First of all, the opening chapters in particular reminded me of Alice Hoffman's early writing. This is a good thing--I'm not saying Stiefvater is being derivative or mimicking Hoffman in any way, I'm just saying that in this book she has that tightrope balance of magical realism DOWN, like in Hoffman's early books in particular (Practical Magic, Turtle Moon, Seventh Heaven). If you don't know quite what I mean by magical realism, here's Merriam-Webster:
A literary genre or style...that incorporates fantastic or mythical elements into otherwise realistic fiction.
Whatever it is...when the book arrives in your library, CHECK IT OUT! (Published September 18, available shortly thereafter. Not shortly as in the day after, shortly as in a couple of weeks. Sorry, we're a library, not a bookstore, we have to process and catalog and cover and label before we lend. But...FREE!) You won't be sorry...
(And there will be more to enjoy--according to Stiefvater, this is the first book in a four-book series.)
Check out Maggie Stiefvater's hand-drawn animated
book trailer for the book!