ARC Review || All of Us with Wings by Michelle Ruiz Keil

40177227Title: All of Us with Wings

By: Michelle Ruiz Keil

Pages: 360 

Published:  June 18th, 2019

By: Soho Press

Genre: YA|Magical-Realism|Fantasy|LGBT+

You can buy it HEREBook Depository

Michelle Ruiz Keil’s YA fantasy debut about love, found family, and healing is an ode to post-punk San Francisco through the eyes of a Mexican-American girl.

Seventeen-year-old Xochi is alone in San Francisco, running from her painful past: the mother who abandoned her, the man who betrayed her. Then one day, she meets Pallas, a precocious twelve-year-old who lives with her rockstar family in one of the city’s storybook Victorians. Xochi accepts a position as Pallas’s live-in governess and quickly finds her place in their household, which is relaxed and happy despite the band’s larger-than-life fame.

But on the night of the Vernal Equinox, as a concert afterparty rages in the house below, Xochi and Pallas accidentally summon a pair of ancient creatures devoted to avenging the wrongs of Xochi’s adolescence. She would do anything to preserve her new life, but with the creatures determined to exact vengeance on those who’ve hurt her, no one is safe—not the family she’s chosen, nor the one she left behind.

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I want to thank Edelweiss+ and Soho Press for providing me with a copy in exchange for an honest review

 🌪 TW: Drug Abuse, Sexual Abuse, Underage/Adult Relationship & Violence

I was very excited to read this book, it has many factors that I find fascinating, especially when I just knew what it said in the blurb, but it turns out that the book isn’t what I expected and I guess that’s why I ended up surprising, although unfortunately, it wasn’t a pleasant way, I must sayI find that the writing style is very beautiful and without doubt, I would read something more from the author in the future, just the plot contains quite problematic and uncomfortable situations for me, so that’s why my rating is low.


I have so many mixed feelings about this book, and I feel that it has been one of the most difficult to give a rating to.

In All of Us with Wings we follow a 17-year-old Mexican-American girl named Xochi, she has been fleeing from a very hard/dark past that she wants to leave behind and in the process her path intersects with Pallas’, an 11-year-old girl that lives in a Victorian house with her rockstar family and they establish an unique relationship, of understanding and friendship, so Xochi accepts the position of being Pallas governess and soon finds her place in the house. Until one night, during the Vernal Equinox, the girls are playing what seems like a meaningless and innocent game, and end up invoking creatures that will aim to take revenge on those people who have made Xochi suffer during his life and will depend only on her and Pallas stop the situation. 

I want to start talking about what I liked and a lot, and that was the writing style, this book is told with a very beautiful and lyrical style, it’s different to what I’m used to and I must say that I love it, that’s why I would love to read more by the author, I think that she has a unique talent to write.

Then I also think that it has VERY well created scenes, especially when there’s magic and magical-realism happening. The way in which it’s explored and described is very beautiful to read and I wanted those scenes to have lasted a little longer. I also adore Mexican-American representation, I always support Latinx writers and Latinx characters as well.

Well, now we’ll talk about what I didn’t likeThis book is much impactful and more explicit in content than I thought it would be, and maybe it was my mistake for misinterpreting the idea of ​​the book, but having known the amount of inappropriate scenes that involve a minor with an adult man, maybe I wouldn’t chosen this book to read in the first place. I can’t talk about this romance as such because if someone wants to read the book would be spoilers, but I can tell you that it’s about “romanticize” or “normalize” a situation that’s out of place, not only by the underage involved but by the fact that it’s a power abuse of a man who’s employing the other person, you know?. It’s very complicated and twisty in many ways. What worried me the most and bothered me about this situation, besides the sexual scenes, was the look that everyone else had on what was happening, they literally made jokes about it or said that it was something like “normal” because rockstars, and cause she’s so mature for her age and that shit. I was like “REALLY?!” I couldn’t control my temperament and in general guys, I am very open mind with romance, and age differences don’t scare me, but this was very uncomfortable for me and I didn’t manage to feel that this was the right thing at any time. Maybe it works for you, though, but definitely not for me.

