Books

Tokyo Ever After

by Emiko Jean

Review by Damara Edwards, Dragon’s Lair Staff Writer

Tokyo Ever After is told from the perspective of Izumi, an eighteen-year-old Japanese girl who’s been raised by a single mother all her life in America, and she has always felt like an outsider among her white peers. This story follows the journey of her meeting her father for the first time, falling in love, and feeling like she belongs. It does a good job of introducing Japanese culture to the reader, and overall I really enjoyed reading this book and I would definitely recommend reading it to others. 

Song of Achilles

by Madeline Miller

Review by Reily H. (Guest Contributor)

The Song of Achilles is the story of Achilles (obviously) told from the perspective of his boyfriend Patroclus. Most translations and retellings of their story ignore or change their romance despite its presence throughout the Iliad. It is a beautiful book; painting a lovely and realistic picture of ancient Greece as well as a healthy and beautiful relationship.

The Fire Keeper’s Daughter

by Angeline Boulley

Review by our own awesome librarian, Mae Craddock

Eighteen-year-old Daunis’s mixed heritage has always made her feel like an outsider, both in her hometown and on the nearby Ojibwe reservation. When she witnesses a shocking murder, she reluctantly agrees to be part of a covert FBI operation into a series of drug-related deaths.

But the deceptions – and deaths – keep piling up and soon the threat strikes too close to home. Now Daunis must decide what it means to be a strong Anishinaabe kwe (Ojibwe woman) and how far she’ll go to protect her community, even if it tears apart the only world she’s ever known.