Illusionary Blog Tour Review

Hi all!

Long time without writing here. Even though I am technically still in hiatus (from all social media and this blog). I had the absolute pleasure of receiving Illusionary before it was released, and I was asked if I wanted to be a part of the Blog Tour. Of course, I couldn’t say no. Illusionary is the sequel to Incendiary (which I reviewed here), and as you can tell I loved it so much, it’s been one of my most anticipated books of 2021 and May of 2021.

There’s so much I want to talk about this book, but as always I will try to keep it spoiler free as much as I can. I should mention though if you haven’t read Incendiary then a lot of things I will discuss from Book 2 will be spoilers.

So make sure you read that one or don’t mind the spoilers.

Illusionary

by Zoraida Cordova

Genre: Young Adult Fantasy, Historical, Romance
Release Date: 11th May, 2021
Publisher: Hodderscape

Reeling from betrayal at the hands of the Whispers, Renata Convida is a girl on the run. With few options and fewer allies, she’s reluctantly joined forces with none other than Prince Castian, her most infuriating and intriguing enemy. They’re united by lofty goals: find the fabled Knife of Memory, kill the ruthless King Fernando, and bring peace to the nation. Together, Ren and Castian have a chance to save everything, if only they can set aside their complex and intense feelings for each other.

With the king’s forces on their heels at every turn, their quest across Puerto Leones and beyond leaves little room for mistakes. But the greatest danger is within Ren. The Gray, her fortress of stolen memories, has begun to crumble, threatening her grip on reality. She’ll have to control her magics–and her mind–to unlock her power and protect the Moria people once and for all.

For years, she was wielded as weapon. Now it’s her time to fight back.

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Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

6 reasons to read this book
*young adult historical fantasy/duology with a sprinkle of romance and a lot of action packed adventure
*pirates, villains, spies, magical system, magical quest (to save world), HEA, chosen one
*MC, Renata Convida is a fierce, bit jaded anti-hero with probably the worst power you can get
*slow burn, (childhood friends to) enemies to lovers, expect a lot of urst, uses the tropes, one bed!! fake marriage!!
*LI is the ‘you didn’t expect you would actually like him’ kind of jaded, moody,
*deals with political intrigue, uncovering secrets about yourself (and your magics), trauma, revenge, authoritarian regimes, xenophobia, wars, betrayal


cw for violence, sexual moments

Illusionary continues the story from THAT cliffhanger on Incendiary, Renata Convida and Castian are both on a quest to find the Knife of Memory that would restore peace to the nation and save everything. But along the way they won’t have to only try to escape from King Fernando’s guards, spies and untrustworthy people, they have to deal with their own complex, intense feelings for each other. Feelings that for Ren especially she would rather ignore. Not only that but since everything that happened with Justice Mendez, her powers, The Gray, her mind prison where are the stolen memories are stored, has seemingly disappeared. Now Ren has to fight to understand what is reality and what is not. To win this battle, survive and protect the Moria people she will have to find ways to control her magic and maybe finally unlock her power.

In the great iconic words of Luisa “Zoraida can have my soul in a jar, I have no use for it now”.

This book was in many ways a lot more intense than Incendiary, but in so many ways it was perfect, it was all about Ren and Castian’s character development and well their developing and deepening relationship. I should say even though the book does have romance, the romance at no point feels like it is overpowering the story. It is a fantastical quest with sprinkles of romance, that if you’re like me and love enemies who suddenly discover they are connected (because of whatever reasons), have to work together and also are secretly trying to deny how attracted (love love loveee) they are to each other,, then you’re going to love this book. I won’t talk too much about Ren and Castian together even though i’m literally stopping myself from gushing. I will say I loved the delicious tension between them, i loved their banter, i loved when they started to open up and discover how similar they were, and how much they needed each other. Also the moment where it all comes together I almost wanted to shout out loud and like fist bump, but it was almost 2am, so I stopped myself.

One main theme of this book was trauma, particularly, how Ren accepted, found ways to deal with her trauma and basically where she finds herself and her truth. I especially loved how her trauma was portrayed as a journey, and not just well magical solution and here you go bye years of trauma. Even at the end of the book, you could feel Ren was still trying to find ways to be okay with herself. Also, how her self-loathing, self-hate was showed in the book was so impactful, I swear I could feel it deep in my gut.

I also loved how Castian throughout this quest was at many points a source of support and comfort for Ren, now if you’ve just started reading the book or just read the first book you’ll be reading this making a face that you don’t believe me, but you’ll see. And when you get there it’s the best thing ever. Their relationship was

I should mention when I say this book was more intense, while it wasn’t action, action at many times since the book was more introspective, quieter, a bit more personal, it did feel more intense because we were dealing with Ren and her own personal demons. That said, there were many moments of action thrills. At times, this book felt like it was slowly slowly building each of the characters and their journey to reach an explosive end. I’m trying not to spoil too much, but I will say the ending followed kind of the same structure of the book where it felt explosive, but in an emotional way. Like you finally let out that breath you were holding (I had to use the cliche phrase, dont mind me).

I haven’t said much about the side characters which honestly had so much personality that they didn’t at all feel like filler characters, Leo who we previously knew from Book 1 joins Castian and Ren again. He was the perfect contrast to the broody main couple (:]). Lady Nuria who was already such an intriguing character, also from Book 1), and the cast of pirates and Whispers. I should mention Dez probably but honestly there were times I really disliked him, but by the end you’ll probably love him (or at least understand him).

There’s so much about this book that was perfect. I think I’m not exagerating when I say this book just has it all, and it does everything so well. It is the perfect conclusion to any series, and is now considered one of my comfort reads. I kinda feel like re-reading the whole series to capture those moments in my excitement I missed.

In summary, Illusionary, the Hollow Crown series is a perfect fantastical thrilling read that does not disappoint from Book 1 to the ending of Book 2.


Zoraida Córdova is the acclaimed author of more than a dozen novels and short stories, including the Brooklyn Brujas series, Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge: A Crash of Fate, and The Inheritance of Orquídea Divina. In addition to writing novels, she serves on the Board of We Need Diverse Books, and is the co-editor of the bestselling anthology Vampires Never Get Old, as well as the cohost of the writing podcast, Deadline City. She writes romance novels as Zoey Castile. Zoraida was born in Guayaquil, Ecuador, and calls New York City home. When she’s not working, she’s roaming the world in search of magical stories.

