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Decades of dead girls Poor girls and rich girls Black and brown and white girls All of them Sawkill GirlsSawkill Girls is going to be such an amazing, atmospheric, spooky Halloween read for so many The start of this book was phenomenal, and the first half was five star worthy in my opinion I just, didn t love the ending of this, but I think many of you will And overall, I completely recommend this, and I had such an amazing time reading this creepy tale Sawkill Island has never been safe for young girls More andfrequently young girls have gone missing, without their bodies ever being found There is a local legend about a paranormal beast called The Collector, who hunts and feasts on these young girls, while simultaneously growing stronger himself But we also soon find out, there is no way that the Collector is capturing these girls on his own We are introduced to three girls, whose stories and fates interweave, regardless of what they have to say about it And only these three girls have the power to save the island That is, if they are willing to come together and tryA girl with incredible strength A girl who can vanish A girl who burnsZoey Black, bi not on page but stated attraction to boys and girls , and asexual Also, such a damn blessing Recently lost her best friend to the tragedy of the island Her father is the local sheriff Marion Plus sized, likes girls, but I don t believe Lesbian, pan, bi, or any other label is said or implied But she does start a relationship with a girl in this book and holy shit, it s so good She is also dealing with the loss of her father, while trying to be the support system for her mother and her sister while they move to this island Val Queen bee of the island and hiding a dark secret that she shares with her family Also, her sexuality is never stated on page, but she talks about relationships with boys and has a relationship with a girl Honorable mention and honorary fourth member Grayson Zoey s best friend and ex My favorite character in the entire book I would honestly die for this boyTragedy had touched Sawkill, again and again and again, but after each girl s disappearance, once a respectable amount of time had passed, everyone seemed to stop caringThese three girls come together and try to figure out what is killing these girls and if there is anyway to stop it from happening to them At first, this book feels like you re reading it through a fog, where you aren t sure what exactly is going on But mystery after mystery is eventually answered, and a beautiful tale of friendship, womanhood, and love is unfolded I mean, it is unfolded after and during some really dark, gory, and violent scenes This is for sure a horror book I really want to emphasize that this is a dark book Please use caution and make sure you are in the right mindset while reading Trigger and content warnings for loss of a loved one, somewhat detailed murders, violence, gore, a lot of talk of blood, grief, abuse, parental abuse, underage drinking, talk of miscarrying, sexual abuse unwanted kissing, and maybe touching , animal death, scene with a girl purposely cutting open her palm, use of the word fat negatively, and a really acephobic comment that is completely challenged and apologized for but I know that it can still be really hurtful to read And just to talk a bitabout it, Sawkill Girls centers around grief, trauma, and loss It also heavily talks about how we are not the mistakes or the problems of our parents, even though they could heavily impact our own lives Each girl has their own heartache Marion, being forced to keep her mother and sister safe after losing their father, while never allowing herself to grieve Zoey, for learning how to live after pushing someone who loves you away and after losing your best friend Val, for struggling to please her mother, while being abused by her mother, while never being able to leave her motherThere was a magnetism to the Mortimer women, and they knew it, and they used it It was their right, this witchery they d given up their souls for itAnd Claire Legrand is blessing us with sexual representation in this book Not only do we have a swoon worthy f f romance that I was so there for from the very start, but she also gives us the best asexuality representation I ve read in a book to date And the word asexuality is used on page, the stigmas and stereotypes are discussed very thoughtfully, and my heart is so full Also, full disclosure I do not ID on the ace spectrum, but I did at one point in my life This story also heavily discusses how girls are raised in a world that is constantly pitting us against one another How this competitiveness is instilled in our blood, and bones, and very being by society How men make gross jokes like this is why girls can t work together and other disgusting comments along those lines, because it helps reinforce these stereotypes How we are born to waste time trying to raise ourselves above other girls, when we could come together and raise each other up equallyGirls hunger And we re taught, from the moment our brains can take it, that there isn t enough food for us allAnd this story is so very feminist, and Claire weaves the undertones, flawlessly, in every scene I mean, this is a story about three girls, from very different backgrounds, all harboring their own individual pains and hurts, coming together to defeat a monster But it is also about how we view girls as both the most vulnerable prey, but also the most sacrificable objects And how if a problem doesn t impact white, cis, dudes, the problem isn t going to gain priority to get fixed I won t lie, and I said it above, but I didn t love the ending of this book, but just like reading I think it will be subjective I was really hoping for a certain ending, and I was a little disappointed when it didn t come to fruition I also wasn t in love with The Collector I mean, you re not supposed to be in love with him, but once we learnedabout him, I just wasn t impressed Which, again, is why I think I fell so in love with the first half of this book, because the mystery surrounding him was so good Overall, I really enjoyed this standalone Also, at this point, I think I ll just preorder what Claire Legrand does next, because she s an author that just keeps impressing me, and my queer self Seriously, the sexuality representation in this book is such a blessing Also, there is a moth that reminds me of Sarai, and I felt personally attacked in the best way possible I love the entire vibe and aesthetic of this book, and I truly think it s going to have such an impressive impact come October Blog Instagram Twitter Tumblr Youtube Twitch The quotes above were taken from an ARC and are subject to change upon publication.
