Stars, Hide Your Fire
by Kel McDonald
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Pub Date 05 Oct 2021 | Archive Date 27 Sep 2022
Letter Better Publishing Services, Iron Circus Comics
"A resonant graphic novel about the price of growing up—or avoiding it." — FOREWORD
"McDonald's tale blends elements of realism and fantasy into a distinctly modern take on the supernatural." — NATIONAL PUBLIC RADIO
"Strongly recommended for fans of dark fantasy and YA graphic novels." — CEMETERY DANCE
Andrea and Darra live in a dead-end Massachusetts town, making their way through high school with hopeful (but slim) dreams of escape. Everything’s going according to plan until a chance encounter with an otherworldly spirit named Carmen changes everything!
Carmen promises Andrea eternal life, but a mysterious young boy named Liam shows up claiming he had also made a deal with Carmen, and it didn’t go well . . . 100 years ago. Liam must convince his new friends of Carmen’s evil nature before Andrea is tricked into a supernatural bargain that will upend her new life before it even starts.
Average rating from 22 members
This is the story of a fairy doing magic, but this is no old fairy tale, set in a by gone age, but a modern story, with two teens who hate where they are living, and want to get out of town, and travel the world.
And of course, that is what the fairy promises.
But all magic has a price, and the price of this fairy's magic is that if you get something, she takes it from another.
The girls are very real, and this is set in the frustration of the modern world, and when Andrea realizes that the fairy is real, it is all she can do to not want this magic. Even if it means it will mess up her best friend Dacca.
Is it worth the price?
Good, fast story. Well done. I like how stark the town was, vs. the glamor of the fairy, even as she drips poison flowers everywhere she goes.
<em>Thanks to Netgalley for making this book available for an honest review.</em>