About the Book:
Title: A Constellation of Roses
Author: Miranda Asebedo
Publisher: Harper Teen
Release Date: November 5, 2019
Genre: YA Contemporary
Trix McCabe is aimless, rootless, and on the run. At least, that’s what she tells herself.
Ever since her mother walked out, Trix has been determined to make it on her own. And with her near-magical gift for pulling valuables off unsuspecting strangers, Trix is confident she has what it takes to survive.
Until she’s caught and given a choice: jail time, or go live with her long-lost family in the tiny town of Rocksaw, Kansas.
Running away is one of the things Trix does best, and she doesn’t plan to stick around Rocksaw for long. But there’s something special about the McCabe women, something in their unexplainable talents that Trix is drawn to. Her Aunt, Mia, bakes pies—Bracing Blueberry, Never-Lonely Lemon, Ardent Apple—that seem to cure all ills. Her cousin, Ember, hand-sews dresses and can tell a person’s deepest secrets with the touch of a hand. And Trix’s great-aunt takes one look at Trix’s palm and tells her that if she doesn’t put down roots somewhere, she won’t have a future anywhere.
Before long, Trix feels like she might finally belong with this special group of women in this tiny town in Kansas. But when her past comes back to haunt her, she’ll have to decide whether to take a chance on this new life…or keep running from the one she’s always known.
I absolutely loved this book! To me, A Constellation of Roses is about discovering who you are, belonging, and finding home, with a dash of magic sprinkled in. The main character, Trix McCabe was abandoned and is trying to get by on her own. She has the ability to be able to steal valuables from strangers and not be seen, but she eventually gets caught. She goes to live with relatives that she never knew existed in a small town. Trix doesn’t plan on staying there, but she learns more about the McCable women and that they have gifts like she does. She also happens to meet a cute boy. She may have finally found a place where she belongs, if she can stop herself from running.
I really enjoyed the main character, Trix. I love that she is flawed. She is so strong and resilient despite everything that she has been through. The secondary characters are amazing as well. Aunt Mia is so sweet and tries to fix everything, Auntie has a great sense of humor, shy Ember is such a good friend and listener, and Jasper just had my heart from the beginning.
I felt that the message of hope and forgiveness is so important to this story. Despite what our circumstances may be, and what we’re going through, there’s always hope that things can get better. Our past doesn’t have to dictate our future.
If you love stories about belonging, family, hope, heartbreak, and magic, this story is for you! Go forth and add this beauty to your TBR.
There’s still time to preorder and get preorder goodies as this book is releasing on November 5, 2019. Preorders and library requests are so helpful to authors.
About the Author:
Miranda Asebedo was born and raised in rural Kansas with a love of fast cars, open skies, and books. She carried that love of books to college, where she got her B.A. and M.A. in English, with an emphasis in Creative Writing and Literature. A Seaton Fellowship recipient, her short fiction has appeared in Kansas Voices, Touchstone, and Midway Journal.
Miranda still lives on the prairie today with her husband, two kids, and two majestic bulldogs named Princess Jellybean and Captain Jack Wobbles. If Miranda’s not writing or reading, she’s most likely convinced everyone to load up in the family muscle car and hit the road.