Slaughter Moon reader ï Hardcover Read È Tessa Gratton

book Û Slaughter Moon É Tessa Gratton

Slaughter MoonForest Only this year the Slaughter Moon has risen early Bound by duty secrets and the love they share for one another Mairwen a spirited witch; Rhun the expected saint; and Arthur a restless outcast will each have a role to play as the devil demands a body to fill the bargain But the devil these friends find is not the one they expect and the lies they uncover will turn their town and their hearts inside out While I did like a lot of things about this I just could not for the life of me wrap my poor contemporary loving brain around all of the fantastical elements in this enough to really enjoy it Womp Side note I definitely think that if you at all enjoy fantasy even just a little bit than I do you will LOVE this It was just way heavy on the fantasy than I was expecting and I couldn’t immerse myself as much as I was hoping I would

Tessa Gratton É Slaughter Moon reader

” Booklist “Evocative” BCCB Once a witch made a pact with a devil The legend says they loved each other but can the story be trusted at all? Find out in this lush atmospheric fantasy novel that entwines love lies and sacrificeLong ago a village made a bargain with the devil to ensure their prosperity when the Slaughter Moon rises the village must sacrifice a young man into the depths of the Devil’s 35 stars rounded upAdmittedly I am bewildered by this book There is so much to think about here Trust me it's a lot to unpack The story itself although beautifully written is very dense and heavy I feel like I am still struggling to get out from under it and gather my thoughtsI even annotated while reading thinking that would help Looking back over portions that I flagged I do like a lot of what was going on here A few thoughts1 The exploration of friendship and the different levels and types of love that can develop from that I thought was really well done Probably some of the best I have ever seen actually 2The exploration of gender and gender roles was interesting as well and went a lot deeper than I think a lot of YA Fantasy would typically go 3 I enjoyed the creation of an all new dark fairy tale but at times felt it went too far in trying to create that Overdone is the term I keep coming back to but UGH seriously I am so torn because I did really enjoy itSo yeah I guess what I am trying to get across by this is that basically this book has sent me into a existential tailspin that I am struggling to get out of Am I being overly dramatic about it? Maybe but honestlySide Note Please tell me I am not the only one who got major The Village by M Night Shyamalan vibes from this? SeriouslyI kept expecting Mair to just walk right out of that damn forest and into modern day Philadelphia or something I feel like this could be translated really well into movie form and I have no doubt it would be a horror movie

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Slaughter Moon reader ï Hardcover Read È Tessa Gratton ☆ “Gloriously dark and romantic” —Roshani Chokshi New York Times bestselling author of The Star Touched ueen “An alluring and seductive fairy tale” —Justina Ireland New York Times bestselling author of Dread Nation “Horrifying heartbreaking a“Gloriously dark and romantic” Roshani Chokshi New York Times bestselling author of The Star Touched ueen “An alluring and seductive fairy tale” Justina Ireland New York Times bestselling author of Dread Nation “Horrifying heartbreaking and heartwarming a lush fairy tale rooted in a moral uandary” Kirkus Reviews starred review “An eerie consuming tale of sacrifice and faith Haunting and uniue I have a lot of feelings about this book Strange Grace has been one of my most anticipated 2018 releases all year—I love these dark witchy fantasy stories and as soon as I saw Tessa mention it on her twitter back at the start of the year I wanted to pre order it right then and there All the build up leading to finally reading this twisted little story is precisely why this review is so difficult for me to write They made this bargain with the devil Every seven years their best boy is sent into the forest from sundown to sunrise on the night of the Slaughter Moon He will live or die on his own mettle and for his sacrifice the devil blesses Three Graces First let’s talk about some pros This book makes for a fantastic fall read especially if you’re looking for something involving witchcraft dark magic and those oldschool occult vibes with lots of nature spellwork charms bone magic blood working etc The entire mood of this book felt to me like it could have been filmed on the set of the film The VVitch is what I’m getting at here—and that’s a good thing I adored the aesthetic and loved most of the actual representation of the Grace witches’ magic—especially the fact that each witch performed different types of crafts such as Mairwen’s bone and blood magic while her mother preferred healing crafts and charms Later when the sun fills the valley a shadow stirs It is a slinking thing powerful and hungry It lifts fingers of bone and root from the forest floor cradling the tiny doll There’s also a creeping dread and terror to the entire forest that is executed phenomenally We start with this explanation of why everyone is terrified of the woods even during the 7 years in between the Slaughter Moon rituals and the way the woods call to Mairwen and the Grace witches before her makes it feel as though the forest is this thinking sentient creature all on its own I was immediately intrigued by the setting and was ecstatic when we finally got to explore it a bit further learning about the creatures within and the secrets the woods have been hiding She wishes to step inside Longs to explore to discover the forest’s secrets But her mother has said again and again Grace witches do not return from the forest We all hear the call eventually and walk inside forever My mother did and hers before that You were born with the call baby bird because of your daddy and must resist On the negative side of things however the magic doesn’t feel explored enough—there are bits thrown in that rely on the reader having pre existing knowledge and I think a lot of readers will wonder why certain things are being done like the blood magic weaving bones into clothing etc As it stands it sometimes felt like it was being thrown in just for “witchy vibes” appeal but take me with a grain of salt here as I may just be taking things a bit too personally He misses her with a simple ache that wakes him up at night He doesn’t know if he’s in love with her or if he wants to set her on fire The characters were also a source of internal conflict from start to finish I loved them so much and wanted to protect them and see them all happy and safe but there’s honestly not a ton of fleshing out from any of them While we’re given basic motives and beliefs for each of our three main players I felt like their emotions—especially regarding the romance—were shown from a distant far off perspective The only character I ever felt like I was being given a genuine chance to connect with was Arthur with his gender fluidity struggles to thrive and implied nonbinary identity I loved getting inside of his head even when he broke my heart with his own internalized homophobia and transphobia Rhun and Mairwen on the other hand while both lovable never felt real Underneath his spikes Arthur wants nothing than to be loved by these two people While it may sound like I was disappointed by uite a bit and trust me I was the reason I didn’t hesitate to round my 35 up to a 4 is because of the absolutely precious polyamorous relationship that forms There’s other ueer rep in the story such as a side ff couple and implied bipansexuality from a few characters but the spotlight shines on the relationship between Mairwen implied bipan Arthur bipan trans spectrumimplied enby and Rhun we know he’s ueer but I strongly feel that he is biromantic and homosexual Each of these teens loves the other two so much they can hardly stand themselves and given that polyamorous representation is so rare in books—especially in YA—I was utterly delighted to watch them come to terms with the idea that they had enough love in their hearts for a trio instead of a duo Her heart has always belonged to the forest So if you’ve stuck it out this far you’re a winner in my book because I think this is one of the messiest reviews I’ve ever written I simply don’t know how to elouently describe my feelings for this book which simultaneously made me so happy and yet left me so let down There is so much good at play here but in so many ways it could have been There’s so much time spent describing repetitive things which doesn’t help with the poor pacing in the middle of the book that could have benefited tremendously from being spent on character development or world buildingMy final point is this this is uite likely one of the lowest 4 star ratings I have ever given but it is still a 4 star read at the end of the day I absolutely feel confident in recommending this title to people who enjoy dark fantasy books including witchcraft the occult deals with devils and anyone who wants to finally see some on page polyamorous representation in their YA readsContent warnings for animal death transphobia homophobia forced gender roles child death verbal abuse All uotes come from an advance copy and may not match the final release Thank you so much to Margaret K McElderry for providing me with this ARC in exchange for an honest review Buddy read with Kaleena