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5 Villains I Wish Would Get Their Own Books

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I’m one of those people who are really intrigued by villains and that’s why when I found a villain that I’m captivated by or particulary interested in, I end up wishing that I could get a book about them. In this post, I want to talk about 5 villains I wish would get their own books.

The Bonner Girls  (When the Moon was Ours by Anna-Marie McLemore)

The Bonner Girls definitely inspired this post. I would love to read about what happens to them after When the Moon was Ours, but also I would love a prequel about the period of time leading up to the ‘big event’ that changed their dynamic from what they used to be to what they are during When the Moon was Ours. I would love to get to know each one of the girls a lot more, understand who they are and what are their motivations,  and I would like to explore more the magic that seems to surrounder them.

Voldemort (Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling)

Since I reread the Harry Potter books last year, I have wanted a Voldemort prequel. It’s just that I’m not entirely sure about him as a villain and exploring his past may help him become a more complex and interesting character to me.  I want to know how did he get his power and his followers and how did he find out about the horocruxes. Basically, I want to know what happened in the period between the time that he left Hogwarts and when he came back looking for a job as a teacher. That means the period in which he changed from Tom Riddle to Voldermort.

Keris Veturia (An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir)

I haven’t read  the second book in this series, so I don’t know if we find out about The Commandant’s backstory. Nonetheless, I would love to read a book about  her time training, everything that happened leading to Elias’ birth, and also, how did she ended up working with the Nightbringer. She is this cold and seemingly heartless characters that intrigues me.

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Athos and Astrid Dane (Shades of Magic series by V.E. Schwab) 

I honestly would want a prequel with them mainly to explore White London a little bit more. It’s such a twisted and dangerous place and I think a whole book set there would be interesting. I  would also love to know how did Athos and Astrid became the cruel and vicious characters they were and I would like to know more about their relationship with each other.

The Court of Nightmares (A Court of Thorns and Roses Series by Sarah J. Maas) 

I know this is not technically a villain, buuuuut since in my mind, everyone in the Court of Nightmares is a villain, I’m gonna count it in this list. I think it would be so interesting to read about a place where evil villains live together and read about all the horrors that situation can entail. It would be a really dark and twisted book.

Do you enjoy reading books from the POV of a villain?  What villains do you wish would get their own books? Let me know in the commets! 

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How to Fall Back in Love with a Genre

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For as long as I can remember Fantasy has been my favorite genre, especifically, Young Adult Fatansy. Nonetheless, I have not been reading that much YA Fantasy in the last couple months, because it got to a point in the middle of 2016 where I felt like I was reading the same book every single time I picked up a YA Fantasy book. There were a lot of aspects of the books that felt repetitive to me. That, off course, is totally a personal feeling and I’m not implying that they aren’t unique books in the genre.

I know that falling out of love with a genre is something that happens to a lot of people. Because of that, I decided to put together a list of things I have been doing to try and fall back in love with fantasy and that I think can be applied to fall back in love with any genre you used to love and now you don’t. 

1. Give it a bit of time

This may seem a bit obvious but I definitely think that if you are feeling frustrated, bored or disappointed with a genre, the best thing you can do is stop reading that genre for a little bit. I think this aplies especially to genres that you love a lot, because it gives you time to miss what that genre made you feel or think or whatever that genre gave you and that way you remember the things that you used to love about it.

2.Try reading diverse books in that genre

I feel like the reason we fall out of love with books a lot of times is because we feel like the books in that genre become repretitive and I think that happens because most books are told from the same perspective (a white, straight, able-bodied, cisgender character). In that sense, reading a book that has diverse main characters or was written by diverse author gives you a chance to explore different perspectives. You get to read from the point of view of someone who thinks, feels and experiences the world in a different way.

3.Try reading books in that genre directed to other age ranges

My favorite genre is YA Fantasy, what I have been doing is reading new adult and adult fantasy, because those books are directed to other age ranges or have main characters in other age ranges, which means that- a lot of the time- they bring new elements to the genre  and that stops me from feeling like the books are repetitive.

