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Nina is a Lipan girl in our world. She's always felt there was something more out there. She still believes in the old stories. Oli is a cottonmouth kid, from the land of spirits and monsters. Like all cottonmouths, he's been cast from home. He's found a new one on the banks of the bottomless lake. Nina and Oli have no idea the other exists. But a catastrophic event on Earth Nina is a Lipan girl in our world. She's always felt there was something more out there. She still believes in the old stories. Oli is a cottonmouth kid, from the land of spirits and monsters. Like all cottonmouths, he's been cast from home. He's found a new one on the banks of the bottomless lake. Nina and Oli have no idea the other exists. But a catastrophic event on Earth, and a strange sickness that befalls Oli's best friend, will drive their worlds together in ways they haven't been in centuries. And there are some who will kill to keep them apart. Darcie Little Badger introduced herself to the world with Elatsoe. In A Snake Falls to Earth, she draws on traditional Lipan Apache storytelling structure to weave another unforgettable tale of monsters, magic, and family. It is not to be missed.


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Nina is a Lipan girl in our world. She's always felt there was something more out there. She still believes in the old stories. Oli is a cottonmouth kid, from the land of spirits and monsters. Like all cottonmouths, he's been cast from home. He's found a new one on the banks of the bottomless lake. Nina and Oli have no idea the other exists. But a catastrophic event on Earth Nina is a Lipan girl in our world. She's always felt there was something more out there. She still believes in the old stories. Oli is a cottonmouth kid, from the land of spirits and monsters. Like all cottonmouths, he's been cast from home. He's found a new one on the banks of the bottomless lake. Nina and Oli have no idea the other exists. But a catastrophic event on Earth, and a strange sickness that befalls Oli's best friend, will drive their worlds together in ways they haven't been in centuries. And there are some who will kill to keep them apart. Darcie Little Badger introduced herself to the world with Elatsoe. In A Snake Falls to Earth, she draws on traditional Lipan Apache storytelling structure to weave another unforgettable tale of monsters, magic, and family. It is not to be missed.

30 review for A Snake Falls to Earth

  1. 5 out of 5

    Jesse bowtiesandbooks

    IT WAS SO GOOD

  2. 5 out of 5

    C.G. Drews

    This book is an actual a soft and wholesome delight. Last year I fell in love with Elatsoe so I needed her next book badly. A Snake Falls To Earth is a gorgeous follow-up. It has a different feel than Elatsoe (the biggest factor being it feels much younger), but it cemented my love for the author's voice and storytelling style. Sometimes you just want to read about soft kids who want to help people and take care of each other and cherish tight-knit friendships above all else. It has two narrators This book is an actual a soft and wholesome delight. Last year I fell in love with Elatsoe so I needed her next book badly. A Snake Falls To Earth is a gorgeous follow-up. It has a different feel than Elatsoe (the biggest factor being it feels much younger), but it cemented my love for the author's voice and storytelling style. Sometimes you just want to read about soft kids who want to help people and take care of each other and cherish tight-knit friendships above all else. It has two narrators in two different worlds. (1) is Nina, a Lipan Apache girl who is a storyteller at heart and loves connecting to her roots and believing in old myths and legends. She lives in our world and her family runs a bookstore and her grandmother's land miiiiight be a crossing between two worlds. (2) is Oli is a cotton mouth snake in an alternate dimension, one of the animal people who can shift shapes at will. He's newly left home and loves reading and has made some unusual friends as he camps in the forest, but when one of his friends gets very sick, he realises the answers lie in earth. Cue -- universes colliding. But gently. Because no loud noises here. I loved both Nina and Oli's stories but I was kind of more invested in Oli. He has a ton of "everyday adventures", from catching voices in jars to meeting his coyote soon-to-be-besties to having a run in with a nonbinary eagle to getting his tail stepped on. It reminded me a lot of my childhood faves of Farthing Wood and Beatrix Potter. Just gentle, cottagecore vibes. He also gets more page time (I think?). While Nina's part was still lovely, as she tries to translate a story from her late great-(great?!?!) indigenous grandma who spoke in a Lipan dialogue Nina didn't know. Plus Nina's half deals a bit more with climate change critiques and hurricanes. It did feel very young, basically middle-grade voice and vibes. Mostly this is because none of the characters had flaws? Everyone was just really kind and curious, and the book kept reassuring the reader that nothing bad would happen, so even when we DID get some high stakes, it all smoothed out easily. So basically -- read this if you need a break from stressful books but also just read it because it's good. I appreciated the change of pace and the comfortable vibes. Other things I liked - Oli basically just avoid confrontation at ALL COSTS and his #1 hobby is napping in the sun...so like, maybe i too am a snake. - I just loved the animal people shapeshifters - the focus definitely is on friendship, and Oli's bond with Risk and Rain (the coyote twins) is super lovely. - there are lowkey monsters in the background - Nina was so chill. 10/10 would like to be her friend. - Nina says she is asexual on page, but Oli also seemed super ace to me! He was pretty much like "marriage seems ok i guess if you meet the right person but idk". BLESS. - lots of homage and love words Lipan Apache culture and the importance of verbal storytelling If you're looking for a book that is both wholesome and comforting, full of heart and storytelling and friendship and chaotic teens on adventures -- this is it!! It was a lovely story and beautifully written. I also listened to the audiobook from NetGalley and really loved the narrator too.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Melissa

    Elatsoe was one of the loveliest literary surprises of 2020 (it's SO GOOD and WEIRD and the our-world-altered worldbuilding is my FAVORITE THING) and now this follow-up is one of my most anticipated of the year. Elatsoe was one of the loveliest literary surprises of 2020 (it's SO GOOD and WEIRD and the our-world-altered worldbuilding is my FAVORITE THING) and now this follow-up is one of my most anticipated of the year.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Bethany

    Actual rating: 3.5 stars rounded up You should know that A Snake Falls to Earth is a very different book from Elatsoe. Both draw on Lipan Apache culture and mythology, but the structure and type of story here is quite different. While there is an overarching plot, a lot of it is made up of a series of vignettes set in the parallel world of the animal people. Nina is a Lipan Apache teen girl trying to translate a story she recorded from her great-grandmother in her native language. Meanwhile Oli i Actual rating: 3.5 stars rounded up You should know that A Snake Falls to Earth is a very different book from Elatsoe. Both draw on Lipan Apache culture and mythology, but the structure and type of story here is quite different. While there is an overarching plot, a lot of it is made up of a series of vignettes set in the parallel world of the animal people. Nina is a Lipan Apache teen girl trying to translate a story she recorded from her great-grandmother in her native language. Meanwhile Oli is a cottonmouth snake who can shapeshift, seeking his place in the world. Their stories run parallel until they ultimately intersect. There was a lot that I loved about this- strong family relationships, friendship, many charming animal side characters, and two individuals trying to figure out how their identities fit into the worlds they inhabit. The pacing isn't traditional so you do have to take your time with it. It's worth noting here that Nina is asexual, but it's not a big part of the narrative, more a casual piece of who she is and how she moves through the world. Where it didn't quite work for me was how convoluted Nina's story became, especially leading to the ending. There was just so much going on in the story already that throwing in some of those added plot points late in the game felt like too much. I see some reviewers talking about how this is a slower book, and it is. That's not for everyone, but I wish it had just leaned into that throughout rather than trying to make things suddenly so dramatic at the end. Your mileage on this is going to vary, but even though some elements didn't quite work for me I'm glad I read it and do think it's worth your time! The audio narration is very good as well. I received an audio review copy of this book via NetGalley. All opinions are my own.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Dawn

    A new book by the author of Elatsoe coming out in 2021??? YES AAAAAA. After Elatsoe I will eat anything this author puts out up like nobody's business. A new book by the author of Elatsoe coming out in 2021??? YES AAAAAA. After Elatsoe I will eat anything this author puts out up like nobody's business.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Anna

