As if you didn’t need more novels to add to your shopping cart well here, I am *whispers* the menace. I have the perfect romance recommendations to cuddle with next to fireplace while sipping on hot chocolate. And don’t worry this list won’t just be Christmas romance novels, although those are lovely, the books on the list today are novels that take place during the wintertime or give winter vibes.Continue reading “Five Winter themed novels to add to your tbr”
Hi book lovers, I am back again with another STEM baddie book recommendation. This week I am reviewing Ten Trends to Seduce your Best Friend by Penny Reid. This novel is a misunderstood enemies to lovers and fake best-friend romantic comedy. It is chaotic, hilarious, and should be your next romance read!Continue reading “Ten Trends to seduce your best friend is a stem romance classic!”
Love in the Time of Serial killers by Alicia Thompson has the cutest cover and a curious plot! It immediately caught my attention, and I needed to add it to my Libby queue asap. So, I did.
If you know a few things about serial killers and true crime cases, you will probably enjoy this novel. Not just because our protagonist, Phobe, knows a lot about these cases but because she’s writing a dissertation on the True Crime genre. I found that really interesting!
Although this novel has a boy-next-door type of romance and a cute stray black cat, I really loved that it explores sibling relationships, friendships, and grief too!Continue reading “Love in the Time of Serial Killers: A soft romance for True Crime lovers!”
The Kingdom of Runes series is a new adult fantasy with a headstrong heroine who often gets herself into trouble. Written by Audrey Grey, a bestselling author most known for the Evermore Academy books. All novels in this series are available through kindle unlimited.
This series was advertised to me on Instagram two years ago, and the ad promised a “Rhysand” type of love interest. Which to me means a love interest with a bit of a villain arc. And to be honest, our leading man Stolas was exactly that. However, I am sharing this review now because I am eagerly awaiting the final novel in this series. But the author disappeared last December, promising to finish the final book in this series but more on that later. In this post I will break down the first four novels in this series.Continue reading “A Kingdom of Runes: A delicious but incomplete fantasy series”
I got to read the The Inheritance of Orquídea Divina just before latine heritage month end! And honestly it was the perfect book to finish out the month of celebration.
The Inheritance of Orquídea Divina revolves around family and healing family trauma. And this novel’s also written in the style of magical realism.Continue reading “The Inheritance of Orquidea Divina is a must read”
I reviewed Ninth House a few years ago (you can read my thoughts here) but decided to reread the novel last fall. It was such an immersive experience! However, while reviewing my previous post, I realized that I made a grievous error. In my previous review, I mentioned that Darlington is “the nerdy gentleman of Ninth House” and that he and Alex “ have no business being together romantically.”
But I was wrong. So very wrong. Alex and Darlington are deeply in love with each other. They yearn for each other on a Victorian level. Additionally, they are also both murderers who deserve each other.Continue reading “Why Alex and Darlington are getting married in Hell (A Ninth House Essay)”
Picture this a runaway vampire with roots tracing as far back as the Aztec empire and a teenage trash collector are on the run in a futuristic Mexico City. This is the world Sylvia Moreno Garcia creates in Certain Dark Things and it’s as entertaining as you think it is.Continue reading “Certain Dark Things”
Hello Book lovers, and Happy spooky season. If you’re not a big fan of all things spooky- but you enjoy fantasy and perhaps paranormal romances, then I have a treat for you today. After reading Rebekah Weatherspoon’s Better Off Red and its sequels in 2021, I was blown away by all the diverse vampires in that universe.
This set me off into a quest to read more vampire novels. And I’ve noticed some similarities across the genre. One of the first things I connected across all novels is that vampires are sexy.Continue reading “What I learned from a year of reading vampire books”
Hey book lovers, it’s that time of year when trees shake off their leaves and litter the sidewalks with red, brown, and gold. This means it’s also time for me to share my Fall favorites of 2022! This year I have some great recommendations, but if you want to check out my 2021 and 2020 recommendations!Continue reading “Fall Favorites 2022”
Mexican Gothic is a New York Times Bestseller: It’s another Silvia Moreno classic! Despite my love for Silvia Moreno Garcia’s writing, I hesitated to read this novel despite adding it to my tbr every year since its publication.
But the open chapter convinced me to continue this story. Noemí’s father sends her to check in on her cousin after receiving a distressing letter from her. Catalina takes on an older sister role, so Noemí fights for both their lives. I have a similar relationship with my cousin, and I too would set a house on fire to save our lives.Continue reading “Don’t be scared and read Mexican Gothic!”
