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This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab

This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab

This Savage Song
by Victoria Schwab

There’s no such thing as safe in a city at war, a city overrun with monsters. In this dark urban fantasy from author Victoria Schwaba young woman and a young man must choose whether to become heroes or villains—and friends or enemies—with the future of their home at stake. The first of two books.

Kate Harker and August Flynn are the heirs to a divided city—a city where the violence has begun to breed actual monsters. All Kate wants is to be as ruthless as her father, who lets the monsters roam free and makes the humans pay for his protection. All August wants is to be human, as good-hearted as his own father, to play a bigger role in protecting the innocent—but he’s one of the monsters. One who can steal a soul with a simple strain of music. When the chance arises to keep an eye on Kate, who’s just been kicked out of her sixth boarding school and returned home, August jumps at it. But Kate discovers August’s secret, and after a failed assassination attempt the pair must flee for their lives.

Monsters of Verity #1

Rated: ★★★★
Publisher: Greenwillow Books
Publication: July 5, 2016
Genre: Fantasy, YA
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This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab

I had been dying to read This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab after hearing from so many what a wonderful fantasy author she is. I bought the book without reading the synopsis or knowing anything about it really, while I was in Portland’s City of Books about a year ago. I just thought okay, good cover, people have said good things, I’m taking a chance! That chance lay on a bookshelf for almost an entire year before I finally picked it up for the Pages and Pause Screen podcast.

I absolutely LOVED it. I knew almost immediately this book would be a five star book. The writing was flawless and the characters were so well rounded and well written. The world-building, which can prove to be cumbersome to deal with for many, seemed seamless. Everything flowed naturally, so that any little bit of information we learned about this world, about monsters and music, came alongside the action and not in large chunks of awkward exposition that breaks rhythm.

Schwab does a fantastic job deconstructing the typical male and female roles in fantasy. Usually, we’ll see the aloof, broody male that has anger issues, and the serene, docile female that quiets the rage of the other. And then, of course, this leads to an inevitable romance, that will down the line be tested. Schwab changes everything up! She gives up the perfect gem that is Kate Harker — angry, vicious, cynical, calculating, and August Flynn — a soft boy trying to do and be good in a world that only considers him capable of being a monster, that only wants him to be a monster.

The two form an unlikely alliance considering their end goals are complete opposites — at first. Slowly, the come to know each other and then, just when you think here comes the romance, there isn’t! It ends! Do you realize how amazing this is? That, in a YA fantasy, there are two protagonists, a male and female, and they grow close and DON’T kiss kiss fall in love? I can’t remember the last time I’ve read something this compelling without romance (if you have, please do rec them to me!). It felt so good, so refreshing to have two characters meet, go through something, and then realize things are still what they are (cryptic wording simply because I don’t want to go into spoilers). Though, Schwab is fantastic at crafting their platonic relationship because if you wanted to, there’s plenty that can be construed as romantic and as hinting towards a romance. And if you don’t, then it isn’t there, taking over the spotlight of a wonderful story or being crammed down your throat.

Leaning away from the characters, the story and world is extremely interesting as well. Crimes actually have real, tangible, physical repercussions in the form of the three types of monsters: Corsai, Malchai, and Sunai. We’re told that particular acts of violence will result in their creation. At first glance, this monster system makes sense. Seems flawless, but then something happens towards the end and you realize there are cracks. This opens up what can be a great discussion on whether all acts of violence deserve to be treated the same way, whether creating one malchai by accident is just as bad as creating a malchai on purpose. There’s a reason we (in the US) have different levels of murder in the judiciary system, as well as labels that can be applied instead of murder.

This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab is simply one of the best YA fantasy books I have read in recent time. Set in a unique world with it’s own set of rules and norms, redefining what the other and monsters are, and putting together a pair of protagonists that fall on different ends of the spectrum in this world, yet not having them fall in a romance, are all things that set this novel apart from many others in the genre. Definitely, pick this up, find a friend, and discuss!

