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An unforgettable story of trauma and healing, told in achingly beautiful prose with great tenderness and care. --#1 New York Times-bestselling author Karen M. McManus When two teens discover that they were both sexually assaulted at the same party, they develop a cautious friendship through her family's possibly magical pastelería, his secret forest of otherworldly trees, a An unforgettable story of trauma and healing, told in achingly beautiful prose with great tenderness and care. --#1 New York Times-bestselling author Karen M. McManus When two teens discover that they were both sexually assaulted at the same party, they develop a cautious friendship through her family's possibly magical pastelería, his secret forest of otherworldly trees, and the swallows returning to their hometown, in Anna-Marie McLemore's The Mirror Season... Graciela Cristales's whole world changes after she and a boy she barely knows are assaulted at the same party. She loses her gift for making enchanted pan dulce. Neighborhood trees vanish overnight, while mirrored glass appears, bringing reckless magic with it. And Ciela is haunted by what happened to her, and what happened to the boy whose name she never learned. But when the boy, Lock, shows up at Ciela's school, he has no memory of that night, and no clue that a single piece of mirrored glass is taking his life apart. Ciela decides to help him, which means hiding the truth about that night. Because Ciela knows who assaulted her, and him. And she knows that her survival, and his, depend on no one finding out what really happened.


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An unforgettable story of trauma and healing, told in achingly beautiful prose with great tenderness and care. --#1 New York Times-bestselling author Karen M. McManus When two teens discover that they were both sexually assaulted at the same party, they develop a cautious friendship through her family's possibly magical pastelería, his secret forest of otherworldly trees, a An unforgettable story of trauma and healing, told in achingly beautiful prose with great tenderness and care. --#1 New York Times-bestselling author Karen M. McManus When two teens discover that they were both sexually assaulted at the same party, they develop a cautious friendship through her family's possibly magical pastelería, his secret forest of otherworldly trees, and the swallows returning to their hometown, in Anna-Marie McLemore's The Mirror Season... Graciela Cristales's whole world changes after she and a boy she barely knows are assaulted at the same party. She loses her gift for making enchanted pan dulce. Neighborhood trees vanish overnight, while mirrored glass appears, bringing reckless magic with it. And Ciela is haunted by what happened to her, and what happened to the boy whose name she never learned. But when the boy, Lock, shows up at Ciela's school, he has no memory of that night, and no clue that a single piece of mirrored glass is taking his life apart. Ciela decides to help him, which means hiding the truth about that night. Because Ciela knows who assaulted her, and him. And she knows that her survival, and his, depend on no one finding out what really happened.

30 review for The Mirror Season

  1. 4 out of 5

    Melanie

    ARC provided by the publisher this was perfect in every single way and this story is going to help heal so many lives. rtc! <3 ---- anna marie and their stories mean... everything to me. but when a little bird told me this might have HAS pan rep? no no, this book is going to be life changing, i just know it. Blog | Instagram | Youtube | Ko-fi | Spotify | Twitch Buddy read with Maëlys! ❤ ARC provided by the publisher this was perfect in every single way and this story is going to help heal so many lives. rtc! <3 ---- anna marie and their stories mean... everything to me. but when a little bird told me this might have HAS pan rep? no no, this book is going to be life changing, i just know it. Blog | Instagram | Youtube | Ko-fi | Spotify | Twitch Buddy read with Maëlys! ❤

  2. 4 out of 5

    may ➹

    everthing may suck but at least I’ll never be let down by Anna-Marie McLemore rtc! // buddy read with cath (tag later)

