My 5 Favorite YA Books by Latinx Authors | Latinx Heritage Month 2019

YA books by Latinx authors

Hi everyone! Since it’s Latinx Heritage Month, I thought a great way to celebrate was talking about some of my favorite book by Latinx authors. This is the first post of  the series and since I read so many YA books I decided to start with those.

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Don’t Date Rosa Santos by Nina Moreno (YA CONTEMPORARY)

It’s not often that a book breaks my heart and makes me sob, but this book managed to do just that. This book has beautiful writing, complex but lovable characters, a community that’s like a huge family, but the most special thing about it is the brilliant and bittersweet way it explores the feelings of a granddaughter of immgrants: the feelings of confusion and guilt for belonging to two places at onces, for speaking biligual words, for not knowing exactly where she comes from and what happened to the family that stayed behind.

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We Set the Dark on Fire by Tehlor Kay Mejia (YA FANTASY)

This book captured my heart with two beautifully complex main characters, a forbidden love story, fascinating mythology, an infuriating world and a flawed but commited rebelious group. This bookfeels Latinx, it IS unapologetically Latinx and it has the respectful and wonderful Latinx representation that we need in fantasy. Beyond all those amazing things, the strengh of this book lays in the way it addresses immigration, privilege, poverty and opression, because it manages to evoke so many emotions and be incredibly thought provoking.

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Juliet Takes a Breath by Gabby Rivera (YA CONTEMPORARY)

This book holds a very special place in my heart, it was one of the first YA books with a Latinx main character that I ever read and I fell completely in love with it.  This book has amazing writing, complex, messy and vulnerable characters, it talks about feminism and about being queer in a thought-provoking way, and it shows the different perspectives that exist in these broader movements and the importance of intersectionality. This book is insighful and provocative and I think it’s incredible important for teens, because it’s a great introduction to femenist and queer ideas.

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When the Moon was Ours by Anna-Marie McLemore (YA MAGICAL REALISM) 

This book is magical, mysterious and captivating and it’s probably my favorite magical realism book of all time and a book I’d recommend to anyone that wants to start reading this genre. This book has beautiful, flowery and poetic writing, an intriguing plot, an alluring atmosphere and complex and fascinating villains. It’s has a dark and dangerous vibe that underlies the story and that makes the reader feel unease and worry and that adds a compelling and engrossing element to the book.

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Witches, fairies, an all latinx cast of characters and great bisexual rep … there was no way I wasn’t gonna love this one. The mythology and magic in this book are rooted in Latinx traditions and beliefs in such big and profund way that it can’t be confused with anything else but a love letter to Latinx magic and that’s the most amazing thing about this book. Another great thing about it is that the unveiling of Los Lagos, the magical world where part of this book takes place, is done in such a slow and delibareted way that you can’t help but be completely captivated by it.

Have you read any of this books? Do you want to read any of them? What YA books by Latinx author do you love? 
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9 Books with Trans Main Characters

9 books with trans main characters

9 Books Monday is a feature here on the blog, where I talk about 9 books that have positive representation for a minority/marginalized group. In the past, I have done posts about 9 book with: bisexual female main characterslatinx mcblack mcmuslim mc, lesbian mc and asian mc.

This time I’m doing 9 books with Trans Main Characters:

4 Books I Read and Loved

When the Moon was Ours by Anna-Marie McLemore : This is a beautifully written magical realism book, where one of the main charcters of the story, Samir, is a bacha posh: a child assigned female at birth selected to live as a boy until puberty. But it turns out Sam is not “living as a boy,” he is a boy. Beside the trans rep, there’s also pakistani rep and latinx rep (#ownvoices).

Coffee Boy by Austin ChantThis is an #ownvoices novella about a trans boy who has a crush on a campaign strategist, who happens to be a bisexual man, and who he meets while working in an internship for a politician. The story is cute and fun and it has steamy and explicit content.    

