COLOR THE SHELVES: Interview with Chloe Gong, author of These Violent Delights

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I’m here today with one of my most anticipated releases and I’m sure…one of yours as well. I’m bringing you an interview with Chloe Gong, the author of These Violent Delights, one of the very few books that completely destroyed me this year (where do I send my therapy bill?). If you’re looking forward to this book, you’re in for a treat, and if for some reason you haven’t heard of it yet, you’re ALSO in for a treat and here is why: These Violent Delights is a Romeo and Juliette retelling set in 1920s Shanghai where two gangs are not only fighting each other but also a mysterious monster that’s spreading a plague through their ranks, and city.

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The #Ownvoices label has lost its way

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This post has been a long time coming. I’ve been meaning to sit down and write it for the past month or so but it just never seemed to happen, something always got in the way or time got away from me but here I am today, talking about all the ways in which I love and hate the label Ownvoices. Ownvoices is a label that I used to love but that I slowly grew to resent, nowadays, it makes me cringe more often than not. And that only tells me one thing: This word has strayed very far away from what it was intended to be.

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COLOR THE SHELVES: Interview with Mark Oshiro, author of Each of Us a Desert

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I am so incredibly excited today to be bringing you an interview with one of my favorite people on the internet, Mark Oshiro, author of Anger is a Gift and the soon to be releases EACH OF US A DESERT, the book we’re here to chat about! If you somehow don’t know Mark and don’t follow them on social media, please do yourself a favor and go fix that. They are a gem and will brighten your timeline with each other their tweets. In the same vein, add their upcoming book to your TBRs. If you love quiet atmospheric fantasy, desert settings, beautiful writing and character journeys, you might have just found your new favorite! Now enough gushing and let’s get to the interview

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10 things that make me fall in love with books + recommendations

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As my reading tastes have been shifting the past year or so (a topic for another day) I started thinking about what the fixtures are in all of this, the immovable things that, no matter how much my reading changes, will always be there for me to count on when it comes to books. What are some things that draw me to books? The things that I look for in a story to be able to say with confidence that I think I would love it. Things that, if incorporated into a story, if weaved in seamlessly into the narrative will make a book leave an everlasting impression on me, if not make it a new favorite of mine.

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COLOR THE SHELVES: Interview with Anika Fajardo, author of What If a Fish

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Today I’m very happy to bring you a chat with Anika Fajardo, author of the newly released WHAT IF A FISH, a middle grade magical realism story about a little Colombian boy who’s never felt quite Colombian enough. It’s a story of identity, finding oneself, family and finding magic in the mundane. If you like middle grade and you like magic this is one I highly recommend you check out… right after reading this interview, of course!

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COLOR THE SHELVES: “Writing with your own Mythology” – by Shveta Thakrar, author of Star Daughter

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Today on the blog, I have invited the author of one of my most anticipated releases of 2020, Shveta Tharkar, and the book is question is none other than STAR DAUGHTER! I am so unbelievably excited to get my hand in this newly released book and devour it. It’s Hindu mythology inspired and about a girl who is half a human half a star who has to travel to the sky to enlist her mother’s help after she injures her father with her starfire. Now how brilliant does that sound?  Plus I’ve only been hearing great things about it. That in addition to this amazing post the author wrote has me sold on it and convinced I will love it. Continue reading

COLOR THE SHELVES: Interview with Suzanne Park, author of Loathe at First Sight

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Today I’m joined by Suzanne Park, author of not only one but TWO books that coming out in 2020. The first one is THE PERFECT ESCAPE, which is a YA contemporary that’s already out, and the second one is LOATHE AT FIRST SIGHT, coming out in this 18th of this month. And for this interview today we’re going to be chatting about the latter! LOATHE AT FIRST SIGHT is a cute and geeky office romance where the main character gets roped into making this ridiculous video games concept she was pitching as a joke and also…possibly falls in love with the new intern at her job? Let us see what the author has to say about the book! Continue reading

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