Whenever your local librarian highly recommends a book that TJ Klune (author of The House in the Cerulean Sea) calls a transformative marvel, you should probably read that book.
I immediately did, and as someone who has access to whatever she wants to read, this will be a book I come back to over and over. I’m not a particularly fast reader, but I stayed up late and woke up early for four days straight to finish this book. It’s. That. Good.
A space alien has found herself fleeing a galactic war, escaping with her family with a contract to build a Stargate right under the nose of humans in LA. A world-renowned violin teacher must sign over students’ souls to settle her score with the devil. An AI program must deal with what happens when technology goes beyond its programming. And a runaway prodigal violinist finds herself in the middle of it. This book truly has it all.
Oh, and donuts. Did I mention donuts? Take it from me, curl up with a mug of your favorite tea and nibble on a donut while devouring this beautiful novel. You won’t regret it. Trust me.
Way to knock it out of the park with this one @rykaaoki [author Ryka Aoki].
—Griffin Bay Bookstore, Friday Harbor, WA
This book was also heartily recommended by Alyssa at Brick and Mortar Books in Redmond, WA. We thought another glowing recommendation was called for after it won an Alex Award (one of ten adult books “that appeal to teen audiences”) from the American Library Association.