Happy New Year! I am so ready for the 20’s and all the amazing books it brings! Before the year ended I finished A Constellation of Roses by Miranda Asebedo, a magical realism contemporary book. I received the book for free from a PR rep for the purpose of review but my review is 100% honest and my own thoughts and feelings on this book.

My rating: 4 stars! (Really good!)

I am going to be honest, I don’t read a lot of contemporary. I hate books that are very emotional and deep and have subjects that will make me cry. I was however very curious about magical realism in contemporary books and whether that would make it easier for me to get into. I feel like A Constellation of Roses did that successfully!

Yes, it made me cry. I cried sad tears, I cried happy tears and I cried because in many ways I could sympathize with the main character. But I enjoyed it! I felt like the book was kind of simple and easy to read but while featuring some pretty deep subjects.

Summary: A Constellation of Roses is about Trix a 17-year-old who has been living on her own from sketchy motel room to sketchy motel room, avoiding Child Protective Services and foster homes since her mom ran out on her. She has never met her dad and is thrown off when she is forced to go live in the country with her dad’s family. All the women in the family have powers of some sort, with Trix being able to steal without detection. Trix has to decide if she will embrace her new life or run away back to her old one.

Topics: Family, Healing, Forgiveness, Change, Love

Trigger Warnings: Drugs, Theft, Cancer, Death, and Suicide.