In my previous reviews of The Folk of the Air novels, I roasted Cardan and Jude. And today is no different!
How the King of Elfhame learned to Hate Stories is another novella in the Folk of the Air series. This novella takes place after Queen of Nothing, the last novel, and it features some gorgeous art.Continue reading “Cardan was always a terrible villain”
Hello Readers! Latinx/e heritage month is upon us! And while I have many great recommendations from years past, I’ve also had the pleasure of reading some newly released romance novels with Latina authors this year. And the one I want to highlight first is Yamile Saied Méndez Twice a Quinceañera.
Twice a Quinceañera is a contemporary romance novel featuring the ultimate revenge and self-love journey. Told through dual pov of both Nadia and Marcus, this story is a great weekend read.Continue reading “Twice a Quinceañera is a perfect love letter to your thirties”
Every year I share novels I want to read during Latinx heritage month (also known as Hispanic Heritage Month) even though I read novels by Latine authors year-round, I often save some for this month-long celebration.
Continue reading “2022 Latinx Tbr”
You might have noticed my previous Latinx tbr for the past two years always feature Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno Garcia, and this year is no different friends. But this year, I want to get serious and finally sit down and read this novel!
A Proposal They Can’t Refuse is Natalie Caña’s debut novel; and it’s phenomenal. This novel perfectly blends Irish and Puerto Rican cultures in a novel about friendship, scheming grandfathers, and falling in love.
It also features the perfect oh no, they were roommates and bed-sharing trope!Continue reading “A Proposal they Can’t Refuse”
Hi, Book Lovers, I hope you have your library cards or wallet at the ready because today I’m reviewing Love Times Infinity. Love times Infinity is Lane Clarke’s debut novel and consider adding this to your tbr because it just became one of my favorites.Continue reading “Book review: Love times Infinity”
Hi book lovers! Since starting Tiktok, I’ve been a mess at juggling this blog, Instagram, and creating videos. I am working on it! But for now, I wanted to review some recent reads.
As usual, fantasy is my favorite escapism and has a hold on my life and my heart.Continue reading “Quick Reviews and Updates”
Two households, alive with Mariachi music,
In fair San Antonio, we lay our scene,
From ancient bitterness break new passion…
Hi lovers of libros, today I’m reviewing a book with the prettiest cover! West Side Love Story by Priscella Oliveras is inspired by Shakespeare’s famous Romeo and Juliet.
This Romeo and Juliet retelling is a super fun read. Undecided what R and J retelling to pick up? I will probably not help you narrow down your choices. However, West Side Love story has the main characters in rival Mariachi bands!Continue reading “Marichis x Romeo and Juliet? West Side Love Story is a perfect combo!”
I love reading and writing about books, but I never mention a certain fantasy wizarding series in any of my recommendations. And the truth is I tried to read them when I was young, and I hated them because they are in third person. I love third person POVs now, but I don’t have any interest in reading about the boy who lived.
Maybe you’re salty about recent events revolving around this beloved series and its author. Maybe you are at war with your nostalgic feelings and your belief in human rights. And maybe you’re curious if there are any other novels that will inspire that whimsical feeling. Look no further because here are some book recs with magical boarding schools, witches, and that whimsical feel!
Disclaimer: I have not read every book on this list (I want to); the ones I have read will have their themes stated.Continue reading “Harry who? Read these magical novels instead!”
Enemies to lovers’ hotties, remember the Bridge Kingdom novels. These books followed a trained spy, a humble king, and their arranged marriage. I LOVED these novels- but when I heard book three would follow another couple, I was weary. However, because a year has passed since I read The Bridge kingdom, I was ravenous for another glimpse of Lara and Aren. But after reading a few chapters of Inadequate Heir, I was enamored with the new IT couple, Keris and Zarrah.
Similar to the first novels in this series, Inadequate Heir is an enemies to lovers and forbidden lovers story.
