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Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Title: Spirit Hunters
Author: Ellen Oh
Genre: Middle Grade
Publisher: HarperCollins
Release date: July 25, 2017

Synopsis:
Harper Raine doesn’t like her new house from the moment she steps inside. It makes her skin crawl and her hair stand on end. There’s an energy to the house that just doesn’t feel right….
There are rumors that the Raine family’s new house is haunted. Unexplainable events and tragedy seem to have befallen every family who’s lived there before. Harper isn’t sure she believes those rumors until her younger brother, Michael, starts acting strangely.
The whole atmosphere gives Harper a sense of déjà vu, but she can’t remember why. Harper knows that the memories she’s blocking will help make sense of her brother’s behavior and the strange and dangerous sensations she feels in the house, but will she be able to put the pieces together in time?


Review

An e-galley was provided by the publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. Thank you HarperCollins. This not affect my rating or review. 

100% scary. 100% amazing. Spirit Hunters by Ellen Oh is a fabulous story about a Korean-American girl who moves to a new house with her family after a series of events that happened in her past town. Suddenly weird stuff start happening in this new house and she finds out that the house is known as a haunted and scary house that actually people have died there. It's a perfectly good scary story for younger kids.

This is a book about family but also about friendships. I love every single member of the Raine family, especially Harper, our protagonist. She knows stuff are happening in the house. She doesn't know that happened in her past; she lost her memory a while ago about some events in her life and she can't seem to recall them. So she writes these diary passages and Ellen put them in the book and it's a really good way to cut between chapters.

Also Harper's brother, Michael, he is such a sweetheart but oh my god so many things happen in this book and you will feel for him and the family and get scared and you lit will not know what to do with so many emotions inside of you. This book is such a perfect example that Ellen Oh is an amazing author and her stories are unforgettable.

I'm very happy with the middle grade books I've been reading, all of them have been ARCs and I can happily say that all of them are on their top of their games. Middle grade is ON POINT this year, it's even better than YA to be honest. Between Spirit Hunters and so many awesome titles like The Gauntlet or Hello, Universe, kids are going to be so happy this 2017 to have so many books from different genres that have characters that are racially diverse and can see themselves represented in it. Because Spirit Hunters does have a Korean-American MC but not only that. Harper befriends a girl, and this girl is Jamaican which it's all the levels of amazing and 10 more reasons to get this book as soon as it comes out.

If you like ghosts, haunted houses, delicious food, great family dynamics and new friendships that feel so natural, this book is right for you.
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Saturday, April 15, 2017

Hello you all! Silvana here. 2017 has been great in terms on diversity to be honest. There has been some racist debut/books out there but there has been some amazing ones and ones that will be released soon! You might notice the culture being represented below the book title. You might also notice that some don't have it and that's because I have not read the book and don't know the rep inside it. For some I did manage to find in articles and sites, but other books are unknown to me but I do know they have the rep I am looking for, just not the specific culture. I hope you enjoy the list and add them all in your TBR!