    This book is masterful. I think I really had to finish it in order to see it that way because there were moments when reading it where I couldn't figure out where was going, but as a whole finished book, it is full of intensely interesting Indigenous storytelling and a wealth of characters who you want to continuously root for. I will preface my review by saying that you really have to commit to this book. You have to give it the time that it deserves to sink in how important it is. Be patient a This book is masterful. I think I really had to finish it in order to see it that way because there were moments when reading it where I couldn't figure out where was going, but as a whole finished book, it is full of intensely interesting Indigenous storytelling and a wealth of characters who you want to continuously root for. I will preface my review by saying that you really have to commit to this book. You have to give it the time that it deserves to sink in how important it is. Be patient and just allow it to exist and allow it to weave you this complex multifaceted story about an indigenous girl on the hunt to figure out her great-grandmother's story and simultaneously tell you a story about a cottonmouth animal person navigating his way through being on his own and finding his way. So the formatting of this book is a little bit strange and I received a copy from NetGalley as an audiobook and so I'm not sure how this translates into a physical copy, but the chapters are very long and there isn't really a rhyme or reason as to why perspectives switch until like the last 10 chapters. The first chapter is from the perspective of young Nina, who is waiting at the hospital bed of her great-grandmother and trying to connect with her. A great grandmother doesn't speak a lot of English and she tells Nina a Lipan story that gets mistranslated through Nina's translation app. When her great grandmother dies, Nina becomes committed to really translating that story and figuring out what it all means we'll also trying to figure out why her grandma potentially has magic on her land. After you learn a little bit about Nina, it jumps into another point of view from a character named Oli. Oli is an animal person, a cottonmouth snake, and he is being pushed from the nest. He has to go out on his own and learn how to survive in his world. He has some misadventures and some dramatic run-ins but there's also a rag tag little found family element that comes into play and I don't want to give you too many details but just a little teaser that that exists. This book is all about trying to figure out how these two worlds are connected and why we're getting perspectives from an indigenous girl on Earth and cottonmouth snake person in a seemingly alternate earth. I think that if you go into this with an open mind and a patient heart you will be rewarded with an exceptional story. Highly recommend this one. The audio is pretty good it has multiple narrators and each narrator really commits to doing a whole range of voices for all the multitudes of characters. Asexual MC: It is mentioned that Nina is asexual but it's not really a part of the story. There's no romantic subplot at all which was refreshing as hell and Nina's sexuality is only mentioned in passing about being the only other ace.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Rod Brown

    A disappointing follow-up to the terrific Elatsoe. While keeping many of the same elements and wonderful cultural concepts of the Lipan Apache Tribe of Texas, this book splits itself between chapters narrated in the third person about a teen girl in our world and in the first person by a young cottonmouth snake shapeshifter in the realm of animal spirits, and unfortunately the two storylines don't really come together until over halfway through the book. All the prep for that collision is just t A disappointing follow-up to the terrific Elatsoe. While keeping many of the same elements and wonderful cultural concepts of the Lipan Apache Tribe of Texas, this book splits itself between chapters narrated in the third person about a teen girl in our world and in the first person by a young cottonmouth snake shapeshifter in the realm of animal spirits, and unfortunately the two storylines don't really come together until over halfway through the book. All the prep for that collision is just too slow and dull. The characters are likable and things do pick up for the finale, but it leaves way too many loose ends. A sequel might actually be better if it can dispense with all the minutia of world building and character introductions and simply get to some adventuring. Or maybe just spin the adorable coyote sisters off into their own book, and let them have all the fun they want to have.

  8. 5 out of 5

    akacya ♡̷̷ˎˊ

    I received a complimentary review copy from NetGalley and the publisher. This did not affect my rating. Nina is a Lipan girl who believes in the old stories and wants to learn the truth of them. Oli is a cottonmouth kid who’s been cast from home. Neither knows the other exists until tragic incidents occur in both of their lives and they’re driven together by fate. This book has dual POVs which is important in this kind of story. We are able to follow both the events of Earth and the events of Oli’ I received a complimentary review copy from NetGalley and the publisher. This did not affect my rating. Nina is a Lipan girl who believes in the old stories and wants to learn the truth of them. Oli is a cottonmouth kid who’s been cast from home. Neither knows the other exists until tragic incidents occur in both of their lives and they’re driven together by fate. This book has dual POVs which is important in this kind of story. We are able to follow both the events of Earth and the events of Oli’s world. This was a very unique story unlike anything I’ve read before!

