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Sarah Jacqueline Crow and James Holt work in the vast maguey fields that span the bone-dry Southwest, a thirsty, infinite land that is both seductive and fearsome. In this rough, transient landscape, Sarah Jac and James have fallen in love. They’re tough and brave, and they have big dreams. Soon they will save up enough money to go east. But until then, they keep their hea ...more
Kindle Edition, 288 pages
Published October 10th 2017 by Algonquin Young Readers
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Elle (ellexamines)
Constellations aren't obvious until the moment they are. Then you wonder how you hadn't been able to see them before when the pictures are all so clearly there, telling a story.

All the Wind in the World might as well be called “all the genres in the world.” You all know I love genre benders, but this one might take the cake. It’s a strange blend of magical realism, dystopia, and romance.

I’m honestly struggling to review this, because I don’t particularly know why I enjoyed this book
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Sana
I have no idea about what I read but I liked this.

Buddy read with Elise my Elise.

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Brenda A
Nov 01, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: shelf-awareness
I’ve been ruminating on this one for a while and I’ve decided I️ don’t like it. There’s too much thrown in to a very small book with no character development, very little backstory, and a setting that, while extremely atmospheric, does nothing to tell me much about the society these people live in.

First: the setting. After finishing the novel, I️ gather that this is a dystopian society. One where Mexico took over the U.S. or apparently these kids went south of the border. There’s implications th
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Holly (Holly Hearts Books)
Personal rating: 3.5

Not bad! Not bad! This is my second Samantha Mabry book. I read "A Fierce and Subtle Poison" by her a couple years ago which I also gave 3 stars to as well so I knew I wanted to give Mabry another chance! This is a YA magical realism with a touch of dystopian elements. It actually reminded me of the book/movie Holes! Set in a dry desert landscape, our two main characters Sarah and James (love birds) are traveling across the United States as farm hands looking for work but the
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Jenna | Bookmark Your Thoughts
“Constellations aren't obvious until the moment they are. Then you wonder how you hadn't been able to see them before when the pictures are all so clearly there, telling a story.”

Hauntingly beautiful and dangerously enticing, Samantha Mabry's All the Wind in the World is a fantastic addition to the romance genre in young adult literature. With the desire to eventually own their own land and live a life of peace, Sarah Jac and James are forced to find work in the harsh conditions of the maguey fi
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Bruna Miranda
Sep 11, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebook, arc
AAAAAAAAAAAH QUE LIVRO BOM <3

**I received this ARC from NetGalley and Algonquin Young Readers in exchange for an honest review**

Sarah Jac and James work in maguey fields. That's been their lives since they left Chicago behind, but the plan has always been to save enough money to go back. After an accident happens in the fields, they jump on a train and head to The Real Marvelous - a mysterious farm that many call 'a cursed land'.

The book is never 100% about the scenario but my guest is a dystopi
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Krysti
Sep 30, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
ALL THE WIND IN THE WORLD combines mystery and a hint of magic in a captivating old west setting.

I really enjoyed the plot and premise of this novel. The story moves at a very fast pace, and Samantha Mabry has done a truly remarkable job at incorporating magic into a real-world setting in a way that is not only believable but also interesting.

The underlying mystery that ensues after an accident takes place on the maguey ranch that Sarah and her cousin James find themselves working is intriguing
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Katherine
”There is so much wind in the world. I learned that on the trains. The wind made me happy again. That and space and James’ good nature. We’d jump trains when we needed money. Even in our most desperate times, James would say or do something that would make me laugh.

I’d forgotten about that, all the laughing.

I haven’t had the worst life.”


Pretty cover syndrome strikes again with this sordid tale of secrets, murder and rage. The shoddy world building and muddled attempts at incorporating magic
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Madison
Aug 14, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This review is of a few, sneak peek sample chapters.

