Hello book world! Welcome to my stop on the Elysium Girls blog tour hosted by the FFBC! Today I am excited to share with you my review for Elysium Girls as well as some of my favorite quotes.
Release Date: April 14th 2020
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy
Synopsis: In this sweeping Dust Bowl-inspired fantasy, a ten-year game between Life and Death pits the walled Oklahoma city of Elysium-including a girl gang of witches anda demon who longs for humanity-against the supernatural in order to judge mankind.When Sal is named Successor to Mother Morevna, a powerful witch and leader ofElysium, she jumps at the chance to prove herself to the town. Ever since she was akid, Sal has been plagued by false visions of rain, and though people think she’s aliar, she knows she’s a leader. Even the arrival of enigmatic outsider Asa-a human-obsessed demon in disguise-doesn’t shake her confidence in her ability. Until aterrible mistake results in both Sal and Asa’s exile into the Desert of Dust and Steel.Face-to-face with a brutal, unforgiving landscape, Sal and Asa join a gang of girlsheaded by another Elysium exile-and young witch herself-Olivia Rosales. In order to atone for their mistake, they create a cavalry of magic powered, scrap metal horses to save Elysium from the coming apocalypse. But Sal, Asa, and Olivia must do more than simply tip the scales in Elysium’s favor-only by reinventing the rules can they beat the Life and Death at their own game.
If the cover doesn’t draw you into Elysium Girls, the synopsis definitely will. This is pitched as Mad Max meets Caraval and there’s witchy girl gangs and demons and metal horses and WHAT MORE DO YOU NEED.
I was immediately intrigued by the first chapter and from there it only got better! This was such a different mashup of topics and I really enjoyed the uniqueness. The Dust Bowl and Great Depression setting with a town that has been thrust into a ten year battle with Life and Deaths supernatural army. I thought the world building was superb and pretty well drawn out. Kate Pentecost has such a great way of shaping a world it was hard to not be drawn in!
Our MC is Sal who was set to take over as leader for their town but events unfold and she finds herself exiled out into the unforgiving desert with a demon who longs to be human. The only way for them to survive is to join up with a gang of witches. Sal was a pretty good main character. She was easy to connect with and I love a main character that grows and finds herself throughout the book. The witchy girl gang was amaaaazing and one of my fave parts. They were so diverse and fun and a terrific addition to the story.
His heart was human now, through and through. And humanity, true humanity, he realized, was sacrifice.
I found this to be an overall very enjoyable historical/ dystopian/ fantasy read! I am giving it 4 out of 5 stars.
Kate Pentecost was born and raised on the Texas/Louisiana border, where ghostsand rural legends lurk in the pines and nothing iscompletely as it seemsShe holds an MFA in Writing for Children &Young Adults from Vermont Collegeof Fine Arts. She was recently nominated for a Rhysling award for her poem “SmallTown Witches.”Her debut novel, Elysium Girls, is forthcoming from Disney Hyperion in 2020 inprint and audio formats.She is obsessed with the Romantic Poetsand can be identified by the enormoustattoo of Percy Bysshe Shelley on her arm. She lives in Houston (H-Town, SpaceCity, etc.)
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