Twelve Days of…Latinx Book Recommendations: Day 10

This “Christmassy” series is brought to you by my love of books by Latinx authors and my need for all of you to read them. Every day for twelve days leading up to Christmas, I will be gifting you all with a recommendation of a book by a Latinx author, along with twelve reasons why you should pick it up. Hoping to have lots of fun with with series which I am not so subtly calling Twelve Days of… Latinx Book Recommendations. Covers are linked to Goodreads. Feel free to sing this first part to yourself aloud.

♬On the tenth day of Christmas, my favorite Latinx blogger gave to me, a recommendation for…♬

Gods of Jade and Shadow by Silvia Moreno-Garcia

      “The Mayan god of death sends a young woman on a harrowing, life-changing journey in this one-of-a-kind fairy tale inspired by Mexican folklore.
    The Jazz Age is in full swing, but Casiopea Tun is too busy cleaning the floors of her wealthy grandfather’s house to listen to any fast tunes. Nevertheless, she dreams of a life far from her dusty small town in southern Mexico. A life she can call her own.
      Yet this new life seems as distant as the stars, until the day she finds a curious wooden box in her grandfather’s room. She opens it—and accidentally frees the spirit of the Mayan god of death, who requests her help in recovering his throne from his treacherous brother. Failure will mean Casiopea’s demise, but success could make her dreams come true.
      In the company of the strangely alluring god and armed with her wits, Casiopea begins an adventure that will take her on a cross-country odyssey from the jungles of Yucatán to the bright lights of Mexico City—and deep into the darkness of the Mayan underworld.”

Reasons You Need to Pick This One Up:

1. Based on Mayan mythology
2. MC who doesn’t fall into the Cinderella trope
3. Captivating storytelling
4. 1920s Mexico City
5. Road trip with a god
6. Slow burn romance
7. Clever MC
8. Deals with colorism and prejudice against Indigenous peoples
9. War between brother gods
10. Set partially in the underworld of Xibalba
11. Bittersweet
12. Manipulative villains

Have you read this one? Are you planning to read it? Have you ever read a book based on Mayan mythology?

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