This young adult fantasy novel is set in Brooklyn and features a teenager named Sierra who discovers that her family is able to communicate with the spirit world through art. And it is up to her to save her family and community from an anthropologist who has learned their secrets and is now turning the spirits against them. The book is full of humor, truly sinister monsters, and believable world building.
It’s good in weaving traditional YA fantasy tropes in with Caribbean folklore and a young woman of color as the protagonist. It also works as a metaphor for contemporary issues such as gentrification and cultural appropriation.
“hipsters are basically yuppies with tighter pants and bigger glasses.”