Review: A (Sort Of Disappointing) Latinx Dystopian

Title: Dealing In Dreams

Author: Lilliam Rivera

Series: N/A

At night, Las Mal Criadas own these streets.

Nalah leads the fiercest all-girl crew in Mega City. That roles brings with it violent throw downs and access to the hottest boydega clubs, but the sixteen-year-old grows weary of the life. Her dream is to get off the streets and make a home in the exclusive Mega Towers, in which only a chosen few get to live. To make it to the Mega towers, Nalah must prove her loyalty to the city’s benevolent founder and cross the border in a search for a mysterious gang the Ashé Ryders. Led by a reluctant guide, Nalah battles other crews and her own doubts, but the closer she gets to her goal, the more she loses sight of everything—and everyone— she cares about.

Nalah must do the unspeakable to get what she wants—a place to call home. But is a home just where you live? Or who you choose to protect?

Let’s talk about the book

Dealing in Dreams follows a gang of fierce and violent girls who dream to climb to the top and live in the luxurious Mega towers. When the great day comes, the last battle, things go all wrong and Nalah, the leader of Las Mal Criadas, is forced to take a dangerous choice that will change everything.

This book was Latinx Book Club May pick, which I co-hosted with my dear friend Caro. I was very much excited to get to this book, 1) it has a very gorgeous cover, 2) we were all reading it for Latinx Book Club, and 3) it’s a YA Dystopian centering Latinx voices.

I went all-in for this story, very excited to dive into this world and characters. In the beginning, I enjoyed it very much. I liked the questions Lilliam’s rises, how morally grey the characters are, the found family theme. However, I found the plot predictable and all over the placed. And I had small problems that soon were big Yikes.

Let’s talk about the story

Lilliam Rivera explorers a world where violence is the reality. Survival and loyalty to your crew is what matters, nothing else. It’s a hard world that forces its characters to take tough decisions. A sort of matriarchal world (we’ll talk more about this later). As we advanced through with the story, we learned along Nalah that you can only trust your crew. This is not only a harsh, violent place, it’s also corrupted and very unfair.

I will give the book this, it does critic ableism, classicism and corruption. But I don’t think it does it well, it leaves things behind that I don’t understand. Is this a conscious choice? A careless choice? For example, this is a matriarchal society that oppresses men and boys? For what purpose? To reflect on today’s society? To say that a world ruled by corrupted women is like a machista world? Yeah, I don’t like it. I don’t think it’s well handled here, because it’s not handle at all. Sure, the book does discuss rigid gender roles but it feels a little bit uncomfortable with this flip. Like is it trying to appeal to boys? Is that why they’re the ones oppressed?

Besides the world-building, which I don’t think it’s very well handled and we barely get to see much, the plot is ridiculously predictable. Something that usually does not bother me too much if I care for the characters, which it didn’t happen here.

Let’s talk about Nalah

Nalah walks in the very thin, icy line in being an unlikable character and being an asshole. I know, I know, I’m always saying I love angry girls who are unapologetic. It’s not I didn’t like her, I just didn’t care about her. I think I need more characterization from her to feel close. Yes, I understood where she was coming from and the choices she was making, but I didn’t care how that made her feel at all. I guess this goes in hand with the writing not working for me.

Final Thoughts

Don’t get me wrong, I did not hate this book. It has a very wonderful found family relationship that it gets messy and bad before it gets better. And I do think the story raises important questions about rewriting history, being aware of what’s happening in the world around you, and the corruption of power.

Sadly, my biggest disappointment was the resolution. It just felt like a letdown. After everything we went through, things change in the last 2 chapters so fast. It felt like cheating, this new development in the characters that I was supposed to believe was real now. It was abrupt and anti-climatic. I like open endings, but not untied plot points.

One last good thing, however: I stan the friendship to the max and what it’s a perfect ending for this book. And friends, it could have been so gay. sad sigh

Happy reading,


Brooklyn Brujas Bookstravaganza Announcement

Hello friends,

Spooky Season is here and you are all invited to join the Latinx Squad for a readalong of Zoraida Córdova’s series.

I feel like I read Labyrinth Lost such a long time ago (it was two years) because Latinx content has changed so much ever since. Many Latinx authors have said that Zoraida’s series was the prove that we could be Latinx and exist in a Fantasy setting inspired by our culture. For me, seeing a bisexual, Latinx girl in my favorite genre changed everything. We all really appreciate the work, love and support Zoraida gives to the community. And what better way to celebrate her and her books that read them all together!

So let’s talk details!

Date: From Oct 17th to Oct 31st

Books: Labyrith Lost (book 1) and Bruja Born (book 2)

Labyrith Lost Synopsis

I was chosen by the Deos. Even gods make mistakes.

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 she can’t trust, but who may be Alex’s only chance at saving her family.

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Note: ebook is currently on sale!!


Adriana from Boricua Reads made a great schedule, but please, feel free to read at your own pace!

10/17 Start of Labyrinth Lost: from chapter 1 to chapter 6

10/18: from chapter 7 to chapter 13

10/19: from chapter 14 to chapter 20

10/20: from chapter 21 to chapter 27

10/21: from chapter 28 to chapter 35

10/22: from chapter 36 to epilogue

10/23: break! drink water

10/24: start of Bruja Born: from chapter 1 to chapter 6

10/25: from chapter 7 to chapter 12

10/26: from chapter 13 to chapter 18

10/27: from chapter 19 to chapter 24

10/28: from chapter 25 to chapter 30

10/29: from chapter 31 to chapter 36

10/30: from chapter 37 to epilogue

10/31: Group discussion!

Also, please feel free to take the amazing graphics Nini from Playita Reads made to share on your social media/blog. Don’t forget to credit her!

Let me know if you have any questions,

and Happy reading,

Review: The Storm Runner by J.C. Cervantes

Title: The Storm Runner

Author: J.C. Cervantes

Series: The Storm Runner #1

Zane has always enjoyed exploring the dormant volcano near his home in New Mexico, even though hiking it is challenging. He’d much rather hang out there with his dog, Rosie, than go to middle school, where kids call him Sir Limps a Lot, McGimpster, or Uno — for his one good leg. What Zane doesn’t know is that the volcano is a gateway to another world and he is at the center of a powerful prophecy.

A new girl at school, Brooks, informs him that he’s destined to release an evil god from the ancient Maya relic he is imprisoned in — unless she can find and remove it first. Together they return to the volcano, where all kinds of crazy happens. Brooks turns into a hawk, a demon attacks them in a cave, and Rosie gives her all while trying to protect Zane. When Zane decides to save his dog no matter the cost, he is thrust into an adventure full of surprising discoveries, dangerous secrets, and an all-out war between the gods, one of whom happens to be his father. To survive, Zane will have to become the Storm Runner. But how can he run when he can’t even walk well without a cane?

