On whitewashing characters

I was standing in the Young Adult section in the bookstore yesterday, staring at row after row of pretty shiny book covers when I noticed something.

They all look the same. 

Skinny white girls in dresses.

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Book Review: Araminta

AramintaReview: Araminta by Lavender Brooke

Series: Gilgandra #1

Genre: Fantasy, Adventure

Page Length: 414

Published on: 23 December 2014

Publisher: self-published

Synopsis: In disgrace for what she sees as a minor transgression, Araminta, the spirited Princess of Dilkara, is being sent on a Merit Quest. And all to prove herself worthy of marriage to Prince Aurik of Kriegvald, a man who she has never met and whose very name she loathes. Furious and humiliated, Araminta sets out on a perilous journey. In an adventure which will test her spirit and cunning to the limit, she must face ogres, Aelves, goblins and even a dragon to collect the Quest Trove before her time runs out. Against enormous odds – and despite the interference of the irritating Ryder, soldier of Kriegvald – Princess Araminta must show she is not only the equal of any Prince but also a fitting ruler of the Kingdom of Dilkara.

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Book Review: Drain Me

Review: Drain Me by Lana Sky

Series: The Ellie Gray Chronicels #1

Genre: Paranormal Romance

Page Length: 562

Published on: 28 November 2014

Publisher: Self published

Synopsis: “Red coated his lips, vibrant against that ivory skin. He was the devil incarnate, dressed impeccably in Armani, and I had never seen a sight more terrifying.”

When diagnosed with a fatal illness at the age of twenty six, Eleanor Gray is resigned to her fate—at least until the enigmatic Dublin Helos appears and makes her an offer she knows she should refuse:

Life or Death?

With a decision as harmless as checking the wrong box on a mysterious questionnaire, Ellie is plunged into a dangerous world where souls are sold to the highest bidder and pleasure is fueled by pain.
The rules of this new life are simple: submit everything—mind, body and soul. But the further Ellie falls under Dublin’s control, the more she comes to realize that it’s not just her sanity at stake, but her heart and a whole lot of blood too.

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Book Review: Shatter Me

 Shatter MEBook review: Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi

Series: Shatter Me #1

Genre: Dystopian, YA

Page length: 338

Published on: 15 November 2011

Publisher: HarperCollins

Synopsis: I have a curse. I have a gift.

I’m a monster. I’m more than human.

My touch is lethal. My touch is power.

I am their weapon. I will fight back.

No one knows why Juliette’s touch is fatal, but The Reestablishment has plans for her. Plans to use her as a weapon.But Juliette has plans of her own. After a lifetime without freedom, she’s finally discovering a strength to fight back for the very first time—and to find a future with the one boy she thought she’d lost forever.

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