A Tall Dark Trouble

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Pub Date 29 Aug 2023 | Archive Date 31 Aug 2023
Zando Projects, Zando Young Readers

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The Sanchez women aren’t just unlucky in love—they’re cursed. Twins Delfi and Lela are haunted by a malevolent magic that’s followed their family from Cuba to Miami, poisoning any chance at romantic love. It’s no wonder their mother forbids them from magic.

When Lela and Delfi receive premonitions of a mysterious killer targeting witches, however, the sisters must embrace their emerging powers to save innocent lives. Teaming up with their best friend Ethan and brooding detective-in-training Andres, Delfi and Lela set out to catch a murderer on a dangerous hunt that will bring them face to face with the dark secrets of their family’s past.

Meanwhile, in 1980s Cuba, Anita de Armas whispers to the spirits for mercy—not for herself, but for the victims of her mother’s cult. She’s desperate to rid herself of her power, which manifests as inky shadows and an ability to speak to the dead, especially as political tensions rise and Anita’s cult initiation draws near.

Lela, Delfi, and Anita’s stories intertwine in a thrilling fantasy that spans oceans and generations as each woman steps into her power, refusing to be subdued by any person or curse.

The Sanchez women aren’t just unlucky in love—they’re cursed. Twins Delfi and Lela are haunted by a malevolent magic that’s followed their family from Cuba to Miami, poisoning any chance at romantic...

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the cover was beautifully done and I was mesmerized from that cover. It had what I was hoping for from the description and I loved the idea of the curse of the twins. Vanessa Montalban has a great writing style that I was looking for in a good book. It worked well in the fantasy genre and I enjoyed what I read.

"We stand firm in unyielding silence until Sam sighs in surrender. “Okay so, don’t go around saying this stuff, my dad could get into some serious trouble.” We lean in. “But once in a while, he’ll take in undocumented workers for a job or two to help them out. That’s how he started out, too, you know? We just had a crew clean out our refrigeration units. The guy you’re looking for might’ve been part of their team, but that crew isn’t here anymore.”

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This wad absolutely perfect. I simply adored this book and it had me completely enchanted with the story.
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I haven’t read a fantasy YA in a long time and this was a great one to break that streak. The multiple timeslines/POVs kept me gripped.

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I really enjoyed this story. I love the multiple POVs and alternating timelines, it really kept me wanting more. As a parent took twins I always have a soft spot for twin MCs, I enjoyed seeing how different their personalities were. The whole plot was interesting with navigating the mystery, supernatural, and suspense. I would 100% recommend this book.

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this was a really good! I liked the characters, and they were super well-developed. the plot was super cool and fun to read, and the writing was also smooth and easy to understand
highly recommend

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Really enjoyed this book! The dual timelines each told fantastic stories and I loved how everything came together. The pitch-perfect presentation of Cuban history and culture was fantastic. Highly recommend.

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Twins Ofelia and Delfi Sanchez know very little about the magic they carry in their blood. They also don't understand why they are cursed. The Sanchez women will not be able to maintain a romantic relationship. But the curse is now taking a backseat to the premonitions the girls are having of a murder victim. Back in 1980 Cuba, Anita knows her mother is the leader of the powerful coven and is terrified that her fate is also tied to the coven. There is no way for Anita to escape the grasp of the coven, and yet, that is her only desire. How Anita is connected to the murder victims of the twins' premonitions is a truth the twins don't find out until it is nearly to late. A powerful story of family, connections, and curses.

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Vanessa is a amazing. I loved this book so so much. Being a huge fan of practical magic I was dying for another story to be written similar to it. Vanessa definitely delivered. 10/10
Would recommend it. Can’t wait to have this book on my shelf.

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This book was very enjoyable and kept my interest. It read really fast. The characters were interesting and relatable. The story was very compelling and engaging involving witches and cults. The story does deal with Cuba in the 1980s but it is very intergraded with the story. Overall, I really enjoyed this book! I was given this arc from NetGalley, Zando Projects, and Vanessa Montalban for an honest review.

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this latine fantasy was a phenomenal read. this book wove together dual timelines spanning from 80s cuba and modern day florida. i liked the inclusion of spanish throughout and the bond between the sisters.

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For fans of magical fantasy set in interesting locations, this is a book for you. I loved following Ofelia and Delfi through their journey of discovery, as well as learning more about Cuba and it’s culture and history.

The book is fantasy with a dual timeline, between modern day Florida and 1980s Cuba.

One thing that jarred me slightly - and I may be incorrect, so please do correct me if I am!! - is that the present day timeline appeared to be set in around 2016. However, it’s mentioned a few times that El Comandante (aka Castro) is still alive, which is true, but he was only leader until 2008 from what I could tell, so I was a little confused at some historical details.

The Spanish throughout was fairly well done, although I wonder if it may be a little tricky with some words that aren’t really explained with context/translated for any non Spanish speaking readers.

Don’t get me wrong, I did love this book and definitely recommend it! I really enjoyed the historical timeline set in Cuba, and I learned a lot about that part of history, with a bonus magical flair. I was also wildly proud of myself for having an inkling about the ‘twist’ that came at the end 👀 pero qué sorpresa

If you’re interested in Cuba, historical fantasy, or dual timeline novels, this is one you should have on your tbr!

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What an incredibly brilliant, enchanting, whirlwind of a story.

You need to read this immediately!

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A TALL DARK TROUBLE was a fun and magical story that follows Cuban twins, Delfi and Ofelia, who are planning to spend their summer telling fortunes using their (forbidden) bruja magic. Strange things start happening, their magic isn’t working as it should, and the girls suspect that something in their past may be causing their magic to suffer. With the story’s dual timelines, readers are taken from present-day Miami and transported to 1980s Cuba, where the girls Cuban and family history is explored, and together they work to figure out what happened in the past that’s affecting their present. ⁣

This was such a fun story from start to finish. I adored the sisters’ family dynamic and how despite being twins, they couldn’t have been more different. I enjoyed learning about the girls family history and I loved how readers get a little history lesson on Cuba in the 80s. There’s also a bit of romance thrown in along with some thrills and chills, which all blended together to make one fantastic debut. 4.5 stars. Many thanks to @zandoyr and @turnthepagetours for gifting a copy of the book for the tour + gorgeous page overlays!

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This book was full of family and magic!
I loved the author’s use of foreshadowing and the bread crumbs she dropped to string us and the girls along…!

Big thanks to Turn the Page Tours & Zando Books for the ARC!

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