  3. 5 out of 5

    Maëlys

    ☆ 5 / 5 ☆ “Every moment of our life, it goes with us. It lives forever. And a lot of those moments you don’t have much say over. So the ones you do, you’ve got to do everything with them. So that what lives forever is something you want to live with.” This book is stunning and raw and sheds light on rape culture, the aftermath of sexual assault and the survival that comes with it. While heartbreaking it is more than that because there is so much love and hope in it, and finding magic in life a ☆ 5 / 5 ☆ “Every moment of our life, it goes with us. It lives forever. And a lot of those moments you don’t have much say over. So the ones you do, you’ve got to do everything with them. So that what lives forever is something you want to live with.” This book is stunning and raw and sheds light on rape culture, the aftermath of sexual assault and the survival that comes with it. While heartbreaking it is more than that because there is so much love and hope in it, and finding magic in life again. I hope it finds all the people who might need it. This is a deeply personal book too and I’m begging everyone to also read the author’s note. Ciela’s world comes crashing down one night when she and a boy she doesn’t know get assaulted at the same time in rooms mirroring each other. She loses her bisabuela’s gift: the ability to tell what exact kind of pan dulce someone will need, and the world around her turns into shattered mirrors. “I hope he hasn’t put all this together, this thing we have in common that he can’t remember and I can’t forget.” Ciela is convinced that what happened, especially where it concerns Lock, is her fault and the guilt of it weighs on her. We slowly unwrap and discover the many layers of that guilt and what led her to believe that she was responsible. The starting premise was never uncomplicated or lacking but as the story progresses Anna-Marie McLemore gives it even more depth and explores more angles and perspectives. When Lock comes back into Ciela’s life he doesn’t remember her but she can’t get him out of her mind. Their dynamic shifts a lot throughout the whole book but at its beginning Ciela knows his trauma and events he is not even aware of. This adds to her guilt and she is in an ongoing battle between knowing he should know what happened and not wanting to shatter his world even more. “We cannot keep each other together. Neither of us can do that for the other. It’s our own work. But we help each other keep track of the pieces. We make sure nothing gets lost.” Their budding friendship and relationship was really sweet though and while they bond over trauma, their relationship is more than that. There is a lot about finding your trust in other people again and opening yourself up in different ways. They take the time to learn about each other and discover their sanctuaries. It’s a slow buildup of trust and a very deep understanding of how the things that have happened to them can be navigated. Together and separately we can see them as real people who exist beyond that night. Their storylines aren’t limited to it and we get to see them in a lot of different settings and contexts. I think it’s a very important point and is definitely emphasised by Ciela and Lock reclaiming bits and pieces of who they are throughout the book. “They counted on any girl—especially a pretty-enough queer brown one—doing whatever they asked in exchange for their favor. Bearing anything, enduring anything, excusing anything. They wrote their assumptions into the curves and colors of my body.” This is especially true of Ciela who is trying to get her magical gift back, but who’s also had the love and confidence she had for herself ripped away. Putting time and effort in her physical appearance was something she took a lot of pride in and that her family has also encouraged, but she can’t bring herself to do it anymore. This is not only an exploration of what the trauma has taken from her but also showcases the commodification and hypersexualisation of brown and queer bodies. It is very apparent that the people involved during that night looked at her differently because of the colour of her skin, because of her curves and her demeanour. They had already taken that consent as guaranteed because in their eyes an out pansexual brown girl could never say no. “Months ago, I didn’t cry, and I didn’t scream, because I thought if I started crying or screaming I’d never stop. But now I don’t care if I scream forever. If I scream forever, they will have to hear me forever.” Anna-Marie McLemore also doesn't hesitate to highlight the power dynamics pre-existent to that night and how that continues to play a role in the choices Ciela and Lock make. No one would pick to listen to her voice as a brown queer girl against her white and rich classmates. Lock also holds no power there when they’re both poor against people who have their names written on the town’s buildings. Lock’s situation also comes with the stigma and misconception that boys don’t get raped, that they have the power to stop things or that the way things happened to him simply don’t count. Ciela and Lock are still both getting through that trauma but together they also find their voices. They share their stories with each other first and use that as a building block moving forward, but telling others and speaking up is not a straightforward path and there is no schedule to it. I think it struck the balance of showing there will be people to listen without shaming silence. “Yes,” I say, and when I say it I am not afraid, of him or myself. This close to him, my heart is not scar tissue around a sliver of glass. It’s a living thing, hot and luminous.” One of my favourite parts of the story was Ciela’s magic and how its strength paralleled her mindset and healing. Her gift leaves her but as she slowly starts helping out and standing up for Lock, and most importantly for herself, it comes back to her. As she lets go of the weight of a responsibility that is not hers, as she rediscovers the things she loves and enjoys and reclaims all the parts of herself she thought were lost, her powers bloom once again. I also loved Ciela’s relationship with Jess, her ex and now best friend. Ciela ends up isolating herself from her family and friends by fear of being looked at differently, but once she tells her story to Jess she is met with nothing of the sort. It was just so important to see that she had a good support system to help her through and to see a strong and healthy friendship bring a little more light to her life. Throughout this book, Anna-Marie McLemore refenres the fairytale of The Snow Queen and the story reflects itself in the shards of mirror warping the characters’ vision of the world but also in their love helping each other putting back the pieces together. It's this love, and care, and hope that stays with you throughout the whole story, and it took my breath away. Youtube ☆ Twitter Buddy read with Melanie ♡

  4. 4 out of 5

    destiny ♡⚔♡ [howling libraries]

    Anna-Marie McLemore is gonna wreck my shit and I'm so here for it. Anna-Marie McLemore is gonna wreck my shit and I'm so here for it.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Nenia ✨ I yeet my books back and forth ✨ Campbell

    The Snow Queen is one of my favorite fairytales, so I am VERY excited.

