Zoraida Córdova writes YA fantasy and adult romance. She loves black coffee, snark, and still believes in magic. She is a New Yorker at heart and is currently working on her next novel.

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YA Novels From The Early 2000s That You Definitely Forgot About

As an author of young adult books, I'm often asked, "Why write YA?" The answer is simple: young adult novels are versatile; they span countless genres and subject matters; and these books contain some...
By Zoraida Córdova

15 Books You'll Want To Read Again and Again

There are certain books that beg to be re-read again and again throughout your life. When I was a kid, that book was The Witch of Blackbird Pond by Elizabeth George Speare. When I started high school,...
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The Little Ways Reading Improves Your Life

Bookworms have more fun. Whether cheering for our favorite heroine to save the day or crying over a beloved character's untimely death, readers are living multiple lives through books. I wasn't alway...
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15 Weird Things You Do While Reading (That Are Actually Totally Normal)

I've been told that I have some weird reading quirks. I don't sit still. When a book starts getting good, I burrow myself in my bed and block out the outside world. I tell myself, "one more chapter" a...
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Add These Addictive Romance Series To Your TBR For Spring

Seroiusly, steamy romance series are a reader's best friend. You know how producers on The Bachelor and The Bachelorette hook you by asking people from previous seasons to come back? So by the time a ...
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21 'Trends' YA Literature Needs To Embrace

What came first: the book or the trend? You know when you see a book about Were-narwhals and then suddenly there are six more Were-narwhal books that are going to come out at the same time? Except rep...
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'The Guantlet' Is The Middle Grade Book We Need Right Now

There’s a new kid on the block, and her name is Karuna Riazi. With its magical premise and trio of heroes, her debut novel The Gauntlet seems destined to join bestsellers like Percy Jackson and The Sc...
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What To Read After Watching 'Beauty & The Beast'

Tale as old as time. Beauty and the Beast is back, and this time it stars Emma Watson as our favorite bookworm, Belle. Like many other fairytales, this Disney classic has been remade (and rewritten) t...
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'Done Dirt Cheap' and the Role of Bad Girls in YA

“When girls stick together, they’re harder to pick off.” That single sentence encapsulates everything there is to love about the new young adult novel Done Dirt Cheap. In her debut novel, author Sarah...
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'Dorothy Must Die' Comes To An End — EXCERPT

The end is nigh — for Oz that is. When former soap opera writer Danielle Paige released her debut novel Dorothy Must Die in 2014, it was obvious that this Wizard of Oz retelling was the beginning of s...
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23 Beautifully Written Sentences In YA Novels

There is no better feeling than falling in love with a book. Sometimes, a book comes into your life at just the right time. Sometimes, you read a book so often, the lines that matter always stay with ...
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YA Books Everyone Needs to Read At Least Once

"Young Adult." It's one of those terms that evokes all kinds of passionate responses — depending on the social circle in which its uttered. In college writing workshops, fellow aspiring-authors would ...
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How Reading Before Bed Changed My Morning Routine

When I was in college, my Arthurian Literature professor — a former military man — tried to convince my class that the body doesn't need much sleep. "Four, five hours and you're done," he told us. "Do...
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See A Teaser For 'The Ship Beyond Time'!

Gather 'round and witness something wonderful: Bustle's got the reveal for the trailer for The Ship Beyond Time, the highly anticipated sequel to The Girl From Everywhere, plus an exclusive interview ...
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9 Overrated Classics — And What To Read Instead

I still have nightmares about trying to read Moby Dick for a college literature class. Seriously, that book is my great whale. Despite many (many!) attempts to read it, I still haven't been able to ge...
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The One Romance Novel Every Hufflepuff Should Read

Hufflepuffs finish last — which is to say, they aren't as competitive as the other houses. But then again, they don't preen like peacocks the way the other houses do. Hufflepuffs have less attention-c...
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New Romance Novels To Heat Up Your February

The shortest month of the year is packed with more romance must-reads that I can handle. Even though Valentine's Day is coming up, romance isn't just for the nauseatingly-cute coupled people out there...
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Books To Inspire A Year-Long Change For The Better

How are those New Year resolutions working out halfway through January? Statistics show that even though 72.6% of the population maintains their resolution through the first week of the new year, the ...
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What To Read On MLK Jr. Day

Martin Luther King Jr's legacy has not only been upheld by his family, but by the people he inspired in his life and the years since his death. But getting Washington D.C. to pass the bill recognizing...
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11 Writing Prompts Inspired by Famous Authors

There are a thousand and one pieces of writing advice out there. Every writer has their own method and their own process. Some writers need to have exactly nothing on their desk except their laptop. S...
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Adorable Journals For A Bookish New Year

Do you know what book lovers need more of? Paper. Specifically, notebooks. I can fill an entire bookcase with notebooks and journals. I love the feel of them. The texture of new pages. The fresh start...
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15 Long Ass YA Books That Are Totally Worth It

I like big books and I cannot lie. There is something extremely comforting about starting a really long book. You walk into the story, make yourself comfortable, and settle in for a while. But the lon...
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The Best Romance Novels Of The Year

The Romance world had a lot of offer in 2016. Truly, there are few subjects left untackled in this list of the best romance novels of 2016 — Scandalous CEOs, twisted love stories, badass heroines, and...
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Perfect Gifts For The Romance Reader In Your Life

Romance readers are some of the book world's most dedicated fans. Having attended conferences and book festivals across the United States, I'm always in awe at the dedication romance readers give thei...
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