Title: Gods of Jade and Shadow
Author: Silvia Moreno-Garcia
Publisher: Del Rey
Casiopea Tun is named after a constellation, but under the most rotten one. Casiopea has been having a hard time. After the death of her father and her mother not being completely mentally stable, Casiopea has felt pretty lost and unloved. Especially having to live with her tyrant grandfather and abusive cousin. She has to cater to them, especially her cousin Martin. But Casiopea has a pretty sharp tongue of her own. One of the things I admire about her is her strength and determination. One day while in her grandfather’s room she see’s a chest, she opens it and the God of Death escapes. Then we meet the dreamy God Hun-Kame who accompanies Casiopea on this journey. At first he’s this arrogant idiot who though he knew everything, but once his human traits started to surface you couldn’t help but fall for him (even Casiopea’s feelings towards him start to change). They continue unto their journey to recover Hun-Kame’s throne from his evil brother. Hun-Kame and Casiopea take you on a beautiful adventure through Mexico City, while talking Mythology.
I truly loved this book, at first it started off slow for me, but I guess I’m not familiar with folklore and there were always distractions while I was trying to devour this book. I’m glad I gave it a chance. Garcia did a great job wrapping your head around mythology and describing the beauty of Mexico City, as well as some insightful information.