Sawkill Girls

Sawkill Girls

Beware of the woods and the dark, dank deep.He’ll follow you home, and he won’t let you sleep.Who 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 find.Zoey: the pariah. Luckless and lonely, hurting but hiding it. Aching with grief and dreaming of vanished girls. Maybe...

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Title:Sawkill Girls
Author:Claire Legrand
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Sawkill Girls Reviews

  • destiny ♎ [howling libraries]

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    At Sawkill Rock, the beauty of the island masks a terrible, dark secret: girls keep going missing, and they’re being lost more frequently 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

    is where she is meant to be.

    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

    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.

    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 and more haunted than anything you’d imagine (and she’s

    , 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

    and

    .

    Finally, there’s Zoey, who is

    (on page—there’s an entire facet to her back story revolving around this aspect of her life), and even more than 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.

    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

    was given a thinking, feeling sentience to this degree, and it adds the most amazing layer to the story.

    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.

    I know I said I’d keep this to a reasonable length, and I’m trying, but

    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

    of the hype it deserves.

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  • andrea caro

    First of all, I want to give a very enthusiastic thank you to

    for sending me this ARC. Not only was this one of two most anticipated reads of the year for me, she also left in her tabs color-coded to thematic elements in the story so this reading experience was kind of incredible and revolutionary for me.

    Now, onto the review:

    This book is spooky, queer, feminist, and full of women and I loved it. This story follows around several points of view, three of which are Zoey, Marion, and Val. Zoe

    First of all, I want to give a very enthusiastic thank you to

    for sending me this ARC. Not only was this one of two most anticipated reads of the year for me, she also left in her tabs color-coded to thematic elements in the story so this reading experience was kind of incredible and revolutionary for me.

    Now, onto the review:

    This book is spooky, queer, feminist, and full of women and I loved it. This story follows around several points of view, three of which are Zoey, Marion, and Val. Zoey is black, bi, and asexual, grieving the disappearance of her friend Thora. Marion, new to the island, is grieving the death of her father and trying to hold her family together, and starts a relationship with another girl. Val has dark secrets and dates boys, but shows attraction to/begins a relationship with a female. Interestingly enough, there are chapters written in the point of view of the island itself; this sounds kooky but it's actually really interesting and worked well for me.

    Sawkill Island is an island where girls have gone missing over the past century or so. Over the past few years, the number of disappearances has been increasing. Things really start to escalate when Marion, her mom, and her sister move to the island to escape grief and pretty soon after, Marion's sister goes missing. Marion's journey ends up being about grief, being a parent to a parent acting like a child, then accepting shitty circumstances when backed up into a corner; Marion did whatever it took to survive and help out fellow women.

    Zoey felt, to me, like a Lois Lane-type character, really spearheading the mystery behind the missing girls, particularly after her best friend Thora goes missing, just after cozying up to Val. She's got an ex named Grayson who is cute as a fucking button, but it's interesting to read about why they didn't work out. Zoey feels shamed and is shamed for her asexuality (fyi - this is immediately corrected on page; it also felt really good to read the word 'asexual' on page and have it clearly established that asexuality and romance aren't mutually exclusive things).

    Val's story is dark, dark, dark, and hard to explain without going into too much detail. She isn't a squeaky-clean character, but for me she was necessary, exploring the nuances of what it's like to be a woman to be manipulated by men and other women for the sake of a man.

    One point - I wasn't necessarily on board for the f/f romance for a big part of this book, but I very much loved it at the end.

    The villain(s) in this book were pretty mysterious to start off with which left the first half of the book much more atmospheric. I understand the criticisms of them made in other reviews, but as 'cheesy' as both entities turned out to be, I felt it was the right choice for this book because it was about the women, not about the men that were torturing them. There were so many little snippets in this story that felt like something I've experienced from men because I'm female that I can't really unpack them all, but this book is pretty solidly feminist and I felt seen while reading a lot of the book.

    So anyway, so far I'd call this my favorite read of the year.

    Read this if you like:

    - Spooky, atmospheric vibes

    - Women

    - Magic

    TW for: grief pertaining to loss of a loved one, gore, blood, abuse including parental, talk of miscarriages, a really ace-phobic comment that was immediately rebuffed on page, animal death, and at least discussion of sex abuse/rape.

