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Sometimes it’s better to shut up

Just because you experience some sort of oppression doesn’t give you the right to talk about others’

A “hot take” brought to you by my current read but it’s actually a thing I’ve seen a lot and this isn’t specifically about this book. It just inspired me to finally write the post-

I’m reading a cute romance YA where one of the main characters is latino, as far as I’ve been able to research the author is notThis isn’t an issue on itself, I love that more people are including latinx characters in their stories and making us more visible and all that. The problem comes when such people take it upon themselves to discuss intra-community issues as if they understand shit.

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Comments on Colorism in Latinx Culture

I never thought I’d actually write a post about this but I just finished Blanca and Roja and had some thoughts.

On that book we have two sisters as the main characters: Blanca and Roja, both of them latinas. Blanca is light-skinned and blonde while Roja has darker skin and brown almost black hair with hints of red. The way they are treated differently by everyone, even in their own family is an important point in the story and I highly recommend reading it if you enjoy magical realism.

“Everyone is on your side. You pretend they’re not. You pretend we’re the same. But people look at us differently. Boys. Teachers. Our own cousins. Even people who look more like me look at you like you’re better.”–Roja

First of all, let’s make a couple of things clear: Colorism is not the same as racism but it is rooted on it. Colorism is considering someone of the same race inferior because they are “less white”. This is usually done subconsciously and perpetuated thanks to imperialism and euro-centric beauty standards – Continue reading “Comments on Colorism in Latinx Culture”

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Blanca & Roja by Anna-Marie McLemore

Nothing remarkable ever just happened.

Title: Blanca & Roja

Author: Anna-Marie McLemore

Publisher: Feiwel & Friends

Format: Kindle Edition

Length: 384 pages

Rating: 5/5 ★★★★★

Rep: Latinx Own Voices & A trans masculine non-binary main character

Summary:

38613394The biggest lie of all is the story you think you already know.

The del Cisne girls have never just been sisters; they’re also rivals, Blanca as obedient and graceful as Roja is vicious and manipulative. They know that, because of a generations-old spell, their family is bound to a bevy of swans deep in the woods. They know that, one day, the swans will pull them into a dangerous game that will leave one of them a girl, and trap the other in the body of a swan.

But when two local boys become drawn into the game, the swans’ spell intertwines with the strange and unpredictable magic lacing the woods, and all four of their fates depend on facing truths that could either save or destroy them. Blanca & Roja is the captivating story of sisters, friendship, love, hatred, and the price we pay to protect our hearts.

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Posted in Challenges

I Spy a Latinx Edition

Bibi from Bibi’s Bookblog tagged me a while ago and I didn’t get around to it until now… I’M SO SORRY!

I love that there are people out there who think of me when doing their tags!! And Bibi has given me the perfect opportunity to highlight even more latinx authors

I already did I Spy My TBR and I Spy READ Edition, for this I decided to do Latinx authors keeping the theme with the Latinx Book Bingo I’m currently taking part in

Let’s see how I do:…

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Posted in Challenges, TBR

Latinx Book Bingo

Today is the first day of the Latinx Book Bingo!

Hosted on Twitter by   and  during Hispanic Heritage Month

However let's not forget that 
not all Latinx are hispanic and not all Hispanics are latinx. 
Someone from Brazil is Latinx but not hispanic, 
someone from Spain is hispanic but not latinx.
This has been your friendly disclaimer

I decided to take part in it to help me read more latinx Authors (one of my Resolutions) I invite all of you who feel up for a challenge to take this on with me.

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I have a tentative TBR, though I never actually end up reading my TBRs

If you want more recs head over to Sofia @Bookish Wanderers! She has 90 book recomendations divided by rep and own voices, so you want to go over there

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Bruja Born by Zoraida Córdova

I received an Advance Readers Copy in exchange of an honest review.
All thoughts and opinions are my own

Title: Bruja Born

Series Brooklyn Brujas #2

Author: Zoraida Córdova

Publisher:  Sourcebooks Fire

Publication date: June 5th 2018

Format: eARC

Rating: 5/5 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

Summary:

33918887Three sisters. One spell. Countless dead.

Lula Mortiz feels like an outsider. Her sister’s newfound Encantrix powers have wounded her in ways that Lula’s bruja healing powers can’t fix, and she longs for the comfort her family once brought her. Thank the Deos for Maks, her sweet, steady boyfriend who sees the beauty within her and brings light to her life.

Then a bus crash turns Lula’s world upside down. Her classmates are all dead, including Maks. But Lula was born to heal, to fix. She can bring Maks back, even if it means seeking help from her sisters and defying Death herself. But magic that defies the laws of the deos is dangerous. Unpredictable. And when the dust settles, Maks isn’t the only one who’s been brought back…  Continue reading “Bruja Born by Zoraida Córdova”