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It's historical fiction in that it's set in the 1920s (= before the author's birth), but not in the age of the Mayas. I'd just classify it as "supernatural" -- it's not entirely urban fantasy either. Parts of it are set in cities (including Mexico City), but Casiopeia's home is profoundly rural, and even the next town, Mérida, isn't "urban" as in "urban fantasy" (as I can attest from personal experience) ... not even today, and probably even less so in the 1920s. The same is true for the place where the book ends (I just finished it myself today). And no, definitely not magical realism, either. Btw, since we're reading this for the same square: You'll have to wait quite a bit until you get to the justification to use it for this square, too.
Lillelara 2 weeks ago
I like the classification "supernatural" for this book, especially since this doesn´t really feel like a fantasy book. And that would explain, why the MC isn´t bothered by demons and such.
I think that's more down to the fact that this is YA fiction -- I've now read several YA books with supernatural elements one shortly after another, and that's a definite common denominator. And I'm glad I'm not the only one who is bothered by this.