  6. 5 out of 5

    katie

    i am speechless. and crying :') --------------- the high-pitched noise you hear in the distance is most probably me screaming about how much i need this book <3 i am speechless. and crying :') --------------- the high-pitched noise you hear in the distance is most probably me screaming about how much i need this book <3

  7. 4 out of 5

    ♠ TABI⁷ ♠

    GOODBYE STRESS I HAVE THE NEW MCLEMORE BOOK AND HELLO TO THAT COVER oh don't mind me I'm just strapping on my red shoes so I can dance in forever joy over another book by this wonderful author also it's a retelling/inspired-by of one of my top fav stories, The Snow Queen??? I SEE YOU TITLE REFERENCE I SEE YOU AND LOVE YOU SO MUCH GOODBYE STRESS I HAVE THE NEW MCLEMORE BOOK AND HELLO TO THAT COVER oh don't mind me I'm just strapping on my red shoes so I can dance in forever joy over another book by this wonderful author also it's a retelling/inspired-by of one of my top fav stories, The Snow Queen??? I SEE YOU TITLE REFERENCE I SEE YOU AND LOVE YOU SO MUCH

  8. 4 out of 5

    Eva B.

    Oooh, this sounds fascinating! I was in The Snow Queen a year or so ago, so it'll be interesting to see how the retelling aspects are woven in! Oooh, this sounds fascinating! I was in The Snow Queen a year or so ago, so it'll be interesting to see how the retelling aspects are woven in!

  9. 5 out of 5

    Ashley Owens

    I received an electronic copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for my honest review. This book is my everything. It’s an instant favorite. Just when I thought AMM couldn’t write a book more perfectly composed for me, they prove me wrong. Each new release captures more of my heart, has more of my bookish buzzwords, and speaks to me more intimately than the last. This is the quickest I’ve ever read an AMM book. That may have to do with the fact that it has more dialogue, interaction, & real l I received an electronic copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for my honest review. This book is my everything. It’s an instant favorite. Just when I thought AMM couldn’t write a book more perfectly composed for me, they prove me wrong. Each new release captures more of my heart, has more of my bookish buzzwords, and speaks to me more intimately than the last. This is the quickest I’ve ever read an AMM book. That may have to do with the fact that it has more dialogue, interaction, & real life and less magic & lyrical writing. But it also may be because of how specifically I felt it spoke to me. The ways being a queer (specifically pan/bi) survivor of sexual assault affects your like, sexual capabilities, tendencies, & gravitations. Yet despite this book revolving around such a heavy topic/situation and both main characters are Going Thru It, it somehow still felt light-hearted a lot. I think Ciela is the biggest reason for this; she was actually like, really funny? And I super believed her and Lock’s chemistry. I can see why they love each other. “The Mirror Season” felt different from any other AMM book. It was a different kind of queer than their previous ones… I can’t really explain it better than that. It’s also got more actual school stuff in it, and feels more grounded in the real world. Ciela and Lock aren’t perfect people; they are fallible and fumbling and growing and look and think like real people. They have flaws inside and out - and I feel so deeply for them and connected to & with them both. This book helped heal a piece of me. I can’t express how deeply I mean that. To be so seen in a piece of literature, and to have the writing style speak to me and be so extraordinary… it feels like a gift. Oh also, the author’s note made me cry more than anything, which is saying something because I was a fucking wreck the whole time I read this. Please I beg you, read this as soon as it comes out on March 16th.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Cande