The main characters of this book live in a house where there are continually parties since it’s a rock star family, so, for example, Pallas is involved in a excesses life from a very young age, she sees people get high all the time and I was in shock when just, in the beginning, there’s a scene when Xochi finds Pallas smoking, and she’s only 11 years old, maybe this is something cultural?, but I doubt it. Things like that, though, are thousands in the book, and this is why, among other things, I think the book shouldn’t be cataloged as YA, I think the book feels a lot like an Adult book that follows young characters, you know?

I didn’t feel particularly close to any of the characters, maybe because I was more focused on other things that were happening

It’s very difficult to talk about a book that can be so solid in certain aspects, but so weak in others. This will be the kind of books that you love or hate, I feel there will not be many who share a middle term. It’s difficult for me to recommend it, in fact, I prefer not to do it, but if you feel curious and want to read it remember the trigger warnings, and also that it’s a book for those who maybe like YA, but they want to try something more daring and dark, or for those who enjoy Adult genre and Magical-Realism/Coming of Age stories. Not my cup of tea, but maybe it’s yours 


2.5/5 ⭐️⭐️💫

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24 thoughts on “ARC Review || All of Us with Wings by Michelle Ruiz Keil

  1. Oh no!!! So unfortunate (great GIF though … huge crush on McAvoy). I wouldn’t like the minor and adult scenes either … like, i get that people use this to prove a point in a novel, but I just don’t want to CHOOSE to read about it. And that’s a shame about not feeling connected with the characters. I don’t think I could read a book without feeling connected to them … great review in the end though!

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    • Yes, totally, I feel the same, I think the author chose to be vague in the blurb with the clear intention to surprise with a daring plot and I understand it may work for many but certainly a very disturbing and uncomfortable reading for me, it’s a shame because It was one of my most anticipated this year but well, sometimes it happens. Thanks, sweetie! 💕

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  2. It’s tough when the triggers in a novel get to you. I’ve been in your situation before… Where you don’t necessarily WANT to give the book a low rating… But, it wasn’t your kind of book. There’s such a fine line between objectivity and criticism… It all banks on whether the challenging content had a point. If it really had an impact on the story and was required. I try to look passed it. If it was there for shock value, or wasn’t necessarily needed, then it bothers me more!
    At least it sounds like it was a well written story over all!

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    • YES! A lot of truth in your words. 👏🏻 I think the writing style gives the book a unique vibe, but the content is definitely not for me, it’s a shame, I hope that those who read it can connect in some way, but being honest with myself I couldn’t recommend it, it’s too disturbing

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  3. Thanks for such an honest review. I was kinda excited about this book, but your review has given me the clarity that maybe it isn’t for me. The rock star life might just be a bit too much the focus for me.

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    • I was very excited about it as well, but hey, sometimes it happens that the book isn’t for you and this is one of those times, too many uncomfortable situations to let it pass.
      I’m glad that my review has given you something to think about, honey 😊


  4. I love that cover (and that gif)! Thank you for this honest review Sofii, I love magical realism but I don’t think this book is for me. The topic is really uncomfortable for me to read and I’m super picky about lyrical language xD I hope your next read will be better!

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  5. What the heck! I had no idea that this book contained scenes like that. Underage relationships make me super uncomfortable and a pet peeve of mine is when fictional characters smoke, especially 11-year-olds?? Thank you so so much for pointing these scenes out in your review and I’ll definitely reconsider whether I want to read this book or not!

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    • I was like in shock when the smoking thing happened and that happens in the first pages so yeah, I should know what was about to come. 😅 It’s a pity, I really thought that I would love it and I would bring you a positive review, but I can’t let pass certain situations so I’m happy to, at least, be able to warn you about it. 😊
      And thanks to you, honey, for reading my review and commenting 💕

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  6. Lovely review! I’ve been so curious about this book and it sounded like a lovely read overall, but…I think I might end up staying away from that one haha. Thank you for the review! ❤ ❤

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    • Thanks to you beautiful for commenting and reading my review!❤️
      I’m really sorry to have to write such a negative review, but I must be honest, I can’t recommend it there are so many uncomfortable things. I would still try another book by the author, though, because her writing style is beautiful 😊

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