Buddy read with Amy Julie Jules Imogen Ellie Laura Natasha Wren Alexis Beware Of The Woods And The Dark, Dank DeepHe Ll Follow You Home, And He Won T Let You SleepWho Are The Sawkill Girls Marion The New Girl Awkward And Plain, Steady And Dependable Weighed Down By Tragedy And Hungry For Love She S Sure She Ll Never FindZoey The Pariah Luckless And Lonely, Hurting But Hiding It Aching With Grief And Dreaming Of Vanished Girls Maybe She S Broken Or Maybe Everyone Else IsVal The Queen Bee Gorgeous And Privileged, Ruthless And Regal Words Like Silk And Eyes Like Knives, A Heart Made Of Secrets And A Mouth Full Of LiesTheir Stories Come Together On The Island Of Sawkill Rock, Where Gleaming Horses Graze In Rolling Pastures And Cold Waves Crash Against Black Cliffs Where Kids Whisper The Legend Of An Insidious Monster At Parties And Around CampfiresWhere Girls Have Been Disappearing For Decades, Stolen Away By A Ravenous Evil No One Has Dared To Fight Until Now Little fairy girl, skipping down the sea Little fairy girl, pretty as can be Who is the fellow with the bright clean grin Do you want, fairy girl, to weave a spell for himStory When Marion, her mother and her sister arrive in Sawkill they hear about the missing girl, Thora They hear about the strange and creepy forest full of darkness and danger They meet Zoey who hates Val Mortimerthan anyone and anything, because Zoey is sure that Val has something to do with the disappearance of her former best friend Thora But Val is the popular beautiful girl with many friends but also many secrets Soon another girl is missing, but this time something is different This time Zoey finds Marion in the darkness and they realize that something is going on on this island Something dark and dangerous And they need to stop it When I started this book I didn t read a summary or a review I just started to read it That s why I thought this would be a story about a girl gone missing, her best friend who searches for her and the new girl that helps her But I was so wrong This story is filled with mystery, secrets, sexual tension and a frightening darkness It was absolutely refreshing and entertaining And I really loved it Character I love it when a book is filled with strong women that know their value, their strengths but also their weaknesses And this book was full of them Marion the quiet, strong and fearless daughter, sister and friend, who would sacrifice herself for the good of others Zoey a smart and wild force A girl that knows to trust her gut, to never lose your thoughts and dreams to others and who can connect the hints and dots around her faster that anyone.
And Val a beautiful, popular girl who seems to live the perfect life Until we realize that the things that seem so perfect are actually an absolute horror Each of them had a background story, a personality and her own confusing thoughts.
And what can I say I fell in love with this girls.
Also there was Grayson cinnamon roll and my newly found perfect book boyfriend He s a feminist, who loves to have a tidy house and who doesn t care about anything people talk about He doesn t care that the some weird people say that his girlfriend has to love sex That his girlfriend can t be asexual But he says f ck it He s so in love with Zoey with all his heart that he doesn t care about any bullshit they say He loves her and he wants to be with her He s so freaking cute, I loved him so much He was so brave for her, so in love with her and such a loving and caring gentleman Ugh, perfect book boyfriend World When we look at the stars we hope that somewhere far away there may be another universe Something full of light Something full of magic But if there is magic and light, there is always danger and darkness There needs to be a balance But sometimes monsters from this far away universe find their way to our world.
They find a family, a host desperate people that seek happiness, power or just something good to hold on to So he makes a deal with them, they get what their hearts desire, but they will obey the beast until it s free of his bonds And so the hosts help the beast feed, blood is spread upon the earth And the earth, the sea, the rocks see that there are horrible things happening on his grounds So he shares his power with a few selected girls Powerful extraordinary girls And with their help he will try to eliminate the beast Relationships You know what i really love about our age and our generation We re so open up We don t care who other people love, we don t care how we love or if we love someone We don t care if their bisexual, homosexual, asexual, transgender or whatever We accept the people for who they are Three different girls who re not only separated by looks but also by something else One is bisexual, one homosexual and one is asexual And that was so freakin awesome I haven t read any good diverse book in a long time And that book is now one of my favorite diversity books on my shelves The way we get to experience the sexuality of this women the insecurity, the thoughts, the fear And you know what I love evenStrong friendship in a book People that know that sometimes we need to accept, forgive, forget We need to see that we need each other no matter what That together we re stronger, we re unstoppable and we re not alone.
And I loved the friendship in this book so much.
Writing style The story is told in three maybe three and a half POVs Marion, Val, Zoey and sometimes a glimpse of the thoughts of the rock Sometimes we see bits of the past, story s that are told, songs that were made up We get to know the girls one by one and we see how they get together, how they hate, fight, talk and love We experience all their thoughts and feelings in a beautiful opened up way I really liked the way the story was told In some way it made you eveninterested, sometimes it made you smile and sometimes you felt like you read a horror book But all in all it was a really refreshing and enjoyable experience and I can definitely recommend the book.
Wow The fact that lights didn t start flickering ominously and the trees weren t shaking and clattering in the wind and gusty voices weren t rattling off the walls and grating my ears while I was reading this book is supremely upsetting and not at all excellent if you ask me So, what s this book about Marion Althouse arrives in the small town of Sawkill Rock with her mother and sister, Charlotte, hoping that the move would lessen the ache of their loss, now that they have to make do with the broken bits of themselves that their father has left behind Instead, Marion soon discovers that the island s inoffensive exterior is but a pearled shell that holds a fear so dark it has become as much a part of the island as the woods and nails and rot Something is very, very wrong in Sawkill Rock, and it s made manifest when Charlotte disappears her loss, like a scythe, cutting the strings that were holding Marion upright.
Zoey Harlow, the police Chief s daughter, would never be free of the past, never able to turn and face forward until she finds out what happened to her best friend Thora who has similarly vanished Her restless mining for answers leads Zoey to a jarring reality girls have been disappearing in Sawkill Rock for decades and nobody seems to care Zoey refuses to let the blood of all these girls with all the potential in the world spill into nothingness And Val Mortimer gives her a place to put all the blame and fury she s been carrying all this time.
The Mortimer women have bought their wealth and power with all the nameless girls they d fed to The Collector in the years since they d let it crawl down their throats and take up residence inside their bellies For some, the island s own personal bogeyman may be nothingthan a rumor that time has smoothed down to the shape of a myth, but to Val Mortimer, The Collector is as real as the blood she pays him like a tithe to keep him silent.