Feisty heroes, tricky gods, murderous demons, and spirited giants are just some of the pleasures that await in this fresh and funny take on Maya mythology, as rich and delicious as a mug of authentic hot chocolate. 

Let’s talk about the book

The Storm Runner follows Zane, a middle-schooler, who suddenly sees himself involved in a terrifying and unbelievable adventure to save the world. Part of the Rick Riordan Presents, an imprint focus on ownvoices mythological series. I was so excited to pick this one because 1) Mayan mythology !!! and 2) Zane is a disabled, Latinx kid !!!

I have such conflicted feelings about this book, that’s why when this ended up as the first pick for Latinx Book Club, I thought a reread would clear up my head. It did not end well for the book, friends. Many things I could forgive and let pass in my first read were impossible to look away this time. And here I am, more conflicted than ever. 

My expectations were not wrong, the story definitely has potential, but the execution is all wrong. This an adventure story with a main character who doesn’t know everything and makes mistakes along the way, he also deeply cares about his family and friends. Family is such an important part of the story and it’s clear the love Zane feels for his mother and uncle. The world-building is fascinating and the tiny bits of Latinx culture we get to see is very satisfying.

Now, I just have a huge problem with the disability rep here. Zane uses a cane and this a very painful thing for him. He has so much internalized ableism, so much. He’s always belittling himself and is constantly reminding us how different and unwanted he is… And I get it, I’ve also had internalized ableism that I had to work on. Being disabled in an able-bodied world is not easy, I know that. But here, all this hate just made sad and uncomfortable.

Let’s talk about the world

(You can skip this part because this is all my feelings)

The first time I read the book, I devoured it. I didn’t know much about Mayan mythology, except very tiny, disconnect pieces. So everything in the book felt compelling and satisfying. This second read did not hold up at all. I found Cervantes’s writing tedious, it dragged and was way more descriptive that I would have liked. So many unnecessary pieces that didn’t add anything to the story. This was such a slow-paced book and I usually like that very much, but The Storm Runner is not a character-driven story. No, instead we get purposely cut out pieces of information to keep Zane in the dark. The story does not move forward, which was so frustrating.

The world-building is magical and complex, one of the best things about the book and we barely get to see it. I wouldn’t exactly mind because this is a trilogy and I get this the first book, but you know, instead of getting so much stillness, I would have preferred to know more about the Gods.

Let’s talk about Zane

(Ok, maybe you should this right here)

I just have so much conflicted thoughts about the way Zane’s disability is portrayed here. No, scratch that, not conflict at all because it is not okay. Sure, I think we should get all types of disability rep in fantasy settings, but by ownvoices authors. That’s exactly it, I just don’t trust able-bodied authors to handle with the respect and nuanced necessary what it means to be a disabled middle-grader. I don’t and period. And Cervantes, sadly, did not start well here.

Zane has so much hate, which I understand, but there is not ONE character, or even the story itself, giving him validation or calling him out. It’s incredibly frustrating. His disability is considered a mere inconvenience for most of the story, and even when it could potentially become a strength, Zane resents it. Which again, it would be more than fair coming from a disabled author, not from Cervantes. She should have known better.

And I do think this something that could have been explored and developed into something important. But in this book, I was hit again and again how terrible and awful is to be disabled and my heart hurt. It was so painful to read, and I’m a 20 years old, I can’t even imagine what it means for a kid to see this hate.

And I will not dwell on this, but someone needs to call out Zane’s misogynist microaggressions.

Final thoughts

The plot dragged, I found the writing tedious and the representation was not great, but I still found myself enjoying this book sometimes. I told you, I had conflicting feelings about it. The whole theme of family is so well done, an unconditional support that leads Zane’s uncle to follow him in this dangerous adventure. Mostly, I’m just disappointed. This book had the potential to be a hopeful, heartwarming representation for disabled Latinx kids and instead, we got this.

Do I believe that it can get better? I guess all the plot-related problems certainly could with the next two books. But the representation? I really can’t trust Jen Cervantes anymore. And I don’t want to give up on her, so maybe I will read book two. Just don’t hold your breath.

Have you read any of the Rick Riordan Presents book? Let me know in the comments!

Happy reading,

A Quick Wrap Up: Latinxathon Week

Hello friends,

Last week I post about all the books I read the first two weeks of September (read here), now we’re on the last week of September (how??) and Latinxathon is over (sad face!!). I did very well for this readathon and I have actually read 15 books by Latinx authors/illustrators these past days, yes 15. I also have a bonus book here that I forgot to include in my last post, part of my Sobathon tbr.

How did I read so much? I don’t even know, sold my soul to an evil spirit for sure. I did read a couple of picture books and some audiobooks speed up at 2x, so that definitely helps.

I’m so happy that the lower rating I give these books was 3 stars, which for me is a good read that I wished it could have done more. So you know, all good books here!

Let’s talk books!

I’m in love

The Downstairs Girl by Stacey Girl: This a bonus one that I forgot to add on last week post. I was so excited for this one because I love Stacey Lee, she just has a perfect way with words and characters. Here we follow Jo Kuan, a Chinese-American girl who is ready to take the world with her journalism and resilience. She lives in secret in the basement of a rich family with her Uncle. Jo can never be quiet in situations of injustice, which gets her in a lot of trouble. Especially when she has to go back to be the maid of her sworn enemy. This book is hopeful and entertaining and so poignant. I’m working in a full review, coming soonish.

The Beautiful Ones by Silvia Moreno-Garcia: Thanks to my friends Jocelyn and Alicia, I have been introduced to Silvia Moreno-Garcia and her gripping stories. The Beautiful Ones is a historical fantasy story that follows three different characters; Nina, a young woman of high society, Hector, a telekinetic performer, and Valerie, the beautiful woman of the city. Their stories interconnect and a crash is imminent. Nina falls in love with Hector, but he’s here to see his first love, Valerie. Valerie has not patience for ill-temper Nina or Hector’s ridiculous sentiments. Silvia constructs just perfect web where past and present wrap around, with feelings, longings and resentments included. Full review to come

Nighlights and Hicotea by Lorena Alvarez: These are beautiful picture books following young artist Sandy and her adventures in magical words. I adore how colorful and gorgeous the story is and how it doesn’t shy away in creating dark and terrifying enemies to Sandy, who are very real. Like in Nighlights, Sandy confronts this creature who feeds from her insecurities and fears. These stories are wonderful and I just need more.

