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Poetic, Lyrical and Genuine - All Our Pretty Songs by Sarah McCarry
Coming with a beautiful and mysterious sounding blurb and a gorgeous cover this was a book I was excited to pick up. Truthfully I must say that was far from the usual books I read and it was far away from what I expected…
Before I want to talk about the story itself, I must talk about the writing style and the tone of the book. It is most definitely not a usual YA novel, this book goes far deeper with a voice that is poetic and lyrical. Sarah McGarry has such an unusal writing style, but I couldn’t help myself but being completely drawn into this story. Morever, on top of the beautiful voice, all characters were so incredibly real which was even more surprising considering the paranormal touch.
More so, the paranormal element felt more like a picture of metaphors giving the story a surreal element but never losing reality.
Aurora and The Narrator (again, weird that she’s not having a name) felt to me like two lost girls running around, partying, using drugs, using boys and searching for something. Just For what? Both are coming from hippie families and have only a mom and no father. Even more, Aurora’s mom is lost in herself and cannot take care for her girl and The Narrators Mom is often working and by now the girls are so used to do whatever they want that they don’t accept any parental advice anymore.
While they go around partying they meet Jake a beautiful musician and the Narrator fells hard for him, now we find ourselves in Triangle of love and the former super close friendship suddenly becomes complicated. When then Jake and Aurora disappear, the Narrator is heartbroken but is willing to sacrifice everything to get her loved ones back from the paranormal creatures.
This is a story about love, so much love that it made my heart swell. And even though there is romance, the strongest connection was between Aurora and the Narrator (she doesn’t have a name… which again I find a little weird). These girls grew up like sisters but they love each other like a combination of family and true love. It was an intense and beautiful relationship that also drove the story and was also the true motivation behind every actions and reactions.
I must say that parts of the story felt incredibly weird. It took me some time to embrace this story as it is so very different from what I expected. The writing gives the whole story a poetic touch I didn’t expect. On top of this I was never sure the paranormal elements were real or part of a drug induced reality. In the end, I decided it didn’t matter because the story had much more to tell.
(I had a hard time rating this book and part can be 5* because they are just brilliant, while they are other aspects that I didn’t get and found way to weird. So I settled for an in between! )
All Our Pretty Songs is poetic and tells a lyrical story of love and friendship. The characters were intense and so very real and the love and bond between the two girls was heartbreakingly beautiful. The paranormal element ads a surreality to this story which was surprising. Once I embraced the tone, mood and complexity of this story I could let go of my usual expectations and enjoy this special book.
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Vengeance Bound by Justina Ireland
The Goddess Test meets Dexter in an edgy, compelling debut about one teen’s quest for revenge… no matter how far it takes her.
Cory Graff is not alone in her head. Bound to a deal of desperation made when she was a child, Cory’s mind houses the Furies—the hawk and the serpent—lingering always, waiting for her to satisfy their bloodlust. After escaping the asylum where she was trapped for years, Cory knows how to keep the Furies quiet. By day, she lives a normal life, but by night, she tracks down targets the Furies send her way. And she brings down Justice upon them.
Cory’s perfected her system of survival, but when she meets a mysterious boy named Niko at her new school, she can’t figure out how she feels about him. For the first time, the Furies are quiet in her head around a guy. But does this mean that Cory’s finally found someone who she can trust, or are there greater factors at work? As Cory’s mind becomes a battlefield, with the Furies fighting for control, Cory will have to put everything on the line to hold on to what she’s worked so hard to build
The book comes with an amazing promise of a YA dexter and goddess test cross over! How can I not be excited about this premise!!
Greek mythology is always something I’m interested in , and especially with a modern urban setting. Here, the tale of the Furies is explored in a new refreshing, but also dark and edgy way. Cory is connected to the furies in a rather special way, as they only appear when they about to hand down justice to a man ( never women), otherwise they somehow only exist in her mind. Even if they are in the back of her conscience, she always aware of them and they also can trigger her emotions and try to influence them.
Cory is on her own since she was 15, ever since she connected with Furies. Some truly horrific things happened to her, things I’m going to let you explore for yourself. But, all I can say is that my heart broke for her hearing about everything she went thought at such young age. It’s cruel and horrific and made me gasp!
But, all this changed her and made her grow up super fast. She had to take care of her life for herself and she not only grew up, matured super fast but also build a wall around herself and her heart.
Having her tale told from her POV was rather interesting as she definitely sounded far from the 17 yr old girl she was. In her behavior and her way of speaking shone clearly the level of maturity through. I didn’t mind this as I even prefer a more mature protagonist.
The story explores justice. How far can we go to hand down justice and who is really guilty and who might even be a victim? I loved the way those questions were explored and how Cory slowly began to realize herself that not everything is black and white. Of course, the added romance gave the story the perfect sweet counterpart to the cruel and sometimes horrific scenes. The romance was sweet, cute and definitely enough to satisfy my romantic heart!
Vengeance Bound by Justina Ireland was a gripping tale filled with greek mythology set in the modern world. Cory was a great and amazing heroine who was sadly wise beyond her years and only now begins to question her quest for Vengeance!
Kate Winters has won immortality.
But if she wants a life in the Underworld with Henry, sheâll have to fight for it.
Becoming immortal wasnât supposed to be the easy part. Though Kate is about to be crowned Queen of the Underworld, sheâs as isolated as ever. And despite her growing love for Henry, ruler of the Underworld, heâs becoming ever more distant and secretive. Then, in the midst of Kateâs coronation, Henry is abducted by the only being powerful enough to kill him: the King of the Titans.
As the other gods prepare for a war that could end them all, it is up to Kate to save Henry from the depths of Tartarus. But in order to navigate the endless caverns of the Underworld, Kate must enlist the help of the one person who is the greatest threat to her future.
Henryâs first wife, Persephone
The Hematoi descend from the unions of gods and mortals, and the children of two Hematoi-pure-bloods have godlike powers. Children of Hematoi and mortals-well, not so much. Half-bloods only have two options: become trained Sentinels who hunt and kill daimons or become servants in the homes of the pures. Seventeen-year-old Alexandria would rather risk her life fighting than waste it scrubbing toilets, but she may end up slumming it anyway. There are several rules that students at the Covenant must follow. Alex has problems with them all, but especially rule #1:Relationships between pures and halfs are forbidden. Unfortunately, she’s crushing hard on the totally hot pure-blood Aiden. But falling for Aiden isn’t her biggest problem—staying alive long enough to graduate the Covenant and become a Sentinel is. If she fails in her duty, she faces a future worse than death or slavery: being turned into a daimon, and being hunted by Aiden. And that would kind of suck.