Morag Sims's deft narration skills shine in this inclusive YA fantasy, which includes LGBTQ+ characters. Fifteen-year-old Clara's unruly magic and wild emotions have accidentally caused flowers to bloom from her father's chest. Sims puts forth a leisurely but polished and formal tone as she switches between Clara and Xavier, Clara's handsome ex-best friend whom she is now partnering with to save her father. Clara's voice is honeyed and peppered with both zest and whining, while Xavier, who is struggling with his dark past, swings between bashfulness and worldliness. Minor characters have distinct and strong voices. Listeners will enjoy hearing Clara and Xavier's relationship evolve. E.P. © AudioFile 2023, Portland, Maine [Published: AUGUST 2023]
Trade Ed. Harper Audio 2023
DD ISBN 9780063214651 $27.99
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