REVIEW: Here Comes the Sun by Nicole Dennis-Benn (5/5)

by Tiana Coven

“The black seeps into her, masking any sentiments, mangling any desire to forgive, hardening the weak pulp of a muscle beating inside her chest.” -Here Comes the Sun by Nicole Dennis-Benn

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tw: sexual assault/homophobia

It’s not often that I come across a novel that is so raw and honest as Here Comes the Sun. The story follows four women in Montego Bay, Jamaica: Margot, a woman who has been sexually exploited by her mother as a result of homophobia and poverty, and has learned how to sell her sexuality to make ends meet, Delores (Margot’s mother) who runs a tourist shop and faces the trials of raising two daughters while facing poverty, Thandi (Margot’s younger sister, who struggles with colorism, which runs rampant in Jamaica, and Verdene [Margot’s lover], a woman who is regarded as a witch because she is openly gay.) This book touches on heavy subjects such as sexual assault, colorism, fetishization, homophobia, and how tourism negatively affects the native community in Jamaica. Overall, this book truly reflects the harsh reality of life as a woman in Jamaica within its fictional pages.

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You can read more of Tiana’s reviews and recommendations on her book blog, Tiana Reads LGBT.

 

 

REVIEW: Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller (5/5)

by Tiana Coven

“I would know him blind, by the way his breaths came and his feet struck the earth.”
-The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller

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This book tore me apart and then put me back together again by the last page. This book has shot past all others and moved immediately into my favorites list. It is both romantic and action packed, keeping me on edge with every page. The way the author writes through Patroclus’ eyes about his love and devotion to Achilles is such a balm for my heart. The book tells the story of how Patroclus, once a prince, becomes an exile after he accidentally murders a boy and gets disowned by his father, the king. He finds himself, mercifully, in Achilles’ father’s kingdom, taken in as an orphan. Achilles takes a fast interest in him, to Patroclus’ surprise, and the two become fast friends. And then something much more. As the story follows them from childhood training to adulthood war, their love for each other grows stronger despite any trial put in their way.

I loved this book so fiercely, and will definitely be buying my own copy to reread for years to come!

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You can read more of Tiana’s reviews and recommendations on her book blog, Tiana Reads LGBT.