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I had so much fun reading this book, and I can’t thank Kate Keehan and everyone at Hodderscape for sending me the final copy of the book before it was released. Thank you to Zoraida also for making sure I would receive it.

That said, I am not yet sure if I’ll be back to review regularly, I have been in a bit of a reading slump lately, and even though this book was amazing in getting ready of it, I am still trying to slowly dip my toes into getting back to regularly reading and reviewing.

So I can’t make any promises this blog will come back from hiatus now or anytime soon, but thank you to those still reading and writing comments. I appreciate all of you!

King of the Rising Tour Moodboard + Review

Hi everyone!
It’s been a while, recently life has caught up with me in different ways and I’ve found myself more hectic than usual which means I drop the ball on some things, like reading or updating this blog.
Hopefully by next week things calm down and I’ll go back to regular posting.

Today I have a very exciting review, I’ve been waiting to talk about this book since I received confirmation I was part of Caffeine Book Tours’ Blog Tour 🙂 I got the chance to receive an Advanced Reader’s Copy of this book from the publisher and Caffeine Book Tours as part of my participation in their tour.


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King of the Rising

by Kacen Callender

Genre: Adult Fantasy
Release Date: 1st Dec, 2020
Publisher: Orbit Books

The second novel in the Islands of Blood and Storm series set in a Caribbean-inspired fantasy world embattled by colonial oppression—perfect for fans of R.F. Kuang and Tasha Suri.

A revolution has swept through the islands of Hans Lollik and former slave Loren Jannik has been chosen to lead the survivors in a bid to free the islands forever. But the rebels are running out of food, weapons and options.

And as the Fjern inch closer to reclaiming Hans Lollik with every battle, Loren is faced with a choice that could shift the course of the revolution in their favor-or doom it to failure.

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For more information about the Blog Tour, giveaway and schedule, click the image

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

6 reasons to read this book
*high fantasy story
*Caribbean inspired archipelago
*slow paced book, political
*honest and brutal exploration of slavery and colonialism
*MC is a former enslaved person, former bodyguard to first book MC and now leader of this rebellion
*discusses racism, good intentions, empathetic main character, revolution, the complex world of colonialism, slavery, search for revenge and struggle for freedom


cw: racism, slavery, torture, sexual assault, violence, descriptions of death

First of all, I would like to say if you haven’t had a chance to read the first book of this duology, I am not sure what you are waiting for. This book (and this duology) blew my mind, they were just the high fantasy books I’ve been wanting to read forever. This duology is vivid, brutal, graphic, emotional and I would say a perfect reflection on slavery and racism. That said, it is too easy to get caught up on all the characters and their plots.

King of the Rising is the second book in the Islands of Blood and Storm duology. It continues on the story from Queen of the Conquered but this time the point of view and thoughts of the book change. In book 1 we were presented with Sigourney’s story, her thoughts and motivations to become queen/ruler of the islands. In Book 2 we get to hear of her fate, how she went from that to being imprisoned but from Loren’s point of view, her former enslaved bodyguard/now captor/boy who the spirits wouldn’t let die.

Although it is a continuation of the first book, it follows a few months later when the revolution has already happened led by Loren, two months after the island fell. When we are not sure what will happen, will they find support for their revolution or will they end up captured and killed?
I loved the high stakes of this book, I especially loved that in comparison to other fantasy books the man and the women are not lovers, nor do they have to be. I loved the setting of this book (and the previous), it isn’t everyday I get to read and enjoy a book set inspired by the Caribbean, and it is so easy to see so many aspects of it. I loved the fantasy aspects of the book, the Kraft and the explanation of it, how some were deemed worthy of having it and others should be punished

My favourite thing about this series was how flawed both main characters were, Loren, the main character of this book is a strong, honest man, who at times is too empathetic and lets his feelings and emotions lead him to decisions. While Sigourney was too stuck in her ways and her quest for revenge. They both have distinct motivations and reasons. They’re both not easy to like but like I mentioned before you do get caught up in their plots. Both are not right or even wrong in their ways to go about things, but they make mistakes, and it always feel (like in real life) there’s always things they could’ve foreseen but life is not neat.

I keep wanting to write more about King of the Rising, and write more explicitly about some aspects of it, but if there is one book that shouldn’t be spoiled and everyone should get to read it and enjoy (or not) the ending is this book.

That said, the ending still left me speechless, I am not sure what I expected in the end, but while it left me listless for a while, I can understand why it ended the way it did (do you see how vague I am being so you can be curious and go read this duology? did it work?)

Overall, if you’re looking for a high fantasy, that doesn’t fall into any cliches of fantasy tales, that is not afraid of being brutal and honest and that is not afraid of subverting your expectations, this book might just be the perfect thing for you. Add to that a whole lot of Caribbean inspired fantasy, racism and colonialism discussions, a main character who is not perfect and you end up with the most intriguing storyline you will read in this whole year.


Kacen Callender was born two days after a hurricane and was first brought home to a house without its roof. After spending their first eighteen years on St. Thomas of the US Virgin Islands, Kacen studied Japanese, Fine Arts, and Creative Writing at Sarah Lawrence College and received their MFA from the New School. Kacen is the author of the middle grade novel Hurricane Child and the young adult novel This Is Kind of an Epic Love Story.

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It’s been really fun getting to talk about this book, I hope I have given you enough to want to check it out.

Thank you to Caffeine Book Tours and to the publishers for letting me enjoy this book before it is released.

Cemetery Boys Review

Hi all,
I’m a bit late with this review as I said I would post in on Tuesday. Life as always getting on the way. I know I mentioned it in my instagram, but I’ll also mention it here, I have been dealing with some medical issues, nothing too bad nothing covid related, but things that have meant all my mental energy has gone to either worrying about those issues or trying to take care of myself.
I am getting better, so I find the best thing to relax myself is to escape to wonderful books like the one below 🙂


Cemetery Boys

by Aiden Thomas

Genre: Young Adult Fantasy
Release Date: September 1st, 2020
Publisher: Swoon Reads

Yadriel has summoned a ghost, and now he can’t get rid of him.
When his traditional Latinx family has problems accepting his true gender, Yadriel becomes determined to prove himself a real brujo. With the help of his cousin and best friend Maritza, he performs the ritual himself, and then sets out to find the ghost of his murdered cousin and set it free.
However, the ghost he summons is actually Julian Diaz, the school’s resident bad boy, and Julian is not about to go quietly into death. He’s determined to find out what happened and tie off some loose ends before he leaves. Left with no choice, Yadriel agrees to help Julian, so that they can both get what they want. But the longer Yadriel spends with Julian, the less he wants to let him leave.

