⬂↘⬊ Not What I Expected ⬋↙⬃
I think what threw me off most about this book was how different it was from my original expectation. Going into Resurrection Girls, I was expecting a middle-grade story about young witches moving to town. If you are also thinking that, you are most definitely wrong. This book is a more mature young adult novel about a girl who loses her brother and the aftermath that surrounds her family. There are some mysterious/magical elements hidden here and there, but 95% of this novel is based in reality. I think my expectations threw off my enjoyment of the story a little just because I was confused for about 75 pages; where were the witches?
⬂↘⬊ Thoughts on Characters ⬋↙⬃
I really enjoyed the dynamic cast of characters in this novel. They each brought a unique perspective to the table, and I don’t think the book would’ve been the same without them. One thing I wished some characters had was more background. Olivia’s history was the root of the story, so her role felt fully developed. As for Prescott, he started to develop some background, but I didn’t feel grounded in his behaviors as I did with Olivia. I found it harder to connect with his character, which made him less believable in my eyes.
⬂↘⬊ I Need More ⬋↙⬃
I guess since I was expecting more witchy shenanigans to unfold, I wanted WAY more story development surrounding Kara and her family. The information about them was in an awkward spot. I didn’t think there was enough to make a couple of weird events in the story make sense, but there was too much for it just to be information in passing. I need more information about her and her family’s mythology and why these weird things happen!
⬂↘⬊ Overall ⬋↙⬃
When I finished this book, I definitely felt a weight being lifted off my shoulders because the topics of addiction and death are so heavy. Keep this in mind when you pick this book up; you need a good rom-com to watch in-between sittings. Even so, there were many parts of this book I enjoyed despite it not being my typical choice. Check it out to see if it fits your spooky reading needs.
Your spooky reviewer,
⬂↘⬊ Resurrection Girls ⬋↙⬃
Olivia Foster hasn’t felt alive since her little brother drowned in the backyard pool three years ago. Then Kara Hallas moves in across the street with her mother and grandmother, and Olivia is immediately drawn to these three generations of women. Kara is particularly intoxicating, so much so that Olivia not only comes to accept Kara's morbid habit of writing to men on death row, she helps her do it. They sign their letters as the Resurrection Girls.
But as Kara’s friendship pulls Olivia out of the dark fog she’s been living in, Olivia realizes that a different kind of darkness taints the otherwise lively Hallas women—an impulse that is strange, magical, and possibly deadly.
Ashton is a high school girl with a passion for books. She also participates in other activities such as sports and musical groups.