Inside cover blurb:
Nothing says Happy Birthday like summoning the spirits of your dead relatives.
I fall to my knees. Shattered glass, melted candles and the outline of scorched feathers are all that surround me. Every single person who was in my house – my entire family — is gone.
Alex is a bruja, the most powerful witch in a generation…and she hates magic. At her Deathday celebration, Alex performs a spell to rid herself of her power. But it backfires. Her whole family vanishes into thin air, leaving her alone with Nova, a brujo boy she can’t trust. A boy whose intentions are as dark as the strange markings on his skin.
The only way to get her family back is to travel with Nova to Los Lagos, a land in-between, as dark as Limbo and as strange as Wonderland…
Wasn’t sure about this one at first, but it hooked me right away and I read it in a day. I know it’s a book about magic…but it really was magical! The underworld/other dimension bit was really well done. And I love Alex and Rishi <3
Plus: Kick ass POC characters, underrepresented magic and mythologies, awesome twist I did not see coming. Queer characters!
Minus: The climax of the story when our main character battles the Big Bad could have been more exciting I thought.
If you like this book, try:
A Great and Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray