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Review: Dark and Deepest Red by Anna-Marie McLemore

Reviewed by Vanessa Rodriguez Dark and Deepest Red is a young adult magical realism novel by Latinx LGBTQ+ author, Anne-Marie McLemore. This reimagining of Hans Christian Andersen’s “The Red Shoes” is written in multiple POVs, including a young woman in sixteenth century Strasbourg, France, and draws on several accounts in history of a dancing plague...

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Review: Hexis by Charlene Elsby

by Laura Diaz de Arce Reading Hexis is very much like being spun around in a playground carousel. It’s dizzying, but you are emboldened by the wild feeling of it. It may be a bit nauseating, but you’ll ask to do it again. And in the middle of all this, your perception and sense of...

Review: Follow Me to Ground by Sue Rainsford
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Review: Follow Me to Ground by Sue Rainsford

Reviewed by Ivonne Spinoza This is an unusual book.  It’s unsettling, it’s dark, it’s sometimes even gory, but it’s definitely not your average garden variety horror. I’m not even sure if I’d classify it as horror despite the dark themes and the tone. It has horror aspects, but that doesn’t come close to doing it...

Review: Loveboat, Taipei by Abigail Hing Wen
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Review: Loveboat, Taipei by Abigail Hing Wen

Reviewed by Vanessa Rodriguez College-bound Ever Wong has grown up to fulfill the future her parents have planned for her—become a doctor. It’s expected when her parents immigrated to America and sacrificed so much for their children’s success, something Ever’s mother constantly reminds her. If only she could summon the courage to tell her parents...

Friday’s Forgotten Books: Pretty Marys All In a Row by Gwendolyn Kiste
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Friday’s Forgotten Books: Pretty Marys All In a Row by Gwendolyn Kiste

Rhee’s afterlife is limited to two places. When she haunts, it’s a stretch of highway ending at the cemetery where she was buried. When she isn’t haunting she’s at home, with her sisters. They feast together on their successful scares before they go to rest, never knowing if it will be a day, month or...

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Friday’s Forgotten Books – Review: America Is Not the Heart by Elaine Castillo

Review by Vanessa Rodriguez America Is Not the Heart by Filipino-American author Elaine Castillo debuted in 2018. Its title is a play on Carlos Bulosan’s semi-autobiographical novel, America Is In the Heart, published in 1946. Castillo’s narrative covers three generations of Filipina women from immigration under Marcos’ oppressive rule to living in the States clambering...

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Review: Crier’s War by Nina Varela

by Laila Winters Of all the books that were released in 2019, I was most excited for Nina Varela’s debut. Crier’s War is an LGBTQ+ novel that straddles the line between science fiction and fantasy, and it did not disappoint. It tells the story of Ayla, a human servant with the dire need to avenge...