Title: The Mirror Season
Author: Anna-Marie McLemore
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends (An imprint of Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group)
Publication Date: March 16th, 2021
Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary
“An unforgettable story of trauma and healing, told in achingly beautiful prose with great tenderness and care.” —#1 New York Times-bestselling author Karen M. McManus
When two teens discover that they were both sexually assaulted at the same party, they develop a cautious friendship through her family’s possibly-magical pastelería, his secret forest of otherworldly trees, and the swallows returning to their hometown, in Anna-Marie McLemore’s The Mirror Season…
Graciela Cristales’ whole world changes after she and a boy she barely knows are assaulted at the same party. She loses her gift for making enchanted pan dulce. Neighborhood trees vanish overnight, while mirrored glass appears, bringing reckless magic with it. And Ciela is haunted by what happened to her, and what happened to the boy whose name she never learned.
But when the boy, Lock, shows up at Ciela’s school, he has no memory of that night, and no clue that a single piece of mirrored glass is taking his life apart. Ciela decides to help him, which means hiding the truth about that night. Because Ciela knows who assaulted her, and him. And she knows that her survival, and his, depend on no one finding out what really happened
Anna-Marie McLemore was born in the foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains and taught by their family to hear la llorona in the Santa Ana winds. They are the author of The Weight of Feathers, a finalist for the 2016 William C. Morris Debut Award; 2017 Stonewall Honor Book When the Moon Was Ours, which was longlisted for the National Book Award in Young People’s Literature and was the winner of the James Tiptree Jr. Award; Wild Beauty, Blanca & Roja, Dark and Deepest Red, and The Mirror Season.
Hello everyone! I’m so excited for my stop in the Mirror Season blog tour. I have loved Anna Marie McLemore’s work and I was so glad to see their announcement for the Mirror Season. First off, I loved the cover so much, I knew I wanted to read it.
Trigger warning: sexual assault, harassment, homophobia and violence
This one of the those stories that sticks with you after you’re done, I enjoyed it so much. The story focuses on two sexual assault survivors and their experience as they heal. Through McLemore’s writing, I love how personal and honest it is as I read the book. Ciela and Lock lost parts of themselves that night and we see that experience.
I also enjoy how Anna Marie includes details about their Latinx culture throughout the story. I loved how Ciela and Lock work together to gain what they lost that evening and didn’t let their trauma define them, that really spoke to me. I hope you all get the opportunity to read this book and enjoy it as much as I did. Thank you to Colored Pages Blog Tours for the opportunity to be a part of this tour.