With the Fire On High by Elizabeth Acevedo: I loved The Poet X and I was so happy when marginsbox (SUPPORT MARGINSBOX) included Elizabeth’s latest book in their first box. Not only the cover of this book is freaking gorgeous, the story inside is just *chef’s kiss*. Following Emoni, a teenager mom who dreams with cooking and giving to her daughter the perfect life. There is so much magic and love between these pages. And some of the most gratifying relationships (platonic, romantic and familial) that I have ever read in YA. It’s amazing to see Emoni, one, accepting change, and two, going after what she wants. This is, hands down, of my favorite reads of this year.

  • Read for Latinxathon prompt VOICES

American Fairytale by Adriana Herrera: Remember how much I gushed about book one of this series, American Dreamer? Well, I knew I was going to enjoy book two as much. And I did. We met Camilo in book one, a Cuban-Jamaican American social worker who is dreaming for the perfect fairytale ending. He hasn’t had luck with romantic relationships, always label as too opinionated, too much. Then he meets Tom, a Dominican single dad billionaire, who will turn his world around. Camilo is pretty mindset and prejudice, and Tom comes here crumbling all his idea about being rich. Rude! The banter is so satisfying and their romance so wonderful. Really like this one!

  • Read for Contemporaryathon prompt 2019 Release

You’re Wonderful

My Fake Canadian Wife by M. Hollis: I adore M. Hollis stories, they are always sapphic and so cute. I was pretty excited about this one because fake dating is one of my favorite tropes. And I was a little bit disappointed. Dora, a Brazilian woman living in Canada, suddenly finds herself in a tricky situation, if she doesn’t find a way to get a new visa, she will be deported to her country. So her friend comes with a great idea; finding a girl who can be her fake wife until things sort out. And she proposes her own friend, Abby. I think the biggest disappoint I had was that this is not the story I was expecting. I just *big sigh*. I wished there would be more of them as a couple, more time to see their relationship grow. Plus, the ending felt SO rushed and instead of feeling in love with the couple and the story, I just felt nothing.

Shadowshaper by Daniel Jose Older: I was so excited for this book and I think my expectations were too high. Sierra suddenly finds out that her family has a history of shadowshaper, they can ‘shape’ spirits through art. But someone is hunting them and now it’s up to Sierra to find out what it is happening before it’s too late. I don’t think the book did nothing wrong, I just wished to see more about the world. The story was sort of slow paced in the beginning, which was kind of frustrating because clearly something was happening in the background that Sierra, main character, wasn’t paying attention to. And then the end felt too fast? Like after all the turns, everything felt resolved pretty quick. I’m pretty sure that I’m going to read the second book. I will write a better, explained review.

  • Read for Latinxathon prompt ROOT

My Papis Has A Motorcycle by Isabel Quintero and Zeke Peña. Picture book.

welcome to ghost town by Gretchen Gomez. Poetry collection. Read for latinxathon prompt LATINIDAD.

Dance All Night by Alexis Daria: I’ve been loving Dance Off series, and I finally read the holiday novella. It’s a magical and adorable story of a grumpy heroine who doesn’t believe in love or miracles, and a hero who wants to prove her wrong. There’s dancing (of course), sexy escapees and Christmas antics. The story works, creating the perfect Holiday feeling of everything is possible and love is in the air. I did struggle a little bit with the couple because it is sort of a insta-love, and I do prefer slow build romances, but here, as I said, works with the tone. I can’t wait for the next story of this series!

The Other Side by Juan Pablo Villalobos: A nonfiction recollection of the lives and journeys of ten Central American immigrants. This is a very tough read that doesn’t let us look away of the reality of some many children and teenagers. The reasons for why they leave their countries are different; gangs, violence, poverty, homophobia, sexual assault, reconnecting with parents… But they all deserve the chance for a better life, they all have the right of a better life. This book is uncomfortable and raw, but so necessary when we refuse to see the stories of immigrant children.

Pumpinks, Pumpinks, Everywhere! by Smriti Prasadam-Halls and Lorena Alvarez. Picture book.

Sleep Tight Snow White by Jen Arena and Lorena Alvarez. Picture book.

American Street by Ibi Zoboi: I feel a little bit conflicted about this story. It starts so well, with these sympathetic characters and heartbreaking story. Fabiola moves to Detroit with her aunt and cousins, but her heart stays with her mother, who’s detained in New Jersey. As Fabiola starts to move in the America life, between school drama and first loves, a chance to get her mother back is presented. But in exchange, the new life she has construed will fall apart. I thought the pull between being this new Fabiola and getting her mother and a part of her old life back was very well done. There’s struggle and pain and doubts and also frustration. Ibi portrays the life of the immigrant so well, too. But the end was just so rushed, I didn’t even have time to catch my breath when everything was resolved. But I didn’t feel like it really was. Maybe that was exactly the point of the story, but I can’t stop feeling like I have been cheated on.

  • Read for latinxathon prompt HERITAGE

And there you go, the 15 books that I have read these past ten days. A mix of emotion, between very good books that I absolutely loved and good books that I enjoy but still disappointed me. I’m excited to see what these last days of September bring me.

Hope you’re having a great month. And if it hasn’t been so far, I hope it gets better.

Happy reading,

Reading my TBR: YA contemporary edition

Hello friends,

I recently made a twitter poll asking people to help me out prioritize my tbr. I have so many unread books on my shelf and kindle that I know I will probably never caught up. BUT I can start from somewhere, especially with a small number, like 4 books. So I set up these polls with four different options of my unread YA contemporaries. Why this genre? I realized I don’t read that much contemporary. Sure, it’s not my favorite genre but I do enjoy it. I just don’t actively seek it out. So perfect way to solve two of my problems, all my unread books and my scarce contemporary reading, I let you choose my priority list.

I guess this is a call out post, to have somewhere the books I said I would read and being able to come back and see what I thought of them. Or if I even try to read them.

So here there are the five (there was a tied, oops) books that you picked. The plan is to read them before the year ends, so hopefully I can come back in January with an update post.

Let’s talk books!

It’s funny that both of these books ended up tied because I got both from a recommendation. Fadwa from Word Wonders loved these two sapphic books and I knew I had to get them. I don’t know much about them really. The Weight of the Stars has science fiction elements? Space is a big thing in the story? I do know it’s sort of a quiet story with a slow build relationship. Maybe? Tell Me How You Really Feel follows a Muslim Indian-Iranian girl and a Jewish Mexican girl, they hate their guts but have to work together and they fall in love. I mean, that’s all you need to tell me about a book; good sapphic content and I’m sold.

