REVIEW: SANTA MUERTE: THE DANIELA STORY BY LUCINA STONE
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La Santa Muerte in Mexican tradition is the beloved goddess of death and a protector of souls residing in the dark underworld. I can see the connection with Lucina Stone’s new novel, SANTA MUERTE: THE DANIELA STORY. Our young heroine learns that she too is a protector, and soon she will learn what she is truly made out of.
Suspenseful. Mysterious. Captivating. Engaging.
Lucina Stone’s SANTA MUERTE: THE DANIELA STORY is an amazing and imaginative debut and the great start to a new series. Readers will enjoy the magic and the time travel elements, as well as the struggle of our heroine to accept that she is a bruja, and to come to grips with her powers before they destroy her. This book is also about identity, homosexuality, racism and family. Because no matter what year it is – 2030 or 1923 – all those things can change the world.
Book Summary: THE YEAR IS 2030. In a dramatic, final attempt to free her inner demons, twenty-year-old Daniela Delgado tempts fate and winds up on a strange farm in 1923. With an olive complexion due to her Mexican/Italian heritage and a fresh pixie cut, she is mistaken for a “boy of color.” Her only shot at survival now is to play it cool, pose as “Danny,” and figure out how to get back home to her two, loving moms. And then she meets Daphne—an abused, motherless farm girl in desperate need of freedom and a friend. Having escaped Daphne’s father, the two of them are now roaming the streets of New York City disguised as a young aristocrat and her male servant. They’re running out of money, and ideas. And Daniela thought living in 2030 was tough. But her solar powered smart phone works. And there’s someone within range. She pings them. A selfie of an attractive male comes in with the text: I’m Lain. Who the f--- are you? Even in that moment, Daniela knows this can’t be safe, but what are her choices? They meet Lain at a speakeasy on the Lower East Side. When Daniela reveals her last name, Lain says the only Delgado he knows is Anaya—the head of the Santa Muerte Coven of witches in Merida, Mexico. And then he hints that Daniela is a liar, even though she rocks a man’s three-piece suit like no woman he’s ever met. And as for her tattoos? Don’t get Lain started…. Despite the intrigue, Daniela adds Lain to the list of folks Daphne and she must outrun to stay alive. But as they plan their trip to Mexico, they soon discover that list is much longer than they thought. And they uncover a few other things, too, about Daniela’s true identity….
About the Author: Lucina Stone has a Master of Arts Degree in Clinical Counseling and is a Licensed Professional Counselor specializing in depression, family conflict, LGBT affirmative therapy, and life coaching. She lives in New Jersey with her family. This is her debut novel. Follow her on Twitter @LucinaStone9123.