To restore all our memories…In the first two novels Lara Veliant marries Aren Kertell with the intent to bring his kingdom to its knees. But Lara’s plans are disrupted when she learns that her father manipulated her into believing that Aren was starving the citizens of Maridrina, her homeland. And she also falls for him, but Lara’s realization happens too late, and her father begins a war with Ithicana. In the sequel Lara redeems herself by saving Aren, murdering her father, and liberating Ithicana. Lara also discovers that the heir to Maridrina -Keris- is her full brother, and although he aided Aren’s escape, Lara does not trust him.Continue reading “Lara isn’t the only Bad Ass sibling- A review for Inadequate Heir”
If you have not read Amparo Ortiz’s Blazewrath Games, I am insisting you add it to your Tbr (To be Read) pile right now. This young adult fantasy series takes readers to the Blazewrath Games and Dragonblood ring; and is one of diverse magic users, dragons, and friendship. This series also has a diverse cast of characters and an incredible magic system.
In the first novel, Lana Torres joins the tournament as part of team Puerto Rico, and she loves it. However, a previous competitor cursed his dragon, the Sire, and now that dragon threatens to end the games and take over the world.Continue reading “Dragonblood ring”
I am a casual figure skating fan but a year-round enemies to lover fan. So when From Lukov with Love caught my eyes on the socials (Instagram and TikTok), I immediately added it to my Tbr. However, I eventually discovered that I would either have to purchase a copy or read it with Kindle Unlimited. I chose a kindle. Yes, I am back on my Kindle Unlimited binging. Prepare yourselves for some underrated reads.
“Nothing and nobody would ever come between my dreams and me.”Mariana Zapata
But while From Lukov with Love may be an ice-skating romance, it is also a novel about learning to stay stubborn and place your dreams in a chokehold.Continue reading “I finally read From Lukov with Love and am a happy gal”
Realm Breaker is a Young Adult High Fantasy adventure by Victoria Aveyard. Aveyard is best known for her YA Fantasy series Red Queen. I loved Red Queen but not so much its sequel. However, I decided to give Aveyard another chance with Realm breaker.Continue reading “Giving Victoria Aveyard another chance with Realm Breaker”
Two families alike in dignity, in fair Brazil, we set our scene. Salt and Sugar by Rebecca Caravalho is an up-and-coming young adult contemporary set to release this November. I received an advanced reader’s copy for this one, and let me tell you, it’s a must read if you love R & J stories, enemies to lovers, baking, and latine(x) stories.
Thank you Netgalley and Inkyard press for this Advanced Readers copy. Salt and Sugar is out everywhere November 1st.Continue reading “Salt and Sugar gives Romeo and Juliet a Brazilian twist”
Lou Paterson and Sam Alvarez were best friends until one fateful day in middle school left Lou humiliated. Now despite being neighbors and living in the small town of Port Coral, the two refuse to speak. But then Lou finds a high school bucket list they made together and is determined to finish it without Sam. But then Sam agrees to help Lou with the list, and they set off to complete it before their high school graduation.Continue reading “Our Way Back to Always: A heartwarming friends to lover’s romance”
I spent years reading Star Wars fanfiction but when picking my next read I always pick up fantasy or contemporaries. I enjoy reading science fiction novels, even the non-Star Wars kind, but I don’t spend a lot of time searching my next read in that genre. But when I found Polaris Rising By Jessie Mihalik and read the description, I was ready to ascend into space.Continue reading “Polaris Rising is a great sci-fi read!”
Hi book lovers! I hope you’re in a whimsical mood today because I have an enchanting book to review! If you follow my Instagram, you probably saw how much I enjoyed this book, but now I’ll share all of my thoughts!
I received the opportunity to review Witchlings by Claribel Ortega in late March thanks to Colored pages blog tours, scholastic, and Claribel Ortega.
Witchlings is a fantasy, magical, witch-infused middle-grade book. Author Claribel Ortega is a former reporter and now writes fantasy books inspired by her Dominican heritage. You might have heard of her debut novel, Ghost Squad.Continue reading “Witchlings’ a whimsical adventure that’s perfect for everyone”
Mia Sosa is one of my favorite Latinx writers, so when I discovered she had written a squeal to the Worst Best Man, I knew I had to read it.
Once again, readers will be able to dive into an adorable romance novel and reacquaint themselves with familiar characters and delicious Brazilian cuisine.
Thank you Netgalley, for the Advanced readers’ copy.Continue reading “Add the Wedding Crasher to your tbr and your cart!”
A Lot Like Adiós is the sexy sequel to Alexis Daria’s You had me at Hola, and I expected this book to be similar. But wow, A Lot Like Adiós blew me away and has made me reconsider my stance on the friends-to-lovers trope.Continue reading “A Lot Like Adiós spiced up the friends to lover’s trope!”