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Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

6 reasons to read this book
*MC is a gay trans boy
*diverse cast of latinx, haitian representation, cuban representation, puerto rican representation, colombian representation, trans representation
*so latinx! latinx food, found families, latinx myths
*sensitively and respectfully deals with day to day transphobia
*strong themes of acceptance in a family and community that’s very traditional, about being queer in a traditional setting
*mystery story that deals with latinx traditions, Dia de Muertos


cw: misgendering, gender dysphoria, transphobia, depictions of death, violence death, mentions family abuse, rituals/sacrifices

Cemetery Boys tells the story of Yadriel, a brujo who wants his traditional Latinx family who is struggling to accept his true gender. He becomes determined to prove himself to them, so with the help of his cousin and best friend Maritza, he performs the ritual by himself. But when he finds out his cousin was murdered, now his focus is on finding who murdered him and his ghost.
That night though he ends up summoning the ghost of Julian Diaz, the school’s resident bad boy. Julian can’t remember what happened the night he died, he is set on finding out what happened and tying up loose ends before Julian helps him cross. Yadriel decides to help him, knowing that by helping him he might get his family acceptance. But will it be easy for Yadriel to let Julian leave?

How can I start explaining how much I loved this book? First of all, I have to say Cemetery Boys was one of my most anticipated reads of 2020, we all know those can go either way, but this one I’m happy to say it blew my expectations. I got even more than I expected and a story so filled with love and ultimately acceptance.
Yadriel is an amazing main character, his voice is so easy to relate and so easy to love from the first moment you meet him. I loved how determined he was to prove himself, to be a force of good, and so full of love and magic.
Maritza as the sidekick, best friend, is someone I wish I had next to me, she’s fierce and wonderful, and I loved her connection to her magic (no spoilers here so I won’t tell you what).
Yadriel’s family dynamics were interesting, because while you could see the love from everyone from his abuela to his aunts, and everyone who surrounded him, but it was also enveloped in a lot of hurt and a lot of having to swallow those moments where your family is the most toxic thing. This is an experience that most queer latinx people (and others who have this sort of connection and this tight-knit family) will have and feel so deeply. Your family can be your source of support, comfort and love, but it can also be the single force who hurts you and makes you have scars.
This was one aspect of the book that had my heart in my throat because I can easily relate.

The book was so full of latinx characters, had so much latinx representation, I could feel it embedded in Latinx myths and traditions, which made it feel more mine than anything. I think the only thing I would have liked to see more it’s more influence from other cultures, it was nice to hear of the Cuban grandmother or Maritza who had a Haitian father (and I think a Puerto Rican mother?). But at the same time I would’ve liked to have seen aspects of those cultures since I think we didn’t really get much of that.

Can I also gush about Julian? There’s so much to say about him because he’s the perfect counterpart to Yadriel, but also as a characters he’s so loveable, he’s prone to outburts and is a total hothead, but he cares so deeply. I mean how could you not fall for him right away. His and Yadriel’s dynamic is so cute, because Yadriel would prefer to hide away and Julian pushes him so much, and talks so much. They have so many banter-y moments, but also serious ones where you can see how each of them have been hurt by the world and would prefer to hide those in whatever way they can. I loved reading the progress of their relationship.

The setting and the pace of the book were perfect, it gave enough time to explore the day to day life of Yadriel and Maritza, like dealing with school but magical enough that it didn’t feel slow, or like something wasn’t happening.

This book in general had so many funny, sweet moments but also little heart-wrenching moments. That said, this book does fall more into the light-hearted side of fantasy because even when it presents instances of misgendering or gender dysphoria it does in a very respectful, sensitive way, it ultimately does it in a way where hopefully you’ll be able to engage and be able to take those moments with little harm. And more than anything this book ends with so much hope and love. Also I will just mention the last few pages of the book? I was crying of joy, I read the last line and closed the book and I felt so full.

Overall, Cemetery Boys is a fantastic magical read about a trans boy on his road to acceptance by himself and his family. It blends perfectly romcom moments, fantasy, mystery, real life (sometimes awful situations) with love and family and community.


Aiden Thomas is a New York Times Bestselling author with an MFA in Creative Writing. Originally from Oakland, California, they now make their home in Portland, Oregon. As a queer, trans, Latinx, Aiden advocates strongly for diverse representation in all media. Aiden’s special talents include: quoting The Office, finishing sentences with “is my FAVORITE”, and killing spiders. Aiden is notorious for not being able to guess the endings of books and movies, and organizes their bookshelves by color.
Their debut novel, CEMETERY BOYS, was published on September 1st, 2020.

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28 Books feat. Supernatural Creatures

#SpookyCreatureBookChallenge

When I saw this video by Sil (who is amazing and keeps getting my TBR to grow every day) I knew I wanted to try my hand at seeing how many books I could come up with that featured one of these Spooky Creatures.
For some creatures I ended up with more than one book while with others I really struggled to even name one. This list ended up taking way longer than I thought, and I’m still trying to remember if I missed any.


Adult=  🟩
YA= 🟪
Fantasy=✨
Horror=💀

LGBTQIA=🌈
Romance included=💘
Sci-fi=🪐
Urban Fantasy=🌇


Any books you’ve read from this list? or any books you would recommend? I would love to see your #SpookyCreaturesBookChallenge list.

8 Latinx Fantasy Series List

Hi all!
I hope you had a good weekend 🙂

Today’s post is dedicated to recommending Fantasy Series by Latinx authors. When I started making this list I noticed I had at least 25 books I could include, and the more I thought about it, the more I added. So instead of making a 20+ recommendations list, I ended up making sure they were more fantasy than sci-fi and more fantasy than dystopia.
There will be another version of this with Latinx authored fantasy books that are not part of a series, duology or trilogy.


Charlie Hernández Series by Ryan Calejo

Book 1 and 2 follow Charlie Hernandez who even though he likes to think of himself as a normal kid. He’s a demon-slaying preteen with an encyclopedic knowledge of Hispanic and Latino mythology who can partially manifest nearly any animal trait found in nature. Join him in his adventures helping La Liga, a secret society of legendary mythological beings sworn to protect the Land of the Living, and La Mano Negra (a.k.a. the Black Hand), a cabal of evil spirits determined to rule mankind. 