I read How to Make a Wish by Ashley Herring Blake two years ago, broke my heart and mended it all over again. But I don’t know why I haven’t keep up with her books. I bought Girl Made of Stars this year to rectify that. I’m glad you saw through my bullshit and are pushing me to finally read it. I know it’s a hard, gut punching book about consent, victim blaming and sexual assault. I’m sure that it’s a very honest, raw read and I think I’m ready to give it a try.

Last year I read Everything Leads to You by Nina LaCour, I really liked it. It’s the sort of quiet and slow paced book about everyday life that I adore. So I knew I would need to get We Are Okay, a book that everyone has loved and cried over. I’m going to be honest, I’m just a little bit intimated by it. I know it’s going to break my heart and I can’t make myself to open it. Not anymore! What’s it about? No idea, actually. It’s sad and gay and that’s all I need.

I’ve owned this book for at least one year and I want to kick myself for not reading it. I love following Sandhya on twitter and hearing my friends talking about all her books, so no more excuses! I know I’m going to love this YA rom-com with two Indian American main characters who despised each other but oops, maybe they aren’t so different after all. I’m coming for you, book!

I would say recommend me more YA contemporaries but I don’t know if it’s a good idea to make my tbr bigger right now. I’m super excited for all these books and I really hope I actually read them for once. Bah, recommend me your favorite YA contemporaries anyway. Thank you!

Happy reading,

Con Amor: Messy Girl With Big Hearts

Hello friends,

I’m so excited to bring this new project of mine. This September, I’ll be posting weekly recommendation of some of my favorite Latinx books. Since I have been consciously reading diverse books, specifically Latinx books, my reading life has been changed completely. Not only I have been reading more (for a series of reasons, but one of them is finding more stories that I enjoy), my list of favorite stories has gotten so big that sometimes it’s hard to keep up with all of them.

For this Latinx Heritage Month (technically, it doesn’t start until September 15th but when have I keep up with a schedule?), I want to highlight some of these voices. Not only recommend you some of my favorites, but also, give you a little of insight of what I have seen in these books that have touched me so deeply. Con Amor, With Love, because all of these authors make me feel so full of love and validation.

Sometimes I find that it’s easier for me, maybe for you too, to think of the ways I wish publishing would do better, of all the stories that I want in the world, of all the writers out there who deserve so much more. And although all these feelings and thoughts are more than valid, this month I want to turn the coin around. Yes, I will always keep fighting for more, but today, today I’m going to admire all the authors that came before. All the stories out there, right now, that are waiting to be read and love. I hope you come with me in this journey to memory and stan land.

Welcome back, dear amigx! We’re finally in the official Latinx heritage month and I’m so excited for all the content Latinx creators have been making. So, here it is my two cents for this week, a new recommendation list.

Have I ever tell you how much I adore middle grade? Well, I adore middle grade! I can’t quite remember when my love started, what book sparked it, but I can say that I haven’t looked back since I found Latinx middle grade.

This genre is just so wonderful of the possibilities; stories deal with heavy topics in a respectfully and approachable way, the characters are sympathetic in their complexity and there is always THAT moment that feels like real magic. And there are so many Latinx authors creating this magic every day. I’m little bit sad that I recently found them and I’m still trying to catch up with their books.

These three authors are very special for me, their stories came to me in the perfect time, when I needed them the most. Their main characters are these very resilient and smart girls, who make mistakes along the way, but they are trying so hard for the people they love.

So let me tell you all about Daphne, Merci and Luna.

Definitely Daphne by Tami Charles

I read this book last year for Latinxbookbingo so it feels fitting to recommend it this year. 

Daphne has spent her entire life moving from one place to another and she’s fine with it! Then her parents ruin everything when they decide to move back to the United States and enroll her for middle grade. She’s scared and nervous about this new phase of her life, especially as her mom is leaving for Afghanistan. And sure, middle school is full of awkward moments and tricky situations, but don’t worry! Along the way, Daphne makes new friends and a successful youtube channel.

This book is super adorable and fun. A diverse, heartwarming story that feels like a warm hug. It is about friendship, family and figuring out who you are, who you want to be. It is also about moving to another country, being the new kid and learning the new culture. The feeling of oddness, of loneliness, of missing the things and the person you leave behind, was very painful to read and so real. 

And the book does something I have never seen before in middle-grade books, something super important; Daphne goes to see a therapist. And it ends up being very helpful and good for her. I just love to see therapy as something positive and necessary.

Tami Charles has secured a special place in my heart, and so has Daphne.

Merci Suárez Changes Gears by Meg Medina

Merci is not exactly thrilled to go back to school where she feels like an outsider. To make matters worse, she’s assigned to be Sunshine-Buddy to the new boy in her grade, the one her worst enemy has a crush on. Between juggling fights and jealousy at school, Merci also struggles at home where her dear abuelo has not been doing very great.

I knew this book was going to be a hard read. Merci’s grandfather is diagnosed with Alzheimer and the slow progression of his illness is very painful to read. Mostly, I was just terrified that this story would be too real, too painful. Because I know how it feels to lose hope, to be caught in that moment when there is nothing else to do. But this is a story full of love; making new friends, daughter-father moments, sibling bonds, and of course, between a grandfather and his granddaughter. It is a bittersweet story, tender and also hopeful. Yes, hopeful. Because Merci is not alone, you are not alone.

Meg Medina is a wonderful, crafty author that understands the heartbreak, but also the importance of every small moment that makes you laugh again, opening the possibility that maybe everything will be okay at the end.

Lucky Luna by Diana López

Luna has too many primas and it’s not fun! She’s always getting in trouble, because of them of course, and then her annoying cousin Claudia transfers to her school. To spy on her, for sure! Claudia is a chismosa who can’t keep secrets and loves getting Luna in trouble… And her parents want them to get along? Impossible.

Oh but Luna is a very fun and sympathetic character. She’s curious and adventurous, and yes, she keeps making mistakes. It’s so clear that she tries very hard to do good but things never go as she planned them.

This book has a huge focus on the family, especially cousin relationships. And I love it! The fights and jealousy, but also loyalty and love. Luna doesn’t exactly like her own prima but with time she realizes that Claudia is more than she seems. I adore how their relationship slowly changes because I have been there, Luna. After Wild Beauty by Anna-Marie McLemore, I have never read a book that quite describes my own relationship with my primas. As we grow older, we become even more like sisters that cousins and Diana perfectly captures that.

This is such a fun and delightful story, with good characters and the perfect ending. I listened to the audiobook for #Latinxheritagemonth last year and it made my experience ten times better. Highly recommend!

I have so many book on my tbr that I hope to get into this year, like A Dash Of Trouble by Anna Meriano (a magical Mexican bakery) and Dactyl Hill Squad by Daniel José Older (a historical slash dinosaur adventure). But please let me know what other middle grade books by Latinx authors I should be checking out this year.

Happy reading and happy #LatinxHeritageMonth,

A Quick Wrap Up: Sobathon and my Avatar journey

Hello friends,

I thought I could do a super quick sort of wrap up of the books I have been reading this past 14 days, how I’m doing with the readathons I joined and my personal challenges.

I read 8 books and dnf 3. 6 of those books were five stars (yes, six!). Except the dnf books, I really enjoyed all of them. I was happy to succeed on my Sobathon tbr: I have four books on my tbr and read 3. And I’m so hyped that I completed my challenge of Fire Nation on the ATLAreadathon so now I’m aiming for the Avatar!

I divided this post in three parts: books that are new favorites, books I liked very much and the books I dnf. I tried to make a short wrap up of each book so I don’t make this post TOO long, key word is try.

Hang in there friends, and let’s talk about books!

-When the Moon Was Ours by Anna-Marie McLemore: I’m happy to say this book was not only on my tbr for this month, but it was one of my unread books on my shelf. So winning! Oh friends, I absolutely love it! Anna-Marie’s prose is gorgeous and their characters are these wonderful, messy teenagers that that I adore. I’ll always be so thankful to how they bring Latinx culture to the center, in a world of magical realism, and with such hopeful tone. I’m working in a lengthy review, with all my feelings and all the tears.

  • ATLAreadathon: Read this one for Zuko challenge (give a book a second chance)

-The Rose Society by Marie Lu: OMG this book! I know, I’m coming super late to this party but I’m glad to say that I’m finally reading Marie Lu and her fabulous The Young Elites series. I was pretty scared to read this one, mostly scare that Marie would make me cry. And she did, but I’m so happy with this book too. It’s so dark, breathtaking and captivating. Adelina is not hero, and she’s very clear about that, and I freaking love every second of her journal here. The story has taken very interesting turns and I can’t wait to see how everything ends.

  • ATLAreadthon: Read it for Azula challenge (an interesting villain)

-Work For It by Talia Hibbert: this book is so good. So good, okay? I’m already tearing up just thinking about it. A very emotional romance, full of this very honest conversations about depression and suicide. It’s sort of a rivals to lovers, with the most domestic scenes and very good banter. I adore Griff and Olu, as individuals and as a couple. I adore, actually, all of the side characters very much. After finishing the book I found out most of these characters have their own stories in the Just For Him series, so you know what I’m reading next.

-That Kind Of Guy by Talia Hibbert: After finishing Work For It, I was a mess that needed more Talia Hibbert’s words in her life. Here comes the last (oh no my heart) book in the series, Ravenswood. I’ve been rambling about this series now for some time because well, I read it this year but also, because it’s SO good. Very good. Extremely good. And this book was *chef’s kiss* Emotional, hopeful, so deliciously romantic and adorable. Friends to lovers with fake dating. And plus, demisexual rep! Bless Talia and her fantastic characters.

  • Book one for Sobathon

-The Rise Of Kyoshi by F.C Yee: Oh friends, OH FRIENDS. This book was one of my most anticipated releases for this year, I love Avatar and I love Kyoshi and I very much love sapphic content. So, I was like super excited. But this book exceeded my high expectations, and I didn’t think that was even possible. I adore the story, sure. But the characters are the gems here. Kyoshi is a very sympathetic character and to see her become the Avatar is amazing. Her relationship with her friends and with Rangi was so lovely and wonderful. And I adore that we get to see a very different person from Aang and Korra. Okay, okay I will calm down now. Probably write a review later too.

  • ATLA readathon: Read it for Iroh challenge (group book)
  • Book two for Sobathon

-Where Are You From? by Yamile Saied Mendez: I have meaning to read Yamile from last year and when I found her picture book in the library I knew I have to read it asap. So here we are, me a crying mess after this beautiful book. The colors are bright and the story feels so personal that it’s breathtaking. I adore it, so much. There’s so much magic between these pages, so much love. Reading this book it feels like being wrap in a very needed and nice hug.

  • Book three for Sobathon

-Keep Faith edited by Gabriela Martins: I was so excited for this anthology. One, because I love anthologies so much, getting a glimpse from different authors in one place, and two, because these stories explorer queerness and faith. I really liked it, there’s a nice variety of genres and all the stories have this very hopeful tone and message that I really appreciated. It’s kind of hard talking about anthologies so I’m trying to figure out how to review it? But listen, if you like anthologies this is one is a Must.

-This Is Kind Of An Epic Love Story by Kacen Callender: When I read Hurricane Child early this year, I knew I had to get my hand in all of Kacen’s books. Let’s start by saying that I don’t usually read YA rom-com Contemporary. I love romance, you know that. But in YA, it always stresses me out. And to top that I was already a little bit hesitant, the book was some of my less like tropes. So I can appreciate this book because it is a delightful queer romance between two kids of color. It really is a fun and wonderful book. I just don’t like cheating and miscommunication.

-Along For the Ride by Mimi Grace: I was so excited for this book. Rivals to lovers! Forced proximity! Sharing a bed! Road trip! And it follows two successful protagonists who are reluctant to be in a relationship. Sadly, it was not working. I’m pretty sure I’m coming back to this book in another moment.

-Six Goodbyes We Never Said by Candace Ganger: I had to dnf this book because I was so conflicted about it. The writing is very good and the characters are defined and feel real. But there were all these small things that keep adding up to make feel uncomfortable. Like how the main character is Latinx but they never talk about it, just mention that her grandma is making Puerto Rican food. Or like how the other main character is convinced they are meant to be and do all these very creepy things that adults justify (he just wants to have a friend who understands his grief!). Maybe I will give this book another try, but it’s not going to be now.

-The Belles by Dhonielle Clayton: Big sigh with this one. I bought this book before finding out that it has bury the gays. I was not planning to exactly read it any time soon but I wanted to figure out if it was me for me or not. And it definitely wasn’t. I was bored to death and I read a good chunk. I made a poll on twitter if I should keep reading, because I usually fantasy books a longer chance, and for a good majority, people told me to do something else. And I did. I was not excited to read about a queer character dying, but I thought I could push forward, I just didn’t find anything to keep me interested.