  9. 4 out of 5

    Crowinator

    I had both an advance reading AND an advance listening copy of this new book (yay being a librarian!), so I moved between both depending on what I was doing. I listened on the L or while walking to and from work or while doing chores; I read while hanging out at home or on my lunch breaks. I'm still not sure which I prefer. I loved the dual voices from the audio -- both narrators are fantastic--but I take in less details while listening than I do reading. I highly recommend the book in both form I had both an advance reading AND an advance listening copy of this new book (yay being a librarian!), so I moved between both depending on what I was doing. I listened on the L or while walking to and from work or while doing chores; I read while hanging out at home or on my lunch breaks. I'm still not sure which I prefer. I loved the dual voices from the audio -- both narrators are fantastic--but I take in less details while listening than I do reading. I highly recommend the book in both formats. I've also realized I have a tendency to not write reviews for books I enjoyed a lot because I get overwhelmed wanting to do them justice, and then weeks and years pass and I never wrote anything, so I'm going to start combating that by writing without worrying (is it possible!?), doing lists, Novelist appeal factors (yes, still librarian), and not editing myself. I loved Elatsoe but this is not that book, though I do think Nina and Ellie share some strong traits. I think they would hang. This has more of an epic feel, more like a fable than the quirky, dark murder mystery of Elatsoe (this doesn't moralize but it does have messages about environmental consciousness, compassion for all living creatures, and honoring your history). The pacing is slow-ish, deliberately so, with dual wandering storylines and an interwoven storytelling structure. The characters are authentic and distinct and the way they all come together from these two worlds--the "real" world and the Reflecting world--is like watching a bunch of like-minded strangers turn into a family. Oli, the cottonmouth kid from the Reflecting World, is a dear. Just a cinnamon roll, to use Internet speak. Nina is eager to learn and has a keen sense of justice. Both of them are a little naïve and learn some hard lessons. My favorite character is a somewhat amoral trickster bird from the Reflecting World, who seems to be looking for a place to belong but going about it all wrong, but like, in a delightful way. Storyline: Character-driven, intricately-plotted, nonlinear Pace: Leisurely Tone: Hopeful, reflective Representation: Lipan Apache, ace Writing Style: dual narrators, unpretentious, folkloric (is that a thing?) Themes: identity, coming of age, family legacy, importance of stories, found families, language reclamation, environmental stewardship Might write some more later...

  10. 5 out of 5

    Frank Chillura (OhYouRead)

    I love reading about cultures that I know nothing about and discovering different things I would have never known had I not read that book. A Snake Falls to Earth weaves Lipan Apache folklore into the story of a girl who is translating the last story her grandmother tells her about the animal people who are living among us. While at the same time, we learn about Oli, a Cottonmouth Snake Shapeshifter. We learn about both of their struggles in their own worlds and before long, how those struggles I love reading about cultures that I know nothing about and discovering different things I would have never known had I not read that book. A Snake Falls to Earth weaves Lipan Apache folklore into the story of a girl who is translating the last story her grandmother tells her about the animal people who are living among us. While at the same time, we learn about Oli, a Cottonmouth Snake Shapeshifter. We learn about both of their struggles in their own worlds and before long, how those struggles intertwine. I have not had the pleasure to read Elatsoe as of yet, but it’s sitting on my TBR Cart begging to be devoured. I have only heard incredible things about it, so when I had the chance to download the audiobook of Darcie Little Badger’s newest book from NetGalley, I took it. I really enjoyed the story, but found it slow at times and I was confused in parts, but by the end it all ironed itself out. So the moral of the story is, hold on and it’ll explain itself. 😂 There were a lot of characters I loved, including one who was Non-Binary, which I am always a fan of. I love great representation and having queer, as well as Indigenous Rep made me super excited and love the book that much more.

  11. 4 out of 5

    h o l l i s

    I almost never DNF and the fact that the first book I give up on in two years is an anticipated read by an Indigenous author just makes me extra sad. But between an annoyingly formatted ARC (no transition between POVs/chapters) and just.. nothing grabbing me? I'm already slumping and I just can't force myself through this anymore than I already have. I read/skimmed to 30% but still nothing is working here for me. I'm sad. But I'd also rather give up on this one than let my slump colour my feelin I almost never DNF and the fact that the first book I give up on in two years is an anticipated read by an Indigenous author just makes me extra sad. But between an annoyingly formatted ARC (no transition between POVs/chapters) and just.. nothing grabbing me? I'm already slumping and I just can't force myself through this anymore than I already have. I read/skimmed to 30% but still nothing is working here for me. I'm sad. But I'd also rather give up on this one than let my slump colour my feelings about this read more than it already has. Maybe I'll come back to this (even though this is my second time putting this down) or maybe I'll wait and try once it's published and formatted.. I don't know. I definitely think this is probably a me thing, not a book thing, because advance reviews are already full of praise. So definitely pick it up if it seems like your thing. ** I received an ARC from the publisher (thank you!) in exchange for an honest review. **

  12. 4 out of 5

    Althea

    This was so, so wonderful! Highly recommend picking this up, especially if you're a fan of middle grade books and more whimsical reads! Full RTC on the BookBrowse website! This was so, so wonderful! Highly recommend picking this up, especially if you're a fan of middle grade books and more whimsical reads! Full RTC on the BookBrowse website!

