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Blanca & Roja
Blanca & Roja | Anna-Marie McLemore
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ATHENat
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Definitely try reading this, if only so you can admire the book cover for a while beforehand! I nearly DNFed this until the plot started moving, but it‘s worth sticking around for the last quarter, which brought tears to my eyes with the emotional rollercoaster. I love fairy tale retellings and this one was perfect, blending together multiple fairy tales and amazing characters. Blanca, Page, Yearling and my poor baby Roja deserve only the best!

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ATHENat
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Went to the library today and got a crap ton of books. Starting with Blanca and Roja tonight!

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Bookgoil
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Finished this book last night while snuggling the dogs and really enjoyed this twisted fairy tale. Looking forward to reading the author‘s first book Wild Beauty next. #dogsoflitsy

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mirsophie
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This was a highly imaginitive and amazing. I really enjoyed everything about this book. The characters the plot, the setting and especially the fairytale element. I really want to read more books by this author and the original fairytale "Snow white and Rose Red" I really enjoyed the queer elements to this book as well. This isn't your normal fairytale retelling.

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Bookgoil
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1. About to start Blanca and Roja as well as Pippi Longstocking on audio.
2. Looking forward to Wild Beauty as well for June.
3. just recommended The Rook to my husband. 😊

#weekendreads @rachelsbrittain

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glitterkitty459
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I didn't want this one to end!! 😭 I just fell in love with all of the characters, and the plot was a great twist on some classic fairytales
I would say though that the end could have used a bit more explanation/resolution- everything happened so fast.
But overall definitely recommend!! 💖

MandaMT I like this one too. I heard the author speak about it. She‘s pretty great. 3mo
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rachelsbrittain
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When an author you love follows you back on Twitter 😍

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kgriffith
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I may make small changes, but I'm mostly if not entirely done with my queer lineage project for my writing class. I've added Anna-Marie McLemore to the Western Mass Queer & Trans Writers directory hosted by MHC, and no joke, as I was writing this, Anna-Marie replied to my tweet about this audiobook 😲😍 Oh right and, this isn't some other platform that doesn't allow links: https://commons.mtholyoke.edu/westernmassqtwriters/anna-marie-mclemore/

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kgriffith
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I had experienced so many truly lovely feelings while listening to and reading this book, much as with When the Moon Was Ours, the first of hers that I read. Wild Beauty was a bit of a miss for me, but I think McLemore has really hit her stride here. Still writing for a YA audience, her cadence has remained lyrical without so much purple prose.
I was thinking, will she get pigeonholed for writing characters whose gender is explored and (cont‘d)

kgriffith 2/ discovered and accepted by lovers and family, whose differences aren‘t always catalysts for harm or exile? And then I thought, would that be so bad? We‘ve seen storytelling where various aspects of young adulthood are tackled: abusive environments, substance use, mental illness, sexual activity, religious affiliation, etc. So many authors only write cisgender straight MCs. Why shouldn‘t someone write true-to-life characters for the rest of us? 4mo
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kgriffith
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I love witnessing Anna-Marie‘s young femmes swooning over the boys in their lives. #queerbooks

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kgriffith
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“I had gone into the woods already broken, and now I had collected so many other ways of being broken, I could barely carry them all.”

LogiKitty Oof beautiful quote! 4mo
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kgriffith
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Study date this evening 😊 @brandybear22 is working on a paper about social work theory, I‘m reading a book by one of my favorite authors. I feel like I got the better end of this deal? Hey, at least I made the guacamole. 👩‍🍳

brandybear22 Pretty pleased with the guac being specially made for me. Buckling down now to finish this paper 📝 💻 🥑 (edited) 4mo
kgriffith @brandybear22 you‘ve got this 😘 4mo
brandybear22 @kgriffith I had to edit my post to add the avocado 4mo
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kgriffith @brandybear22 it was. Very. 🥑 4mo
ablachly Now I would like some guac. Please.
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kgriffith @ablachly next time I visit. 4mo
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kgriffith
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Megabooks 💙💙 4mo
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kgriffith
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I‘m adding Anna-Marie to the directory of queer and trans writers from/connected to Western Mass that my instructor started with last year‘s QTW class, so this is actually homework. 🤓 #queerbooks #ownvoices

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Hestapleton
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By no means my favorite McLemore novel, this one still showed off her talent for infusing fairy tales into reality, her beautiful prose, and her passion for representation. However, unlike her other novels, the plot felt scattered and hard to pin down. The events of the novel didn‘t tie well to each other. ⭐️⭐️⭐️ #Netgalley
My pick for #booked2019 Fairytale Retelling (Snow-White and Rose-Red).

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mdemanatee
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McLemore continues to write enchanting and heart wrenching magical realism. I‘m catching back up with her last couple titles and will dive into Wild Beauty sometime soon.

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kindergartenkat
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This book was amazing! The writing was beautiful and I just loved all the characters.

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MandaMT
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Modern fairy tale retelling that blends Snow White & Rose Red with Swan Lake and The Bear Prince. Blanca and Roja are sisters in a cursed family. Each generation has two daughters, one of whom will not only be taken by the swans but also transformed into one. As the sisters are trying to find a way out of the curse, they are joined by two boys who had previously been lost the woods and had been transformed themselves.

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MandaMT
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When daycare is open, but you‘re still off work. To the book nook!

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MandaMT
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This is an interesting introduction to both Roja and her father.

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Shay
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Christmas book pile! The TBR grows space.