  • 🦊 Jessi ♥️ H. Vojsk

    Story ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

    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 Mortimer more than anyone and anything, because Zoey is sure that Val has something to do with the disappearance

    Story ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

    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 Mortimer more than 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 even more?

    Strong 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 even more interested, 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.

  • Melanie

    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 ha

    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 and more frequently 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 try.

    - 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.

    - 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.

    - 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:

    - Zoey’s best friend and ex. My favorite character in the entire book. I would honestly die for this boy.

    These 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.

    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 bit more about it,

    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 mother.

    And 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 equally.

    And 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 learned more about 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!

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  • Alana • thebookishchick

    Drop everything and add this to your October TBR's immediately.

    If you like creepy, atmospheric books with badass females that keep you on the edge of your seat then look no further than 

    . Earlier this year I read Claire Legrand's novel

    and loved it. From her writing, to her characters, to her world-building I was instantly sucked into the story. So, naturally when I came across that the author was coming out with a new YA Fantasy/Horror novel with LGBT+ rep I couldn't add i

    Drop everything and add this to your October TBR's immediately.

    If you like creepy, atmospheric books with badass females that keep you on the edge of your seat then look no further than 

    . Earlier this year I read Claire Legrand's novel

    and loved it. From her writing, to her characters, to her world-building I was instantly sucked into the story. So, naturally when I came across that the author was coming out with a new YA Fantasy/Horror novel with LGBT+ rep I couldn't add it to my TBR fast enough. Now here we are, on publication day and all I can do scream from the rooftops about how good this was.

    is told through four different POV's and short chapters, which means you're going to have trouble putting this down. I absolutely adored all three of our leading ladies, Marion, Val, and Zoey. Three fierce feminists with three extraordinary powers. How could you not love them already? If you asked me to choose I honestly don't think I could give you a straight answer on who I loved more, but here's a quick rundown:

    -Zoey, the driving force behind solving the mystery of the missing girls of Sawkill, is black and asexual with a backstory included. It was super nice to read Zoey's backstory instead of having the asexual rep dropped in just for the sake of including it. 10 points for you, Ms. Legrand.

    -Val, the queen bee, who reminded me so much of Jennifer from the movie

    is hoarding years and years worth of secrets kept by her family. It's mentioned in the story that she mainly dates boys, however, as the story progresses she beings to have feelings for one

    -Marion, the newbie to Sawkill, who is quickly losing her grip on what's real and what's not, is labeled as bisexual and fat. The fat rep is probably some of the best I've ever read. There's really no negativity towards Marion's size and I was

    for it. Marion's POV was always very interesting to read because as the story progressed you began to question if what she was experiencing was real or not.

    And last but not least, our fourth POV...

    -The Rock. Yes, you read that right. Technically, a piece of land had a POV in this story and it was genius. The Rock's "

    " were never more than a page or two, but it's POV was so beautifully written that it made this book even harder to put down.

    On top of the awesome characters, we were also blessed with some great side characters. I

    Zoey's father and Grayson (Zoey's ex but still best friend). I was not let down one bit with the world building. If I didn't risk the chance of being abducted Sawkill would definitely be a place I would want to live, or at least visit. The creepy level in this was just the right amount too. At one point I actually had to put the book down because it was 1am and I heard some noises outside and was creeped the hell out. There were also a few times I physically shuddered while reading this. You can expect lots of bugs...and maybe even a little horse hair too. 😰

    ^ I thought this was interesting because most people don't talk about the Jersey Devil, but then I read that the author is from NJ and it made complete sense. Us Jersey girls gotta stick together.

    All in all, if you like creepy, atmospheric, feminist stories, 

    is not one you want to pass up. Plus, I mean, it's not like you need to wait for the book to come out. Head on over to your bookstore today because

    is officially out on shelves ready to creep you the F out.

