[Review] Signal To Noise – by Silvia Moreno-Garcia

Signal To Noise begins in 2009 when Meche returns to Mexico City after her father’s death, leaving behind her quiet but comfortable life in Oslo, Norway. Meche is a Mexican native, but fled her home country and has not returned in twenty years, though for most of the book, we don’t know what drove her away for so long. However, it quickly becomes clear that it has something to do with her former friends Daniela and Sebastian, whom she has not spoken to since 1989. The mystery surrounding their friendship and the eventual dissolution of that friendship is fascinating, and Silvia Moreno-Garcia does an excellent job unraveling their story chapter by chapter, in alternating time periods.

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[Review] Because Of The Sun – by Jenny Torres Sanchez

Dani Falls has a complicated and fractured relationship with her mother, Ruby, who in her eyes is a not good mother in any regard. In fact, for dozens of pages, Dani often explicitly stated that she hates her mother, hates her because she felt unappreciated, unloved, and ignored by her. By Dani’s account, we are led to believe that Ruby is objectively a selfish and neglectful mother. It is all Dani has known, and because she is the narrator, we are inclined to empathize with her side of the story. Dani believes she knows who her mother really is deep inside, that her ugliest aspects are the real her. But what Dani doesn’t know is that she really doesn’t know her mother at all.

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Author Elliott Turner Takes On “The Rapid Fire Book Tag”!

Earlier this week, I reviewed Elliott Turner’s debut novel, The Night Of The Virgin. If you didn’t get a chance to read my review, you can do so now. However, the novel won’t release until June 2017, so keep it in the back of your mind and add it on Goodreads for now!

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[ARC Review] The Night Of The Virgin by Elliott Turner

The Night Of The Virgin tells the story of Emmaneul “Manny” Hernandez, a young soccer prodigy living in Texas who one day wants to become a professional soccer player. There’s one big problem, though — he’s undocumented. But his legal status will not crush his dreams entirely. One day, he and his best friend Hector leave their lives in Texas behind and head to California to see what surprises and opportunities life has in store for them there. Over the course of the novel, we will see Manny grow from a brash young man into a loving father, but before he gets from point A to point B Manny will experience many triumphs, failures, mistakes, and regrets.

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[Review] The Education of Margot Sanchez by Lilliam Rivera

I read The Education of Margot Sanchez a few days after hearing the devastating news that Donald Trump had been elected as the next president of the United States. I’m sure the feelings of loss and despair are still fresh in our minds for many of us. I tried distracting myself by reading a good book but nothing was a good enough distraction. I started and put aside three adult literary fiction novels until I came to Lilliam Rivera’s wonderful YA contemporary novel. The Education of Margot Sanchez was the perfect light and fast read with captivating characters and riveting family drama. I devoured the novel in two sittings because it was that good!

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Audiobook Giveaway: Signal To Noise by Silvia Moreno-Garcia

Hello, everyone! Today, I have a surprise giveaway.

Silvia Moreno-Garcia’s debut novel Signal To Noise is now available in audio and she’s collaborating with Read Diverse Books to do a very generous giveaway for the audiobook readers out there! Signal To Noise is a critically-acclaimed novel about friendship, family, love, and music all infused with a bit of magic. Two lucky people will win an audio code from Audible.com. Good luck to you all. 🙂

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Review: Reputations by Juan Gabriel Vásquez

Juan Gabriel Vásquez’s Reputations was originally published in 2006 in the author’s native Spanish. Ten years after publication, English-speakers finally get the chance to read this novel by the award-winning and often-lauded Colombian writer. I don’t read nearly enough translated fiction, especially from South American authors, so Reputations sounded like the perfect book for me.

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My Spectacular October Book Haul!

My last book haul post was in early July, during which I hauled 11 books for my birthmonth. I thought 11 books was a lot, but the last few months, my book buying has gotten out of control. I love it!

But none of my 2016 book hauls beat October’s. I hauled 25 books, y’all. 25 books!

I started the month by attending the Texas Teen Book Festival and bought 6 very new and very expensive novels. Then I treated myself for no reason at all to even more books. So I acquired a few more from subscription boxes, sent to me as ARCs, or given as gifts.

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A Q&A With Zoraida Córdova, Author Of “Labyrinth Lost”

I reviewed Labyrinth Lost a couple of weeks ago for Latinx Heritage Month. It was such a fun book full of adventure set in a fascinating world, with wonderful Latinx representation and a positive portrayal of a bisexual protagonist. By now, you have surely heard of this book. If not, please read my review and realize that yes, you do in fact want to read it!

Zoraida Córdova was previously on Read Diverse Books for my The Value In Saying Latinx post, and she’s back again for a Q&A about Labyrinth Lost, her favorite authors, stories about witches/brujas she’s loved in the past and more!

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The Value In Saying “Latinx”

Over the past couple of years, the term “Latinx” has gained momentum in online communities and I believe the term will become even more common in the future. For now, it is rarely used in everyday speech and it certainly has not entered into mainstream conversations. When I say “Latinx” (pronounced lah-teen-ex) outside of the internet, I often get confused looks and questions to repeat the word and clarify what it means. But these interactions do not deter me from continuing to use it because I believe this word has real value.

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