If you like YA contemporary, YA historical fiction or any other genre, try reading the middle grade, new adult or adult version of that genre. That can help you if you are feeling bored, frustrated or  like the books are repetitive. The same things goes for any of the other categories: middle grade, new adult or adult. If you like a genre in any of those categories try to read that genre directed to any of the other age ranges.

4. Re-read your favorite book or series in that genre

I think that re-reading your favorite book or series in a genre reminds you of the reason you love that genre, what it makes you feel, what it makes you think about, what that genre means to you. For me, remembering all of that makes you more willing to give a genre another chance.  It spotlights the good and it makes you focus on that, instead of being focused on the things you are bored with or frustrated with or disappointed about.

5. Follow other bloggers that love that genre

Reading about someone else’s love and excitement about books or series in a genre that you used to love is a great way of getting excited about that genre again. You may feel disappointed about it, but if someone else points out the positive things about that genre or about a particular book in that genre that may motivate you to start reading it again.


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9 Books with Muslim Main Characters

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9 Books Monday is a feature here on Bookish Wanderess where I talk about books that are focused on marginalized group (Here are the 9 Books Monday posts I have written so far). The idea is that on Mondays, I will talk about 9 books that have positive representation for a minority/marginalized group.  Today, I will talk about 9 books with Muslim main characters.

The truth is that I have not read that many books with Muslim characters and I definitely want to change that. This series is not only to recommend books that I have read to you and to talk about books I want to read, this series is also a reminder to me that I need to expand my reading and search for books that allow me to know other cultures, perspectives and ways of life. Today, I will talk about books with Muslim Main Character: 2 books I read and loved, 4 books on my tbr and 3 books releasing soon.

2 Books I Read and Loved

Sofia Khan is Not Obliged by Ayisha Malik:

This book is really funny; it deals with a lot of the stereotypes that people have about Muslims and their love lives, while being respectful, honest and entertaining (this is my Opinion, but I also looked at #ownvoices reviewers to check their opinions). Another thing that I loved about the book was that female relationships have such a central place throughout it. Also, it’s #ownvoices. 

God Smites and Other Muslim Girl Problems by Ishara Deen

This book is a funny, charming and interesting book that talks about the problems Muslims have to deal with in everyday life, particulary, Muslim teenage girls. The heart of this book is the main character Asiya, she is funny, smart and she has a unique voice that shines throughout the book. The humour in this book is absolutely brilliant and that comes from being honest and outspoken about things that are not often talked about in YA like sex and religion. Also, it’s #ownvoices. Here’s my full review.

4 Books on my TBR 

The Gauntlet by Karuna Riazi

This is described as a steampunk Jumanji with a Middle Eastern flair and I’m so excited. I loved Jumanj (the movie) when I was young and I haven’t read that much steampunk, so those two things definitely have me intrigued about this book. Also, it has a Muslim main character and it’s #ownvoices.

The Secret Lives of the Amir Sisters by Nadiya Hussain

I only found this book recently and I wanted to included in this list becuase is set in England and I would love to read about the lives of Muslims in different parts of the world. I’m also really excited to read this because it focuses on the lives of 4 different Muslim women that have made different life choices and that want different things, I think it’s gonna be fascinating to read about them. Also, #ownvoices

Written in the Stars by Aisha Saeed

This book talks about arranged marriage, which is a topic I have not read anything about, and I’m quite interested in seeing how it plays out in a contemporary setting. I know it’s gonna revolve around a Muslim family, which is also somethings I’m curious about.  I have heard great things about this book and I can’t wait to read it.  Also, #ownvoices

When Michael Met Mina by Randa Abdel-Fattah

This is another one I chose because I want to read about the lives of Muslims in different parts of the world; this is set in Australia. For what I know about this book, When Met Mina is full of political discussions, it adresses racism and imigration and I think those are very important subjets right now, so I’m really excited about reading it. Also, #ownvoices

