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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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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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

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

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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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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