A Constellation of Roses by Miranda Asebedo
Published: November 5, 2019 by HarperTeen
Source: Paperback ARC, 336 pages
Summary: (from Goodreads)
Ever since her mother walked out, Trix McCabe has been determined to make it on her own. And with her near-magical gift for pulling valuables off unsuspecting strangers, Trix is confident she has what it takes to survive. Until she’s caught and given a choice: jail time, or go live with her long-lost family in the tiny town of Rocksaw, Kansas.
Trix doesn’t plan to stick around Rocksaw long, but there’s something special about her McCabe relatives that she is drawn to. Her aunt, Mia, bakes pies that seem to cure all ills. Her cousin, Ember, can tell a person’s deepest secret with the touch of a hand. And Trix’s great-aunt takes one look at Trix’s palm and tells her that if she doesn’t put down roots somewhere, she won’t have a future anywhere.
Before long, Trix feels like she might finally belong with this special group of women in this tiny town in Kansas. But when her past comes back to haunt her, she’ll have to decide whether to take a chance on this new life . . . or keep running from the one she’s always known.
With lovable and flawed characters, an evocative setting, and friendships to treasure, A Constellation of Roses is the perfect companion to Miranda Asebedo’s debut novel The Deepest Roots.
Rating: 4/5 stars
**I received a physical ARC of this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.**
First, this cover is beautiful! I’ll be honest, I wanted to read this book before I even knew what it was about just because of the cover! Luckily, just like the outside, the inside of this book is just as beautiful.
I will say there are some trigger warnings that some should be aware of before diving into this book: abandonment, depression, abuse, suicide.
Now to talk about the book. I really, really enjoyed this book! I think the story was so beautiful. The added magic element just made it all the more pretty! I loved the small amount of magic in this book. I think it made everything fall together so nice.
Trix is such a good main character. I’ll be honest, at first, I didn’t think I was going to like her. She is so unlikable. She is rude and stubborn. She is broken and troubled. However, she does have tremedous growth throughout this novel (with a stern talking to by Auntie, haha), and by the end, I loved her character so much. I was emotionally invested in her emotions, and I felt them. Her character was so beautifully written.
The relationships and friendships, especially the unexpected ones, were (again) so beautiful. My favorite was Ember and Trix’s relationship. The sisterly love made me all warm and happy inside. The relationship between Trix and Mia was also very nice, especially toward the end.
I thought that this was a very sad, but sweet story. Very coming-of-age. The growth of the story was done so well. I thoroughly enjoyed it. I devoured the story in about a day and a half. I am so happy I was sent this book to review because it is sad to me to think that there’s a chance I would have never read it otherwise.
Thanks so much to Emily from Wunderkind PR for working with me and sending me this lovely book to read!
Please pick this one up, guys. You won’t regret it. Be sure to add it to your Goodreads shelves here.
Thanks for reading! (: