(I’m back) Book Review: Santa Meurte by Lucina Stone

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First, I need to thank @readdiversebooks for RTing Lucina Stone and point the author in my direction to read and review the book.

General thoughts and critique

Daniela Delgado, A half Italian, half mexican college student is the main character in this novel. Dealing with a horrible experience with her then boyfriend she attempts suicide, this attempt – when done near a Tree awakens abilities inside of her. With her new abilities she travels back into time and meets a handful of characters that she has to help or steer away from. The novel covers a lot in the course of a little over 200 pages. I think the novels fails for me: One, the multiple perspectives of character was cool but I really wanted more Danielle. At times my attention was pulled from who the book was suppose to be about. And also two: where many novels that cover time travel do. It’s not an exact science, so it always ends up not making sense when you think about how this affects something in the future. Danielle traveled back into the roaring 20’s a time in our country where, admittedly, everything was different. I imagine the 20’s lived in a vacuum because it has such a unique culture surrounding it. But because of the uniqueness to the 20’s a lot of times I wasn’t the most convinced by the word choice and moments that happened.  The book is a quick read that one could, hypothetically finish in one day and then wait, on their toes, for the next one to come.

Diversity Scale & Critics

This book is extremely diverse. One on hand Daniela has two moms. Two moms who are great representation of what a same-sex couple and children of same-sex parents need to see in literature. They are complex, and flawed. We get to know Monica and Emma as real people. (Also shout out to the fact that her parents are present.) Also, the fact that Daniela is both Mexican and Italian is not some sort throw away line. Everything she does and her background fully supports and adds context to her identity. This is a great example of what it means to write diverse characters with rich plot lines that surround their identity but aren’t fully about the struggles of their identity. There is mexican folklore in this novel that I need more of in my life. Latin American is full of folklore and magical realism that can be explored in novels, this was refreshing and a great perspective.

 

Final thoughts and rating

Go buy this book, now because its amazing and a quick read and you’ll fall in love and I;m not even joking.

 

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