Happy Spring for all of us in the Northern Hemisphere! Spring is the perfect season for those of us who crave picnics in the park and the sound of chirping friends. If you are like me, the thing you look forward to the most during spring is the pastels! Pastel eggs, pastel wardrobe, pastel home decor!
In honor of spring, I thought I would revamp my gorgeous book covers and phenomenal plots list with a spring edition.
*This Post contains affiliate links to bookshop.org, which sells books through indie bookstore. If you complete a purchase, I earn a small commission.*Continue reading “Books with Pastels covers that are perfect for Spring”
After finishing the Love Hypothesis, I decided to reread the Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang, and I realized I do not have a review for it on my blog. I don’t know why, when it is one of my favorite romance novels!
If you loved Ali Hazelwood’s The Love Hypothesis, but you felt like it lacked steamy scenes, you’ll love the Kiss Quotient. It has a swoon-worthy and patient male lead and intelligent and kind-hearted heroine. Did I mention this is book one in a series?Continue reading “The Kiss Quotient is a fake dating classic and should be your next read”
When you think of the perfect romance book what do you think? Fake dating? bookstore dates? A bad boy? Well, if you are in the mood for all those things and don’t mind a YA romance check out Counting Down with You.
Counting Down with You by Tashie Bhuiyan is an adorable romance featuring a Bangladeshi teen, the school bad boy, and lots of book dates.Continue reading “Counting down with you is a How-To for getting a baddie to buy you books!”
The Love Hypothesis was all over my insta feed, youtube, and even my friends were sending me Tik toks praising this book. Fake-dating, tall and small, grumpy and sunshine pair, it has everything I love in the book. But I had to wait a few months to get the book from my public library.
The Love Hypothesis is Ali Hazelwood’s debut novel, and it features fake dating, a STEM academic setting, chaotic besties, a demisexual protagonist, and lots of PSL runs.Continue reading “The Love Hypothesis”
In 2020, I wrote a blog post recommending the perfect romance reads for February, and I thought I would make another one for the 2022 Valentine season! And yesterday was my birthday, so I went extra for the main image.Continue reading “Romance reads for lonely hearts!”
When I first heard about Zhao’s novel, it was through their youtube channel, I recommend it if you like video essays, and as a writer and book blogger myself, I was excited. What I expected: historical fiction inspired by the sole female emperor of China and a polyamorous relationship. What I got: science fiction dystopia, aliens, and a throuple. And I loved it.
I also would like to thank Netgalley for providing me a copy of Iron Widow to review. All opinions expressed in this review are my own.Continue reading “Iron Widow”
A Ruin of Roses by K.F. Breene is another beauty and the beast retelling but what sets this series apart from other retellings is the erotic, hilarious, and romantic setting of this world. Plus, the heroine Finley does not hesitate to step on a few toes especially if they belong to the arrogantly handsome Nyfain.
If you’re a fan of A Court of Thorns and Roses or smutty fairytales add this series to your list!
Available for free on kindle unlimitedContinue reading “Could this book be smuttier than ACOTAR?”
The Venatrix Chronicles by Sylvia Mercedes, is an imaginative fantasy series that flirts with the idea of a villain origin story. It has an enemies to lovers theme as well as a stubborn and stabby female lead and biracial love interest. The series spans seven novels, and its fantastical world is so grand it’s an easy series to get lost in.
This series is available to read for free with an kindle unlimited subscription.Continue reading “The Venatrix Chronicles deserves more hype”
Happy New Year!
I hope your holidays were relaxing and full of love. Mine was kind of stressful but I am welcoming the new year with positive vibes.
Every New Year I like to write resolutions and this year I have some for this blog, so I thought I shared them.
Are you looking for the perfect book to keep you warm during New Years? I got you covered! Check out my favorite books I read this year!Continue reading “My favorite reads of 2021”
Okay let’s talk Traitor Queen.
The sequel to The Bridge Kingdom novel is heart wrenching and frustrating and you might hate the heroine.Continue reading “This sequel made me cry but it was perfect!”