  13. 4 out of 5

    Laura Harrison

    Out of the ordinary, very special book. Five bright gold stars!

  14. 4 out of 5

    mel

    Format: audiobook Author: Darcie Little Badger ~ Title: Snake Falls To Earth ~ Narrator: Shaun Taylor-Corbett and Kinsale Hueston Content: 3.5 stars ~ Narration: 4 stars Complete audiobook review A Snake Falls to Earth is an audiobook that is tough for me to review. In its essence, this is a very beautiful story. Also quite odd. It’s a story of two very different worlds. On one side, we have this cottonmouth kid Oli and his animal friends. They can all change into their false forms—humanlike forms. Format: audiobook Author: Darcie Little Badger ~ Title: Snake Falls To Earth ~ Narrator: Shaun Taylor-Corbett and Kinsale Hueston Content: 3.5 stars ~ Narration: 4 stars Complete audiobook review A Snake Falls to Earth is an audiobook that is tough for me to review. In its essence, this is a very beautiful story. Also quite odd. It’s a story of two very different worlds. On one side, we have this cottonmouth kid Oli and his animal friends. They can all change into their false forms—humanlike forms. And on the other side, there’s a Lipan Apache girl, Nina. She’s a teen, and she is fascinated by her family’s old stories and writes them down so that they wouldn’t be forgotten. She is pretty tech-savvy and uses quite some technology. So here we have a clash of two worlds: a world of spirits where Oli tries to save his friend from extinction and our modern world of technology with Nina. Two very different worlds, but soon their stories connect. The first half of the book is quite slow-paced. In the second half, the pacing is a bit faster. So, I needed quite some time to get into the story. I’m not sure, but I would probably enjoy this one if I read it myself. Not that there’s something wrong with narration. There are two narrators, male for Oli and female for Nina, and I like both. In the future, I will read some of the author’s other works. Before I saw this, I was especially interested in Elatsoe. This story would be best for (maybe younger) teens or adults interested in ancient stories about spirits and like some nice fable along the way. I guess not all teens would be interested in this kind of story because it needs quite a distinctive reader. Thanks to Recorded Books for the ARC and the opportunity to listen to this! All opinions are my own.

