COLOR THE SHELVES: in conversation with Julian Winters, author of The Summer of Everything

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I’m so over the moon to share with you today’s post, because 1/ it features one of my favorite people, Julian Winters and 2/ it’s a type of post that I’ve never done before for this series, and suspect, won’t be doing again. At least not this year. Julian and I sat down to discuss the importance of books by authors of color, representation, the kinds of books with like to see and even talked about some of our favorite books! And of course, let’s not forget about his upcoming book, THE SUMMER OF EVERYTHING, which just from the synopsis sounds like a book that’s going to own my heart and wrap me in a warm fuzzy blanket, which seems to be common with Julian’s books. Continue reading

Judging MORE books by their covers

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I’m back on my bullshit again and am making a 2020 version of this post I did last year. Am I turning this into a tradition? Maybe. I had a blast doing this post last year and it turned out being one my favorites/funniest so why not make a habit of it? We’ll see if I remember to do it again next year. Continue reading

COLOR THE SHELVES: Interview with June Hur, author of The Silence of Bones

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The last couple weeks, I’ve been in the most intense thriller/mystery mood, which is weird for me because it’s not a genre I tend to read a lot. Lo and behold, I start picking up book in the genre and what do you know? I LOVE THE GENRE! So this post and book’s timing are absolutely perfect, because although I’ve been eyeing THE SILENCE OF BONES since it was announced, my reading mood and this interview made me a hundred times more excited about it. Especially since it’s historical (my favorite) set in 19th century Korea, and it has a strong female main character (also my favorite) so now I am dying to get my hands on it, and I’m sure that once you’ll read the interview, so will you. You can just feel all the care and love the author poured into her story. Continue reading

The Worst Best Man & The Boyfriend Project – two romances, a hit and a miss

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This past month, I have been on a huge romance reading kick, so much so that I spent a little over a week reading almost one romance book a day, it was…a lot, all consuming. So today, I’m here to review two ARCs I read during that period, one of which I loved, the other…not so much. Continue reading

COLOR THE SHELVES: A RUNNING mood board, by Natalia Sylvester

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Today’s post is about a book I’m very excited about and that for several reasons. RUNNING is a book following a teenage girl who’s into politics, but once she starts working for her father’s compaign, whom she idolizes, she realizes he’s not the person she thinks he is and has some decisions to make. I am really looking forward to this book because despite how involved today’s teens are in politics, that does not reflect in YA books, so I love the fact that a few books have started popping up with politics as their central themes,  this one is all the more important because the main character is latinx, specifically Cuban. So I’ll leave you with the mood board the author made for it, out of pictures she’s taken herself! Enjoy! Continue reading

YOU’RE GETTING AN AGENT… NOW WHAT? – 2020 #DVpit blog hop

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Today’s I’m bringing you the second stop in the Spring 2020 #DVpit Blog Hop! #DVpit is a Twitter pitch event for marginalized authors and/or illustrators. The next event is scheduled for April 22-23. For more information, please visit But for this very insightful post, agent Victoria Marini is going to be talking about author-agent relationships, so I will leave you with her words. Continue reading

The Wicker King – a story of love, pain and messy relationships

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Publication date : October 31st, 2017

Publisher : Imprint| Macmillan

Genre : Young Adult | Contemporary

Page Count: 305

Synopsis : When August learns that his best friend, Jack, shows signs of degenerative hallucinatory disorder, he is determined to help Jack cope. Jack’s vivid and long-term visions take the form of an elaborate fantasy world layered over our own—a world ruled by the Wicker King. As Jack leads them on a quest to fulfill a dark prophecy in this alternate world, even August begins to question what is real or not.

August and Jack struggle to keep afloat as they teeter between fantasy and their own emotions. In the end, each must choose his own truth. (from goodreads) Continue reading

COLOR THE SHELVES: Ghost Squad’s favorite movies, by Claribel Ortega

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Today’s post marks the first of the many middle grade books and authors I’m going to be sharing with you in this series, and it just feels fitting that it would be none other than one of my favorite people on earth, Claribel Ortega. Claribel was one of the first people I followed when I first joined the online bookish community a handful of years ago and have loved them and their presence for just as long, so getting to gush about their book in this post just feels right, and like something coming full circle haha.  And what a fun post it is, I had a good giggle reading through it while preparing to post it, because the characters of Ghost Squad -Lucely, Syd, Babette and even Chunk, yes!- share their favorite movies with us. And I gotta admit, I have a feeling Lucely is gonna be my favorite because here and I share a favorite movie *shrugs*. Continue reading

Nahri isn’t in love with Ali, in this essay I will-

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This isn’t the kind of post I usually do, it’s a lot more chaotic and niche than my usual content. I try to make my posts appeal to as many people as possible, but this one might be the exception, because this one is more for me than anyone else. And for fans of the series, or just people who’ve read it in general, because the rest of you will have no clue as to what I’m talking about. Oops? Read the series, though!!!!

Here’s the thing, I finished the Empire of Gold a few days ago and I have a lot of feelings. It’s the last book in my favorite series of all time and the more I read it the more intense and passionate feelings I started having about Nahri’s romantic prospects. Continue reading