[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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Q&A With Silvia Moreno-Garcia, Author Of “Certain Dark Things”

October is almost upon us, which means many of you will soon be in the mood for spooky and dark reads. Well, I’ve got the perfect book for you! Silvia Moreno-Garcia’s upcoming novel, Certain Dark Things, will release on October 25th. Just in time for Halloween!

Today, the author of this exciting paranormal thriller is here to answer a few questions. Feast your eyes on the gorgeous book cover, then read the book synopsis and tell me you’re not intrigued!

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Review – Radiance: Poems by Emanuel Xavier

I decided to read Radiance because poetry is the literary genre that I have neglected to explore most, even more than nonfiction. So I figured a good way to conquer this long-standing aversion to reading poetry would be to create a reading list to start off and adhere to it stubbornly. Radiance jumped to the top of the list because it is an #ownvoices collection of poems by an openly gay Latino. But also because it is a slim collection and a perfect starting point for poetry novices!

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Review: Santa Muerte by Lucina Stone

I have always been fascinated by time travel stories, especially ones that feature people of color being sent to the racist past. Novels like Kindred by Octavia Butler and A Wish After Midnight by Zetta Elliott brilliantly illustrate the oppressiveness of institutionalized racism and how modern people are helpless under its weight no matter how brave and strong-willed they may be. These stories are brutally honest about the realities people of color faced before the Civil Rights movement. And they should be! Nothing infuriates me more than when young people, but especially young people of color, idealize 1920s or 1950s in American history. We should never forget how bleak and traumatic those times were for people of color.

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Review: The Memory of Light by Francisco X. Stork

Author: Francisco X. Stork

This beautifully-written story of a Latina teen learning to live with depression shines despite slightly unrealistic depictions of mental health treatment.

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