  15. 4 out of 5

    T

    Darcie Little Badger’s A Snake Falls to Earth is a beautiful, riveting novel about the ways in which story, nature, and history intertwine. Nina, a young Lipan girl from the human world, is determined to uncover remnants of the spirit world. Oli is a cottonmouth kid from the spirit world whose newfound independence leads him on an adventure to the human world. When environmental struggles bring the two together, they both realize how interconnected their worlds still are. A Snake Falls to Earth Darcie Little Badger’s A Snake Falls to Earth is a beautiful, riveting novel about the ways in which story, nature, and history intertwine. Nina, a young Lipan girl from the human world, is determined to uncover remnants of the spirit world. Oli is a cottonmouth kid from the spirit world whose newfound independence leads him on an adventure to the human world. When environmental struggles bring the two together, they both realize how interconnected their worlds still are. A Snake Falls to Earth begins with Nina attempting to understand her great-grandmother, Rosita, with a translating app. Rosita shares a story in Apache and, unfortunately, the app doesn’t recognize that language. However, the recording does provide Nina with fragments she can use to piece the story together. Nina’s pursuit in understanding Rosita and the old world drives her throughout the novel. This opening scene establishes one of the modern obstacles to the tradition of oral storytelling. A result of continued persecution and oppression, many indigenous dialects have been lost. Indigenous folklore and other forms of story risk being lost as well, for how can they remain when they can’t be understood to begin with? On top of that struggle, a hurricane approaches her old family home, which Nina suspects to be connected with the spirit world. Meanwhile, in the spirit world, the novel’s second protagonist Oli is finally leaving home. Between strangers, new lands, and the threat of monsters, independence is just as exciting as it is frightening. Oli hears of giant mechanical monsters destroying homes, extinction rendering entire species obsolete, and natural disasters upending entire communities. It’s not until one of his friends risks extinction, however, that the gravity of this reality sinks in. Badger’s aptitude for storytelling is incredible. A Snake Falls to Earth is inspired by traditional Lipan storytelling techniques, but Badger brings her own talent to the novel. The chapters alternate between Nina and Oli’s perspectives, giving the reader nuanced insights into the characters and their worlds. Her writing is whimsical, hopeful, and distinct in voice. Each sentence carries the story forward with ease, holding the reader’s attention and leaving them wanting more. Even before Nina and Oli’s narratives connect, Badger makes their respective stories engaging. It’s hard not to root for Nina and Oli to succeed in their individual endeavors. And where Nina relies on technology to understand stories, Badger utilizes clever analogies. Modern analogies allow indigenous folklore and myth to become accessible to a modern audience. It’s another example of how talented Badger is with language. Badger also weaves in themes of Indigenous identity, colonization, and environmental issues. It’s no surprise that so much of A Snake Falls to Earth is about rediscovering the sanctity, beauty, and power of nature. The ripple effect of Earth’s catastrophes on the spirit world and the spirit world’s lasting impact on Earth is a stark reminder of our own world. Continued pollution, ignorance, and destruction towards the environment doesn’t harm us alone. They harm the planet and its other residents as well. If we want to ensure the survival of life and all its beauty, we must protect the Earth and each other. All of us are connected, after all. Nina and Oli prove as much. A Snake Falls to Earth is a love letter to Lipan Apache folklore. With its masterful storytelling, compelling protagonists, and relevant themes, Badger proves to be one of the most important up-and-coming authors of our time. If you’re looking for a story that is hopeful and honest about the state of the world, A Snake Falls to Earth is it.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Charlie Marie

    I don’t have the words to convey just how much I adore this beautiful and soft book, with it’s found family adventures and immense amount of hope! Perfection!

  17. 5 out of 5

    Anoud

    First, many thanks to Netgalley and RB Media for granting me access to this audiobook in exchange for an honest review. I was over the moon when I got the email. This story was wonderous, strange and lovely. It's a magical story about a girl who lives in her great-grandmother's ancestral stories. It's a story about Earth and a tethered universe where the mythical animal people live. It's a story about friendships and family and magic. It's a story about an amazing cottonmouth snake who goes on a qu First, many thanks to Netgalley and RB Media for granting me access to this audiobook in exchange for an honest review. I was over the moon when I got the email. This story was wonderous, strange and lovely. It's a magical story about a girl who lives in her great-grandmother's ancestral stories. It's a story about Earth and a tethered universe where the mythical animal people live. It's a story about friendships and family and magic. It's a story about an amazing cottonmouth snake who goes on a quest with his friends to save the life of a towed who'll go extinct. I can write a clearer but I leave you with this one to get you to experience it first hand. I have to say that I haven't had the best of luck in the magical realism category for the past 2 years, I almost gave up on it. but yeah, it wasn't that I fell out of love with the category, it's just I haven't been lucky in my choices, that's all.

  18. 5 out of 5

    RJ

    This book was a pure delight. Understated but masterful world-building, the subtle interweave of Western and Indigenous sciences, and the ethical grounding of the story's concerns with climate change, extinction, land loss, language loss, religious persecution, and the trickster-ish behavior of the ultra-wealthy, combine to make this a standout story. The author's refusal to engage with typical YA publishing trends is also refreshing - complaints about the story being "too slow" or "confusing" c This book was a pure delight. Understated but masterful world-building, the subtle interweave of Western and Indigenous sciences, and the ethical grounding of the story's concerns with climate change, extinction, land loss, language loss, religious persecution, and the trickster-ish behavior of the ultra-wealthy, combine to make this a standout story. The author's refusal to engage with typical YA publishing trends is also refreshing - complaints about the story being "too slow" or "confusing" come from the way that readers have been conditioned to expect a certain type of plot and characterization. This story gently but deftly defies those imperatives by refusing linear storytelling structures, melodramatic emotional escalation, and romantic plotlines in favor of a series of interwoven coming-of-age adventures, with an emphasis on the ties of friendship and the love that exists among families, friends, human persons, non-human persons, and the land. It's also a story about the real power of stories, which makes it especially charming for those who love books, writing, and other forms of creative storytelling. It's an all-around extraordinary book, and would make a great focus of discussion with kids who are precocious readers and are capable of talking about both the issues that are represented, and also the writing process, author choices, characterization, and storytelling structures.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Irene

    Darcie Little Badger hive rise up

  20. 5 out of 5

    Melanie

    Thank you to Levine Querido and Recorded Books for an ALC of this book. Told from two viewpoints: Nina, in our world, and Oli, an animal-person in the reflecting world, this tells the story of Nina learning about her history and Oli learning about himself. I absolutely loved this book! Darcie Little Badger is such a fantastic writer and I felt so immersed in the story as soon as I started reading. I couldn't decide which point of view I liked better. I really just loved it a lot the entire time. T Thank you to Levine Querido and Recorded Books for an ALC of this book. Told from two viewpoints: Nina, in our world, and Oli, an animal-person in the reflecting world, this tells the story of Nina learning about her history and Oli learning about himself. I absolutely loved this book! Darcie Little Badger is such a fantastic writer and I felt so immersed in the story as soon as I started reading. I couldn't decide which point of view I liked better. I really just loved it a lot the entire time. The narration is really excellent and the storyline was great!

  21. 4 out of 5

    rachel ☾

    Influenced by traditional Lipan Apache storytelling structure, this YA novel features a girl from Earth and a Cottonmouth kid from the land of spirits and monsters, who agree to help each other and save their families. more Darcie Little Badger! Blog • Trigger Warning Database • Twitter • Instagram Influenced by traditional Lipan Apache storytelling structure, this YA novel features a girl from Earth and a Cottonmouth kid from the land of spirits and monsters, who agree to help each other and save their families. more Darcie Little Badger! Blog • Trigger Warning Database • Twitter • Instagram

  22. 4 out of 5

    Kier Scrivener

    I really enjoyed the first part when Oli and Nina's characters were seperate. Nina chronicling her great-grandmother's stories, who has been alive for 150 years and speaks in a mix of Spanish and Indigenous languages. Living near her family's bookstore and finding the land, the environment and herself. Meanwhile, Oli is a cottonmouth who lives in an adjacent world. We begin with him being sent out from his mother's nest. Animal people are able to transform into 'false forms' that appear mostly h I really enjoyed the first part when Oli and Nina's characters were seperate. Nina chronicling her great-grandmother's stories, who has been alive for 150 years and speaks in a mix of Spanish and Indigenous languages. Living near her family's bookstore and finding the land, the environment and herself. Meanwhile, Oli is a cottonmouth who lives in an adjacent world. We begin with him being sent out from his mother's nest. Animal people are able to transform into 'false forms' that appear mostly human. He switches between both as he navigates growing up and finding home and friends. I loved the slow, almost meandering journey through events and I think for that reason I enjoyed their collision of their stories less. Oli has to cross over to search for a cure for extinction and this part feels very different from the first part. It includes many pages of staging and filming a fake animal attack to 'get rich quick.' And when I buy seeing this as more feasible through a competition. Think it's pretty well established that it's not easy to get rich off a viral video. But this is subverted when they are taken advantage of only getting 52 dollars off 80 million views. (Which 80 million views is a lot. Taylor Swift isn't banking that on All Too Well). Internet aside, I enjoyed this story and characters and the world, everything is downplayed which works well in the first part and is to its detriment in the second but nonetheless I look forward to reading more Darcie Little Badger. 3. 5 ⭐ (Also the cover is just gorgeous)

  23. 4 out of 5

    Phoenix (Books with Wings)

    When your first five star of the year is three books in...YESSS. I loved this book so much. Honestly, this thing doesn't have much (any?) of a plot for the first half the book. The things mentioned in the summary? I mean the two main characters literally don't meet until page 210 out of 372. And there are times when a meandering plot that doesn't seem to be going anywhere annoys me. But when I enjoy the things that ARE going on, the way it's written, the characters? I don't care where the plot wa When your first five star of the year is three books in...YESSS. I loved this book so much. Honestly, this thing doesn't have much (any?) of a plot for the first half the book. The things mentioned in the summary? I mean the two main characters literally don't meet until page 210 out of 372. And there are times when a meandering plot that doesn't seem to be going anywhere annoys me. But when I enjoy the things that ARE going on, the way it's written, the characters? I don't care where the plot was going because everything else was so good! The only thing that I do have to say is that the very end felt a little rushed, like everything was happening sort of fast so it made the pacing off, but as I've mentioned before, it's not really the plot that kept me going in this book.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Hiroko Z

