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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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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COLOR THE SHELVES: Interview with Wayne Santos, author of The Chimera Code

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I’m bringing you an interview today with Wayne Santos, author of the upcoming THE CHIMERA CODE, which is a science-fantasy book set in a non-binary age (the 22nd) where magic and science mix (or don’t, depending on how you look at it) and magic is for hire. We follow and eclectic crew of mercenaries as they get up to shenanigans and many things go wrong and…explode. Wayne Santos makes so many interesting points about the book that made it all the more intriguing and fascinating, and I’m happy to be sharing them and the book with you today! Continue reading

COLOR THE SHELVES: Interview with Chantel Acevedo, author of Muse Squad: The Cassandra Curse

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Today I’m here to bring you an interview with Chantel Acevedo, the author of MUSE SQUAD: THE CASSANDRA CURSE, a very cute middle grade story about friendship, doing the right thing and what it means to be a hero. Centering a Cuban American twelve year old and laced with Greek mythology. This interview was so fun and I’m sure that if you didn’t already have this book your TBR you’ll now put it on it, and if you do, well, you’re gonna want to read it ASAP.

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COLOR THE SHELVES: Interview with Lyla Lee, author of I’ll Be the One

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I’m so excited to be bringing you an interview with the author of one of the loveliest, softest books I’ve read so far this year. Lyla Lee, author of I’LL BE THE ONE, a book about a fat Korean girl who wants to be one of the first plus-size k-pop stars in the industry. She enters a competition and drama and swoony romance ensue. The romance is between a bi girl and a bi boy and it’s so sweet and tender, it made my heart ache. Not only that but the themes of unrealistic beauty standards, queerphobia and fatphobia are all tackled in this story. This is a very special treat for k-pop fans, but believe me when I tell you (as someone who knows zero about all of that) that there’s something for everyone to love in this book. Now, enough of me and more of the author. Continue reading

COLOR THE SHELVES: Interview with Leah Johnson, author of You Should See Me in a Crown

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You have NO idea how excited I am about today’s post. I read YOU SHOULD SEE ME IN A CROWN a few months back and absolutely adored it, I also had the pleasure to chat with Leah before this interview and adored HER. She is such a kind, funny and beautiful person and ALL of that shows in her book: a rivals to lovers YA sapphic romance set around prom that subverts tropes, is funny, witty, heartfelt and emotional. It filled my heart with joy, which I think we (Black people) need after the more-than-usual hellish few days we had. I’ll speak on that in a post coming in the next couple days, whenever I find the energy to put my thoughts into words but TODAY we’re here to celebrate Black joy and to chat with Leah about her new release and everything wonderful about it. Continue reading

COLOR THE SHELVES: Interview with Swati Teerdhala, author of The Archer at Dawn

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A couple months ago, I read THE TIGER AT MIDNIGHT by Swati Teerdhala and had an absolute blast with it! It was such an immersive cat and mouse romance fantasy story, with intrigue and adventure so I couldn’t help but enjoy it. Now imagine how happy I am, that after reading it, I am able to interview the author about it as well as about its newly released sequel THE ARCHER AT DAWN, which I -for obvious reasons- am dying to get my hands on. Especially with how many possibilities the ending of the first book brings to the table, I! Must! Know! So, without further ado, I will cut my babbles short and leave you with the actual interview. Continue reading

COLOR THE SHELVES: Interview with Roseanne A. Brown, author of A Song of Wraiths and Ruin + EXCERPT

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Today’s post is one that means a LOT to me, not only because it packs a lot of meat and we are being fed (mayhaps I’m hungry) since we have BOTH an excerpt and an interview. But the real reason it means a lot to me is because I had the honor to interview Roseanne, an African author who wrote a West African inspired fantasy (Morocco included heh, because we’re at the northern most part of the west) talking about her experiences writing said book. Said book is A SONG OF WRAITHS AND RUIN which sounds absolutely brilliant. And said experiences resonated deeply withing my soul and made me want to read the book even more. Now, I will stop talking, because you’re not here for me, and leave you with the excerpt first and the interview after that. Continue reading