All The Wind In The World promises to be an evocative and powerful novel. After reading just a few chapters I want to know more about the characters and their colourful, detailed world. Why do the characters hide their romance, why is their world so dangerous, what made them leave Chicago to work in the dusty fields of the south? The mix of superstitions and magical realism contrast with the harsh and dusty landscape. There is so much more to l
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Tyler Hixson
I liked the pieces of this book.
I liked the danger of James and Sarah Jac's romance and how it was constantly under siege.
I liked the desolate world-building, the harshness of the desert in which the story takes place.
I liked the sparse prose, the no-nonsense structuring of the story.
I liked how the story doesn't end all nice and neat.
I liked/respected/felt feelings toward all of the characters. Despite the relative lack of development of most of the characters, in fact, the lack of development
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Dahlia
Welp, I stayed up waaaay too late to finish that, but I could not put it down.
Lara Kareem
This story is of a time, with a circumstance I've never encountered. With ranches and slaves disguised as workers, used to their best abilities and paid measly amounts for them. So yes this story was good at portraying injustice many people, the oppressed have suffered at the hands of the riches, the injustice of it all.

Now bring in characters that aren't very likeable in the first place, whose decisions most of the time are very poor, and a love story that didn't just feel right to me. Sarah an
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Alexandra Mills
Jun 19, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sneak peek of book provided for a Honest Review

This story was surprising and intriguing. I've only read the first 50 pages and I want to finish this as soon as it comes out.

The two main characters are travelling from plantation to plantation for work and keeping up many secrets as they move. The lies follow them and manifest into each new community they come into.

The world in which Marby has built is fascinating and unique especially in this premise.

Excited to see where this goes
Emily
Sarah Jac and James Holt traveled from ranch to ranch harvesting maguey, a plant which makes tequila and other alcoholic liquids. They pay is low and the conditions were worse. Sarah and James compensated by creating a con that they enacted at each farm they worked at. It started with pretending that they were cousins, not a romantic couple, so that James could sweet talk another girl. But this time, with all the weird rumors of a curse at the newest ranch, they may pay a high price to hold onto ...more
Kelly
What happens when you build your life around a set of lies? What about when you believe them?

This is a love story set in rural west Texas, full of magical realism, bees, pain, sadness, and a romantic arc that works exceptionally well. Readers who loved Mabry's first book will enjoy this one, as will readers who love literary stories with that touch of magic, like Laura Ruby's Bone Gap. Lovely prose, a complex and challenging character in both Sarah Jac and in James, and a story that twists and t
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Mel Anie
Jun 05, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya, young-adult, netgalley
eArc provided by Netgalley in exchange for an honest review

Rating: 4.0 Stars

I've read a sneak a peak of All the Wind in the World .
Basing my opinion on 3 chapters I've noticed several things about this book:
* Magical, but harsh and dangerous world;
* Female protagonist;
* Action moves to Valentine, Texas;
* Elements of romance;
* Curses and ghosts (based on experiences and tales told by other characters);
* Huge variety of emotions.

I'm looking forward to reading the full version of this book.
Berni Phillips
Wow. I'm not sure what the point of such a book is. You have two main characters who are immature and consistently make poor decisions. They lead a rough life, traveling around now dry-as-dust Southwest, working on ranches for pennies chopping some plant. They're in love but pretend to be cousins so that no one can use the other as leverage against them. To reinforce this, they practice little deceits like pretending to be enamored by others to throw people off the scent. It's distasteful. It wa ...more
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Graded By: Mandy C.
Cover Story: Pretty as a Picture
BFF Charm: Maybe
Swoonworthy Scale: 3
Talky Talk: Back to the Future
Bonus Factor: Traveling Show
Anti-Bonus Factor: Betrayal
Relationship Status: Attempting a Friendship

Read the full book report here.
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Sharon
Oct 31, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult
Jumping on trains and temporarily working on fields throughout the southwest, Sarah Jac Crow and James Holt must hide their true relationship for the safety of both of them. Trying to save enough money to buy a place of their own, the pair has spent many months conning and stealing in the background while withstanding the harsh working conditions. When they travel to a place that many workers feel is cursed, will James and Sarah be able to work their magic or will they fall victim like so many o ...more
Lauren
Aug 26, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult
Beautiful writing and complex main character, but geez was this depressing. I hated the whole secret relationship aspect as it did nothing but cause emotional damage.
Mandy
3.5/5

Lovely, atmospheric read. I would have liked to connect with the characters a bit more and wanted more magic than realism, but it's a unique tale.

