Space Between Review

SpaceBetween.jpgSynopsis: Nico Tortorella is a seeker. Raised on a steady regimen of Ram Dass and raw food, they have always been interested in the more spiritual aspects of life. That is, until the desire for fame and fortune eclipsed their journey toward enlightenment and sent Nico on a downward spiral of addiction and self-destructive behavior. It wasn’t until they dug deep and began to examine the fluidity of both their sexuality and gender identity that they became more comfortable in their own skin, got sober from alcohol, entered into an unconventional marriage with the love of their life, and fully embraced a queer lifestyle that afforded them the opportunity to explore life outside the gender binary. It was precisely in that space between that Nico encountered the diverse community of open-minded, supportive peers they’d always dreamed of having.
By expanding on themes explored on their popular podcast, The Love Bomb, Nico shares the intimate details of their romantic partnerships, the dysfunction of their loud but loving Italian family, and the mining of their feminine and masculine identities into one multidimensional, sexually fluid, nonbinary individual. Nico is a leading voice of the fluidity movement by encouraging open dialogue and universal acceptance. Space Between is at once an education for readers, a manifesto for the labeled and label-free generation, and a personal memoir of love, identity, and acceptance.

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I have known Nico as an actor due to Scream 4 and most recently as part of TV Land’s Younger. However, Space Between helped me learn about their life, Hollywood and their journey to find their own identity. Seeing Nico at first glance, I would have never guessed the experienced they have been through: from their battle with alcoholism to their journey to find their own identity and their marriage to Bethany.

Reading Space Between made me feel as if I was going through their experiences with them. I was able to learn about how they identity as non-binary and their pronouns of choice being they/them. As a reader, you also experience part of his family history, his struggles with addiction and his road to sobriety. We also have insight about the people that have influenced Nico’s life and what they have learned from them.

One aspect I loved about book was the Gratitude section as Nico thanks all the people involved in their lives from their family to the cast of Younger for being part of their journey. This quote in the Preface was one that I loved from the book: “By telling my story, I hope to give something back to you. Storytelling is art – the art of healing. I’ve known that since I was stage-acting in Chicago as a teenager. The craft, my first great love. As much as I still love this art form and will continue to pursue it, I’m more interested in telling my own story, in playing the most authentic version of myself, rather than retelling someone else’s. Only then will I actually be able to give all of myself to the characters written for me. I have always believed I would never feel totally successful until I knew I was able to make an offering to the world.

At the end of the book Nico states “What matter isn’t that we get things wrong, or that we don’t see every angle – that’s just part of being a person. What matter is how we respond to it, and allow ourselves to be changed by it. How humble we can be to accept our mistakes and move forward, embracing that new knowledge with gratitude. It’s all part of learning how to be human in a system that has made all of us less than human, no matter where we’re standing. This quote summarizes Nico’s journey and what we experience through the book about their life and learning experiences.

If you have enjoyed any of Nico’s work in the past, I’d suggest you check out this book as you will learn so much from it. I did not want to put the book down, I also suggest trying the audiobook as it is narrated by Nico as well. This book will take you on a journey you won’t forget. Space Between is available now!

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Pre-order + Swag Giveaway Incentives (July-Dec 2019)

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Did you like the previous pre-order campaign lists I made just for you?

Hope they’ve helped you a lot because today marks the start of me, sharing the Swag Party for 2019 new book releases. I know I’ve convinced you to stretch out your grabby crabby hands to get all the amazing books out there for the past few months but AGAIN, I want to spice up your cozy bookish nook and add some more pinch of sweetness to your lovely reading life!

So, if you already pre-ordered a book and haven’t sent your proof of purchase, don’t worry just yet because you ain’t late for the party! Just follow the details’ links provided where you can send them. 

UPDATE: Some authors will let you get their pre-order incentive by requesting their books on your local library. If that happens, I will sure to include that whenever a library…

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September TBR: All the Latinx books

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Hello friends,

I’m so excited to be back, I’ve been planning some (hopefully) cool stuff for Latinx Heritage Month and I can’t wait to share. Technically, it doesn’t start until September 15th but my goal this year is to exclusively read Latinx authors these two months.

That could be a problem because I’m the worst keeping up with TBRs but happily, there are two amazing challenges happening that I’m very excited to participate: Latinx Book Bingo and Latinxathon. We also have Latinx Book Club joining the monthly group book, so it’s really a #LatinxLitTakeover

I’m also participating in ATLA Readathon that runs the entire month and I’m so excited! I don’t think I have said it here before but I love Avatar, LIKE I LOVE IT. And I’m so happy to rewatch the show and join in this awesome readathon. More info below.

