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HALLOWEEN WEEK! SHADOWSHAPER BY DANIEL JOSE OLDER

It's Halloween Week and the Latina Book Club is proud to bring you books that will scare you and make your heart race.   So Be Brave and Happy Reading.



Paint a mural. Start a battle. Change the world.
This book is fun, engaging, suspenseful and mesmerizing.  I love the idea of murals coming to life and weeping real tears.  You start thinking holy thoughts, but these stirring creatures are out for blood…yours.  Advice…run.  Readers run to stores or grab your phone and order.  You’ll enjoy it even as it scares you.

SUMMARY:  Sierra Santiago planned an easy summer of making art and hanging out with her friends. But then a corpse crashes the first party of the season. Her stroke-ridden grandfather starts apologizing over and over. And when the murals in her neighborhood begin to weep real tears... Well, something more sinister than the usual Brooklyn ruckus is going on.

With the help of a fellow artist named Robbie, Sierra discovers shadowshaping, a thrilling magic that infuses ancestral …

HALLOWEEN WEEK! THE LAST PASSENGER BY MANEL LOUREIRO

It's Halloween Week and the Latina Book Club is proud to bring you books that will scare you and make your heart race.   So Be Brave and Happy Reading.


Manel Loureiro is being hailed as the Spanish Stephen King, and his novels have enough horror and gore to give credit to this claim.  Best known for his Apocalypse Z series, Manel's new book is about Nazi’s, ghost ships and romance.  A nightmarish combination, but then, out at sea, anything is possible. SUMMARY:  Reporter Kate Kilroy accepts an assignment to travel on theValkyrie, a German ship veiled in secrecy for decades after it was discovered adrift in 1939 with only one passenger aboard, a baby boy named Isaac Feldman. Obsessed with understanding his origins, Feldman has spent a small fortune restoring the Valkyrieto try to solve the mystery. Assembling a team of experts and sparing no expense, he aims to precisely recreate the circumstances of theValkyrie’s doomed final voyage. Little does Feldman or his team know that the …

HALLOWEEN WEEK! REVIEW: PERLA GARCIA AND THE MYSTERY OF LA LLORONA, "THE WEEPING WOMAN" BY RODOLFO ALVARADO

It's Halloween Week and the Latina Book Club is proud to bring you books that will scare you and make your heart race.   So Be Brave and Happy Reading.


Alright, this book is just a little scary.  PERLA GARCIA AND THE MYSTERY OF LA LLORONA, "THE WEEPING WOMAN," is a new bilingual book series for young readers.  It is available in English and Spanish.
It's the first in a series of mysteries with a young girl "detective" and her trusty German Shepherd.  The best part is that it has a glossary of the Spanish words used in the book; plus, it encourages kids to investigate mysteries of their own and share on an entertaining and interactive website.  This book won the Pinnacle Book Achievement Award for Best Children's Bilingual Book (Summer 2015).

SUMMARY:  Perla Garcia is a fourth grader who loves to write and solve mysteries.  When her friends claim to see La Llorona - The Weeping Woman - wandering the stream in el Barrio de la Guadalupe and chasing them, Perla…

HALLOWEEN WEEK! REVIEW: SHUTTER BY COURTNEY ALAMEDA (DEBUT!)

It's Halloween Week and the Latina Book Club is proud to bring you books that will scare you and make your heart race.   So Be Brave and Happy Reading.


"As a descendant of Abraham Van Helsing, I'd inherited a legacy -- more like a psychotic sense of noblesse oblige -- which meant I had a responsibility to protect people from the undead."--Micheline 


If you love hunting vampires, vanquishing ghosts and killing zombies, Micheline Helsing is your girl!
This book is not for the faint of heart.  It has enough gore, blood and other gross icky substances to fill a pool.  Micheline is no Buffy either.  She's a sassy, dedicated, tattooed hunter determined to kill monsters, save her crew and uphold the family name. But being on a deadline sucks!  Readers will love this young crew of monster hunters.  We hope there is a sequel!

SUMMARY:  Micheline Helsing is a tetrachromat -- a girl who sees the auras of the undead in Technicolor. As a Helsing, she has been taught since childhoo…

BOOK OF THE MONTH: NIGHTS OF INDIGO BLUE BY THERESA VARELA (Plus, Excerpt!)

The Latina Book Club congratulates author Theresa Varela on the debut of her new mystery series, NIGHTS OF INDIGO BLUE (Aignos Publishing).  Readers will be captivated by Daisy Muñiz, a Latina combination of Nancy Drew and Agatha Christie.  We were able to get the scoop on this new heroine and the opening excerpt from the book.   

Q:  We heard that you came up with the idea for Daisy Muñiz as a take-off from the fairy tale Goldilocks and the Three Bears. Can you tell us more about that?
THERESA:  I’d just completed my PhD in Nursing Research and Theory Development and looked up from my statistics when I heard some voices whisper in my ear. I listened and realized that my heart was in poetry and literature. Although I vowed that I wasn’t returning to school I found myself registered for my first continuing education creative writing course. The teacher gave us a prompt that asked the students to write a modern short story based on a fairy tale theme. Somehow, Daisy appeared on my pages w…

COVER REVEAL! TUESDAY TUCKS ME IN by Luis Carlos Montalván

HAPPY HISPANIC HERITAGE MONTH!
The Latina Book Club invites you to check out our new Cover Reveals feature. Every Saturday, we'll bring you a new book cover from a Latino author. Let us know what you think.  Enjoy.





TUESDAY TUCKS ME IN The Loyal Bond between a Soldier and His Service Dog by Luis Carlos Montalván Roaring Brook Press www.luiscarlosmontalvan.com

This book won three First Place Awards in the International Latino Book Awards in June 2015.

And as we enjoy this long Memorial Day weekend, The Latina Book Club would like to thank  Captain Montalván and Tuesday for their loyal military service.