Sandra C. López is one of today's influential Latina authors in Young Adult literature. Her first novel, Esperanza: A Latina Story, was published in March 2008 WHILE she was still in college. Shortly after that, she wrote the follow up title, Beyond the Gardens, starring her inspirational heroine. Now, this young writer is a full graduate of Cal State University Fullerton with a BFA in the arts. She was named as one of "2011 Top Ten New Latino Authors to Watch" by Latino Stories.
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Perfection is a Barbie doll, and, unless you're looking for a guy with a fake smile, a hard head, and no genitalia, then you're better off NOT being perfect―Single Chicas
Beyond the Gardens
by Sandra Lopez
“It’s not easy to figure out who you want to be, especially if you’re a chica from the barrio. With a crazy family and un amigo, who has suddenly decided he wants her,
brainy college student, Esperanza, finds herself having to make some tough decisions. In this humorous and sweet novel, Lopez brings us lovable characters we want to root for from page one. Don’t miss it!”
—Lara Rios –
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- Floyd & Mikki: Zombie Hunters
on Aug. 10, 2015
Can an American-lovin' Texan and a hot, blonde bombshell team up against zombies?
At first, the story reminded me of Tremors, a movie about two hick friends from a nowhere desert of a town fighting against these giant, man-eating worms. It had comedy, gore, and strategic adventure all wrapped into one. This book is kind of like that as you had two unlikely characters (one being a gun-wielding, sharp-shooting Daisy Duke) pairing up and clashing with their fast talk and domineering personalities, which generates a refreshing, temperamental comedic tone.
However, the story didn't quite captivate me from the start and it only slowed my progress as we delved more and more into government conspiracies, bureaucracies, and the zombie apocalypse. For some reason, I thought Floyd and Mikki were teenagers (their names certainly make them sound like that) and perhaps I would've enjoyed it more if they were, especially since zombies are not really my forte.
This is kind of like the zombie version of Independence Day--it's basically a long, raging battle of survival for the human race. It would definitely be good for those who are into horror and adventure.