Three girls, three wills one to summon the monster, and two to bar his way All is blown open, and the truth spills out like blood Decades of dead girls Poor girls and rich girls Black and brown and white girls All of them Sawkill Girls From startling insights to dizzyingly visual prose to tremendous character work to earnest approaches to identity, gender and sexuality, there s honestly so muchthan I can feasibly talk about here.
Sawkill Girls is a moody, atmospheric story that leaves a strong impression that will not wane anytime soon It s as sharp as a dagger and cold as a corpse Claire LeGrand evokes her setting with tactile immediacy and deft skill, and while Sawkill Rock is an imaginary place, it still feels solidly real She twists the most mundane scenarios into something dark and sinister, and, like the night has a way of lending weight to phantasms, the author s words full of meaning and her descriptions brimming with potential and vibrant life make the whole alive with brutal intensity I absolutely loved it.
But the real magic with Sawkill Girls lies with the subversions and nuances that LeGrand so craftily weaves into her yarn Bold and illuminating, this story, which has the unmistakable shape of a dark fairy tale with the rich density of horror, centers around three young women who, all, have lost something to the monster Marion her sister, Zoey her best friend, and Val her freedom.
Sawkill Girls forces the reader to see its characters asthan their actions Val s character, in particular, is utterly mesmerizing There s a kind of stirring, an allure about her that creeps over you, and when LeGrand begins to peel away the shell around her, what we see is not exactly pretty The Mortimer women area personification of hundreds of years of fear and complicity than living, breathing human beings Every Mortimer daughter is a gift to be given orlike livestock to be sold to the monster in the woods This is all Val has ever known The monster willed, and she obeyed And the part of me that couldn t reconcile with that sort of seemingly pitiless cruelty warried constantly with the part that understood that Val is a victim too.
But Val s victimhood pales in view of the collateral damage that she contributes in, and the story does not allow Val to slough off her culpability for serving the monster, even if she was forced to her knees to do it Then, Val falls in love with Marion and the carefully cultivated detachment and unconditional obedience that has been rammed down her throat for years cede their spot for gasping gnaws of panic and a heart wrenching awareness of what she has done and that s where our perception of Val starts to reform itself into a new shape Val s arc is truly one of my favorite things about this book.
And since we re on the subject of favorite things, it s no secret in the way the moon is no secret that I can t help but always hold stories centered around women s relationships to each other to a higher standard Sawkill Girls triumphs on several fronts, but it s its careful and genuine depiction of female friendships that made this book leap and claim a spot amongst my favorite books of this year.
There are forces that I ll abstain from mentioning because spoilers that attempted to pit Val, Marion and Zoey against each other, that prodded at their differences with a degree of enthusiasm that bordered on the obscene, hoping the rift between them would become a chasm But Marion, Val and Zoey stood side by side, braced against the future forgotten, in their determination, is all the strife between them when they begun to recognize the power of putting their voices together against a system that strived to bully out their last defiant shred of hope.
Sawkill Girls has pretty much taken the girl on girl hate trope and smashed it against the wall It felt very resonant in its portrayal of the misogyny that s embedded in a culture that perpetuate the misguided notion that women are socialized to resent other women While rivalries occur between any genders, we, unfortunately, live in a society that seems to encourage women to tear each other down for no reason other than lucrative gain and enticing drama This is displayed all the time in social media with articles and posts that attempt to create a vicious competition that isn t there and should never be between women who were all successful and brilliant and magnificent in their own right and are probably not plotting each other s downfall Girls hunger And we re taught, from the moment our brains can take it, that there isn t enough food for us all I also relished this book s diversity and careful exploration of sexual identity Marion is bisexual, Val is also queer but no label was used , Zoey is black and asexual and has broken up with her boyfriend, Grayson, because she thinks her asexuality would be an issue IT ISN T This boy would drag his ravaged body across the universe for her, okay Speaking of Grayson, it frankly feels so subversive to have a male lead who sthan content taking on the responsibility of cleaning and baking and translating ambiguous latin texts, while the female leads determinedly take on the world, adventuring with minimal reservations, and trailing wreckage in their wake What a power move.
Overall, I know that, objectively speaking, existing in this world would be maximally dreadful, but the concept of belonging to a group of SAPPHIC GIRLS who draw on their magical powers to FUCK UP the life of the island s bogeyman is firmly inside my circle of interests I m left with the overwhelming desire to stand in the middle of a circle that I ve drawn using my blood on the top of a mountain during a full moon, summon a demon to slay it, perform at least one exorcism and take down a cult And make some friends, too, I guess.
Seriously, read THIS BOOK.
