The wise and the wicked by Rebecca Podos
What it's about: 16-year-old Ruby Chernyavsky family has traditions, like most families have tradition. They have birthday parties, family get-togethers, dishes only served during the holidays, you know traditions. They also have a tradition that isn’t so traditional. Turns out when the women in Ruby’s family enter their teenage years, they can predict the future. Well, not all of the future it’s really one specific event in the future. The very moment where they die. Can you imagine that? Knowing the exact date, time, and way you are going to die? Ruby’s demise? In a car on the way to her 18th birthday. Ruby’s resigned to her fate, but then she learns that her great aunt somehow managed to not only avoid her fated death but live for many years later. Now Ruby, along with her cousin, wants to know can she too change her fate? What is the truth behind the stories that have been passed down for generations?
Why you might like it: This time we have a mixture of magic, suspense, folklore, and some lowkey romance. Anyone with an interest in old-world folklore and how family histories get twisted over time, how ancestral trauma, particularly among immigrant families, can resonate among younger generations in surprising ways will enjoy this book.