3 Books Releasing Soon 

Saints and Misfits by S.K. Ali

The main character of this book is an Arab Indian-American hijabi teenager and at the same time she is a book nerd, aspiring photographer, and sometime graphic novelist. I think the main reason I want to read this is that description of the main character. I’m also interested in the fact that it seems like a tightknit Muslim community plays a big role in this book. This is #ownvoices. Release date: June 13th 2017

That Thing We Call a Heart by Sheba Karim

This book has a Pakistani-American main character and I have never read a book told from a Pakistani-American perspective, so it’s exciting to be changing that. It seems like this has references to historical events like the Partition of India, which I don’t know much about, so I’m looking forward to learnd about it a little bit. Also, it seems like there’s gonna be discussion about some religion related subjets and I think it’s gonna be fascinating coming from a #ownvoices perspective.  The release date for this one is May 9th 2017.

The City of Brass by S. Chakraborty

I wanted to add this book because is fantasy and recently I have looking for diverse fantasy books to read. There’s a magical Middle Eastern kingdom in this book, it’s set in 18th century Cairo, the main character is a con woman and there’s also a djinn warrior. I don’t know what else to say,  I simply  can’t wait to read this!  The release date is November 14th 2017.  Also, #ownvoices. 

Have you read any of these books? did you enjoy them? Are you planning on reading any of them? Do you have recommendations for books with Muslim main characters? 

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9 Books with Bisexual Female Characters

9 books with bisexual female characters

In this post, I will talk about 9 books with bisexual female main characters: 3 books I have read and loved, 3 books on my tbr and 3 books releasing soon. I haven’t read that many books with bisexual characters, but it’s something that’s important to me and I will definitely be reading more books with bisexual female characters in the future.

3 BOOKS I HAVE READ 

The book that inspired this list is How to Make a Wish by Ashley Herring Blake, I think the way in which  Grace’s bisexuality is described in the book feels real and honest and the way her bisexuality is treated and viewed by other characters as something normal is so meaningful. here’s my full review.

I recently read Not Your Sidekick by C.B. Lee and the main character in this books is not only a bisexual girl, she is also biracial. Sadly, it’s not that easy to find positive representation of a bisexual, biracial girl, so I think this book is so incredibly important.

Labyrinth Lost by Zoraida Córdova is especially important to me, because the main character is not only bisexual, she is latinx like me. Fantasy is one of my favorite genres and finding a fantasy book that I can relate to means so much to me.

3 BOOKS ON MY TBR 

I’m so excited to read Keeping her Secret by Sarah Nicolas, it sounds like Parent Trap (the movie with Lindsay Lohan, which I have watched countless times and loved it all of them), but instead of sisters the girls like each other and one of them is bisexual. I think that’s all I need to say about it.

I have heard so many good things about Ash by Malinda Lo from Riley @RileyMarie that I can’t wait to read it. Also, I love retellings and more when the main character in the retelling is bisexual.

Not Otherwise Specified by Hannah Moskowitz has a black, bisexual female main character that has an eating disorder.  Finding a book like that it’s so rare that I can’t wait to read it. I’m so happy this book exist.

3 BOOKS RELEASING SOON 

27 Hours by Tristina Wright sounds amazing, the synopsis is great but the fact that it has a bunch of queer teens in space saving the day has me really excited to read it.

Noteworthy by Riley Redgate has a bisexual, Asian-American female main character and it has accapela and I’m intrigued by that. I love books where there’s music and I want to see how they incorporate the accapela into the book.

Queens of Geek by Jen Wilde sounds amazing, I have heard the representation is spot on and I know it includes not only a bisexual female character, but also positive representation for autism (this is #ownvoices).

Have you read any of these books? did you enjoy them? Are you planning on reading any of them? Do you have recommendations for books with bisexual female characters? 

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How to Get Out of a Blogging Slump

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A few days ago, I participated in the #BHPChat on Twitter and one of the questions was if we had any tips to get out of a Blogging Slump. A lot of the people participating in the chat tweeted me saying my answer was really helpful or that they agreed with what I said. Today, I decided to share those tips and a few others here on the blog.