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Decades of dead girls Poor girls and rich girls Black and brown and white girls All of them Sawkill GirlsSawkill Girls is going to be such an amazing, atmospheric, spooky Halloween read for so many The start of this book was phenomenal, and the first half was five star worthy in my opinion I just, didn t love the ending of this, but I think many of you will And overall, I completely recommend this, and I had such an amazing time reading this creepy tale Sawkill Island has never been safe for young girls More andfrequently young girls have gone missing, without their bodies ever being found There is a local legend about a paranormal beast called The Collector, who hunts and feasts on these young girls, while simultaneously growing stronger himself But we also soon find out, there is no way that the Collector is capturing these girls on his own We are introduced to three girls, whose stories and fates interweave, regardless of what they have to say about it And only these three girls have the power to save the island That is, if they are willing to come together and tryA girl with incredible strength A girl who can vanish A girl who burnsZoey Black, bi not on page but stated attraction to boys and girls , and asexual Also, such a damn blessing Recently lost her best friend to the tragedy of the island Her father is the local sheriff Marion Plus sized, likes girls, but I don t believe Lesbian, pan, bi, or any other label is said or implied But she does start a relationship with a girl in this book and holy shit, it s so good She is also dealing with the loss of her father, while trying to be the support system for her mother and her sister while they move to this island Val Queen bee of the island and hiding a dark secret that she shares with her family Also, her sexuality is never stated on page, but she talks about relationships with boys and has a relationship with a girl Honorable mention and honorary fourth member Grayson Zoey s best friend and ex My favorite character in the entire book I would honestly die for this boyTragedy had touched Sawkill, again and again and again, but after each girl s disappearance, once a respectable amount of time had passed, everyone seemed to stop caringThese three girls come together and try to figure out what is killing these girls and if there is anyway to stop it from happening to them At first, this book feels like you re reading it through a fog, where you aren t sure what exactly is going on But mystery after mystery is eventually answered, and a beautiful tale of friendship, womanhood, and love is unfolded I mean, it is unfolded after and during some really dark, gory, and violent scenes This is for sure a horror book I really want to emphasize that this is a dark book Please use caution and make sure you are in the right mindset while reading Trigger and content warnings for loss of a loved one, somewhat detailed murders, violence, gore, a lot of talk of blood, grief, abuse, parental abuse, underage drinking, talk of miscarrying, sexual abuse unwanted kissing, and maybe touching , animal death, scene with a girl purposely cutting open her palm, use of the word fat negatively, and a really acephobic comment that is completely challenged and apologized for but I know that it can still be really hurtful to read And just to talk a bitabout it, Sawkill Girls centers around grief, trauma, and loss It also heavily talks about how we are not the mistakes or the problems of our parents, even though they could heavily impact our own lives Each girl has their own heartache Marion, being forced to keep her mother and sister safe after losing their father, while never allowing herself to grieve Zoey, for learning how to live after pushing someone who loves you away and after losing your best friend Val, for struggling to please her mother, while being abused by her mother, while never being able to leave her motherThere was a magnetism to the Mortimer women, and they knew it, and they used it It was their right, this witchery they d given up their souls for itAnd Claire Legrand is blessing us with sexual representation in this book Not only do we have a swoon worthy f f romance that I was so there for from the very start, but she also gives us the best asexuality representation I ve read in a book to date And the word asexuality is used on page, the stigmas and stereotypes are discussed very thoughtfully, and my heart is so full Also, full disclosure I do not ID on the ace spectrum, but I did at one point in my life This story also heavily discusses how girls are raised in a world that is constantly pitting us against one another How this competitiveness is instilled in our blood, and bones, and very being by society How men make gross jokes like this is why girls can t work together and other disgusting comments along those lines, because it helps reinforce these stereotypes How we are born to waste time trying to raise ourselves above other girls, when we could come together and raise each other up equallyGirls hunger And we re taught, from the moment our brains can take it, that there isn t enough food for us allAnd this story is so very feminist, and Claire weaves the undertones, flawlessly, in every scene I mean, this is a story about three girls, from very different backgrounds, all harboring their own individual pains and hurts, coming together to defeat a monster But it is also about how we view girls as both the most vulnerable prey, but also the most sacrificable objects And how if a problem doesn t impact white, cis, dudes, the problem isn t going to gain priority to get fixed I won t lie, and I said it above, but I didn t love the ending of this book, but just like reading I think it will be subjective I was really hoping for a certain ending, and I was a little disappointed when it didn t come to fruition I also wasn t in love with The Collector I mean, you re not supposed to be in love with him, but once we learnedabout him, I just wasn t impressed Which, again, is why I think I fell so in love with the first half of this book, because the mystery surrounding him was so good Overall, I really enjoyed this standalone Also, at this point, I think I ll just preorder what Claire Legrand does next, because she s an author that just keeps impressing me, and my queer self Seriously, the sexuality representation in this book is such a blessing Also, there is a moth that reminds me of Sarai, and I felt personally attacked in the best way possible I love the entire vibe and aesthetic of this book, and I truly think it s going to have such an impressive impact come October Blog Instagram Twitter Tumblr Youtube Twitch The quotes above were taken from an ARC and are subject to change upon publication.