Long Black Veil by Jennifer Finney Boylan

Long Black Veil by Jennifer Finney Boylan

 Long Black Veil
by Jennifer Finney Boylan

On a warm August night in 1980, six college students sneak into the dilapidated ruins of Philadelphia’s Eastern State Penitentiary, looking for a thrill. With a pianist, a painter and a teacher among them, the friends are full of potential. But it’s not long before they realize they are locked in—and not alone. When the friends get lost and separated, the terrifying night ends in tragedy, and the unexpected, far-reaching consequences reverberate through the survivors’ lives. As they go their separate ways, trying to move on, it becomes clear that their dark night in the prison has changed them all. Decades later, new evidence is found, and the dogged detective investigating the cold case charges one of them—celebrity chef Jon Casey— with murder. Only Casey’s old friend Judith Carrigan can testify to his innocence.

But Judith is protecting long-held secrets of her own – secrets that, if brought to light, could destroy her career as a travel writer and tear her away from her fireman husband and teenage son. If she chooses to help Casey, she risks losing the life she has fought to build and the woman she has struggled to become. In any life that contains a “before” and an “after,” how is it possible to live one life, not two?

Weaving deftly between 1980 and the present day, and told in an unforgettable voice, Long Black Veil is an intensely atmospheric thriller that explores the meaning of identity, loyalty, and love. Readers will hail this as Boylan’s triumphant return to fiction.

Rated: ★★★★
Publisher: Crown
Publication: April 11, 2017
Genre: Suspense, Coming of Age, LGBTQA*
I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this title.

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Long Black Veil by Jennifer Finney Boylan

This is an amazing book that surprised in many ways. Long Black Veil by Jennifer Finney Boylan is extremely well-written, has strong characters, and an ending I could only hope for! This is a tough review to write simply because I don’t want to spoil anything, but the best things I want to talk about might be considered spoilers.

The mystery at the crux of the story is a simple one, and perhaps because it is so simple, we never really see it coming. All is revealed to the reader midway through the book, which is a good thing because the heart of this novel doesn’t lie in solving the mystery. The heart of this novel lies in piecing these people together. In watching them struggle to overcome what happened, stutter, fail, and then try again. Only after everything has been brought to light is there any hope of moving forward.

There are slight suggestions to spoilers here as I will briefly touch upon the ending. I was worried, given what unfolds in the book, that the ending would be one we see all too often. A trope that I hate with a passion that befalls characters like Judith, where they are denied happy endings and used as a means of self-reflection for other….. ‘mainstream’ characters. Boylan definitely teases that this is the way it will end, that we will get that predictable ending so many characters like Judith meet in ‘mainstream’ fiction, but thanks to every deity, we don’t get that. We get a good ending. Perhaps some cynics will say it was too saccharine considering the events of the book, but I disagree, and would argue that those readers possibly missed the point. The point of the mystery, the point of the novel. That holding onto hate, to darkness, to secrets, will poison and consume you, will lead you to darker roads you might not be able to turn away from. Yet, if you persevere, you face the truth, and are willing to accept the same in others, then yes, good things are possible.

Long Black Veil by Jennifer Finney Boylan is an extremely well-written novel that draws its suspense not primarily from the mystery, but from the interpersonal relationships between old friends and former selves; the struggle for self-acceptance for ALL of the characters.

Quotes & Excerpts

For a long time, I’d searched the world, thinking I could start up new friendships like the ones I’d had before. But I never met people like that again. I know people will think that’s what everyone believes about their college friends, but it’s true. Maybe we’re like flowers that open up at that brief moment in our lives, and after that, we close up again, one by one.
– Chapter 8

I have a different theory, which is even more harebrained. It goes like this: Maybe we should all just love one another, even if we don’t completely understand the things that people bear in their dark, strange hearts, even if the stars that other men and women are following seem invisible to us. If we make ourselves open to the humanity of others first, maybe understanding will follow. An incomprehensible theory of the universe isn’t necessary if your only ambition is to embrace another soul. What you need, maybe all you need, in fact, is the willingness to love.
– Chapter 24

The Bone Witch by Rin Chupeco

The Bone Witch by Rin Chupeco

 The Bone Witch
by Rin Chupeco

Let me be clear: I never intended to raise my brother from his grave, though he may claim otherwise. If there’s anything I’ve learned from him in the years since, it’s that the dead hide truths as well as the living.

When Tea accidentally resurrects her brother from the dead, she learns she is different from the other witches in her family. Her gift for necromancy means that she’s a bone witch, a title that makes her feared and ostracized by her community. But Tea finds solace and guidance with an older, wiser bone witch, who takes Tea and her brother to another land for training.