With the start of #LatinxHeritageMonth, I’m planning on reading all the Latinx books for the next month. Remember that I made a tbr? Yeah, well, I’m already messing my plans up. But that’s okay, I do love spontaneous reads, especially when it’s a book that I end up loving.

Have you read any good books so far in the month?

What are you planing to read next?

Happy reading,

Con Amor: Music and Love

Hello friends,

I’m so excited to bring this new project of mine. This September, I’ll be posting weekly recommendation of some of my favorite Latinx books. Since I have been consciously reading diverse books, specifically Latinx books, my reading life has been changed completely. Not only I have been reading more (for a series of reasons, but one of them is finding more stories that I enjoy), my list of favorite stories has gotten so big that sometimes it’s hard to keep up with all of them.

For this Latinx Heritage Month (technically, it doesn’t start until September 15th but when have I keep up with a schedule?), I want to highlight some of these voices. Not only recommend you some of my favorites, but also, give you a little of insight of what I have seen in these books that have touched me so deeply. Con Amor, With Love, because all of these authors make me feel so full of love and validation.

Sometimes I find that it’s easier for me, maybe for you too, to think of the ways I wish publishing would do better, of all the stories that I want in the world, of all the writers out there who deserve so much more. And although all these feelings and thoughts are more than valid, this month I want to turn the coin around. Yes, I will always keep fighting for more, but today, today I’m going to admire all the authors that came before. All the stories out there, right now, that are waiting to be read and love. I hope you come with me in this journey to memory and stan land.

We’re kicking off Latinx Heritage Month with more recommendations. Yay us! Today I’m talking about music and romance and all the ways these authors have made me smile.

Music is so engraved in Latinx culture, from the international sensations to the traditional artists, we are known for dancing and signing. There are many connotations of the stereotype of the Latinx dancer, many wrong assumptions and harmful ideas. But music, we can’t negate, has always been important in our people’s history. The variety of sounds and rhythms feels like a world in its own.

For me, it means connection to the country that I left behind but never really left me. Listening to cumbia makes me laugh and I may cry a little when rock nacional is playing. We talk so much about feeling seen and representation in media, and music is one place I always find comfort. These are our stories and traditions, our anthems and ours icons, the people, our people, who broke records and set new boundaries.

I may not be a singer or dancer and that’s okay, because these three authors make me feel like I’m part of the stage.

Dance With Me by Alexis Daria

Natasha and Dimitri have been going on and off for a while. She is a dancer, he is one of the judges in the dance competition. The chemistry is there, what a chemistry, but nothing more is allowed. But then, Tash’s plans suddenly go wrong and she’s left with a broken ankle and no money and no place to stay. Here comes Dimitri to the rescue, offering her his place. She recruiting agrees because she doesn’t want a relationship in this moment. Her life is a mess and she HAS to fix it by herself. She doesn’t need Dimitri to solve her life. But what she doesn’t know is that he is the most awkward man in the planet and all these things that he has been trying to do and say? Yeah, it’s because he wants to be there for her but every time he opens his mouth, things come all wrong.

That of course, doesn’t make it okay at all but we see him trying SO hard and that’s exactly how he won me over. Ah, of course, he is an excellent dancer too, you know. That’s an important reason, too. I deeply loved these two and I love how Alexis builds messy people who are just trying very hard, and things are not going very well but they keep going.

This book is about dance, yes, and it’s very descriptive. But it’s also about family, growing, learning to ask for help and learning to let go. If you let me, I could talk all day how wonderful this series is and how much I loved it. Eternally grateful for my friend Mics who buddy read them with me <3.

Let’s finish with this: Dance with Me is a very deeply emotional read of two people who deserve the world. I promise you, you won’t be able to resist the magic of Alexis Daria. Thank me later.

Check out all the books in the series;

  • Take the Lead
  • Dance with me
  • Dance all night

His Perfect Partner by Priscilla Oliveras

I actually read this book for Latinx Heritage Month last year! It’s a compelling and wonderful story that involves dancing, family and falling in love when you least expected it.

Yaz has come back home to take care of her dad, she’s a professional dancer, with her eyes set high and her dreams big. She starts teaching ballet to kids and that’s where she meets Tomás. He’s a single-dad, career focus, recently moved to Chigaco. They’re not supposed to want a relationship, not when Tomás can’t let go of his work and Yazmine is going back to her dancing career. But they can’t stop thinking of each other, thinking about how happy they make the other and how much they want that, that joy, in their lives.

This story is moving and hopeful, it’s very funny too but be aware that it deals with parent terminal illness. As much I enjoyed it, I understand it’s not an easy read. Yes, of course it has a HEA (happy ever after) but it’s tough, very tough.

This story was such a joy to read because their characters are just Latinx and they are allowed to exist in this world, with people who share their culture, not explanations needed. Yaz is Puerto Rican and Tomás is Mexican-American, and maybe I need to keep diversifying my reading, but this was the first time where I got to see two Latinx main characters falling for each other. For each other!

I feel like I’m repeating the same five things over and over, but I really don’t have words to express how this story and characters filled me with so much love. So please read it and you’ll understand my love.

Check out all the books in the series;

  • His Perfect Partner
  • Her Perfect Affair
  • Their Perfect Melody

Stripped by Zoey Castile


I guess, this is not technically dancing but it’s Latinx Heritage Month so we make the rules for once. Also, you seriously need to hear about Zoey Castille’s Happy Endings series. Let me enlighten you.

Stripped follows school teacher, Robyn, who’s really not having a great time right now. Between her creepy new boss and her mental health, Robyn is at her limit. And then she has a little misunderstanding with her new neighbor. More like, she accidentally takes his clothes from the laundry room. Oops, awkward. And then she goes to her friend bachelorette party and who does she find there? Oh yes, her neighbor. Because he’s part of the stripper crew. Awkward.

When I found out about this book, romancelandia described it for Magic Mike XXL fans, which I haven’t seen but I can guess it’s pretty fun, sexy and adorable? Well, this book IS pretty fun, sexy and adorable.

As I said to Silvana (bookvoyagers), when I think of the representation that I want to see for Latinx folks in romance this is it. Please be sure to check out Sil’s post about how much this series has meant to Latinx readers here.

Check out all the books in the series;

  • Stripped
  • Hired
  • Flashed

Let me know if you have more recommendations, I’m happy to add all the Latinx books where music plays a big part of the story, or a small one. I just want more mentions of bachata, carajo.

Feliz LatinxHeritageMonth, friends!

