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Ace of Spades by Faridah Àbíké-Íyímídé

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Ace of Spades by Faridah Àbíké-Íyímídé

Ace of Spades was an amazing book that gives a very in-depth look at racism, classism, and sexual discrimination from a global perspective. The author is not from the U.S., and although I pictured the setting as taking place in the U.S., it just goes to show that these types of discrimination, including racism, are not just limited to our country.

The story follows two protagonists, a black male, and a black female, and each chapter is written from one of their perspectives. Ace of Spades is not some sort of social justice warrior gibberish — it’s a wonderfully-written story that actually inspires the want for social justice in a world where the playing field is uneven from the jump-off.

Right off the bat, this book tells you that it is like Gossip Girl meets Get Out, and I couldn’t describe it more perfectly than that. It has all the right aspects from both of those things, combined into a single masterpiece.

This post is less of a book review and more of a perspective on how I myself have seen and interacted with these issues over the course of my lifetime.

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The Raven Cycle by Maggie Stiefvater

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The Raven Cycle by Maggie Stiefvater

What is the difference between a dream and reality? Does our subconscious mind have the ability to alter the physical world around us? If so, then how do your thoughts affect dreams, and what affect does that have on your physical reality? When I read fiction, these are the types of questions I want the author to evoke from my mind, and Maggie Stiefvater has done just that with her four-part series, The Raven Cycle.

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John Dee and the Empire of Angels: Enochian Magick and the Occult Roots of The Modern World by Jason Louv

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John Dee and the Empire of Angels: Enochian Magick and the Occult Roots of The Modern World by Jason Louv

Just to be clear from the start — John Dee and the Empire of Angels is not a book for everyone. It provides an excellent and remarkably granular history of John Dee and Edward Kelly, and for that reason alone I would recommend it. However, this book (unlike any other historical record of John Dee), goes balls deep into Dee’s angelic scrying sessions with Kelly, and then goes even further to relate how those scrying sessions went on to influence the realms of science, as well as the Western Esoteric Tradition in its entirety. If you are interested in occult studies, it is extremely interesting to follow the thread of Dr. John Dee and see how his impact inspired countless esoteric teachings and philosophies of the modern era.

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Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo

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Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo

Ninth House absolutely blew me away. I have read Leigh Bardugo before (The Grisha Trilogy) — Six of Crows is still on my TBR — but this book was entirely different from “The Grishaverse.” When comparing The Grisha Series against this first book in The Alex Stern Series, I would compare the Grisha series to a child perceiving the fantasy of what magic might be, which developed over time into Galaxy Stern, a real world, hardened survivor, whose very being and situation pulled her into a world she never expected to be in; a world where she eventually blossomed into a darkly-enlightened real-world practitioner of the occult — but not to meet her own ends — to act as one of the shepherds who oversees the other practitioners and holds them accountable in order to keep the magic in order and to keep the ritualists in check.

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This Cruel Design by Emily Suvada

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This Cruel Design by Emily Suvada

I promised a follow-up review to This Mortal Coil for the sequel, This Cruel Design by Emily Suvada. I also promised to follow up on the technological themes posed by this series, and how in the very near future, we could easily see this work of fiction merge more into an account of fictional events based on non-fiction technology. Personally, I think this series to be slightly ahead of its time [in a good way], as to show readers what kind of scenarios could play out in our future. For readers who are not tech-savvy, this would probably be a 3-star read. For me, knowing about the underlying technology and just how realistic this book is, boosts that up to a 5-star read. Emily Suvada knocked it out of the park with this one, which was equally as good (if not better) than This Mortal Coil.

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