// THE EDUCATION OF MARGOT SANCHEZ by Lilliam Rivera
→ Puerto Rican
// NORTH OF HAPPY by Adi Alsaid
→ Mexican-American
// STEP UP TO THE PLATE, MARIA SINGH by Uma Krishnaswami
→ Indian/Mexican
// GABBY GARCIA'S ULTIMATE PLAYBOOK by Iva-Marie Palmer
// I AM NOT YOUR PERFECT MEXICAN DAUGHTER by Erika L. Sánchez
→ Mexican
// THEY BOTH DIE AT THE END by Adam Silvera
// WILD BEAUTY by Anna-Marie McLemore
// DELICIOUS SATISFACTION by Sabrina Sol
→ Puerto Rican
→ Mexican-American
// 27 HOURS by Tristina Wright
→ Afro-Cuban
// THE GALLERY OF UNFINISHED GIRLS by Lauren Karcz
→ Puerto Rican
// THE PATHS WE CHOOSE by M. Hollis
→ Brazilian
→ Afro-Cuban
// HIS PERFECT PARTNER by Priscilla Oliveras
// STEF SOTO, TACO QUEEN by Jennifer Torres
→ Mexican-American
// THE EPIC FAIL OF ARTURO ZAMORA by Pablo Cartaya
→ Cuban-American
// THE FIRST RULE OF PUNK by Celia C. Pérez
→ Mexican-American
// THE RADIUS OF US by Marie Marquarot
→ Salvadorian
// DUSK UNTIL DAWN by Andie J. Christopher
→ Puerto Rican
→ Cuban
// THE CLOSEST I'VE COME by Fred Aceves
// THE VICTORIA IN MY HEAD by Janelle Milanes
→ Cuban
// SHADOWHOUSE FALL by Daniel José Older
→ Puerto Rican
// FUTURE THREAT by Elizabeth Briggs
→ Mexican
// LUCKY BROKEN GIRL by Ruth Behar
→ Cuban-Jewish
// THE GO-BETWEEN by Veronica Chambers
→ Mexican
// ROOTING FOR RAFAEL ROSALES by Kurits Scaletta
→ Dominican
// US IN PROGRESS: Short Stories About Young Latinos by Lulu Delacre
// AMERICA by Gabby Rivera
// AMERICAN STREET by Ibi Zoboi
→ Haitian
// HAVEN by Rebekah Weatherspoon
→ Grenadian
// BOOKMARK by G.L. Tomas
→ Belizean
// RISE OF THE JUMBIES by Tracey Baptiste

~ Without covers:
// LOVE SUGAR MAGIC by Anna Meriano
→ Mexican

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Friday, April 14, 2017

Hello, voyagers. Welcome, welcome to a new blog post by myself, Sil. You all know, if you follow me on the Twitter or look from time to time my blog, you'll see that I love love LOVE romance books. Especially New Adult and Adult to be honest. These past months I've read more romance books and they just make me happy. I know they have a HEA so I don't worry about it, not until the angst starts to appear and I seriously begin to doubt the book, but every romance book has a HEA so you all!!! If you encounter one that doesn't, it's not a romance read, just saying. 

But yeah. They are always fun and you can expect many levels of angst and steamy situations. Sometimes there might not be steamy situations and it can be vary tame and simple, which it's fine for me too. I just love a good ship and supporting them until the end. It's that simple lmao. I get so invested I swear to you all. I'm like the mom at her kid's soccer game or something, cheering them all with all I got. 

I wanted to write this post because maybe someone want to start reading them and they don't know WHERE to start. They don't know which book to pick up and feel like "yes this is what I want in romance books." But to be honest, with every book you read next, you'll find out your likes and your tropes more and more. Like for myself my kind of tropes, that I definitely enjoy are:

  • Age gap between the characters, my ultimate kink
  • Rich people falling in love (IMAGINE IF THEY WERE HEIRS TO A BUSINESS EMPIRE OR LIKE KIDS OF FAMOUS ACTORS)
  • Hate to love //
  • Enemies to lovers, good old rivalry is my favorite thing in the world
  • Dogs in books, especially if the hero has one (I accept any type of animal tbh)
  • Any retelling of Jane Austen in modern times
  • Mexican/Latinx characters having their HEAs
  • but also really racially diverse MCs in romance novels makes my day
  • Puppy love interest will support MC /always/
  • Best friends to lovers
  • Foodie romances, any type of job in the food industry I AM IN.
  • Also fashion jobs in romance novels / or supermodel MCs
  • Nerdy MCs ~

And yeah, in time, you will find what you like and what appeals to you. Mainly I choose books that fit with one of these. This is what I am looking for when I read a blurb from a romance novel. Think about what you will want to find inside the book and I'm sure there is some book out there that will be right for you. You can also always try and see if you enjoy a book and then figure it out. 

So now this is the portion of the post with the recommendation LOL. I will be putting some books that I think that are great starters-to-the-genre kinda books. That I think that might make you love this genre and never let go (like me). 

