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Firekeeper's Daughter: The New York Times No. 1 Bestseller Hardcover – 1 June 2021
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- Publisher : Rock the Boat (1 June 2021)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 320 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1786079046
- ISBN-13 : 978-1786079046
- Reading age : 12 years and up
- Dimensions : 13.5 x 4 x 21.6 cm
- Best Sellers Rank: 26,400 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
- Customer Reviews:
‘This fat, satisfying novel ably conveys a sense of place and nuanced, complex feeling; it’s both an interrogation of racist misogyny and a swift-paced, compelling thriller.’-- Guardian
‘A superb book; a story that grips like a bulldog clip on your heart, a breathtaking, heart-winning thriller. I kept thinking about Daunis long after the final page.’-- Katherine Rundell, author of The Good Thieves
'Raw and moving, the intricacies of family loyalty and who comes first are deftly and sensitively explored. Firekeeper's Daughter sensitively touches on crimes and lack of accountability against indigenous women in the Native American community and identity. Boulley has crafted a nuanced and refreshing protagonist.'-- Cosmopolitan
‘Both thrilling and heartwrenching, with twists and turns I didn't see coming.’-- Aisha Bushby, author of A Pocketful of Stars
‘Immersive and enthralling, Firekeeper’s Daughter plunges the reader into a community and a landscape enriched by a profound spiritual tradition. Full of huge characters and spellbinding scenes, it gives a fascinating insight into life on and off the reservation, with Daunis as a tough and resourceful heroine through every vicissitude.’-- Financial Times
‘In this momentous YA debut, Angeline Boulley pulls from her Ojibwe background to craft her incredible protagonist.’-- Elle, Best of 2021
'Firekeeper's Daughter is a gripping and unforgettable story of family, community and identity told through the eyes of a protagonist so powerfully realised on the page, you'll swear you can hear her heart beat. Daunis Fontaine is a force to be reckoned with – and so is Angeline Boulley. This is one bold, uncompromising and elegantly crafted debut.'-- Courtney Summers, New York Times bestselling author of Sadie
'Intricate and moving. Boulley takes the reader on an incredible journey with the assurance of a veteran novelist.'-- Tochi Onyebuchi, author of Beasts Made of Night
'What do you get when you combine Tommy Orange, Angie Thomas, and Tomi Adeyemi? This genre-bending new YA thriller.'― Entertainment Weekly
‘One of this year's most buzzed about young adult novels.’-- Good Morning America
'A rare and mesmerising work that blends the power of a vibrant tradition with the aches and energy of today’s America. This book will leave you breathless!'-- Francisco X. Stork, author of Marcelo in the Real World
'Beautifully crafted and filled with super sleuthing, Firekeeper's Daughter by Angeline Boulley is one of our most anticipated reads of 2021.'-- Fierce Reads
‘Sharp turns and charming characters... Hitting hard when it comes to issues such as citizenship, language revitalization, and the corrosive presence of drugs on Native communities, this novel will long stand in the hearts of both Native and non-Native audiences.’-- Publishers Weekly, starred review
‘Angeline Boulley’s remarkable debut young adult novel is an edge-of-the-seat crime thriller that will leave young and not-so young readers in awe of the power of modern storytelling... A big, satisfying read... Although Firekeeper’s Daughter twists and turns with riveting plot developments and revelations, it is Daunis’ journey that drives the story along to its dramatic conclusion.’-- South China Morning Post
‘Boulley doesn’t overwhelm the reader with detail but leads the way through the intricacies and connections – immersing, not superimposing… The plot weaves, ducks and dives, but always convincingly and always a mixture of the beliefs and customs of the Ojibwe and of white American culture… The reader is detective and observer, placed at the heart of Daunis’ moral dilemmas and the dangers she finds herself in.’-- Books for Keeps
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Let’s start with what I did like. Check out that incredible cover! It’s stunning.
I also really loved the descriptions of the Ojibwe traditions. I will confess that while I know there are others out there, this is the first Own Voices book I have read by a Native American author. I really appreciate Boulley being willing to allow the rest of us in. I did have to guess at the meanings of some of the words used, but most I was able to figure out from context.
But the rest? The drug ring investigation? The romance? I just didn’t feel anything. It was a hard slog to get through, and I think it was just too long. It did pick up in the last 20% but overall it was too little too late to really get me engaged.
Also on the romance: a) it came pretty much out of nowhere. I didn’t really feel like the characters had any chemistry. And b) was incredibly inappropriate. Admittedly, another character did call it out as such, but I just… felt pretty squicked by it. I could understand why Jamie would connect with Daunis as he did, but still…
The other thing that kept throwing me off was that it was set in 2004 for no reason that I could really figure out (though some reviews I’ve read say that 2004 was around the time crystal meth was really starting to take off, so I wondered if that was it). Apart from the absence of social media and the occasional reference to a now-outdated phone, there was very little to place it there, so whenever a specific reference was made (such as “class of 2004” or a mention of Janet Jackson’s infamous Superbowl wardrobe malfunction) it always threw me for a second.
I am obviously in the minority with this view – the current GoodReads average is 4.55/5 from over 1700 ratings. I wish I could have been one of the 5 star reviews but not this time.
Thank you to the publishers and Netgalley for providing me with a free copy of this book in exchange for a review.
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Reviewed in Canada on 20 March 2021