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Santa Muerte (The Daniela Story #1)

3.50  ·  Rating details ·  48 ratings  ·  23 reviews
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 bac ...more
Kindle Edition, 256 pages
Published January 11th 2016 by Story Merchant
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C.T. Callahan
Feb 26, 2017 rated it did not like it
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Naz (Read Diverse Books)
Aug 19, 2016 rated it really liked it
3.5 Stars
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Santa Muerte is book 1 of “The Daniela Story.” It follows Daniela Delgado, a half-Mexican, half-Italian 20-year old college student who attempts suicide after a traumatizing experience with her boyfriend. This suicide attempt near an ancient tree triggers powers within her that she never knew she had. Mysteriously, Daniela is transported back in time to the Roaring 20s in New Jersey. From there the story soar and catapults itself
Brooke Banks
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Oct 13, 2017 rated it liked it
A lot of potential here.

There were quite a few aspects of this book that made me want to host this book today. The main reasons are that its premise is based on Mexican folklore (Mr. Shanannigans and my kids are Mexican), and I happen to enjoy time-travel books.

My issue with it however, was that it had SO MUCH going on! LBGT and gender equality issues, racism, time-traveling, witchcraft, other paranormal beings, multiple POVs… Really, I had a hard time focusing on the main story. That being, Dan
Bunnita (Worth Reading It?)
Sep 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
It was an interesting fast paced read for me. The racism aspect in the book wasn't that deep and really was used to make Daniela realize that the life she thought was so horrible wasn't all that bad compared to what it could have been. A little perspective can be great attitude adjustment.

I'm looking forward to the next book. I'm hoping that Sabine is not traitor. Please, please, please don't let her be a traitor and though I see there's about to be "the only one true mate" storyline about to h
kelly {BookCrushin}
Mar 03, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: new-adult
Spoiler-Free Review - Originally posted on BookCrushin Blog on 3/18/16.

Rating: ★★★☆☆

"‘They Say these trees are portals to hell…’"

When I read the description of Santa Muerte I was intrigued. After I finished, my overall feelings was that it was so weird but in a good way, however, it never gripped me enough to read more than a few pages at a time until the end. Everything picks up really quickly at the end. Even though it took me so long to get into the book, I couldn’t stop reading as I had to
Mar 12, 2017 rated it it was ok
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Feb 06, 2016 rated it it was ok
Great concept, but it felt closer to a rough draft than a finished novel. The point of view hops frequently in ways that often relieved tension, rather than increasing it. This had the unfortunate side effect of leaving Daniela in the shadows of her own story, for me.

Note: Received a free copy
Oct 12, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2017
When I first started the book, I was leery because it was a new author to me and I hadn't read much in this genre. I went in blind and I took away a great deal from the book. If you ask me now, after finishing the book, I would say that the book is worth reading but it is not completely reader friendly.

I know you are confused now! By my previous statement, I meant that the book could have been more fleshed out and the characters given more depth and importance while the world building could hav
Lori Byrd
Nov 06, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I loved the story line in this book. I just had a little bit of confusing moments since it went back and forth so much. It also leaves you hanging in the end so you would need to pick up book 2 right away or you'd be lost. I just can't get into cliff hangers much. Great story though if you have all the books to read back to back. ...more
M.R. Bauer
Feb 27, 2016 rated it really liked it
Santa Muerte is an interesting read. It has an expanse world with different races, time travel, and witches. It's about a girl that ends up in the 1920's after a failed suicide attempt. The protagonist is the child of two moms that escapes one blunder after another in her effort to get back to her own year in 2030.


The world is well developed with different creatures and magic. It was consistent but there were moments I wish I saw it better. The magical world in the story was convincing and
Jessa Julian
Before we talk about the contents of this book, can we just stare at that beautiful cover for a few more moments? That duality is so gorgeous and so meaningful to the plot! OH! I liked it before I read the book, but now that I see the significance, I'm drooling for it. It's one of the most perfectly fitting covers I've seen in a long time.

Stone drew me in with a captivating prologue. She didn't spare a single one of my emotions throughout this section. Emma was beautifully created as a rebelliou
Mar 06, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Santa Muerte is a story about a girl named Daniela who is deeply depressed and unhappy with her life. She attempts suicide in order to free herself from her demons, but is instead transported back in time to the year 1923. From the very beginning of the novel, the plot is laid out into a giant puzzle which entices readers to solve the mysteries presented before them. The suspense factors in this novel definitely had me hooked.

While time travel is a glorious thing in most fantasy novels, 1923 is
Jaclyn Marie
If you want a quick jaunt through a century of women working together to save each other and themselves, look no further! I really enjoyed this read overall. The plot was fresh and exciting, and I was drawn in. Time travel stories can be amazing or cheesy (in my opinion), so I was glad to see that this one tended more toward the good side. One major criticism is the style of writing itself was really heavy on the "telling" side, for example, "Monica spoke like she had rehearsed this speech many ...more
Mar 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This is a fresh take on fantasy/scifi! It is multi-layered and not just
because it deals with time travel. The book takes you to near future New
Jersey to 1920s New York City, to a village in the Yucatan. If you are
interested in any of the following, you’ll enjoy this book: the application
of technology in science fiction, strong female characters, mysticism and
witchcraft. It covers many complex themes concerning identity and
psychology: mental health, race, family relationships, coming of age, gend
Lisa Camacho
Jan 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Wanting more

WOW! I enjoyed reading the time travel portal where at times people wish they can go into the future or back in time. This book is about a young woman wanting to end her life and finding out how much her life is really worth. Finding and understanding who she really is. A great fantasy story involving witches, wolf's, humans, and other supernatural people. A good 'don't put me down' book. Can't wait for book 2. Will she be able to get to Sabine, her aunt? Will she be able to find Dap
Ceillie Simkiss
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Jan 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
OMG! I loved this book! I didn't want to put it down. Daniela is a character that grows with the book. She starts off as a weak girl, and grows up right before your eyes! Cant wait to see what is next! Lucina Stone is on her way!! ...more
Dec 02, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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