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Slay by Brittney Morris

nikmac's review against another edition

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4.0

I loved this book. At first I wasn’t sure I was going to like it but as the story developed I got more into it. The twist on who turned out to be the “usurper” didn’t surprise me I could see it coming. I think it definitely opens up for more stories about what happens after the book ends and I would read them all!

bella_and_the_bookstack's review against another edition

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4.0

4.3 out of 5

Wow, oh wow.

This book is unlike anything I have ever read. I feel HONORED to have read this book. This book was made to shine a light on black culture, and that is such a beautiful thing. Brittney Morris struck hard and deep, by touching on subjects that hit home for many people of color.

Slay is such a thought provoking masterpiece. It puts the beauty of being unapologetically black on full display. It is simply, wonderfully that. A book about a badass black gamer girl. A book about the unfairness and ignorance POC face for just wanting to be themselves. A book that shows the discrimination black people witness on a day to day basis in our judgmental society.

I love this book. It is such an empowering story of triumph and strength and the beauty of black culture. This book is everything I've been wanting to read. I am beyond happy that this book was written and that I could be a part of the journey.

The thought process behind this book is so refreshingly unique. It goes into the gaming world "Slay" created by the lovely Kiera Johnson. I was captivated by this book from the very beginning.

The descriptions had me imagining I was in the book. Every detail was so carefully planned. I loved how all the different narrations tied into each other.

If you haven't read Slay, please read it!

stephzilla's review against another edition

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4.0

I ADORED Slay! I loved everything about this book. I loved the focus on video games. I love that two women developed / ran the game. I could relate at the discrimination the women faced from men that couldn't believe that a women would know anything about computers or coding. As a gamer and a coder this was my WHEELHOUSE!

I can't wait to share this book with my teenage daughter. I know she'll love it as much as I did.

teeandherbooks's review against another edition

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5.0

My true rating would be 4.5 stars! I was a little unsure if I would actually enjoy this book because it was centered around gaming which is a hobby that I am personally not into. However, this book was so much more than that. Brittney Morris does an astounding job of navigating the conversation about safe spaces and why they are necessary for minorities, and why they have the right to exist without being labeled as racist. I love how much culture there was in the game SLAY and I enjoyed watching the main character Kiera grow throughout this book. I listened to the audiobook while reading along in print and it honestly made the difference for me.

rovingreader's review against another edition

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adventurous informative inspiring mysterious tense medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? It's complicated
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? It's complicated

4.5

tashaeh's review against another edition

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5.0

Great read from beginning to end! Loved the concept of a game based on Black culture and the fact a Teenage girl created the concept. Highly recommend!

mamabirdgraph's review against another edition

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5.0

SO GOOD.

orionoconnell's review against another edition

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4.0

After reading some of the reviews, I want to say this up front.
I am white. Reverse racism isn't a thing. If you don't want to read a book that tells you all of the problematic shit white people do and have done forever, then don't pick up the book.
If you're white and want to be EDUCATED and learn from your/your ancestors entitlement, please, pick up the book, it was lovely and informative and I read through it all in one go because I couldn't put it down.

This book hit all the checkmarks for me. All I require for a good book is a captivating plot, a likeable main character, and diversity.
Again, I disclaimer that I am white, and while I try to be as educated as I can, I am probably ignorant to a lot of Black issues, and can in no way imagine the hardships that Black people endure, and the outright racism that still exists worldwide today.
But I will say this: everything that Kiera said is true. People just don't like to hear it. No one wants to hear that they do problematic things. Heaven forbid the world actually stop and listen instead of 'not me' or 'all lives matter'. White people DID colonize, white people ARE racist (and even if you try not to be, you are subjected to it and if a Black person thinks you're being racist, you are), white people DO say racist things in games, and NO Kiera is not racist for calling this out, or making a safe place for Black people- because REVERSE RACISM IS NOT A THING.
Kiera is a strong, smart, entrepreneurial young Black woman, with a complex character and her own shortcomings, but she is incredible. I love the depth that the author went into while explaining the game, you could tell it was close to her heart. I also appreciated the use of they/them pronouns when unsure of a character's gender. And HOW AMAZING WAS IT that there was a trans woman of color? There were so many things addressed in such a clever and attentive manner, I could not help but read parts of aloud to others.
I loved the POV changes, which weren't done in excess, I liked that we stayed with Kiera for most of the book, but also diverged when the timing was right.
I liked the way that the white characters were portrayed- problematic in their ignorance, even though they were trying to be allies and friends.
I love the friendship between Kiera and her sister, as well as her second-in-command. I love that they were there for each other, and that it took precedence over romance.
This was a beautiful, clever, powerful & nearly perfect read. I have no complaints at all from my perspective. I am happy to have this book on my shelf.

that_bookworm_guy's review against another edition

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emotional inspiring mysterious medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? No

5.0

Absolutely amazing book!!

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4.0

Amazing book about Black excellence! Would recommend to Black teens!