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Muse Squad Series by Chantel Acevedo

The first in an action-packed debut middle grade fantasy duology about a Cuban American girl who discovers that she’s one of the nine Muses of Greek mythology. Along with her “Muse Squad”, she will have to learn how to use their magic to inspire and empower–not an easy feat when you’re eleven and still figuring out the goddess within. Join Callie and her junior muses fighting against the vicious Sirens who only want to create chaos and disaster.

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Shadowshaper Cypher by Daniel Jose Older

Sierra Santiago discovers one summer that she’s a shadowshaper, a thrilling magic that infuses ancestral spirits into paintings, music, and stories. And with the help of a mysterious fellow artist named Robbie, she will have to unravel her family’s past, take down that someone who is killing the shadowshapers one by one in the present, and save the future of shadowshaping for herself and generations to come.

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Brooklyn Brujas by Zoraida Cordova

This series follows the three Mortiz sisters, Alex, Lula and Rose, three teen witches from a family of witches, as they develop their powers and battle magic through epic questing in the realms beyond. Alex’s story (first book) is set in the mythical fantasy world of Los Lagos, Lula’s stories (second book) is set on the streets of Brooklyn and the third book, Rose’s story is set in the magical lost realm of Adas.

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The City of Diamond and Steel Series by Francesca Flores

This series follows Aina Solis, trained to be one of the most powerful and dangerous assassins in Sumerand, a kingdom funded by immigrants, built by magic, and still reeling from an industrial revolution that’s led to all-out civil war. Aina will have to act against her boss Kohl and join forces with an unexpected allie to unravel a conspiracy that could rewrite Sumerand’s history and her own future.

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A Forgery of Magic Series by Maya Motayne

In this Dominican-inspired fantasy, Finnian Voy, a face-changing thief meets Prince Alfehr, a risk-taking prince when Finn is trying to steal a legendary treasure from Castallan’s royal palace. But when their fates collide, they accidentally unlock an ancient, terrible power into the world. Now they must team up to defeat this powerful evil they accidentally unleashed and save Castallan.

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Wolves of No World Series by Romina Garber

This series follows Manuela Azul, that as an undocumented immigrant who’s on the run from her father’s Argentine crime-family, she has always been confined to her small apartment and a small life in Miami, Florida. But when, things change and now she’s forced to understand her past. She will uncover her own story, trace her real heritage all the way back to a cursed city in Argentina. Now she’ll realise it’s not just her US residency that’s illegal, it’s her entire existence

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Infinity Cycle Series by Adam Silvera

This series follows the Emil and Brighton, two brothers growing up in New York, who have always idolized the Spell Walkers—a vigilante group sworn to rid the world of specters. Then, in a brawl after a protest, Emil manifests a power of his own-one that puts him right at the heart of the conflict and sets him up to be the heroic Spell Walker Brighton always wanted to be. Now they found themselves caught up in a magical war generations in the making, but also brotherhood, love, and loyalty will be put to the test.

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Now today was supposed to be a Cemetery Boys Review, unfortunately my Illumicrate box has not arrived yet, and since I kept wanting to make this list post, I thought why not swap it for this.
There is still another Latinx fantasy books recommendations list on the works, since there’s so many books here I left out and want to recommend. That will either be posted tomorrow (if I find the time) or on the 13th.

Muse Squad Review

Hi all!
Still a few days to go and Latinx Heritage Month is over. I’ve had a lot of fun reading these amazing Latinx books. But like I always like to remember, this isn’t the end 🙂
Latinx books come out every year and I will continue to read, review and promote them!
On this post I get to gush about this amazing middle grade book.


Muse Squad: The Cassandra Curse

by Chantel Acevedo

Genre: Middle Grade, Fantasy
Release Date: July 7th, 2020
Publisher: Balzer+Bray

Callie Martinez-Silva didn’t mean to turn her best friend into a pop star. But when a simple pep talk leads to miraculous results, Callie learns she’s the newest muse of epic poetry, one of the nine Muses of Greek mythology tasked with protecting humanity’s fate in secret.

Whisked away to Muse Headquarters, she joins three recruits her age, who call themselves the Muse Squad. Together, the junior muses are tasked with using their magic to inspire and empower—not an easy feat when you’re eleven and still figuring out the goddess within.

When their first assignment turns out to be Callie’s exceptionally nerdy classmate, Maya Rivero, the squad comes to Miami to stay with Callie and her Cuban family. There, they discover that Maya doesn’t just need inspiration, she needs saving from vicious Sirens out to unleash a curse that will corrupt her destiny.

As chaos erupts, will the Muse Squad be able to master their newfound powers in time to thwart the Cassandra Curse . . . or will it undo them all?

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Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

6 reasons to read this book
*mc is cuban-america, best-friend is venezuelan
*muse squad is made from a variety of different cultural backgrounds, a lot of different nationalities,  Cuban, Ecuadorian, Venezuelan, Haitian, Indian, Black, British representation
*action packed story with inspiration from greek mythology and using greek myths
*discusses global warming and climate change
*very good lessons on friendship, being humble, how to deal with middle school, grief, being honest, jealousy
*wholesome, full of hope and fun story


cw: fatphobic comment, mention of relative death, bullying, body shaming

Muse Squad: The Cassandra Curse tells the story of Calliope Martinez-Silva who is not only grieving the death of her aunt but is also trying to figure out middle school. When returning from a concert with her best-friend Raquel, she has near death experience, she starts noticing a weird feeling and weird things happening around her. She soon finds herself in the Victoria and Albert Museum, discovering she’s the muse of poetry and she can inspire people to be the best they can be. This comes with a whole big set of complications, she’s made her best-friend into a pop sensation, she needs to inspire humanity and protect it from the Sirens who only want chaos and destruction, all while trying to hide her new identity and powers.

Can I just say I absolutely loved this book? It’s a quick, fun read. But it’s one that almost makes me wish I had these kind of books when I was younger. There are many valuable lessons to take from this book. And honestly, by the end I just feel warm, fuzzy and hopeful for the future. What more could you want about a fantasy story filled with real world problems and some greek myths weaved together.
There’s a lot going on this book and while I didn’t appreciate some of the chubby comments about Callie, I still loved her as the main character, I’m always a fan of the average main character who has an average life who ends up recognising how amazing and brave she is, and at the same time what I loved about Callie was how she inspired others to be the same. Throughout the book, she grew and confronted not only her fears but also feelings like jealousy and desires that could make her use her powers for not so good things.
I loved the overall cast of this book, Callie’s relationship with her mom and her brothers, the cast of Muses and even her classmates. I have to say I didn’t expect the villain, I thought it would be someone else, so I was pleasantly surprised about that.

