The Goddess Twins

SparkPress/BookSparks. May 2020. 208p. pap. $16.95. ISBN 9781684630325.
Gr 9 Up–This fantasy debut features a compellingly intense sibling relationship, but readers will also be drawn to peeling through layers of family secrets. Selene unexpectedly flies to London for a last-minute gig, missing twins Aurora and Arden’s 18th birthday. Selene’s peripatetic lifestyle is not new; as privileged daughters of a career-driven single parent who happens to be a world-renowned opera diva, the twins live like “wealthy vagabonds.” Only this time Selene travels alone, and disappears. Aurora gets wildly drunk, leaving Arden to cope and cover for her. They follow Selene to London where they discover that her kidnapping was a trap set by weaker, evil male relatives who are out to smash the family matriarchy. Their grandmother, a Jamaican-born goddess named Ghani, teaches them telekinesis and telepathy, special powers they didn’t know they had. A deadly battle between the sexes ensues, set for the night the twins turn 18.
VERDICT A debut novel combining extrasensory perception, sibling rivalry, and a missing parent to strong effect.

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