Labyrinth Lost

Labyrinth Lost is the first installment in Zoraida Cordova’s Brooklyn Brujas series. I was very excited by the premise of this book and was glad that it did not disappoint. The protagonist of this series is Alejandra Mortiz, a fifteen-year-old Latina who lives in Brooklyn. And, she comes from a long line of brujas and…

The Book of M

I can’t exactly remember why. But when I was a kid, I used to say that the scariest thing in the world was losing memories of the ones you love. I don’t think I quite understood loss back then. Still, my answer would be the same today. The apocalyptic near future depicted in Peng Shepherd’s…

An Ember in the Ashes

Sabaa Tahir’s An Ember of Ashes is one of the books that intricately builds its fictional universe without making the plot movements slow down to a standstill. It took me a moment to recalibrate myself as I have never in earnest sat down to read a YA fantasy novel for academic research until now. Also,…

Spirit Hunters

I picked up Ellen Oh’s Spirit Hunters when the oppressing heat of the summer was becoming unbearable for me. This was a perfect reading choice as I did not expect to be so chilled by a middle grade horror novel. Every time a ghost appeared on the page, the line read, “the temperature inside the…

Edinburgh

The cover of the reissue edition of Edinburgh by Mariner Books feature blue and red waves painted in rough brush strokes. It is simple, yet mesmerizing. And, when I finally read the lines below, I caught my breath: “Not blood spilled, but the essence of blood, the red heat, the transaction of all life. A gas passing…