Hey Readers! I’m sorry for disappearing without notice but I elected to spend my November revisiting my favorite novels and writing my fantasy story. My mind was feeling a bit stormy and this reset was much needed. But my mind has calmed and posts should resume to normal. Please enjoy this review of Bridge Kingdom
Everyone knows I love a story with enemies to lovers but what is a little bit less known is that I adore a story with Enemies to lovers combined with an arranged marriage. So when I discovered Bridge Kingdom by Danielle L Jensen, I knew I hit the jackpot.Continue reading “I loved The Bridge Kingdom”
Illusionary is full of fanfic tropes: fake marriage, bed sharing, enemies to friends to lovers, childhood friends, iconic besties, and pirates. I loved Incendiary but I wasn’t prepared to love Illusionary even more.Continue reading “If you loved Incendiary, buckle up for Illusionary”
Every year Freeform throws a Halloween bash in Los Angeles for spooky lovers. I’ve previously attended their 2019 event, and I loved it. I could not wait to attend their next one. And I managed to snag tickets for this year!
Here’s how it went.Continue reading “I went to Freeform’s halloween road and I wasn’t feeling it.”
Zoraida Córdova’s Incendiary holds a special place in my heart because she personally wanted to send advanced reader’s copies of this book to Latinx readers and reviewers. The catch, Córdova had one copy, so the chosen readers would have to take turns sharing. Ultimately, I was not chosen, but Zoriada did write me a letter thanking me for signing up and sent me a bookplate. Which was very nice of her!
Years later, I finally sat down to read this book, and I felt a little disappointed there was not an instant connection.
And then I got to the part where Ren witnesses Dez’s decapitation, and she turns into a ball of anger and revenge. Apparently, I just needed a bit of violence to appreciate the storyContinue reading “I am in love with Zoraida Córdova’s Incendiary!”
Fall is one of my favorite times of the year, and now that it’s officially here on my side of the world, that means I get to be extra and thrive on the seasonal activities. So for today’s posts, I wanted to share my fall must-haves for this year. If you want to check out my previous fall recommendations, you can do so here.Continue reading “My Fall favorites 2021”
Do you ever see a book cover and think “whoa, that’s hot.”
That’s the precise reaction I had when I saw the cover of A Dark and Hollow Star.
A Dark and Hollow Star is Ashley Shuttleworth’s debut novel and it’s a queer fantasy with elements of a murder mystery.Continue reading “A Dark and Hollow Star is FULL of Hotties”
Lobizona a young adult fantasy novel by Romina Garber promises a story about a young Argentine discovering the truth of her heritage, but this novel is way more than that! Nothing in the blurb of Lobizona prepares readers for the rich and imaginative world that they’ll step into.Continue reading “Run with wolves in Lobizona by Romina Garber!”
We are now in the second half of Latinx heritage month, and I’ve finished one book on tbr. I may have gotten sidetracked by reading the Venatrix Chronicles (review to come), which has lots of action and adventure that I abandoned my current reads.
Blazewrath Games was amazing and immediately after I picked up Incendiary, but the novel wasn’t as fast paced as I liked so I then picked up Lobizona which was more my speed. As I’m slowly making my way through both novels, I’ve decided to share some of my favorite quotes from both.Continue reading “My favorite quotes from my current Reads”
Fall is officially here! And I know what you’re thinking- Umm, don’t you live in Southern California? Isn’t your fall nonexistent?
And you would be right.
In my part of the world, there’s not an abundance of leaves changing color or the need to bundle up. But that won’t stop me from getting into the seasonal spirit. And one way I do that is by reading some paranormal fiction!
So here is a list of books I would like to read during spooky season and for the rest of fall.Continue reading “Books to read this spooky season”
Blazewrath Games released last year (2020) and is author’s Amparo’s Ortiz debut. This novel is perfect for fans of fantasy, magic, chaotic besties, and most importantly-dragons!
This post contains affiliate links. If you click a link and complete a purchase I receive a commission.Continue reading “You need to read Blazewrath Games by Amparo Ortiz”
Leaves are falling, sunflowers are blooming, and the smell of pumpkin spice is in the air. Fall brings delicious snacks and the excuse to watch Over the Garden Wall.
But before Fall is officially on the calendar, there’s a special month-long celebration known as Latinx heritage month. Like many book bloggers, I’m going to dedicate this month to reading books by latinx/latine authors.
However, as we are on the eve of spooky season, I will also slip in some paranormal literature novels too.
Curious about the origins of Hispanic heritage month and why I emphasize this an Latinx celebration? Check out the page on the U.S government’s website.
*This post contains affiliate links. I receive a commission if you complete a purchase through one of my links.Continue reading “Latinx heritage Month Reads 2021”