I made a TBR for each readathon…

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100 Book Recommendations for the Latinx Book Bingo| Latinx Heritage Month 2019

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Hi everyone! Today I bring you a post I have been working on for a long time and I’m super excited to finally share it with you. In this post, there are recommendations for the Latinx Book Bingo 2019, which I’m hosting again this year.  Before getting into the recs, here are some things you should know about them:

  • In each category, the recommendations are organized depending on age group: First, you’ll find YA books, then Middle Grade books and finally Adult books.
  • Click on the title and it will take you to the Goodreads page for the book.
  • I haven’t read every book on this list, but I read #ownvoices reviews for almost every single one of them to make sure the Latinx rep was good. Nonetheless, if you know the rep in one of the books is not good, please let me know!
  • Next to the…

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Con Amor: Foodie Romance

Latinx Magic

Content Warning: Discussion/descriptions of food. Please take care of yourself.

Hello friends,

I’m so excited to bring this new project of mine. This September, I’ll be posting weekly recommendation of some of my favorite Latinx books. Since I have been consciously reading diverse books, specifically Latinx books, my reading life has been changed completely. Not only I have been reading more (for a series of reasons, but one of them is finding more stories that I enjoy), my list of favorite stories has gotten so big that sometimes it’s hard to keep up with all of them.

For this Latinx Heritage Month (technically, it doesn’t start until September 15th but when have I keep up with a schedule?), I want to highlight some of these voices. Not only recommend you some of my favorites, but also, give you a little of insight of what I have seen in these books…

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Don’t Say a Word by Amber Lynn Natusch – Blog Tour

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Pages: 384
Publisher: Tor Teen
Published: September 17th, 2019

Trigger Warning: Sexual assault (non-graphic), Underage Prostitution, Violence

Synopsis

Kylene Danners’s ex-FBI agent father is in prison for murder and she’s hell-bent on getting him out. But trying to investigate in the small town where a defensive lineman is a hero no matter who he tries to kill and the girl who gets him locked up is public enemy number one is dangerous. Dark secrets are everywhere in Jasperville—the kind Ky can’t walk away from.

When rookie FBI agent Cedric Dawson returns to town to finish an open investigation, he goes undercover at her high school—as her ex. Determined to keep her from interfering, Dawson’s plan backfires after Ky gets an anonymous call about missing girls officially labeled as runaways—runaways that didn’t really run away at all.

Because dead girls can’t run.

And they don’t say a word.

Review

Hi all! Today I am collaborating with TBR and Beyond to bring you the Don’t Say a Word blog tour. I do apologize for the delay, I have been preparing for Dorian (whether or not it decides to hit Florida) and catching up on my rest as well.

Don’t Say a Word starts exactly where Dare You to Lie left off, I recommend you read it first in order to understand it all. I really love when the stories start where the previous book ended, the continuity aspect is perfect. Ky is back and has new challenge, a young girl contacts her to mention that a few girls have been missing from the area. The young girl tells her how she’s scared about what has happened and what might happen to her as well. She is vague with the information but she will work with Ky.

Deputy Dawson joins Ky, being undercover as a high school student with her, he also let her know that they will be playing exes that get back together ummm, which results in awkward and fun moments between them. Ky also has another guy that isn’t particularly keen about that and will work to get back together with her.

What I enjoy about the series and this book is that we have the romance, friendship and mystery of solving that case all in one. Also, another aspect I enjoy is that the romance doesn’t take over the story either.

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Color Me In Review – Blog Post

Synopsis

Debut YA author Natasha Díaz pulls from her personal experience to inform this powerful coming-of-age novel about the meaning of friendship, the joyful beginnings of romance, and the racism and religious intolerance that can both strain a family to the breaking point and strengthen its bonds.

Who is Nevaeh Levitz?

Growing up in an affluent suburb of New York City, sixteen-year-old Nevaeh Levitz never thought much about her biracial roots. When her Black mom and Jewish dad split up, she relocates to her mom’s family home in Harlem and is forced to confront her identity for the first time. 

