Let’s talk about my experience as an international reviewer

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I’ve officially been a reviewer and content creator for a solid five years now and have been thinking about making this post for…maybe two or three of those? But for some reason I can never quite find the right things I want to say or how to say them but I think I’ve stalled enough and I’m hoping that words come to me as I write. I can hear you maybe ask: but why now, Fadwa? Maybe just general dissatisfaction? Maybe one too many incidents? Maybe being pushed aside and overlooked one too many time? Definitely watching all the US vs UK reviewers arguments while the rest of us watch back and forth like it’s a tennis match. Probably a mix of all the above. And this was also requested by my patrons for the month of July so…you know, gotta do it. Continue reading

COLOR THE SHELVES: “Do you believe in destiny?” – by Roselle Lim, author of Vanessa Yu’s Magical Paris Teashop

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Today I’m bringing you a post that I really enjoyed reading and I hope you do as well! Roselle Lim, author of the upcoming VANESSA YU’S MAGICAL PARIS TEASHOP, talks about the concept of destiny and how she feels about it. This is a topic that’s extensively explored in her sophomore release where the main character who sees people’s fortunes in tea leaves, accidentally sees her own fate and the exact way she dies. The story unfolds from there exploring whether fate is set in stone and whether or not someone’s destiny can be changed by their actions, all of this while exploring the streets of Paris. This is one book I’m looking forward to reading, and if it’s not already on your radar, I hope it now is! Continue reading

COLOR THE SHELVES: Interview with Syed M. Masood, author of More than Just a Pretty Face

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You know how I’m always craving more Muslim representation, right? All kinds of Muslim representation really. But something that I find really lacking, is Muslim boys as main characters in YA. If you ask me about Muslim books, you can be sure that I’d start firing recommendations but most if not all of them would have girls as main characters. I know they exist, but they’re very rare and we need more. So when I heard of MORE THAN JUST A PRETTY FACE by Syed M. Masood, I got extremely hyped for it and couldn’t wait to feature the author and hopefully put this book on the radar of people who are looking for this type of story. So without further ado, here’s my interview with Syed M. Masood. Continue reading

COLOR THE SHELVES: a Wayward Witch playlist by Zoraida Cordova

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Today I’m bringing you a post that’s a combination of two of my favorite things. Music and books. And not just any book. I’m bringing you a playlist for WAYWARD WITCH, the third book in the Brooklyn Brujas trilogy, and it was curated by the author, so you know it’s gonna be good. If you’ve been following me for while you know that I enjoy this series a lot, the adventure aspect of it, the magic, the family but most of all the sisterhood. Each of these books is about a different sister so seeing that relationship through the eyes of each on of them as well the way they experience being Brujas is such a neat take on the series. WAYWARD WITCH is about Rose, the little sister, who is my favorite so I’m extra excited for this one. Without further ado, here’s the playlist to get us all in the mood. Continue reading

THE REBEL ARMY blog tour: Interview with V.E. Schwab

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Today I’m bringing you a post I was teasing in my June wrap-up that I am so very excited about!! As part of the blog tour celebrating the release of THE REBEL ARMY, the third and final comic in The Steel Prince trilogy, I was able to interview V.E. Schwab about this last installment specifically as well as the series as a whole and it was so much fun. Continue reading

COLOR THE SHELVES: Interview with Raquel Vasquez Gilliland, author of Sia Martinez and the Moonlit Beginning of Everything

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Today I’m here to talk to you about SIA MARTINEZ AND THE MOONLIT BEGINNING OF EVERYTHING and to talk *with* the author, Raquel Vasquez Gilliland, about her book, which is a mix of magical realism and science fiction. A mix I am very intrigued by and drawn too and I’m sure will make many readers happy. Hearing the author talk about her book made me so much more excited about reading it and I’m sure it’ll do the same to you, or put it on your radar if it’s not already. This sounds like a gem, so let me vacate the premises and let you discover what it is all about.

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BLOG TOUR: Girl, Serpent, Thorn – Morally grey characters and monster girlfriends

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Publication date : July 7th, 2020

Publisher : Flatiron| Macmillan

Genre : Young Adult | Fantasy

Page Count: 336

Synopsis : There was and there was not, as all stories begin, a princess cursed to be poisonous to the touch. But for Soraya, who has lived her life hidden away, apart from her family, safe only in her gardens, it’s not just a story.

As the day of her twin brother’s wedding approaches, Soraya must decide if she’s willing to step outside of the shadows for the first time. Below in the dungeon is a demon who holds knowledge that she craves, the answer to her freedom. And above is a young man who isn’t afraid of her, whose eyes linger not with fear, but with an understanding of who she is beneath the poison.
Soraya thought she knew her place in the world, but when her choices lead to consequences she never imagined, she begins to question who she is and who she is becoming…human or demon. Princess or monster. (from goodreads)

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COLOR THE SHELVES: Interview with Adrianna Cuevas, author of The Total Eclipse of Nestor Lopez

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If you follow me on any of my platform, you know that I’ve gotten into and fallen in love with middle grade this year (which was one of my goals, so yay!), and THE TOTAL ECLIPSE OF NESTOR LOPEZ reinforced that love for me. It follows a boy who talks to animals as he tries to solve the disappearance of some of them in the forest and well as defeat the witch responsible for it. It’s fun, funny and so heartfelt with some important themes mixed in there. Now I will shut up and leave you with my interview with Adrianna Cuevas, the author of the book, to convince you that you need to pick it up.

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The Empire of Gold -My favorite series is over and I am a void

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Series: Daevabad trilogy #3

Publication date : June 30th, 2020

Publisher : Harper Voyager| Harpercollins

Genre : Adult | Fantasy

Page Count: 766

Synopsis : Daevabad has fallen.
After a brutal conquest stripped the city of its magic, Nahid leader Banu Manizheh and her resurrected commander, Dara, must try to repair their fraying alliance and stabilize a fractious, warring people.
But the bloodletting and loss of his beloved Nahri have unleashed the worst demons of Dara’s dark past. To vanquish them, he must face some ugly truths about his history and put himself at the mercy of those he once considered enemies. Continue reading