AUTHOR: Miranda Asebedo
PUBLICATION DATE: November 5th, 2019
GENRE: Magic Realism, Young Adult, Romance, Contemporary
TRIGGER WARNINGS: Substance Abuse, Sex Work, Child Abuse, Child Neglect
Ever since her mother walked out, Trix McCabe has been determined to make it on her own. And with her near-magical gift for pulling valuables off unsuspecting strangers, Trix is confident she has what it takes to survive. Until she’s caught and given a choice: jail time, or go live with her long-lost family in the tiny town of Rocksaw, Kansas.
Trix doesn’t plan to stick around Rocksaw long, but there’s something special about her McCabe relatives that she is drawn to. Her aunt, Mia, bakes pies that seem to cure all ills. Her cousin, Ember, can tell a person’s deepest secret with the touch of a hand. And Trix’s great-aunt takes one look at Trix’s palm and tells her that if she doesn’t put down roots somewhere, she won’t have a future anywhere.
Before long, Trix feels like she might finally belong with this special group of women in this tiny town in Kansas. 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.
I love magic realism, especially magic realism that is barely barely magic. Like if you blink you might miss it, and this book was exactly that! I absolutely loved the subtle magic in this book. It was so beautiful.
What I loved even more than the magic, was how very real Trix is. She’s had a hard life, that’s turned her into a hard person. Underneath all the hardness is just a girl who needs a home.
Trix’s loneliness was so palpable at times, it was heartbreaking. She wanted a home and family, but she has extreme trust issues because of the life she’s had to live. It was so wonderful seeing her go from someone who relies on no one, to someone who relies on her newfound family.
I LOVED Auntie, Mia, and Ember. Auntie especially. I am always there for the sassy ‘grandma’ characters, especially those who talk like Auntie. Mia was amazing. She is such a warm maternal character. I really loved how Trix and Ember’s relationship grew. You could see over the course of the book how they went from strangers to almost sisters. It was wonderful.
The romance in this was extremely sweet and not overbearing. I loved that Jasper was a fully formed three-dimensional character. If you had taken away his relationship with Trix, he still would have been an interesting character. I love this because I feel like often times, especially in YA, the love interest isn’t fully formed.
Trix’s relationship with her mom broke my heart. It was so very realistic though. Sadly, it’s not all that unusual. I wish there was a way for all the kids in Trix’s situation to discover they had a loving family like the McCabes.
This was an incredibly fast read for me. I received the ARC in the mail and finished it within a few hours. It pulled me in immediately and kept my interest the whole way through. I absolutely loved it and can honestly say that I didn’t dislike anything about it! This very very rarely happens for me, so I highly recommend A Constellation of Roses!
I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Thank you to Miranda Asebedo and her agent for contacting me to review A Constellation of Roses!