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Clare-Dragonfly
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I really enjoyed this unusual melding of two different fairy tales. The characters are beautifully and intricately drawn and I loved reading from the POV of a genderqueer boy and also the girl who loves her. However, I think the four-person narration took away from the book; I sometimes felt disconnected from the plot, missing important character moments in the quick jumps. Parts of the ending felt too easy and didn‘t ring true for me. #queerbooks

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Johanna414
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The rest of my Junior Library Guild delivery! I love the cover of In Another Time, and I have several middle school students who have been waiting *very impatiently* for Grenade.
#bookhaul #newbooks #schoollibraries #librariansoflitsy #litsyloveslibraries

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GhostyXstar
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This. Book. Broke. Me. Ugh it is so good. Seriously. If you like fairytales, loves stories that make sense, rivalry, secrets and sad/happy endings, GET. THIS. BOOK. queer representation, female representation, sisterhood representation, friendship representation. So very good.

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ReviewsMayVary
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‪“Sometimes what a story needed was not a girl who would do what the prince told her. It needed the girl who took the prince‘s orders and crushed them between her back teeth, who bound his wrists if that was what it took to set him free.” #BookQuotes #WNDB

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Kelly
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Currently reading!

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Clare-Dragonfly
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I‘m really enjoying this so far—I love the sisterly relationship, I‘m intrigued about how it will follow the fairy tale, and I think it might be the first published book I‘ve read with an explicitly genderqueer character.

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Clare-Dragonfly
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Johanna414 I loved Blanca & Roja! 10mo
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MandaMT
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One from Boston Book Festival that I‘m especially looking forward to. This is a mash up of Snow White and Rose Red and Swan Lake, but with Latinx characters… that also tackles colorism, homophobia and ablism. It sounded ambitious. I‘m excited to see how McLemore does it.

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WanderingBookaneer
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Listening to the podcast I recorded on Sunday.

Purrfectpages How is this podcast? 10mo
WanderingBookaneer @Purrfectpages : There are some episodes that are better than others. I like it, but it is made by my friends so I may be biased. 10mo
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WeeziesBooks
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Complicated families, secrets, and magical realism. I loved this book (and Roja). ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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silentrequiem
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New #UppercaseBox! I'm so excited for this book. SO EXCITED. And the earrings are darling!

Meghan1 I love the earrings and the hat! The book looks awesome, too! 10mo
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alisonrose
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Another stunningly lovely story from this author—leave it to her to write a book where I feel a little bit lost while reading it but still somehow understand and love it. Like her other books, this is definitely slow-paced; it‘s kinda the epitome of a character-focused story. It‘s more like a novel-length fairy tale all her own, with a Latinx twist and a beautiful exploration of gender identity and all kinds of love and family. Very moving. 4/5 ⭐️

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WanderingBookaneer
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Had a ton of fun discussing Blanca & Roja for my friend @TeachNouvelle ‘s Podcast.

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Clare-Dragonfly I‘ve had this stacked for a while but your posts are making it absolutely irresistible. Now I‘m #4 in line at my library! 10mo
WanderingBookaneer @Clare-Dragonfly : At first I wasn‘t really into it. I was just reading it because my friend Danielle invited me on to talk about it on her YA Cafe podcast. But I ended up being riveted. 10mo
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alisonrose
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alisonrose
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I AM A HAPPY PANDA BECAUSE I FINALLY HAVE THIS BOOK IN MY HANDS OKAY GOODBYE READING TIME YAY #nowreading

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WanderingBookaneer
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Joy0201 I can‘t wAit to read this 10mo
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WeeziesBooks
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I have been waiting on this book for so long 😍😍😍😍

Joy0201 I just got this one yesterday! 10mo
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aeeklund
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I couldn‘t resist posting my complete collection. 😍😍😍 Thanks again, @kamoorephoto for helping make it possible!! #arclove

kamoorephoto It‘s beautiful 💓💓💓💓💓😽😽😽😽 11mo
Kalalalatja Great covers! 😍 11mo
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aeeklund
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@kamoorephoto is amazing!! We‘ve exchanged some arcs, and I managed to get her a couple she really wanted. So she asked me what I was missing that I really wanted, and embarked on an epic swap to get them! 😭 I was dying to read the new Spooner, and Blanca & Roja was the only Anna-Marie McLemore arc I never got my hands on (she‘s one of my favorite authors). I‘m overwhelmed!!! THANK YOU!!!

kamoorephoto I‘m so glad I could manage it...eventually. You‘re so good to me, so I had to return the favor and hunt these down ☺️☺️💓💓💓 11mo
elkeo_TheBookDragon Oooo - the Spooner is news to me! 10mo
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LibrarianRyan
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The author on Twitter said that she reads the title as Blanca y Roja instead of and. And that it has to do with being Latina and vernaculars particular to her heritage. It was interesting and you should check it out.

October 9
#CoverLove #YAedition

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rachelsbrittain
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Lovely, lyrical Latinx reimagining of Snow-White & Rose-Red about a family cursed to always lose one daughter to the swans. Sister dynamics are such a draw for me, & this one was so complex & wonderful. Also: falling in love, exploring queer identity, upending fairy tale tropes, family dynamics, cultural identity-- just lots of good things I love to see in a book.

This was my first Anna-Marie McLemore book, but it definitely won't be my last.

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rachelsbrittain
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Current Reads. Hoping to finish one or both of these today so I can start in on some new books this weekend.

kate_reads LOVED Blanca & Roja 12mo
rachelsbrittain @kate_reads it's so good! I'm really loving it, too 12mo
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