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4.26  ·  Rating details ·  1,143 ratings  ·  348 reviews
Imagine an America very similar to our own. It’s got homework, best friends, and pistachio ice cream.

There are some differences. This America been shaped dramatically by the magic, monsters, knowledge, and legends of its peoples, those Indigenous and those not. Some of these forces are charmingly everyday, like the ability to make an orb of light appear or travel across th
Hardcover, 353 pages
Published August 25th 2020 by Levine Querido
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Antonis As far as I know, this has been out on epub for a few weeks already. I'm sure you can find it now if you search for it.
Shima Hey, No I wouldn't say it's that type of ghost story necessary (it's not meant to be a horror novel). There is a dog-ghost, and without spoiling anyth…moreHey, No I wouldn't say it's that type of ghost story necessary (it's not meant to be a horror novel). There is a dog-ghost, and without spoiling anything, I can tell you there are some scenes involving vengeful murderous spirits but I don't think it's written to be spooky and it's not the majority of the novel.
As for Native American myths in YA, you can have a look at Trail of Lightning as well. I wasn't a big fan of it but a lot of people enjoyed it. :)

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Cece (ProblemsOfaBookNerd)
Author has confirmed that the mc is asexual!! This sounds amazing!
Lala BooksandLala
Oct 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2020-releases
C.G. Drews
You know that moment when you read a blurb and whisper, "Oh this is going to be the best"...and then IT IS THE BEST?! I just had that moment. I'm very pleased. Elatsoe is such a brilliant delight of a book, that is both whimsical and lovely, and also has darkness and thoughtful themes to untangle. It's #ownvoices Lipan Apache rep and I so loved that. Plus Ellie is asexual (doesn't talk about aromanticism but seems likely too!) and my little ace heart just leaped for joy. Then it has magic and gh ...more
Sep 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
If she concentrated, Ellie could feel her consciousness brush countless others; they were ghosts in the underworld Below. She wondered if she could wake them all up. How long would they play in the dark until they drifted off to sleep again?

I'd been hanging out for this book since I read the synopsis - it's finally here and it is so good!

At the most basic level, we've got a murder mystery - always a good start - but there's so much more. Ellie (Elatsoe) lives in a United States very similar to
leo | 飛べ
Oct 20, 2019 marked it as to-read
Apparently the main character is asexual and this book is written by an Apache author. This is the book I didn’t know I needed in my life
Nov 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Ohhhh this is such a beautiful fantasy novel. "Mythic fiction" is definitely the right word for its subgenre, because the heroine practically swims in myth as she moves through this story. Elatsoe - Ellie - grew up on the stories and legends of her powerful ancestors and the monsters that they fought. Those stories support her every day - but there are plenty of other darker and crueller myths and magic at work in the world around her, too.

Ellie is a bright, confident and nerdy 17-year-old who h
Sarah (CoolCurryBooks)
Loved it! Now I'm wishing I could raise my dogs as ghosts. :(
Brody (ettubrody)
Aug 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Thanks to both Darcie Little Badger and Levine Querido for providing me with an ARC of this book.

"Don't rush stories. That's sacrilegious."

ELATSOE is one of my most anticipated releases of 2020, and it did not disappoint. Every chapter draws you deeper into this world where humans walk side by side with the beings from lore. This book strikes the perfect balance of humor, action, loss, and nerdiness that I was expecting from it.

I think what I appreciated the most about ELATSOE is that while Ell
Nov 09, 2020 added it
such a masterpiece of a novel! one of the strongest and most original plots ive encountered in a while. i loved ellie and kirby’s bond, and the way stories of the past were woven throughout the story. the mystery had so many twists and turns!
Oct 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2020-speculative
Y’ALL. My goodness, this book is SO good. I’ve been waiting for Darcie Little Badger to publish a full length novel since seeing her speak at an SFF convention years ago, and her debut YA Fantasy, Elatsoe, still completely surpassed my expectations. I can’t wait for everyone to be reading this beautiful, special novel.⁣

Elatsoe is set in a world like our own, but all of the monsters and magic from myth and legend are real. Think ghosts, vampires, animated scarecrows, coyote people, and the fae a
This is exceptional, I hope Darcie writes for a thousand years, this is such a good book.

Illustrated! Ghosts! Family! Very Good Ghost Dogs! Ace main character! Storytelling! Ghost Whales! Vampires! Ghost Mosquitos! Friendship!
Rishika Aggarwal
culture was the most important part of belonging

It's been a while since I read a YA that sang to me in the way that this book did.

In a world similar to our own, but shaped by magic as much as by technology, Elatsoe can raise the ghosts of the dead. Knowledge says that her skill should be limited to animals, and human ghosts are less the people they once were and more vengeful spirits that cannot be controlled.

But when her cousin dies in a suspicious hit-and-run, and his ghost visits her d
Rachel (Kalanadi)
4.5 stars
Tomes And Textiles
Nov 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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"Don't rush stories. That's sacrilegious." -- Darcie Little Badger, Elatsoe
QOTD: Have you every just been joyfully surprised by a book?
I haven't been reading much fantasy lately, but our local book club chose Elatsoe by @darcielittle this month and it knocked me over in the softest, gentlest way. I was so wowed by Darcie's debut! Although everything appears the same on the surface of
Caidyn (he/him/his)
CW: death and grief

I was sold when I started hearing about this book that it was 1) Indigenous ownvoices and 2) featured an asexual main character. I immediately added it to my mental list of books I need to read for Indigenous peoples heritage month. And I wasn't disappointed. I picked it up and finished it within a few hours because it was that hard to put down.

