“Love is not only the story of butterflies or birds; it is also the story of jackals and hounds” - M.F. Moonzajer
dubbed by the author as her "love-note to San Antonio," this novel blends fantasy, myth, history, folklore, urban legends and ghost stories and is told in Meg and Amelinda's alternating voices.
from the first page to the last, i was entranced by the author's unique storytelling style. it was very conversational and it felt like i was not reading at all but "listening" directly to her female protagonists relate their joys and pains. moreover, this technique worked well for me because i found myself being involved in the whole narrative.
the supernatural/paranormal elements were interesting and so were the historical tidbits about San Antonio. i was amused by Meg's jaunts through the spirit world as well as appalled by some of her experiences as she finds answers to why she was still stuck and had not moved on. i also enjoyed Amelinda's side of the story as she navigates through the hustle and bustle in the land of the living. moreover, there was Earl, the cat!
what really endeared me to the book was its easy, readable, unpretentious approach. although, i noticed that there were quite a few echoes from the blockbuster movie Ghost in some of the scenes, i did not mind. i still loved how the author incorporated them and made them her own (if indeed she was inspired by some details from that movie).
Kim Wells' Mariposa is a haunting, beautiful love story that unites the divide between the living and the dead and more. it is one of the best books i have read this 2015 and i look forward to the next one!
*Mariposa is available in print and digital formats at Amazon. for more information about Kim Wells and her works, please visit www.kimwells.net and follow her on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest.
my personal rating is:
|Mariposa contains material suitable for mature readers 13 and up only.|