Buddy read with Amy Julie Jules Imogen Ellie Laura Natasha Wren Alexis Screw that book, said Val It was written by men She held out her free hand to Marion We re rewriting itFirst of all, if you wanted to see a Buzzfeed Unsolved investigation into this book, yes, that exists, and there aren t even spoilers Second of all, this book was a freaking masterpiece and I need you all to read it Sawkill Girls is a book about not being your parent s mistake, the deep and long lasting effects of trauma and loss, and the repression of grief we all go through It s also a horror book Also, it s also about three girls and they re all sapphic and all so well written and developed I want to cry I don t quite know how to describe what made this book so fantastic it s a character study that s also a thriller, a supernatural horror movie that s also a discussion of grief and trauma The thematic arc around Zoey s loss of Thora Marion s experience with loss of someone close to her, and her experience of losing her mother s being fully there, a loss of a loving family that isn t even full and Val s feeling of never having had a loving family, but mourning for the love she s never gotten nonetheless It s just fucking awesomeC H A R A C T E R S Marion bisexual daughter of a mother in mourning, trying to find her own identity Val morally grey lesbian abuse survivor if any of you know me you possibly know that this a character archetype written for me, personally, Zoey black and bi and asexual legend trying to recover from grief over a friend Val s character arc and character development is lowkey someone reading my 2015 tumblr posts and being like okay so what does she like in a morally grey character she s Morally Gay and I love her On aserious note, I genuinely related a lot to some of her characterization her ideation around love as something temporal, but her contrasting desire for some kind of real love nonetheless Zoey is such an important character to me god she lets herself be angry about things and the NARRATIVE lets her be angry about things and humanizes her so much and god I love that In all seriousness, it s really rare for women to be allowed by their narratives to experience angry grief Zoey is not here to be punished, because even with occasional blips, she is processing her emotions Marion was actually somewhat my least favorite, but I still absolutely loved reading her chapters, which should definitely say something about how freaking good this book is I really love the emphasis put on her ability to grow and move past her grief, not putting it in the past but also not making herself into a vehicle for it And her relationship with her mother, who is not always there for her, was utterly heartbreaking Despite the fact that they re not leads, I enjoyed the other characters as well Zoey s dad is awesome, and Charlotte was a lot of fun Perhapsimportantly, Grayson has done nothing wrong ever in his lifeT H E M A T I C S At its core, this is a book about grief In their own ways, each character in this book is dealing with what it feels like to mourn, to be alone, to miss people who aren t coming back For Zoe, it is her ex best friend For Marion, it is her father and one other close person For Val, it is love that she has never had And their reactions are so different I think the way grief is handled within this book is so glorious and incredible We got in on Val So let s talk about Val The arc around commodification of body as experienced by Val is just genuinely incredible, and one of my favorite arcs within this book Val is being preyed upon by a creature who has essentially given her no other choice than to be an accomplice to murder, time and time again andthan that, she is the daughter of a mother who has never taught her that she has worth Legrand refuses to shy away from the horror of what Val has gone through and is going through every day, while also not allowing her suffering to outweigh that of others It s a hard to handle real world issue wrapped up in a horror movie premise, and that is exactly what works so well about this discussion I really really love how much this focuses on girls All I can say is the blurb of this as girls loving girls, girls kissing girls, girls being friends with girls, girls helping girls was really not pulling its fucking punches, and god this book was what I deserved in the year of our lord 2018A T M O S P H E R E This is one of the most atmospheric books I read in 2018 or like, ever Actually, no, guys, I should warn you, this book was fucking scary If any of you have read The Diviners, in all its paranormal reading this for the characters but also I m terrified glory, you will know what this feels like And don t worry, the fear factor is not playing around with one 1 singular exception, this didn t stray away from the character deaths I felt Enveloped in this book, and it is because the writing of this book is fucking glorious This is one of those books that I had to highlight on almost every page I actually read this backstage, while very stressed out, at a show I was teching for, and it was the only thing that I couldn t be distracted fromR O M A N C E Grayson and Zoey Grayson and Zoey Christ the 1 m f book ship of my entire life god im crying they re so good and softOkay, so Grayson and Zoey are best friends who dated and are now exes, and I m beginning to think I really like the exes to getting back together dynamic I like how frank the discussion of relationship insecurities was here there is no glossing over the issues their relationship had And by the time anything happens between them, their friendship had already convinced me fully of their platonic soulmates capacity Ironically, I platonically reconnected with my ex on the exact same day I finished this book What s happening, the universe MARION AND VAL I don t even know if I m joking when I say Marion and Val are one of my favorite f f ships I ve ever gotten out of a ya book I sometimes struggle with villain ships, but this dynamic is just so interesting I absolutely loved how their dynamic evolved and improved over time, and their development made me so happyI N C O N C L U S I O N I somehow managed to hold it together without crying for this entire book and then I read the last page and the dam broke and I just,,,,,, I don t even know what to say I can t review this or think about this it s too flawlessly catered to my taste on every single level I would give my life for it I originally titled this review laundry list of reasons this was written specifically for Elise, 17, user TheBookishActress and honestly mood This was so perfect and just what I wanted to close off my 2018 TW acephobia challenged , homophobia challenged , sexual assault, parental abuse, animal death release date11 October 2018 Arc received from the publisher via Netgalley for an honest review.
Blog Goodreads Twitter Instagram Youtube Screw that book, said Val It was written by men She held out her free hand to Marion We re rewriting itFirst of all, if you wanted to see a Buzzfeed Unsolved investigation into this book, yes, that exists, and there aren t even spoilers Second of all, this book was a freaking masterpiece and I need you all to read it Sawkill Girls is a book about not being your parent s mistake, the deep and long lasting effects of trauma and loss, and the repression of grief we all go through It s also a horror book Also, it s also about three girls and they re all sapphic and all so well written and developed I want to cry I don t quite know how to describe what made this book so fantastic it s a character study that s also a thriller, a supernatural horror movie that s also a discussion of grief and trauma The thematic arc around Zoey s loss of Thora Marion s experience with loss of someone close to her, and her experience of losing her mother s being fully there, a loss of a loving family that isn t even full and Val s feeling of never having had a loving family, but mourning for the love she s never gotten nonetheless It s just fucking awesomeC H A R A C T E R S Marion bisexual daughter of a mother in mourning, trying to find her own identity Val morally grey lesbian abuse survivor if any of you know me you possibly know that this a character archetype written for me, personally, Zoey black and bi and asexual legend trying to recover from grief over a friend Val s character arc and character development is lowkey someone reading my 2015 tumblr posts and being like okay so what does she like in a morally grey character she s Morally Gay and I love her On aserious note, I genuinely related a lot to some of her characterization her ideation around love as something temporal, but her contrasting desire for some kind of real love nonetheless Zoey is such an important character to me god she lets herself be angry about things and the NARRATIVE lets her be angry about things and humanizes her so much and god I love that In all seriousness, it s really rare for women to be allowed by their narratives to experience angry grief Zoey is not here to be punished, because even with occasional blips, she is processing her emotions Marion was