical fiction, so it’ll be nice to read something during a different time period. If I’m not wrong the main romance is between a gay couple.

A Book Releasing Soon


25760792Timekeeper by Tara Sim

Two o’clock was missing.

In an alternate Victorian world controlled by clock towers, a damaged clock can fracture time—and a destroyed one can stop it completely.

It’s a truth that seventeen-year-old clock mechanic Danny Hart knows all too well; his father has been trapped in a Stopped town east of London for three years. Though Danny is a prodigy who can repair not only clockwork, but the very fabric of time, his fixation with staging a rescue is quickly becoming a concern to his superiors.

And so they assign him to Enfield, a town where the tower seems to be forever plagued with problems. Danny’s new apprentice both annoys and intrigues him, and though the boy is eager to work, he maintains a secretive distance. Danny soon discovers why: he is the tower’s clock spirit, a mythical being that oversees Enfield’s time. Though the boys are drawn together by their loneliness, Danny knows falling in love with a clock spirit is forbidden, and means risking everything he’s fought to achieve.

But when a series of bombings at nearby towers threaten to Stop more cities, Danny must race to prevent Enfield from becoming the next target or he’ll not only lose his father, but the boy he loves, forever.

I don’t know too much about this book but what made me add it to my TBR was the fact that it’s a steampunk fantasy set in Victorian London with an openly gay main character. Doesn’t that sound awesome? The early reviews have also been very positive so I’m excited to get to this soon.

This book was released November 8th 2016

Have you read any of these books? What did you think? Do you plan to read any of them? What’s a diverse book you’d recommend? Tell me in the comments!

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