Overall, Muse Squad was a fantastic adventure that gave a fresh new take on greek mythology with the current world, and the main character, Callie is the perfect heroine that is so easy to relate to.


Chantel Acevedo was born in Miami to Cuban parents. She is the acclaimed author of adult novels, including The Distant Marvels, which was a finalist for the Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction, and she is also a professor of English at the University of Miami, where she directs the MFA program. Muse Squad: The Cassandra Curse is her debut middle grade novel. Chantel lives with her personal Muse Squad, aka her family, in Florida.

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Tomorrow I will finally post my recommendations list for Latinx Fantasy Series followed by another recommendations list of Latinx Fantasy Books to read, watch out for that!

Blazewrath Games Blog Tour Moodboard+Review

Hi all!

Today I am very excited to talk about Blazewrath Games, an amazing latinx fantasy book by Amparo Ortiz. Thanks to Caffeine Tour and Page Street Publishing for the opportunity to read an ARC, get to enjoy this lovely book before it was released.

I’m not good at being super creative but I gave my shot on creating a moodboard, hopefully that gives you a little taste of what the book is about.


Blazewrath Games

by Amparo Ortiz

Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy
Release date: 6th October 2020
Publisher: Page Street Publishing

Lana Torres has always preferred dragons to people. In a few weeks, sixteen countries will compete in the Blazewrath World Cup, a tournament where dragons and their riders fight for glory in a dangerous relay. Lana longs to represent her native Puerto Rico in their first ever World Cup appearance, and when Puerto Rico’s Runner—the only player without a dragon steed—is kicked off the team, she’s given the chance.
But when she discovers that a former Blazewrath superstar has teamed up with the Sire—a legendary dragon who’s cursed into human form—the safety of the Cup is jeopardized. The pair are burning down dragon sanctuaries around the world and refuse to stop unless the Cup gets cancelled. All Lana wanted was to represent her country. Now, to do that, she’ll have to navigate an international conspiracy that’s deadlier than her beloved sport. 

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Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

6 reasons to read this book
*MC, Lana Torres, is a brown puerto-rican girl
*so much of puerto rican culture, heritage, identity!
*ample queer cast of characters, BIPoC and Latinx characters, so many nationalities and ethnicities and disabled characters! found family!
*fantastical worldbuilding, magic system, magical creatures
*international conspiracy!! dragon-into-a-human form, so many plot twists and turn, action-packed
*sports fantasy, epic dragon sport with unique set of rules


cw: alcoholism, homophobia, physical violence, murder, illness, references of domestic abuse

Blazewrath Games tells the story of Lana Torres, who has always preferred dragons to people. Her dream and life goal has always been to compete in the Blazewrath World Cup representing Puerto Rico, a tournament where dragons and their riders fight for glory in a dangerous relay. When Puerto Rico’s runner is kicked off the team, now Lana has a chance to be a part of the team.
But a global conspiracy is brewing, the Sire, a legendary dragon who’s cursed into human form and a former Blazewrath superstar have teamed up, they are burning down dragon sanctuaries and will not stop until the Cup is cancelled. Now, Lana has to navigate being a part of her beloved sport with this international threat.

I have to admit that from the moment I read the summary of this book, I knew I was going to like it. I mean sports? dragons? fantasy? I’m in!
I’m glad to say it didn’t disappoint, by the third chapter I was already hooked in.

Lana is an amazing heroine, she’s brave and determined but also not the typical ‘chosen one’ from fantasies. I loved that she wasn’t bonded to any dragon or had any special magic and that she took her time to think of other characters particularly the villain’s motivations and intentions, and that’s something that we don’t see very often in such fantasy books. Her inner dialogue was at times too relatable, particularly because of how down to earth she was.
Her friendship with Samira was also one of the highlights of this book, Samira, a big secondary character is her best-friend, co-pilot, co-partner in crime, she’s such a great asset, and through her you really get to know Lana.
I have to praise the diversity, it’s such a breath of fresh air the diverse, we had representation of so many nationalities, ethnicities, different identities, latinx characters, BIPoC, disabled, it was so natural and beautiful to read. It’s what it should be, I mean you’re telling me everyone in a magical fantasy world is able, cis, het, cmon! So thank you Amparo for showing us this wouldn’t be the case.
Also can I just mention how lovely it was to see how much this book was full of Puerto Rican culture, heritage, language, identity, it was in every bit of the book.

The worldbuilding in itself was superbly done, everything was explained so well and with a lot of detail, but also in a way that didn’t feel like an overexposition, it was just done perfectly. The magic system, the sport with all its rules, and how even dragons were, was really engaging.
The pace of the book is fast, i don’t mean this as a negative because I loved how fast paced it was, it fit so well with the world and the stakes. And even more with the many different plot twists, that were so well done they didn’t end up feeling like they were for the shock value.
Many of the things that happen in the book can easily be related to now, and that’s one of the things I most liked, it was fantasy with its own structure, magic system, magical creatures, but also so much of it was comparable to our world.

There’s so much more I could comment on, but I’m trying hard not to spoil anything.

Overall, Blazewrath Games is perfect for fans of fantasy, dragons, and a down-to-earth, regular fan full of determination main character who has so much heart. This is now in my favourite reads of 2020, I can’t wait for the next book and anything else Amparo comes up with.


Amparo Ortiz was born in San Juan, Puerto Rico, and currently lives on the island’s northeastern coast. Her short story comic, “What Remains in The Dark,” appears in the Eisner Award-winning anthology Puerto Rico Strong (Lion Forge, 2018), and SAVING CHUPIE, her middle grade graphic novel, comes out with HarperCollins in Winter 2022. She holds an M.A. in English and a B.A. in Psychology from the UPR’s Río Piedras campus. When she’s not teaching ESL to her college students, she’s teaching herself Korean, devouring as much young adult fiction as she can, and writing about Latinx characters in worlds both contemporary and fantastical.

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I had so much fun with this book, that I’m preparing soon a second read through.
Let me know if you’ve read this or if you’re planning on reading it 🙂 I’d love to gush with other people about it.