actually somewhat my least favorite, but I still absolutely loved reading her chapters, which should definitely say something about how freaking good this book is I really love the emphasis put on her ability to grow and move past her grief, not putting it in the past but also not making herself into a vehicle for it And her relationship with her mother, who is not always there for her, was utterly heartbreaking Despite the fact that they re not leads, I enjoyed the other characters as well Zoey s dad is awesome, and Charlotte was a lot of fun Perhapsimportantly, Grayson has done nothing wrong ever in his lifeT H E M A T I C S At its core, this is a book about grief In their own ways, each character in this book is dealing with what it feels like to mourn, to be alone, to miss people who aren t coming back For Zoe, it is her ex best friend For Marion, it is her father and one other close person For Val, it is love that she has never had And their reactions are so different I think the way grief is handled within this book is so glorious and incredible We got in on Val So let s talk about Val The arc around commodification of body as experienced by Val is just genuinely incredible, and one of my favorite arcs within this book Val is being preyed upon by a creature who has essentially given her no other choice than to be an accomplice to murder, time and time again andthan that, she is the daughter of a mother who has never taught her that she has worth Legrand refuses to shy away from the horror of what Val has gone through and is going through every day, while also not allowing her suffering to outweigh that of others It s a hard to handle real world issue wrapped up in a horror movie premise, and that is exactly what works so well about this discussion I really really love how much this focuses on girls All I can say is the blurb of this as girls loving girls, girls kissing girls, girls being friends with girls, girls helping girls was really not pulling its fucking punches, and god this book was what I deserved in the year of our lord 2018A T M O S P H E R E This is one of the most atmospheric books I read in 2018 or like, ever Actually, no, guys, I should warn you, this book was fucking scary If any of you have read The Diviners, in all its paranormal reading this for the characters but also I m terrified glory, you will know what this feels like And don t worry, the fear factor is not playing around with one 1 singular exception, this didn t stray away from the character deaths I felt Enveloped in this book, and it is because the writing of this book is fucking glorious This is one of those books that I had to highlight on almost every page I actually read this backstage, while very stressed out, at a show I was teching for, and it was the only thing that I couldn t be distracted fromR O M A N C E Grayson and Zoey Grayson and Zoey Christ the 1 m f book ship of my entire life god im crying they re so good and softOkay, so Grayson and Zoey are best friends who dated and are now exes, and I m beginning to think I really like the exes to getting back together dynamic I like how frank the discussion of relationship insecurities was here there is no glossing over the issues their relationship had And by the time anything happens between them, their friendship had already convinced me fully of their platonic soulmates capacity Ironically, I platonically reconnected with my ex on the exact same day I finished this book What s happening, the universe MARION AND VAL I don t even know if I m joking when I say Marion and Val are one of my favorite f f ships I ve ever gotten out of a ya book I sometimes struggle with villain ships, but this dynamic is just so interesting I absolutely loved how their dynamic evolved and improved over time, and their development made me so happyI N C O N C L U S I O N I somehow managed to hold it together without crying for this entire book and then I read the last page and the dam broke and I just,,,,,, I don t even know what to say I can t review this or think about this it s too flawlessly catered to my taste on every single level I would give my life for it I originally titled this review laundry list of reasons this was written specifically for Elise, 17, user TheBookishActress and honestly mood This was so perfect and just what I wanted to close off my 2018 TW acephobia challenged , homophobia challenged , sexual assault, parental abuse, animal death release date11 October 2018 Arc received from the publisher via Netgalley for an honest review.
Blog Goodreads Twitter Instagram Youtube This is a book about girls girls loving girls, girls kissing girls, girls being friends with girls, girls helping girls Girls who hunger, girls who rage Girls who fight, girls who make mistakes, girls who dream and pine It s also about magic and monsters, family secrets and soul friends, moths and wild horses and the churning wild sea, and trampling the patriarchy I hope you love it as much as I do.
Okay That was disappointing.
This had so much potential and I actually really loved the first third half But it went so hardcore downhill after that.
I don t even really know what to say.
It evolved from a creepy, creative story with great, diverse characters to a way overdone, rushed, man hating mess I was so excited for the female empowerment and I really really loved all the diversity but that quickly turned into painting man as the most evil beings on this planet I have a few quotes for you I feel sort of weird doing this Like I m some sort of asshole professor mansplaining the situation to you said by the best friend of the person who he is talking to And he was literally ASKED to explain Can I once again apologize on behalf of men everywhere Because we can really fucking suck sometimes Sometimes Most of the time Ugh Do I even have to comment on that Marion couldn t imagine a God like the one she d grown up hearing about some man sitting in the clouds, maneuvering the pieces of the world to suit his whims because he, of course, knows best Uhhh.
yeah I m not religious but I feel like this might be low key offensive Screw that book, it was written by men Yeah, because everything every man ever creates is shit Look, I know there are a lot of disgusting shitty man out there and feminism is so so important for our world But do y all really think we ll get far with HATING THE OTHER HALF OF THE POPULATION Ever heard about equality I might be overreacting or misunderstanding some shit, so please, I m open for discussion If you disagree, let me know why This whole book had TWO nice male characters.
I m not saying every book needs nice male characters to be a good book, definitely not Hit me with the girl power please But you could feel how hard this book tried to make you dislike the male gender It just threw those two in to cover that up lmao like BUT LOOK NOT ALL MEN ARE BADDDD WE EVEN PUT A NICE ONE IN OUR STORY ya mhm Sure Okay I m done, sorry for my rant lol And again, please don t take this the wrong way I definitely consider myself a feminist But sorry, I don t hate men Twoquotes ahead which include SPOILERS Which makes me wonder if the Hand of Light would even care about hunting down these monsters, , if no one else but girls were in danger How much do you want to bet the Hand of Light formed because some old rich men figured out these monsters could develop a taste for manflesh and wanted to protect their own asses We are not letting some dickhead man cult use us like this.
It took me two months to read this book.
For two months, I floundered through this For two months, I forced myself through in eight page chunks For two months, the Kindle for Mac application was open on my laptop, with the ebook version of this existing somewhere among, like, eighteen podcasts and four tabs with Twitter open and a sh t ton of articles about obscure pop culture tidbits.
In short It took me two months to get through this and I almost couldn t do even that.