Ellie's family has a special power to bring things back from the dead. Never humans, though. Humans are where things go wrong. Animals
laurel [the suspected bibliophile]
3.5 stars, rounded down.

I enjoyed it but was more annoyed by El than not. She did act like a teen with supercharged superpowers though, so that was cool? I did like that unlike most YA novels, her parents were present the entire way through the story, and the arc was built on family ties and the strength of family, instead of the (white) YA-typical growing individuality and independence of the protagonist.
Nov 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
CWs: References to murder, injury, and vehicular trauma; exploration of death in the family and pet death; allusions to genocide and kidnapping; some violence and assault.
This is SUCH a COOL book!
Erica Sage
Oct 09, 2020 rated it it was ok
I wanted to love this book so much. I couldn't wait to get my hands on it, and I was even pondering possibly teaching it. I mean, it's got ghosts and monsters, Lipan Apache history and culture, and crimes to solve! And, it started out great -- lovely writing, pithy dialogue, and all the rest I was looking forward to. Unfortunately, it read very middle grade instead of young adult, and the pithy dialogue popped up in the midst of pivotal, tense scenes, taking away from the plot and tone. I still ...more
Carolyn Klassen
Elatsoe was cute and fun with hints of serious, dark topics. I enjoyed the fast-paced adventure style plot with a bit of a mystery thrown in there. I also love that the author has confirmed that Ellie is asexual so yay for ace and queer representation!

It took a while to get going but once I saw the forest for the trees, I was excited and stressed to find out what would happen with Ellie's family. And so many important topics were touched upon. Hereditary land rights, traditional burial practices
Nov 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book was delightful. Does it have some pacing hiccups? Yes.
Was my reading experience so enjoyable, that I am able to overlook that? Also yes.
I loved that the illustrations throughout the book have their own narrative and thematic throughline that works on its own, independently from the text.
That level of detail and care was amazing to see.
Oct 19, 2020 rated it liked it
There is so much to love about this one: the author is Lipan Apache and brings the rich oral tradition of storytelling into the story; the publisher, LevinQuerido , specializes in publishing underrepresented voices; the main character is a teenager that has a ghost dog for her companion; there are vampires in the story.

But, the elements didn't always gel in a way that feels cohesive. Ellie (Elatsoe - E LAT so Ay) is a teenager that gets sad news at the beginning of the book. This sets her on a
Erin || erins_library
(Review copy provided by the publisher)

Elatsoe is a young adult novel set in a world close to our own, but with magical abilities and mythical creatures that are commonplace enough that no one bats an eye at it. The main character, Ellie, is Lipan Apache, asexual, and has the ability to raise ghosts of the dead. Ellie’s ability is passed down through lessons and stories in her family. It’s a responsibility they carry to remember it and keep it out of the hands of the wrong people.

What I enjoyed
Sep 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Kelsea by: Elise - ABook&ACup
Elatsoe came highly recommended by my trusted friend Elise, so it's no surprise that it turned out to be a spectacular book! It's an #ownvoices story of a Lipan Apache teenager whose identity is very much woven in. Elatsoe (Ellie) is a great character, with an adorable ghost dog and an awesome cast of friends and family. (She's also ace!) Ellie investigates a mystery that's done in such a clever way -- I won't say more for fear of spoiling anyone's reading experience, but I love how the mystery ...more
Sakina (aforestofbooks)
Nov 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2020
This book feels like a warm hug. It was beautifully written and I loved how stories of Ellie’s sixth-great-grandmother were incorporated into the book. If I could describe this book in one word it would be ATMOSPHERIC. It just feels so real and tangible and magical. I loved all the supernatural aspects. I honestly had no idea what this book was about going in, but the mix of the supernatural with a contemporary setting wasn’t jarring at all. It was quite seamlessly done and makes me want more bo ...more
Oct 10, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This was so disappointing for me, I really wanted to love this. To start with the narrative voice felt very young and it was jarring every time you were reminded that the main character was 17. This whole story would have worked better if it had just embraced being a middle grade story. Next the conversations between people and the way information was revealed was just very awkward most of the time. For example near the beginning of the book she is with her best friend and out of nowhere and for ...more
Sep 03, 2020 marked it as to-read
Main character is asexual?
Ghost? Monsters? Scary things?

Please, for the love of all things good.... give me this book. Right. Now.
alleah is on hiatus
TW: death, murder, blood, ghosts & monsters, racism, grief, gore, abuse towards Indigenous people

❝ Maybe, sometimes, wants felt like needs. Because the alternative hurt too bad.

4 stars | That was SO enjoyable, oh my goodness. Darcie Little Badger is a debut voice that I cannot wait to see grow, and I swear I will buy anything she puts out.

We have so many fantastic elements to this story. A strong female protagonist who was nerdy and resilient and funny and super genuine and loyal? Chec
I loved this book so much!

It's been a while since I've been so captivated and charmed by wolrdbuilding, but I kept getting excited at the worldbuilding in this book. It was so fresh, fun and beautiful. The stories woven of the past woven into the narrative only added to the enchanting world. It was just, really, really good. I somehow didn't know much going in and didn't expect magic and the supernatural to be accepted into that world and I loved how it was done, how it influenced so much of eve
Sage Agee
If there aren’t at least five more books of Elatsoe and Jay and Kirby and Vivian, my heart will be broken.
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