Synopsis from HarperCollins:
Perfect for fans of Tell Me Three Things and The Astonishing Color of After, A Constellation of Roses is brimming with a magic all its own—lovable and flawed characters, an evocative setting, and friendships to treasure.
Ever since her troubled mother abandoned her, Trix McCabe has preferred to stay on the move.
But when she lands with her long-lost relatives, she finds out that the McCabe women have talents like her own that defy explanation: pies that cure all ills, palm-reading that never misses the mark, knowledge of secrets that have never been told.
Before long, Trix feels like she might finally have found somewhere she belongs. But when her past comes back to haunt her, she’ll have to decide whether to take a chance on this new life . . . or keep running from the one she’s always known.
About: A Constellation of Roses is a young adult fantasy written by Miranda Asebedo. It was recently published on 11/5/2019 by HarperTeen, an imprint of HarperCollins, paperback, 336 pages. The genres are young adult, fantasy, contemporary, magical realism, and fiction. This book is intended for readers ages 13 and up. This author’s debut was The Deepest Roots. Because Wunderkind-PR invited me to review this book, I will indicate their mission. According to Wunderkind PR’s website, “Wunderkind PR works both with publishers to maximize media opportunities and directly with authors to navigate publishing complexities, formulate the best press materials, and implement the most effective publicity strategies.” Please see below for more information about the author and Wunderkind PR.
My Experience: I started reading A Constellation of Roses on 11/26/2019 and finished it on 12/6/2019. I shouldn’t take this long to read this book but I was distracted. Anyway, this book is a fantastic read! Trix definitely had a hard life lacking of family love. I like her thinking about Ember’s pictures looking like a shrine as compared to her only picture was when the police picked her up or when she drew it herself. She sounds so lonely in this moment. She seems like an honest and down to earth person. I love Trix’s long lost aunts. Mia is so nice and calm. I feel like her motto is give them time and they will come around and it sure works! Trix’s great great aunt is super cool!
This book is told in the first person point of view following Trix, 17, who has a history of running away from many group homes. She pickpocketed for rent and food money. She said being a thief is her gift. She moved around quite a bit after she ran away from group homes but she always came back to the motel where her mom left her. From there she was caught and sent to live with her long lost aunt. While staying with her aunt, she learned that her gift came from her dad’s side of the family because her aunt, great aunt, and cousin Ember also has a gift. Trix grew up with the belief that she was abandoned and unwanted until living with her aunt’s family in nowheresville started to feel different even though she still wanted to runaway. There are italicized portion in the story dedicated for Trix’s memories of the past.
A Constellation of Roses is well written and a fast paced read! This story focused on the relationship between mother and daughter. I like the reminder that kids do pay attention. Trix’s detailed observation is interesting to read. Trix’s past slowly revealed to readers as this and that triggers her memory. I got teary eyed on many parts, especially near the end. I like the diversity in this book. Most of all, when a person doesn’t have anything, they just need someone who is patience and kind no matter what and I’m happy that Trix has that support when she most needed it. Besides the serious stuffs, I like the easy going and fun banter between Trix and Jasper. I love it when the title of the book weaves itself into the story. Also love the rose chapter headings. This book is an excellent read and I recommend it to everyone!
Pro: fast paced, page turner, humor, family, gifts, diversity, suspense
I rate it 5 stars!
About the Author:
Miranda Asebedo lives on the prairie with her husband, two kids, and two majestic bulldogs named Princess Jellybean and Captain Jack. She is the author of The Deepest Roots and A Constellation of Roses, and she can be found online at http://www.mirandaasebedo.com (Photo and info obtained from HarperCollins’ website).
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