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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Something to Talk About & The Roommate – Similarly frustrating for completely different reasons

I was considering doing individual reviews for both these books but the more I sat with my feelings the more I realized both these books incited similar reactions in me while reading them and that although I could rant about them for days, maybe making “mini” reviews will force me to keep my thoughts concise and the ranting to a necessary minimum, so here we go.

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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

BLOG TOUR: Court of Lions – Everything I wanted from the sequel and more

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Series: Mirage #2

Publication date : August 4th, 2020goodreads

Publisher : Flatiron Books | Macmillan

Genre : Young Adult |Fantasy, Science Fiction

Page Count: 336

Synopsis : Two identical girls, one a princess, the other a rebel. Who will rule the empire?

After being swept up into the brutal Vathek court, Amani, the ordinary girl forced to serve as the half-Vathek princess’s body double, has been forced into complete isolation. The cruel but complex princess, Maram, with whom Amani had cultivated a tenuous friendship, discovered Amani’s connection to the rebellion and has forced her into silence, and if Amani crosses Maram once more, her identity – and her betrayal – will be revealed to everyone in the court.

Amani is desperate to continue helping the rebellion, to fight for her people’s freedom. But she must make a devastating decision: will she step aside, and watch her people suffer, or continue to aid them, and put herself and her family in mortal danger? And whatever she chooses, can she bear to remain separated, forever, from Maram’s fiancé, Idris? (From Goodreads) 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