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  • Hamad

    This review and other non-spoilery reviews can be found

    🌟 To do this book right I have to admit that I went into it not expecting a horror story and by no means it was one. But I was checking GR and searching online and I saw many readers listed it as a horror book but Edelweiss -Thanks for providing a copy in exchange of an honest review- did not, so my expectations kind of cha

    This review and other non-spoilery reviews can be found

    🌟 To do this book right I have to admit that I went into it not expecting a horror story and by no means it was one. But I was checking GR and searching online and I saw many readers listed it as a horror book but Edelweiss -Thanks for providing a copy in exchange of an honest review- did not, so my expectations kind of changed while I was reading it which was kind of bad.

    🌟 This book started very good and then it lost some of the magic gradually till the end. I read 100 pages when I started this in one sitting which is something I don’t usually do. I heard mixed thing about Legrand writing but I found that I liked it… At least at the beginning.

    🌟 Toward the end what really happened is that I felt the author was trying so hard and it was kind of slow and boring, I usually speed through the last pages in all books because I want to know what happens and fast. I found myself wanting it to end here so I was reading, not caring what could happen. The problem is that many of the twists were revealed early in the book and every thing was clear from the start so the excitement factor dissipated early and it became kind of repetitive.

    🌟 I also found that it was kind of confusing at some points but I didn’t know if that was the book or if I wasn’t concentrating enough due to the boredom.

    🌟 That being said, it was not bad as to DNF or even considering doing so. I mean it was average to good but it had more potential for sure.

    🌟 This is also another book that has 3 girls as the main characters and it is feminine and empowers girls..etc which I am totally fine with. But what I am not totally fine with is that girls being powerful and great does not mean that all guys are bad and smelly and stupid. Both Genders can do anything. I am bothered by this concept that I touched in this book and IRL.

    🌟 Summary and prescription: A good book with a wide cast of female characters. It was also a LGBTQ diverse book with many different sexualities. Great for those looking for a feminine read.

    And could have more potential in my opinion.

    🌟 When I first started this I wanted to give it 4 stars, then it changed to 3.5 and after 2 days of reading I decided that 3.25 is the rating I am most comfortable with.

  • Camila Roy ••RoyIsReading••

    RATING: 2.75 rounded up to 3/5

    Let me start by saying that I LOVE horror. Spooky, creepy and bizarre is my aesthetic. Supernatural shows are my thing; I can't get enough of them. So, when I read this book's synopsis I was definitely intrigued. Plus,

    is the author (she wrote

    , one of my favorite books of the year).

    As it turns out,

    wasn't for me. I considered raising my rating just for the sake of being polite. I didn't want other people to get discouraged fro

    RATING: 2.75 rounded up to 3/5

    Let me start by saying that I LOVE horror. Spooky, creepy and bizarre is my aesthetic. Supernatural shows are my thing; I can't get enough of them. So, when I read this book's synopsis I was definitely intrigued. Plus,

    is the author (she wrote

    , one of my favorite books of the year).

    As it turns out,

    wasn't for me. I considered raising my rating just for the sake of being polite. I didn't want other people to get discouraged from reading this because of me. Later, I realized that I have to be honest and objective. My opinion might not be popular but that doesn't mean I shouldn't share it.

    1) The LGBTQ representation was great. Asexuality is not often seen in YA. I'm happy with the way it was portrayed, it seemed very realistic. There's also a gay and a bisexual character.

    2) The plot wasn't very original but it was solid. I'm certain that the author put a lot of thought into it and tried her best to make it unique.

    1) The pacing felt off. Stuff was happening but I didn't feel excited or intrigued. I hate using the term 'boring' but there isn't another way to describe it.

    2) There were three main characters: Val, Zoey and Marion. I didn't like any of them. They seemed really plain and, once again, boring. None of them had much personality. The same could be said for all the side characters.

    3) The tone of the story seemed to change. First it was magical and mysterious, then it got darker and then it just got weird (and not in an enjoyable way). I skimmed the last 30% because I just wanted it to be over.

    , this wasn't my cup of tea but it could be yours! Most of the people who have read this rated it 4 or 5 stars. This was just my opinion. If the premise interests you, give this a shot.

  • Kayla Dawn

    Okay. 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

    Okay. 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 WHOLE 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.

    *Two more quotes 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."

  • Claire Legrand

    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.

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