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For best friends Miliani, Inez, Natalie and Jasmine, Providence, Rhode Island has a magic of its own. From the bodegas and late-night food trucks on Broad Street to The Hill that watches over the city, every corner of Providence glows with memories of them practicing spells, mixing up potions and doing séances with the help of the magic Miliani’s Filipino grandfather taugh ...more
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Expected publication: May 31st 2022 by Henry Holt
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Marieke (mariekes_mesmerizing_books)
Actual rating 4.5 stars

Aw, Deep in Providence is raw. Haunting. Magical. Painful. Sad. Hopeful. Emotional. And above all, splendidly written!

Three voices, Miliana’s, Inez’s, and Natalie’s, each so distinctive, each full of grief, each dealing with different things after their best friend Jas died in a car accident caused by a drunken driver. Determined to get Jas back, the girls start using their mystical abilities.

I don’t really believe in higher powers and am pretty down-to-earth. But this boo
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Riss Neilson
Sep 25, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
Oh. It’s just me here, giving myself some love. Haha <3

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gauri
the way the writing tugged at my emotions!!!
Andy
Thank you to Colored Pages Tours and Henry Holt for providing a physical copy in exchange for an honest review and promotion. All opinions are my own.

This was incredible.

Rep: Black-Filipina sapphic cis female MC, Latina cishet female MC, Black cishet female MC with anxiety, queer Black cis female side character, various Black, Latine and Filipine side characters.

CWs: Death, grief, mental illness (anxiety), pregnancy, abortion/miscarriage, blood, sexual content. Moderate: addiction (parental si
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Kate
When I tell you this is the contemporary fantasy I have been waiting for nearly all my life, I really and truly mean it.

Deep In Providence is a deeply evocative, atmospheric read that brings magic and faith to life in the most beautiful of ways. At its heart, this book is about three young girls on the cusp of great changes in their life, and having to deal with that alongside of grief and the ultimate lesson in mortality. The girls use a combination of the magic handed down to them from the gen
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Julie - One Book More
Feb 13, 2022 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ya, fantasy
A story about loss and life, family issues, friendship, and so many other important and relevant topics, Deep in Providence is a brilliant novel. It’s emotional and raw and magical, and its thought-provoking themes, dynamic characters, and unique plot made for an engrossing read. The story follows three teenage girls as they grieve the loss of their mutual friend, who died in a tragic car accident. Determined to bring Jasmine back, the girls work together using magic in the hopes that it’s not t ...more
Rachel
Jan 17, 2022 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
As soon as I heard about this book, I knew I needed to have it because it's based in Rhode Island! As much as I love my tiny state, it never gets the recognition it deserves. Deep in Providence does an excellent job of recognizing it, especially the varied cultural experience that happens in such a small space. As a resident, I loved seeing familiar places.

This book is labeled as YA fantasy, which is it, but it is also so much more than that. Deep in Providence tackles death, friendship, religi
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Vanessa
Nov 28, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2022
I adored this!! An absolutely stunning and haunting debut about three girls who turn in desperation to magic after their friend dies in a car accident. This is a beautiful exploration of grief, love, friendship and family, and Miliani, Inez and Natalie have an intense depth that made me love them so much.
Julie - One Book More
A story about loss and life, family issues, friendship, and so many other important and relevant topics, Deep in Providence is a brilliant novel. It’s emotional and raw and magical, and its thought-provoking themes, dynamic characters, and unique plot made for an engrossing read. The story follows three teenage girls as they grieve the loss of their mutual friend, who died in a tragic car accident. Determined to bring Jasmine back, the girls work together using magic in the hopes that it’s not t ...more
Amanda at Bookish Brews
Feb 07, 2022 rated it it was amazing
this book broke my heart into a million pieces over and over and over again

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Marissa Eller
Jan 02, 2022 rated it it was amazing
A spell-binding debut I read all in one day. Part sweeping family saga, and part age old tale of how deep the roots of friendship and love really run. This is a genuinely incredible book I won’t soon forget.
Lillie Lainoff
Oct 28, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fellow-22-debuts
A beautiful exploration of friendship, grief, and love that transcends everything--even death--DEEP IN PROVIDENCE is a searing debut novel. It is the perfect combination of terror and tenderness.
Samantha
May 18, 2022 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: lgbtq
Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions expressed in this review are my own.

