Mini Reviews: More 2020 Reads

Still catching up on reviews of my 2020 reads so I’ve got more mini reviews for you this week! A couple more books I enjoyed last year, and that are all quick reads if you’re looking for shorter length books.

Book cover for Pemmican Wars by Katherena Vermette. Illustration of a girl with braided hair and headphones in her ears.

Pemmican Wars by Katherena Vermette, illustrated by Scott B. Henderson
YA Graphic Novel

I’ve had this series on my list for a little while but didn’t realize just how recent a release it is (the third book came out in 2020). So I’m looking forward to continuing with the series as new books come out. My review here will be based on the first 3 books in this series, A Girl Called Echo (but no spoilers!), as each book is quite short so it’s difficult to review their impact on their own.

We follow Echo, a young Métis girl living in a foster home and struggling with being separated from her mother. As her history teacher starts his lesson on the Pemmican Wars, Echo finds herself transported to the 1800s and gets to experience this history first-hand. A bit of dream-like fantasy mixed in with history. Each book tackles a different event or time period in Métis history so readers can follow this timeline through to the present. There are some fun Easter eggs in the illustrations too, like real books on the shelves when Echo goes to the library that I loved being able to identify.

The only thing holding me back is that they’re very, very short! They’re all under 50 pages and there are several spreads in the book that are solely illustrations. As someone really interested in this history, I would’ve liked a deeper dive but I do appreciate these books as a starter so I can seek out more sources, which are included in bibliographies in each!

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Mini Reviews: Own Voices

I’m still behind on some 2020 reviews so it’s time for mini reviews! Thankfully last year I got caught up on my previous years’ worth of reviews so there’s just a couple more I’d like to share my thoughts on.

Today’s collection have very little to do with one another but they are all own voices-authored!

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Book Tour: Please Pick Me by Reina Regina

Book cover for Please Pick Me by Reina Regina. Faint yellow background with a black-and-white illustration of a girl with sunflowers as a crown in her short hair.

Title: Please Pick Me
Author: Reina Regina
Genre: Poetry | Contemporary
Publisher: Moonchild Press Publishing
Publication Date: November 11, 2020
Format / source: eBook / ARC from publisher
Purchase: Amazon
Content warnings: Mentions of anxiety, depression, abuse, trauma, and a suicide note
Rating: ★★★★☆

So excited to join Caffeine Book Tours today! I’ve been a fan from afar of Shealea’s work with this company and so grateful to be participating in this week’s tour! I knew from the blurb that I’d love this collection and related so much to what the author so honestly shared.

Thanks to Caffeine Book Tours and the publisher for providing me with an ARC to review as part of this tour. Check out the launch post for the full schedule to find more bloggers’ thoughts on this collection.

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