All Our Pretty Songs



[Read] ➵ All Our Pretty Songs ➱ Sarah McCarry – E17streets4all.co.uk This is a story about love, but not the kind of love you think You ll seeIn the lush and magical Pacific Northwest live two best friends who grew up like sisters charismatic, mercurial, and beautiful This is a story about love, but not the kind of love you think You ll seeIn the lush and magical All Our ePUB Æ Pacific Northwest live two best friends who grew up like sisters charismatic, mercurial, and beautiful Aurora, and the devoted, watchful narrator Each of them is incomplete without the other But their unbreakable bond is challenged when a mysterious and gifted musician named Jack comes between them His music is like nothing I have ever heard It is like the ocean surging, the wind that blows across the open water, the far call of gulls Suddenly, each girl must decide what matters most friendship, or love What both girls don t know is that the stakes are even higher than either of them could have imagined They re not the only ones who have noticed Jack s gift his music has awakened an ancient evil and a world both above and below which may not be mythical at all We have paved over the ancient world but that does not mean we have erased it The real and the mystical the romantic and the heartbreaking all begin to swirl together in All Our Pretty Songs, Sarah McCarry s brilliant debut, carrying the two on journey that is both enthralling and terrifying And it s up to the narrator to protect the people she loves if she can.All Our Pretty Songs

I m Sarah McCarry The Rejectionist is my blog I was born in Seattle and live in Brooklyn I write books All Our ePUB Æ and eat a lot of dumplings I like fomenting insurrection, crushed velvet, and getting in trouble.

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    All Our Pretty Songs Kindle ´ All Our ePUB Æ between them His music is like nothing I have ever heard It is like the ocean surging, the wind that blows across the open water, the far call of gulls Suddenly, each girl must decide what matters most friendship, or love What both girls don t know is that the stakes are even higher than either of them could have imagined They re not the only ones who have noticed Jack s gift his music has awakened an ancient evil and a world both above and below which may not be mythical at all We have paved over the ancient world but that does not mean we have erased it The real and the mystical the romantic and the heartbreaking all begin to swirl together in All Our Pretty Songs, Sarah McCarry s brilliant debut, carrying the two on journey that is both enthralling and terrifying And it s up to the narrator to protect the people she loves if she can."/>
  • ebook
  • 240 pages
  • All Our Pretty Songs
  • Sarah McCarry
  • English
  • 02 July 2019
  • 1250027098

10 thoughts on “All Our Pretty Songs

  1. says:

    Have you ever had dreams where they were so surreal and weird that they didn t make sense at all Those kind of dreams where the most random of things meshed together in a gruesome way, making them visually look like Dali s paintings, except only ten timesbizarre It s this book A huge sloppy mess that gave this out of the world feeling, like you re frozen in time and surrounded by distorted faces and deformed objects I wish I could describe it better, but in a nutshell, this was how Have you ever had dreams where they were so surreal and weird that they didn t make sense at all Those kind of dreams where the most random of things meshed together in a gruesome way, making them visually look like Dali s paintings, except only ten timesbizarre It s this book A huge sloppy mess that gave this out of the world feeling, like you re frozen in time and surrounded by distorted faces and deformed objects I wish I could describe it better, but in a nutshell, this was how All Our Pretty Songs felt like to me.The story could have been pretty decent, you know Two girls who are co dependent on each other, both of them being each other s strengths and weaknesses They ve gone through a lot since they were kids, and have only each other to rely on The nameless narrator describes herself as a bit tomboyish, and describes Aurora as free spirited and beautiful Then a musician named Jack appears, the narrator falls in love with him, making her spend less time with Aurora Aurora meets a skeleton looking man who promises her things she can t resist A dark story of a strong yet also fragile relationship But of course, there were things that got in the way1 The writingHere s the thing I hate walls of text When I turn a page and I see a lengthy paragraph, I internally groan inside Huge paragraphs make me sad and grumpy, and they demotivate me from reading any further They feel boring, read boring, and they make me exhausted Unless that paragraph is explaining something about the world, I don t want any of it Nada Zilch Unfortunately, this book was full of it Walls of text after walls of text, and the worst part is A lot of them have purple prose.You see, the narrator has this tendency to talk about certain things in metaphors and similes, over and over Jack would play a song, and she would give dozens of sentences comparing it to the sea, to the moon, to the grass, to the barking of dogs, to a deep internal despair that it s like an animal is living inside you , on and on and on, back and forth, yada yada yada blah blah blah IT WAS EXCRUCIATING Like, I get it He owned that song His voice was great Is it really necessary to continue giving it flowery descriptions that mean the same thing anyway I didn t see the point I understand that it was meant to make the prosepoetic, that the narrative of stream consciousness was supposed to make it deep and dream like, but it was highly annoying and over the top I just rolled my eyes and balled my fists to control my growing annoyance.Here s an example A single note, faint and sweet, travels all the way from the stars to fall lightly to earth, and then another, scattering soft as rain His music is like nothing I have ever heard It is like the ocean surging, the wind that blows across the open water, the far call of gulls It catches at my hair, moves across my skin and into my mouth and under my tongue I can feel it running all through me It is open space and mountains, the still dark places of the woods where no human beings have walked for hundreds of years, loamy earth and curtains of green moss hanging from the ancient trees Salmon swimming against the current, dying as they leave their eggs, birthing another generation to follow the river back to the sea Red gold blur of a deer bounding through the woods Snowmelt in spring, bears lumbering awake as the rivers swell, my own body stirring as though all my life has been a long winter slumbered away and I m only now coming into the day lit world As he plays the party stills Birds flutter out of the trees to land at his feet and he is haloed in dragonflies and even the moonlight gathers around him as though the sky itself were listening The music fills every place in my body, surges hot and bright in my chestAND THAT S THE INCOMPLETE PART OKAY AND THERE ARE MORE OF WHERE THAT CAME FROM.Honestly, I really appreciate McCarry s way of connecting words and making them soundbeautiful than they are I don t have that gift, and it s a struggle for me to do the same, but there s a limit where it gets too much too quickly There s this line where it doesn t give the book justice any and only muddles them coughShatterMe cough In the end, it only made me want to gouge my eyes out Walls of text purple prose for me is a bad, bad, BAD idea, and it only makes me feel disoriented I guess you can say that while I was reading this book,I envisioned it as a Dali painting which are awesome, but they re bizarre 2 The Paranormal Aspect That Popped Out of NowhereEven though there was an abundance of lengthy paragraphs and purple prose, I liked where the first half of the book was going It totally gave me that contemporary feel of growing up and finally becoming your own person separate from your best friend The fact that they ve been together for so long and then having their own identities seemed like a good story that I was willing to forgive the purple prose and walls of text but around 60 75%, it became one huge clusterfuck and I found myself shaking my head and wondering if I was reading a new book altogether Suddenly we have talks of people transforming into beastly creatures, of visiting Hell, of meeting Satan, of draining your souls, etc etc and I m like WHAT THE FLYING FUCK IS GOING ON The transition was horrible And things were jumbled enough already and the PR aspect just had to make it worse I have no idea why this is a trilogy and how this will be continued, but one thing is for sure I am not continuing Aside from these two complaints, I found the nameless narrator annoying She insta loves this musician dude who s way older than her and gets jealous easily I mean, I m all for age gaps and stuff like that, age is just a number after all, but their romance wasn t developed enough in my opinion The narration had too much flowery descriptions and flashbacks, a lot of them unnecessary and irrelevant, that it was just left out and we re simply expected to accept their relationship as the best thing ever But I do appreciate how the narrator realizes later on that the world doesn t revolve around her I do love how the book gives the message that there are things out there that are larger than us, that our loved ones may love somethingthan you like art, music, careers But that s it, I guess.Overall, I m not sure if I d recommend this book Sure, it s dark and kind of gritty in a certain sense, but I m not kidding about the walls of text and purple prose If you don t like that, I recommend steering clear Otherwise, feel free to try it out Many others have given it 4 5 stars, and it may be a hit for you, but it was definitely a miss for me A copy was provided in exchange for a review This did not influence my thoughts in any way.

