ARC REVIEW: A Murder Of Magpies by Sarah Bromley
TITLE: A Murder Of Magpies
AUTHOR: Sarah Bromley
PUBLICATION: Publication: October 28th 2014 by Month9Books, LLC
GENRE: YA > Fantasy | Horror | Gothic
PAGES: 326pages (paperback)
SOURCE: e-arc via tour host
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Winter in Black Orchard, Wisconsin, is long and dark, and sixteen-year-old Vayda Silver prays the snow will keep the truth and secrecy of the last two years buried. Hiding from the past with her father and twin brother, Vayda knows the rules: never return to the town of her mother’s murder, and never work a Mind Game where someone might see.
No one can know the toll emotions take on Vayda, how emotion becomes energy in her hands, or how she can’t control the destruction she causes. But it’s not long before her powers can no longer be contained. The truth is dangerously close to being exposed, placing Vayda and her family at risk.
Until someone quiets the chaos inside her.
Unwanted. That’s all Ward Ravenscroft has ever been. To cope, he numbs the pain of rejection by denying himself emotions of any kind. Yet Vayda stirs something in him. He can’t explain the hold she has on him–inspiring him with both hope and fear. He claims not to scare easily, except he doesn’t know what her powers can do. Yet.
Just as Vayda and Ward draw closer, she finds the past isn’t so easily buried. And when it follows the Silvers to Black Orchard, it has murder in mind.
“Cardinal Rule: You never know who’s watching, and I promise you someone is always watching”
Well, how do I start this? I guess by saying that I completely fell in love with that cover! I just know that I have to read it. And I am so lucky to be part of this tour and to review A Murder of Magpies.
Vayda and Jonah are twins. Everywhere they go, they can’t escape the fact that people find them strange. Well, they kind of are. Both of them has their own mind game that they got from their mother. And as much as they try to fit in and hide their abilities, some people can’t help to notice.
I really love the atmosphere in this book. I think I need to read more books with gothic theme because if they are as good as this, I WANT TO READ ‘EM. The author really got the intriguing and mysterious vibe. The setting and the characters was fleshed out. I love how every time I get back to reading it, I feel like I am being transported to where Vayda and Jonah is. This story is on dual Pov’s. One is from Vayda, which I absolutely adored. There’s something about Vayda that is so badass. But she’s also so nice and caring. She’s a well written character and I can’t wait for more of her in the following books. (i don’t know yet if there are following books, but I AM HOPING) the other Pov is from Ward’s. Oh, this boy confuses me still. I have a feeling that there’s more to him. I CAN’T WAIT FOR THAT. And Vayda isn’t the only character that I loved, Ward and Jonah are incredible. They have their own characteristic that makes them unique and distinct.
I’m a fan of the authors writing. It bothers me sometimes when the genre of the book doesn’t match the way it was written. Well, this is brilliant. The tone, the pacing and like I mentioned above, the atmosphere was perfect.
Reading A Murder of Magpies will really make you think that the author thought everything through. It’s haunting, mystifying and not to mention, totally sexy. This book is full of intrigue with dark and rich characters that I can’t get enough of. It’s hard to believe that this is Sarah’s debut novel. We all better watch out for Ms Bromley.
Sarah Bromley lives near St. Louis with her husband, three children, and two dogs. She likes the quiet hours of morning when she can drink coffee in peace, stare into the woods behind her house, and wonder what monsters live there. When she’s not writing or wrangling small children, she can be found volunteering at a stable for disabled riders.