Hello readers! Welcome to a very exciting post. Today I’m reviewing an showing you some of my favorite posts from Each of Us a Desert by Mark Oshiro set to publish September 15th! But before that I’d like to thank Colored Pages for organizing this tour, and Tor Teen for supplying a free copy!
Also check out the complete schedule for interview with the author, reviews, makeup looks, playlists and so muhc more!!
From award-winning author Mark Oshiro comes a powerful coming-of-age fantasy novel about finding home and falling in love amidst the dangers of a desert where stories come to life.
Xochitl is destined to wander the desert alone, speaking her troubled village’s stories into its arid winds. Her only companions are the blessed stars above and enigmatic lines of poetry magically strewn across dusty dunes.
Her one desire: to share her heart with a kindred spirit.
One night, Xo’s wish is granted—in the form of Emilia, the cold and beautiful daughter of the town’s murderous conqueror. But when the two set out on a magical journey across the desert, they find their hearts could be a match… if only they can survive the nightmare-like terrors that arise when the sun goes down.
Where to find the book!
First I want to start off with the fact that there’s so much Spanish in this one!! It truly made my heart happy, from small things like, to names, and oh of course POEMS. I won’t say much about them because I truly think that you should read them yourself and they truly are gorgeous. And don’t worry for those non Spanish speakers, there’s translations and most of the time it’s just a word or simple phrase, it won’t leave you completely out of the loop either way!
Something that I was talking about online was how beautiful the writing was, like a descriptive poetic paragraph talking about the sun. Mark really painted images that were magical and immersive. Most of the book takes place in the desert so you’d think that the vastness of it all would get boring quickly. But it’s everything but boring. I can’t seem to explain it but the setting just feels magical.
Every time I picked it up I would get nervous and my stomach would get twisted waiting or next big thing to happen. I’m the type of reader that’ll read a few pages and stop to look at twitter. But this book changed that completely. It has a way of enveloping you into the story and keeping you hooked that you can’t simply stop and do something else.
The plot itself can is somewhat a coming of age, finding yourself type of story, its very character heavy. I can’t tell you how much I loved these characters; they navigated through so many obstacles and challenges that changed them. In the end they do win a special place in your heart. Once I read the last line I kept checking to see if there was anymore because I loved it so much. I think this book is just so different to anything I had ever read and I was left gawking at how poetic and beautiful this writing was.
I have to stop myself from talking about how amazing it is, because now I’ll show you!! Here are some of my favorite quotes from my reading, no spoilers as always!
When i am alone I exist for myself (…) when I am alone I am alive
This is just a tiny snip of one of the poems you find in the book, when I say that some of these gave me goose bumps I’m not kidding. These poems have a way of delivering underlying messages. They make you rethink and try to piece together what the true message is.
I had my doubts about You and Your love but at the moment surrounded by possibility ad hope it was easier to believe
Religion is a big part of Each of Us a Desert, Xo is travelling and discovering what life really means and what she believes. I think it took interesting turns when put in front of different people who have different interpretations or beliefs based on the overall religion present in the story.
The sound of sunlight is the gentle scurrying of lizards and mice, (..) it’s the earth groaning and creaking as it wakes up.
THIS IS JUST A DESCRIPTION OF THE SUN. The sun!! And it’s only a small section of the whole paragraph. I read this line over and over because I think it’s just so beautiful. I love when authors use imagery and not just plain feelings to explain things. And making the sunrise sound so romantic and peaceful was the perfect way of setting the tone for the rest of the book.
We stretch ourselves: to fit within roles we are given
Roles within a community, and having tasks to fulfill is something Xo explores, how sometimes you lose yourself and become what you do, forgetting that you’re allowed to have a life outside of it.
Each of Us a Desert is definitely going to be one of my top reads of the year, I can’t get over how amazing the writing and plot were. I highly recommend you check it out, it deals with topics of societal roles, changing yourself and becoming who you truly want to be. Final rating:
About the author
Mark Oshiro is the author of Anger is a Gift (Tor Teen), winner of the 2019 Schneider Family Book Award and nominated for a 2019 Lammy Award (in the LGBTQ Children’s/Young Adult category). Upcoming novels include Each of Us a Desert (Tor Teen), a YA Fantasy novel out September 15, 2020, and The Insiders (Harper Collins), an MG Contemporary with magical elements out Fall 2021. When they are not writing, crying on camera about fictional characters for their online Mark Does Stuff universe, or traveling, Mark is busy trying to fulfill their lifelong goal: to pet every dog in the world.