In her new home, Tea puts all her energy into becoming an asha―one who can wield elemental magic. But dark forces are approaching quickly, and in the face of danger, Tea will have to overcome her obstacles…and make a powerful choice.

Memoirs of a Geisha meets The Name of the Wind in this brilliant new fantasy series by Rin Chupeco!

Book 1 of The Bone Witch series

Rated: ★★★★
Publisher: Sourcebooks
Publication: March 7, 2017
Genre: Fantasy, YA
I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this title.

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The Bone Witch by Rin Chupeco

Sometimes, a popular book comes out that everyone loves and I just don’t get. I’m used to those situations happening. But then, sometimes the opposite happens and a book that has been hyped up comes out to less favorable reviews, but I love it. That always shocks me. So, when I finished The Bone Witch by Rin Chupeco and immediately thought FIVE STARS GREAT FANTASTIC, then checked goodreads to see the rating, I was flabbergasted. This was a book that I thoroughly enjoyed and wanted more of.

Chupeco does tremendously well in framing the story between before and after. This is probably one of the most successful aspects of this book. It builds up the suspense and helps propel the plot forward. It kept me thrumming with anxiety as I saw the pages left to finish the book dwindle down while the two halves of the book were nowhere near close to connecting. Part of the book takes place after. After what? We can only guess the specifics but we know Tea was exiled. A bard finds her and she tells her tale to him while working on something that had me frightened, not only for what’s to come, but for her very sanity as well. The rest of the book is the story Tea is telling about her childhood, about how she got to the point she’s at by the end of the book. He story stops short of filling in all the gaps, which we’ll likely see more of in a sequel.

The story itself was well crafted, with a solid start to worldbuilding. We get the idea of these different cultures, social hierarchies, myths, etc. and how they influence everything, especially Tea’s story. Tea, a small town girl with big town magic, gets roped into becoming an Asha, almost like a magical geisha. She has to learn history, politics, song, dance, etc. all in order to provide stimulating conversation and entertainment to those that can afford it. But, Tea’s specialization requires even more of her. As she is a bone witch, she will also be in charge of defeating monsters that pop up periodically — a task only bone witches are capable of completing.

Now, this wouldn’t be a YA fantasy novel if it didn’t also include romance, which is hinted upon from the very beginning. I died because I was so intrigued by who it would be she fell in love with. I had my suspicions and I had my hopes and my suspicions won out, but my hope is still there! Trust me, you don’t want me to spoiler that because we literally do not get a name until the last page and it was SO WORTH IT.

Another thing that really sets The Bone Witch by Rin Chupeco apart is the inclusion of people of color. I never once while reading felt that this was a world of white, which I absolutely loved and think we need more of, especially in fantasy. I mean, if we can have 3 headed dragons, why not a cast of diverse characters? Also, the addition of a potentially lgbtqa* character towards the end had me throwing my hands up in glee (at least, that’s how I read the character secret as).

There was only one part that did slow the book down — fashion descriptions. Yes, they may have been important in creating the story, but I honestly could not keep track of it all, nor did I make that big an effort to. It ended up becoming lines on a page to skim past.

Overall, The Bone Witch by Rin Chupeco is a novel that I absolutely adored. It felt unique, had me connected to the characters and world, and now has me in agony waiting for the sequel to pop up. Such a lovely and refreshing YA book!

Feast of the Epiphany by Kathryn M Hearst

Feast of the Epiphany by Kathryn M Hearst

 Feast of the Epiphany
by Kathryn M Hearst

Immortal and a member of the Sinistra Dei, a secret order designed to eliminate threats to the Vatican, Giovanna was created to do the dirty work of the Church. This requires creative thinking and the ability to tap dance on the line between right and wrong.

As the commander she loves slowly sinks into insanity, she learns that dark immortals–the Execrati dedicated to destroying her kind– have snuck into New Orleans’ legendary French Quarter to hunt her friends. With the further discovery that one of Rome’s own has faked his death, and the unexpected evolution of her supernatural powers, Gia is no longer able to play by the rules.

How can she defy the man she loves, break the trust of a close friend, and explain the new set of wings on her back?