    On Earth lives Nina, a Lipan girl who believes in the old stories of animal people and believes they may still be on the planet. In the Reflecting World, a world with monsters and spirits lives Oli, a cottonmouth snake boy who’s just trying to survive on his own after being cast from his home. The two are unaware of the other's existence. The worlds were once joined but centuries later the two worlds have been separated with no connection to the other. Or so it seems. A disaster is coming to Ear On Earth lives Nina, a Lipan girl who believes in the old stories of animal people and believes they may still be on the planet. In the Reflecting World, a world with monsters and spirits lives Oli, a cottonmouth snake boy who’s just trying to survive on his own after being cast from his home. The two are unaware of the other's existence. The worlds were once joined but centuries later the two worlds have been separated with no connection to the other. Or so it seems. A disaster is coming to Earth, specifically where Nina’s family is. Oli’s dearest friend falls ill and the only way to address the root of the problem is to go to Earth. But the intertwining of their worlds comes with its risks. Wow, this was an adventure! I really enjoyed this book. I think the way it was told from a dual point of view was fascinating and I’ve never seen anything like it. I especially think the world building on Oli’s end was done really well. TW for a few instances of blood/gore. I highly recommend this book if you like Darcie Little Badger’s first book “Elatsoe”.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Nayab

    4.5 stars. Loved loved loveddd this book! It was sweet, and funny and sad and talked about issues like climate change and extinction so brilliantly. Perfectly suited for kids too. I am just in awe. Alll the characters were so funnn I have to sayy this book is severely underrated.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Grace W

    Fucking rad

  27. 4 out of 5

    Amanda Shepard (Between-the-Shelves)

    This is one of those books that you don't really know what's completely going on until the end of it. It's a book about storytelling at its core, and let me tell you, Darcie Little Badger is a master at it. Before diving in, know that the format is based in Lipan Apache storytelling structure, so it unfolds differently than you're probably used to in Western books. But, once you get to the ending, it is totally worth it. At the core, we have two different narratives: Nina, a Lipan girl based in o This is one of those books that you don't really know what's completely going on until the end of it. It's a book about storytelling at its core, and let me tell you, Darcie Little Badger is a master at it. Before diving in, know that the format is based in Lipan Apache storytelling structure, so it unfolds differently than you're probably used to in Western books. But, once you get to the ending, it is totally worth it. At the core, we have two different narratives: Nina, a Lipan girl based in our world and obsessed with stories, and Oli, a cottonmouth kid who is from the land of spirits. At first, it's unclear what the two stories have to do with each other, but by the end, you learn how they are connected. Infused with magic and mythology, this book isn'te quite like any other book I've ever read. It might not be for everyone, but I recommend spending time with it, as it's a gem of a book that absolutely has a place in the realm of YA literature.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Karissa

    What a delightful, soft read. Perfect for readers of young YA or upper middle grade, who love folklore, fantasy and beautiful friendships.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Roxana

    I’m crying over toads here, y’all. Review to come. But I flipping loved it.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Jennybeast

    This is a bit of a strange book. It takes some time to get used to -- the pacing, the twin storylines, the different worlds. Like Elatsoe, it gives us a completely original universe to explore, and characters that are easy to love. It feels a little more nested in traditional tale telling, but I love the connection between current technology and the vibrant Reflected World -- that reminder that while traditional tales may be ancient in origin, they are not stale or irrelevant to modern listeners This is a bit of a strange book. It takes some time to get used to -- the pacing, the twin storylines, the different worlds. Like Elatsoe, it gives us a completely original universe to explore, and characters that are easy to love. It feels a little more nested in traditional tale telling, but I love the connection between current technology and the vibrant Reflected World -- that reminder that while traditional tales may be ancient in origin, they are not stale or irrelevant to modern listeners. I particularly enjoyed Nina's bookstore and her family and her Grandmother's connection to their family's land. Beautiful and satisfying, with a strong message about extinction. As someone who grew up in Texas, I never thought I could care for a cottonmouth character, but Oli changed my mind. Advanced Reader's Copy Provided by Edelweiss

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