“Beware of the woods and the dark, dank deep.
He’ll follow you home and won’t let you sleep”.
Rating: 4/5 stars
Release Date: October 2, 2018
Thank you Katherine Tegen books for providing me with and e-ARC in exchange for an honest review!
Who are the Sawkill Girls?
Marion: the new girl. Awkward and plain, steady and dependable. Weighed down by tragedy and hungry for love she’s sure she’ll never find.
Zoey: the pariah. Luckless and lonely, hurting but hiding it. Aching with grief and dreaming of vanished girls. Maybe she’s broken—or maybe everyone else is.
Val: the queen bee. Gorgeous and privileged, ruthless and regal. Words like silk and eyes like knives, a heart made of secrets and a mouth full of lies.
Their stories come together on the island of Sawkill Rock, where gleaming horses graze in rolling pastures and cold waves crash against black cliffs. Where kids whisper the legend of an insidious monster at parties and around campfires.
Where girls have been disappearing for decades, stolen away by a ravenous evil no one has dared to fight… until now.
Drop everything and add this to your October TBR’s immediately.
If you like creepy, atmospheric books with badass females that keep you on the edge of your seat then look no further than Sawkill Girls. Earlier this year I read Claire Legrand’s novel Furyborn and loved it. From her writing, to her characters, to her world-building I was instantly sucked into the story. So, naturally when I came across that the author was coming out with a new YA Fantasy/Horror novel with LGBT+ rep I couldn’t add it to my TBR fast enough. Now here we are, on publication day and all I can do scream from the rooftops about how good this was.
Sawkill Girls is told through four different POV’s and short chapters, which means you’re going to have trouble putting this down. I absolutely adored all three of our leading ladies, Marion, Val, and Zoey. Three fierce feminists with three extraordinary powers. How could you not love them already? If you asked me to choose I honestly don’t think I could give you a straight answer on who I loved more, but here’s a quick rundown:
- Zoey, the driving force behind solving the mystery of the missing girls of Sawkill, is black and asexual with a backstory included. It was super nice to read Zoey’s backstory instead of having the asexual rep dropped in just for the sake of including it. 10 points for you, Ms. Legrand.
- Val, the queen bee, who reminded me so much of Jennifer from the movie Jennifer’s Body is hoarding years and years worth of secrets kept by her family. It’s mentioned in the story that she mainly dates boys, however, as the story progresses she beings to have feelings for one of the girls.
- Marion, the newbie to Sawkill, who is quickly losing her grip on what’s real and what’s not, is labeled as bisexual and fat. The fat rep is probably some of the best I’ve ever read. There’s really no negativity towards Marion’s size and I was LIVING for it. Marion’s POV was always very interesting to read because as the story progressed you began to question if what she was experiencing was real or not.
And last but not least, our fourth POV…
- The Rock. Yes, you read that right. Technically, a piece of land had a POV in this story and it was genius. The Rock’s “chapters” were never more than a page or two, but it’s POV was so beautifully written that it made this book even harder to put down.
On top of the awesome characters, we were also blessed with some great side characters. I LOVED Zoey’s father and Grayson (Zoey’s ex but still best friend). I was not let down one bit with the world building. If I didn’t risk the chance of being abducted Sawkill would definitely be a place I would want to live, or at least visit. The creepy level in this was just the right amount too. At one point I actually had to put the book down because it was 1am and I heard some noises outside and was creeped the hell out. There were also a few times I physically shuddered while reading this. You can expect lots of bugs…and maybe even a little horse hair too. 😰
Decades of dead girls. Poor girls and rich girls. Black and brown and white girls.
All of them Sawkill girls.
“What I’m saying is that girls hunger. And we’re taught, from the moment our brains can take it, that there isn’t enough food for us all.”
Pain is pain. It’s not a contest.
In New Jersey, it was the Jersey devil. On Sawkill Rock, it was the Collector.
^ I thought this was interesting because most people don’t talk about the Jersey Devil, but then I read that the author is from NJ and it made complete sense. Us Jersey girls gotta stick together.
All in all, if you like creepy, atmospheric, feminist stories, Sawkill Girls is not one you want to pass up. Plus, I mean, it’s not like you need to wait for the book to come out. Head on over to your bookstore today because Sawkill Girls is officially out on shelves ready to creep you the F out.
Until next time,