The answer is simple… she can’t.

Book 1 of the Sinistra Dei series

Rated: ★★★½
Publisher: Wyndham House Inc
Publication: November 7, 2016
Genre: Urban Paranormal, Vampires
I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this title.

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Feast of the Epiphany by Kathryn M Hearst

The thought of supernatural creatures working on behalf of the Catholic Church, instead of the Church looking to condemn and execute them, is such an interesting twist and breath of fresh air, that I had to pick up Feast of the Epiphany by Kathryn M Hearst. I needed to see how this would work, and boy was I pleased. This was such a great read that really hit a spot I hadn’t known needed to be filled. The writing and style really reminded me of both old school Vampire Chronicles, which is a given considering both take place in New Orleans, and of the first few Anita Blake novels.

Now, I wouldn’t say this is a slow-burn type book. But, it’s pacing isn’t the fastest. It isn’t slow, but steady and builds up with the action. Hearst starts by letting us ease into the situation, the location, the world. She finds a good rhythm between giving us action, sexual tension, and background information all at once while still keeping steady, never overwhelming. The location descriptions are fantastic, really making me feel like I’m back in New Orleans, which is a great thing to feel as it definitely plays a role in the story, almost feeling like an extra character.

Like New Orleans, all of the characters come with a heavy background already in place. Complex and full of history, they feel set in their ways and very real. Don’t expect sudden spurts of character growth as they all feel very matured, perhaps save the younger two characters of the group, for obvious reasons. Gia is a likable protagonist, though there was a point that had me rage quitting my kindle because I thought please, don’t be this stupid. Lochlan played his role well, and I kinda wish we could get more of him, but past him to see how he became who he is. While Torben, woo, I loved Torben. Loved him too too much. And boy, the sex in the book was delicious. Yes, there’s sex. If you didn’t pick that up from my comparison to Anita Blake, then you are sheltered when it comes to the vampire fiction world of adults.

By the end, new elements are introduced that really start adding in the actual mystery part of the novel. Unfortunately, all of these new questions are left unanswered, likely to entice readers into picking up the sequel (which I will probably do). But it does leave you feeling a bit confused as to what is happening and why it’s happening all of a sudden. You want to know what’s happening and aren’t completely sure the author knows just yet where to lead you. That’s the slightest complaint, but as I said, it’s likely just to entice readers to the sequel.

Feast of the Epiphany by Kathryn M Hearst is an enjoyable and sexy vampire novel with a new twist, great defined characters, and gorgeous descriptions. If you’re a fan of the original few Vampire Chronicles or first sixish Anita Blake books, this is definitely something you’d enjoy!

Under Rose-Tainted Skies by Louise Gornall

Under Rose-Tainted Skies by Louise Gornall

 Under Rose-Tainted Skies
by Louise Gornall

Norah has agoraphobia and OCD. When groceries are left on the porch, she can’t step out to get them. Struggling to snag the bags with a stick, she meets Luke. He’s sweet and funny, and he just caught her fishing for groceries. Because of course he did.

     Norah can’t leave the house, but can she let someone in? As their friendship grows deeper, Norah realizes Luke deserves a normal girl. One who can lie on the front lawn and look up at the stars. One who isn’t so screwed up.

Rated: ★★★★
Publisher: Clarion Books
Publication: January 3, 2017
Genre: Mental health, Coming-of-age
I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this title.

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Under Rose-Tainted Skies by Louise Gornall

Not the usual book I tend to read, I picked up Under Rose-Tainted Skies by Louise Gornall because I wanted to see if she did justice to the way mental health issues are portrayed in YA media, and I guess media in general. The depressed, brooding anti-hero always so swoon worthy and magically not depressed or broody because he’s found someone. Or the really smart girl that suffers from social anxiety suddenly becoming a social butterfly after meeting her prince and all her worries just float away. I wanted to see someone like me in this book and happily, I did! Gornall does a tremendous job portraying the feelings of anxiety that come with agoraphobia and OCD, the struggle the characters in the book go through, and then tops it with an ending that doesn’t seem contrived or belittling to the mental health community.

