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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New YA Books From First-Time Authors, Out In The Second Half Of 2017

We're halfway through the year, and you know what that means — that's right, I promised you more 2017 YA debut novels. When I last left off back in December 2016, I covered January through June. Since then, some seriously major books have been releas…
By Zoraida Córdova

Book Packaging Is An Ideal Career Path For Ambitious Readers

You've made it. You've graduated college, and the world is at the tips of your fingers. For those of you considering a career in publishing, it might be a little daunting to figure out which direction to take. I know the world of New York publishing …
By Zoraida Córdova

16 John Muir Quotes To Get You Outdoors This Summer

Have you always wanted to take get out into the wilderness? Do you scroll through beautiful nature Instagram accounts of lakes and mountains and wish you were there? Then I've got you covered. I know, nature can be scary. There are weird bugs and lar…
By Zoraida Córdova

See The Cover For "Dread Nation" By Justina Ireland!

A nation divided, politics, and oh yeah — zombies. I know what you're thinking, but this novel is not about the current White House administration. Dread Nation by Justina Ireland, out April 2018 from Balzer + Bray, is a novel set in post-Reconstruct…
By Zoraida Córdova

39 Literary Tattoos That Prove YA Fans Are The Best

How else do you commemorate your faves? Sometimes owning a book and reading it until it's weathered just isn't enough. Sometimes you want to carry the words on your skin. Book-inspired tattoos aren't new, but they have become more popular over the ye…
By Zoraida Córdova

The Cities Every Bookish Soul Needs To Visit In Their Lifetime

Have you always dreamed of packing up your bags and taking a trip around the world? Some of us can't stay in one place for long before hopping on a train, bus, or flight, and taking off for a little while. One of my favorite tips for traveling on a b…
By Zoraida Córdova

'Mr. Right-Swipe' Is The Rom-Com Every Online Dater Needs To Read

A good book boyfriend is hard to find — that's almost what Flannery O'Connor was talking about, right? When it comes to romantic comedies, nothing beats the search for the right guy. But, what if Mr. Right is Mr. Right Now, or in this case, Mr. Right…
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See The Cover For 'American Panda'!

Half the year is gone, and it's already time to your 2018 TBR list ready. One of the must-read books on my list is Gloria Chao's debut novel, American Panda, out next year from Simon Pulse. This gorgeous novel speaks to the experience of straddling t…
By Zoraida Córdova

The One Romance Book Every Ravenclaw Should Read

Everyone know that Ravenclaws are smart. The problem with sorting people into the Harry Potter houses is that there is often one dominating trait that can easily be shared by any of the other four houses. Hermione Granger is smart enough to be a Rave…
By Zoraida Córdova

The Steamy New Romances You Need To Read This Summer

Summer is rapidly approaching, and I personally can't wait for warm days spent lounging on the sand. My perfect vacation day includes book-boyfriends and baking in the sun. As the months get progressively hotter, so do the pages in this epic list of …
By Zoraida Córdova

Your Fave Brooding Bad Boy Is Getting A YA Novel — See The Cover!

You know him as the most interesting guy in the book. Which book? Every book, obvs. He saves damsels who may or may not be in distress. He has sparkling amethyst eyes. He can be a touch dramatic, but it's totally OK because he's still redeemable. He'…
By Zoraida Córdova

Need A Beach Read? These Thrillers Will Have Your Heart Racing

Treat yourself to some chills and thrills this summer. While I certainly enjoy my romances when I'm hanging out at the beach or poolside, I always leave room for something a little darker — like one of these seven new thrillers perfect for the beach.…
By Zoraida Córdova

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 of the strongest protagonists out there. The opti…
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, it was Witch Child by Celia Rees. Later in high s…
By Zoraida Córdova

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 always a reader. In fact, it wasn't until I was 13 year…
By Zoraida Córdova

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" and then suddenly it's five in the morning and I ha…
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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 new season rolls around, you're already hyper inve…
By Zoraida Córdova

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 replace Were-narwhals (but why would we?) with vampir…
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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 School for Good and Evil as middle grade fantasy cla…
By Zoraida Córdova

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) time and time again. Luckily, that means the magic …
By Zoraida Córdova