Presenting: #Octubrujería2017

It’s October 1st!

That means it’s officially the best month of the whole year and I have 31 days jam-packed with the spooky goodness.

Today also marks the first of what will hopefully be a month full of daily blog posts. I want to share a post everyday on BrujaBooks for the whole month of October in honor of Octobrujería! I don’t know if I’ll be able to write a post every single day for 31 days but I guess we’ll see. And either way, I have a lot of awesome stuff to share with you this month. Books rec lists, scary stories and poems, pictures and videos.

And I would really love it if you guys shared your holiday fun stuff with me too so to start of the spooky season, I’ve created a small bingo board of activities.

I have some things I’d like to do this month, including but not limited to tackling some books on my tbr. These are just some small activities to get To feeling those spooky feeling feels.

If you decide to do any of the activities, use the hashtag, #octubrujería2017 and link below in the comment section, so I can take a look!

We can all start off by knocking out the free space by doing a little happy dance that it’s finally spooky time and the Halloween decorations that have been up for weeks are no longer making our home the anachronistic one on the block.

¡Adios Brujas!

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 The Little Red Wolf by Amélie Fléchais

I recieved an eARC of The Little Red Wolf by Amélie Fléchais from NetGalley in return for an honest review.

The story is short, but what it lacks in length, it makes up with stark macabre storytelling and visually astounding artwork that works with and enhances the reading experience.

This story is a retelling of Little Red Riding Hood, and  translated from its original French into English. 

The story follows a wolf family and a human family who live in the same woods. 


A little wolf named Red is warned to stay away from the human hunters on his journey to bring food to his sick grandmother.


Amélie Fléchais’ writing is dark and morbid and her art is the highlight of the book. I’m partial to watercolors and her art carries a mysteriousness and slight eerieness that matches the tone of the tale pitch perfectly.

Despite the initial look of a children’s fairy tale, be forewarned that the reinterpretation is dark one, reminiscent of those original Grimm Fairytales where one could find the characters having their eyes pecked out by birds or pushed from the tallest of towers. I wouldn’t read this to my 4 year old niece but I actually think the text would be a nice analytical analysis for high school students, as they have a lot of complex deep themes they can work through here wrapped up in a familiar story.

I give the story 4/5 stars, only because I found the ending a bit abrupt, which that could easily be a translation issue. Otherwise the books is perfect. The kind you buy a hardback copy of and leave on the coffee table for company to admire.

a book for autumn, a book for fal

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I’ve been restless with excitement of the oncoming autumn season. I don’t live near any kind of cool weather but there is something about allusion of fall that is presented in Florida that I’ve been waiting for… the Halloween decorations, autumn playlists, pumpkin spice EVERYTHING (I’ve been known to try pumpkin spice mandolins, pasta sauce, and peanut butter)

So whether you’re like me and you’re just as excited for Autumn. Or if you’re still in a summery mood and looking for something to get you there.

Here are two fall book releases of 2017 to get you in autumn mood.

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WhichWood by Taheri Mafi

If the cover alone isn’t enough for you to want this beauty on your shelves, then how about the fact that it is a Persian fantasy about a girl who washes dead bodies for a living?

The book is a darker companion to Futhurmore and follows Laylee as she mourns the death of her mother and must deal with father going mad, just as she is tasked to prepare the souls of the recently deceased for the afterlife. According to Mafi herself, the novel is equal parts truth and equal parts imagination.

This seems like the kinda book I would curl up with and devour in the late afternoon between sips from a giant mug of apple cinnamon tea.

Whichwood comes out November 14, 2017.

You can preorder here

You can even try your luck and enter this contest to win a signed arc by the author but hurry this giveaway against August 29th !!!

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An Enchantment of Ravens by Margaret Rogerson

I caught whisper of that crisp, wild, wistful smell… I knew what it was. Autumn.

What will get you more in the mood for autumn that for a book that takes place in a land called Autumn?

An Enchantment of Ravens follows the story of a skilled painter named Isobel, who must stand up against the ancient power of the faerie courts even as she falls in love with Rook, the faerie prince of Autumn.

I am a sucker for antagonistic love interests and I’ve heard nothing but praise for this debut. (1) (2) (3) (4) Seemingly, it is very much a love letter to the season as it is an enchantingly vivid fantasy.

The release date is September 26, 2017.

You can preorder here or you can try your luck and enter this Goodreads contest to win one of twenty-five copies!

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¡Adios brujas!

Inland by Kat Rosenfield

Everything I had heard about Inland told me it was going to be a weird book and I probably wasn't going to like it because it crossed that thin line from just weird enough into TOO WEIRD.

But the cover is pretty and I'm a sucker for pretty covers and the plot really did sound interesting:

After nine years spent suffocating in the arid expanse of the Midwest, far from the sea where her mother drowned, Callie Morgan and her father are returning to the coast. But something is calling to her from the river behind their house and from the ocean miles away. Just as Callie's life begins to feel like her own, and as the potential for romance is blossoming, the intoxicating pull of the dark water seeps into her mind, filling her with doubt and revealing family secrets.

The cover and the blurb combined, enticed me. I like weird, so I went in pretty confident that I was going to like this book. And I found that I did! Quite a lot! In fact, the weirdest thing about the book was that it was thought to be too odd to be enjoyable.

Kate Rosenfield, I think, is more known for her other novel Amelia Anne is Dead and Gone which was an Edgar Award Finalist and praised for its lush mysteriousness. Rosenfield brings that lush mysteriousness to Inland

There is something about the descriptions in this book that really compel the reader when the text itself isn't really moving the resolution of the mystery forward.

