BOOK REVIEW | A Phoenix First Must Burn, Anthology Edited by Patrice Caldwell

BOOK REVIEW | A Phoenix First Must Burn, Anthology Edited by Patrice Caldwell

Death, Racism, Violence, War

Black, Queer, Latine

I feel like it’s about time that I actually do a review for this anthology, and to get back to writing reviews on my blog in general. So here’s the first one that I’m working on! I hope it’s okay.

I should also preface this by saying that I don’t do well with anthologies lately. I think it’s because I feel like I need to do full length reviews for each story, and then I get overwhelmed when I don’t remember everything that happened in each story. I’m going to do my best with this one, but even though I’ve listened to this twice I made sure I borrowed a physical copy so I can review the stories while I write this review. So… let’s get to it, I guess.

So as far as the entire anthology as a whole, I really enjoyed this! I loved being able to see so many stories of Black Girl Magic in one place, where it gave me a sense of hope in the end. Each main character was different, which was very important to me as of course we know that not all Black girls are the same. They never should be, and it only makes sense that each author showcased how well they can write stories and beautifully written characters in such different types of environments too. There were some that had wild plot twists that I couldn’t even believe it! That’s part of the reason why I listened to this book at least twice, because the first time I listened to it I feel like I missed those intricacies and didn’t appreciate them like I should.

Now I’m going to give some mini reviews on all of the stories, so that I can remember what it was about them that I liked or didn’t like. This is also going to help me later on when I try to remember what it was about this anthology that I wanted to remember some day. You know what I mean. I said that really weird but whatever.

And now that it’s been a couple of weeks, I actually decided to post the mini reviews of all the stories on separate posts so that it wasn’t too long of a blog post. Because it seems like these mini reviews are actually turning into longer reviews than I thought. So, I apologize for that, and for how long it took me to come to that conclusion. Hopefully I can start spreading these out throughout the blog when I get the chance.

So again for the whole anthology, I really enjoyed it and I’m glad that I ended up listening to this at least twice. I plan on referencing my physical copy again when I end up going through the individual stories so I can post any quotes and whatnot. It’s been so long since I’ve done blog reviews, so please forgive me for being all over the place.

So I forgot that I liked to give links to other reviews and I need to get back to doing that, so I’m going to add that to this post and the rest of my reviews moving forward. My bad.

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