Redefining Realness by Janet MockThis is a non fiction book about the life of Janet Mock, a biracial trans woman that has worked as a writer, jornalist and TV host. The book starts when Mock is a child living in poverty and continues through her adolescence including a very detailed account of her transition and all the heartbreaking obstacules she faced, and ends when she is a successful writer. This books tells the honest and captivating story of an incredible woman.

Not your Villain by C.B. Lee This is the second book in a series but I’m pretty sure you could read it without reading the first one, since a lot of what happens in the first book is included in the beginning of this book. In Not Your Villain, the main character is Bells, a superhero that can shapeshift which helps him in his life as a trans guy. But then he became the country’s most-wanted villain after discovering a cover-up by the League of Heroes. This book is full of adventure and  fun and it has a diverse cast of characters.

5 Books on my TBR 

If I Was Your Girl by Meredith Russo:  This book is about Amanda, a trans girl that just moved to a new town, starting at a new high school after a bad experience at her last one because of bullying and transphobia. In the new school everything is great, she is dating an amazing guy and has a ton of friends, but she isn’t sure if she should tell people about being trans or not. This books has a trans main character, a trans writer and a trans model on the cover.  Recently I read a short story by this author and loved it, so I ‘m hoping to read this book soon.

Dreadnought by April Daniels: This book is about Danny, she is trans, lesbian girl, who suddenly gets powers when Dreadnought (a superhero) dies in front of her. She immerses into this superhero world where she finds allies and enemies. This makes me think about Not Your Sidelick & Not Your Villain, which I love, and that makes me excited to read it. Also, I have heard nothing but great things about this one.

I Was Born for This by Alice Osmand: This has a main character that is a biracial (Indian and Italian) gay trans guy and he’s part of a famous boy band. The story unfolds when he unexpectedly mets a fangirl and they both end up having to face things in their lives. The other main character  is a Persian Muslim Hijabi who’s questioning her sexuality and I have heard there’s also really diverse side characters. I’m really excited to read this one, especially since I haven’t read any of Osmand’s books.

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Peter Darling by Austin Chant: This is a Peter Pan retelling. In this book, Peter Pan left Neverland to grow up and he had to resign himself to life as Wendy Darling. 10 years have passed and now Peter’s back in Neverland, everyone is grown up and he’s falling in love with Captain Hook.  It’s a short story, #ownvoices in terms of trans rep, and since reading Coffee Boy I have been meaning to read another book by this author.

The Trauma Cleaner by Sarah Krasnostein: I discovered this book recently, the author describes it as a biography of sorts and it’s about a trans woman that has suffered multiple traumas and that has a job helping others by cleaning up the fetid houses of the mentally ill, the hopeless and the murdered. That sounds so cool that I can’t wait to read it.

Books Releasing Soon  

I think it’s important to mention that I usually have a thrid category in my 9 Books Monday, where I pick books that are being realesed soon. Nonetheless, I couldn’t find books with trans main characters releasing in what’s left of 2018. I found out about Undertow, the second book to Darkling by Brooklyn Ray, which has a trans character as the love interest, and someone also told me that Queen of Air and Darkness by Cassandra Clare has a trans character that has some chapters told from his point of view, but that’s it. It’s such a shame that there’s still so few realeses with trans main characters and I hope that by reading and promoting the ones that are already out, we get to have many more books with trans rep in the future. 

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 trans main characters? 

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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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April 2017 Wrap Up

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This wrap up post is very late and I’m really sorry! It’s just that April and May were not good months for me in terms of my anxiety, my school life and blogging. But as a way to cope with all that I did manage to read A LOT (at least for my standars). Today, I want to talk about the books I read in April.

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1. Queen of Geeks by Jen Wilde (4,5 stars) 

I loved this book, not only did it have so many geeky references to books, tv shows and movies; it also had great representation. The main characters in this book were Taylor, who is in the autism spectrum and has severe anxiety,  and Charlie, who is bisexual and chinese. All these diferent identities were very well represented. Also, Taylor and Jaime are the best thing ever,  I shipped them so hard throughout this book.

2. Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty (3,8 stars) 

I read this book, because I watched the HBO series and loved it. I feel like the tv show made some really good changes and that made me like it more, but I still really enjoyed the book.

During April, I had a week off from school and I made a TBR for that week that I posted (5 Books 1 Week: My very Ambitious TBR) . I ended up reading 3 books:

3. Better at Weddings than You by Mina V. Esguerra (3,8 stars)

I really liked the main characters in this book. The main male character was defenitely a bit too perfect and that wasn’t really realistic, but I didn’t really mind that much. And the main female character was definitely not perfect, but her POV was really enjoyable and I found her realistic and complex. Also, this book takes place in the Philippines and that gave the whole wedding planner storyline a more interesting background.

4. A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab  (4,6 stars)

This year  have been in a fantasy reading slump, but I was finally able to go back to reading this genre and it’s all thanks to this book. It had amazing characters and I shipped Kell and Lila so much. I know a lot of people think that the characters are not unique, especially Lila, but there’s still the kind of characters I really enjoy. Also, the world building and magic system were interesting and captivating.

5. When the Moon was Ours  by Anna-Marie McLemore (4,2 stars)

The writing in this book was amazing, the representation in this was outstanding and I was so intrigued by the plot of this book. I really, really liked this book. Also, the villains of this story were so fascinating that I would love to read an entire book about them.

After my week off, I still was in a reading mood and I ended up reading 7 more books. 

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6. The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet by Becky Chambers (4,3 stars)

This was definitely a quiet book, there was action but it wasn’t the main focused of the book. It was definitely character driven and all the main characters are amazing and they have wonderful relationships with each other. Also,  this book addressed very important subjets like gender, race and sexuality.

7. Animal Farm by George Orwell (3,2 stars)

I think this book was clever but that’s it. Which means that I think the way the nazi propaganda was presented was really interesting and it’s one of the few things that I really appreciated about this book, but the writing was just ok and I was bored for the majority of the book. The only thing I absolutely loved about it was last few lines.

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8. A Gathering of Shadows by V.E. Schwab (4 stars) 

After finishing the first book, I was obsessed with the main characters of this series and I wanted to know what was gonna happen with Lila and Kell, so off course, I picked up this book soon after finishing that one. I just love binge reading series!

This second book was definitely a filler book, one that I still enjoyed a lot, but it did got to a point where I started to feel like  it was dragging a bit. Nonetheless, the ending of this was amazing! It did make up a bit for the fact that nothing happened for a big part of the book.

9. A Conjuring of Light by V.E. Schwab (4,6 stars) 

I was so glad I had this book after finishing the second one, because I honestly don’t know what I would have done otherwise. I really liked this book! All my ships sailed and that made me so happy. The ending of this series wasn’t a 100% what i wanted, but it was close.

10.Royally Screwed by Emma Chase (3,2 stars)

Before this book, I had not read a book about royalty outside of fantasy. After reading this, I found that it’s quite an interesting subjet to me, the idea of weight and the responsabiliy of royalty in a contemporary setting. I really liked the main female characte, but in terms of the male character, I can say that I had a few issues with him. I still enjoyed their relationship and the steamy scenes.

11. Royally Matched by Emma Chase (3,2 stars)

I liked the main couple in this one more, I felt like I could related to the female character. Also, I think  I liked this because I’m always interested in book that has a reality show component to it.

12. The Melody of You and Me by M. Hollis (2,8 stars)

This book got that rating because it had amazing representation, but honestly if it wasn’t for that I would have given it a 1 star. This book had a pansexual main character and a lesbian filipino love interest, which was amazing. The problem was the writing, everytime that there was suppost to be tension or attraction, it wasn’t there. Honestly, I don’t know how to explain it, but the writing was so week.

  Have you read any of these books? Did you enjoy them? Do you want to read any of them? Let me know in the comments! 

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