Never Look Back Review

Hi all!
I was supposed to post this review yesterday but the day flew past me.
Today we’re back to celebrating Latinx Heritage Month with a review!

I received the ARC for Never Look Back a while back thanks to Bloomsbury and Erica Loberg. Unfortunately, it fell down the category of those books I wanted to read but pandemic/grief/real life got in the way. Here are my thoughts on this Latinx fantasy Retelling!


Never Look Back

by Lilliam Rivera

Genre: Young Adult Fantasy Romance
Release Date: September 15th, 2020
Publisher: Bloomsbury YA

Eury comes to the Bronx as a girl haunted. Haunted by losing everything in Hurricane Maria–and by an evil spirit, Ato. She fully expects the tragedy that befell her and her family in Puerto Rico to catch up with her in New York. Yet, for a time, she can almost set this fear aside, because there’s this boy.

Pheus is a golden-voiced, bachata-singing charmer, ready to spend the summer on the beach with his friends, serenading his on-again, off-again flame. That changes when he meets Eury. All he wants is to put a smile on her face and fight off her demons. But some dangers are too powerful for even the strongest love, and as the world threatens to tear them apart, Eury and Pheus must fight for each other and their lives.

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Rating: ⭐⭐⭐

6 reasons to read this book:
*Latinx retelling of the myth of Orpheus and Eurydice
*Afro-latinx rep, Eury is Puerto Rican and Pheus is Dominican
*touches on issues of cultural identity, mental illness and overcoming trauma and grief.
*touch of magical realism and fantastical elements
* set in three places, Puerto Rico, NYC and the Underworld
*the excitements of a first love


Slightly spoiler-y

cw: mental illness, depression, anxiety, trauma, grief, mentions of Hurricane Irma and Maria, alcoholism, suicide, PTSD, sexual assault

Disclaimer: Because I read the ARC some of the comments here might not be as accurate to the final version, especially some of the stuff I disliked might have changed.

Never Look Back tells the story of Eury and Pheus, Eury goes to the Bronx feeling haunted, she didn’t just lose everything due to Hurricane Maria but she’s being hunted by an evil spirit, Ato. She knows the tragedy will follow her and her family to New York, but meeting Pheus, even if it’s for a little while seems to make everything better.
Pheus, a golden-voiced, bachata playing charmer who is ready to enjoy his summer with his friends on the beach, singing and playing his guitar. But when he meets Eury, everything changes for him. Now he’s ready to fight Eury’s demons to have her smiling. But will their love be enough to conquer all that threatens Eury?

I really really wanted to love this book, i have to admit it took me a while to get into it. My main point of I guess disconnect was the character of Pheus, it took me a while to like him. As a Dominican, I’m too used to Dominican characters written as the suave, charming, flirty ‘seductor’. The first glimpses of his personality honestly had me thinking of him just with those tropes. And while I do admit his character did develop and gained more depth throughout the story, it still wasn’t my jam. I guess I expected a bit more.
On the other hand, I felt Eury was so well fleshed out and developed, I loved her characterisation and her struggle with mental health while fighting this literal demon spirit. She was a perfect heroine and I loved reading her inner thoughts.

Knowing this is a retelling of Orpheus and Eurydice, I knew the love aspect would come very fast, but the insta-love, insta-Pheus changes for Eury was hard to believe. Could also be that this book was kinda divided into a part 1 where they get together and part 2 where’s its closer to the myth, that makes it difficult to see a big big development of their relationship as you’re waiting for the retelling of the myth to start. I did hope to see more of their relationship growing because their moments together when they talked were some of my favourites.
Now part 2 of this book was very close to perfect, I loved the inclusion of the taino goddess Guabancex, I loved the Inframundo and I loved how ultimately it came down to Eury saving herself.

I loved the various themes of this novel and especially the commentary on mental illness and depression. It was beautiful to read and it’s one that resonates so well, coming from a culture that still finds depression and trauma such a taboo to talk. Books like this where they challenge that are ones we need more of.

I do have to say I didn’t appreciate the use of the destruction of Hurricane Maria as a way for Eury to blame herself. Now this, maybe it’s not phrased as such in the final version but having to read how Ato told Eury how he would destroy PR because she rejected him, I didn’t like that. Hurricane Maria is/was a traumatic event that affected so many islands and PR particularly bad, reading this phrased like that hurt and made me pause. There were other little mistakes that I hope were fixed for the final version to do with Dominican references (e.g. Carnaval de Santiago in Santo Domingo, Santiago and Santo Domingo are two very different cities with already a big big historical rivalry, Carnaval de Santiago is in Santiago, Carnaval de Santo Domingo is in Santo Domingo).

Overall, i think maybe i had too high hopes for this book and while it was enjoyable, i didn’t fully get into it. I would still recommend it to everyone, just not for me.


Lilliam Rivera is an award-winning writer and author of the young adult novels Dealing in Dreams, The Education of Margot Sanchez, the middle grade novel Goldie Vance: The Hotel Whodunit, and Never Look Back (September 2020) by Bloomsbury. Her work has appeared in The Washington Post, The New York Times, and Elle, to name a few. Lilliam lives in Los Angeles.
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Next post will follow the LHM calendar with a recommendations list of (probably) some of my favourite Latinx Romcoms! 🙂 I’m excited!

See you soon!

Each of Us a Desert Blog Tour Interview

Hi everyone!

Today’s post is special for a number of reasons, one this is a Blog Tour stop celebrating Mark Oshiro’s Each of Us a Desert, this Tour was organised by Colored Pages Tours. Second, as this is my tour stop date I had the absolute pleasure of interviewing Mark Oshiro. And third, this is my first ever author interview, which I was a bit nervous about but you’ll see how amazing Mark’s answers were. This made it so much better to anticipate and enjoy today’s post.


Each of Us a Desert

by Mark Oshiro

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, LGBT+
Release Date: Sept 15th, 2020
Publisher: Tor Teen

From award-winning author Mark Oshiro comes a powerful coming-of-age fantasy novel about finding home and falling in love amidst the dangers of a desert where stories come to life.

Xochitl is destined to wander the desert alone, speaking her troubled village’s stories into its arid winds. Her only companions are the blessed stars above and enigmatic lines of poetry magically strewn across dusty dunes.

Her one desire: to share her heart with a kindred spirit.

