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Review: Each of Us a Desert


Xochital is destined to wander the desert alone, speaking her troubled village’s stories into its arid winds. Her only companions are the blessed stars above and enimagic lines of poetry magically strewn across dusty dunes.

Her one desire: to share her heart with a kindred spirit.

One night, Xo’s wish is granted—in the form of Emilia, the cold and beautiful daughter of the town’s murderous mayor. But when the two set out on a magical journey across the desert, they find their hearts could be a match… if only they can survive the nightmare-like terrors that arise when the sun goes down.

Fresh off of Anger Is a Gift’s smashing success, Oshiro branches out into a fantastical direction with their new YA novel, The Stars Around Us. – Goodreads


Rating: 2 out of 5.

Thanks to NetGalley for providing me with a copy in return for an honest review.

I always hope that I am going to love an ARC, but I had especially high hopes for this one. The ideas and the world building here are very cool and some of the scenes in this book were beautiful. Unfortunately, all of that is smothered under some of the most repetitive writing I have ever seen. Oshiro literally never misses a chance to repeat himself about anything that has happened and usually more than once. I honestly think the book could have cut a full quarter of its pages without the actual story being touched at all. Something which would have helped the characters, who are also buried beneath Xochital’s relentless dictation of every movement, thought, and feeling she is having/doing every second.

Two stars since I didn’t hate it by the end, but definitely at the top of my disappointing reads list for 2020.