    this cover is giving me life !!!!! me needs

  11. 5 out of 5

    Enne

    4 stars I love Anna-Marie McLemore with my entire heart and with every single book they write, they only further cement their standing as one of my favorite authors of all time. This one is no different!! As always, it is complete with absolutely gorgeous, lyrical writing that takes my breath away. The motifs and imagery within it are also tied very closely to the story itself, which I really appreciated. I loved all of the mirror and glass imagery we got in this book and how central it was to the 4 stars I love Anna-Marie McLemore with my entire heart and with every single book they write, they only further cement their standing as one of my favorite authors of all time. This one is no different!! As always, it is complete with absolutely gorgeous, lyrical writing that takes my breath away. The motifs and imagery within it are also tied very closely to the story itself, which I really appreciated. I loved all of the mirror and glass imagery we got in this book and how central it was to the plot. As with all of their magical realism, the mirrors are never really explained, but I think they served really well as a vehicle for exploring the central topic of the novel. This novel focuses largely on sexual assault and, specifically, on the sexual assault that the main character, Ciela, survived. I thought the topic was handled with a lot of respect and it was evident that McLemore took a lot of care in approaching the subject at hand. That said, there are graphic scenes that depict sexual assault, so I would take that into consideration when going into this book. I really loved the relationship between Ciela and Lock and how it was developed throughout the story. It was messy and complicated, but you could tell how much they cared for each other and I liked how it evolved from a tentative alliance to something resembling romance to something more like a friendship. I thought it was a really interesting dynamic for McLemore to explore and I really appreciated the way they did so. On the topic of relationships, I also really appreciated the way the dynamic between Ciela and her best friend was portrayed. When it comes to the plot, I really thought it was where the magical realism aspects of the story got to shine. The magic propelled a lot of the story forward, but not all of it. A lot of it also came from Ciela’s development and her drive to stand up for herself, some of which is also represented through the magical aspects. This was very much a character-driven story, but I think the plot was really well-structured nonetheless. I especially loved the climactic scenes!! Overall, I think McLemore did a beautiful job with this story and it’s clear how much effort and care they put into it. I really enjoyed my time reading it and I will continue recommending all Anna-Marie McLemore books until the end of time. trigger warnings: sexual assault, sexual harrassment, victim blaming, racism, panphobia, homophobia rep: Latinx pansexual MC, queer Latinx SC ---------------------- I just think that anna-marie mclemore >>> ---------------------- very excited for anna-marie mclemore to break my heart again <33

  12. 5 out of 5

    rhi ✰

    i need this book in my hands RIGHT now or i might combust

  13. 5 out of 5

    solanne

    when you still haven’t picked up a single book by Anna-Marie McLemore and yet somehow this has become one of your most anticipated releases of the 2021 (and before y’all come at me yes I am ashamed please don’t hurt me!!)

  14. 5 out of 5

    sol

    somebody said pan rep and i came running

  15. 4 out of 5

    Cori // ghostlightbooks

    Check out my post for the first day of the Pride Book Tours Instagram tour for The Mirror Season here! https://www.instagram.com/p/CNA1owwLKIs/ After an Astin school party goes horribly wrong for Graciela, her family's long-held power as La Bruja de los Pasteles disappears, whole trees start disappearing from San Juan Capistrano, and mirrored glass seems to spring up anywhere she goes. Ciela struggles with the night that haunts her, but mostly with the boy whose name she didn't know. When that bo Check out my post for the first day of the Pride Book Tours Instagram tour for The Mirror Season here! https://www.instagram.com/p/CNA1owwLKIs/ After an Astin school party goes horribly wrong for Graciela, her family's long-held power as La Bruja de los Pasteles disappears, whole trees start disappearing from San Juan Capistrano, and mirrored glass seems to spring up anywhere she goes. Ciela struggles with the night that haunts her, but mostly with the boy whose name she didn't know. When that boy appears at Astin, Ciela thinks that helping Lock could also help her earn her powers back. But helping him means she has to hide the truth about the night that changed both of them. This is by far one of the best contemporary books I've ever read. The writing was melodic, it carried us through Ciela's story with such a soft strength that I couldn't put it down. The dialogue was funny and tender and it felt so natural in the story. All the characters are beautifully rendered, but Ciela and Lock especially won my heart. Their relationship is so cautious and thoughtful and the care they take with each other just made me so happy. I'll also add that even the characters that were less than kind were fully fleshed and reminded me a lot of the mean kids I knew. Along with all of this, Anna-Marie McLemore imbued this story with the most perfect amount of magic that the story sang off the page. Moving through Ciela's life dealing with what happened that night- in San Juan Capistrano, at Astin and the bakery, and with Lock- through this magical lens was just such a significant experience. The Mirror Season made me laugh and cry and feel so many different things. I recommend it to people who love magical realism or contemporary or even just lyrical writing! This is my first Anna-Marie McLemore but I am sure to be diving into more soon! *I encourage everyone to check the trigger warnings before going into this book.*

