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.Title: Elysium Girls
Author: Kate Pentecost
Pub. Date: April 14, 2020
Genres: Fantasy, Historical, W/W, Young Adult
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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.
- Girls liking girls!
- TWO couples of girls liking girls.
- Witches being witchy and spells
- 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:
Prize: Win a copy of ELYSIUM GIRLS by Kate Pentecost (US Only)
Starts: 8th April 2020
Ends: 22nd April 2020