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The Red Scrolls of Magic by Cassandra Clare and Wesley Chu
Margaret K. McElderry Books
Publication Date: April 9th 2019
All warlock Magnus Bane wanted to do is take his new boyfriend on a European vacation. But he and Alec encounter demons at every turn, and are tasked with finding the leader of a cult that may or may not have been started by Magnus himself centuries earlier. Their harrowing adventures turn out to be better than any vacation they could have planned.
Packed with demonic action, and a sweet love story, this book is both exciting and fun. The first in a new trilogy, it fulfills its own story arc and also sets the stage for the next book.
A reader who has already read books in the Shadowhunter world (or likes the T.V. show) will love this book starring two of the favorite characters from that world, but readers who haven’t read any Shadowhunter books before will also love this daring adventure tale and will possibly be led to read the many other Shadowhunter books.
Readers of exciting fantasy or adventure, or those looking for romance with gay protagonists will love this book. Those who enjoyed Rainbow Rowell’s Carry On will find similar themes and feel here.
Don’t Date Rosa Santos by Nina Moreno
Publication Date: May 14th, 2019
Rosa Santos lives in a small Florida town filled with Cuban emigrants. On the cusp of graduation, still deciding where college will take her, she feels the pull of her Grandmother’s home island of Cuba, and the fear of the sea that took her father and grandfather. As her carefully laid plans fall apart, new paths open, and Rosa must make big decisions before time runs out.
The Santos women’s curse is presented at the very beginning of this book, enticing the reader to find out what this will mean for Rosa. Her amazing, colorful town and the wonderful characters in it will keep readers interested in the story. There is an easy romance with an adorable sailor (who also bakes!). Lots of strong women and POC characters throughout. It is very LatinX and holds the kind of magical realism readers will enjoy.
Readers who enjoy magical realism such as books by Anna-Marie McLemore or who are interested in stories of Caribbean immigration to the U.S. like Dear Haiti, Love Alaine, and those who like Sarah Dessen’s romances will like this book.