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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20+ Books To Read During AND After Latinx Heritage Month

Latinx Heritage Month kicks off today! I’m so excited to share a month’s worth of content with you all. I will have guest posts, author Q&As, bibliography spotlights, reviews, and giveaways! Don’t be alarmed, I will not be posting something new every day. My goal is to provide 3 posts per week, so I encourage you to stop by weekly to stay caught up.

I am grateful to the bloggers and the authors who collaborated with me to make this happen. With your help, my celebration of Latinx voices and stories has been amplified exponentially.

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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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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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Behold My Glorious Birthmonth Book Haul!

On June 6th, I had a birthday to rival all of my previous birthdays. The social festivities were great and I had lots of fun, but what I want to share with you are all the books I bought and was gifted in June.

Considering that this would be my first birthday as a blogger, I knew I had to go big and buy as many books as I could afford and take the opportunity to ask for free ones as well. My boyfriend, the sweetheart that he is, took me to Barnes & Noble and set me loose in the store on the condition that I could only choose 5 books. Fortunately, we were practical and used plenty of coupons, so it wasn’t too expensive. Getting a gift of 5 books was the best start to my birthmonth book haul I could have imagined!

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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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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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