Book Review: Quintessence

I attempt to read my advance reader copies in order of release date, although, more often than not one of them peaks my interest early. I have like zero self control when it comes to new books.

I console myself knowing that early reader buzz leads to pre orders which helps the author get a deal to write their next book. That said, you’ve got awhile before you’ll get your hands on this one.


Alma moved to Four Points after her parents bought a law practice in the small Her anxiety is off the charts as she navigates starting a new school in a new town. Her parents are not much help when night after night they encourage her to try harder. She doesn’t want to let them down and hides her increasing panic attacks from them.

One day she meets the Shopkeeper in town and he gives her a telescope and cryptically told to: Find the Elements, Grow the Light and Save the Starling.

At school she joins the Astronomy club and hooks up with the club members who come together help her and the celestial being that she sees falling out of a star. Together they learn about astronomy, alchemy, friendship, and loyalty.


It is magical realism at it’s best. I adore this story. I think even readers who are solidly typically in the YA genre will like it.

Book Release Date: May 19, 2020

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  1. She sounds pretty real. That’s good.

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