‘You could never trust a day divisible by that many threes.’
There is grief so unimaginable that to even begin to process it you would want for death itself to simply claim you to stop the pain. This was one of the hardest books I’ve read in a long time and I really don’t know how I managed to get through it without crying but every other line broke my heart and I felt the tragedy for the characters in a way that I don’t think I’ll be able to shake off for a long time.
Resurrection Girls is about loss. It’s about family trauma and how the aftermath permanently fractures relationships to the point that people blind themselves with pills and with magic potions so they do not have to feel, or exist in the real world. If there was a medication or shot to stop simply feeling I’m sure most if not all of us would readily take it.
Olivia is three years past the tragic drowning of her 3 year old brother Robby and her family still lives in a haze. Olivia herself goes through life monotonously and it is only when new neighbors move in that that monotony ends. The Hallas family are 3 generations of women – grandmother, mother, daughter and right away they stand out. Kara is Olivia’s age and it is pretty much instantaneous when they begin to hang out. This is when the Resurrection Girls comes to play. The writing of prison pen pal letters sealed away with candy kissed hearts and illicit intention.
The writing in this book is stunning, Ava Morgyn is a fantastic writer and draws you into the story and doesn’t relinquish you until the very bitter end. The characters are realistic and alluring. There are many instances where I absolutely hated one character but also sympathized so much.
The plot is easy to follow but there are a few hiccups particularly the very end, I was left wondering out loud if that was really it but it did not ruin my love for this book. It’s well done and hauntingly beautiful. It is the perfect read for the start of autumn when it is expected to come out. A truly witchy, magical book that forces you to look death and grief in the face and take both head on.
‘Now that the prince was gone, the stars had gone out.’
Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher all opinions are my own.
💜 💜 💜 💜 4/5
Expected publication: October 1st 2019 by AW Teen