What a month May has been for the Pond! We hosted 16 Asian and Pasifika authors this month, and I am so proud and happy with the awesome stuff that my co-bloggers and I did to uplift and share Asian and Pasifika literature this month. And of course, thank you to everyone who visited, shared and supported our work, and joined in our celebrations for Asian Pasifika Heritage Month. (Here is a full list of all the features we did this month!)
Our Friend is Here!is a guest feature at The Quiet Pond, where authors, creatives, and fellow readers, are invited to ‘visit’ the Pond! In Our Friend is Here! guest posts, our visitors (as their very own unique character!) have a friendly conversation about anything related to books or being a reader — and become friends with Xiaolong and friends.
A few months ago, I was in the mood for a sweeping fantasy that was rich with detail and magic, beautifully plotted, and about complex women warriors. Though that was quite a specific mood, I found my mood very much satisfied after I read Hunted by the Sky by Tanaz Bhathena. Though Tanaz may be known for her excellent young adult contemporary stories, namely the searing portrayal of rape culture and and female sexuality in A Girl Like Thatand the new girl/bad boy romance in The Beauty of the Moment, I was swept away by her fantasy debut; I was enchanted by the magic and influence of goddesses, and mesmerised by the intriguing yet dangerous world within.