#5Books: Book recs and Raising Dion

Raising Dion is such an unexpected gem.

Based on the comic book, the Netflix series is a charming addition to the superhero genre. Dion is 8, and one day discovers he can do magic and by that I mean move things with his mind. The joy he has in finding that he can do magic is contagious, and it’s fun watching him try to discover what he can do AND find out a superhero name for himself. Mind Mover to the rescue!

His mom Nicole is however freaked the hell out. Recently widowed (Michael B Jordan is Mark, Nicole’s husband and Dion’s father), and now jobless the last thing she needs is Dion getting superpowers. She is supported by her sister and friend, but they’re not people who will believe the issues with Dion. And then there’s Pat, Dion’s godfather and Mark’s best friend. He wants to be part of their lives, but their past isn’t the best.

Drawn together with a desire to help Dion though, they make peace and Pat, the comic book geek, becomes Dion’s mentor. As much as Dion is finding his space int he world, Nicole is finding her feet post-Mark’s death and just being on her own. Dion in the meantime is dealing with bullies, and with being a black kid in a world filled with racist asses that end up being his teacher.

For all this is superhero show, Raising Dion deals with grief, and as much as growing up with superpowers is cool, Dion is also a black kid growing up in a world that is already biased against him.

I am currently on episode 5 and it 10000% deserves your time!

Three Hours in Paris

In June of 1940, when Paris fell to the Nazis, Hitler spent a total of three hours in the City of Light—abruptly leaving, never to return. To this day, no one knows why.

The New York Times bestselling author of the Aimée Leduc investigations reimagines history in her masterful, pulse-pounding spy thriller, Three Hours in Paris.

Kate Rees, a young American markswoman, has been recruited by British intelligence to drop into Paris with a dangerous assignment: assassinate the Führer. Wrecked by grief after a Luftwaffe bombing killed her husband and infant daughter, she is armed with a rifle, a vendetta, and a fierce resolve. But other than rushed and rudimentary instruction, she has no formal spy training. Thrust into the red-hot center of the war, a country girl from rural Oregon finds herself holding the fate of the world in her hands. When Kate misses her mark and the plan unravels, Kate is on the run for her life—all the time wrestling with the suspicion that the whole operation was a set-up.

Cara Black, doyenne of the Parisian crime novel, is at her best as she brings Occupation-era France to vivid life in this gripping story about one young woman with the temerity—and drive—to take on Hitler himself.

Alright, on first glance I was like: PARIS and CARA BLACK: GIVE IT TO ME. And then I got to thinking: why on earth would Kate believe that she would get the responsibility for killing Hitler, given she has no training… and that required an immense suspension of disbelief because nothing about this blurb says Kate is self-aware enough to realise this. So problem. But then, she does realise she’s a patsy when her mission fails… and hopefully the book makes more sense than this blurb kinda does. Or doesn’t. Maybe? What do you think?

In the Hall With a Knife 

A murderer could be around every corner in this thrilling YA trilogy based on the board game CLUE!

When a storm strikes at Blackbrook Academy, an elite prep school nestled in the woods of Maine, a motley crew of students—including Beth “Peacock” Picach, Orchid McKee, Vaughn Green, Sam “Mustard” Maestor, Finn Plum, and Scarlet Mistry—are left stranded on campus with their headmaster. Hours later, his body is found in the conservatory and it’s very clear his death was no accident. With this group of students who are all hiding something, nothing is as it seems, and everyone has a motive for murder. Fans of the CLUE board game and cult classic film will delight in Diana Peterfreund’s modern reimagining of the brand, its characters, and the dark, magnificent old mansion with secrets hidden within its walls.

So who remembers Tim Curry’s Clue?  I loved that game, I think I owned that game until it fell apart… which means I am so looking forward to this one! I liked the idea of  modern reimagining. What about you? 

The Ninja Daughter

An action-packed thriller about a Chinese-Norwegian modern-day ninja with family issues who fights the Los Angeles Ukrainian mob, sex traffickers, and her own family to save two desperate women and an innocent child.

After her sister is raped and murdered, Lily Wong dedicates her life and ninja skills to the protection of women. But her mission is complicated. Not only does she live above the Chinese restaurant owned by her Norwegian father and inspired by the recipes of her Chinese mother, but she has to hide her true self from her Hong Kong tiger mom is already disappointed at her less than feminine ways, and who would be horrified if she knew what she had become.

But when a woman and her son she escorted safely to an abused women’s shelter return home to dangerous consequences, Lily is forced to not only confront her family and her past, but team up with a mysterious―and very lethal―stranger to rescue them.

Oh my, a female ninja helping women and children escape domestic violence … this sounds brutal and bloody and damned epic. And I don’t even care who the lethal stranger is. Just give me everything Lily Wong.

A Madness of Sunshine

New York Times bestselling author Nalini Singh welcomes you to a remote town on the edge of the world where even the blinding brightness of the sun can’t mask the darkness that lies deep within a killer…

On the rugged West Coast of New Zealand, Golden Cove is more than just a town where people live. The adults are more than neighbors; the children, more than schoolmates.

That is until one fateful summer—and several vanished bodies—shatters the trust holding Golden Cove together. All that’s left are whispers behind closed doors, broken friendships, and a silent agreement not to look back. But they can’t run from the past forever.

Eight years later, a beautiful young woman disappears without a trace, and the residents of Golden Cove wonder if their home shelters something far more dangerous than an unforgiving landscape.

It’s not long before the dark past collides with the haunting present and deadly secrets come to light.

I’ve known of Nalini Sign as an author for ages, but her work has never quite been for me. Until this one — which caught my attention bc it’s set in New Zealand, and then I find out she’s a New Zealander too! How’d I miss that?! Everything about this is just my cup of tea — but especially that it’s set in NZ? I NEED THIS. 

The Flying Woman

The impossible has become reality! A masked man possesses extraordinary powers, and he’s using those fantastic abilities to fight crime and pursue justice. Meanwhile, Miranda Thomas expects to fail at the only thing she ever wanted to do: become a famous star of the stage and screen. One night, Miranda encounters a woman who’s more than human. But this powerful woman is dying, fatally wounded by an unknown assailant. Miranda’s next decision propels her life in a new direction—and nothing can prepare her for how she, and the world, will change.

*waves hands at blurb* That’s it. That’s my recommendation.

How was your weekend? Ours was a glorious long weekend with the craziest weather. Bushfire season is upon us early and we’re in drought. I should say *still* in drought.


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