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Book Review: Daughters of Jubilation

From the award-winning author of The Truth of Right Now comes a stunning, grounded fantasy in the vein of Dread Nation that follows 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.

I received a free digital copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

This book has so many trigger warnings I can’t even start. Rape, Racial Slurs, Racism, Violence, etc. It was incredibly hard to read at times, but it was still a pretty phenomenal book. 

This is the kind of book that breaks your heart and makes you feel so hopeless. The characters were so well thought out and the mother daughter relationship felt more real than most do. It reminded me a lot of my own relationship with my mother. 

Overall, this was a powerful read but not an easy one. I cried a lot and even now I am at a loss for words on what to say about it. It was heartbreakingly great. 

Thank you kindly to the author, the publisher, and NetGalley for this review copy.

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