First we heard about the starred reviews for IF I WAS YOUR GIRL by Meredith Russo, and now reviewers are chiming in with even more love for Roshani Chokshi’s THE STAR-TOUCHED QUEEN and Allison Umminger’s AMERICAN GIRLS!
Praise for THE STAR-TOUCHED QUEEN:
“A setting drawn from ancient India, romance with feminist sensibilities, and a unique magic system reminiscent of Laini Taylor’s DAUGHTER OF SMOKE AND BONE make this a novel sure to appeal to fans of Renée Ahdieh’s THE WRATH AND THE DAWN. A stunning debut filled with lush writing, smart characters, and a mysterious plot that provides as many twists as it does swoons.”
— School Library Journal, starred review
“Chokshi’s prose is captivating, and the pages come alive through lush descriptions of Night Bazaar teeming with Otherworldly delights, gardens made of glass, and realms where the lines between life and death are blurred. Maya is a strong heroine, and while there is romance, an emphasis on familial love adds another level of richness to a folkloric fantasy about sacrifice, self-discovery, and making your own destiny.” — Publishers Weekly, starred review
Roshani will be at School Library Journal‘s Day of Dialog—RSVP now to meet her!
Praise for AMERICAN GIRLS (***THREE*** STARS!):
“Setting her tale against the glittery, gritty backdrop of modern-day Los Angeles, the author deftly weaves together multiple story strands to create a razor-sharp commentary on our culture, observed with keen wit from the perspective of one honest and complex American girl. An insightful, original take on the coming-of-age story, this novel plumbs the depths of American culture to arrive at a poignant emotional truth.” — Kirkus Reviews, starred review
“Debut author Umminger’s humor is biting (“My family was clearly the place where optimism went to die”), yet it reveals richly complicated relationships among mothers, daughters, and sisters. Umminger crafts a Los Angeles both glittering and soulless, leading to Anna’s realization that she may have more in common with the Manson girls than she thought, but it’s the choices she makes that set her apart.” — Publishers Weekly, starred review
“Bittersweet and true, Anna’s journey to self-discovery is one that should be widely read.” — Booklist, starred review