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Saturday, May 21, 2022

Review: Our Crooked Hearts by Melissa Albert

Our Crooked Hearts
by Melissa Albert

A huge thanks to Flatiron Books for this gifted book.

Publisher: Flatiron Books
Publish Date: June 28, 2022
Hardcover
352 Pages
Standalone
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult

THE SUBURBS, RIGHT NOW . . .

Seventeen-year-old Ivy’s summer break kicks off with an accident, a punishment, and a mystery: a stranger whose appearance in the middle of the road, in the middle of the night, heralds a string of increasingly unsettling events. As the days pass, Ivy grapples with eerie offerings, corroded memories, and a secret she’s always known—that there’s more to her mother than meets the eye.

THE CITY, BACK THEN . . .

Dana has always been perceptive. And the summer she turns sixteen, with the help of her best friend and an ambitious older girl, her gifts bloom into a heady fling with the supernatural, set in a city of magical possibilities and secret mystics. As the trio’s aspirations darken, they find themselves speeding toward a violent breaking point.

Years after it began, Ivy and Dana’s shared story will come down to a reckoning among a daughter, a mother, and the dark forces they never should’ve messed with.

My Review:


What a fun, paranormal, YA fantasy novel with Craft-esque vibes.  Exactly the kind of book I find fun to read.  I really loved Hazelwood by this author, but I think I like this one more!  Albert gives us two timelines.  Ivy, in the present, with a complicated relationship with her mother, who has recently seen a stranger appear in the road which puts her on the path to figuring this mystery out.  And Dana, in the past, Ivy's mother, who knew she had special gifts.  Finds her way into a group of people with her best friend, Fee, which launches a lifelong pursuit of safety. The mother/daughter dynamic between Ivy and Dana was complicated but underneath it all, they protected themselves and each other in their own special ways. 

Personally, I really loved seeing how this all played out. At first, I really loved the present-day perspective more but then as the book went along, I found myself more and more interested in the past. The visuals I had while reading this were fun.  For those who tend to steer away from YA, you may want to give this a chance.  It did not "read like a YA" novel and I would say it's on the cusp of an NA book instead.  While *maybe* this could've been a few pages shorter, it never felt like a slog. 

Everything I want to mention could be a potential spoiler so I'm gonna stop here.  But if you like haunted libraries, witches, covens, family secrets with a pinch of first love... add this to your TBR asap. (Does anyone else feels like there's an abundance of rabbits in horror books these days?!)

★★★★

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