co-narrated by Bailey Carr and Raviv Ullman
To everyone who knows them, best friends Miel and Sam are as strange as they are inseparable. Roses grow out of Miel’s wrist, and rumors say that she spilled out of a water tower when she was five. Sam is known for the moons he paints and hangs in the trees, and for how little anyone knows about his life before he and his mother moved to town.
But as odd as everyone considers Miel and Sam, even they stay away from the Bonner girls, four beautiful sisters rumored to be witches. Now they want the roses that grow from Miel’s skin, convinced that their scent can make anyone fall in love. And they’re willing to use every secret Miel has fought to protect to make sure she gives them up.
Raviv Ullman and Bailey Carr infuse their narrations with wonder and awe befitting a tale full of strange and beautiful things. Steeped in magical realism, it's the story of a girl who grows roses from her wrists and turns pumpkins to glass and a boy who paints moons and keeps secrets. A blossoming romance ensues. Ullman's tone is one of reverence, as if he's delivering a ballad oft recounted, while Carr's is one of desperate yearning. Their approaches are well balanced and reflect the way the narrative is shared equally between both characters. This mix of quiet and passion serves the story, which is fast paced but also possesses a poetic quality. A rich, layered performance. E.M.C. © AudioFile 2016, Portland, Maine [Published: NOVEMBER 2016]