There are some books that have no excuse to be boring Some stories have such excellent synopses and concepts that they should be literally incapable of being anything but a nonstop thrill ride This book, which centers around an island where a monster is killing girls, and so a gang of girls kill the monster and also the girls are in love, should be nothing other than exciting at every moment There is not so much as a word of that idea that I am not interested in, or, dare I say, ENTHRALLED BY.
And yet, not for a single moment was this book anything but boring to me Boring boring boring A punishment to get through Inexplicably monotonous in a nightmarish way For a while, this book was fully inescapable on Goodreads Everyone was reading it and talking about it and loving maybe it, and because I very much enjoy hopping on bandwagons, I TBRed it Without actually reading that glorious synopsis And I started reading it also without doing that At a certain point, I was so confused by what this was supposed to be okay, approximately 3% of the way in that I read the synopsis And I got re excited And then I got disappointed again Because very little of this book is monster fighting A lot of it is weird, stylized, strangely descriptive writing that I did not enjoy And characters I did not care for or understand And a very slow moving plot that comes to its climax so late that I did not give half a sh t by that point.
By that point, I was just thrilled to be mere pages away by being done with it forever.
Bottom line The best part of this book, for me, was far and away when it was finally, mercifully over i finished this book yesterday and was so profoundly bored by the whole thing that i legitimately forgot that i finished it i just promptly deleted it from my brain.
review to come i don t know what s happening but i DO know i don t really care reading this book with no real idea of what it s about what can I say I live on the edge I saw enough people I follow reading this book and talking about this book and TBRing this book that I am right now adding it without even reading the synopsis in full.
I know what you re thinking If your friends jumped off a cliff would you jump too, blah blah blah, and the answer is yeah, duh.
A girl with incredible strength.
A girl who can vanish.
A girl who burnsThere are always three.
When Marion moves to the island of Sawkill Rock with her mother and older sister, they view it as a place for them to recover and rebuild This have been tough for them lately After the death of her father, Marion is left to hold the family together a weighty responsibility Once on the island, it doesn t take long for Marion to realize Sawkill isn t all sunshine and rainbows Something ominous lurks here and it feeds on the blood of young women.
Zoey sees Marion as an opportunity to have a new friend who doesn t suck Zoey is also a transplant to the island and with her father being a police officer, she is all too familiar with the little problem of disappearing girls plaguing the small island In fact, her best friend is one of the disappeared and she has never been satisfied with the community s response She befriends Marion and together they begin to work on discovering the secrets of Sawkill When Marion s older sister, Charlotte, becomes one of the missing, things really start to heat up.
Val Mortimer The Queen Bee The Regina George of Sawkill Rock She s beautiful, she s popular, she s rich, she s possibly evil and she s got her eyes on Marion.
I went into this book with the mistaken belief that this was YA Contemporary with some Magical Realism elements WRONG This book is YA Horror I was so happy Dark secrets, urban legends, a monster feeding on the blood of girls, a uncoordinated band of kids coming together to defeat evil, a female female relationship, humor, mystery, danger seriously this book has it all The atmosphere of this is dark and full I was completely drawn into the girl s lives on the rock As a person who also lives on a small island, 30 miles out to sea, I can say the island life rep was strong This would be a great book to pick up in October I am actually a little sad I didn t get to it then My one negative is that I would say it was a little too long I started getting anxious toward the end and just wanted a conclusion already I think the same story could have been told, and perhaps better served, if about 50 pages had been shaved off But that is 100% my opinion and it could be completely wrong What the heck do I know anyway I would recommend this to all my horror loving friends, or even just friends who like a dark, creepy atmosphere Definitely worth a read Y all, this book was legitimately terrifying at certain points and I LOVED IT SO MUCH It wasn t a completely perfect book hence the 4 stars , but it was so dark and whimsical and dark and queer and DID I MENTION DARK AND QUEER Fuck y all this was so good SO GOOD This is one of those reviews that I had to sit on for a while, because I had so many things I wanted to say about this book, and I just couldn t quite figure out how to condense them into anything even remotely resembling a sensible length of review Sawkill Girls is being marketed fairly heavily as horror, but it s fabulism, too, with a world so gorgeously complex that I can t ever quite determine if I adore it or am terrified of it Come for a while, reads the sign at Sawkill s ferry dock, and stay forever.
At Sawkill Rock, the beauty of the island masks a terrible, dark secret girls keep going missing, and they re being lostfrequently every year Nobody knows where they go, and it s almost become an accepted status quo among the people of the island The atmosphere of Sawkill Rock is one of the most immersive settings I ve ever read I felt transported so fully into the island s grasp that I couldn t help the dread worsening in my gut with every chapter s passing Claire Legrand s writing voice is superb here having read previous work by her, I genuinely believe that this is where she is meant to be My little rock, her mother would say My grave little mountain.
There are three main characters to this story, with chapters alternating between their perspectives, and my favorite was Marion, who broke my heart over and over again with the loss of her loved ones and, consequentially, her slackening grasp on normality The representation in this entire book is amazing, and Marion is bisexual and fat, which is a combination I ll never tire of because, hello, it s me These facts are dropped so casually that there s no room for argument there is no homophobia or body hatred, despite an occasional very brief moment of self consciousness on Marion s part Beyond her appearance and sexuality, Marion is so tough, and pragmatic, and determined to keep up a strong front I ve always been the same way, and so, I constantly saw myself mirrored back in her character Don t lose yourself to him, my darling one, Sylvia Mortimer had said Not all of you Keep a morsel for yourself.
