Shadowshaper (Daniel José Older)

“Crazy. It was the same word María and Tía Rosa flung at Grandpa Lázaro. The same word anyone said when they didn't understand something. "Crazy" was a way to shut people up, disregard them entirely.”

“Crazy. It was the same word María and Tía Rosa flung at Grandpa Lázaro. The same word anyone said when they didn't understand something. "Crazy" was a way to shut people up, disregard them entirely.”

U.S.A. / 2015

Shadowshaper is a fantasy novel set in Brooklyn about a young Afro-Latina girl who discovers her family's supernatural powers and her own unique connection to the spirit world. This is technically a YA read, but many adults are enjoying it, too. Apparently it has a super woke perspective, tackles colorism, sexism, anti-blackness, Caribbean mythology, etc. It's a series, so there's another one coming out in fall 2017. Fun fact, when Daniel José Older's first book (Salsa Nocturna) was published in 2012, he was still working full-time as a Paramedic!