The Princess of Thornwood Drive

Forever: Grand Central. Nov. 2023. 336p. ISBN 9781538725269. pap. $16.99. FANTASY
DEBUT One year ago, Laine Highland was a college student studying animal nutrition when a terrible car accident killed her parents and left her teenage sister, Alyssa, barely able to walk or speak. Now Laine works multiple jobs to pay for Alyssa’s care and keep up their childhood house. When the Lake Forest Adult Day Center is willing to take care of Alyssa for free, Laine can’t believe her luck. Meanwhile, Alyssa is living a parallel life in which she was never in a car accident, but attacked and cursed, while her parents, the King and Queen of Mirendal, were kidnapped. Alyssa must adapt to a new life in the temple that cares for those like her, changels—humans cursed by magic. The temple holds many secrets, including a prince who has a troubling interest in not only Alyssa but also Laine. Both sisters must navigate their worlds to survive, but while Laine faces crumbling security, Alyssa could lose the entire kingdom.
VERDICT A contemporary fantasy debut that draws on Trinidadian culture, modern medical concerns, and family bonds. Fans of magical realism will find this tale engrossing.
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