Tea and Coconuts and Blood

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“We all have our secrets, or the world would be out of currency.”

This is a YA historical fantasy with a web of secrets, tea, coconuts, vampires, and a desperate heist. Not to mention one very interesting weapon. I thought it was a very engaging read. The heist was intricate and well planned, but this is so much more than a heist story. I liked the emphasis on found family, owning your own identity, and choosing your own path. I really appreciated the multiple POVs. Although it’s clear that Arthie is the main character, the others have unique paths and perspectives that add depth to the story. Then, of course, there’s the whole vampire aspect. I’m eagerly anticipating the next book!

The physical book includes a map of White Roaring as well as the larger world, which I found helpful. I also liked the illustration used to separate each act—a collection of maps, notes, and other documents the crew used to prepare for the heist. I thought it was a nice touch.

Note: This is the first book in the Blood and Tea duology. It ends on a cliffhanger.