"RUN, STAR GIRL."
Bryony Adams is destined to be murdered, but fortunately Fate has terrible marksmanship. In order to survive, she must run as far and as fast as she can. After arriving in Seattle, Bryony befriends a tortured musician, a market fish thrower, and a starry-eyed hero who is secretly a serial killer bent on fulfilling Bryony's dark destiny.
"...a study in contrasts - light against dark, subtle against loud, hope against disbelief, hunger against satiation. Pretty Little Dead Girls is all of those things that make us human, picked apart and thrust in the open for us to internalize in our own unique ways." (Sarah Chorn, Bookworm Blues)
"Quite possibly the best book I've read all year." (Maja, The Nocturnal Library)
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I love this book!
Charming, heartbreaking, uplifting.
Nameless the Darkness Comes.
"Pretty Little Dead Girls" is a magical novel. A stand out in literature and unafraid of being different. It hits on many different levels, whimsical, fantastical, emotional, horrific, dismal and heavy. Never straying to long on any one theme. Like pistons in a finely tuned engine, purring right along. With a narrator that breathes life into Byrony. A perfect fit.
Populated with an eccentric and amazing cast of characters that have been given free reign to be vulnerable, to be alive, to have emotions and express their fears rather than simply react to situations. With some of the most interesting characters being the settings. The locations hosting this yarn have personality, they have teeth and they definitely have intentions. They will play a part in this story as large or larger than some of the human characters themselves.
"When he met Bryony's eyes, he was nearly knocked down by the force of her soul. A sweet soul, to be sure, but a strong soul. A courageous and carefully optimistic soul, and a soul that would be forced to endure the most gruesome and unspeakable tragedy. She would be broken, and razored, and her pink lips and her soft fingers and the insides of her elbows, and oh, oh, oh! Her fate was carefully engraved into the irises of her eyes with jewelers' tools."
Mercedes' writing is fluid and gorgeous, as always, able to convey anything and everything, quickly and precisely, dense and exciting. The story she tells here is intricately woven, deceptively floaty and not without its fair share of punch. When the certain thing at around the 80% mark happens, dropping out of nowhere (except it doesn't, if you think about it), you're not ready for it. Like an elbow to the breadbasket, it takes the wind out of you. It hurts, and you may need a moment to compose yourself before you continue, because you have to continue, you are invested.
A great story!