  2. says:

    Original review posted on The Book SmugglersAll Our Pretty Songs an unnamed and unreliable narrator, a love story but not like you expect and a retelling of the Orpheus myth but not like you know it.All Our Pretty Songs almost too good to be true How is this a debut work With this level of awesome prose And gutsy storytelling And by gutsy I really mean simply writing a story that follows young characters who experience life sex, drugs and rock roll in a way that is as real as Original review posted on The Book SmugglersAll Our Pretty Songs an unnamed and unreliable narrator, a love story but not like you expect and a retelling of the Orpheus myth but not like you know it.All Our Pretty Songs almost too good to be true How is this a debut work With this level of awesome prose And gutsy storytelling And by gutsy I really mean simply writing a story that follows young characters who experience life sex, drugs and rock roll in a way that is as real as any of all the other possible portrayals of teen life in YA.So, unnamed narrator narrates about her life and the life of her best friend almost sister Aurora and the way that she is always taking care of beautiful, volatile Aurora There s always been the two of them and their love and dedication and loyalty to each other And there is a passion for music here that seeps from the narrative and that passion becomes almost tangible when they meet a musician named Jack His gift is amazing and when he plays, everybody listens And our unnamed narrator falls in lust and in love with Jack almost immediately and definitely completely.And even though the world we all inhabit is very much one of real things as it just so happens as our narrator finds out it is also one where things are real So when we say that everybody listens to Jack and that everybody pays attention to Aurora, we mean that literally There is myth come to life here and why the Pacific Northwest Because they are everywhere and the unnamed narrator who is not beautiful or talented sits in the margins, looking from the outside, unable to follow where they eventually go.And the narrative is kind of dream like and there are parts where there is a bit of stream of consciousness kinda like this review and as the story progress it becomes bothfocused andmeandering if that makes any sense at all What strikes me the most about the story is how even though the plot deals with life and death and danger and terror, the narrative is still extremely insulated because as worldly as the narrator seems to be with the parties and the sex and the drugs and the freedom, she is still a 17 year old girl who makes snap judgements about people and whose narrow view of those she loves and about herself is still informed by her inexperience.And I love her for all of that I love that the narrator and the story is about complex relationships with close family, close friends, and sisterhood Also with lovers and how love shapes her view of the world So inasmuch as the narrator falls irrevocably in love with Jack, she is still involved in other stuff and with other people I loved her relationship with her mother and with her friend Raoul Plus there is a lot of negotiating that happens between how freely she has given her body and her heart and the fact that sometimes this is not enough to the other person So this is definitely Coming of Age as much as it is Quest when are those not the same And central to this is also this self awareness and this slow learning curve about what it means to be talented and beautiful which includes astute observations about our world and how we choose to look at people and allocate them worth Because this is also a mythology retelling it all comes together Once upon a time, girls who were too beautiful or too skilled were changed into other things by angry gods and their wives A cow, a flower, a spider, a fog Maybe you boasted too loudly of sleeping with a goddess s husband Maybe you talked too much about your own talents Maybe you were born dumb and pretty, and the wrong people fell in love with you, chased you across fields and mountains and oceans until you cried mercy and a god took pity on you, switched your body to a heaving sea of clouds Maybe you stayed in one place for too long, pining for someone who wasn t yours, and your toes grew roots into the earth and your skin toughened into bark Maybe you told the world how beautiful your children were, and the gods cut them down in front of you to punish you for your loose tongue, and you were so overcome with grief your body turned to stone Which just goes to show how these mythological beings also EVERYBODY on the planet are complete assholes who randomly and arbitrarily assign value to people.Because here is the thing as much as the narrator constantly tells us that she is unworthy because she is not typically beautiful or talented like her friends the fact remains that she is equally AWESOME Even though she is flawed who isn t , there is loyalty, and dedication, and determination and talent here in spades Probably my favourite quote I will not let the terror of the dark get hold of me If this is a test, I will fucking pass it I will pass any test this creepy skeleton in a crappy suit can give me Let them turn me into stone or water or flowers I came here for my lover and the girl who is my sister, and they were mine before anyone else tried to take them from me, before this bony motherfucker showed up on my stoop and let loose all the old things better left at rest Jack I will let go Jack is on his own, now But I will die before I leave Aurora down here Dear narrator, you are so awesome and I don t even know your name.To sum up great book Really reminded me of Imaginary Girls and September Girls in terms of tone, narrative and themes.All Our Pretty Songs can be read as a self contained, standalone book but I understand it is the beginning of a series I don t know where this is going but I will follow and I will not even look back

  3. says:

