Shelf Control #7

This meme hosted by Bookshelf Fantasies is so cool! From the original post:

“Shelf Control picks will be books that I already own — either physical copies from my overflowing shelves, or one of the many unread titles elbowing each other out of the way on my Kindle.”

What will be included in each post is:

  • Title metadata (essentially)
  • How I got it
  • When I got it
  • Why I want to read it

You can find last week’s post here.

Without further ado, I present you this week’s pick!


A Jigsaw of Fire and Stars by Yaba BadoeTitle: A Jigsaw of Fire and Stars

Author: Yaba Badoe

Publisher: Zephyr

Year Published: 2017

Synopsis: Fourteen-year-old Sante isn’t sure where she comes from, but she has a recurring dream of escaping a shipwreck in a sea chest as a baby with her lifelong companion, golden eagle Priss. In the chest was an African bamboo flute, a drum and a dagger inlaid with diamonds. Sante was found and raised by Mama Rose, leader of a nomadic group of misfits and gypsies. They travel around contemporary southern Europe, living off-grid and performing circus tricks for money. Sante grows up alongside two twins, knife-thrower Cat and snake-charmer Cobra, whom she is in love with. During a performance in Cadiz, Sante recognises two men from her dream. They come after her to retrieve the treasures from the sea chest. Sante finds out that she is an Ashanti princess, whose parents probably perished in the shipwreck. After Cat rescues a beautiful red-haired girl called Scarlett from a gang, Mama Rose’s band are forced to flee the city. But Sante and Cobra stay behind, determined to find out more about her family and where she came from.

(Taken from Goodreads)

How I got it: A gift from a friend.

When I got it: Summer 2019.

Why I want to read it: Apart from the beautiful, vibrant cover, I’m intrigued by the shipwreck and circus elements being overlaid with mystery and magic. The Goodreads synopsis is a little confusing: is the focus on Sante or Scarlett? Is it about Sante’s origins or Scarlett’s flight? I’m not really sure, but I look forward to reading this book and forming my own opinion on it!


Any books sitting on your shelves you’re itching to read? Tell me about them in the comments!


I’ve set up a ko-fi account to support my book expenses, as finances are a bit uncertain due to Covid. No worries if you can’t donate right now! Take care of yourself 💗

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