Dragonblood ring

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. 

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I finally read From Lukov with Love and am a happy gal

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.

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Salt and Sugar gives Romeo and Juliet a Brazilian twist

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.

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Our Way Back to Always: A heartwarming friends to lover’s romance

Summary:

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.

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Polaris Rising is a great sci-fi read!

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.

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Witchlings’ a whimsical adventure that’s perfect for everyone

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. 

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Add the Wedding Crasher to your tbr and your cart!

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.

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Books with Pastels covers that are perfect for Spring

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! 

Photo was taken on my animal crossing Island last spring

In honor of spring, I thought I would revamp my gorgeous book covers and phenomenal plots list with a spring edition.

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The Kiss Quotient is a fake dating classic and should be your next read

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?

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Counting down with you is a How-To for getting a baddie to buy you books!

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.

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The Love Hypothesis

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.

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Iron Widow

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.

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Could this book be smuttier than ACOTAR?

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 unlimited

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The Venatrix Chronicles deserves more hype

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.

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Goals for 2022

Happy New Year!

Hi Booklovers,

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.

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I loved The Bridge Kingdom

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.

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I am in love with Zoraida Córdova’s Incendiary!

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 story

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My favorite quotes from my current Reads

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.

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Books to read this spooky season

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.

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Latinx heritage Month Reads 2021

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.

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The chaos twins are back-Rosemary and Christian team up again in Shadow Kiss

If you have been following my Vampire Academy reviews then you know I have a love hate relationship with this series and luckily for my readers I’ll be posting my last two reviews for this series this week. You can expect my review of blood promise this Friday.

In the third installment of the Vampire Academy series Rose and Christian grant us that precious frenemy content I craved!

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Matthew and Diana just want to cuddle but their haters won’t let them: A review for A Discovery of Witches

By now, you must have noticed an influx of vampire novels I’ve been reading and reviewing, and that is because I had the genius idea to read as many as I can. My study is both fun but also informative. I want to trace some common themes in vampire literature.

It can get a little exhausting, so I  slipped in Deborah’s Harkness’s A Discovery of Witches onto my tbr for extra credit points. 

If you haven’t read or watched the hit series based on a Discovery of Witches, I will quickly summarize the first novel.

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Let’s Jam Prime deceptions: sequel to Chilling effect

I read Chilling Effect last year and did not intend to continue the series. Although I loved that it was Latinx space adventure with a badass pilot. My issues with this sci-fi novel involved a slow-paced plot and not enough space cats. 

Recently, I found myself wondering about book two in this series and decided to borrow it from the library. And I’m glad I did. Prime deceptions has a much faster pace and lots of space cats content.

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A Taste for Love would make Jane Austen Proud

Remember when I blogged a list of the books for teens tired of reading Shakespeare? Well, I should have also considered YA novels inspired by classic retellings. This is where A Taste For Love by Jennifer Yen comes in.

A Taste For Love is a pride and prejudice retelling with fla’va. I mean that in the most literal sense, of course.

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You had me at Hola

I’ve been reading so much fantasy literature these past months that I decided to dig deep into my Tbr for a novel I’ve been neglecting.

You had me at Hola by Alexis Daria is a romantic comedy told in a dual perspective and has a telenovela flare. This novel was not only funny but features great romantic tension and a few steamy sex scenes. 

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I wish Vampire Academy was set in college

I asked my followers on Instagram for vampire book recommendations and Vampire Academy was my only suggestion. I came into this series not knowing much about it and I was not prepared for the world I entered.

Alright I’m just going to say it. I think Vampire Academy would have flourished if set in college. Are these fighting words or do other readers agree?

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Gracling: Idiots to lovers who kick ass

Published in 2008, Graceling by Kristin Cashore is the first novel in a fantasy YA series. Yeah, it’s been a hot minute since this novel was published, but I think it deserves more attention. This novel has idiots to lovers, a hot prince, medieval fights, a toxic uncle, a killer heroine, and a soft prince who practices botany.

While I love fantasy novels with cute princes, see my short review for Kill the Queen, I enjoyed this novel because Katsa is a cute idiot!

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Sleeping Beauty’s engaged to an Elf Prince! A review of ‘Enchanting the Elven Mage’

I was in the mood for more elf princes after finishing Deal with the Elf king so I decided to read Enchanting the Elven Mage by Alisha Klapheke. This story is a Sleeping Beauty retelling with a delicious twist. 

I mean the author didn’t have to add dragons, elves, witches, faeries, and killer wolves but we got it all.

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From DNF to Done: I review We Unleash this Merciless Storm

Yes, I did it! I finally finished We Unleash this Merciless Storm. Originally I began this novel last summer, but to be honest, I wasn’t much in the mood to read it. But then I said forget it let’s dive in!

We Unleash this Merciless Storm is the Sequel to Tehlor Kay Mejia’s We Set the Dark on Fire (Here’s my review for that novel). Set immediately after the previous novel, explosive ending, We Unleash this Merciless Storm gives readers a change in perspective. 

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Young adult novels for teens tired of Shakespeare

When I started this blog I was overwhelmed with the reading required for my major. My brain struggled to decode these older texts and by my 3rd year in college, I decided to mix in young adults novels in between reads.


Young adult novels have become very diverse and with the rise of Own Voices novels, I began to prefer these novels because I feel like they explore modern themes.


Not to hate on Shakespeare, but forbidden teenage romance like that of Romeo and Juliet do not speak to teens in the U.S as say Angie Thomas’s The Hate U Give does.

The list I’ve complied contains YA books that hold similar plots and themes. Whether you’re in a book slump or looking for your next read, I hope you find this list helpful.

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Cruel Prince should really be called the Sad Prince

One day in October, I was living my best carefree life-blissfully unaware of the Folk of the Air series until my dearest friend Nessa decided to ruin my life by casually mentioning this series followed an enemy to lover’s trope.

In case I haven’t made myself clear on my feelings about this Trope, I loved them! This trope is top-quality writing, redemption arcs, soft moments. I live for it all.

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