  16. 5 out of 5

    Deanna Reads and Sleeps

    Thank you to Macmillan Children's Publishing Group, the Fierce Reads team, and Netgalley for my eARC of The Mirror Season. Now. This is not a happy story. Healing is often more pain than reward. I urge readers to take caution as it goes heavily into triggering topics. Graciela, Ciela for short, and Lock have been violated at the same party, but only Ciela truly knows the depths of what took place. As we travel through this novel we watch her navigate her grief, anger, and pain at what was done to Thank you to Macmillan Children's Publishing Group, the Fierce Reads team, and Netgalley for my eARC of The Mirror Season. Now. This is not a happy story. Healing is often more pain than reward. I urge readers to take caution as it goes heavily into triggering topics. Graciela, Ciela for short, and Lock have been violated at the same party, but only Ciela truly knows the depths of what took place. As we travel through this novel we watch her navigate her grief, anger, and pain at what was done to her, along with the burden of the guilt she feels. There were many beautiful moments filled with lovely prose and imagery, and I adored the Spanish interwoven all throughout. This is a book of grief, the social implications of what it means to confront those with privilege, and the weight of guilt and not knowing, but it is also one of reclamation, healing, and the absolving of shame you don't deserve. So overall, it was...good. But then......why 2.5/3 stars? Because a decision is made with full knowledge that someone else involved doesn't have that I found completely unnecessary, deeply unsettling, and incredibly upsetting in a book filled with deeply unsettling and incredibly upsetting moments. I'm not going to go into depth because it is a HUGE SPOILER. But I truly believe that it didn't need to be done the way it was and I'm so angry that it happened in this book that is, for the most part, written well with some truly stunning moments that have the potential to leave a deep impact. The timing of this specific moment changed everything for me. It completely altered my experience as a whole. I honestly can't wait until more people read this so I can truly discuss. Maybe I'm seeing it wrong. I just wish wish wish that one specific moment didn't happen the way it did. Honestly, I don't know what else to say.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Margaret

    *sobbing* This book is a gorgeous look at surviving trauma after a sexual assault. I am a bit broken after reading it, though it does end happily, and it does have lots of love and joy in its pages. Teens Ciela and Lock flirted at the beginning of a party, but by the end of the party, they had both been sexually assaulted, and Ciela had dropped Lock off at a hospital, still unconscious from the drug that had been mixed into his Dr. Pepper. Ciela is brown and queer and knows that no one will liste *sobbing* This book is a gorgeous look at surviving trauma after a sexual assault. I am a bit broken after reading it, though it does end happily, and it does have lots of love and joy in its pages. Teens Ciela and Lock flirted at the beginning of a party, but by the end of the party, they had both been sexually assaulted, and Ciela had dropped Lock off at a hospital, still unconscious from the drug that had been mixed into his Dr. Pepper. Ciela is brown and queer and knows that no one will listen to her story, especially since the teens and classmates who assaulted her and Lock are white and from wealthy families. The truth of that night shatters within her like shards of glass, splintering until only fragments remain, the fragments she can survive with. Ciela is also a pastelería witch. She can sense exactly which dessert a customer wants, a magic she's inherited from her grandmother. But after the assault, her magic abandons her. When school starts back, she and Lock find themselves attracted to one another once more, but while he knows he was sexually assaulted that night, he doesn't remember the details. The more Ciela pushes back against their assaulters and their school bullying and threats, the more of her magic returns. I loved how Ciela and Lock's relationship is handled, focusing on consent, space, and respect. I also loved the pastelería and the amazing friendship Ciela has with her BFF Jess. Somehow I have yet to mention that this is inspired by the fairy tale "The Snow Queen" by Hans Christian Andersen. At the end, Anna-Marie McLemore shares that this is based on a true story. This is such an important story to be shared. I hope to see many readers come to this novel, and many survivors find strength in reading it.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Alanna ❦

    Pre-Reading: I feel kind of guilty calling Anna-Marie McLemore one of my favorite authors when I’ve only read two of their books, but this cover is GORGEOUS 3/16 Update: I’m currently waiting for my copy to come in the mail and time is going by really slow ————————————————— Overall Rating: 5/5 (more like ∞/5) TW: sexual assault, PTSD, homophobia, bullying I think this might be my favorite Anna-Marie McLemore book ever? This book follows Ciela and Lock, two high school students who are the only people Pre-Reading: I feel kind of guilty calling Anna-Marie McLemore one of my favorite authors when I’ve only read two of their books, but this cover is GORGEOUS 3/16 Update: I’m currently waiting for my copy to come in the mail and time is going by really slow ————————————————— Overall Rating: 5/5 (more like ∞/5) TW: sexual assault, PTSD, homophobia, bullying I think this might be my favorite Anna-Marie McLemore book ever? This book follows Ciela and Lock, two high school students who are the only people who understand what the other is going through after both being sexually assaulted at the same party. After being assaulted, Ciela looses her gift for making enchanted pan dulce, and discovers odd mirrored glass appearing on plants. If that's not the most beautiful plot, I don't know what is. Plot/Writing: Anna-Marie McLemore's writing is always beautiful, and the storyline made it even better. As usual, Anna-Marie’s books have wonderful diversity. The Mirror Season features a Latinx pan main character, a lesbian side character, and lots of Latinx and LGBT side characters. This book was heartbreaking and hilarious, and is now my second favorite book of all time (my first is The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue). Characters Ciela - As a pansexual Latinx person, I was automatically crying by seeing myself represented so well by none other than my favorite author, who is also a queer Latinx. Ciela was definitely my favorite character in the book. A lot of times I see the female protagonist of books think they’re different and “not like other girls” simply because they curse and wear pants. Yes, Ciela does curse and wear pants, but she is also perfectly comfortable being feminine, and it’s beautiful. Lock - I love that Ciela and Lock are very similar, but not to the point where it feels like I’m reading about the same character with two different names. Jess - I wish Jess got more page time. I liked how Jess and Ciela’s friendship was written, as well as Jess’s romantic relationships. Victoria and Brigid - I’m grouping both of these characters together because pretty much the only difference between them is one is younger than the other. These characters definitely earned their spot on my “Fictional Characters That I Would Like to Yell At” list, because not only are they the generic popular girl bullies, they’re also homophobic. Woo-hoo. PJ and Chris - PJ and Chris were really annoying to read about, because of their homophobic ways. They could’ve been one character since they were so similar, but I understand why they weren’t (it makes sense why there are two of them when you read the book). Overall, I will now be recommending this book to everyone because I think everyone should read it.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Katerina Kondrenko

