Thursday, February 21, 2019

Tarot by Marissa Kennerson - ADVISABLE

Tarot by Marissa Kennerson, 275 pages. Razorbill (Penguin Random House). 2019 $18

Language: G (0 swears); Mature Content: PG13 (Teen kissing, messing around); Violence: PG13 (mild torture).



Anna lives in the land of pentacles, trapped in a tower by her father, the King. Her only friends are the Fool, The Magician and the Hermit. She spends all her time spinning worlds into tapestries. When her friends help her to escape, she travels to a new land, Cups. It seems like paradise, everyone is her age, happy, and carefree. But things start to go wrong, storms and earthquakes and Anna is blamed. Will Anna find out her true parentage and being able to hone her latent power before its too late?

I was definitely drawn to this book by its cover and topic (coincidentally I was featured in a tarot deck by the amazing cover artist), I think students will be as well. The story itself was kind of odd and didn’t really mesh well with the tarot concept –in fact, the whole story could have been sans any tarot references and played out exactly the same. While the different cards are mentioned as people and places, it seemed more like an after thought than central to the tenants and outcome of the story. I felt zero connection to Anna -she was kind of dull character. I didn’t gel with her love triangle. Overall, I could pass on this story, but it couldn’t hurt to have it at your library.

Reviewer: Stephanie MLS & Author.

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