Goddess of Filth

Creature. Apr. 2021. 156p. ISBN 9781951971038. pap. $16. HORROR
A powerful and gripping novella from Own Voices author Castro (Queen of the Cicadas), this is the story of five Chicana girls in San Antonio, TX, who are one year out of high school. They don’t start out as proclaimed witches. Nonetheless, they get involved in plenty of dark magic as the story goes on. The girls contact spirits, but none of them could have predicted what they would end up with. Readers who loved The Craft but wished it went in more interesting (and diverse) directions will love this. This captivating, fast-paced story steeped in Mexican mythology and bruja magic from a master storyteller gives new meaning to the term “girl power.”
VERDICT Public libraries should order multiple copies of this title. A natural read-alike and companion to Silvia Moreno-Garcia’s Mexican Gothic and Aiden Thomas’s Cemetery Boys, this is a fantastic choice for mature teen or adult readers.
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