Wednesday, December 15, 2021

#BookReview: Daughters of Jubilation by @KaraLeeCorthron

Synopsis: Follow a black teen as she finds her place among a family of women gifted with magical abilities.

In the Jim Crow South, white supremacy reigns and tensions are high. But Evalene Deschamps has other things to worry about. She has two little sisters to look after, an overworked single mother, and a longtime crush who is finally making a move.

On top of all that, Evvie’s magic abilities are growing stronger by the day. Her family calls it jubilation—a gift passed down from generations of black women since the time of slavery. And as Evvie’s talents waken, something dark comes loose and threatens to resurface…

And when the demons of Evvie’s past finally shake free, she must embrace her mighty lineage, and summon the power that lies within her.


Rating: 4 Stars
My Review: This one will make you cry! This powerful fantasy story is one for the ages! Black Girl Magic is strong in this one and I loved it! Be warned that this one does have a lot of triggers such as rape, slurs, and violence. I love stories with heritage and family and this one had both.  This story full of dark history and love and family is one that I could not put down and I loved every page. 

From School Library Journal

Gr 9 Up-Evalene has magical powers. Sometimes she can make things move with her mind. Her family calls it the Jublilation. Evalene is descended from powerful Black women who used these powers to survive. One spring in the Jim Crow South, right before Juneteenth, Evalene saves a white family from a falling oak tree after inadvertently causing an earthquake with her powers. Evalene is praised as a hero, when just moments before, she was being threatened by these same people for riding her bike into the "wrong neighborhood." That summer, as Evalene juggles work, family, and her growing relationship with her longtime crush Clay, her growing powers manifest in a big, scary, and life-changing way. Evalene's compelling first-person narrative brings readers effortlessly into her life. This historical fantasy contains elements of romance and sex, some violence, as well as strong language. VERDICT This book by author, TV writer, and playwright Corthron is a well-told, fast-paced story about a teenage girl coming of age, while coming to terms with her family's legacy. A perfect addition to any library's collection.-Ariel Birdoff, New York P.L.α(c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


An Amazon Best Book of the Month
Bustle Most Anticipated Book of October 2020
A Junior Library Guild Selection
Parade Best New Historical Novel of Fall 2020
BuzzFeed YA Book by Black Authors We’re Excited to Read in 2020
Teen Vogue Must-Read Book by Black Authors Coming out in 2020

“A lyrical novel about a young Black woman discovering her power.” —PopSugar

“The exploration of home, and the reflection on how a place where you can’t be safe can nevertheless be called home, is powerful. A compelling story of first love and battling racism with a magical twist.” Kirkus, starred review

“A well-told, fast-paced story about a teenage girl coming of age, while coming to terms with her family’s legacy.” SLJ, starred review

“Corthron brings her writing talent to the realm of YA with a powerful story about a magic-wielding Black teen in the Jim Crow South...Corthron inventively explores America’s heinous racist history while telling the story of a Black teen grappling with a hostile culture on top of ordinary teenage growing pains, like a first crush. Readers swept up by Justina Ireland’s Dread Nation series will gravitate to this historical fantasy, almost as if by magic.” —Booklist

“The legacy of slavery, the persistence of racism, and the intergenerational trauma experienced by Black women and girls are explored with a deft hand. . . . Evvie’s narration is bold and self-assured.” BCCB

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