Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Atmospheric and Feminist: Sawkill Girls

Title: Sawkill Girls
Author: Claire Legrand
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Release Date: October 2nd, 2018!

From Goodreads...
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 she’s broken—or maybe everyone else is.

Val: 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 lies.

Their 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 campfires.

Where girls have been disappearing for decades, stolen away by a ravenous evil no one has dared to fight… until now.

My Review!
The Positives!
+ Queer representation, including girls who like girls and an ace MC. I can’t speak on the ace rep, but I loved the way that Claire wove that in with Zoey’s story. Also sex positivity for the win!

+ Messy, complicated characters. I’m always a fan of the ~unlikable~ characters, sometimes even more than ones who are seemingly perfect. Because the fact is, no one is perfect, and as such, we shouldn’t expect characters to be either. And I love that here there were angry girls. Girls who made bad choices and who were a bit selfish at times and who just wanted to be allowed to love and live. SO great!

+ Grayson, my soft boy who bakes and who loves Zoey so much and who seems to always know just what to say.

+ Messy, complicated relationships. Because Val, Zoey, and Marion are messy teens, so are their relationships with the people in their life. And again, that’s REALISTIC. I’m always here for them!

+ FEMINISM. It’s very much a girl power story, and I loved that. And not only because the girls were at the center of this mystery and fighting it, but because through them, Claire slashes the patriarchy and dismisses society’s harmful expectations of what girls should act like and be.

The Negatives!
- The Collector itself. I don’t know what I expected from this book, but I guess I thought it would be more paranormal/thriller-y than demons. And not that demons are bad, but they’re not my thing. I couldn’t buy into it, tbh. 

- The story didn’t feel atmospheric, which I’d also hoped for? It was very descriptive, but it didn’t feel like anything new. It didn’t creep me out. 

There are FAR more positives here than negatives, but I just don’t feel that strongly about this book? I liked it, but I didn’t love it. It was very in-the-middle, and even though I feel that way, I still love how Claire Legrand writes. And I KNOW that this is just a me thing, and that others will love this story. It’s definitely good. It just wasn’t for me.


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