A Blade So Black

A Blade So Black

The first time the Nightmares came, it nearly cost Alice her life. Now she's trained to battle monstrous creatures in the dark dream realm known as Wonderland with magic weapons and hardcore fighting skills. Yet even warriors have a curfew.Life in real-world Atlanta isn't always so simple, as Alice juggles an overprotective mom, a high-maintenance best friend, and a slippi...

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Title:A Blade So Black
Author:L.L. McKinney
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A Blade So Black Reviews

  • Heidi Heilig

    I cannot wait for this book.

  • Terry Bell

    Not to brag, but. *I* got to read an early draft of this, and if you're jealous right now? You should be. Alice is the ass-kicking, Sailor-Moon-cosplaying, out-Buffying-Buffy heroine you didn't know you were waiting for. <3

  • The FountainPenDiva, Old school geek chick and lover of teddy bears

    1/10/18 - Holy maple bacon cupcakes batman, that COVER!!! That cover! That cover gives me #BlackGirlMagic feels all up and down my spine! It's everything and it's why #representationmatters.

    Not only am I totally looking forward to this retelling of Alice in Wonderland with a Black heroine, but I follow the author on Twitter and she tells some ugly truths about the publishing industry, authors and racism in general that too many people want to bury their heads in the sand over.

    PoC authors have t

    1/10/18 - Holy maple bacon cupcakes batman, that COVER!!! That cover! That cover gives me #BlackGirlMagic feels all up and down my spine! It's everything and it's why #representationmatters.

    Not only am I totally looking forward to this retelling of Alice in Wonderland with a Black heroine, but I follow the author on Twitter and she tells some ugly truths about the publishing industry, authors and racism in general that too many people want to bury their heads in the sand over.

    PoC authors have to jump through hoops to get recognition, much less a chance to be published. A PoC author can't afford to be mediocre, even though there are lots of mediocre White authors with huge contracts and publicity.

    I will read White authors who write inclusive characters and who do so in a complex, non-stereotyped fashion. They don't deserve a brownie button for doing so because the world is diverse and contrary to popular belief, so is the readership. That's not my problem. I just want to see more PoC authors spreading their wings and imaginations and not being told "we have our quota of Black/Brown/Asian/Middle Eastern/Native American characters", only to fall all over themselves when a White author pens a work with a PoC character, especially when that PoC character lacks any sort of nuance or serves as magical negro status.

    There is no PoC equivalent of E.L. James (which is a good thing in my opinion). Still they should be given the chance and not held to an unfair standard. Nor covers whitewashed.

    Asking for inclusion and equity in the industry has some whining about "reverse racism" (no such thing by the way). #OwnVoices is about PoC authors writing the kinds of stories they want to tell - and not the New York publishing cabal pushing limited subjects such as slavery, poverty, war, arranged marriages, tiger moms and other stereotypical themes.

    There's a certain irony about people who are upset with McKinney for not being politically correct when there's an Orange Shitgibbon sitting in the White House who bragged about the same thing (and people liked that). The hypocrisy should escape no one. She's not personally angry at authors (unless they commit epic racefail). She's angry, and rightfully so, at an industry that refuses to get its act together and be more welcoming of diverse voices.

  • Jeanne

    Apparently rating a book before reading it is okay, if it's written by a black woman who calls out racism and makes white people face their whiteness and white privilege.

    Guess that means I can give it 5 stars, because I know the actual definition of racism (and a bunch of white people trying to sabotage a black woman's career because they don't like what she said about whiteness on social media is a textbook case of racism).

  • Tere

    Y'all. This is the tiresome (and predictable) whiteness she was talking about. "What happened to her?" people keep asking. Well, she had to grow up in a country that values the mediocre contributions of white people in arts and entertainment—and the rest of life—over the amazing contributions of people of color. If you're really not racist, then you're not the white people she's (rightly) venting about, so pat yourself on the back and try to keep being one of the good ones.

    Honestly, I question

    Y'all. This is the tiresome (and predictable) whiteness she was talking about. "What happened to her?" people keep asking. Well, she had to grow up in a country that values the mediocre contributions of white people in arts and entertainment—and the rest of life—over the amazing contributions of people of color. If you're really not racist, then you're not the white people she's (rightly) venting about, so pat yourself on the back and try to keep being one of the good ones.