This book was so dam delicious! I grabbed every chance I could to just devour it. Deep in Providence gave me everything my little heart hoped for. There's friendship, family, dark magic, love, healing and even some laughs along the way. There was nothing this book was lacking, there is nothing that could have made it any better.

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Shakera
May 25, 2022 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I am in awe of this book. I don’t tend to read a lot of magical realism, but this was above and beyond my expectations. This story was haunting and emotional. I don’t know if it’s because I’ve been having a week, but this book has been powerful to me.

Told through multiple points of view, you get to know each character and how this tragic event affects them. Neilson brings the magic to life through the three best friends and beautiful writing. Each young lady has a distinctive voice and a distinc
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Porsche Malone
Mar 03, 2022 rated it it was amazing
**I received a digital copy in exchange for my honest review. This is no way affects my opinion.

Now, Miss Ma'am...
How DARE you write such a masterpiece? From the beginning, this journey GRIPPED me. I could not put it down and had to force myself to go to bed, just to pick it up right away the next morning.

I laughed, cried, felt joy, felt hurt, felt so much love (and annoyance) for these characters, and even scared a few times. And after I landed on the last page, I had to just sit and silence
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Melissa Karibian
Feb 07, 2022 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2022
I got chills from the very first sentence and I knew right then, this would be a story filled with emotions in the best way possible. I’m no psychic, but I’m so glad I was right.

Neilson crafts emotion, haunting, pain, love, joy, and complex characters in a way that wants you turning the page for “just one more chapter” (spoilers: you will stay up all night reading it). With such strong prose and descriptive imagery, I cannot wait for what she writes next!
Janna
can't wait to read my arc of this queer and magical story!!


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A.L. Graziadei
Jan 16, 2022 rated it it was amazing
Deep in Providence promised so many things I've been craving in a book, and it delivered on every single one of them expertly. The need to see what would happen next kept me up reading through exhaustion on several occasions. The love this group of girls has for each other is beautiful and inspiring and real, and I really appreciated getting to see each of their perspectives and journey with them through their individual troubles outside of their quest to bring Jasmine back to them. I truly felt ...more
Katheryn Haskell
Apr 10, 2022 rated it it was amazing
I... Just wow. This is one that will stick with me for a while.

Before we go into anything - there need to be some trigger warnings here (and these may be slight spoilers, so skip if you want). TW for this book include miscarriage/abortion, child loss, and addiction.

SO that all being said, again, wow. I usually go into YA books with an expectation of there being a type of simplicity to it, and not having as many heavy themes, but this was none of that. There are SO many heavy topics, and they ar
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BiancaNadineReads
Apr 26, 2022 rated it really liked it
This was such a stunning tale!

With a blend of three voices, the author immediately sucks you into this world.

Set in Providence, three best friends are in shambles after one of their best friends dies in a car accident. Miliani can’t accept that Jas is gone, so she makes it her mission to bring her back from dead. With the help of Inez and Natalie, the trio test their magic in so many ways to try and get stronger in order to bring Jas back. But nothing is ever that simple and the girls figure o
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Whitney
Apr 04, 2022 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"Deep in Providence" is a slow-moving examination on love, grief, and loyalty wrapped in a coming-of-age tale. Following three teenagers as they attempt to come to terms with losing one of their own, "Deep in Providence" reckons with addiction, anger, sexuality, and unplanned pregnancy through the lens of a haunting. This book defies a lot of genres - I'd call it contemporary YA, but it takes place nebulously in the early aughts, and in places it is quite unsettling and frightening like a horror ...more
USOM
May 25, 2022 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
(Disclaimer: I received this book from the publisher. This has not impacted my review which is unbiased and honest.)