Check out my full review at Forever Young Adult.
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Amy Leigh
The maguey harvest. Sarah and her lover James and responsible for part of the labor only telling time by the sounds of train whistles throughout the day. Moving down endless rows of agave plants harvesting the hearts for things like tequila. James and Sarah must keep their relationship a secret, frequently calling each other cousins but why? They travel from plantation to plantation harvesting in the grueling desert conditions of a futuristic United States. The lies they keep only intensify thei ...more
Patty (IheartYA)
I'm wishy-washy on All the Wind in the World. Some parts deserved a 1 or 2, other parts a 4. There wasn't an even flow of contentment for me. It was lacking something overall, maybe passion or "oomph." I enjoyed the storyline but it didn't grab me, pull me in, envelope me and make me stay up at night. I often wondered what the point of the story was as I felt little suspense. I've attempted to read Mabry's other book but DNF around page 70 as that one also felt like it was going nowhere. If this ...more
Sandie, Teen Lit Rocks
I am a big fan of magical realism and fell hard for Mabry's debut novel. I still think she's a wonderful writer, but I was not a fan of the story in this book. It just left a lot of plot holes unfilled and a couple of major characters felt painfully underdeveloped. The world-building also felt a bit off. Still, there were some beautifully written, evocative passages, and I don't regret reading it. I just hope her next book is more like her first than this sophomore effort.
Karyn Silverman
Not perfect - there's a lot of world building I'm not sure about - but the writing is lush and the chAracters problematic and the story fascinating. Worth a closer look.
Estelle
Aug 14, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Super swept away by this one.

That prose! Beautiful and heartbreaking all at the same time.
Kelly Gunderman
Oct 18, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Check out this, other reviews, and other fun bookish things on my young adult book blog, Here's to Happy Endings!

Last year, I had the chance to read Samantha Mabry's magical debut, A Fierce and Subtle Poison. That book combined magical realism with relatable characters and an easy to get into plot, making it a real gem in the young adult book world. When I heard that another book was coming out by this talented author, I was ecstatic. I couldn't wait to dive into another magical and beautiful w
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Ashley
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-Bruno Miranda my link text
-Mel Anie my link text

BOOK CONTENT WARNINGS: Animal death and violence.

I was looking for a book to fulfill one of the Latinx-a-thon challenges and once I saw that it was set in the Southwest it was an immediate contender to pick up and read.

I agree with other reviews in that this is more of a character study versus plot centered story and that the ending is hella rushed. With that being said, I completely devoured this. I coul
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Samantha
Note: I received an eARC of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review!

I really, really liked this! First of all, I really enjoyed the world that Mabry created. There are enough details to make it interesting, without diving into a deep origin story type scenario. I like that we know the world has changed, that the water is drying up and things are hotter, but we are never given specific reasons why. Sometimes too much detail takes away from the main point of the story, which is N
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Jill
Nov 27, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The bones of this book resemble other post-apocalyptic young adult stories based on environmental devastation: much of the land has been destroyed by drought and erosion; water is scarce; and fear and religious fervor dominate the zeitgeist. This book goes a bit further however by throwing in some improbable paranormal developments. It is also riddled by inconsistencies that detract from the story. In addition, the main protagonists are very unlikeable, as are most of the supporting characters.

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samantha was born four days before the death of john lennon. she grew up in dallas, playing bass guitar along to vinyl records in her bedroom after school, writing fan letters to rock stars, doodling song lyrics into notebooks, and reading big, big books.

she spends as much time as possible in the west texas desert.

A FIERCE AND SUBTLE POISON (Algonquin Young Readers, spring 2016) is her first novel
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