Title: Devil and the Blue Bird
Author: Jennifer Mason-Black
Publication: March 17, 2016
Publisher: Harry N. Abrams
Genre: YA Fiction, Fantasy
SYNOPSIS: (From Goodreads)
“Devil-at-the-crossroads” folklore finds its way to YA via this moody, magical tale
Blue Riley has wrestled with her own demons ever since the loss of her mother to cancer. But when she encounters a beautiful devil at her town crossroads, it’s her runaway sister’s soul she fights to save. The devil steals Blue’s voice—inherited from her musically gifted mother—in exchange for a single shot at finding Cass.
Armed with her mother’s guitar, a knapsack of cherished mementos, and a pair of magical boots, Blue journeys west in search of her sister. When the devil changes the terms of their deal, Blue must reevaluate her understanding of good and evil and open herself to finding family in unexpected places.
In Devil and the Bluebird, Jennifer Mason-Black delivers a heart-wrenching depiction of loss and hope.
**A copy of this book was provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. **
The initial draw to Devil and the Bluebird was the use of a crossroads, music, and ultimately, a deal with the Devil. Though the supernatural elements did not take a more prominent role, I was not disappointed with this book in any way.
The story brings us Blue Riley, a girl from a musical family who is no stranger to turmoil. The love for her family and especially her sister is something to be admired. I loved the determination within this character. The author, Jennifer Mason-Black, has woven a beautiful tale of love and loss that will have you wrapped up before you know it. For a young woman, Blue is very much herself at all times. Despite the chaos and storm that swirls around her she stays true to who she is at her core and I applaud the author on her ability to write Blue Riley so fluidly.
I strongly urge you all to pick this book up and go along on Blue’s journey with her!