Con Amor: Latinx Retellings

Hello friends,

I’m so excited to bring this new project of mine. This September, I’ll be posting weekly recommendation of some of my favorite Latinx books. Since I have been consciously reading diverse books, specifically Latinx books, my reading life has been changed completely. Not only I have been reading more (for a series of reasons, but one of them is finding more stories that I enjoy), my list of favorite stories has gotten so big that sometimes it’s hard to keep up with all of them.

For this Latinx Heritage Month (technically, it doesn’t start until September 15th but when have I keep up with a schedule?), I want to highlight some of these voices. Not only recommend you some of my favorites, but also, give you a little of insight of what I have seen in these books that have touched me so deeply. Con Amor, With Love, because all of these authors make me feel so full of love and validation.

Sometimes I find that it’s easier for me, maybe for you too, to think of the ways I wish publishing would do better, of all the stories that I want in the world, of all the writers out there who deserve so much more. And although all these feelings and thoughts are more than valid, this month I want to turn the coin around. Yes, I will always keep fighting for more, but today, today I’m going to admire all the authors that came before. All the stories out there, right now, that are waiting to be read and love. I hope you come with me in this journey to memory and stan land.

Hey there! Are your ready for another round of love and recommendations? Please, sit down. Today we are talking about three very special books for me. Yes, the times has come to let the magic be wild in Latinx Magic. So, sit down and let’s talk about retellings!

I love retellings, LOVE THEM. From fantasies to modernizations, reading my favorite classics in new versions is one of my favorite things. And although I used to read so many retellings, one day I suddenly stopped… I know why, I got tired of finding the same kind of stories, of feeling, well, not part of these magical words or even part of the “real” world. And then it clicked, these stories were good, sure, but there were not about people like me.

Time passed and I forgot about my love for retellings, maybe I just let it go to stop feeling so disappoint. And then I found these books, and really, what could I have expected? These authors are amazing and I knew their words would change my world…

Pride by Ibi Zoboi

Zuri Benitez has her goals set and everything planned out, and then her life is turned upside down. Her sister has come back home from university but with all these ideas, her neighborhood is changing even if Zuri doesn’t want to, and this wealthy family moved across her street. Darius, proud, arrogant and cute Darius, is here to stay it seems. And when her sister starts falling for Darius’s brother, Zuri doesn’t have any other of option than finding common ground with her new enemy. But the things is, Darius is not that terrible, actually.

I read this book at the beginning of the year and it is, hands down, one of the best books that I have ever read. Yeah, I absolutely LOVED it. It’s a Pride and Prejudice retelling so I was super excited for it. The banter, the flirt, the slow burn romance, my poor heart omg! The characters are so wonderful, messy and honest. I was rooting for them even when they mess up (especially when they mess up). They also sound like real teenagers and not caricatures.

This is a perfect modernization of the story, focus on gentrification and classicism, discussing racism and poverty. Zuri is AfroLatinx and seeing the small details that are so Latinx-household made me smile so much. Her relationship with her sisters is wonderful and I really adore all of them. I just going to say it, this is the best Pride and Prejudice retelling that I have EVER read. And listen, friends, I have read a couple. Ibi perfectly balances between Jane Austen’s original work (the romance and the sarcastic tone, for example) with 2019 American realities.

Also, I highly recommend listening to the audiobook, narrated by the amazing Elizabeth Acevedo.

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Blanca & Roja by Anna-Marie McLemore

The story follows these two very different sisters, Blanca and Roja. Their families made a pact or maybe they were cursed by the swans a long time ago, what happened really, now it has been lost. But what their families know is that the swans will come and they will take one of the sisters away; one will become a swan, never to return, and one will stay behind. It’s long tradition, a pain their family carry. But the thing is, it doesn’t matter how hard the swans and their magic have been working, Blanca and Roja refuse to comply. Roja, with her red hair and brown skin, has been marked as the wrong daughter, the one who will be taken away. Blanca, with her fair-skin and blondish hair, is the good sister, love by all the señoras. But nor Roja nor Blanca are exactly what they seem, they have more power and love that what their family and the swans think. Things, however, get complicated when two boys get intertwined in this dangerous game.

This a retelling of Snow-White and Rose-Red, which I have to confess, I had not heard about before reading this book. Blanca & Roja is a wonderful book and an amazing retelling. But what would you expect from Anna-Marie McLemore? Broken hearts and many tears, sure, but also magical books like this.

We read this one for Latinx Book Club in August. I don’t know why I waited so long to get to this book. I loved Wild Beauty, which made me feel so seen and validated. So I was super excited to get to this beauty. I’m going to be honest, I just knew this book was 1) super Latinx, 2) about sisters, and 3) may have a very queer cast? Well, yes to all three but this book is so much more; an exploration of colorism, the families we make and the families we have, love and its different ways, and above everything else, the bond between sisters that can break worlds apart.

This story is fierce and tender, heartbreaking and hopeful. Anna-Marie does not only write beautifully, but they created such amazing characters. They are so sympathetic, so real, so messy. McLemore lets them be so wonderfully complicated, taking the wrong decisions for the right reasons. I loved Roja above everyone else because she’s so me; her loyalty, her anger at this unfair situation, her fierceness. And also her temper and her impulsiveness. Also, her very painful and terrible menstruation. This is the first book that I have ever read where it not only discusses menstruation openly, but it also shows how sometimes it can be incredibly painful. Just thinking about what it would have meant for me to see a character like Roja when I was young… it leaves me with tears in my eyes. It would have meant the world to me, so I’m just so glad she’s here now.

This is story is just so good, and you need it in your life.

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Ripped Pages by M. Hollis

Princess Valentina was locked up in this tower after her mother died. She spends years reading about girls who love girls and learning about her sexuality. And one day, a girl passing by helps her escape, and Valentina runs away to the girl’s kingdom.

I adore Maria Hollis, I was super excited when she announced her Rapunzel retelling. This was as soft and hopeful as all her books. The story deals with trauma and emotional abuse, with two very sympathetic girls and a delightful romance between them. It’s a novella, and I don’t really want to spoil anything, but it’s so good! It’s soft and nice and perfect. It’s very emotional but I don’t know, overall is so hopeful that makes it up.

Also, I highly recommend everything by Maria Hollis, really. She’s a wonderful and crafty author who won’t do you wrong.

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Diving more into retellings has been a wonderful experience. Especially rewarding when I get to read this type of stories, with Latinx characters by Latinx authors. And I’m so excited for all the books to come, like Pheus & Eury by Lilliam Rivera-an Orpheus and Eurydice retelling, coming out next year. Let me know if you know more retellings that I should be checking out.

