ELATSOE by Darcie Little Badger October seems like it’s off

ELATSOE by Darcie Little Badger October seems like it’s off

10/2/2021, 10:11:40 PM
ELATSOE by Darcie Little Badger October seems like it’s off to a great start; I just finished my first book of the month and it was so good! ELATSOE is a whimsical and magical story about seventeen-year-old Ellie as she tries to solve the mystery of her cousin’s death. I’ve had my eye on this one for a while, and after I saw @booksandlala rave about it, I immediately went and picked it up. “Imagine an America very similar to our own. It's got homework, best friends, and pistachio ice cream. There are some differences. This America been shaped dramatically by the magic, monsters, knowledge, and legends of its peoples, those Indigenous and those not. Some of these forces are charmingly everyday, like the ability to make an orb of light appear or travel across the world through rings of fungi. But other forces are less charming and should never see the light of day. Elatsoe lives in this slightly stranger America. She can raise the ghosts of dead animals, a skill passed down through generations of her Lipan Apache family. Her beloved cousin has just been murdered, in a town that wants no prying eyes. But she is going to do more than pry. The picture-perfect facade of Willowbee masks gruesome secrets, and she will rely on her wits, skills, and friends to tear off the mask and protect her family.” From the first page of this book, I was hooked. It starts with a ghost dog and quickly reveals a murder that is made known through ghostly communication via dreams. If you’re looking for a fun but impactful fall read, please pick this up. It has all sorts of familial magics, fable-like creatures, fun adventures, and several badass female characters. Not to mention it’s a beautifully written #ownvoice story about a Lipan Apache family using ancestral gifts and knowledge to protect each other and their community. I honestly can’t find any flaws about this book both inside and out- look at this cover 😍😍

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