Book Title:
Flower Moon
Book Author:
Gina Linko
Page Count:
Publishing Date:
January 2nd, 2018
Sky Pony Press
Date Read:
January 14th, 2018
I received a copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review - Thank you!


Tempest and Tally Jo Trimble are mirror twins—so alike they were almost born the same person—and they've been inseparable since birth. But it's the summer they turn thirteen, and it seems like everyone can tell something is changing between them. Pa Charlie, whose traveling carnival is the best part of every summer, is watching them closer than ever. Digger, who sneaks poor kids onto the carnival rides for free and smiles faster than anyone, seems to be fixing for a fight. Even Mama is acting different, refusing to travel with the carnival this year even though her own twin, who she hasn't seen since childhood, will be there.

And Tally and Tempest are the most different of all. There's a strangeness between them, a thickness to the air, an unseen push and pull, and it's getting stronger. It starts as a feeling, but soon it's sputtering and sparking, hurling them backwards, threatening to explode.

When Tally learns that she and Tempest may not be the first twins in their family to be separated by whatever this force is, she realizes she'll have to find a way to stop it—or she might lose not only her sister, but everyone she loves.

My Review

The first thing that I noticed and fell in love with about Flower Moon was the gorgeous cover on the book.  From that beautiful text the title is written in to the purple cover with the moon, Ferris wheel, and the silhouette of the two girls, I honestly think that this is the prettiest book cover I have ever seen.  This is the kind of cover that really made me want to read the book even before I knew what it was about.  After reading the synopsis, I found myself wanting to read it even more.

Needless to say, Flower Moon‘s story was a great one, full of magic, twin sisters with a strong relationship, family, and an unforgettable summer.  I love books that have a strong emphasis on family, especially when they are middle grade novels, so I was absolutely thrilled to come across this book.  While this book would be the perfect novel to read in the summer, during lazy days at the beach, by the pool, or even on those magical summer nights on the back porch, this book makes a fantastic read with a cup of hot chocolate in the winter, too.

“We used to be inseparable: me coming up with the schemes, Tempest following my lead, my always-faithful partner.
I missed that.”

Tempest and Tally have always been close.  They’re twins, after all – and they’ve grown up doing everything together.  So when things started getting a bit strange between them, and Tempest starts acting weird toward Tally, spending most of her time fiddling with gadgets and making inventions, Tally misses her sister – she wants to spend hours doing what they used to do, playing and spending time together.  But now?  Now Tally notices something weird going on with Tempest – a force that seems destined to keep them apart.

As they get ready to spend another summer together with their Pa Charlie’s traveling carnival, they notice that this strange force is growing stronger, almost physically keeping them from being too close.

“When I was little, I believed in magic.  All kinda of it.  Wishes on shooting stars.  Yanking on the wishbone.  Reading peoples minds.
Truly, someday I expected to figure out how to converse with every animal on the planet, if I could just listen correctly.
Did I still believe in magic?”

Determined to figure out what’s going on, Tally starts doing some digging into her family history, and when she eventually recruits Tempest into the search for answers, the two of them find some secrets that are sure to change their lives.  But can they figure something out in time to make sure things stay okay between them?

The whole sisterly bond that goes on in this book is magical enough on its own, but when you toss in some magical realism and family secrets and curses, you get an incredible novel that will appeal to readers of any age, not just middle grade readers!

I can’t remember the last time I enjoyed a book quite the way that I enjoyed Flower Moon It reminded me of summers when I was that age, and it made me a bit nostalgic, although you know, I didn’t have a twin and I didn’t get to join in on a traveling carnival, so Flower Moon is ultimately more exciting than my summers ever were.

Tally’s character is sarcastic and tends to be defensive in some situations – stubborn and acting tough, although she is dealing with her own feelings deep down, and often feels quite vulnerable, especially when it seems as though her sister doesn’t want to spend time with her anymore.  I think Tally’s character is easy to relate to because of her demeanor and the emotions she feels – she wants things to go back to the way they were, but they can’t, and she realizes that it’s time for her to move forward with life, growing up, although it’s not always as fun as she had hoped.

“Because that was another thing about growing up: you realized there wasn’t anything you could do about some things.”

This book shines light on the amazing thing that is family, and even more so – sisters.  It’s symbolic for growing up and growing apart, but also dealing with the pain of not wanting to accept any kinds of change.  It’s heartbreaking, but it’s also heartwarming at the same time, and so beautifully written that you are bound to get lost in the pages for hours as you join in on Tally and Tempest’s fascinating summer.

4 stars
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6 Responses to Flower Moon by Gina Linko

  1. I have never heard of this book before your review, and now I am wondering why! It sounds so incredibly special. And you’re right, that cover is so beautiful. It immediately caught my eye and made me interested in the book itself. I swear Sky Pony Press has some of the most gorgeous covers out there!

    I am partial to books about twins so I am definitely interested in reading Flower Moon. Especially since you mentioned it gets a bit magical. I really want to try and branch out of reading just YA and add some MG books to my reading pile so I will have to keep Flower Moon in mind!

    Thank you for the lovely review, Kelly!
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    • Kelly says:

      I’m thrilled to hear that you’re interested in this one! It’s one of those books that kind of slipped right under the radar for a lot of people unfortunately, but it’s really worth the read! I agree about Sky Pony Press having so many beautiful covers – I always find myself drawn to them.

  2. I am so excited for this one! Books that take place in a circus or carnival are ones that demand I read them. 🙂 Great review!

  3. Sharon says:

    wasn’t aware of the book until now, thanks for the excellent review.

    Cheers Sharon…
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