Firekeeper's Daughter by Angeline Boulley
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
MIND BLOWN! Hands down, best book I’ve read in 2021. Every emotion is touched in this beautiful piece of literature and I felt all of them in an immense way. The fact that this is Boulley’s debut is unbelievable. It’s an incredible story that expertly blends the real world (circa 2004) with Ojibwe traditions and culture.
Every single character in this book is important and necessary, their humanity is tangible. Daunis is young and strong, confident and forward, a refreshing face in an overwhelming sea of whiny, doormat female protagonists. She’s stubborn but not foolish, she’s intelligent but still manages to be age appropriate. Every interaction she has is natural and the dialogue is seamless. Even my romance averse reading preference appreciated the tender moments that happen between Daunis and Jamie and I couldn’t help but hope for their relationship to turn into something more.
Boulley doesn’t hold back, her writing style is eloquent but raw, tasteful but real. There were several moments where I swear my heart stopped, my breath wouldn’t come, and I had to fight back tears. Even though I had an advanced e-galley, I had to go out and buy a hard copy, I had to feel the power of it in my hands, experience it with every sense. I would recommend this book to anyone from young adult to elder, there is something to be learned and enjoyed for everyone. I will be singing its praises for a long time coming.
I received an advanced copy of this book from NetGalley. The opinions are my own.
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