Final Ruling: 3/5 stars
This book is so incredibly cute, it was a super cute, light read. But it wasn’t much more than that. It was fluffy and cute and pretty, but lacked any sort of depth, the kind of depth that keeps me turning pages. Don’t get me wrong, it was super precious, but I was really expecting something more, I don’t know… magical.
My sweet goodness, I don’t even know where to start with this book. Huh, well, how about my favorite part? That would most definitely be the characters, most notably Pancho *serious heart eyes*. He is the epitome of the romantic hero: the brave, quiet, lovely poet pining for his childhood love. It warmed my heart and made it flutter a bit to see him and his quest to win Sonia’s heart with his lovely words. Another character I really liked was the other half of that relationship: Sonia. When Sonia was born, in the middle of a hellish storm, the wind abruptly stopped, and the people of her small mountain settlement immediately believed that she had some kind of magic. After a while, she believed it too, making it all the more painful when she realizes that it isn’t true, that she really is ordinary, she has no better standing with God than any of the rest of them. It was heartbreaking to see her realize it, but very sweet and inspiring to see her recover from that, and become strong all on her own, without any sort of magical powers for her to lean on. Her strength truly is admirable.
Other than that, I was kind of disappointed after reading, as I expected much more from the little blurb on the back of the book. I expected more mountain fables, more storytelling, and more ethereal writing. But alas… anyways, it was cute, if a bit too shallow, and I really did like the fact that the characters weren’t white which, let’s be honest, is really hard to come by.
I would recommend this to anybody in need of a light fluffy read to occupy a rainy day or a long car ride.