Expected publication: January 22nd 2019 by Margaret K. McElderry Books
Thank you to Edelweiss and the publisher for allowing me to review this title ahead of the release date.
I know this is an old song, but after finishing this, I could not get Follow You Into the Dark by Death Cab for Cutie out of my head. Seeing as music inspires my writing, it is no surprise that it encourages my reading as well, but for one to fit so perfectly is a shock even to me. Music is life.
This book is about a curse that plagues young girls after one particular was shunned for being different. Because of the fear of being overcome by the “demons” Milla has been kept under lock and key only knowing her parents, neighbors, and brother. After a young girl comes to live with her grandparents, Milla’s neighbors, they find themselves becoming close friends. But when Iris begins showing signs of being taken by the curse, she is sent off to The Place, a sort of prison for possessed young girls. When Milla’s brother decides to stay behind with Iris, Milla sets off to find him and set things right. Heroines journey, ACTIVATE.
I am a sucker for any book that involves curses, and I have read some outstanding ones this year. This one is no exception. I was hooked in by page one. It reads like a dark fairy-tale and focuses on female friendships as well as sending out the message that no matter how ostracized you or broken down you are, there is always a way to break free. Be it from society or your own personal demons. Although the end reminded me a lot of The Ring and finding out how the curse originated and how to break it, it was still engrossing. I think if the book had been a tad longer, the end wouldn’t have seemed so rushed and Milla would have time to better organize her decisions, which seemed confusing at times. MILLA I WANT TO LIKE YOU, BUT WHAT ARE YOU DOING?
Overall, I enjoyed the book. It was a quick read and didn’t leave me bored whatsoever. And that cover is gorgeous! LOOK AT THOSE SNAKES, YO!