Though it took me a little longer to warm up to Val Mortimer, I grew fond of her, too She first appears as this over simplified queen bee persona, but we quickly get to see a side of her that s so much darker andhaunted than anything you d imagine and she s queer, though we don t know what her label is There are quotes in her chapters that have haunted me since the moment I finished this book, and you should be warned that her perspectives frequently depict suicidal ideation and abuse Zoey s laugh was bitter Oh, and we poor delicate girls are vulnerable and desperate, is that what you re saying Finally, there s Zoey, who is black and asexual on page there s an entire facet to her back story revolving around this aspect of her life , and eventhan that, she s so determined and stubborn and absolutely lovable despite being a fairly unlikable character She s stern and feisty, and while I m not sure if she will be everyone s cup of tea, I was delighted by her antics and unpredictability It did not relish tying an innocent to the burden of its ancient might But the Rock required an infantry Okay I lied, sort of There s a fourth character, but it s hard to explain The Rock gets the occasional perspective chapter, and while they re incredibly short and typically entirely vague, they may have been my absolute favorites These passages read so lyrically and they are so incredibly haunting I ve never read a book where a place was given a thinking, feeling sentience to this degree, and it adds the most amazing layer to the story What I m saying is that girls hunger And we re taught, from the moment our brains can take it, that there isn t enough food for us all On top of the beautiful cast of characters and the haunting atmosphere, this story is so feminist, so empowering and bold and unapologetic I can t tell you how strongly this parallels the real world and the ways society casts teen girls aside, nor can I describe how badly I wish I d had this story as a teen a story to tell me that it s okay to be strong, and angry, and queer, and brave, and in need of another mountain to lean on You are mighty You are one, and one, and one.
You are fragile You can move mountains.
You are breakable You will never break.
This power is mine And now it is yours, too.
I know I said I d keep this to a reasonable length, and I m trying, but Sawkill Girls is one of those stories that I feel has changed me in a way 2018 has been the year of brilliant, fiercely feminist reads for me, and this one easily joins the ranks of my favorites I want everyone and anyone I know to pick up a copy of this gorgeous, spooky little book, because it packs such a punch, and I only hope that it will get even half of the hype it deserves All quotes come from an advance copy and may not match the final release Thank you so much to Katherine Tegen books for providing me with this ARC in exchange for an honest review You can find this review andon my blog, or you can follow me on twitter, bookstagram, or facebook Little fairy girl, skipping down the sea Little fairy girl, pretty as can be Who is the fellow with the bright clean grin Do you want, fairy girl, to weave a spell for himStory When Marion, her mother and her sister arrive in Sawkill they hear about the missing girl, Thora They hear about the strange and creepy forest full of darkness and danger They meet Zoey who hates Val Mortimerthan anyone and anything, because Zoey is sure that Val has something to do with the disappearance of her former best friend Thora But Val is the popular beautiful girl with many friends but also many secrets Soon another girl is missing, but this time something is different This time Zoey finds Marion in the darkness and they realize that something is going on on this island Something dark and dangerous And they need to stop it When I started this book I didn t read a summary or a review I just started to read it That s why I thought this would be a story about a girl gone missing, her best friend who searches for her and the new girl that helps her But I was so wrong This story is filled with mystery, secrets, sexual tension and a frightening darkness It was absolutely refreshing and entertaining And I really loved it Character I love it when a book is filled with strong women that know their value, their strengths but also their weaknesses And this book was full of them Marion the quiet, strong and fearless daughter, sister and friend, who would sacrifice herself for the good of others Zoey a smart and wild force A girl that knows to trust her gut, to never lose your thoughts and dreams to others and who can connect the hints and dots around her faster that anyone.
And Val a beautiful, popular girl who seems to live the perfect life Until we realize that the things that seem so perfect are actually an absolute horror Each of them had a background story, a personality and her own confusing thoughts.
And what can I say I fell in love with this girls.
Also there was Grayson cinnamon roll and my newly found perfect book boyfriend He s a feminist, who loves to have a tidy house and who doesn t care about anything people talk about He doesn t care that the some weird people say that his girlfriend has to love sex That his girlfriend can t be asexual But he says f ck it He s so in love with Zoey with all his heart that he doesn t care about any bullshit they say He loves her and he wants to be with her He s so freaking cute, I loved him so much He was so brave for her, so in love with her and such a loving and caring gentleman Ugh, perfect book boyfriend World When we look at the stars we hope that somewhere far away there may be another universe Something full of light Something full of magic But if there is magic and light, there is always danger and darkness There needs to be a balance But sometimes monsters from this far away universe find their way to our world.
They find a family, a host desperate people that seek happiness, power or just something good to hold on to So he makes a deal with them, they get what their hearts desire, but they will obey the beast until it s free of his bonds And so the hosts help the beast feed, blood is spread upon the earth And the earth, the sea, the rocks see that there are horrible things happening on his grounds So he shares his power with a few selected girls Powerful extraordinary girls And with their help he will try to eliminate the beast Relationships You know what i really love about our age and our generation We re so open up We don t care who other people love, we don t care how we love or if we love someone We don t care if their bisexual, homosexual, asexual, transgender or whatever We accept the people for who they are Three different girls who re not only separated by looks but also by something else One is bisexual, one homosexual and one is asexual And that was so freakin awesome I haven t read any good diverse book in a long time And that book is now one of my favorite diversity books on my shelves The way we get to experience the sexuality of this women the insecurity, the thoughts, the fear And you know what I love evenStrong friendship in a book People that know that sometimes we need to accept, forgive, forget We need to see that we need each other no matter what That together we re stronger, we re unstoppable and we re not alone.
And I loved the friendship in this book so much.
Writing style The story is told in three maybe three and a half POVs Marion, Val, Zoey and sometimes a glimpse of the thoughts of the rock Sometimes we see bits of the past, story s that are told, songs that were made up We get to know the girls one by one and we see how they get together, how they hate, fight, talk and love We experience all their thoughts and feelings in a beautiful opened up way I really liked the way the story was told In some way it made you eveninterested, sometimes it made you smile and sometimes you felt like you read a horror book But all in all it was a really refreshing and enjoyable experience and I can definitely recommend the book.