The first part of the book is hard to get into. Norah’s anxiety jumps off the page and is physically palpable to those sensitive to it. I know it almost sent me into an anxiety attack and I had to put it down for a bit to breathe. That’s how good Gornall’s writing is. The picture she paints is such a great example of mental illness it’s amazing and heartbreaking all at once. Norah doesn’t understand why her brain is the way it is and she hates herself for it. She wants to be normal. She wants to go outside. She just can’t and there’s no reason for it. She just can’t. That’s what I loved about the book. Other stories that don’t “get it” usually give a traumatic event as the reason. Oh, she experienced this, or someone close to her died, etc. That can happen, but with Norah, we get the other half. The voice of those that haven’t had anything happen and whose brains just decided one day to start going into overdrive on the what ifs until it paralyzes you, literally.

The conflicts and resolution of the book are realistic and well presented. From a literary perspective, I love how everything comes together and nothing seems far-fetched. Things happen and it makes sense. From a mental health perspective, I love that regardless of anything that happens, things aren’t magically solved. Nothing can just magically cure Norah of her OCD or agoraphobia. It’s something she needs to work on every single day.

With great pacing and amazing characters, Under Rose-Tainted Skies by Louise Gornall does a superb job of creating a story that is fun and likeable, while still serious enough to handle the topic of mental illness and actually do it justice instead of sugar coating everything.

Chemistry by CL Lynch

Chemistry by CL Lynch

by CL Lynch

Stella Blunt’s world is ending. Her parents have dragged her across the country, and she has to start over in a new school. This is a big problem, because she doesn’t make friends easily: she’s large, she’s loud, and she doesn’t suffer fools gladly. Within days, Stella has alienated half the school.

Only one person seems to like her: Howard Mullins, the shy geek in her Chemistry class. He’s the biggest loser in school, but he’s a great listener, he’s smart at science, and he loves her for her mind. Then again, he drinks brains from a thermos and walks with a lurch.

Now undead hordes are showing up at her door, and Howard Mullins might be to blame.

Can Stella manage the bullies, figure out her complicated love life, AND handle a chainsaw?

Readers who are tired of traditional tropes and purple prose will enjoy this girl-power twist on Twilight from C. L. Lynch, who thinks big girls and zombies deserve love too.

Book 1 of the Stella Blunt series

Rated: ★★★★
Publisher: One Tall Tree
Publication: November 23, 2016
Genre: Zombies, YA, Urban Paranormal
I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this title.

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Chemistry by CL Lynch

This was an AMAZING book! I could not put it down. Chemistry by CL Lynch is everything Twilight should have been. It is funny, empowering, and still romantic. It is extremely telling how quickly I devoured it considering I absolutely hate anything zombies.

Lynch does a tremendous job keeping true to Twilight and keeping opposite. We have new student Stella Blunt who is large and in charge. This was so freaking great, to finally have a protagonist that can be good looking and large at the same time. Not curvy, large. She even makes jokes about it which endears her even more. Then, we have the actual realistic new student scenario where instead of being worshiped as Bella was, she is ostracized because really, who moves to a new school in the middle of the year just to be warmly welcomed by the student body when they never were at their old school?

The dynamic between Howard and Stella is fantastic. They joke about him being creepy and her warning him he better not watch her sleep, another great nod to Twilight. Howard is old fashioned, but apologizes for it and is awkward. He isn’t the suave brooder Edward was, which really, would someone that refuses to talk to the rest of the population actually be Mr Popularity?

Chemistry by CL Lynch reads much more true to life than Twilight. It’s funny and quirky with great pacing and an engaging storyline. Please, if you’ve read Twilight, do yourself a favor and pick this up. It is amazing!

Redemption by Jessica Therrien

Redemption by Jessica Therrien

by Jessica Therrien

Lead Council member, Christoph, is dead by Elyse’s hand, and Descendants have begun to emerge, exposing their secret to the world. Some see this as the prophecy come to fruition, but the prophecy caries a heavy consequence. It was never meant to be as peaceful as most had hoped.

Humans and Descendants struggle to live together in a world that isn’t ready for such a change. America is divided. Those who glorify the supernatural race believe Descendants truly are the gods they claim relation to. Others see them as a threat.

When Elyse gives birth to the next generation oracle, she sees one final vision—war. The destruction of the country’s major cities, and the end of America as we know it.