♡ a hundred thousand words by nyrae dawn
♡ hold me by courtney milan
♡ love on my mind by tracey livesay
♡ luck on the line by zoraida córdova
♡ to have and to hold by lauren layne
♡ fast connection by megan erickson, santino hassell
♡ keeping the distance by clarisse david
♡ make it count by megan erickson
♡ haven by rebekah weatherspoon *bdsm
♡ an extraordinary union by alyssa cole
♡ better at weddings than you by mina v. esguerra
♡ pretty face by lucy parker
♡ amour amour by krista and becca ritchie
♡ the paths we choose by m. hollis
♡ black rainbow by j.j. mcavoy


These are my favorite romances, some of them at least. I've reread and reread them so many times, some of them more than the others. They just always make me happy and make me go back in the romance mood.

Some authors you should always follow + their work is beautiful and highly recommend them {in no particular order}:

  • Alisha Rai
  • Courtney Milan
  • Rebekah Weatherspoon
  • Six de los Reyes
  • Mina Esguerra
  • Megan Erickson
  • Alyssa Cole
If you find yourself in front of one of their books, you just got to get it. No one like them. I always get their books and I just know they will ALWAYS be good. 


I hope this semi-guide or whatever lol helps you find something to read and you love it and you feel happy after finishing it.
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Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Title: Feels Like Summer
Series: Summer Storm #2
Author: Six de los Reyes
Cover design by: Porcupine Strongwill

Synopsis:

Five-minute girlfriend. This is what Jett signs up for when she meets Adrian and his band Arabella at beach music festival Summer Storm. One kiss and the attraction is too electric to ignore, but Jett has no room for love and Adrian is Mr. Relationship who's getting over his recent breakup. The solution? Keep it simple. Keep it casual. For three months (that's the rule about breakups, right?), Jett helps Adrian move on and Adrian shows up on Jett's bed whenever she wants.
Then the three months are up and neither of them are in a hurry to be the first to leave. Does Jett walk away from a potential disaster or does she finally let someone into her closely-guarded heart?



Review


Six de los Reyes broke me into a million pieces. And it's such a beautiful feeling. 

Feels Like Summer brought me back to life. It's such a good romance book, you all. I literally recommend everyone to pick it up and read it. (It's on sale now!!!) Six writes really great otps and the interactions between them are some of the best I have read in books in general. She drews them out and makes us hurt and be in pain but in the end it's so worth it. I can assure you this. 

In this book there are rock boy bands and it's glorious. I love the camaraderie this whole group has. I want to be part of this family so badly, and whispers I want books for every single group member, please yes? We have our main love interest, Adrian, who I thought he was such a jerk at the beginning but fell in love with him really quickly after. He is such a PUPPY. He wants to make Jett very very happy in any way possible. He's always there when needed and he is shy and cute and a bossy person when he is with his band.

Jett is hands down one of my favorite female protagonists. She embraces her sexuality and she isn't here to take shit from no one. At the beginning she becomes Adrian's five minute girlfriend, because his ex is at the same event they all are and some of Adrian's bandmates ask Jett if she could maybe do them a favor and be Adrian's five minute girlfriend? It's such a wild ride since the beginning and it's so FUN. You never go down that roller coaster. You'll have so much fun reading this book and I recommend you do it in one go because you won't be able to wait to know more about and what will happen after every chapter ending. 

I love that Jett doesn't hate Adrian's ex. In fact they all hit it off really well. I love that she even helps Jett at the end and it's really freaking good to see women supporting women, especially in romance novels. I've read many books cough cough that the protagonists are misogynistic and dislike every woman that nears the hero. So it was a breath of fresh air to see Jett and Ellie become semi-friends.

And finally don't you just LOOOVE #romanceclass books? I love that sometimes authors write other characters from other books into the current book? Like I love even from the same author like past works. But sometimes it is much better because they add characters from OTHER AUTHOR'S WORKS. And they all meet!!!! So it was awesome to see Trainman in FEELS LIKE SUMMER. I didn't know them when I read it the first time, but when I finally read Jay's book, I was definitely having many feels inside my body. 
Highly recommend everyone to pick it up if you're in the mood for summer. It has those summer vibes, beach, music, romance, friendships and parties.
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