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4.15  ·  Rating details ·  34 ratings  ·  20 reviews
“The Kaleidoscope Sisters is one of the most absorbing novels I have read in a long time. Stephens masterfully chips away at Quinn’s exterior, revealing a girl who is sometimes humorous, at times heartbreaking, and always authentic. This is a book you won’t want to put down.”
—Cecilia Galante, author of The World from Up Here

“A butterfly garden is a gateway to a whimsical w
Paperback, 266 pages
Published August 21st 2018 by Kaylie Jones Books
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Moony (The Burglar Baggins) MeowPoff
This was so beautiful, so heartbreaking...It tore my heart out many times and i found myself crying. It was incredible, even though i hated the ending... and i loved the book, but i hated it you know? Because it was so beautiful yet so heartbreaking.
Aug 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book is well written, enthralling and will move you and feel for the characters.
I really loved it and look forward to reading another instalment with this characters.
Highly recommended!
Many thanks to Kaylie Jones Books and Edelweiss for this book
Jenna | JennaStopReading
Feb 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
This book, folks. This book broke my heart in so many ways. I chose to read this in February for congenital heart disease awareness month, and I'm so grateful that I did.

This book taught me so much about what life would be like to live with someone with a heart defect - a harsh reality that I have had the privilege of not having to face. I was so connected to the characters and saw a little bit of myself in both Quinn and Riley. Quinn is mature, selfless, responsible and kind, while Riley is str
Sep 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
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My full review can be found on the Epilie Aspie Chick blog!

Thank you to Kaylie Jones Books for providing the ARC in exchange for an honest review.

Oh this poor family. Beyond the fact that Riley was born with a malfunctioning heart, she also has no dad and an older sister who plays mom more often than sibling out of necessity. I couldn't help but root for them as they jumped through each hurdle to keep going (especially once Quinn got the other realm solution involved). The sibling relationship
Mar 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
“Never stop looking for beauty in broken things.”

Quinn’s little sister Riley has been dying since the day she was born. She has a degenerative heart disease. Quinn was always strong for her mother and honest with Riley. Quinn liked to go places and leave little wishes for a new heart for Riley. One day when Quinn is leaving her note, she finds a portal to the Indigo Realm.

In the Indigo Realm she meets Meelie. Meelie quickly befriends Quinn and helps her along her journey. Quinn can get another
Morgan Hurshman
Oct 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Quinn loves her little sister, Riley, and will do anything to save her. Born with a degenerative heart defect, Riley's heart is starting to decline as she is close to reaching her seventh birthday…a birthday doctors thought she might not see. Quinn races against time to find a new heart for Riley, stumbling into an undiscovered realm. With the help of her new friend, Meelie, and her giant hen, Pidge, Quinn sets out on a quest to find a heart flower capable of saving Riley. However, as she learns ...more
themumthatreads (Anna)

First of all I have to admit that I don’t normally read YA books (the last one I read was fault in our stars - and I only read it because everyone was talking about it!) So this book was really out of my comfort zone. Sometimes reading out of your comfort zone doesn’t work and sometimes it does, this time it did work, and I have to admit it was an enjoyable, if not quite emotional read. A read that I think young adults would thoroughly immerse them selves with.
This book is based around the relat
Desarae Lee
Jun 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book was a beautiful escape from the stresses of my daily life. The characters are well-rounded and likable while maintaining the usual foibles of being actual humans. The story is interesting and complex and, let's face it, I'm a sucker for a beautifully designed cover! I highly recommend this book and hope you enjoy it as much as I did. ...more
Decembre B
Sep 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I loved how different this was compared to all other books I have read or have seen on the shelves. The emotion and thought put into this book is outstanding. The abundance of detail takes you right into Quinn's perspective and has you wanting to find a pond to jump in yourself! Please do yourself a favor and snag a copy, you won't be disappointed! ...more
Traci Campbell
Jun 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is a great book that is a heartfelt story. It is one I will read again and again !!!
Whitney Nicole
Aug 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Beautiful story, beautiful prose; the adventure that I didn't know I needed. Can't wait for a sequel! ...more
Megh Mcconnell
Oct 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
I found this story magical.
This is a story of two sisters, Quinn and Riley. Riley was born with a heart condition, which will ultimately be terminal. Quinn goes on a quest to a magical land to find Riley a new heart and save her, and is faced with a difficult choice. The book deals with childhood illness, loss, and family - family relationships and what it means to be part of a family.
Ronnie's writing style is beautiful. It is intelligent, complex, and rich, while still remaining easy to read
Paige Green
Jul 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
Disclaimer: I received this book via KidLitExchange and Kaylie Jones Books. Thanks! All opinions are my own.

Rating: 4/5

Genre: YA Fantasy

Recommended Age: 13+ (lots of death)

Pages: 266

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Synopsis: The Kaleidoscope Sisters is the first novel in a young adult series hinging on the indomitable spirit of young women. It centers on fifteen-year-old Quinn and her younger sister, Riley, who is dying from a degenerative heart defect. As the novel opens, Riley is weeks away from her s
Kristin Weller
Jul 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The Kaleidoscope Sisters by Ronnie K. Stephens
The Kaleidoscope Sisters is beautifully written novel that offers middle- and young adult readers a chance to travel between two worlds: Riley’s, which includes heart-monitors, hospital stays, and regular visits to a butterfly garden with her older sister, and Quinn’s, which revolves around her little sister, Riley. Sweet, outgoing, seven-year-old Riley suffers from a degenerative and terminal heart condition that has, as of this story’s beginning,
Macey Jackins
Jul 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I was the second person to read this book before it was published and I couldn’t wait to get my hand on a copy! The imagery used to describe the other realm was so realistic, I felt like I was apart of it! Ronnie also made the Quinn and Riley in a way that you could connect with them which I thought brought the book to life!
Lorna Greenlee
Jun 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I know I'm biased since the author is my son, but this is a really good book. I rarely read anything outside historical fiction or crime/mystery, so I wasn't super excited when he told me that this one is young adult. Still, I read it, and I loved it! ...more
Mallerie Stephens
This is one of the few YA books to hold my attention. I almost never read fiction, but I really enjoyed the story and the characters were easy to connect with.
Jane Kelsey
Oct 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 4-stars
Really enjoyed it. I loved the relationships between the sisters, one if then suffering from an incurable heart disease, was my favourite element. The family dynamics and dreamy quality of this book is spot on. It felt very whimsical and wonderlaney. This story almost made me cry which is a big thing for me.

The descriptive moments of one thing or another which were a but too technical (something about geography) pulled me out if the story occasionally, but saying that unloved learning more abou
Mckenzie Cassidy
Jun 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I haven’t read much YA with supernatural elements before and I was pleasantly surprised with the level of realism brought to a 15-year-old girl traveling through parallel universes, as if it was something that happened everyday. The relationship between the family (mother and two daughters) was also very touching. A good story for young readers.
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This book is about the struggles 15 year old Quinn has when taking care of her younger sister Riley who has an incurable heart disease. While visiting a butterfly dome, Quinn discovers a black door which leads to another realm. In the other world, a heart can be harvested for her dying sister with the cost being Quinn's life on earth. ...more
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Ronnie K. Stephens is a full-time educator and father of five, with a strong interest in poetry, fiction, and activism. He recently completed an MA in Creative Writing and an MFA in Fiction at Wilkes University. During his time at Wilkes, he was awarded two scholarships and won the Etruscan Prize. Stephens has published two full-length poetry collections, Universe in the Key of Matryoshka and They ...more

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