After her daughter is born, Elyse finds herself without the ability she needs to predict the future. Desperate to save the world from such conflict, she puts her faith in the hope that Descendants are the key to survival. After all, they have the power to supply a broken society with the means to survive.

Only from the ashes can a new world be born.

Book 3 in the Children of the Gods series

Rated: ★★★½
Publisher: Acorn Publishing
Publication: October 31, 2015
Genre: Young Adult, Mythology
I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this title.

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Redemption by Jessica Therrien

The third, and final?, book in the Children of the Gods series, Redemption by Jessica Therrien is absolutely amazing! Best book of the series by far. Christoph is dead and Elyse thinks the prophecy fulfilled. Little does she know a new council rises and has its own plans for human/descendants integration.

The plot of book 3 is fantastic. It’s fast paced and heart wrenching and you keep hoping things aren’t as they seem but they are. There will always be casualties in war and things are no different here. Things happened in this book that I did not expect, that took my breath away and left me wondering what would happen next. I’ll talk about that in the spoiler vlog. This series has been amazing, more than I thought it would be. The characters are complex, well rounded, and grounded. The world is sound and makes sense. The plot and actual story kicks butt, giving you surprises but never feeling that they were undeserved or coming out of nowhere.

If you’ve read the first two, you are in for a damn treat with the third. If you haven’t read the series, why are you reading this review???? THERE ARE SPOILERS HERE FOR THE PREVIOUS BOOKS OBVIOUSLY! But still, go pick up the first book and you’ll love this YA series, especially Redemption by Jessica Therrien, the finale of Children of the Gods.

And the Trees Crept In by Dawn Kurtagich

And the Trees Crept In by Dawn Kurtagich

And the Trees Crept In
by Dawn Kurtagich

 When Silla and Nori arrive at their aunt’s home, it’s immediately clear that the “blood manor” is cursed. The creaking of the house and the stillness of the woods surrounding them would be enough of a sign, but there are secrets too–the questions that Silla can’t ignore: Who is the beautiful boy that’s appeared from the woods? Who is the man that her little sister sees, but no one else? And why does it seem that, ever since they arrived, the trees have been creeping closer?

Filled with just as many twists and turns as The Dead House, and with achingly beautiful, chilling language that delivers haunting scenes, AND THE TREES CREPT IN is the perfect follow-up novel for master horror writer Dawn Kurtagich.

Rated: ★★★★
Publisher: Little, Brown
Publication: September 6, 2016
Genre: Horror, Thriller
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And the Trees Crept In by Dawn Kurtagich

Picked up as a spooky Halloween read, And the Trees Crept In by Dawn Kurtagich and featured as our bookcast book of the month, this was an amazingly horrifying novel that left you feeling sad and hopeful at the end. It was extremely well written, with amazing characters and a shockingly fantastic plot, the book doubles as a mystery as you try to piece together pieces of information you didn’t even realize were clues to begin with.

Silla is our protagonist and she just goes through so much. Trying to protect her family, protect her sister, figure out what is happening to her Aunt Cath, if she can trust mysterious stranger Gowan, if WW3 actually broke out. It is overwhelming the amount of issues Silla takes on as her responsibilities and troubles. Knowing there is a food shortage, she physically refuses to eat, giving all the food she finds to younger sister Nori who is disfigured thanks to the abusive household they escaped. I could go on for hours about Silla and all of the characters (and have, just listen to the bookcasts) but the development and complexity of each is amazing. Enough to say that even the characters that had limited lines in the book were well-developed and thought out, leaving me wanting a prequel.

Now, the story itself was amazing. The way Kurtagich thought things through and planned the entire tale from the start to end blew me away. Everything written in the story serves multiple purposes. To creep the reader out, to backup the ending, to move everything in a circular/cyclical manner, all of the devices take on more than one role. The genius of the story, however, is that it leaves you chilled to the bone, scared, and hopefully all at the same time once you reach the ending.

Pacing was amazing. Never was there a spot where I thought this is boring, let me check the internet out. It was the opposite. I was upset when I needed to stop reading for the bookcast because I just wanted to devour the entire book in one go. It was perfectly paced.

If you’re looking for a book that will scare you in a creepy way, but will also let you sleep at night once it’s over, please do yourself a favor and pick up And the Trees Crept In by Dawn Kurtagich. Then, come listen to our bookcast on it!