When The Moon Was Ours by Anna-Marie McLemore

“To everyone who knows them, best friends Miel and Sam are as strange as they are inseparable. Roses grow out of Miel’s wrist, and rumors say that she spilled out of a water tower when she was five. Sam is known for the moons he paints and hangs in the trees, and for how little anyone knows about his life before he and his mother moved to town. But as odd as everyone considers Miel and Sam, even they stay away from the Bonner girls, four beautiful sisters rumored to be witches. Now they want the roses that grow from Miel’s skin, convinced that their scent can make anyone fall in love. And they’re willing to use every secret Miel has fought to protect to make sure she gives them up.”

Hey guys! Meaghan here again with another review!

First off, I would like to thank the publisher and author for providing me this ARC to review. Please note that the version I read was an advanced copy, and certain events/language may be changed in the published edition.

Stars (Out of 10): 5/10 Stars

Overall Thoughts: This was a wonderfully whimsical and quirky novel, and delved into some pretty important social issues, but it just wasn’t my cup of tea. While by the end I was fairly invested into the story, the awkward beginning and getting used to the writing style did throw me off quite a bit. While the plot was pretty good and kept me hooked, I couldn’t really connect with any of the characters myself, and it made me feel quite detached for most of the book. However, the work and dedication and love put into this book is quite clear, especially from the author’s note, dedication, and acknowledgements.

The Good: A unique and whimsical way of storytelling, an interesting plots with clear closure and a few twists, and a nice diversity in cast members.

The Bad: Writing style is tough to get into at first, some points of the plot did tend to feel a tad straightforward, and the introduction was a tad quick and seemed to jump straight into the story.

SPOILERS BEGIN HERE

The Characters: I felt that while the characters were built and created very well, all with real issues and real flaws, I wasn’t able to truly connect with them. However, the diversity in cast was a great thing to see, and I liked that while any LGBT characteristics were important to the characters, it was not the only thing of relevance for that character, which is an issue I’ve seen too many times in LGBT based books.

The Plot: This was definitely the part I enjoyed most. We got to unravel both Miel and Sam’s past, present, and future, were able to see them develop quite well throughout the book, even though the span of time it took place over was on the shorter end. However, some parts of the book felt a tad slow/”dead,” and a chapter or two sometimes made me lose interest for a bit.

The Favorite Character: Aracely

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