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I am an avid reader of YA, fantasy, and romance, a librarian, and a writer of fantasy short fiction.

Currently reading

Cut & Run
Abigail Roux, Madeleine Urban
Where the Sidewalk Ends
Shel Silverstein
The Mad Scientist's Guide to World Domination: Original Short Fiction for the Modern Evil Genius
John Joseph Adams
The Thousand Names
Django Wexler
The Duchess Hunt
Jennifer Haymore

Chain Reaction (Perfect Chemistry Series #3)

Chain Reaction - Simone Elkeles Simone Elkeles writes extremely compelling YA romance, and she writes about Latino characters, which is cool. However, I have major concerns with her characterization and the gendered roles she gives her characters (e.g. the guy is always a jackass who is into protecting his family/the girl and sacrificing himself, and the girl is always into opening herself up emotionally and becoming vulnerable and forgiving the guy for being an asshole to her). Also, the dude is always Latino and the girl is always white. Except in this one, where the girl is Latina but has zero knowledge of her Mexican culture and is offended when people try to speak to her in Spanish.