    Honestly, I question the open-mindedness any of the authors or writers commenting negatively on this author (particularly since they haven't read the book), and hope they decide to follow more black writers on Goodreads and Twitter before they decide to write diverse books that have a better chance of being published than books by people of color.

  • Kaylee

    The amount of negative reviews this book is getting from butthurt white people because the author tweeted saying whiteness tires her so much is fucking ridiculous. Reverse racism does not exist. Plus, the fact that it took a black woman tweeting a pretty valid negative thing about white people caused such an uproar is very telling.

    This is why people of color are so adamant about not givin

    The amount of negative reviews this book is getting from butthurt white people because the author tweeted saying whiteness tires her so much is fucking ridiculous. Reverse racism does not exist. Plus, the fact that it took a black woman tweeting a pretty valid negative thing about white people caused such an uproar is very telling.

    This is why people of color are so adamant about not giving a fuck about us white people. The minute they say something negative about white people we feel the need to make their feelings all about us. So, please, for the love of God, when a person of color says something negative about our race, stop a minute and actually think about why they feel this way because, after all, we did some pretty fucked up things to people of color.

    Anyway, this books sounds right up my alley. An Alice in Wonderland retelling with a black MC? I'm in 100%.

    We have a cover and it is gorgeous! <3

    AND the little snippet sounds amazing! I need this book ASAP.

  • Aimee ♥ | Aimee, Always

    this is basically just city of bones + twilight (alice in wonderland version)

    DNF @ 46%

  • Tanya Tate

    A couple reasons why I'll probably not going to read this.

    1. I'm not a big Alice in Wonderland fan so it's already doesn't interest me.

    2. The author called out a book on whitewashing Mulan( which yeah good for you here's a cookie) but at the same token is pretty much using the fact that Alice is black in her retelling as the ONLY selling point of her story.....Yay Alice is black but what else? What else about her is going to make me interested in reading her story since I'm already not a big f

    A couple reasons why I'll probably not going to read this.

    1. I'm not a big Alice in Wonderland fan so it's already doesn't interest me.

    2. The author called out a book on whitewashing Mulan( which yeah good for you here's a cookie) but at the same token is pretty much using the fact that Alice is black in her retelling as the ONLY selling point of her story.....Yay Alice is black but what else? What else about her is going to make me interested in reading her story since I'm already not a big fan anyway? Oh she can kick ass! Yay! *eye roll*

    So thanks but no thanks.

    I'm all for diversity but don't let diversity be your only selling point while your story and characters lacks..

    Edit:Two definitions people need to know

    Racism: a system in which a dominant race benefits off the oppression of others.

    Prejudice:an unfavorable opinion or feeling formed beforehand or without knowledge.

    To all intended purposes, L.L Mckinney is prejudiced against whites but not racist due to the fact that she DO NOT have the power to oppress them aka keep opportunites away from them. Yes her comments are extremely unacceptable and should be called out like it but it's her being prejudiced against whites. She doesn't have the power to keep someone from having a job or in a bad economic situation.

  • J.A. Ironside

    Ok, I probably wasn't going to read this in any case because aside from any other issues which have been raised, I've never read an 'Alice' re-telling or re-imagining which has in anyway captured the spirit of the original. So that kinda makes it an automatic pass.

    Having said that, I'm really not comfortable with the way people are rating this book when they haven't read it. I ended up reading several books because people were rating them 1 star without reading them - including 'the Black Witch'

    Ok, I probably wasn't going to read this in any case because aside from any other issues which have been raised, I've never read an 'Alice' re-telling or re-imagining which has in anyway captured the spirit of the original. So that kinda makes it an automatic pass.

    Having said that, I'm really not comfortable with the way people are rating this book when they haven't read it. I ended up reading several books because people were rating them 1 star without reading them - including 'the Black Witch' and 'Carve the Mark' - just so I could give an honest review.

    Personally, I really don't like the author's attitude and how she delivers her rhetoric is deplorable and just doesn't help her case at all. BUT it would be just as dishonest to rate this 1 star without reading it as it was for all those people who leapt on the band wagon over 'The Black Witch' and rated it 1 star without reading the book. (Incidentally rating it 5 stars without reading is a bit squicky but hey that's probably not going to harm sales so if you're comfortable doing it then, who am I to stop you? I'm not your Jimminy Cricket, that's for sure.)

    So maybe we could all just not rate the book before it's even available to read?

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