When The Moon Was Ours: A Novel by Anna-marie MclemoreWhen The Moon Was Ours: A Novel by Anna-marie Mclemore

When The Moon Was Ours: A Novel

byAnna-marie Mclemore

Paperback | February 13, 2018

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From the author of The Weight of Feathers comes a young adult novel about a girl hiding the truth, a boy with secrets from his past, and four sisters who could ruin them both.

Recipient of a Stonewall Honor and longlisted for the National Book Award, McLemore delivers a second stunning and utterly romantic novel, again tinged with magic.

To everyone who knows them, best friends Miel and Sam are as strange as they are inseparable. Roses grow out of Miel's wrist, and rumors say that she spilled out of a water tower when she was five. Sam is known for the moons he paints and hangs in the trees and for how little anyone knows about his life before he and his mother moved to town. But as odd as everyone considers Miel and Sam, even they stay away from the Bonner girls, four beautiful sisters rumored to be witches. Now they want the roses that grow from Miel's skin, convinced that their scent can make anyone fall in love. And they're willing to use every secret Miel has fought to protect to make sure she gives them up.

Atmospheric, dynamic, and packed with gorgeous prose, When the Moon Was Ours is another winner from this talented author.

ANNA-MARIE MCLEMORE was born in the foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains, raised in the same town as the world's largest wisteria vine, and taught by her family to hear la llorona in the Santa Ana winds. She is the author of The Weight of Feathers, When the Moon Was Ours, and Wild Beauty.
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Title:When The Moon Was Ours: A NovelFormat:PaperbackDimensions:288 pages, 8.27 × 5.54 × 0.78 inPublished:February 13, 2018Publisher:St. Martin's PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1250160103

ISBN - 13:9781250160102

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Review: When the Moon Was Ours by Anna-Marie McLemore **Review courtesy of All Things Urban Fantasy** WHEN THE MOON WAS OURS is an important, excellently-crafted novel. If you love magical realism, you’ll gorge yourself on metaphors, similes, and imagery. However, like most magical realism books, WHEN THE MOON WAS OURS is heavy on emotional growth but light on plot. Both main characters are people of colour and have been shaped by their familial histories. Miel, with the rose that grows on her wrist, that her family hated and feared. Sam, who knows he’s a boy but still worries that his mother expects this to be a phase. Both Miel and Sam are wonderfully realistic. They worry, keep secrets, and lash out. But they also love each other, and each will protect the other no matter what. The book is written like a fairytale. The sentences are delicate. The imagery is loaded into every words. Everything is mystical and beautiful...but not necessarily clear. The villains of the novel are the Bonner sisters. Four beautiful siblings that seems to have the power to enthrall any man. They are hated, feared, and loved. And I’m still not sure I entirely understood them. What stopped this from being a perfect novel was the ending. Miel spends the entire novel letting things happen to her. Her fear of pumpkins, of enclosed spaces, and of the Bonner sisters are never truly resolved. While she does stand up to the Bonner sisters, it’s a hollow victory. Another issue, which I need to be careful about phrasing since it’s huge book spoilers, two female POC take on Caucasian traits by the end of the novel. It’s not their choice, but it still seems to complete them. With so many rich, interesting characters, this was an uncomfortable way to end their journey.
Date published: 2018-01-22

Editorial Reviews

A Kirkus Best Book of 2016A Booklist Editor's Choice"With luminous prose infused with Latino folklore and magical realism, this mixes fairy-tale ingredients with the elegance of a love story, with all of it rooted in a deeply real sense of humanity. Lovely, necessary, and true." -Booklist (starred) "McLemore mesmerizes once again with a lush narrative set at the thresholds of identity, family, and devotion... Readers will be ensnared in this ethereal narrative long before they even realize the net has been cast." -Kirkus (starred)"Readers who stick with this novel will be rewarded with a love story that is as endearingly old-fashioned as it is modern and as fantastical as it is real." -School Library Journal (starred) "It is a story of secrets, and of speaking them, and the power of saying-and living-your truth, without fear." -Lambda Literary"McElmore blends magical elements with a culturally vibrant cast to create a haunting modern fairy tale...Lush, reverential language remains a hallmark of McElmore's work... Readers interested in gender identity and the pull of family and history will find this to be an engrossing exploration of these and other powerful themes." -Publishers Weekly "McLemore's lush writing gives way to a necessary tale of love and truth that spans across gender, sexuality, and even ethnicity-all with just a hint of magic." -Nivea Serrao for Entertainment Weekly"You've never read a book quite like this one...The story is lush, sexy, and ethereal, making you feel like you've been enraptured by some old fairy tale that, strangely, feels completely modern at the same time." -Bustle"One of the most delightfully unusual YA fantasy novels of the past year. There's dark magic, deep friendship, and queer romance bound together by a lovely, well-written narrative." -Tor.com"McLemore dances deftly across genres, uniquely weaving glistening strands of culture, myth, dream, mystery, love, and gender identity to create a tale that resonated to my core. It's that rare kind of book that you want to read slowly, deliciously, savoring every exquisite sentence. I adored this book." -Laura Resau,Américas Award Winning Author of Red Glass and The Queen of Water"Lushly written and surprisingly suspenseful, this magical tale is not just a love story, but a story of the secrets we keep and the lies we tell, and the courage it takes to reveal our authentic selves to each other and to the world." -Laura Ruby, Printz Award Winning-Author of Bone GapEthereal and beguiling... The enchanting setup and the forbidden romance that blooms between these two outcasts will quickly draw readers in, along with the steady unspooling of the families' history and mutual suspicions in this promising first novel. -Publishers Weekly on The Weight of FeathersTold with skillful poetic nuances, this Romeo-and-Juliet story of forbidden love will entice fans of Maggie Stiefvater's "Raven Cycle" who wished for a little more romance." -School Library Journal on The Weight of FeathersA very imaginative modern-day romance akin to Romeo and Juliet and is infused with the whimsy of magical realism. -RT Book Reviews on The Weight of FeathersReaders beguiled by the languorous language...will find themselves falling under its spell...A contemporary, magical take on an ever compelling theme. -Kirkus Reviews on The Weight of Feathers""Scales and feathers touch and burn in McLemore's stunning debut. The beauty of the language wraps around you, not letting go until long after the final page."-Jaleigh Johnson, New York Times bestselling author of The Mark of the Dragonfly and Secrets of Solace onThe Weight of FeathersEdit