Books That Burn

A book review podcast where we discuss how authors treat and traumatize their characters.

Highlight 10: Not Your Sidekick - C.B. Lee

August 23rd, 2021

This fortnight we’re discussing “Not Your Sidekick” by C.B. Lee, the first book of the series "Sidekick Squad". The fourth book, "Not Your Hero" comes out at the end of August 2021.

TITLE: Not Your Sidekick
AUTHOR: C.B. Lee
PUBLISHER: Duet
YEAR: 2016
LENGTH: 304 pages
AGE: Young Adult
GENRE: Dystopian, Science Fiction, Superheroes
RECOMMENDED: Highly

Book TW for ableist language (brief), vomit (brief), racism, kidnapping, violence, death (not depicted).

Topic 1: Schoolkids - Gaslighting. Begins at (1:35), CW for gaslighting, lying,

Topic 2: Abby - kidnapping. Begins at (12:40), CW for kidnapping.

Topic 3: Jess - Betrayal. Begins at (21:12), CW for brief discussion of racism.

Promo for CPOV RobCast; Spoiler-free wrap-up and ratings: Begins at (27:45).

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Stand-Alone 13: The Mermaid, the Witch, and the Sea - Maggie Tokuda-Hall

August 9th, 2021

This fortnight we’re discussing “THE MERMAID, THE WITCH, AND THE SEA” by Maggie Tokuda-Hall, a young adult fantasy novel set on the islands and high seas.

  • TITLE: The Mermaid, the Witch, and the Sea
  • AUTHOR: Maggie Tokuda-Hall
  • PUBLISHER: Candlewick Press
  • YEAR: 2020
  • LENGTH: 368 pages
  • AGE: Young Adult
  • GENRE: Fantasy, Mythology
  • RECOMMENDED: Highly

Book TW for homophobia, colonialism, racism, sexual assault (not depicted), mutilation, child abuse, vomit, blood (graphic), self harm, slavery, torture (graphic), child death, murder (graphic) major character death, death (graphic).

Topic 1: Rake - Colonialism. Begins at (1:30), CW for colonialism, mention of parental death.

Topic 2: Evelyn - Sold by her parents. Begins at (7:17), CW for non-consensual marriage, colonialism, discussion of character death.

Topic 3: Flora/Florian - Mutilation. Begins at (18:41), CW for mutilation, death, description of physical wounds.

Promo for CPOV -  Men of Steel; Spoiler-free wrap-up and ratings: Begins at (28:48).

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