Because there is no hiding when your lover is the sea. It leaves its scent in your hair and its taste on your skin. It tiptoes after you, following the salty trail of your footsteps, spilling behind you through the door and nestling in the floorboard. It is too big, too bold, too changeable and brash to keep a confidence.

She manages to infuse the text with apt sensory details, creating that perfect picture of the humid waterlogged atmosphere of Florida even to readers who've never been to the ol' Sunshine State.

I had imagined Florida as a place that never changed, seasonless and stagnant with no sense of the passage of the month, but the light of the winter sun is ever so slightly different: slender, shyer. Nature is subtle in her shifts here, as quiet about the seasons as her children are loud and proud.

The book is as eerie as any thriller and as wondrous as any fantasy. There were moments where I wasn't sure what genre I was reading. Parts where I was sure I was reading a mermaid fantasy and other times a psychological thriller. And the ending seemed to split itself in a way that those readers who preferred fantasy (like me) or those who preferred thriller (maybe you) both finished the book satisfied that their interpretations were validated.

Like the ocean, this book itself is deep and dark and mysterious. The prose attracted me and the mystery kept me turning the pages. Overall the book was a perfect blend of the two creating a genuinely enjoyable atmospheric reading experience.

I give the book 3 manatees swimming in the sea and a bucket of seashells collected from the seashore by an unreliable narrator!

Until next time, tell me: Inland or Coastline?

adios sirenas y brujas

Poetry, the Oil of Life

So I went on a small poetry binge after reading and loving and rereading The Princess Saves Herself in This One and Milk and Honey about three times each. I ended up ordering three more anthologies.

love&you by Gretchen Gomez @chicnerdreads
The Chaos of Longing by KY Robinson @kyrobinson
Rabbit Holes by Naiche Lizzette Parker @naichizzette

I follow Gretchen on Twitter, and i heard some buzz about chaos and Rabbit Holes was a rec so I went in super excited and waiting to be wowed.


I started off with The Chaos of Longing. Let me just tell you, this hits hard right off the bat. There is no sugar-coating or mincing of words, this is raw unbridled emotions jumping at you, just one page in. Sometimes poetry digs so deep inside the poet that you feel like you’re being intrusive, reading into their thought and emotions as you are. And I felt that reading this. Its a great collection. If you’re looking for a poetry anthology that has power, pick up Chaos.

poems to remember: blood diamond, beautiful stranger, elements ii, devotee

After Chaos, I picked up Rabbit Holes. God, I loved this one so much. It was so good. A lot of the poetry was personal but here was also those poems that were like small versions of my favorite mythologies and legends being retold in verse and I adored each one. It was actually very inspiring to me, as a writer. I wrote seven poems as soon as I put the books down. Seriously, if you like mythology and magic and poetry, pick up rabbit holes. Its like a spell being cast on you and taking you on a magical journey through Parker’s words. Also she is a Latina from the Bronx so REPRESENT.

poems to remember:  Arthur, Rosaline, Goddesses Love Goddesses, When Poetry Doesn’t Work

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The last anthology I read was love&you. Gretchen is such a sweet-heart and her poetry is so lovely. I couldn’t wait to get my hands on her anthology. Totally worth the wait. The anthology is concise in a way that it tells the story of one relationship. Gretchen shares the hurt and the healing that one goes through when loving someone is a toxic experience.  Its a very beautiful and candid collection.

poems to remember:

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Overall, I give all anthologies 4 stars and a black cat each. I’m going to be buying second copies to giveaway as soon as my budget allows because these words need to spread like nutella on bread.

And to all the poets  who have shared their emotions, their struggles, and their lives with us readers: Your words are important to you and your sharing of them is important to you. I commend your bravery and your skill. It has truly been and honor to be a small part in your journey. Thank you.

It was a master of wordsmithery that i marveled

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until next time, happy reading!
bye brujas

(Also feel free to leave some more poetry recs in the comments)

My First Guest Post!

Last month, I was scrolling through twitter and saw Maria Hollis @_mhollis asking for writers to contribute to bibliosapphic, a blog that is dedicated to sapphic literature. I immediately sent her a direct message asking what specifically she was looking for. I immediate got back a response. I could pick the topic and pick the deadline. And it was all a very easy process that I look forward to doing again some day. I hope you all enjoy the end result as well. Here is my take on bisexual representation in ya books.

Nicola Lancaster and Battle Hall Davies. I don’t speak of these two characters very much or even the book in which I read of them, Empress of the World by Sara Ryan. Which is odd considering the impact they had on me. It was way back when in 2007, I was a sophomore just getting […]

via Catch That Feeling || Guest Post by Cait — BiblioSapphic

 

The Dept. of Speculation by Jenny Offill

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I picked up this book at the dollar tree of all places expecting a quick read to help push me closer to my reading goal as I’ve fallen quite behind.

Armed with a highlighter and less than an hour of free time, I made my way half through the book. Finding that I had highlighted quite a bit and that book’s heroine, simply called the Wife, internal monologues and musings of the mundane moments of life were being expressed in truly profound ways.

Where Magical Realism (my favorite genre) takes the ordinary aspects of life and injects a bit of magic and whimsy. This book injects profound meaning into moments usually deemed meaningless.

Much similar to the way Virginia Woolf wrote of moth fluttering in the space of window pane and made us question of nature of life and death. The Dept. of Speculation gives us an in-depth look at heartbreak and larger-than-life philosophical concepts that apparently can be examined while writing a grocery list or watching one’s child play pretend.

I was going to immediately pass this book on to my local little library but I’ll think I’ll hold onto it for bit. Perhaps when my eyes catches it’s spine nestled in between my other novels, it will remind me to speculate at my own mundane moments and see the greater meaning in the smaller things life offers.