Much thanks to Edelweiss & AW Teen for this complimentary copy. This review is voluntary and opinions are fully my own. Also, all quotes are taken from the ARC and may or may not appear in the final published copy.
Title: Resurrection Girls
Author: Ava Morgyn
Date Published: October 1, 2019
Number of Pages: 272
Publisher: AW Teen
“You know when you’re awake really early in the morning and it’s just before dawn? And for a few moments, everything gets really, really still and really, really quiet, like the whole world is holding its breath for the sunrise? […]
It was like that. Only the sun never rose.”
📚 Series: No.
📚 Genre: YA Paranormal-ish Fantasy.
📚 POV: First person.
📚 Cliffhanger: No.
⚠ Content Warnings: Grief. Death of a family member with graphic descriptions. Serial killers. Drug Use and Alcohol Use by Minors.
⚠ Read if: you are looking for a read that will interest you, then confuse you.
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Book Blurb from Goodreads
Olivia Foster hasn’t felt alive since her little brother drowned in the backyard pool three years ago. Then Kara Hallas moves in across the street with her mother and grandmother, and Olivia is immediately drawn to these three generations of women. Kara is particularly intoxicating, so much so that Olivia not only comes to accept Kara’s morbid habit of writing to men on death row, she helps her do it. They sign their letters as the Resurrection Girls.
But as Kara’s friendship pulls Olivia out of the dark fog she’s been living in, Olivia realizes that a different kind of darkness taints the otherwise lively Hallas women—an impulse that is strange, magical, and possibly deadly.
About the Author
Ava Morgyn is a long-time avid reader and writer of young adult fiction. She studied English Writing & Rhetoric at St. Edward’s University in Austin, TX, and now lives in Houston—city with the most rain, best food, and worst traffic—with her family. When she isn’t at her laptop spinning darkly hypnotic tales, she can be found making fairy houses, talking to her crystals and plants, hunting for delicious new vegan recipes, or bothering her dog. She also blogs regularly about the devastating journey of child loss at ForLoveofEvelyn.com.
I have to admit this: I am a cover judger and that is the main reason why I requested to get an eARC of this read. It has a spooky yet pretty cover, and there’s no denying that the blurb looked so interesting, too. Two girls who write to men on death row? Well, isn’t that a little unusual?
But let’s talk about what really happened.
The first few pages of the book was amazing. Setting the mood and the ambiance was such a delight. I was creeped out and I was taken aback with how this book looked at grief and how heavy a death could be for a family. The main character, Olivia, is faced with an almost-absent father and a mother who is too intoxicated to function, and her guilt over her younger brother’s death.
Then, we are also introduced to the creepy family that is moving in next door. A family of three women – a grandmother, a mother, and daughter, who are all unique, mysterious, yet weirdly interesting.
When I was at the first 25 percent of this book, I was so sure that I am in for a crazy ride and a journey to a five star read. But now that I have finished this book, I am just wondering where did we go wrong? It was like I went to a roller coaster with an amazing build up and then spiraled downward to a confusing disconnect.
I know that this book talks about dealing with grief and the journey of letting go. Those things are what I really did feel throughout reading this book. But there were missing components of the plot that made me feel surrounded by lots of question marks because I just felt lost. The side plots were okay, like her relationship with Kara and her relationship with Prescott, but most of these side plots just left me with even more questions.
On the plus side, I have to commend the author for so many heartfelt and quotable lines scattered all around this book. My Kindle copy ended up so colorful because of the lines that spoke to me.
All in all, this was a good debut from the author and I am still looking forward to more of her works.
My Book Rating Breakdown
🌼 Main Character:⭐⭐⭐☆☆
🌼 Other Lead Character: ⭐⭐⭐☆☆
🌼 Support Characters:⭐⭐⭐☆☆
🌼 Writing Style:⭐⭐⭐☆☆
🌼 Character Development:⭐⭐⭐☆☆
🌼 Thrill Factor: ⭐⭐☆☆☆
🌼 Romance: ⭐⭐☆☆☆
🌼 Pacing: ⭐⭐⭐☆☆
🌼 Ending: ⭐⭐☆☆☆
🌼 Unputdownability: ⭐⭐⭐☆☆
🌼 Book Cover:⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
☁ FINAL VERDICT: 3.25/5 ☁
Have you read a spooky book for October?
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