Review: Labyrinth Lost by Zoraida Córdova | #DSFFBookClub

I’ve wanted to read Labyrinth Lost by Zoraida Córdova the moment I knew it existed. Reading the book blurb promised brujas, “Deathday” celebrations, summoning the spirits of dead relatives, and a journey into the Wonderland-esque land of Los Lagos. Once I saw the cover, I was sure I had to read this book. It’s easily in my top 5 favorite covers of 2016. As for the story itself – did it live up to the hype and lofty expectations I created for it? Not quite, but it was still a hell of a fun ride.

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Review: The Marauders’ Island (Hen & Chick #1) by Tristan J. Tarwater & A Book Giveaway!

The Marauders’ Island is the kind of book that is so delightful and refreshing that you can’t help but share with everyone you know. During the week or so that I read it, I plastered the book’s image all over social media hoping it would reach as many people as possible. I want you to read this book! It has powerful mages, a diverse cast of characters, a gorgeous tropical setting, positive representation of LGBTQ people, a complex relationship between a mother and daughter, and so much more! All this goodness makes a reader like me giddy with joy.

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Interview: Lucina Stone, Author of “Santa Muerte”

This week, in anticipation of my review for Santa Muerte on Friday, I interviewed Lucina Stone because she wrote a book that immediately appealed to my interests as a reader. I simply had to know the person behind the story a little better. This book has witches/brujas, strong Latinas, time travel, mysterious realms and magic, as well as positive representation of same-sex parent households. Everything about this book screamed “READ ME.” So I did!

Stay tuned for my in-depth review later this week. In the meantime, read my Q&A with the author.

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Black Women As Heroes And Role Models – A Reading List

There are countless books that feature strong, heroic, inspirational, and fearless girls and women. I cannot possibly know them all nor do I claim to. The list I am providing only includes the books I am familiar with personally or ones that have been recommended to me by trusted sources. I must make this clear because I am far from an authority on this topic. But I do want to commend and recommend these incredible works that feature black women and girls as heroes and role models.

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Review: Jerkbait by Mia Siegert

Earlier in this year, author Mia Siegert wrote a guest post during the blog tour of her debut novel, Jerkbait. She talked about the importance of LGBTQ+ representation in YA literature and its ability to educate young readers and prevent bullying and hostility for gay, lesbian, and transgender youth.

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Review: A Wish After Midnight by Zetta Elliott

A Wish After Midnight is one of the most thrilling reading experiences I’ve had this year. Author Zetta Elliott writes with an urgency that informs the reader early on that this will be an important story. It is book 1 of the series, the sequel having been released earlier this year. Given the promising start, I’m eager to see where the story heads.

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The Improbable Rise of Paco Jones by Dominic Carrillo

Do you remember what it was like to be a 13-year-old in 8th grade? Did you breeze through those years without any awkwardness, teasing, or issues with confidence or self-esteem? Probably not –I certainly didn’t. Being 13 was one of the worst years of my life! Perhaps I’m being a bit dramatic, but I sure was awkward and confused. Many of us can relate to this experience, which is why reading a book like The Improbable Rise of Paco Jones is so familiar and immediately relatable.

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Blog Tour: A Guest Post By Mia Siegert, Author Of JERKBAIT

For my very first blog tour, I am thrilled to be hosting debut novelist Mia Siegert. Her new novel, JERKBAIT, is scheduled for an American release on May 10, 2016.

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Waiting On Wednesday – Consider by Kristy Acevedo

This week I want to highlight Consider (The Holo Series #1) by Kristy Acevedo.

Expected Publication: April 19th 2016 by Jolly Fish Press

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Review – American Ace

Author: Marilyn Nelson

Mini Review: American Ace is a slim novel in verse strongly recommended for Middle Grade readers, but lacks enough substance to satisfy older readers.

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