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getting my arc request granted like YESSSSSputting in my arc request like pleaseThank you to Random House Children s Delacorte Press for an ARC of this title in exchange for an honest review. An ARC Delacorte Press, I love you beyond measure Thank you so much Original Is it too early to be freaking the f out over this Old farmhouse, corn fields, creepinesssay noAn ARC Delacorte Press, I love you beyond measure Thank you so much Original Is it too early to be freaking the f out over this Old farmhouse, corn fields, creepinesssay no DOWNLOAD ♿ Burn Our Bodies Down ♃ From The Author Of The New York Times Bestseller Wilder Girls Comes A New Twisty Thriller About A Girl Whose Past Has Always Been A Mystery Until She Decides To Return To Her Mother S Hometown Where History Has A Tendency To Repeat ItselfEver Since Margot Was Born, It S Been Just Her And Her Mother No Answers To Margot S Questions About What Came Before No History To Hold On To No Relative To Speak Of Just The Two Of Them, Stuck In Their Run Down Apartment, Struggling To Get AlongBut That S Not Enough For Margot She Wants Family She Wants A Past And She Just Found The Key She Needs To Get It A Photograph, Pointing Her To A Town Called Phalene Pointing Her Home Only, When Margot Gets There, It S Not What She Bargained ForMargot S Mother Left For A Reason But Was It To Hide Her Past Or Was It To Protect Margot From What S Still There The Only Thing Margot Knows For Sure Is There S Poison In Their Family Tree, And Their Roots Are Dug So Deeply Into Phalene That Now That She S There, She Might Never Escape listen, I m not saying this cover is ugly but Wilder Girls was the Mona Lisa of YA 2019 andthey should have at least tried listen, I m not saying this cover is ugly but Wilder Girls was the Mona Lisa of YA 2019 andthey should have at least tried okay but am i the only one who sort of likes this cover Thank you to NetGalley and Random House Children s Books for providing me with an ARC in exchange for an honest review.I was hesitant to request this one, given the mixed reviews of Rory Power s debut novel, Wilder Girls, which I haven t read Now I m considering giving it a try, because this book This book is a masterpiece The older I get, the harder it is for me to find young adult fiction that still appeals to me, and I feel a little giddy every time I get to add a new book to my list of YA Thank you to NetGalley and Random House Children s Books for providing me with an ARC in exchange for an honest review.I was hesitant to request this one, given the mixed reviews of Rory Power s debut novel, Wilder Girls, which I haven t read Now I m considering giving it a try, because this book This book is a masterpiece The older I get, the harder it is for me to find young adult fiction that still appeals to me, and I feel a little giddy every time I get to add a new book to my list of YA favorites Burn Our Bodies Down comes right out of the gate with a startlingly realistic portrayal of abuse and neglect Protagonist Margot s mother is an infuriating character It wrecked me to witness how Margot s toxic upbringing impacted every aspect of her life I especially appreciated how Power explored the way abusers use gaslighting to win arguments and make their victims doubt their own experiences and reality.Power gives us a well written, relatable protagonist in Margot She was remarkably sympathetic and refreshingly complicated Her first person narration had me experiencing the story as she experienced it, feeling her emotions along with her, desperate to find the truth just like she was Margot is a lesbian, and her sexuality was never the focus of the story, instead just one part of what made her, her It felt so natural and right.Overall, Burn Our Bodies Down is incredibly well paced, with short chapters and a great flow Power uses the small town setting of Phalene and the interactions between her characters to build a growing sense of unease, a feeling you can t shake but you can t pin down, that something is off I kept wanting to shout, WHAT IS GOING ON and I had to keep reading until I found out And the ending wow.This book has the potential to appeal to a wide audience, including adults who don t usually go for YA I only had one minor complaint I ll keep it vague to avoid spoilers, but there s a part in the story where Margot reads someone s diary entries, and the writing style of the entries, with no capitalization or punctuation and lots of repetition, was annoying But there weren t too many entries and they were mostly very short, so I haven t let it affect my rating content warnings available here updating if you find something is missing from this list, please let me know via my website content warnings available here updating if you find something is missing from this list, please let me know via my website Well this one definitely threw me for a loop I ll admit I was pretty cocky and thought I knew exactly where this book was headed, but even when I was on the right track, I got the degree very, very wrong At one point when I was maybe halfway through reading I commented on Chelsea s status update that I was waiting for everything to go off the rails , and through time and space Rory Power HEARD me and decided to grant me that request Be careful what you wish for, y all The story starts with Well this one definitely threw me for a loop I ll admit I was pretty cocky and thought I knew exactly where this book was headed, but even when I was on the right track, I got the degree very, very wrong At one point when I was maybe halfway through reading I commented on Chelsea s status update that I was waiting for everything to go off the rails , and through time and space Rory Power HEARD me and decided to grant me that request Be careful what you wish for, y all The story starts with 17 year old Margot and her mom, Josephine, barely getting by in their small apartment and meager income Beyond poverty, there s a massive amount of simmering tension between the two of them, at near constant risk of erupting Eventually this leads to Margot seeking out the family that her mother has always kept hidden from her.I m always down for a complex family dynamic I appreciated the relationship between Margot, her mother and grandmother, Vera, and loved dissecting what each microaggression or full on aggression lobbed at one another meant There were plenty of secrets that we get to uncover along the way, especially since none of the women are particularly forthrightDoes understanding her mean I have to forgive her I also adored Power s writing She captures these really specific, human moments between her characters just beautifully My Kindle copy is filled with highlighted passages, and I m guessing anyone who s had even a somewhat toxic relationship with a family member will be struck by her insights I ended up skipping Wilder Girls last year and clearly that was my mistake I know people were guuuushing about the cover, but I hope that the book itself ends up being just as engrossing.That said, I still feel like the story was missing something Parts just felt underdeveloped Tess was promising, but both her and Eli seemed like they were added as a means to and end I never quite understood Josephine, and I think some of her quirks needed to be explained a littleIt felt a bit rushed, especially by the end, and I wish Power had takentime to elaborate on this really creative premise And it felt pretty dark for a YA novel I get that the heroine is a teenager, but I don t know if I would market this to teenagers In all, there was a lot of good stuff to work with, but it still felt unfinished I am absolutely interested in readingfrom her, though, and I can t wait to see what she puts out nextThanks to Random House Children s Netgalley for an advance copy If it be possible, let this cup pass from me nevertheless, not as I will, but as thou wiltMatthew 26 39WOOF Gather round, children, and listen to the tale of how my most highly anticipated YA release of 2020 ended up being a flippity flop of epic proportions Obviously this is a biased opinion, and one woman s trash is another s treasure, so please check out all the positive reviews as mine remains clearly in the minority thus far I ve been sitting here for two days trying to organize mIf it be possible, let this cup pass from me nevertheless, not as I will, but as thou wiltMatthew 26 39WOOF Gather round, children, and listen to the tale of how my most highly anticipated YA release of 2020 ended up being a flippity flop of epic proportions Obviously this is a biased opinion, and one woman s trash is another s treasure, so please check out all the positive reviews as mine remains clearly in the minority thus far I ve been sitting here for two days trying to organize my thoughts into a somewhat coherent review, and I m left with a similar, albeit slightly worse feeling as I had upon finishing Wilder Girls last year Whenever I read books that feature anything along the lines of fantasy, dystopian, or even historical, I m of the camp that craves detailed atmosphere and character building thethe better And while Power is a phenomenal powerhouse of creating elaborate, intriguing ideas and beautifully oppressive atmosphere, I m not sure the characterization and pacing are up to snuff hereLook at you, Gram whispers She bends down, kisses the back of my head, and she s holding my shoulders so tight that I can feel bruises setting deep under my skin I don t mind It s about time love left a mark on me In the same vein as the author s debut, Burn Our Bodies Down is horror set in a world similar to our own, but gone bad Margot has lived on her own with her mom for as long as she can remember, and is forbidden to ask questions about her extended family and where they come from After she finds a clue leading her to her remaining family, Margot runs away to meet her Gram at the Nielsen farm and hopes to find answers to her many questions surrounding her origins Shortly after arriving in town, there s an incident that introduces disturbing questions that need answering, and the remaining 70% of the book is us following alongside, curious as to what s wrong with this place I won t beat around the bush the only reason I pressed through this book was to find out if my guess, around the 30% mark, of what was going on was correct Spoiler alert it was This could be chalked up to readingthan my fair share of mysteries, but I felt the clue given after the first major event happens only left a small pool of options, especially knowing that this would fall into the supernatural realm and that we would be thrown a red herring or two before the ending My main concern is that, while there are ample descriptions of this dry and crumbling small town which I loved , the dialogue is stilted and many characters and plot threads are introduced that either have little to no bearing on the story, or just provide filling repetition We are briefly told near the beginning of the story that the MC is either a lesbian or bisexual, but then this narrative is all but dropped for the remainder of the story, other than occasionally alluding to some tension between Tess and Margot Eli is introduced as a staple in Tess s household, and we are constantly lead to wonder whether him and Tess have a relationship beyond friendship, but again this is never really addressed The final 80% truly picked up in pacing, and I loved how this played out, but it felt as though all the gore and shock value was spared until this moment, which gave the book as a whole a very safe feeling I think maybe if a less distracted focus had been set on a few elements of the story, and if I had been able to form any sort of connections to the characters rather than reading about them at surface level, this would have been a 4 5 star experience This is likely where I part ways with Ms Power, but I sincerely wish her all the best, and I highly recommend you check this one out for yourself and form your own thoughts about this thought provoking readMany thanks to the publisher for providing my review copy Content Warning view spoiler Murder and gore some of this is graphic and descriptive near the end, gaslighting, shoplifting, use of an illegal substance pertains to the overall plot , arson, suicide hide spoiler 11 13 2019 this cover is pretty but it doesn t even come close to Wilder Girls cover i d like to see them try to make a prettier cover than Wilder Girls Goodreads Blog Pinterest LinkedIn YouTube Instagram 11 13 2019 this cover is pretty but it doesn t even come close to Wilder Girls cover i d like to see them try to make a prettier cover than Wilder Girls Goodreads Blog Pinterest LinkedIn YouTube Instagram