Nevaeh wants to get to know her extended family, but one of her cousins can’t stand that Nevaeh, who inadvertently passes as white, is too privileged, pampered, and selfish to relate to the injustices they face on a daily basis as African Americans. In the midst of attempting to blend their families, Nevaeh’s dad decides that she should have a belated bat mitzvah instead of a sweet sixteen, which guarantees social humiliation at her posh private school. Even with the push and pull of her two cultures, Nevaeh does what she’s always done when life gets complicated: she stays silent.

It’s only when Nevaeh stumbles upon a secret from her mom’s past, finds herself falling in love, and sees firsthand the prejudice her family faces that she begins to realize she has a voice. And she has choices. Will she continue to let circumstances dictate her path? Or will she find power in herself and decide once and for all who and where she is meant to be?

Review

The story follows Nevaeh Levitz, a biracial teens. After her parents split, she moves with her mother in Harlem. She begins to learn about her identity and family history from her maternal side that she didn’t have knowledge about previously. I did like how the book follows Nevaeh’s identities as Jewish and black. She feels disconnected from her identities but as the story transitions, she feels comfortable with being in the middle. One aspect I found interesting about the story is that we learn about Nevaeh’s hurt through her mother’s journal entries which helps us understand their pain.

Links

Goodreads | Amazon | Barnes&Noble

Natasha Diaz

Twitter | Instagram

Don’t Date Rosa Santos Review

 

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Synopsis

Rosa Santos is cursed by the sea-at least, that’s what they say. Dating her is bad news, especially if you’re a boy with a boat.

But Rosa feels more caught than cursed. Caught between cultures and choices. Between her abuela, a beloved healer and pillar of their community, and her mother, an artist who crashes in and out of her life like a hurricane. Between Port Coral, the quirky South Florida town they call home, and Cuba, the island her abuela refuses to talk about.

As her college decision looms, Rosa collides – literally – with Alex Aquino, the mysterious boy with tattoos of the ocean whose family owns the marina. With her heart, her family, and her future on the line, can Rosa break a curse and find her place beyond the horizon?

Review

I joined @ImmortalBiblio this month to read Don’t Date Rosa Santos by Nina Moreno.  I definitely wanted to read a contemporary book, this came at the precise time. I enjoyed the book from cover to cover. One of the aspects I loved about the book was the family dynamic as we experience Rosa’s relationship with her grandmother Mimi. Another aspect that I connected with was Rosa’s enthusiasm to learn about her culture and family history.

“Everything I knew about Cuba came from this coastal town, hundreds of miles from the island that was so unknown to me. I met my culture in the food I ate at our table, the songs that played on my abuela’s record player, and the stories that flowed through the bodega and Ana- Maria’s lively home. But I couldn’t find my family in those stories. I couldn’t find me.”

My favorite part was how the journey Rosa went through made her see her family in a different way while also accomplishing her goal to visit Cuba. She was able to figure out what to do about her college and her relationship. “Without Mimi, I didn’t know where and how Port Coral fit in my life anymore.”

I recommend this to anyone that enjoys contemporaries as this has been my favorite one this year, I went through it so quickly. I can’t wait to read Nina’s next book, I really loved her writing.

Don’t Date Rosa Santos

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TBR Readathon FAQ

IMG_2493TBR Readathon – Sept 1-30! Twitter: ReadathonTBR, thank you to @bookswithZaq for the readathon’s logo

I wanted to formally announce my TBR Readathon! I have been wanting to do a readathon for a while now but I debated on a theme as I felt everything had been done already. However, I did want to keep it simple. To make it fun, I decided to do a bingo card with the prompts, you can go to the following link to generate your unique bingo card!

Bingo Card!

I encourage you all to make a TBR and tag the account in the picture whether it’s Twitter or Instagram: bookloversbookreviews for me to share it as well, including the hashtag #TBRreadathon for others to see it.

Here are the prompts for the readathon, I am so excited to be doing this! I was inspired to do this when I saw that I had 5 books left to complete my Goodreads reading challenge and I’ve had books on my TBR for too long that I keep wanting to read yet I keep putting off due to new books being released.

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I hope you all join me for the readathon, you can message me on Twitter: astridpizarro or Instagram: bookloversbookreviews if you have any questions or concerns. Happy reading!

Mid Year Freak Out Tag

First, I would like to thank Sometimes Lynn Reads for tagging me, this is the first time I do tag on my blog, I may continue to do so after this.

WHAT IS THE BEST BOOK THAT YOU’VE READ SO FAR IN 2019?

