Title: Other Words For Smoke
Author: Sarah Maria Griffin
Page Count: 352 pages
Genre: Fantasy // Young Adult
Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★
Publisher: Greenwillow Books
Release Date: March 12, 2019
Buy It: Chapters Indigo
When the house at the end of the lane burned down, none of the townspeople knew what happened. A tragedy, they called it. Poor Rita Frost and her ward, Bevan, lost to the flames. Only Mae and Rossa, Rita’s niece and nephew, know what happened that fateful summer.
Only they know about the owl in the wall, the uncanny cat, the dark powers that devour love and fear. Only they know about the trials of loving someone who longs for power, for freedom, for magic. Only they know what brought the house tumbling down around them. And they’ll never, ever breathe a word.
Tread carefully when if you pick up Other Words For Smoke. This was so far up my alley you couldn’t even see the end of the alley! It’s not very often I pick up a YA book and feel like I need to crawl out of my skin because I’m so unsettled by it. But I crave for writing like this. I just love the creepy and sppoky and unstelling. Happy to tell you, I enjoyed this one immensely!
There’s magic, there’s complex descisions, power, love, anger and above all, family dynamics. Step into the world of two twins trying to navigate teenage hood in the midst of their wacky witchy aunt and her bizzare protogee who dabbles with the dark.
This is a coming of age story that’s not your typical coming of age story. A fairy tale esque tale that’s not your typical folktale. This is a book entirely of its own, I just love how unique it is. And why wouldn’t you want to meet Bibby the talking cat?
The best part about this book is that one of my newly found favourite authors has reviewed it – Charlie Jane Anders who wrote my favourite book so far this year, All The Birds In The Sky! So if I haven’t given you enough of a reason to pick this up, definitely check out her review on Goodreads and I know she’ll be able to convince you.
**Thank you HCC Frenzy for sending the ARC my way in exchange for an honest review.**