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Every sixteen-year-old girl yearns for something she can't have, but Celeste wants things that live beyond a simple wish. And rightly so--she's the Witch of Stars, daughter of the Spirit, and can conjure anything she wants with nothing more than a thought. Her gift, however, comes at a price: it drains her mother's power, leaving her visibly weak and affected. So Celeste stifles herself, effectively negating her birthright to uphold the status quo of the loving family she's always craved. But as she grows closer to the sisters she's been taught to fear, and the demon boy she was never supposed to love, she must go outside her family and her home to truly understand herself and what she can do.
There are so many interesting things going on in this book. The five Poisons, daughters of the elements, are girls constantly forced to cope, not only with their powers and each other, but with mothers who draw a fascinating parallel between the concept of "Mother Nature" as a supposedly benevolent, sacred entity and the reality of neutral, uncaring, destructive elements; that the Poisons are born of them indicates the the ability of the elements to arbitrarily produce both good and evil. Each girl has her own way of dealing with her surroundings, in ways that are very relatable and significant to real world teens. Still, the reader is never allowed to forget that THIS world is magical, with all the dangers and temptations inherent to the pursuit of absolute power.
This book does a lovely job of transporting readers to a dark and visceral magical world, all the while forcing them to confront some very earthly truths about familial repression, filial responsibility, loyalty, and self-discovery. It is a book about magic and demons, but it is also about carving your destiny from a world that would rather see you fall in line. It's about redefining what "family" means to you. And, most importantly, it's about a girl taught to fear her own strength, who must overcome that fear and embrace who she is--not who she's told she must be. Julie Hutchings handles these themes frankly, yet still manages to deliver them wrapped in beautiful imagery, unique magic, and strong voices, all topped with an unpredictable ending as shockingly gory as the lead up was darkly exquisite.
Above all, The Wind Between Worlds is a study in what it means to truly want something, beyond cravings, wishes, or desires, and living with the consequences of finally getting it. I recommend this gorgeous book to anyone looking for a dark, engaging, and magical read.
I'm an avid YA reader, and within the first few pages, I knew that The Wind Between Worlds was not going to be my cup of tea. The premise, however? Outstanding. I mean, uber-powerful teenage girls? Dark and twisted magic system? Complex characters? Plot twists upon plot twists? Sign me up.
But the very moment a certain someone was described? Red Alert on the romance angle. It was a pretty good romance as far as they go, with a tense and weighty build that echoed through the entire plot and affected the story itself. But--and putting this lightly--I’m not a romance fan. Especially with the “I love you more than anything ever even though I met you three weeks ago” style that’s in most of the YA fantasies. If you’re into that, come see this book. You’ll enjoy it. It’s intense. (also their ship name is starlust im calling it right now)
As the description suggests, maternal relationships are key. I didn’t really get the sisterly vibe, but hopefully that’s going to be featured in the sequel. The mothers in this book were... twisted? Not sure how to explain it. But they're not good people. And somehow I could see my own mother--a very supportive and wonderful woman--in them at times. The relationships in this story are masterful to say the least. As in--carved in my memory and used as reference masterful.
To avoid going into the Spoiler Zone, I’ll stop here. Overall, it was a solid read. Not my favorite type of writing but that’s a personal opinion. If you want a unique and female-led read, I’d ask you to check this one out. The snark should appeal to fans of Whedon/Superhero humor. Or fans of internet poetry, because that’s Hutchings’ prose. And Lux’s dialogue. (He’s lowkey the Darkling, okay?)
I admit, YA isn't my usual genre these days, though fantasy is, so when I was offered the chance to read this, I was really excited!
Ms. Hutchings has created a truly fantastical and unique world, and though it took me a little time to get into the story and reacquaint myself with YA, once it got its hooks in me I couldn't put it down. The magic system is unlike anything I've ever read, and I've read a lot of books with magic.
Some of the characters blended together at first -- which was what slowed me down initially -- but Celeste is a complicated, tragic character and you can't help but root for her to overcome the pile of crap she's got in front of her.