    1.5 out of 10 Sorry, I didn't like it despite the importance of the topic. I'm left with annoyance and even rage. The writing was all over the place, but the thing that bothers me more is... was it a rape-based fairytale with a happy ending, or I got it wrong? 'Cause it freaking feels like one. TW: rape 1.5 out of 10 Sorry, I didn't like it despite the importance of the topic. I'm left with annoyance and even rage. The writing was all over the place, but the thing that bothers me more is... was it a rape-based fairytale with a happy ending, or I got it wrong? 'Cause it freaking feels like one. TW: rape

  20. 5 out of 5

    Sapphic Shelves

    Is this going to hurt in the best way possible? Is this going to hurt in the best way possible?

  21. 4 out of 5

    Cody Roecker

    I needed this book more than I've ever needed any book in my life - and I'm not exaggerating in the slightest. I'm going to write a whole post on how much this book means to me soon. I needed this book more than I've ever needed any book in my life - and I'm not exaggerating in the slightest. I'm going to write a whole post on how much this book means to me soon.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Nora Grace ♌️

    **5/5 stars** ARC provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This is a difficult book to review, but an easy book to rate: it is undoubtedly a 5 star read. Anna-Marie McLemore's mastery of magical realism, romance, and communication of the queer Latinx experience through narrative gets better with every book. But The Mirror Season is difficult to review because it is deeply personal for the author and deeply personal for readers. A content warning for sexual assault/rape for the r **5/5 stars** ARC provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This is a difficult book to review, but an easy book to rate: it is undoubtedly a 5 star read. Anna-Marie McLemore's mastery of magical realism, romance, and communication of the queer Latinx experience through narrative gets better with every book. But The Mirror Season is difficult to review because it is deeply personal for the author and deeply personal for readers. A content warning for sexual assault/rape for the rest of this review. Ciela and Lock both carry the weight of the same secret: that they were both victims of sexual assault at the same high school party. Ciela is burdened by additional knowledge of what happened that night that Lock doesn't know, knowledge that would compromise their budding relationship. She is haunted by slivers of glass—mirrors—that remind her of what happened and the sharpness of the pain it causes her and those around her. She hides these shards like she hides her pain. The magical realism of this metaphor, along with the parallels to Mexican fairytales, creates a beautiful narrative that emphasizes healing, forgiveness, and resilience. Readers should be aware that the sexual assaults are explicitly recounted at various points in the novel. This may be triggering for some readers, but I think for McLemore, writing the assaults was a healing exercise for them. According to their Author's Note, they have been the victim of multiple sexual assaults, and that Lock's experience is based partially on the experience of a boy she knew in real life who was assaulted by the same person as them. That is why I say this is a deeply personal book for the author, and why this is a difficult book to review. I do not want to disrespect McLemore's experience, nor the experience of any other rape victim, by discrediting the value of explicitly narrating a sexual assault. It clearly serves a vital purpose in The Mirror Season; it is not trivialised. I think, if taught appropriately and sensitively, this could be a powerful book to read in a high school English class in order to initiate dialogue on sexual assault, victim blaming, solidarity, and the protection of offenders. It is intersectional in its frameworks and so it would be intersectional in a classroom where many students may identify with Ciela's experience as a brown girl and Lock's experience as a male victim of rape. As I do for every McLemore book, I encourage everyone to read The Mirror Season, though take precaution if sexual assault content is upsetting for you.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Frank Chillura (OhYouRead)

