CeCe Rios and the Desert of Souls by Kaela Rivera was an Advanced Readers Copy from NetGalley. This is a Middle Grade read fiction fantasy book.
CeCe is a twelve year old who doesn’t quite fit in with her family or her town. What transpires is a journey where CeCe finds her inner strength and self-confidence.
This story is an incredible mix of fantasy and South American lore mixed into a very well written novel. Adults as well as children will find themselves immersed in this story. A word of warning, parts here and there may be slightly on the scary side for the younger reader. There is no gore but some of the imagery may be scary.
The book is well written and does not talk down to the reader. Spanish words are scattered throughout but make sense in the context of the story. The vocabulary is grade level appropriate and will most likely expand vocabularies.
A very easy five out of five stars for a delightful Middle Grade read.