1. Change the design of your blog

You can either completely redesign it or just make small changes, depending on how much you like the way your blog looks. The last time I was on a blogging slump, I moved my blog from blogspot to wordpress and completely redesign it and since then I have been super excited to blog and I  have been doing it  more constantly.

Sometimes appearances do matter, if you don’t like the way your blog looks then you may feel less incline to blog. Also, if you feel that the plataform you’re using isn’t working for you then you may also feel less incline to blog (that was my case with blogspot). Sometimes you may love the way your blog looks but it has had the same design since the beginning of time, then that can affect your excitement when blogging as well.

Whatever the reason a new appearance may give you the motivation you need to start blogging again.

2. Visit you favorite blogs 

A lot of the time, the thing that inspires me the most to keep blogging is reading amazing blog posts because I feel the desire to write an amazing blog posts of my own. When I’m on a blogging slump, I visit my favorite blogs and I start to feel motivated to be as good as the bloggers behind it are. It’s not about copying anyone, it’s about wanting to write great post in your own personal way.

3. Write a list of ideas for blog posts

Even when you don’t feel like writing a blog posts, if you write down ideas for things you want to blog about in the future, you are going to start getting excited about them. If you write down, for example, ‘discussion about book bloggers and different types of social media’ in your notebook, bullet journal, a draft on your blog, and then you see a twitter discussion or a booktube video that relates to that or gives you more ideas for that post you want to write, then your gonna get excited about writing it and once that happens, you are gonna be on your way out of a blogging slump.

When we have concrete ideas we want to blog about in the future, it’s easier to find inspiration everywhere we look and then the excitement begins and the blogging slump ends.

4. Get involve with other parts of the community. 

Blogging isn’t the only way to participated in the online book community. If you don’t want to write blog posts, you still can participate in Twitter chats or post pictures on bookstagram. There’s so many other things you can do that are related to books, that way your gonna get excited about talking about books again and, let’s be honest, a lot of time 140 characters or a comment in a photo are not enough and that’s when you start to feel the itch of blogging again.

Also, a lot of the time when you are on Twitter or Instagram you see people talking about their blogs or sharing blog posts and you are going to get jealous (in this case that’s good!) and you are gonna want to have something to share as well. That’s when you start blogging again! Or maybe you won’t get jealous, you will feel sad and nostalgic and you are gonna start to remember how fun blogging was or how proud you were of your blog posts and that way you get out of a blogging slump.

5. Read the blog posts you’re more proud of

Here’s the thing, everyone has that blog post or those blog posts that make us proud, the ones we want to share with everyone or we can’t stop talkng about them, and reading them reminds you of that feeling of being proud and happy because something you blogged about and that feeling is one of the best feelings in the world. Remebering that feeling makes you want to feel it again and that why you get out of a blogging slump.

 That’s it! Those are my 5 tips to get out of a blogging slump.

Have you ever been on a blogging slump? How did you get out of it? Do you have some tips to get out of a blogging slump? 

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My Favorite Books of 2016

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This is a bit late, but I had a hard time deciding which books I was gonna include on this list and how to address having a problematic favorite.

TOP 8 BOOKS OF 2016

The first three books I want to talk about are young adult books that I really loved. 

Juliet Takes a Breath by Gabby Rivera 

I loved this book so much. I loved the writing, I loved the characters, I loved the way this book talked about feminism and about being queer, I loved how it represented the different perspectives that exist in these broader movements and the way it showed why intersectionality is so important, I loved the way safe spaces were addressed, and as a Latina I loved the way latinxos were represented. Honestly, I loved so many things about this book that it impossible to name them all here. (If I had to choose a favorite book of 2016, this would definitely be it!)

Labyrinth Lost by Zoraida Córdova

This book has a special place in my heart because back when I read it, it had been a long time since I had read something with amazing representation of latinxs characters and that meant the world to me (I read this before Juliet Takes a Breath). Also, I loved the fact that I could recognized in this book cultural traditions that were similar to the ones of my country. Also, I loved he whole world building and magic system, the fact that they were based on latinx cultural traditions made them interesting and unique.

Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

The characters were the driving force in this book; they were complex and captivating. The group dynamic had me enthralled the entire time, I loved it because it’s the type of relationships where the characters don’t entirely like each other but need to stay together to reach their individual goals. I don’t actually like heist stories that much, but this was interesting and the plot twist kept me entertained through the book. Also, the writing was really good, even if the pacing was a bit uneven.

The next four books I am gonna talk about are Adult books from different genres, that go from mystery to chick lit to literary fiction.

The Secret History by Donna Tart

The characters were my favorite part of this book; they were enigmatic and fascinating and even when they did things or had thoughts that were disturbing, I never found myself quite disliking them.  I really enjoyed the writing style. This was the first Donna Tartt book I read and I found her writing compelling and beautiful. Also, the fact that the book revolved around the study of greek literature and language was quite interesting, there was an underlying commentary about power, elitism, morality, depravity, freedom, insanity, even religion.

Sisterhood Everlasting by Ann Brashares

At the beginning of this book, I thought I was gonna hate it. I couldn’t believe that Ann Brashares had done something so awful; I got angry and sad. Nonetheless, as I read I realized she was portraying real life; this book dealt with what happens when you grow older, when you are not a young adult anymore, and it did it in such a realistic way that it was at times hard to read. I loved seeing all the characters of the past books after such a long time, seeing what happened to them was great. Even if there were sad parts, reading this book was a heartwarming experience.

The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest by Stieg Larsson 

I think this was my favorite book in the series, all the lose ends of the second book found a resolution in this one. I loved reading about all Lisbeth, Mikael and all the other members of the team had to do to catch the bad guys, and I thought it was interesting how complex this series started to get by adding new characters that weren’t always working with each other and didn’t always had the same or all the information. This was one of the series that introduced me to mystery/thrillers, which is now one of my favorite genres, so it has a special place in my heart.

Twenties Girls by Sophie Kinsella

This was one of the first books I read by Sophie Kinsella and even if I had a few problems with the books I read after this one, I loved Twenties Girls. It made me fall in love with the twenties even more than I was before. My favorite thing about this book was the relationship between Lara and Sadie, female friendships for the win! Even if I suffered with secondhand embarrassment by all the silly and ridiculious things that Lara had to do for Sadie. Also, this almost made me cry by how things worked out for Sadie. I had so many feelings while reading this book.

And now… let’s talk about the problematic favorites!

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Empire of Storms & A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas

These were the books that made the process of writing this post so hard.  When I started to write this I realized that if I was being honest I had to include both of these books on my list because I enjoyed them a lot. Nonetheless, I was very conflicted because I know these books are problematic. From the way the POCs are treated as plot devices to queer bating and consent issues (about drugs), these books have a lot of problems. I knew that if I was gonna include these books on this list I had to call out the problematic aspects, but the fact that I was including them made me wonder why did I like these books in the first place and why did I not notice the problematic aspects until someone else mentioned them.I read the first 4 books in the TOG series and loved them, before I found out about the problematic content. I found out when I became more involved on twitter and I followed bookworms that were either members of other marginalized groups (in case you didn’t know, I’m Latina) or allies to those groups. I have learned a lot since then, but I still got a lot more to learn.  Anyway, I liked these books, but I have to recognized that they have problematic content and I feel the responsibility of talking about it when I mention them.

FAVORITE SERIES

I have two favorite series of 2016, to classify for this category I had to have read all the books in the series in 2016. I want you to know that at least my favorite book of each of these series would have made it into my favorites list if I hadn’t done a separated category.

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The Addicted/ Calloway Sisters Series

There’s 10 books in this series, I read them for the first time in July 2016 and I had to re-read them by November 2016. That’s how obsessed I was with this series and how much I loved all the books. My favorite book in the series was the last one (Some Kind of Perfect), because we get POVs for the six main characters and since I can’t choose a favorite couple this is perfect for me. This series dealt with family, friendship, the link between fame and privacy, sexual orientation, PTSD and depression, sex addiction and alcoholism, also this series has very positive representation of going to therapy as something you don’t have to be ashamed of, something that helps people.  This is definitely my favorite new adult series of all times.

