Brother’s Keeper by Julie Lee – Review & Blog Tour

A haunting family tale against the backdrop of an oppressive regime.

I am thrilled to be hosting a spot on the BROTHER’S KEEPER by Julie Lee Blog Tour hosted by Rockstar Book Tours. Check out my review and make sure to enter the giveaway!

WHAT’S THE BOOK ABOUT

Can two children escape North Korea on their own?

North Korea. December, 1950.

Twelve-year-old Sora and her family live under an iron set of rules: No travel without a permit. No criticism of the government. No absences from Communist meetings. Wear red. Hang pictures of the Great Leader. Don’t trust your neighbors. Don’t speak your mind. You are being watched.

But war is coming, war between North and South Korea, between the Soviets and the Americans. War causes chaos–and war is the perfect time to escape. The plan is simple: Sora and her family will walk hundreds of miles to the South Korean city of Busan from their tiny mountain village. They just need to avoid napalm, frostbite, border guards, and enemy soldiers.

But they can’t. And when an incendiary bombing changes everything, Sora and her little brother Young will have to get to Busan on their own. Can a twelve-year-old girl and her eight-year-old brother survive three hundred miles of warzone in winter?

Haunting, timely, and beautiful, this harrowing novel from a searing new talent offers readers a glimpse into a vanished time and a closed nation.

A Junior Library Guild Selection

Brother's Keeper by Julie Lee - Review
Brother’s Keeper by Julie Lee – Review & Blog Tour

Rating: 4 out of 5.
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We Are Not Free by Traci Chee – Review & Blog Tour

Moving and powerful.

WHAT’S THE BOOK ABOUT

All around me, my friends are talking, joking, laughing. Outside is the camp, the barbed wire, the guard towers, the city, the country that hates us.

We are not free.

But we are not alone.” 

From New York Times best-selling and acclaimed author Traci Chee comes We Are Not Free, the collective account of a tight-knit group of young Nisei, second-generation Japanese American citizens, whose lives are irrevocably changed by the mass U.S. incarcerations of World War II.

Fourteen teens who have grown up together in Japantown, San Francisco.

Fourteen teens who form a community and a family, as interconnected as they are conflicted.

Fourteen teens whose lives are turned upside down when over 100,000 people of Japanese ancestry are removed from their homes and forced into desolate incarceration camps.

​In a world that seems determined to hate them, these young Nisei must rally together as racism and injustice threaten to pull them apart.

We Are Not Free by Traci Chee - Review & Blog Tour
We Are Not Free by Traci Chee – Review & Blog Tour

Rating: 5 out of 5.
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Death and the Underhouse by Christina Caniyo – Review

WHAT’S THE BOOK ABOUT

As a child playing in the cellar of her house called the underhouse, Kira feels a vibration coming from a pair of huge stone eyelids. There she meets Angras, a strange boy possessing super-human abilities. He tells her he came through these eyelids. They soon strike up a friendship with each other. However, this is short-lived due to her grandfather’s death. Her mysterious father, livid at this incident, tells her Angras was just a dream.

But Kira knows deep down this is not the truth. She continues to have nightmares of the underhouse. Years later, she comes home to stay with her grandmother and returns to the underhouse where she finally goes through the Eyes to enter a strange new world full of magic and unusual creatures. There, she meets Angras as well. But he has grown into a brooding man, no longer the vivacious child of the past due to vicious darkness spreading over his world. Can Kira save Angras’ world and survive the discovery of who her father is. Read Death and The Underhouse by Christina Caniyo to find out.

Death and the Underhouse by Christina Caniyo - Review & book cover
Death and the Underhouse by Christina Caniyo – Review

Rating: 4 out of 5.
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The Ship of Shadows by Maria Kuzniar – Review & Blog Tour

A SWASHBUCKLING TALE INVOLVING PIRATES, SHIPS, ADVENTURES ON STORMY SEAS, FACING DANGEROUS BEASTS IN THE MERCILESS DESERT, AND MUCH MORE.

WHAT IS THE BOOK ABOUT:

Aleja whiles away her days in her family’s dusty tavern in Seville, dreaming of distant lands and believing in the kind of magic that she’s only ever read about in books. After all, she’s always being told that girls can’t be explorers.

But her life is changed forever when adventure comes for her in the form of a fabled vessel called the Ship of Shadows. Crewed by a band of ruthless women, with cabin walls dripping with secrets, the ship has sailed right out of a legend. And it wants Aleja.

Once on board its shadowy deck, she begins to realize that the sea holds more secrets than she ever could have imagined. The crew are desperately seeking something, and their path will take them through treacherous waters and force them to confront nightmare creatures and pitch-dark magic. It will take all of Aleja’s strength and courage to gain the trust of her fellow pirates – and discover what they are risking everything to find.

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The Ship of Shadows by Maria Kuzniar Review & Blog Tour
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