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Firekeeper's Daughter

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Overall, I give this a solid three star rating. I am typically not much of a YA reader so I had to remind myself several times throughout why the writing/dialogue was the way it was because for me, it was not good dialogue. However, I LOVE Native American fiction and will always jump at the chance to read a new book, especially one that Tommy Orange acclaims so much! I think there was a bit that was probably shored up before the full publication of the book as well, so I don't want to critique that too much. I have recommended this book to a few friends and to my fifteen year old daughter as well.
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Full review to be posted soonish.

I would like to thank the publisher and netgalley for providing me a free copy in exchange for an honest review.
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Firekeeper’s Daughter by Angeline Boulley is a captivating mystery that embeds the reader into the Ojibwe world of Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan and Ontario and Sugar Island. Daunis’s deceased father was an Ojibwe hockey player and her mother is from a wealthy, influential white family. She’s just finished high school and instead of following her dream of studying premed at the University of Michigan, she’s staying home after the death of her uncle and her grandmother’s stroke to be with her mother. She can’t avoid the meth crisis that’s hit her community and taken the lives of people she loves. The mystery is phenomenal, but it’s the view of native culture and the issues facing her tribe that make this special.
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Did not realize that this was only part of the book, but will definitely be finishing it later! Although a bit predictable for general fiction, I thought that this was a very solid YA fiction with grounded historic background and setting.
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Such a good read. Love the diversity of this book  and it was a lovely thrilling read. Can’t wait to get the physical copy
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It was only a passage, but what a passage. The writing moves through you, with its own best. The imagery it evokes is wonderful. The representation, long overdue, is fantastic. Will purchase the book and read the full
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Captivating and insightful, it's easy to see why this book is one of the most anticipated reads of the year. The mystery is compelling and I just couldn't put it down. I can't wait to get the full version!
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The start to this is a little slow, but the inciting incident is great. Definitely excited to read the rest of the book. The main character seems complex and interesting and so do the supporting characters, like the love interest and the grandmas.
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This is a solid YA mystery.  I loved the main character and connected with her immediately.  I knew this would start with a murder but the circumstances really shocked me! The writing style and format was easy to read and follow and I loved how the author interweaved the main characters personal struggles with the overarching mystery.  I cannot wait to see this as a show!!
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I am writing this review after reading a digital excerpt I received from Netgalley.

This book is off to an interesting start as the main character, Daunis, navigates her white and Ojibwe heritage and complex family background as well as hockey culture, grief, and substance abuse issues. This book is off to a very interesting start and all of the characters of different backgrounds are set up well. I think this book will be worth the read. My only criticism is that some of the Native American words are not always explained so it can be confusing at times.
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I read both the sampler chapters and the full book and I can honestly say this is such a powerhouse of a novel. Highly recommend!
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This was an excerpt of Firekeeper's Daughter, but it made me so excited to get my hands on the finished copy! So far I'd rate FKD 4 stars, so I can't wait to see if the story changes my rating later!
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I only had a sample but I bought the book and it was incredible. Perfect for grade 12. Taught so much without feeling didactic.
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I like the pacing of the story and the way characters are introduced, but for some reason, it felt a bit confusing, which could possibly be better if the entire book is read, instead of only a sneak peek.
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Gorgeous writing and a deep dive into Ojibwe language and culture make this #ownvoices debut a stunner. This is a big, ambitious book that blends a high-stakes crime story with young romance while also exploring serious topical issues around addiction, sexual violence, racism and more. Biracial teen Daunis Fontaine is a compelling protagonist and her journey is one readers will breathlessly follow into surprising, often heartrending places. Author Angeline Boulley is definitely one to watch.
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Wow. What an amazing read and exquisite debut. This book is powerful. I loved the characters, they were extremely well written and the plot is something else. I'm at a loss for words but I highly recommend it.
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THIS BOOK WAS BEYOND AMAZING

I reeeeeally liked this one! It is definitely one of my favorites of 2021 so far! The author is magical with her way of words and I adored the story. Could not recommend this book more.
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4.5 stars. 

This book was truly a masterpiece.

My first thoughts while reading this book was that I love how the author was able to seamlessly weave in information about Ojibwe culture. I felt that I learned so much about this specific Indigenous culture in under 500 pages. Not only did a learn a lot, but the author made a point to shed light to some of the disturbing and disheartening challenges that Indigenous peoples endured in the past and still endure to this day. She did this in a way that made me feel for the characters in the book and want to somehow help them find justice.

I am pleased to see the author include instances that represent harsh realities of the violence against Indigenous women. It is a topic that needs to be talked about more, which is why I applaud Boulley for integrating this topic in a real way that’s shows the audience the realities of many Indigenous women.

The main character, Daunis, is mixed race as well, so there is a lot of discussion about identity and the feeling of being pulled in two different directions. Family was also a major theme in this book and how even the people closest to you can keep massive secrets or even betray you.

Another major theme in this story is love. The complexity of Daunis and Jamie’s relationship is at the forefront of this book as well. Daunis gets pulled into an FBI investigation as a confidential informant and fake dates Jamie since he is undercover. They are both trying to balance their feelings for each other and at the job at hand, trying not to get too mixed up in what is real and what is fake.

I loved how accessible this book was as well. It is YA, so hopefully it will get into the hands of many young people. This book talks about so many important topics, and I appreciate Boulley’s writing that is so raw and real. I hope to continue to read works by Indigenous peoples and amplify Indigenous voices.

The only reason I am choosing to give this book 4.5 stars instead of 5 is that I felt that the book was a tad too long for my personal taste. However, I don’t want to say the book was slow or boring or any of that. It’s just based on my own personal preference!

Another reason for knocking off half a star is that I wish there were trigger warnings for rape, sexual assault, murder/death. Some of these scenes took me by surprise and I wish the beginning of the book had the trigger warning. 

Thank you for the opportunity to read this book and I loved it so much that I went out and bought myself a copy for my personal library!
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Daunis is used to her life being complicated. Ojibwe on her father’s side and French on her mother’s, she has learned to move as seamlessly as she can between those two worlds even if neither of them fully embrace her. When she is the sole witness of a drug fueled murder involving a tribal member she is approached by the authorities who hope to capitalize on her tribal connections and have her act as a confidential informant. Torn between her desire for justice and her commitment to her Native community, Daunis must decide how far she is willing to go and where her loyalties lie. This powerful #OwnVoices debut novel blends tough topics like identity, grief, the opioid crisis, and violence against Indigenous women with a suspenseful and intricately plotted mystery/thriller, all while highlighting Ojibwe language and culture. I was so excited for this to be published the moment I heard about it, and it dis not disappoint!!! Daunis is an amazing protagonist, who will stay with you long after you turn the last page. 

Thank you to NetGalley for the advanced reader copy.
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I cannot remember the last time I DEVOURED a book like I did Firekeeper's Daughter. I was hooked by the Netgalley sample and immediately ran out to buy the full book, which I finished in just a few hours. Boulley has done an incredible job of creating a fully dimensional, richly complex protagonist in Daunis. Perhaps my favorite part of this book was how seamlessly and authentically Boulley wove Ojibwe traditions into the story. I loved getting a glimpse into this culture in a way that felt natural and real, rather than being watered down or simplified for a non-Native audience.
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