I was thrilled when I found out that I won my very first book from LibraryThing’s April 2018 batch (for an honest review) of early review books (LibraryThing Early Reviewers Program) and I’m excited to review it and talk about it today! The book that I won, Clara Voyant by Rachelle Delaney, is a coming of age middle-grade book involving a little bit of a whodunit mystery and the power of horoscopes and mysticism!
I fell in love with the cover and thought it looked really cool, so I was very happy when I found out that it was the book that I won in the giveaway! Anyways, this was a really cute middle-grade book and I really enjoyed it! I thought there was something relatable about each of the characters in this story and they were all humorous too.
Our main character, Clara Costa, takes after and looks up to her straight-laced and no-nonsense grandmother, so it comes as a complete shock when her grandmother decides to retire and move to Florida, leaving Clara with her new-age mother alone on their own for the first time ever. Clara has to adjust to moving to a new part of town that she hates, go to a new middle-school, deal with her mother’s new job and her mother’s weird friends, and make new friends herself. Good thing she quickly finds a new best friend in Maeve as she learns to navigate her new school. Clara wants to eventually become an investigative journalist when she grows up, so she sets her sights on writing for the school newspaper, hoping to get the chance to prove herself and get good writing assignments. Unfortunately for Clara, she gets a few small boring articles to write (nothing like the “hard-hitting” important articles that she dreams and knows she can write if only she can be given the chance!) before getting regulated into writing the monthly (to her horror) horoscopes!! It couldn’t get any worse! Or so Clara thought . . . until her Horoscopes start coming true and she becomes a celebrity among the students. All they can talk about is “Clara Voyant” and how her horoscopes are coming true which drives Clara CRAZY!!! Clairvoyance and horoscopes aren’t real . . . are they?
But when a mystery unfolds at school, she finds herself in a strange situation: having an opportunity to prove herself as an investigative journalist . . . with the help of her own mystical powers?!
The book had a little bit of everything: a coming of age story with a hint of a little mystery! There were a few things that slightly bugged me, though, such as Clara wasn’t as bubbly as I wanted her to be (I did still like her as our main character though! She still had qualities that I liked and could relate to). Also, her grandmother slightly annoyed me as well, because they never talked on the phone, they only texted each other and Clara more than once asked if they could speak on the phone because she just wanted to hear her voice. I think if she were able to hear her grandmother’s voice it would’ve done wonders for Clara, but she kept catching her grandmother at a bad time and when she was too busy. Another thing I found slightly distracting was they kept referring to Clara’s mom and grandmother by their first names and I kept having to think about who they were referring to, which took me out of the story. I think that’s partly due to me reading a lot of first person POV’s lately, and this was from third person limited POV.
But like I said before this was a really cute story and despite some of the issues I had with it, I still found it to be a really enjoyable read and would definitely recommend it to people, both young and old!
Happy Reading everyone and remember to #DoWhatYouLove!