    Based on the fairy tale, The Snow Queen, The Mirror Season is loosely based on a real experience of the author’s. Reading their Author’s Note was not only touching, but it brought out a lot of repressed emotions. My heart hurts so much after finishing this. Not only for the characters’ tenacity to live after surviving being sexually assaulted, but for the fact that not all people feel they can. 25% of all Sexual Assaults are reported and out of 1000 cases, 5 people are convicted. This is such a Based on the fairy tale, The Snow Queen, The Mirror Season is loosely based on a real experience of the author’s. Reading their Author’s Note was not only touching, but it brought out a lot of repressed emotions. My heart hurts so much after finishing this. Not only for the characters’ tenacity to live after surviving being sexually assaulted, but for the fact that not all people feel they can. 25% of all Sexual Assaults are reported and out of 1000 cases, 5 people are convicted. This is such a horrible statistic that it turns my stomach just thinking about it. As someone who survived being sexually assaulted at the age of 19, I know what it’s like to live with survivor’s guilt. I have long blamed myself for what I could have done differently. Writing this now is as hard as it gets, knowing people will see. But one person’s story can alter another person’s future. I am not looking for sympathy... I’m not looking for a shoulder... I’m just living. I felt connected with the characters immensely... a kinship. And now knowing that it was based on a Fairy Tale, the slight supernatural aspects make more sense. I’m happy that I read it. Thank You to Pride Book Tours, Anne-Marie McLemore, and Feiwel & Friends for sending me a copy of the book in return for an honest review.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Mimi

    "It's not too late for any of us. We survived. Now we can live." McLemore somehow manages to devastate, break and put me back together with every single book. "It's not too late for any of us. We survived. Now we can live." McLemore somehow manages to devastate, break and put me back together with every single book.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Sammm

    Updates: Gah, originally I added this book as "to-read" on Dec 04, 2019; that was because the statement I saw indicated it to be a retelling of the Snow Queen. To be fair, base on the updated blurb, it probably still could be, just that the now more concrete plot description does not seem to be something I'd like to read. It's a bummer since I'm suddenly getting likes for the original pre-review below. I'm temporarily reshelving this book as "maybe-to-read," but in all honesty, the blurb felt mor Updates: Gah, originally I added this book as "to-read" on Dec 04, 2019; that was because the statement I saw indicated it to be a retelling of the Snow Queen. To be fair, base on the updated blurb, it probably still could be, just that the now more concrete plot description does not seem to be something I'd like to read. It's a bummer since I'm suddenly getting likes for the original pre-review below. I'm temporarily reshelving this book as "maybe-to-read," but in all honesty, the blurb felt more like a "unlikely-to-read" to me. =/ That said, if anyone who's read this and want to campaign it, feel free to let me know if the "sexually assault" mentioned in the blurb is like less than 10% of the book, perhaps then I'd reconsider whether or not to read. Like, seriously, I sure wasn't expecting this approach lol. Previously: (posted on Dec 04, 2019) Randomly saw the news on Twitter just now. Hope it does the original just. Y'all know I loathed a certain Disney film that blew way out of proportion with a good deal of its fans spreading incorrect info about it being an adaptation. Anyhow.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Amanda ☕ Steeping Stories ☕

    This is two years away, but I am so ready for it.

  27. 5 out of 5

    leo | 飛べ

    Anna-Marie McLemore is going to wreck us all with this The Snow Queen retelling. I know it and I’m here for it.

  28. 4 out of 5

    DK

    *I received an eARC from NetGalley in exchange for a honest review* After being sexually assaulted at a party, Celia tries to repress the memories of that night and pretend like it never happened. She keeps quiet, knowing that no one will believe her, a brown scholarship student, versus the rich, white teens responsible for the assault. However, Celia's attempts to forget are ruined when she discovers that Lock, the boy who was sexually assaulted at the same party, is now in her class. Celia reme *I received an eARC from NetGalley in exchange for a honest review* After being sexually assaulted at a party, Celia tries to repress the memories of that night and pretend like it never happened. She keeps quiet, knowing that no one will believe her, a brown scholarship student, versus the rich, white teens responsible for the assault. However, Celia's attempts to forget are ruined when she discovers that Lock, the boy who was sexually assaulted at the same party, is now in her class. Celia remembers what happened but Lock doesn't and she can't bring herself to tell him. As the two become friends, the unspoken events of that night fester, causing strange phenomena in town and disrupting Celia's own pastry-specific powers. This was a very intense, heavy read. There are numerous flashbacks to the assault which gradually get more detailed and graphic. Balancing out Celia and Lock's heartbreaking struggles is the joy and healing they find in everyday life -- planting trees, cooking for their families, crocheting, and baking. Celia finds comfort in working at her family's pastelería, using her ability to divine what each customer would like best and pairing them with a confection that will help them deal with the issues in their lives. As always, Anna-Marie McLemore's writing is lovely and lyrical, and the story is tinged with vibrant magical realism. The Mirror Season is wonderfully queer: Celia is pansexual and several supporting characters, including Celia's best friend, are queer. For fairy tale fans, this is also a unique take on the story of the Snow Queen. The Mirror Season was a difficult book for me to read. It was hard to read about Celia and Lock's experiences and how they tried to deal with what happened to them. The bullying they experience from the classmates responsible for the assault turned my stomach. Despite the content being at times hard to get through, this is an important book about survival and what happens next.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Charlie Newman

