On Tour: Elysium Girls

I’m so happy to finally gush about Elysium Girls! It’s a truly unique YA historical fantasy set during The Dust Bowl in Oklahoma about a gang of girls trying to save their corner of the world in a game between Life and Death.

About Elysium Girls:

I received this book for free from Fantastic Flying Book Club in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

On Tour: Elysium GirlsTitle: Elysium Girls
Author: Kate Pentecost
Pub. Date: April 14, 2020
Publisher Disney-Hyperion
Genres: Fantasy, Historical, W/W, Young Adult
Format: ebook
Pages: 400
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In this sweeping Dust Bowl-inspired fantasy, a ten-year game between Life and Death pits the walled Oklahoma city of Elysium-including a girl gang of witches and a demon who longs for humanity-against the supernatural in order to judge mankind.
When Sal is named Successor to Mother Morevna, a powerful witch and leader of Elysium, she jumps at the chance to prove herself to the town. Ever since she was a kid, Sal has been plagued by false visions of rain, and though people think she's a liar, she knows she's a leader. Even the arrival of enigmatic outsider Asa-a human-obsessed demon in disguise-doesn't shake her confidence in her ability. Until a terrible mistake results in both Sal and Asa's exile into the Desert of Dust and Steel.
Face-to-face with a brutal, unforgiving landscape, Sal and Asa join a gang of girls headed by another Elysium exile-and young witch herself-Olivia Rosales. In order to atone for their mistake, they create a cavalry of magic powered, scrap metal horses to save Elysium from the coming apocalypse. But Sal, Asa, and Olivia must do more than simply tip the scales in Elysium's favor-only by reinventing the rules can they beat the Life and Death at their own game.

IMHO: Elysium Girls

I don’t even know where to start with Elysium Girls. I LOVED IT. From the very beginning, to the very end and gladly read the acknowledgements. It’s the best kind of thing I’m always looking for and like nothing I’ve ever read before.

  • Engrossing
  • Atmospheric
  • Girls liking girls!
  • TWO couples of girls liking girls.
  • Witches being witchy and spells
  • Bullying
  • Found family
  • One of our main squad is Comanche Indian, indigenous in the area of Oklahoma. There are mentions of the residential schools
  • Mechanical horses!
  • Daemon who quickly became my second favorite.
  • Love the all girl gang! Kicking butt and taking names
  • There were moments of “OMG PPL I KNOW SOMETHING YOU DON’T” But it hyped up the tension and suspense and it wasn’t something they missed.
  • Totally bought the red herring right up before the reveal
  • Great for all YA lovers and the younger teens as well.


5 Stars all the way. There’s nothing about this I didn’t like. I can’t think of comp titles but it’s girl power, queer, and fantastical. I’ll def be following Pentecost for more releases!


Favorite Quotes from Elysium Girls:

We had no way of knowing then that They were.


But that only works when the village wants her. And after everything that had happened, Elysium, Oklahoma, did not want me.


Humans, he had noticed, were oddly change-resistant, and if there were one thing they hated, it was a messenger.


He could feel the crawl of minutes, maggots over the cooling corpse of this world.


Asa had fallen off the playing board, and it seems as though his absence wasn’t even felt.


“You weren’t what I was looking for. But you were what I needed.”



“And now they want to pick a fight when we try to leave,” Olivia said. “Typical men.”




About the Author:

About Kate Pentecost

Kate Pentecost Author Picture
Kate Pentecost was born and raised on the Texas/Louisiana border, where ghosts and rural legends lurk in the pines and nothing is completely as it seems.
She holds an MFA in Writing for Children &Young Adults from Vermont College of Fine Arts. She was recently nominated for a Rhysling award for her poem "Small Town Witches."
Her debut novel, Elysium Girls, is forthcoming from Disney Hyperion in 2020 in print and audio formats.
She is obsessed with the Romantic Poets and can be identified by the enormous tattoo of Percy Bysshe Shelley on her arm. She lives in Houston (H-Town, Space City, etc.)


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Ends: 22nd April 2020

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Tour Schedule:

April 8th

April 9th

Kait Plus Books – Mood Board
Sometimes Leelynn Reads – Review + Playlist + Dream Cast
Bookishaestha – Review + Dream Cast + Favourite Quotes

April 10th

Bibliobibuli YA – Top 5 or 10 List
Moonlight Rendezvous – Review + Favourite Quotes
Camillea Reads – Review
Allisa White’s Book Blog – Review + Favourite Quotes

April 11th

NovelKnight – Meet The Characters
A Court of Coffee and Books – Review + Favourite Quotes
The Layaway Dragon – Review + Favourite Quotes
Captivated Reading – Review

April 12th

A Book Addict’s Bookshelves – Top 5 or 10 List
L.M. Durand – Review
Shelf-Rated – Review + Favourite Quotes
The Perks of Being Noura – Review + Favourite Quotes

April 13th

Wishful Endings – Interview
The Reading Life – Deleted Scenes
Foals, Fiction & Filigree – Review + Favourite Quotes
The Paperback Voyager – Review + Favourite Quotes

April 14th

Utopia State of Mind – Official Book Playlist
Dazzled by Books – Review
Books.Bags.Burgers – Review + Playlist
Book-Keeping – Review


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