Juniper Leaves: The Otherworldly Tale of a Lonesome Magical Girl

Juniper Leaves: The Otherworldly Tale of a Lonesome Magical Girl

Kinky-haired blerd Juniper Bray used to believe in magic, until she lost her best friend: her grandmother. Now this 15-year-old shy girl is going on her dad's research trip to a farm hundreds of miles away to stay with a family she barely knows and the opposite of a best friend, her new arch nemesis, Bree McKinney. Little does she know the next few months Juniper will disc...

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Title:Juniper Leaves: The Otherworldly Tale of a Lonesome Magical Girl
Author:Jaz Joyner
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  • Bina

    Juniper Leaves is a fantastic coming-of-age story starring a queer Black girl who is literally magic! Juniper is both utterly relatable and someone to look up to. When she and her cousin Bree enter another realm, the girls are set on a journey that will require them to work together and believe in themselves. For that other world is under threat and it is up to Juniper, like her grandmother before her, to save them with powers she didn't know she had.

    Apart from the girls’ reluctant friendship I

    Juniper Leaves is a fantastic coming-of-age story starring a queer Black girl who is literally magic! Juniper is both utterly relatable and someone to look up to. When she and her cousin Bree enter another realm, the girls are set on a journey that will require them to work together and believe in themselves. For that other world is under threat and it is up to Juniper, like her grandmother before her, to save them with powers she didn't know she had.

    Apart from the girls’ reluctant friendship I also really enjoyed the family members, from her smart, nerdy father and aunt studying plants for curing illness, to the food her uncle dished up and the McKinney’s bookshelf. And the annoying younger brother, oh I can relate! It was cute to see Juniper come out of her shell and crush on a girl called Sen. I also appreciate that the love interest Sen is Japanese-American.

    My only complaint is that the book is too short, and I never say that. It’s fantastic to read of queer Black girls thriving, we need more books like this one.

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  • Bdc

    Juniper Leaves is incredible!! it made me laugh, cry, and think. Jaz Joyner has produced a masterpiece. one of those rare pieces of writing that you connect with on so many levels - that makes you relive the most magical moments of childhood, remember fondly the grandmothers who were best friends, and reminds you that we must work together to save the world.

  • Njeri Damali Sojourner-Campbell

    Wow. Just, wow.

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  • K

    3.75 stars. This book was really cute. Juniper is a very likeable character, and it was great to see her blossom into a young adult after the passing of her grandma. It was also so cute to see her discover her sexuality, and form new friendships. I rarely read fantasy, but I enjoyed the fantasy aspect of the book.

    My only complaint is that the Kindle edition (not sure about paperback), has an extreme amount of typos. Words are missing, some tense is wrong, words are repeated, there are random le

    3.75 stars. This book was really cute. Juniper is a very likeable character, and it was great to see her blossom into a young adult after the passing of her grandma. It was also so cute to see her discover her sexuality, and form new friendships. I rarely read fantasy, but I enjoyed the fantasy aspect of the book.

    My only complaint is that the Kindle edition (not sure about paperback), has an extreme amount of typos. Words are missing, some tense is wrong, words are repeated, there are random letters. I'm willing to bet there were around 20-25. These typos distracted me alot. I think that with some refining and editing, this book would be amazing. It's on par with the other young adult I've read recently, and I look forward to more of Jaz Joyner's work.

  • Rachel (Life of a Female Bibliophile)

    Juniper Leaves follows the story of a young teenage black girl who embarks on a magical adventure. Her family is still reeling from the loss of her grandmother, especially Juniper since her grandma meant a lot to her and was her best friend. They spent a lot of time together so Juniper feels a heavy absence in her life.

    Juniper and her cousin Bree are led on an adventure of lush fantasy. Through their first visit to Canatis the two discover a world where fairies, unicorns, and even Loch Ness mons

    Juniper Leaves follows the story of a young teenage black girl who embarks on a magical adventure. Her family is still reeling from the loss of her grandmother, especially Juniper since her grandma meant a lot to her and was her best friend. They spent a lot of time together so Juniper feels a heavy absence in her life.

