A beautiful, atmospheric read, and my favorite book this month! Witchy, dark, and moody, Winterwood had all the elements I wanted this winter.
The Way Past Winter
It had a fairy tale feel to it, something atmospheric in a sense, that made reading it not feel like a child’s tale, but more a cozy story you’d sit next to a fire while listening to it being told to you.
Beautifully rendered and utterly magical, Wolf Winter is a gritty, dark, and atmospheric read set in 1717, in the Swedish Lapland.
Beneath the Haunting Sea
A fairytale-esque fantasy, Beneath the Haunting Sea explores betrayal, bloodlines, and identity.
It had a fairy tale feel to it, something atmospheric in a sense, that made reading it not feel like a child's tale, but more a cozy story you'd sit next to a fire while listening to it being told to you.
The book did have the 80's vibe going for it, with that Stranger Things children-run-free-and-save-the-world scenario, with a little The Craft thrown in.
Persian Necromancer in Tahereh Mafi’s Whichwood
Based more on Persian folklore, Whichwood tells the story of Layla, a mordeshoor who washes the dead and sends their spirits off to the next world. And by washing the dead, I mean that she washes the bodies in a tub, hangs them on a clothesline to dry, and then plucks a rose petal out of her mouth.