For Teodora DiSangro, a mafia don’s daughter, family is fate.
All her life, Teodora has hidden the fact that she secretly turns her family’s enemies into music boxes, mirrors, and other decorative objects. After all, everyone in Vinalia knows that stregas—wielders of magic—are figures out of fairytales. Nobody believes they’re real.
Then the Capo, the land’s new ruler, sends poisoned letters to the heads of the Five Families that have long controlled Vinalia. Four lie dead and Teo’s beloved father is gravely ill. To save him, Teo must travel to the capital as a DiSangro son—not merely disguised as a boy, but transformed into one.
Enter Cielo, a strega who can switch back and forth between male and female as effortlessly as turning a page in a book. Teo and Cielo journey together to the capital, and Teo struggles to master her powers and to keep her growing feelings for Cielo locked in her heart. As she falls in love with witty, irascible Cielo, Teo realizes how much of life she’s missed by hiding her true nature. But she can’t forget her mission, and the closer they get to the palace, the more sinister secrets they uncover about what’s really going on in their beloved country—and the more determined Teo becomes to save her family at any cost.
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This is amazing well thought out delightful shape-shifting magical story. Our main character who is a strega with the ability to turn people into everday objects. In the course of events she needs to take off on a journey to save her farther and her family but can only do it as a boy. Having no idea how to transform herself or have her magic do it for her she comes across a strega with just that magical quality. Along the journey Teo learns more about who she is as a girl and how the world works as she takes on the persona of a boy in a world dominated by males.
I think this story is really going to speak this generation of teens who are facing a whole new question of who we are as people. I not gonna say where i stand on the whole gender identity that not what my review is about it just saying that in a time when that is on the forefront is nice to have books in fantasy that are able to weave those issues into a delightful story.
The world building is well thought out and the characters are well developed in who they are as either brutal or kind. Each character evolves as the story goes on and leaves you wondering if their be more story. I not sure if this being marked as a stand alone or will have future books i am eager to find out if their more story cause their still lots that can be told. I gave this book a huge 5 stars for its creativity, revalance to today, and the ability to leave us guessing to the end.