‘”Do you feel it?” The woman released her chin. Blue nodded. Like September, when the sunlight began to shift and in the middle of wildflowers she could feel the winter coming. A certainty lodged inside her, down in her feet within the cradle of her boots. Her feet knew where to go.’
‘Riley has wrestled with her own demons ever since the loss of her mother to cancer. But when she encounters a beautiful devil at her town crossroads, it’s her runaway sister’s soul she fights to save. The devil steals Blue’s voice–inherited from her musically gifted mother–in exchange for a single shot at finding Cass. Armed with her mother’s guitar, a knapsack of cherished mementos and a pair of magical boots, Blue journeys west in search of her sister. When the devil changes the terms of their deal, Blue must reevaluate her understanding of good and evil and open herself up to finding family in unexpected places.’
Books have the power to lift you out of your life and give you a sense of escape. They can also mirror life; show you the way; provide answers and hope and strength. And sometimes when the world seems to have gone completely batshit crazy, a book like that is exactly what you need.
Devil and the Bluebird by Jennifer Mason-Black (Amulet Books) was the book I was reading when the Brexit fallout began. And as I read it I found passages that chimed with me and echoed how I was feeling and how I wanted to go forward. It celebrates the power of creativity and self-expression. It says never give up your voice. It says you are not alone. Books are clever like that. You can find yourself in them and they can help you find a way forward.
“Never accept a deal without knowing everything. Once you give away your voice, Bluebird, you give away your rights.”
Devil and the Bluebird is smart, quirky, beautifully written and full of wisdom. It also contains the most fantastically diverse cast of characters I have read in a long time. And all this in a debut. I can’t wait to see what Jennifer Mason-Black creates next.
Source – kindly sent for review by Amulet Books (Abrams)
You can get your copy here.