It's Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15th-October 15th), and I thought I would share some book recs. There are so many fantastic books by latinx authors, and it was difficult to narrow the list down to a handful to share! Please let me know what your favorites are—we can all grow our (already massive) TBR lists.
Mangos and Mistletoe by Adriana Herrera (F/F contemporary holiday romance): I know it's the wrong time of year for a Christmas romance, but I just love this one, so I'm sharing it anyway. Set at a baking competition in Scotland (see, right there, a big reason I was hooked!), two Dominican bakers with very different life experiences have to work together to win and end up falling for each other along the way.
Spellbound by Allie Therin (M/M historical fantasy): This 1920s-set historical fantasy (I don't know why I've really started to look for fantasy set during this time period, but I have) is the beginning of the Magic in Manhattan series. It combines fantastic characters, a sweet romance, intriguing world building, and a fun have-to-save-the-world plot.
Heart Haunt Havoc by Freydis Moon (Queer horror/romance novella): Full disclosure, I am not at all into horror and this novella rode the line of almost too creepy for me but not quite. I really enjoyed the romance between the trans exorcist called by a nonbinary brujo to help rid their house of a haunting and the gothic atmosphere. Probably a fantastic read as we get into spooky season!
The Sunbearer Trials by Aiden Thomas (YA fantasy): Pitched as Percy Jackson meets the Hunger Games, The Sunbearer Trials was a fun book filled with Mexican mythology, adventure, and friendship with a delightful trans main character. I'm very much looking forward to the second book in the duology.
Labyrinth Lost by Zoraida Cordova (YA fantasy): Labyrinth Lost is the first book in the Brooklyn Brujas series. Alex is incredibly powerful, but she hates magic. So she does a spell to take away her power, but it goes wrong and her family disappears, becoming trapped in another world. Alex has to travel there (shades of Alice in Wonderland/Narnia) to save them.
Wild Beauty by Anna-Marie McLemore (Queer YA fantasy): I found it difficult to choose which of McLemore's books to list here, but finally went with Wild Beauty, which was the first of their books I read. It's also incredibly beautiful, just lovely writing and imagery and an exploration of family and loss and love. For generations, the Nomeolvides women have cared for the gardens of La Pradera—gorgeous gardens that amaze all who see them. They also hide the secret that anyone they love too deeply vanishes.