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All for the Game Series by Nora Sokovik 

I loved the complex characters and the unique set up of the story because it revolved around a fictional sport and I became really invested in the championship even when I don’t like sports that much. My favorite book was the last one called the King’s Men, it was a great conclusion to the series. There was a diverse cast of characters and it had this strange and atmospheric feel to it, even if it was set in a college, it also had to do with crime families. This was a bit weird, but really good as well.

FAVORITE GRAPHIC NOVEL

I don’t read that many graphic novels because I tend to not enjoy them that much, but this year I found one that I loved. Both the story and the art were incredible. 

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City of Clowns by Daniel Alarcon and

This graphic novel was set in Perú and it dealt recurrently with the theme of poverty in a perfect and sensitive way. Also, it was interesting to see very serious topics being adressed while incorporating clowns to the narrative. The art was really good as well, it’s all black and white and it went really well with the story.

POETRY

I don’t usually read poetry, but this year I read a few really good poetry collections and I decided to highlight my two favorites. 

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Poems by Maya Angelou

I don’t read that much poetry, but this is definitely my favorite poetry collection of all times. It was meaningful, impactful, it transmitted so much emotion and the voice behind the poems was so present that it made the poems feel incredibly personal. This dealt mainly with themes of race and gender and included one of the most popular Maya Angelou’s poem And Still I Rise, which let’s be honest is a masterpiece.

The Princess Saves Herself in This One by Amanda Lovelace

There’s a broad variaty of themes in this collection and a consistency in the quality of the poems. I loved the ones that dealt with womenhood, death, abuse and suicide, I though they were both powerful and relatable.

Have you read any of these books? Did you like them? I want to know about your favorite books of 2016, if you made a post about them, leave me a link!

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Anticipated Diverse Books of 2017

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This post was inspired by Maha’s post 7 of my most anticipated diverse reads of 2017, which you should check out! 


I really want to read more diversely in 2017, so I have started a tbr list full of diverse book to have a lot of options from where to choose. From that list, I choose my most anticipated diverse books that are being release in 2017 to talk about in this post. I hope you find a few new books to add to your tbr!

Release Date: July 18th 2017 

This book had me as soon as I read Indian folklore in the synopsis. Also, it has a really pretty cover. I’m not gonna lie, that definitely helped to convince me! There’s something called Library of All Things in this book when people can reverse their fates and that sounds so brilliant and I NEED THIS BOOK NOW. 

Release Date: May 30th 2017

Two indian-american teens, an arrenged marriage and a summer program for aspiring web developers. This sounds so cool! I already know what I’m gonna be reading in summer 2017, because we all know summer is for contemporaries and this sounds like the perfect contemporary to read in a really hot day. I mean look at the cover she’s drinking some kind of perfect summer drink. 


Release Date: February 28th 2017

This book is inspired in the Black Lives Matter movement, so off course I have to read it! Thsi is one of those books that you know it’s gonna be important and powerful even before you read it. Also, such an amazing cover and it’s being made into a movie and the main character is gonna be played by Amanda Stenberg from The Hunger Games.

Release Date: February 14th 2017

Let’s start by the obvious, this is the most gorgeous cover ever! This book has LGBTQ+ characters and I have heard that it handdles it really well. I read Nina Lacour’s other book Everything Leads to You and I really liked it, so I can’t wait to read this one! 

Release Date: February 7th 2017 

This sounds great! I love book where royals are trying to claim the throne. Also, there’s a fugitive and a madman, and that sounds so cool. I was part of a twitter chat with the author and she is really nice and there was a lot of talk during the chat about the diversity on this book, because it has an asian main character, which I’m really excited about. 



Release Date: May 16th 2017

This book is about a  secret organization that cultivates teenage spies and that sounds so cool. But even better it turns out that there’s two spies trying to make a girl fall in love with them, but instead of that, they develop feelings for each other. I CAN’T WAIT! 


Which are your most anticipated diverse reads of 2017? Do you want to read any of the books in this list?  Which were your favortie diverse books in 2016? Let me in the comments!