Thursday 12 October 2017

Blog Tour / Book Musings - Santa Muerte by Lucina Stone

Santa Muerte
Genre: NA Folklore/Sci-fi
Release Date: January 11th 2016

Summary from Goodreads:
Lucina Stone blends Mexican folklore with modern technology and time travel in this seductive new series where the lines between right and wrong, protagonist and antagonist, truth and fiction, love and lust, and life and death have never been more blurred.

THE YEAR IS 2030. IN A DRAMATIC, final attempt to free her inner demons, twenty-year-old Daniela Delgado tempts fate and winds up on a strange farm in 1923. With an olive complexion due to her Mexican/Italian heritage and a fresh pixie cut, she is mistaken for a “boy of color.” Her only shot at survival now is to play it cool, pose as “Danny,” and figure out how to get back home to her two, loving moms.

And then she meets Daphne—an abused, motherless farm girl in desperate need of freedom and a friend. Having escaped Daphne’s father, the two of them are now roaming the streets of New York City disguised as a young aristocrat and her male servant. They’re running out of money, and ideas. And Daniela thought living in 2030 was tough.

But her solar powered smart phone works. And there’s someone within range. She pings them. A selfie of an attractive male comes in with the text: I’m Lain. Who the f--- are you? Even in that moment, Daniela knows this can’t be safe, but what are her choices? They meet Lain at a speakeasy on the Lower East Side. When Daniela reveals her last name, Lain says the only Delgado he knows is Anaya—the head of the Santa Muerte Coven of witches in Merida, Mexico. And then he hints that Daniela is a liar, even though she rocks a man’s three-piece suit like no woman he’s ever met. And as for her tattoos? Don’t get Lain started….

Despite the intrigue, Daniela adds Lain to the list of folks Daphne and she must outrun to stay alive. But as they plan their trip to Mexico, they soon discover that list is much longer than they thought. And they uncover a few other things, too, about Daniela’s true identity….

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My Musings :

When I first started the book, I was leery because it was a new author to me and I hadn't read much in this genre. I went in blind and I took away a great deal from the book. If you ask me now, after finishing the book, I would say that the book is worth reading but it is not completely reader friendly. 

I know you are confused now! By my previous statement, I meant that the book could have been more fleshed out and the characters given more depth and importance while the world building could have been more expansive. The book was too short to encompass all the details needed for a totally satisfactory read.

The characters are varied and many. On one side, it has a rich look but it gets confusing at one point. The jump between the characters takes away from the focus on Daniela. I feel as if I don't much of anything of any of the characters! The world around which the story is based is very cool - rich and mysterious. This alone kept me reading. The pacing wasn't right. It just didn't feel good. At times I would read fast and then slow down. It was all a jumble of a read. 

There are so many concepts involved in the tale - suicide, racism, rape etc., Though some might feel uncomfortable with the way the story reads, it all felt essential to what makes Daniela tick. And the time travel concept is what made me read the book. I love me some time travel and it led me to a awesome time period with unique characters! 

So would I read it, if I knew all this? I might. Do I look forward to the next book? Definitely! There are too many unanswered questions. As I said, the book is very short compared to the events and the plotline.  

I received a free copy for reviewing purposes. This doesn't impact my review in any way.

My one line review : A varied conceptual time travel fiction.

My rating : 3/5

My reread factor : 3/5
About the Author

Stone, a Latina young adult book author from Morris County, New Jersey was the 2016 winner of two awards of the prestigious International Latino Book Awards for Best Sci/Fi novel and Best New Author. Santa Muerte- The Daniela Story (Story Merchant Books Press, 2016 release) tackles diversity in science fiction and fantasy by using folklore and culture.

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