How Not To Write A Book About Race: A Book Review of A Mentor and Her Muse

A Book Review of A Mentor and Her Muse by Susan Sage When offered a free copy for review by both the publisher and independently from the author, A Mentor and Her Muse had a deceptively enticing story. Marketed as a psychological thriller with racial and sexual tensions juxtaposed with the art of writing, I wanted to know more. Unfortunately, not only did the title fall short in interest, but I also found myself sick to my stomach with the poor discussion and depictions of race. Over and over again, I questioned the stereotypes and information provided.  I had not seen many other reviewers bring up issues with the portrayal of black characters in the book—although I saw plenty of less than stellar reviews–so I kept giving A Mentor and Her Muse a chance. Towards the end, a paragraph reinforced that this book has made fatal, tragic flaws. Why I continued…

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Review: Rich People Problems (Crazy Rich Asians #3)

As part of the popular adult fiction series Crazy Rich Asians, Kwan strikes a well-written, extravagantly high-pitched chord of excessive wealth through his spoiled group of characters. More intently examining the lives of minor characters and pumping up grandma with sustenance, I thoroughly enjoyed every fast-paced minute, starting with who would inherit Tyersall Park and ending with Astrid’s brush with the tabloids. Suspenseful, humorous, and with characters that have developed so consistently over the past two books, I find myself cheering on Astrid as she follows her heart and Nick as he hopes to reconcile his relationship with his grandmother—without worrying about his inheritance. Eddie is still a scumbag and more so a child than his own prepped up and inflated kids, and Kitty Pong’s small yet significant transformation actually blew my mind. Rachel has taken a back seat in this one, and I’m OK with that. With everyone’s fate…

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