    TW: Sexual assault. The plot of this book deals directly and somewhat graphically with an incident of non-consensual sex involving alcohol and other substances. To those reading this as potential readers: this book is beautiful, but difficult. There was never any way for it to not be difficult, and the heaviness is handled as well as I think it possibly could be, but if you've dealt with sexual assault, this is frankly a book that will probably be really triggering. That said, it's potentially al TW: Sexual assault. The plot of this book deals directly and somewhat graphically with an incident of non-consensual sex involving alcohol and other substances. To those reading this as potential readers: this book is beautiful, but difficult. There was never any way for it to not be difficult, and the heaviness is handled as well as I think it possibly could be, but if you've dealt with sexual assault, this is frankly a book that will probably be really triggering. That said, it's potentially also healing, and at the very least affirming. For anyone who hasn't dealt directly with sexual assault, and wants a difficult and complicated but truthful and unflinching perspective, this is definitely worth a read, although it will obviously not be light reading. To those reading this as potential recommenders: I am having trouble thinking of the student to whom I would recommend this book, to be quite honest. I would never recommend it without telling a student what they're getting into, but I would have to know a student quite well to be sure this is what they could want. BUT this is the kind of book we have to have quietly on our shelves, so someone can find it when they need it. So when a peer recommends it to them in a way I don't think I could, we have it there for them to read. More practically, I would never rip a book out of someone's hands, but I might have some hesitations about letting a younger student (we have kiddos down to 12 at my school) walk out of the library with this. Ultimately students' reading decisions are their own, but as comes up in the book, letting someone make a decision with information you know is incomplete is not harmless. This review is a little differently structured than my usual deal, but I did want to acknowledge some kick-ass things about the book beyond subject matter. The magical realism strikes a perfect balance, where it can't be assigned just to the character's perspective, but it's also not entirely clear what exactly is and isn't happening. Also this book is stuffed full of rich, rounded characters, even in tiny roles. The world of the book feels so real and vivid. Finally, this book made my stomach growl any number of times with amazing food descriptions! I need to read some of McLemore's other books so I have something by them I can more easily recommend. I hope I've given enough warning that anyone who picks this book up feels like they know what they're getting into-- if you feel up to it, this book is stunning.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Ze

    Graciela and Lock both get assaulted at the same party under very similar circumstances. Lock does not remember the details of that night, but Graciela does. In order to protect him and the tentative friendship she has developed with him, the new boy at school, she decides to hide the truth of that night that still haunts her. This is at its core a book about trauma and healing. The author’s note at the end made it clear that it was a really personal book for them to write and the issue of sexua Graciela and Lock both get assaulted at the same party under very similar circumstances. Lock does not remember the details of that night, but Graciela does. In order to protect him and the tentative friendship she has developed with him, the new boy at school, she decides to hide the truth of that night that still haunts her. This is at its core a book about trauma and healing. The author’s note at the end made it clear that it was a really personal book for them to write and the issue of sexual assault was handled with extreme care and caution. In that sense this book is a really important one, especially for teens, having gone through similar experiences, but who are not easily triggered by them. I have read three of the author’s work prior to this one and I can confidently say that they have now solidified as an auto-buy author for me. Nobody I’ve read does magical realism the way Anna-Marie Mclemore does. In this particular book the magical realism aspect was doused down to a minimum but still managed to feel pretty much present. After that night, Graciela loses her gift for being able to predict what kind of pan dulce people would delight in when they come to her family’s pasteleria, trees star to disappear overnight and objects start to turn into mirrored glass that can burrow deep into people’s eyes. This book for me had the most distinct characters, personality wise, from any other of the author’s novels and that made for a really enjoyable reading experience. I rooted and felt for these characters and I’m really glad for how their story panned out. McLemore’s writing was exquisite and magical as always. It incorporated so many delicious descriptions of food and mainly pan dulce, which I’ve never tasted but very much want to now, that I felt my mouth watering at every other page. This book was not always an easy one to read due to the subject matter, but it was definitely an important one and this time despite its subject matter, it did not always feel heavy and there were many heartwarming moments that made me delight in reading it.

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