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A Phoenix First Must Burn

3.88  ·  Rating details ·  51 ratings  ·  23 reviews
Sixteen tales by bestselling and award-winning authors that explore the Black experience through fantasy, science fiction, and magic.

Evoking Beyoncé’s Lemonade for a teen audience, these authors who are truly Octavia Butler’s heirs, have woven worlds to create a stunning narrative that centers Black women and gender nonconforming individuals. A Phoenix First Must Burn will
ebook, 368 pages
Expected publication: March 10th 2020 by Viking Books for Young Readers
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    A Phoenix First Must Burn: Sixteen Stories of Black Girl Magic, Resistance, and Hope
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    Lala BooksandLala


    It's official, this is one of my most anticipated releases of 2020!
    Cece (ProblemsOfaBookNerd)
    Well, I tried. I’ve enjoyed maybe two YA anthologies but I just keep trying new ones despite that. I read 6 stories before I decided this wasn’t the collection for me. I think any other year I might have pushed through, but I genuinely only liked one story I read (Elizabeth Acevedo’s) and one of my goals in 2020 was to be more willing to dnf the stuff that isn’t holding my interest.

    I think plenty of people will like this, particularly if you’re a fan of anthologies, but this wasn’t for me.
    Rose Angelus
    As a black teen I am so lucky to be growing up in an age where I can be seen in literature. Where my face isn't the side character or the punchline. Where I don't have to hide behind the faces of white teens living lives I know I can. I want everyone to read this. Black, white, asian, native american,
    and hispanic. Let our voices be heard. Read our stories. A phoenix first must burn, but when we rise we rise together. Everyone should have this on their TBR's.
    Jun 17, 2019 marked it as tbr-collect
    Have you ever seen a cover as gorgeous?
    Rec-It Rachel
    Sep 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    patrice's story is my favorite
    Zehra (recklessreverie)

    Jun 17, 2019 marked it as to-read
    *sees author names*
    *sees ibi zoboi, Dhonielle Clayton, among others*
    *hones in on Elizabeth Acevedo*
    faith ✨
    This whole concept of black gender non-conforming teens is basically me and I'm so fucking here for it, so N E E D.

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    Murderous unicorns, transforming dragons, many types of Black witches, Black queer vampires, and so much more!
    ♛ Cameron ♛
    Nov 28, 2019 rated it liked it
    I am in complete awe of this cover. The girl is so pretty! The colors! The swooshing hair! The title! My poor gay heart can’t take much more. Also the whole premise behind this is a collection is “black girl magic.” I couldn’t add this to my TBR sooner. I really loved some of the stories, especially Elizabeth Acevedo’s, yet I do think some of the other stories didn’t quite engage me. Considering this is an anthology collection, I’m not surprised about my overall thoughts on the book being ...more
    I admit up front that as a white, cis gender, middle age woman, I am probably not the main target audience for this book. However, I love #OwnVoices stories and I love fantasy/sci-fi. I'm a history buff and I've always thought that the strongest American is the Black woman - she who has endured so much, yet her story is rarely told. So, I was looking forward to reading this collection. Sadly, this book was a really uneven read for me. Several of the short stories were gripping and I just ...more
    Jan 17, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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    My Rating: 3.5/5 Stars

    Thank you to Bookish First and Penguin Teen for sending me an ARC of this book! Any quotes I use are coming from this, which is an uncorrected text, and may not be what appears in the final version of the book. All thoughts of the book are my own and have not been influenced by me receiving this ARC!

    Overall, I think this book was good! Some stories definitely stand out more than others, but I expect that would be the case with any collection of short stories. Another big
    Tiffani Reads
    Jan 23, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    3.5 stars after averaging ratings from all the stories.

    I really enjoyed this book and thought a lot of the stories were amazing, there were only 3 that I was didn't really enjoy. Ratings for each story a quick thoughts below!

    - When Life Hands You a Lemon Fruitbomb by Amerie - 4/5 stars
    - This was such a cool concept

    - Gilded by Elizabeth Acevedo - 3/5 stars
    - I wanted more magic, less romance

    - Wherein Abigail Fields Recalls Her First Death & Subsequently, Her Best Life by Rebecca Roanhorse -
    Melissa Anderson
    Feb 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
    I loved this anthology. From witches to vampires, aliens and future technologies, this book has it all. Every story is told by a black woman or girl. Some stories feature LGBTQ main characters. A collection of diverse stories. Obviously some of the stories appealed to me more than others. That's usually the way of short story collections. I loved Gilded. A story about a witch and slave with the power to speak with and control metals. It was such a beautifully told story. A story about revolution ...more
    Feb 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    **Thank you again @bookishfirst and @penguinteen for this fantastic arc!!!**

    I loved this book from beginning to end!!!! This was truly inspiring for me, a young black female, whom is working on my own novels. I have never felt proudly represented in so many fantasy stories and am truly grateful for the 16 writer's coming together to offer this gem.

    My heart feels so full with all of the Black Girl Magic this book offered. I did not want the stories to end and could not get enough of the stories
    Feb 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
    I received an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

    This anthology is written by various extremely talented writers. The variety of stories are amazing! The diversity of characters inspiring. It covers a wide range of aspects I love, dragons, witches, space travel, super powers... It's all there. The cover is gorgeous. I will definitely add the physical copy as I read an uncorrected proof, but it was fantastic already. Everyone should read it!
    Leila Jaafari
    A collection of short stories pitched as Octavia Butler meets Beyoncé’s Lemonade. 16 authors write science fiction/fantasty/Afrofuturism stories that will take you on a ride. I liked most stories... some were weird as per usual of short story collections.
    Jan 27, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    While a few of these stories just didn’t grab me, most of them were very enjoyable. I love the representation here!
    As a HS librarian, I’m excited to get this into the hands of some of my students!
    Dec 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    I entered & won this as a Goodreads Giveaway in exchange for an honest review. I entered the giveaway because this book seemed interesting. I'm a white chick but I enjoy diverse reading. This book contained a variety of fantasy and sci fi short stories which were compelling and centered around diverse storylines and charachters. There is a wide variety of well known authors and a treasure of short stories representing strong POC women characters. There is a wide variety of character types ...more
    Dec 29, 2019 rated it really liked it

    Dec 10, 2019 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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    So proud of Patrice and so excited to read this!
    Nov 11, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    This variety of short stories and settings based on science fiction and fantasy will engage and capture readers. Each story is built around complex and relatable characters. Aliens, homesteaders, sirens, priestesses, and rebels offer readers a variety of heart-pounding adventures and trials. Each story will leave you thinking. Readers will want to find their favorite authors and seek out their full length novels. The strong, POC, female characters tie together all the stories in the anthology. ...more
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    Patrice Caldwell is a graduate of Wellesley College and the founder & fundraising chair of People of Color in Publishing–a grassroots organization dedicated to supporting, empowering, and uplifting racially and ethnically marginalized members of the book publishing industry. Born and raised in Texas, Patrice was a children’s book editor before shifting to being a literary agent at Howard ...more