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The Girl from Rawblood by Catriona Ward

I’m so excited to finally be able to share my love of “The Girl from Rawblood” with you all! The book is out now – don’t forget to check out the preview and giveaway for your chance to win a free copy!
The Girl from RawbloodThe Girl from Rawblood by Catriona Ward

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Every so often, I read a book that is so good, when I’ve finished it, I find myself wanting to read another book just like it. The experience was that good.

“The Girl From Rawblood” is one of those books.

It’s a gothic novel that gave me a Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein-like vibe. And please note: it is dark and depressing, just like that novel. If you’re looking for happy endings, please find another book.

But I seriously couldn’t put this book down once I got into it. I devoured it.

The novel begins with Iris, a young girl whose father doesn’t allow her to venture outside the confines of their home, Rawblood, or have friends, since their family is haunted by a strange curse which will kill them if they invite love into their lives. The pair are the last of the Villarca line and the story then begins to tell, from their own perspectives, the story of their family and how the curse, known as “Her,” came to be.

As I’ve said, this novel is very much in the style of classic gothic novels and is a dark, sad tale which will rip your heart out in places. But it’s also a tale of the power of love and how much it pervades our lives, no matter how much we try to push it away. Love reaches all of the characters, no matter how hard they push it away.

I think some of the lower reviews were from people expecting a modern-day style novel, and it’s not. It’s very much classical literature-style. You have to go in knowing that. Also, FYI: This book does contain some scenes where animals are harmed. Not anything over-the-top, but it may give you pause.

I do have some questions about the ending, since it’s very symbolic and tries to tie together all the loose ends of the novel, but I can deal with that – most is explained and revealed, there’s just some details I need to confirm. Hopefully, once the book comes out I’ll be able to read some fan theories.

Overall, I’m really still processing this book. It will stay with you long after you’ve finished reading it. If you’re a gothic horror/romance fan, buy this book, yesterday. I loved it.

I will definitely be buying more from Catriona Ward.

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The Girl From Rawblood: Preview and Giveaway!

image001In March, I’m super excited to be part of the blog tour for “The Girl From Rawblood,” by Catriona Ward, which I have just finished reading and am now obsessed with.

From the publisher – but trust me, the description can’t do it justice:

For generations the Villarcas have died mysteriously, and young. Now Iris and her father will finally understand why. . .

 

At the turn of England’s century, as the wind whistles in the lonely halls of Rawblood, young Iris Villarca is the last of her family’s line. They are haunted, through the generations, by “her,” a curse passed down through ancient blood that marks each Villarca for certain heartbreak, and death.

 

Iris forsakes her promise to her father, to remain alone, safe from the world. She dares to fall in love, and the consequences of her choice are immediate and terrifying. As the world falls apart around her, she must take a final journey back to Rawblood where it all began and where it must all end…

 

From the sun dappled hills of Italy to the biting chill of Victorian dissection halls, The Girl from Rawblood is a lyrical and haunting historical novel of darkness, love, and the ghosts of the past.

To get you excited, below is a Chapter One sneak peak, as well as a chance to win a free copy of the book (starting the 27!), which comes out March 7!

Continue reading “The Girl From Rawblood: Preview and Giveaway!”

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The Girl Before by J.P. Delaney

The Girl BeforeThe Girl Before by J.P. Delaney
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This book was an intense ride. It’s like a puzzle you’re trying to put together, and even when finished, you’re not sure you can see the whole picture.

But it’s good – very, very good.

The main “character” of the book is a unique home called One Folgate Street. The book follows two women who lived there, Emma in the past, and Jane, “now.” Both women had to agree to the overwhelming list of rules put in place by the eccentric architect that built the home. We know from the beginning that Emma died in the house, and as things start to get weird, Jane realizes she may be the next tragedy at One Folgate Street.

This book was great in that is shows the parallel lives of the women in the house unfolding, without revealing exactly what’s going on. There’s a lot going on and it’s difficult to figure it all out. I’m still not completely sure I have it all figured out.

I normally don’t like books like that, which leave me with questions, but in a way, it felt right with this book. The whole book has an air of mystery and it feels ok to leave something on the table.

This is also the kind of book where no one really comes out looking great. It’s difficult to tell who is a “bad guy” and who is a “good guy.” Everyone had issues, and that’s part of what brings them together, and ultimately, tears them apart.

I really liked the suspense of it all. It had so many moving parts, but it wasn’t overwhelming. I couldn’t wait to see how it all worked out. And when it was all revealed, I thought to myself, “Dang.”

I highly recommend this book to anyone who lives a psychological mystery/thriller. It’s the type of book that will keep you up late reading it.

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