Happy reading,

A Comics/Graphic Novels Wrap Up

Hello friends,

Although I feel like I’m always talking about how much I love graphic novels and comics, I don’t think I have talked about my favorites. Or for that matter, which ones I have been reading this year. So I thought I would do a quick (lengthy) wrap up of the ones that I have read so far this year, my favorites and my disappointments. Please, take a seat that this is going to take a while.

Moonstruck by Grace Ellis,
Shae Beagle and Kat Fajardo

The first volume was one of my favorites ever. This magical, modern world-building took my breath away and I adore how funny and adorable the story was. Julie is an Afro-Latinx lesbian and her girlfriend, Selena, is a black lesbian. They are both werewolves and their relationship is just starting. I seriously love all the characters. I was super excited for volume two that came out this year… but I was let down.

I don’t know what failed, well no, I know exactly what my problem is with this one. We get some hints about Julie’s past and her werewolf identity, but it’s never really developed. But this past leads to insecurities which leads to relationship conflict. So we don’t get the full extent of the problem (seriously, what’s happening here?) and then it gets resolved pretty quickly, without much information. Like I don’t need relationship conflict to carry stories, but here it kinda feels a cheap plot device.

Gotham Academy: Second Semester
by Brenden Fletcher, Becky Cloonan, Karl Kerschl and Adam Archer

I really enjoy the characters and the storyline. Yes, this is a DC comic but it leads towards mystery/boarding school plot instead of the characteristic superhero stuff. The plot twists are okay, the dialogue compelling and the art beautiful. Olive and Maps have a great friendship and the group of friends they make to solve crimes is pretty messy, but they always come together at the end. Adults are the worst in this series, they don’t see or hear anything and it’s often on the kids to save themselves and their schoolmates. Not new, but not bad. Some subplots are quite heartwarming, some pretty dark and the series makes interesting points about bad vs. evil and the cost of innocent lives in this city infested of villains and so-called heroes. I’m interested to see where the series will go from here.

Cucumber Quest by Gigi D.G.

This series follows Cucumber, the chosen hero who doesn’t want anything to do with heroic stuff, and Almond, the little sister whose only desire is to be a hero. They and their friends, knight Sir Carrot and princess Nautilus, are set to travel around their seven kingdoms and protect their world from the Nightmare Knight. The story sounds very simple, maybe fun, but it’s actually quite clever and ingenious. There are many sarcastic remarks and commentary about expectations. Not every hero is really a hero and not every self-proclaim villain is that bad. The story has a very great sibling relationship and a theme of friendship that it’s great. Plus a rival to lovers sapphic romance that it’s freaking amazing. The characters are great but the world-building is wonderful. Every kingdom is so different and special, every small detail thought out. Now, what makes me hesitant to recommend this story is the amount of fatphobia. Unnecessary, ridiculous and just awful. Please be aware and take care of yourself.

Mooncakes by Suzanne Walker and Wendy Xu

I was very excited that I got an arc of this book. The story follows two Chinese-American friends who remeet in the middle of a sort of magical crisis. Nova is a witch, working and learning from her grandmother. Tav is a nonbinary werewolf, moving from town to town. The thing is, Nova used to have a huge crush on Tav when they were kids and the best of friends. Maybe her feelings are not entirely gone. As they fall back in their old friendship and explore a new romantic relationship, they investigate the dark spirit in the forest. This is a sort of slow-paced story, the first half of the story focuses on the characters’ past. I really adore it, okay? Which shouldn’t be a surprise because this story is gorgeous, hopeful and hella queer. The three things I love.

Lumberjanes by Shannon Watters,
Kat Leyh and Ayme Sotuyo

I adore this series so much. I don’t even remember how I came to the first volume, I think it was more of pure luck. At this point, I can say without a doubt this one of my all-time favorite series. It’s fun, charming, magical, hopeful, sweet and so full of life and color. The characters go beyond paper and I seriously love all of them, even the less sympathetic ones. There are so many adventures, interesting creatures and so much pure, honest love. Between the girls and the creatures of the forest and in the camp, like friendship is a big theme of the series. I just adore it, so SO MUCH. There’s so much care with the characters and their stories. It’s truly a magical series.

Ms. Marvel by G. Willow Wilson,
Nico Leon and Ian Herring

I reread the whole series from the beginning preparing myself for this last volume. Wow, how it hit me hard on the feelings, friends. Another series that hands down, I simply adore. The way it perfectly knows and understands its audience; it has funny dialogue, charming characters, and compelling plots. As you may know, Kamala aka Ms. Marvel is a Muslim Pakistani-American teenager. During the ten comics, we have seen her struggle with being a teenager and having superpowers. The story does also shows us how she’s caught between being American and the daughter of Muslim Pakistani parents. Kamala is definitely one of my favorite characters; she makes mistakes, sometimes she’s a very bad friend, but she tries so hard, not only saving the world but doing the best for her family and friends. She has a very tied, close and beautiful group of friends that made me so happy. Kamala stan for life.

Tea Dragon by Katie O’Neill

This year I finally read The Tea Dragon Society that has been on my tbr for so long. Oh, friends, I was blown away by the beauty of the story, world-building and aesthetic of the book. I was especially excited when I was approved for an arc of the second book of the series, sort of a prequel, The Tea Dragon Festival. We follow Rinn (they/them pronouns) gathering things out in the forest when they find a sleeping dragon! Yes, a real dragon who suddenly wakes up. He had a very important role to perform in the village, but that was a very long time ago. They both try to help one another to grow confident in their dreams and jobs. I adore how soft the art is, so exquisite to see. And the world? Omg, this world is my favorite, so queer-friendly that makes my heart swollen in happiness. I highly recommend this series, or really, anything by Katie O’Neill because of so much hope and love in these stories.

Avant-Guards vol.1 by Carly Usdin and Noah Hayes

This was one of my most anticipated reads of this year. And friends, it did not disappoint me at all. I freaking loved it so much. Charlie was transferred to Georgia O’Keeffe College of Arts and Subtle Dramatics, and she’s not particularly excited about getting back on the court. But Liv, captain of the basketball team, won’t take no for an answer. She’s quite insistent, charming and cute… I mean, she has a good proposal and Charlie does miss the game and camaraderie. The story is so fun, friendship is so amazing, and the growing romance is adorable. I can’t wait to have more of this fantastic, diverse group. Go Avant-Guards!

Some other comics and graphic novels that I have read this year and loved:

Any comics that I should check out?

Happy reading,