Thursday, August 3, 2023

Blog Tour: A Tall Dark Trouble by Vanessa Montalban


Welcome to my stop on the A Tall Dark Trouble blog tour, organized by Turn The Page Tours.  Check out my review and a link to a giveaway below, courtesy of TTPT’s Stacia!

*Thank you Turn The Page Tours and Zando Publishing for the arc and finished copies of this book, and for having me on this tour!

A Tall Dark Trouble 

By Vanessa Montalban 

Publication Date: August 29, 2023 (Zando Publishing)

Genre: YA Contemporary, Magic, Fantasy 

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Twin sisters Ofelia and Delfi know better than to get involved with magic. Their Mami has seen to that. After all, it was magic that cursed their family, turning love into poison. Romance is off the table for the Sanchez women. They’ve seen the curse take hold enough times to know how that road ends. And yet. Sometimes a girl catches feelings and just can’t help herself.

When Ofelia and Delfi begin having premonitions of a series of murders, the sisters know it is time to embrace their magical inheritance to get to the bottom of the mystery and save innocent lives. Teaming up with their best friend Ethan and with brooding detective-in- training Andres, the sisters set out to learn the truth. They just need to make sure Mami doesn’t find out what they’re up to.

Meanwhile, in 1980 Cuba, Anita struggles with a different magical conflict. Her mother, Mama Orti, is a bruja who belongs to a secret coven of elders and Anita knows she will be forced to join the coven herself one day. She sees no escape, though the thought of staying and letting this future claim her is terrifying. Ofelia, Delfi, and Anita’s stories collide as each woman steps into her power and embraces who she truly is, refusing to be subdued by any person, coven, or curse.

In this stunning YA contemporary fantasy, debut author Vanessa Montalban explores the interlocking struggles of three generations of women in one family. An unputdownable debut for anyone who roots for magic, sisterhood, and love.

A Tall Dark Trouble was a spellbinding and engaging read. This story had all the witchy vibes that I adored! I loved Vanessa Montalban’s writing and I really enjoyed this book.  This story had magic, curses, romance, mystery, and murder.  There were dual timelines that followed the lives of twin sisters, Ofelia and Delfi in present day Miami, Florida, and Anita in 1980, during Castro’s regime in Cuba.  

I loved the strong sisterly bond between Ofelia and Delfi.  They were both such interesting and vibrant characters.  I also loved the chapters that took place in the past and how everything tied together in the end. 

I definitely recommend A Tall Dark Trouble!  I look forward to reading Montalban’s next novel.


Fueled by the magic of espresso, Miami-born Vanessa Montalban channels her wanderlust for far-off worlds into writing young adult fiction. She’s a first-generation graduate from the University of Central Florida and is hard at work creating a collection of stories. She is represented by Danielle Burby of Mad Woman Literary and her work has appeared in Diabolical Plots and Entropy Magazine.

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There is a giveaway for one (1) ARC copy of A Tall Dark Trouble, courtesy of TTPT Stacia! (

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