One night, Xo’s wish is granted—in the form of Emilia, the cold and beautiful daughter of the town’s murderous conqueror. But when the two set out on a magical journey across the desert, they find their hearts could be a match… if only they can survive the nightmare-like terrors that arise when the sun goes down.

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1-Each of Us a Desert is a book that explores the power of stories, our responsibilities to our community, sacrifice, and questioning belief systems in a very poetic and magical way. Were these themes and topics you knew you wanted to write about since the beginning?

You know, one of the best things about doing interviews for this book is getting to answer questions like this because I get to say ABSOLUTELY THE HELL NOT. If it seems like I had it all together from the beginning, then I have SUCCEEDED. The first draft of Each of Us a Desert was incredibly different from the version that the world will get to read. I was listening to Holly Black talk recently, and she said something to the effect of how we often have to write the wrong thing to find the right thing, and that’s absolutely what happened here. My first attempt at Xochitl’s story was about poverty, migration, and oppressive systems. It was tonally such a different book, too! But from that draft, I started figuring out all the various pieces of Xo’s story: the religion of Solís; las cuentistas; Xochitl’s rebellion.  

2- Xochitl is a wonderful main character. The book is very much centred on her journey of self-discovery, her search for freedom and understanding her place. What was the most important thing about writing her journey and why?

Once I figured out her story, I wanted to write a character who felt nothing like Moss from Anger is A Gift. Actually, I’d say that was a motivating factor for practically every part of the process: I didn’t want to repeat myself. So where Moss is a character who is surrounded by this incredible support system, I designed Xochitl’s life so she was terribly alone. A lot of the emotion of that came from my own upbringing as a closeted queer teen in a desert-adjacent town. But more than anything else, I wanted her to be an unapologetically selfish character. Her story is about reclamation! And so, right from the first page, I tell the reader what they’re in for when Xochitl says that she’s not sorry.

3- I loved the diverse cast that surrounds Xochitl, but in a non-spoilery fashion, I do want to ask about Emilia, as she’s an interesting contrast to Xochitl. What inspired you to write her?

Right, it’s hard to talk about her without spoiling the book! That being said, I’ve been fairly open about how the book is enemies-to-lovers, one of my favorite tropes OF ALL TIME. I wish I could also tell you that Emilia popped out of my mind fully formed, but like with literally all of the book, I wrote it wrong before I wrote it right. Emilia didn’t even exist until the second rewrite. (Yeah, I had to rewrite the entire book twice before I got it. THIS BOOK WAS VERY HARD.) It was my editor at Tor Teen, Miriam Weinberg, who said that Xochitl’s journey was missing something. In particular, she wondered if it would be better if she had someone along with her who was the same age so that there could be an interesting dynamic to work off of. Admittedly, I was stumped. Xochitl’s journey felt so singular to me, so how could I possibly add someone to it?

If you’ve read the Acknowledgements, you know the actual inspiration for Emilia’s arc and how it intersects with Xochitl’s. (No spoilers for that, either!) But I’ll say this: this book—and writing Emilia in particular—was an immense challenge. I felt like I was using muscles I’d not used ever. So I loved that I developed Emilia’s character by thinking of someone else’s arc and designing an intricate path so that they could meet. That’s not something I’ve ever done, and I’m really happy with how it turned out.

4- As a Latinx person myself, I loved the unapologetic use of non-italicized Spanish intermixed in most sentences. Was that a conscious decision you made when writing, to not translate those words or phrases?

Thank you!!! That’s all absolutely conscious and intentional. Every bit of it! As the fantasy aspect of the world took shape, I loved being able to imagine if Spanish was a language in another world. Obviously, the majority of the book is written in English, but I loved toying with the idea of it being told in Spanglish. I think non-fluent or casually fluent readers can figure out what most of it says through context clues, but I also wanted the text to give it the respect you often see in traditional fantasy novels with imagined languages.

One very cool thing I got to do with it was in las poemas, which Xochitl finds buried throughout the desert on her journey north. Right after I turned in the draft that had them in it, I had asked my editor if it was possible to treat the poems like a religious text. I’d written them all in Spanish, so there were no context clues at all for a reader to translate them. I remember going to mass and having those bilingual Bibles in the pews, and so I floated the idea of the text having the Spanish poem and the English translation side by side. The team LOVED it, and it’s one of my favorite parts of the book.

5- One of the most notable aspects of Each of Us a Desert is the style of writing and the poetic atmosphere that transports the reader ever so effortlessly. Are there any previous works that you admire that inspired you?

While there are no direct references like there were in Anger is A Gift, my biggest inspiration was the work of Sandra Cisneros. Her writing has left a huge impression on me and gotten me to rethink how prose and poetry can live alongside one another. The other main influences on the book are Rudolfo Anaya’s Bless Me, Ultima and Octavia Butler’s Parable of the Sower.

6- Whenever I finish a book, I always have one or two impressions. Your book, for example, left me feeling a sense of community and love. What would you want people to take away from Each of Us a Desert?

Oh, wow, that’s powerful. And I totally see why you came to that conclusion! I like writing about community mainly because I grew up as a teenager who didn’t feel they had one. Much of Anger is a power fantasy for me; it was me imagining what it was like to have a supportive mother or a bunch of queer friends in high school. Desert is a little closer to my actual experience, and thus, it’s about Xochitl finding community (and love!) by leaving home. Which is a very scary thing! I certainly had friends in high school, many who I deeply appreciate, but I needed to get away from my hometown to really find myself and to fall in love for the first time.

I’d also add that I hope people leave Desert feeling a new understanding of power. Xochitl has a magical power, but I tried to subvert the notion that magical powers are inherently good, joyous things for a character. Instead, I wanted her to come into her own and choose what to do with her cuentista ability. That choice and sense of agency is so integral to her journey!

7- And the last question, do you have a song(s) that for you best describes the mood(s) of the book? Or did you have a specific song(s) that you listened to while writing the book?

Oh, I love this question! So, music is actually my TRUE love in this world, and in another life, I’d be in a band and touring the world. Music deeply, deeply informs my writing process; I cannot actually write in silence! I’ve either got music blasting in the background or in my headphones at all times. That means I have INCREDIBLY intricate playlists that I use during each project. I have mood-based ones for when I need to be in a certain mood while writing a scene. (I’ve got a SAD SONGS playlist, an ANGRY playlist, and a romance one, for example.) So it’s hard to pick a single song for the whole book because there’s a patchwork of music that went into this.

