Twelve Days of…Latinx Book Recommendations: Day 12

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

With the Fire on High by Elizabeth Acevedo

      “With her daughter to care for and her abuela to help support, high school senior Emoni Santiago has to make the tough decisions, and do what must be done. The one place she can let her responsibilities go is in the kitchen, where she adds a little something magical to everything she cooks, turning her food into straight-up goodness. Still, she knows she doesn’t have enough time for her school’s new culinary arts class, doesn’t have the money for the class’s trip to Spain — and shouldn’t still be dreaming of someday working in a real kitchen. But even with all the rules she has for her life — and all the rules everyone expects her to play by — once Emoni starts cooking, her only real choice is to let her talent break free.”

Reasons You Need to Pick This One Up:

1. The audiobook is narrated by Acevedo and it’s just as wonderful as The Poet X’s narration
2. The naked hardback
3. Afro-Latinx MC
4. Prose that feels like poetry
5. Delicious food descriptions
6. Someone naturally gifted learning they still have a lot to learn
7. Teen parenthood
8. Never too late to follow your dreams
9. Strong family relationships
10. Unshakable female friendship
11. MC never lets other people make her feel small for her choices
12. Magical realism

Have you read this one? Are you planning to read it? What is your favorite audiobook by a Latinx author? Thank you so much for sticking around for this series!

Twelve Days of…Latinx Book Recommendations: Day 11

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

Analee in Real Life by Janelle Milanes

      “Ever since her mom died three years ago, Analee Echevarria has had trouble saying out loud the weird thoughts that sit in her head. With a best friend who hates her and a dad who’s marrying a yogi she can’t stand, Analee spends most of her time avoiding reality and role-playing as Kiri, the night elf hunter at the center of her favorite online game.
    Through Kiri, Analee is able to express everything real-life Analee cannot: her bravery, her strength, her inner warrior. The one thing both Kiri and Analee can’t do, though, is work up the nerve to confess her romantic feelings for Kiri’s partner-in-crime, Xolkar—aka a teen boy named Harris whom Analee has never actually met in person.
      So when high school heartthrob Seb Matias asks Analee to pose as his girlfriend in an attempt to make his ex jealous, Analee agrees. Sure, Seb seems kind of obnoxious, but Analee could use some practice connecting with people in real life. In fact, it’d maybe even help her with Harris.
      But the more Seb tries to coax Analee out of her comfort zone, the more she starts to wonder if her anxious, invisible self is even ready for the real world. Can Analee figure it all out without losing herself in the process?”

Reasons You Need to Pick This One Up:

1. Fake dating trope
2. Self-love
3. Predictable yet unpredictable tropey storyline
4. Positive step-relationships
5. Introvert learning to get out of her comfort zone
6. Present family in a contemporary
7. MC dealing with the loss of a parent
8. Believable teen narrator
9. MC dealing with social anxiety
10. Cuban-American girl learning to love her body
11. MC’s personal arc > romantic arc
12. Realizing that some crushes are better off as friendships

Have you read this one? Are you planning to read it? What’s your favorite book with the fake dating trope?

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?

Twelve Days of…Latinx Book Recommendations: Day 9

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

Nocturna by Maya Motayne

      “Set in a Latinx-inspired world, a face-changing thief and a risk-taking prince must team up to defeat a powerful evil they accidentally unleashed.
      To Finn Voy, magic is two things: a knife to hold under the chin of anyone who crosses her…and a disguise she shrugs on as easily as others pull on cloaks.
      As a talented faceshifter, it’s been years since Finn has seen her own face, and that’s exactly how she likes it. But when Finn gets caught by a powerful mobster, she’s forced into an impossible mission: steal a legendary treasure from Castallan’s royal palace or be stripped of her magic forever.
      After the murder of his older brother, Prince Alfehr is first in line for the Castallan throne. But Alfie can’t help but feel that he will never live up to his brother’s legacy. Riddled with grief, Alfie is obsessed with finding a way to bring his brother back, even if it means dabbling in forbidden magic.
      But when Finn and Alfie’s fates collide, they accidentally unlock a terrible, ancient power—which, if not contained, will devour the world. And with Castallan’s fate in their hands, Alfie and Finn must race to vanquish what they have unleashed, even if it means facing the deepest darkness in their pasts.”

Reasons You Need to Pick This One Up:

1. Soft male lead character
2. Fierce female lead character
3. Latinx fantasy
4. Addresses slavery and colonization
5. Afro-Latinx characters
6. Magic system tied to Spanish language
7. Affectionate male familial relationships
8. Dark and unique villain
9. Reluctant heroes
10. Great banter
11. Chancla joke
12. Slow burn friendship and possible romance

Have you read this one? Are you planning to read it? Which Latinx fantasy novel are you looking forward to?