Once and Future by Amy Rose Capetta and Cori McCarthy

Review by Lauren Maguire

Space battles, sword fights, heroes, villains, epic quests, evil corporations, and magical fireworks: Once and Future has them all. Unknown to her, teenage Ari Helix is the forty-second reincarnation of King Arthur and, after finding Excalibur on the ruins of Old Earth, she is sought out by a backward-aging, teenage Merlin whose mission is to prepare her for the dangers to come. … More Once and Future by Amy Rose Capetta and Cori McCarthy

Unmarriageable by Soniah Kamal

Review by Shyamala Parthasarathy

“…English came with the colonizers, but its literature is part of our heritage too, as is pre-partition writing.” I snort at these lines, appearing somewhere close to one-third of the way through Soniah Kamal’s Unmarraigeable, with its tagline of being a Pakistani Pride and Prejudice—which was what drew me to pick up the book in the first place. One of my earliest memories is sitting in a darkened film theater, watching Aishwarya Rai coo the soft sounds of Kandukondain Kandukondain, the Tamil adaptation of Sense and Sensibility, in her beautiful white ballgown. I remember being enthralled by the settings and the color and the desert dances in the dream-sequence music that is so typical of Indian cinema. I remember the laughter and the tears. And I remember, years later, picking up the original Jane Austen book and feeling completely let down, because Regency Romances were too white, too classist and too inaccessible for me, as a brown preteen, to fully enjoy. … More Unmarriageable by Soniah Kamal