That being said, here are 10 songs that featured quite heavily in multiple playlists and also have thematic and aesthetic ties to the novel:

“No Light No Light” – Florence + The Machine
“Queen of Peace” – Florence + The Machine

“Travelin’ Far” – Murder By Death
“Fuego” – Murder By Death
“End of the Line” – Murder by Death
“She” – Laura Mvula
“Close to You” – Rihanna
“You’ll Find a Way” – Santigold
“Death Is The Road To Awe / Together We Will Live Forever” – Clint Mansell
“Dejanos en Paz” – Los Crudos


Mark Oshiro is the author of Anger is a Gift (Tor Teen), winner of the 2019 Schneider Family Book Award and nominated for a 2019 Lammy Award (in the LGBTQ Children’s/Young Adult category). Upcoming novels include Each of Us a Desert (Tor Teen), a YA Fantasy novel out September 15, 2020, and The Insiders (Harper Collins), an MG Contemporary with magical elements out Fall 2021. When they are not writing, crying on camera about fictional characters for their online Mark Does Stuff universe, or traveling, Mark is busy trying to fulfill their lifelong goal: to pet every dog in the world. 

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Thank you so much to Mark Oshiro for these amazingly insightful answers. I’m sure I’m not the only adding some of those songs to a playlist for when I reread this book.
My review will be posted closer to the date of the book’s release when I hopefully can finally organise all my thoughts. But to finish off here is a little moodboard I created:

I hope you’ll give this book a try and go pre-order in any of the links posted above.

Incendiary review

Hi all~

This is another review that unfortunately got caught up in the middle of lockdown, grieving and that lost month that I can’t remember if it was April or May or somewhere in between, or what really happened that time.

I got the chance to receive an ARC both from a friend (the US version) and the UK version from the publisher here (Thank you @readeatretreat and Hodderscape!). Since I have both ARCs I might just gift the UK version to someone who hasn’t read it 🙂 since I don’t really need both versions, so if you haven’t are you’re interested (especially if you live in the UK).


Incendiary (Hollow Crown #1)

by Zoraida Cordova

Genre: YA fantasy
Release Date: April 28th, 2020
Publisher: Little Brown Books for Young Readers

I am Renata Convida.
I have lived a hundred stolen lives.
Now I live my own.
Renata Convida was only a child when she was kidnapped by the King’s Justice and brought to the luxurious palace of Andalucia. As a Robari, the rarest and most feared of the magical Moria, Renata’s ability to steal memories from royal enemies enabled the King’s Wrath, a siege that resulted in the deaths of thousands of her own people.

Now Renata is one of the Whispers, rebel spies working against the crown and helping the remaining Moria escape the kingdom bent on their destruction. The Whispers may have rescued Renata from the palace years ago, but she cannot escape their mistrust and hatred–or the overpowering memories of the hundreds of souls she turned “hollow” during her time in the palace.

When Dez, the commander of her unit, is taken captive by the notorious Sangrado Prince, Renata will do anything to save the boy whose love makes her place among the Whispers bearable. But a disastrous rescue attempt means Renata must return to the palace under cover and complete Dez’s top secret mission. Can Renata convince her former captors that she remains loyal, even as she burns for vengeance against the brutal, enigmatic prince? Her life and the fate of the Moria depend on it.
But returning to the palace stirs childhood memories long locked away. As Renata grows more deeply embedded in the politics of the royal court, she uncovers a secret in her past that could change the entire fate of the kingdom–and end the war that has cost her everything.

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Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

6 reasons to read this book
*action packed fantasy with an interesting magic system, inquisition era inspired story
* MC, Renata Convida is a fierce, bit jaded anti-hero with probably the worst power you can get
*well fleshed out diverse cast of characters, some romantic tension
* not everything is at is seems! so many plot twists! shocking twists!
* deals with political intrigue, secrets, revenge, authoritarian regimes, xenophobia
* rebelling/fighting against a dictatorial/authoritarian system who wants to wipe out a minority group


cw for poisoning, murder, torture, suicide, wound and stitches descriptions, sex,

Incendiary is set in the magical world of a reimagined Inquisition-era Spain. In magical Puerto Leones, the ruling family is set on erasing the Moria, they are hunted, persecuted, feared and killed. Robari, people who have the magical ability to take people’s memories are the most feared of the Moira. The main character, Renata Convida is one of them, when she was a child she was kidnapped and kept by the King’s justice to use her powers to steal memories for the Royal enemies, these memories helped the ruling family murder thousands of Moria. But thanks to the Whispers (the Moria rebels) she was rescued and shortly joined their ranks. Although, as her powers were too feared, she never gained their trust. Apart from Dez, the commander of her unit and the only person Ren has ever trusted and loved.
When Dez gets captured, Ren will have to go back and infiltrate the palace to rescue Dez. However, being in the palace will bring back her childhood memories, keep her in close contact with the cruel Sangrado Prince who captured Dez and maybe not everything is what it seems?

Much of the book covers a few tropes(rebel heroine, feared by her powers, revenge plot, fighting against an evil empire), but what really caught me was how twisty it was, I think by the time I was caught up in the rythm of the writing, something happened that completely turns the story on its head, and that’s about the third chapter!
The worldbuilding of Incendiary was exquisite, there’s many stories dealing with a magic system, but this one was well fleshed out and presented in a way that didn’t seem too info dump-y, which tends to happen in fantasy duologies/trilogies with a distinct magic system.
The main character’s journey and her character development was one of the joys of reading this book, from the first moment you think you’re well aware of Ren and how she tends to react to things, and especially having her inner dialogue guide the story. But as the story progresses with all the twists, you find yourself along with Ren going through all her doubts, speculations, suspicions, hesitations, confusion and how she gets to uncover the mysteries of her past and of some of the characters she gets to know.
The cast that surrounds her is as interesting and intriguing as the world built by Zoraida, all the characters are so likeable, Dez from the first time we meet him he’s the only character that likes (loves?) and trusts Ren, the scenes we get with them are sweet, heartwarming but also sad at times.
There’s also the intriguing encounters with Prince Cassian which I won’t say much because I could spoil things, but he’s also a character that at first you might think you know his purpose but as the story goes on, you basically understand you know nothing and all your speculations could be wrong.

There’s so much about this book I could discuss, but knowing that there’s a sequel, I might just leave it to see where this story will end up going.


As I moved houses and finally have my books and everything sorted, I have planned to be more regular with this blog 🙂 please scream at me if I don’t keep up with this