A popular new genre in YA fiction is that of Magical Realism. There are various definitions, but it is essentially a literary genre in which the fantastic is presented as no more remarkable than the mundane. Also referred to as fabulism or new fabulism, it generally consists one no more than a couple fantastic elements in an otherwise normal world, generally unexplained, though often with an alternative rationalist explanation not privileged over the fantastic by the author or even sometimes the characters.
As of this leap day, we will be instituting a new feature, Magical Realism Mondays, where on the first or second Monday of each month, Marisa will be reviewing, possibly with spoilers, a Magical Realist YA novel, beginning with Moira Fowley-Doyle’s The Accident Season. Spoiler alerts will be posted if necessary.
Regularly scheduled ARC and post-pub reviews will still be posted, just not on these day.