TW: self-harm, drug abuse, miscarriage, anxiety, child abuse

Deep in Providence revolves around friendship. The ride or die, blood pact to keep us knitted together, variety. And what I enjoyed about this debut is that Neilson balances this connection between them with the space for their individual stories to shine. Each of these teens, Miliani, Inez and Natalie, have to reconcile
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Elisa Bonnin
Apr 04, 2022 rated it it was amazing
This book is raw and gripping and emotional, and pulled so many feelings out of me while I was reading that the time seemed to just fly by. DEEP IN PROVIDENCE is a beautifully written, haunting debut about three teenage girls, Milliani, Natalie, and Inez, and how they deal with grief when their best friend Jasmine passes away.

Jasmine dies in a car accident, but the girls aren't ready to let her go. The four of them have been practicing magic for a while now, spurred on by Milliani, who has been
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Gina Malanga
Mar 11, 2022 rated it it was amazing
Providence is my hometown and so this book already had a place in my heart. This is a book about magic, about friendship, and ultimately about being able to let go and move on even when it’s difficult. When Jasmine is killed in a car accident her three best friends are left reeling, and they are convinced that they can find a way to use magic to help her spirit find peace, and they’re willing to do this no matter what the cost is. As they start to strengthen their connection to the spirit world ...more
Ally
Apr 24, 2022 rated it really liked it
Received an arc from Netgalley!

Hoo boy, this was a feels trip. Waffling between ominous and heartbreaking, the characters driving my crazy one minute and then having me wanting to hug them the next. It deals with SO MUCH, so many heavy topics but never felt weighted down by them or like it was trying to cram too many “issues” into one story, it felt real and faceted and I can only imagine how necessary a book like this is going to be for teens going through the kind of hardships the characters d
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Lucy
Mar 21, 2022 rated it it was amazing
I had the pleasure of reading an early copy of DEEP IN PROVIDENCE.
Britney S.
Jan 05, 2022 rated it it was amazing
I had the pleasure of reading an early copy of DEEP IN PROVIDENCE. Can I just say . . . this book pulled and twisted at me in ways that I didn't think was possible. Neilson did an impeccable job at grabbing the reader by creating wonderfully flawed characters who demanded for their stories to be told. The family and friend dynamics were hard-hitting and raw. The grief was a sucker punch to the gut, and the scary parts snuck up on you at the break of dawn, refusing to let go. At the core, this bo ...more
Ezb
Jan 19, 2022 rated it it was amazing
This book is magic. The sort of book you pick up and can't put down—I read it in a single day, and wished it could keep going. From the first pages, Mili, Inez, Nat, and Jasmine had my heart. They're the kind of characters who are so real that they feel like friends you've known your whole life. There was so much to love here—the unique magic, the vivid depiction of Providence, the devastating realness of the portrayals of addiction, the beautiful queerness of the characters—but what I loved the ...more
Shinyfluff
Jan 10, 2022 rated it it was amazing
*spoiler free review*

I was super excited to read the ARC because the book looked absolutely intriguing with spirits, magic, female friendships and mystery. I LOVED THIS STORY! I seriously could barely put it down. The characters were so deeply filled out they came alive on the page and in my heart. When I tell you I cried more than once reading this excellently plotted story of 3 friends sharing and moving through the grief of losing their 4th friend. The ways in which the characters separately
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Marcella
Jan 09, 2022 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc
It was such a beautiful read. I felt seen between the pages, and not just to one single character, but I saw a piece of myself in every characters and their struggles/condition. This book covered a lot of grounds. Dealing with grief, how to keep living even if you felt everything is falling apart around you, teen drama (read all the TW before proceed, please), friendships, beliefs, and family problems. It was haunting, healing, magical. and brilliant. I love every single pages of this book and i ...more
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