    Juniper and her cousin Bree are led on an adventure of lush fantasy. Through their first visit to Canatis the two discover a world where fairies, unicorns, and even Loch Ness monster exists. They find out they have special gifts that allow them to travel beyond earth’s realm and communicate with all sorts of creatures. It’s hard for them to wrap their heads around it, but its their duty to save earth. The more Bree and Juniper learn more about the world of Canatis the more danger comes to them and the people they love. Both girls not only become physically stronger, but grow in their powers as well. They learn to put their differences aside and look out for one another since they are family. The impending war brings a lot of action to the story making it lively.

    This was a fun fantasy read! Joyner does a great job of world building and creating a lush fantasy world full of strange creatures and beautiful landscapes. The detail made the reader feel as if they too were in the story. Canatis reminded of some of my favorite fantasy world like Narnia! I also loved Bree and Juniper and how they came to bond over the course of the story. They started out disliking each other because of their rocky first meeting but came to really care for one another. I also enjoyed Juniper’s journey of self-discovery. She went through some tricky obstacles in order to become more comfortable with who she was and her sexuality.

    If you're looking for a diverse fantasy, I recommend checking out Juniper Leaves!

    FTC Disclaimer: This book was given to me by the author in exchange for a fair and honest review.

  • Hollowspine

    I loved it!

    I could have done with a little more action at the end, it felt like the main battle just kind of happened in a moment and then fizzled out. Also, I would have loved a little more development of the characters magic as a whole, it felt like the whole 'training montage' we usually get when people discover they have powers, was missing here (and though I think we all laugh at the trope, I did kind of miss it). Everything was too faced paced in that part of the plot for me, because the

    I loved it!

    I could have done with a little more action at the end, it felt like the main battle just kind of happened in a moment and then fizzled out. Also, I would have loved a little more development of the characters magic as a whole, it felt like the whole 'training montage' we usually get when people discover they have powers, was missing here (and though I think we all laugh at the trope, I did kind of miss it). Everything was too faced paced in that part of the plot for me, because the world was ending in two days, so there was no time for development.

    I really enjoyed the characters coming into their own, especially once Juniper and Bree started getting along and becoming friends. One thing I do wish though, is that Juniper didn't abandon her idea of herself as someone who didn't get drunk at parties. I understand that was part of her development, to be able to "relax" "just have fun", but...I wish the message had been less, "follow the crowd, that's the way to be popular and cool." I was a bit frustrated by that, especially because I know that when people force you to 'have fun' it's more for them than for you, people are uncomfortable around those who don't conform. I wish Juniper had been more of a character for nerdy shy people who don't suddenly transform into cool kids after giving in to peer pressure.

  • Potassium

    I have incredibly mixed feelings about this book.

    One the one hand - yay! The protagonist is a nerdy black girl! I loved how smart June was - especially the "really? you're choosing the most stereotypical form of teenage rebellion? Okayyyyy...." Haha. I loved it. I also loved her crush on/relationship with Sen. So cute and happy. It's the perfect description of a teenage crush.

    On the other hand - I really hated the plot. It was so stereotypical and boring. I felt like June: Really? You're choos

    I have incredibly mixed feelings about this book.

    One the one hand - yay! The protagonist is a nerdy black girl! I loved how smart June was - especially the "really? you're choosing the most stereotypical form of teenage rebellion? Okayyyyy...." Haha. I loved it. I also loved her crush on/relationship with Sen. So cute and happy. It's the perfect description of a teenage crush.

    On the other hand - I really hated the plot. It was so stereotypical and boring. I felt like June: Really? You're choosing the most stereotypical of fantasy plots ever? Okaaaay. Yes we finally have black girls doing cool stuff! Oh... but it's the same old same old story.

    Also, I hated that in order to come of age, June had to stop being so freakin nerdy and become cool like everyone else. Why? Why can't we let nerds be nerds and be proud of who they are?

    Finally, I read the Kindle edition and it is full of weird typos and other problems. Come on, Amazon. Get it together!

  • Marcus Kaye

    Much too young for me. Appreciate a non-traumatic queer moment though.

  • Bogi Takács

    Review soonish IY"H! Probably at least two weeks because I have posts scheduled further ahead than usual. But one of them is a video in which I also wave this book around, so you will see the book before that, too. :)

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