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Girls of Paper and Fire by Natasha Ngan

I finished this book early in the year, it left me speechless that I automatically knew I wanted to read the sequel. I have an advanced copy of it that I plan to read in August or September. This book is one that will keep you turning the pages until you’re at the end and you’d want more. Thankfully Girls of Storm and Shadow will be released in early November, there’s not much waiting left.

WHAT HAS BEEN YOUR FAVORITE SEQUEL OF THE FIRST HALF OF THE YEAR?

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Unravel Me by Tahereh Mafi

Unravel Me is the only “sequel” I’ve read this year since I started to read the Shatter Me series. Shatter Me has been one of the series I’ve seen a lot of posts about within the community, which made me curious about it. I began to read it this year, even though I took a break due to joining a few readathons, I plan to continue reading it, I have enjoyed it. Find Me (the fourth novella in the series) will be released in October.

IS THERE A NEW RELEASE THAT YOU HAVEN’T READ YET BUT YOU’RE REALLY EXCITED TO?

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Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson

I loved this cover the moment I saw it plus the main character is a reader, do I need to say more? I received this book in my Owlcrate box, I can’t wait to dive into it.

WHAT IS YOUR MOST ANTICIPATED RELEASE FOR THE SECOND HALF OF THE YEAR?

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Girls of Storm and Shadow by Natasha Ngan

It’s the sequel to my favorite reads this year so I definitely can’t wait for this one. I am going to prepare myself mentally and emotionally for the roller coaster I will experience when I read this book. If you haven’t picked up the series, I recommend it. I also want to include a trigger warning for sexual assault.

WHAT IS YOUR BIGGEST DISAPPOINTMENT SO FAR?

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Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan

I loved the Crazy Rich Asians film so I thought the book must be better… I was completely wrong. I borrowed the audiobook through Overdrive to help me finish it faster. This was one of those occasions in which the adaptation was a lot better than the book. After finishing this book, I am not sure if I will continue reading the rest of the series.

WHAT IS YOUR BIGGEST SURPRISE SO FAR?

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Daisy Jones & The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid

This is another book that I saw a lot of within the community, it was a mixed reaction which made me intrigued to read it. I also recommend to use the audiobook for this one, I loved it! I felt as if I was there with the characters. It also reminded me of A Star Is Born, I truly cannot wait for the adaptation, I hope it’s just as good as the book.

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE NEW TO YOU OR DEBUT AUTHOR?

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Again, But Better by Christine Riccio

Christine released her debut this year, I really enjoyed it. I liked the writing style and the references she added through the book, I hope she writes another book. I look forward to read other stories from her just to experience something different from her.

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE FICTIONAL CRUSH FROM THIS YEAR?

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Five Feet Apart by Rachael Lippincott

After reading the book and watching the movie, I really loved Will and Poe too, they were unforgettable characters.

WHAT IS YOUR NEW FAVORITE CHARACTER?

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Daisy Jones & The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid

My favorite character has been Camila even through the tough times, she supported Billy through this music career and addiction. She’s the one that gave Daisy the opportunity to be free and live her life away from the spotlight.

A BOOK THAT MADE YOU CRY?

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The Sun Is Also A Star by Nicola Yoon

The topic of immigration within the book made me tear especially in Natasha’s situation. I related to her when she expressed her experience about moving to the United States, how she felt during her transition. The ending of the book made me tear up a bit, I still want to see the movie, hopefully soon.

A BOOK THAT MADE YOU HAPPY?

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Daisy Jones & The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid

The ending made me cry and happy, I loved the book so much. I was satisfied by the way the story was told. I also love both the US and UK cover (pictured), so stunning.

YOUR FAVORITE BOOK TO MOVIE/TV SHOW THAT YOU’VE SEEN SO FAR?

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Five Feet Apart by Rachael Lippincott

So far, Five Feet Apart is the only adaptation I’ve seen this year that I have the read book as well. The ending made me cry so much, I definitely hope to own the movie soon. I haven’t seen The Sun is Also a Star yet hopefully I will when it’s released on DVD.

WHAT IS THE MOST BEAUTIFUL BOOK THAT YOU BOUGHT?

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Daisy Jones & The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid

I purchased this book on my NY trip when I watch to attend WrestleMania. I told my Dad that I wanted to take pictures while we were in Times Square. I showed my Dad this picture, he was surprised by how beautiful it looked, he said it did look for a promo for the book. The cover is stunning as I mentioned before, I am definitely ordering the UK version to have both covers.

WHAT ARE 6 BOOKS THAT YOU WANT TO READ BY THE END OF THE YEAR?

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