Grateful for good news for Valentina!

I’m THRILLED to share that THE ENCHANTED LIFE OF VALENTINA MEJÍA has received its first trade review from Kirkus Reviews & it’s a 🌟!! 

"This fast-paced adventure set in a well-realized world will keep readers on their toes. Modern kids meet traditional tales with thrilling results."

–Kirkus Reviews, STARRED REVIEW.

❤️ I’m so grateful for this thoughtful review, which you can read fully here.

I’m also thrilled to share some blurbs by authors I admire so much, who had just the loveliest things to say about THE ENCHANTED LIFE OF VALENTINA MEJÍA!

“This non-stop adventure filled with mythological creatures and magical lands will excite readers and keep them turning the page.” Adrianna Cuevas, author of Pura Belpré Honor Book THE TOTAL ECLIPSE OF NESTOR LOPEZ and CUBA IN MY POCKET

“An absolute gem of a book that kept me on the edge of my seat. Readers will cheer this plucky Colombian girl as she navigates dangers, learns how the magical world connects to our own, and chooses kindness even at personal risk. The ending made my heart soar! Truly enchanting!” Rebecca Balcárcel, author of Pura Belpré Honor Book THE OTHER HALF OF HAPPY and SHINE ON, LUZ VÉLIZ!

“An exceptionally well-crafted story brimming with mythological creatures, captivating characters, and non-stop adventure. A wonderful book to be read by all!” Christina Diaz Gonzalez, Edgar award-winning author of CONCEALED.

“The Enchanted Life of Valentina Mejía is a fast-paced, epic adventure in a vivid, magical world. Readers will love rooting for Valentina to overcome her obstacles as they devour this enchanting tale.” Joy McCullough, award-winning author of A FIELD GUIDE TO GETTING LOST and ACROSS THE POND.

And the early reviews over on Goodreads are just as sweet! I’m so grateful for the love and good news for THE ENCHANTED LIFE OF VALENTINA MEJÍA. If you’d like to request an e-ARC of the book and leave a review, you can request in Netgalley and Edelweiss+!

THE ENCHANTED LIFE OF VALENTINA MEJÍA releases on 2.21.23 from Atheneum Books for Young Readers/Simon & Schuster!

About the Book: Encanto meets The Chronicles of Narnia by way of Colombian folklore in this middle grade fantasy adventure. To save their father’s life, a brother and sister must journey across a land full of mythical creatures and find the most powerful and dangerous of them all: the madremonte. Cover by Dana San Mar. Design by Debra Sfetsios-Conover. Learn more about it, including where to preorder, here.

I’m so excited about the love this story is receiving, and I can’t wait for it to be out in the world! 🥰