As a biracial, unenrolled tribal member and the product of a scandal, eighteen-year-old Daunis Fontaine has never quite fit in, both in her hometown and on the nearby Ojibwe reservation. Dauni ...more
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Her plan to play hockey and study medicine has gone off track after losing her uncle in what appears to be a drug related death and her grandmother’s recent stroke. Daunis thinks tragedy comes in threes and is bracing for the final, though nothi ...more
The best way I can pitch this story is something along the lines of an Indigenous Veronica Mars. But unlike Neptune, this world balances more than just the haves and the h ...more
I think that YA mysteries aren’t totally for me, and found some of the plot points to be too convenient. There is also a fake dating trope in here that I didn’t love, so for those reasons this wasn’t a new favorite. That being said, the characters were interesting, especially allll the grandmas and aunties! The hockey element will excite my Canadian friends for sure, and this was generally a good time. I’m giv ...more
either way, i was not sure if i wanted to read this but now i am. this starts really slow but i kinda enjoyed the build-up. this way when the cliffhanger thing happened i actually cared about the characters and what was happening.
i can’t say anything about the accuracy of the representation but i thought it was so intere ...more
Daunis Fontaine has never been fully accepted by either of her communities because of her white mother and Ojibwe father, but she tries her best to honor the traditional ways of her family and be a strong Ojibwe woman. After a traumatic event, Daunis agrees to help the FBI as a confidential informant to discover the people behind the reservation's recent spike in meth. He ...more
Firekeeper's Daughter is a book that swept me away. I was pacing myself, minding my own business, until at about 60% when I needed to finish the whole thing in one evening. Oops. There are so many elements I loved about this ownvoices debut like the feelings of Daunis feeling split between the pieces of her family. Boulley tells the story of Daunis feeling like her identity is contro ...more
This is the motto of Firekeeper's Daughter. This is the motto of every minority person out there: black, brown, Indian—both West and East, Asian, gay, trans, sapphic, everyone. This is the motto of my soul. This is the motto of every closeted queer soul. Do not assume to ignore this as a cautionary tale of being queer in the "new India" or as a tale that tells you that the only acceptable survival to being different is escape or death, it tells you ...more
Rating: Really Enjoyed It, Translates to 4 Stars
Firekeeper’s Daughter is an Own Voices YA Thriller by debut author Angeline Boulley. It follows the story of Daunis, an unenrolled, biracial member of the local tribe who is putting her big dreams for the future on hold to be at home for her mother as they go through a difficult time.
Daunis soon finds herself in ...more
When a murder fueled by a new type of methamphetamine happens within Daunis’s inner circle, she realize ...more
This is easily one of the best YA thrillers I have ever encountered! The twists and turns had me gasping in shock, gripping the edge of my seat, anxiously anticipating where the story was going to go next. I adored the hockey elements, the talk of culture, identity, family, and being true to yourself, and the character’s relationships to one another. I didn’t care for the fake dating/romance aspect of the story, but th ...more
All the yes, please. ...more
This was such a powerful, emotional, beautiful, strong debut from Boulder.
I fell in love with the cover of this book and I went into it without any knowledge of what it was about. I was blown away by the thriller aspect of the story woven with the culture of the Anishinaabe tribe.
I love learning about cultures I know little about and Boulley beautifully entwined aspects of this tribe and their modern day d ...more
Second of all, this book is not at all what I expected. I think it should be noted that there are a few trigger warnings to note in this book, some of them being rape, drug overdose/addiction, and death/murder. These do not get expanded upon in the moments they are presented, but readers should know before getting started. Firekeeper's Daughter was an important story to be ...more
In this story we follow the life of Daunis, a "biracial, unenrolled tribal member," both on and off the Ojibwe reservation. It begins by fo ...more
CW:// sexual assault, drug use, death, body gore.
I genuinely and 100% believe that Angeline Boulley has written the most powerful and stunning book of the year; with unmatched wit interwoven with generational trauma and the pain of firsthand experiences, Firekeeper’s Daughter is the type of novel that will stay with you long after it’s returned to it’s place on the shelf.
This story focuses on the raw pain that Native co ...more
You have a fantastically paced YA thriller with a MC that blends traditional medicine with her science focused brain all while discovering what it means to be a strong Anishinaabe kwe. There where moments I laughed, cheered and was on the edge of my seat. I didn't want it to end. Personally it was also fun to see a community I have connections to in literature ...more