It’s time for my second Diversity Spotlight Thursday! I hope you’ll enjoy it. Once more remember to check out Aimal’s post about this, as well as her blog.
Labyrinth Lost by Zoraida Córdova
Nothing says Happy Birthday like summoning the spirits of your dead relatives.
Alex is a bruja, the most powerful witch in a generation…and she hates magic. At her Deathday celebration, Alex performs a spell to rid herself of her power. But it backfires. Her whole family vanishes into thin air, leaving her alone with Nova, a brujo boy she can’t trust. A boy whose intentions are as dark as the strange marks on his skin.
The only way to get her family back is to travel with Nova to Los Lagos, a land in-between, as dark as Limbo and as strange as Wonderland…
An ownvoices book (at least as far as race is concerned, the author is straight) about a bisexual latina bruja set in a fascinating magical world, filled with Latin American tradition. There’s amazing world building and I really can’t wait for the sequel. 4 Stars, published in 2016
More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera
In the months after his father’s suicide, it’s been tough for 16-year-old Aaron Soto to find happiness again–but he’s still gunning for it. With the support of his girlfriend Genevieve and his overworked mom, he’s slowly remembering what that might feel like. But grief and the smile-shaped scar on his wrist prevent him from forgetting completely.
When Genevieve leaves for a couple of weeks, Aaron spends all his time hanging out with this new guy, Thomas. Aaron’s crew notices, and they’re not exactly thrilled. But Aaron can’t deny the happiness Thomas brings or how Thomas makes him feel safe from himself, despite the tensions their friendship is stirring with his girlfriend and friends. Since Aaron can’t stay away from Thomas or turn off his newfound feelings for him, he considers turning to the Leteo Institute’s revolutionary memory-alteration procedure to straighten himself out, even if it means forgetting who he truly is.
Why does happiness have to be so hard?
An ownvoices book about a depressed, latino gay boy. I’ve heard a lot of good things about this book and I’m so excited! For now, I’m still waiting until I am in the right mind-space to read this since I heard it’s not that easy to handle, but I’m super excited to own this beautiful book! published in 2015
Wild Beauty by Anna-Marie McLemore
Love grows such strange things.
For nearly a century, the Nomeolvides women have tended the grounds of La Pradera, the lush estate gardens that enchant guests from around the world. They’ve also hidden a tragic legacy: if they fall in love too deeply, their lovers vanish. But then, after generations of vanishings, a strange boy appears in the gardens.
The boy is a mystery to Estrella, the Nomeolvides girl who finds him, and to her family, but he’s even more a mystery to himself; he knows nothing more about who he is or where he came from than his first name. As Estrella tries to help Fel piece together his unknown past, La Pradera leads them to secrets as dangerous as they are magical in this stunning exploration of love, loss, and family.
A book about bisexual latina girls? And ownvoices? With Magical Realism? Also that cover? It’s beautiful! Sign me up! I’m so excited!!! to be published in October 2017
Anyway, I hope you enjoyed this weeks post (and again all ownvoices! I’m so glad there are so many great ownvoices books for us to read out there!) and found a new book you want to read. What are your favorite books with LGBT+ latinx characters? If you’ve read any of the books on this list, please tell me if you liked it too, I love talking about books.