Twelve Days of…Latinx Book Recommendations: Day 8

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

Labyrinth Lost by Zoraida Córdova

      “Nothing says Happy Birthday like summoning the spirits of your dead relatives.
    Alex is a bruja, the most powerful witch in a generation…and she hates magic. At her Deathday celebration, Alex performs a spell to rid herself of her power. But it backfires. Her whole family vanishes into thin air, leaving her alone with Nova, a brujo boy she can’t trust. A boy whose intentions are as dark as the strange marks on his skin.
      The only way to get her family back is to travel with Nova to Los Lagos, a land in-between, as dark as Limbo and as strange as Wonderland…”

Reasons You Need to Pick This One Up:

1. Witches
2. Magical system unique to their Latinx heritage
3. Latinx urban fantasy
4. Magic has consequences
5. Sisterly bonds
6. F/F friends to lovers romance
7. Reluctant hero
8. Magic goes horribly wrong
9. Set mostly in an Underworld type realm
10. Betrayal
11. MC learning to embrace herself
12. The sequel is even better

Have you read this one? Are you planning to read it? What’s the last book you read with Latinx witches?

Twelve Days of…Latinx Book Recommendations: Day 7

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

Don’t Date Rosa Santos by Nina Moreno

      “Rosa Santos is cursed by the sea-at least, that’s what they say. Dating her is bad news, especially if you’re a boy with a boat.
    But Rosa feels more caught than cursed. Caught between cultures and choices. Between her abuela, a beloved healer and pillar of their community, and her mother, an artist who crashes in and out of her life like a hurricane. Between Port Coral, the quirky South Florida town they call home, and Cuba, the island her abuela refuses to talk about.
      As her college decision looms, Rosa collides – literally – with Alex Aquino, the mysterious boy with tattoos of the ocean whose family owns the marina. With her heart, her family, and her future on the line, can Rosa break a curse and find her place beyond the horizon?”

Reasons You Need to Pick This One Up:

1. MC is Type A personality (relatable)
2. Bisexual MC
3. Women in the family cursed
4. First love
5. Soft love interest (who bakes!)
6. Magical realism
7. Small town setting that’s actually diverse
8. Community coming together
9. Will make you cry and smile
10. Complicated mother-daughter relationships
11. Love letter to Latinx diaspora
12. The food

Have you read this one? Are you planning to read it? What’s your favorite book about family curses?

Twelve Days of…Latinx Book Recommendations: Day 6

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

We Set the Dark on Fire by Tehlor Kay Mejia

      “At the Medio School for Girls, distinguished young women are trained for one of two roles in their polarized society. Depending on her specialization, a graduate will one day run a husband’s household or raise his children. Both paths promise a life of comfort and luxury, far from the frequent political uprisings of the lower class.
    Daniela Vargas is the school’s top student, but her pedigree is a lie. She must keep the truth hidden or be sent back to the fringes of society.
      And school couldn’t prepare her for the difficult choices she must make after graduation, especially when she is asked to spy for a resistance group desperately fighting to bring equality to Medio.
      Will Dani cling to the privilege her parents fought to win for her, or will she give up everything she’s strived for in pursuit of a free Medio—and a chance at a forbidden love?”

Reasons You Need to Pick This One Up:

1. Mythological roots
2. Dominate religion weaponized for political purposes
3. Classism
4. Allegory for today’s immigration issues
5. Main character who must hide she’s undocumented
6. Down with the patriarchy
7. Exploration of women contributing to the patriarchy
8. F/F enemies to lovers romance
9. Latinx culture
10. Espionage
11. Tension
12. Ending that will gut you

Have you read this one? Are you planning to read it? What’s your favorite f/f romance with Latinx characters?

Twelve Days of…Latinx Book Recommendations: Day 5

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. Simultaneously, I will also be posting a Christmas-inspired book photo of these recommendations on my Instagram, which you can check out here. Covers are linked to Goodreads. Feel free to sing this first part to yourself aloud.

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

Blanca y Roja by Anna-Marie McLemore

      “The biggest lie of all is the story you think you already know.
    The del Cisne girls have never just been sisters; they’re also rivals, Blanca as obedient and graceful as Roja is vicious and manipulative. They know that, because of a generations-old spell, their family is bound to a bevy of swans deep in the woods. They know that, one day, the swans will pull them into a dangerous game that will leave one of them a girl, and trap the other in the body of a swan.
      But when two local boys become drawn into the game, the swans’ spell intertwines with the strange and unpredictable magic lacing the woods, and all four of their fates depend on facing truths that could either save or destroy them. Blanca & Roja is the captivating story of sisters, friendship, love, hatred, and the price we pay to protect our hearts.”

Reasons You Need to Pick This One Up:

1. It’s Blanca y Roja, friends, because it’s Latinx
2. Family curse
3. Sisters trying to save each other
4. Snow-White and Rose-Red retelling
5. Addresses colorism
6. Character who deals with painful menstruation
7. Four unique POVs
8. Soft and hard characters
9. Non-binary LI
10. One fairy tale like romance
11. One slow burn romance
12. Gorgeous prose

Have you read this one? Are you planning to read it? Which fairy tale would you like to see retold by a Latinx author?