Amulet Books (October, 2016)
Sometimes I think authors make their diverse character biracial to avoid having to speak to a certain experience with authenticity (American black girls can be vicious in their scrutiny [speaking from experience]) and to give their book a better chance at being sold. This really isn’t fair to those living the biracial experience. I’ve also noticed the non-American black parent used in more than one novel. You’re avoiding the taint of slavery and the effects of racism on everyday black folks and the way they live. If that’s what you’re doing it’s best to just stick to what you know. The immigrant experience is specific as well and you’ll get called out on that too.
The novel is filled with crime and the nature of family and secrets, which can be loads of fun, but the suspense could have been heightened if some scenes were shortened. I wouldn’t recommend this to reluctant readers or those looking for a strong romance. However, those fantasy lovers looking for something a little different will definitely like where the author takes them.
- Fans of Six of Crows ( I know that’s everyone’s go-to review for everything, but in this case it’s true) will love it’s fresh take on paranormal powers.
- Historical fiction lovers who don’t get enough of the post World War I era in the US
- Discuss how a hemopath whose power stems from dance would work.
- Hemopaths are allergic to iron, look around the room and discuss how a hemopath would function in the modern world.
- Corrinne suggests a kind of coming out of the closet for hemopaths. Why or Why isn’t this a good idea?
- Gabriel is hiding a big secret, as is everyone else. Is there anyone who can be trusted?
- Asylums were presented as humane housing alternatives for undesirable people in 1919. Can you think of any spaces in the modern era that do the same?