Magical Reads Monday: The Mirror Season

Hi, y’all!

A bit of a small change has come. Mondays on Belle’s Archive are now going to be dedicated to talking about books with MAGIC! I’m very excited to be highlighting some of my most anticipated and/or favorite Fantasy reads, and I hope you’re just as excited as I am to scream about these books.

Up today, I am highlighting The Mirror Season by Anna-Marie McLemore! I am currently reading and loving this book, so I hope y’all add it to your TBR and/or pick up a copy of the book if you’ve yet to already.


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The Mirror Season
by Anna-Marie McLemore
Published by Feiwel & Friends
Released on March 16th, 2021
YOUNG ADULT FICTION—Fantasy > Magical Realism, Contemporary, Retellings > The Snow Queen

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Representation: Pansexual, Lesbian, Queer, mlm relationship(s), flf relationship(s), Mexican, Latinx, Gay

Trigger/Content Warning(s): Ableism, Blood, Body Shaming, Bullying, Drugging, Emesis, Panphobia, PTSD, Racism, Sexual assault (on-page/major theme), Slut Shaming, Trauma, Victim Blaming/Shaming, Violence


An unforgettable story of trauma and healing, told in achingly beautiful prose with great tenderness and care. —#1 New York Times-bestselling author Karen M. McManus.

When two teens discover that they were both sexually assaulted at the same party, they develop a cautious friendship through her family’s possibly magical pastelería, his secret forest of otherworldly trees, and the swallows returning to their hometown, in Anna-Marie McLemore’s The Mirror Season

Graciela Cristales’s whole world changes after she and a boy she barely knows are assaulted at the same party. She loses her gift for making enchanted pan dulce. Neighborhood trees vanish overnight, while mirrored glass appears, bringing reckless magic with it. And Ciela is haunted by what happened to her, and what happened to the boy whose name she never learned.

But when the boy, Lock, shows up at Ciela’s school, he has no memory of that night, and no clue that a single piece of mirrored glass is taking his life apart. Ciela decides to help him, which means hiding the truth about that night. Because Ciela knows who assaulted her, and him. And she knows that her survival, and his, depend on no one finding out what really happened.

 The fleck of glass blurs my vision. It turns my bedspread and walls into a watercolor. It turns the two felted dolls my abuela made me into a wash of brown and pink. Bust I still can’t find it.

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DELETEAnna-Marie McLemore (they/them) was born in the foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains and taught by their family to hear la llorona in the Santa Ana winds. They are the author of THE WEIGHT OF FEATHERS, a finalist for the 2016 William C. Morris Debut Award; 2017 Stonewall Honor Book WHEN THE MOON WAS OURS, which was longlisted for the National Book Award in Young People’s Literature; WILD BEAUTY, a Kirkus Best Book of 2017; and BLANCA & ROJA, a New York Times Book Review Editors’ Choice. DARK AND DEEPEST RED, a reimagining of The Red Shoes based on true medieval events, is forthcoming in January 2020.

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