Published: January 11st 2016Length: 177 pages
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….
I’m so bad. I got this book to review at like the beginning to the middle of this month. But I didn’t pick up the book until today (to read it) and I’m writing this review like 2 hours before I have to be at work. :/
Sante Muerte was a quick read for me. It kept my attention even though it’s a short book it still had a lot going on. But at the same time not too much going on. There were things I liked about the book and things I was like meh.
- Time Travel – it was well done and explained clearly rather than being like here’s some time travel just accept it
- Diversity – the mc is half Mexican + half Italian with two moms
- Witches/Brujas – I loved reading about them in the book…it was a very much so American-ish book but combined with Mexican folklore/culture
- Women – the book was mostly women characters and all of them were pretty badass
- Quick read – I probably read this in 2ish hours…I started a bit after I got up, read for a while until I had to get ready, read some more on the bus and finished it at school like half and hour before my first class.
- Lack of romance – the book was very much focused on the mc + discovering herself/ her adventure…a very well come change from the typically romance in an adventure/fantasy book
- Rapey – there were like 5 mcharactersters in the book. and two of them were like i’m going to rape you and most if not all of them gave me weird vibes and I was like ewwww
- biphobia (sort of) – the beginning of the book, the mc’s grandmother is biphobic to the mc’s mother…which wasn’t actually biphobia (the reason why is spoilers so I made the text white..highlight the following parts to get the spoilers – i’m pretty sure there’s a hide spoiler thing but I can’t find it rn)
- …the grandmother didn’t like that her daughter was with human
- Suicide – the mc tries to commit suicide and idk…if felt a bit unnecessary to be but it also kinda works in the long run
- Length – I enjoyed/liked the length of the book but at the same time I wish there was more
- Abuse – there were multiple versions/variations of abuse in the book..it sort of made sense in the book but doesn’t mean I have to like it (spoilery kinda a thing in the bullet point below…highlight it if you want to see it)
- idk but I kept feeling like luico (whatever his name was..aka the dude being rapey with the mc) would be the mc’s father…i mean at the end of the book it says that she’s half whatever her mother/grandmother and half something else) & that he doesn’t know she is. I really hope he isn’t….
I’m sure there’s more but I can’t it of it rn….also it maybe more more problematic things…i just didn’t see them or realize it was.
All in all, it was a good book and I rated it 3 stars.