“Oh, I’m far older than that. Older than the trees, younger than the moon.”
You know that feeling you get from a certain person? You just know they’re no good but nobody listens to you because said person manages to cover their bullshit scent with piles of floral perfume and laces their poison with sugar?
Ivy knows just that person and she has come to ruin her and her family’s life. What’s left of it at least.
Her mother Jane has died long ago so the family she does have is her father, four sisters, great aunt Maeve, and a distant uncle.
There is a big secret in the family if you must know.
Great aunt Maeve is famous. So famous that her name is a pseudonym for Adela Martin. That’s right , the author of the best selling and iconic Ivory Apples. Aunt Maeve is notoriously reclusive and elusive and she always has been. That is just her way. So when the seemingly charming Kate Burden comes out of nowhere Ivy is on guard even though the rest of her family is not.
This is a fairy tale filled with despair, sprites, poetry, and muses. In the end Ivy finds herself and we learn about the Ivory Apples and what it takes to be inspirational.
From the start this was a different kind of story than what I usually read. I loved the writing right away. Ivy is wise for her years and that must come from the loss of her mother at a young age or it’s just who she is a person overall. No matter what I truly admired who she was and loved her personality. She grew and went through so much and I saw myself in her. I am also the eldest out of four girls and minor spoilers. Talia told her that she put everything ,even her dreams, on the back burner for her sisters.
That hit me right in the gut.
I had to do that to take care of my mother who had a stroke when I was 18 and take care of my sisters and family as well. It was necessary but also yeah, it’s hard as hell. Being the oldest is not fun at times.
Great Aunt Maeve. Omg, what I hope to be in my older years. Famous elusive author who lives in the woods and just wants her checks lmaooo. But I also felt she was kind of selfish in a way? She could have done way more tbh and adapted to the way of the internet like Ivy’s father suggested but…older people sigh.
Ms. Burden…guys…this is a villain you’re going to love to hate. Just…I hate her and I will always hate her.
The sprites and the muses are amazing dreams. ALL AROUND. LOVE LOVE LOVEEE.
This was fun and riveting to read. I’m coming around to fantasy novels especially if they’re like this. This is a modern day fairy tale NOT centered around love and I really really enjoyed it. Give me that fucked up family dynamic and I’m all for it apparently. There were some parts that I felt buckled but the writing is nice and I really think it hit that ‘we’re sisters but I will fuck you up if you look at me again’ vibe nice.
You should definitely check this out if you’re looking for a nice fairy tale and a book within a book adventure.
Thank you very much to Edelweiss and the publisher for a copy of this ARC. All opinions are my own.
“You interfered in the work of the gods,” she said. “And for that I sentence you to death.”