A Jigsaw of Fire and Stars Published by Zephyr on September 7th, 2017
Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary, Magical Realism
A powerful, haunting, contemporary debut that steps seamlessly from the horrors of people-trafficking to the magic of African folklore, by an award-winning Ghanaian-British filmmaker.
Sante was a baby when she was washed ashore in a sea-chest laden with treasure. It seems she is the sole survivor of the tragic sinking of a ship carrying migrants and refugees. Her people.
Fourteen years on she's a member of Mama Rose's unique and dazzling circus. But, from their watery grave, the unquiet dead are calling Sante to avenge them:
A bamboo flute. A golden bangle. A ripening mango which must not fall... if Sante is to tell their story and her own.
Rich in the rhythms and colours of Africa and glittering circus days. Unflinching in its dark revelations about life. Yaba Badoe's novel is beautiful and cruel and will linger long in the memory.
I had heard little to nothing about A Jigsaw of Fire and Stars prior to requesting it on NetGalley. I’ve been trying to expand my reading of literature by authors of cultures foreign to my own and the book’s premise spoke to me, so I was more than delighted than we’d been accepted for this novel.
A Jigsaw of Fire and Stars is pitched as a contemporary but I believe magical or animist realism describes it best. The story combines contemporary themes such as people-trafficking, the flow of refugees from Africa to Europe, and the search for identity and belonging with magical elements of African folklore.
Top 5 Wednesday is a Goodreads group hosted by Lainey from Ginger Reads Lainey and Samantha from Thoughts on Tomes. Every Wednesday of the month, readers and bloggers present their Top 5 Wednesday choices for a specific topic. Today’s book is Books Without Romance which immediately spoke to me. One of my pet peeves is when the romantic subplots completely take over the storylines, more so in fantasy but also in contemporary reads. I love romance, I love relationships, and I love shipping two characters who are attracted to each other, but that’s just not everything there is to literature, isn’t it? Finding books with absolutely no romance was difficult but I believe I’ve found a set of five books that feature fairly little and neglectable romantic subplots. If you have any recommendations for similar books, please let me know in the comments!
Howdy! The anticipated releases is one of our favourite compilations to post because we’re basically brimming with excitement for new releases. Summer is just around the corner, and whether you’re on the northern or the southern hemisphere, I hope the coming months entail sunshine, fruity cocktails, and lots of reading time – and who wouldn’t mind a bit of vacation, right? For this purpose, we’ve put together a list of our most anticipated releases of summer 2017 (summer being June, July, and August where we live). The books are listed in order of publication date (as stated on Goodreads) and clicking on the titles will direct you to the respective Goodreads page (unless, of course, we were lucky enough to get an ARC and review it). We hope you find some intriguing books to keep you entertained at the beach or wherever you’ll be!
May is Mental Health Awareness Month (also referred to as National Mental Health Month) in the United States. In accordance, it is also Mental Health Awareness Week in the UK, having started on the 8th, so May is all about mental health right now. Similar to what I’ve been doing on Instagram, I would like to take the opportunity to dedicate a post on our blog to the mental health representation in YA literature, its importance, and its insufficiencies. Mental health (MH) being an important topic to both Chantal and me, we continue to seek accurate representations in various forms; be it the impact of grief, like in Everything I Never Told You, or the reality of suffering from a psychiatric disorder, like in Made You Up which features paranoid schizophrenia.