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Glow by Amy Kathleen Ryan

Ok, ok… Color me surprised. Glow ended up being a lot more engrossing and entertaining than I expected. Frankly, the market is glutted with teen dramas and post-apocalyptic novels and most of these are just trash.

(That’s what happens when you demand quantity, not quality, you dick publishing companies!) Glow

But I digress, Glow flips POVs between Waverly Marshall and Kieran Alden. They have been pretty much betrothed to each other from day one, but when Kieren proposes to Waverly shit gets real. They’re only fifteen, but such young matches are encouraged by their fertility-troubled parents. K&W are part of the first generation successfully conceived in deep space and onboard the Empyrean you’re expected to start early for the benefit of the human race. Gotta have a population to help colonize the new earth, right?

The real problems start when the companion ship, New Horizon, gets too close for comfort. As it turns out, they ARE there for their own nefarious purposes–ALL the girls are abducted and most of Empyrean’s adults are killed or out of commission. That leaves Kieran and the boys alone to man the ship in a kind of intergalactic Lord of the Flies-type scenario. And as for what Waverly experiences onboard the New Horizon… Let’s just say she probably would rather face a nuclear meltdown…

I really enjoyed this book and I’ve totally lucked out on space reads this year. This one is really well done and it moves away from the typical YA fiction trends. It was one of those stories I could read without my finger marking where the next chapter is… *sigh* Seven more pages to go…

I’ll definitely be reading Spark when I can get my hands on it!

4 nebulas of 5


The Accidental Santera by Irete Lazo

BAM! I’ve been able to squeeze in a decent amount of reading time lately, and although I have an extensive reading list because I stumble across so many interesting things at work, I fished this little baby off of the $2 cart and couldn’t resist. The Accidental Santera by Irete Lazo details  female scientist Gabrielle Segovia’s journey into the forbidden world of the Santeria religion. Mystical. Magical. Ooooh. Voodoo. Animal sacrifices. Eww… 

I DON’T PRACTICE SANTERIA, I AIN’T GOT NO CRYSTAL BALL…. Ok, ok, I’m done joking now. (And please, you know you thought it too.)

The main thread in the book was that Dr. Segovia desperately wanted children, but had been unable to conceive with her husband Benito for years. She kept experiencing miscarriages, as well as phantom hand movement and vivid dreams during the night. One conference trip to New Orleans with her best friend, and margarita-fueled near indiscretion with a sexy Spaniard causes her to realize her life isn’t going exactly as planned. Enter, la botanica (or grocery store for herbs/potions/and sacrificial animals). One spontaneous venture into the magic shop and BOOM! Enter Santeria by way of her long lost family.

I will say, I was really surprised by this book. I’m am a book snob in a lot of ways, and it is common for me to turn up my nose at a book simply because it’s in a sale bin. It can’t be good if it’s a bargain, right? Wrong.

The Accidental Santera thoroughly engrossed me, from beginning to end. It was fascinating to learn about such a taboo religion from the eyes of a logical, modern female. (Ok, and I had a bit of twisted interest in the whole animal sacrifice thing. What the heck’s that all about?) It was cool to read about her journey from beginning to end, and I will say that I eventually ended up admiring Gabrielle’s connectivity with her new-found religion. I envy her in having something strong and spiritual to believe in. I also liked the way the religion honored the feminine aspect of the divine. The story was kept moving by not only Gabrielle’s inner turmoil, but as well as the fact that each of the supporting characters were interesting in their own right.

I will say that in my infinite blondeness, I went through the whole book believing that the author was writing directly about her own life story. Not so. This book is loosely based on her own experiences I’m sure, since Lazo is a scientist as well as a practicing santera, but Dr. Segovia is a made up character. Imagine my disappointment.

 The only other thing that was a bit off was that, although I realize the book is about a      Hispanic woman, there was a decent amount of Spanish sprinkled in for the average        American reader. Lazo does a good job explaining it, but I will say that during some       conversations if I hadn’t taken Spanish in college, I would’ve had no idea what they         were talking about…

But all in all, I would definitely recommend The Accidental Santera for a quick read.

4 of 5 stars

(Alter to Yemaya, Goddess of the Sea and Motherhood)