For the most part, I read books simply for the escape/entertainment factor. I have a good life, but my active imagination needs exercise, or crazy things happen. I read fast, so when a book comes along that forces me to slow down, my ADHD brain has a small temper tantrum. If the book is good, slowing down makes it all worth it. Such is the case for this book. I read Certain Dark Things, another book written by this author. When I was asked to read this one, I jumped at the opportunity, and I’m glad I did. It could just be me, but reading this book reminded me a lot of books by Gabriel Garcia Marquez. Her descriptions paint pictures in my head like his books, and I believe this is a good example of magic realism. At first, I didn’t like it the way a child who has been running all day doesn’t like to sit down for dinner. But then I found myself cheering for the female lead and sending death daggers to her antagonist. Then I wanted to slap a few characters upside the head because they weren’t doing what I wanted them to do. I don’t think I can recommend this book high enough.
Antonina Beaulieu is in the glittering city of Loisail for her first Grand Season, where she will attend balls and mingle among high society in hopes of landing a suitable husband. But Antonina is telekinetic, and strange events in her past have made her the subject of malicious gossip and hardly a sought-after bride. Now, under the tutelage of her cousin’s wife, she is finally ready to shed the past and learn the proper ways of society.
Antonina, who prefers her family’s country home to the glamorous ballrooms of the wealthy, finds it increasingly difficult to conform to society’s ideals for women, especially when she falls under the spell of the dazzling telekinetic performer Hector Auvray. As their romance blossoms, and he teaches her how to hone and control her telekinetic gift, she can’t help but feel a marriage proposal is imminent.
Little does Antonina know that Hector and those closest to her are hiding a devastating secret that will crush her world and force her to confront who she really is and what she’s willing to sacrifice.
Mexican by birth, Canadian by inclination. Silvia’s debut novel, Signal to Noise, about music, magic and Mexico City, won the Copper Cylinder Award and was nominated for the British Fantasy, Locus, Aurora and Sunburst awards. Her second novel, Certain Dark Things, deals with Mexican narco vampires.
She won a World Fantasy Award for co-editing She Walks in Shadows.
** I received a copy of this book through NetGalley**