    This is a story about love, but not the kind of love you thinkThis was a bit of a strange story, but at least it was quick.Firstly, I don t like that the main character doesn t have a name or rather we re not told her name, but either way she s a human being She deserves to have a name So for that reason I m going to pretend her name is Jane Anyway, I felt quite sorry for Jane and Aurora in this story, their father s were completely absent Aurora s father was dead through a suicidThis is a story about love, but not the kind of love you thinkThis was a bit of a strange story, but at least it was quick.Firstly, I don t like that the main character doesn t have a name or rather we re not told her name, but either way she s a human being She deserves to have a name So for that reason I m going to pretend her name is Jane Anyway, I felt quite sorry for Jane and Aurora in this story, their father s were completely absent Aurora s father was dead through a suicide overdose I think , and although Aurora and Jane s mothers were originally friends, they are not talking, and Aurora s mother is pretty awful person She didn t care what Aurora did, where Aurora was, or whether Aurora even ate on a daily basis Pretty darn awful.The storyline in this wasn t easy to find, very little happened in the first half of the book, other than Aurora and Jane behaving badly, drinking, taking drugs, etc the sort of typical things that teenagers behaving badly do.The second half brought about the arrival of a boy called Jack, who wanted to be a famous musician He and Jane seemingly fell in love in less than 20 minutes, but then he and Aurora ended up with something going on too, and Jack and Aurora then left to go to I think Los Angeles in order for Jack to be a musician Not very nice really What kind of a best friend runs off with her best friends boyfriend Especially when you have been best friends since birth Anyway, this whole book was a bit strange, and the ending was a bit of a non ending for me, partly because I ve read it twice and still can t really work out what s going on I do know that view spoiler I have no idea what has happened to Aurora, and whether she s dead or alive, or whether Jane is absolutely crazy and dreamed the whole trip hide spoiler So, I m really not sure what to make of this.6 out of 10

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    The 17 year old No Name Narrator NN of this story thinks she s pretty tough She s spent her whole life taking care of her best friend, Aurora, the poor little rich girl daughter of a dead by suicide rock star and a heroin addict, as Aurora flirts with following in her parents footsteps But when Jack, a beautiful and talented singer guitarist, enters their lives, followed by a powerful and creepy music mogul, NN s toughness and her love for Aurora are tested to their very limits This The 17 year old No Name Narrator NN of this story thinks she s pretty tough She s spent her whole life taking care of her best friend, Aurora, the poor little rich girl daughter of a dead by suicide rock star and a heroin addict, as Aurora flirts with following in her parents footsteps But when Jack, a beautiful and talented singer guitarist, enters their lives, followed by a powerful and creepy music mogul, NN s toughness and her love for Aurora are tested to their very limits This books sounds grim and gritty And it kind of is NN and Aurora drink, smoke, and sleep around, and this has all been going on so long that it s treated very casually by the narrative this is no issue book making a big deal out of teen experiences, good or bad Instead, this is an incredibly beautifully written, subtle, poetic story about love, desires sexual and not , and how people lose their souls and maybe win them back The plot mixes a sort of contemporary story it appears to be set in Seattle in the mid 1990 s with a re telling of a Greek myth, and does it with a deep magic and wisdom that really sucked me in as the story progressed Early on, I was a little put off by Aurora seemingly being inspired by Frances Bean Cobain and the Nirvana song reference in the title , but that annoyance passed fairly quickly I loved nearly every word of this book once the creepy fantasy factor started building It also makes some sharp social and familial commentary, without being particularly preachy But I really don t want to say too much I really think this book is best experienced without too much foreknowledge I absolutely loved it and recommend it However Two caveats First, the ending is highly unresolved, and nearly made me throw the book across the room Now that I ve had a few days to absorb it, I think it was okay after all, and maybe the only possible ending But it s still hard to take after the lead up to it, and is heartbreaking without being actually tragic there s still some hope there Second, I am one of very few reviewers who seem to have wholeheartedly enjoyed and admired this book So clearly, it s hardly to anyone s taste But it s pretty short, so even if you hate it, you ll only lose a few hours of your life There are two companion novels following different characters, and I am very eager to read both of them soon So try this I think it s seriously under rated and under appreciated

  5. says:

    Well, I thought this was pretty amazing and I absolutely loved it.

  6. says:

    2.5 stars Boy oh boy, I m so sad right now because up until 2 3 of the way through this book I was certain it d be a new favorite The writing was dreamy and stunning I loved the depiction of friendship, the weirdness and otherworldly vibe I think, however, it falters when it begins to make the fantasy elementsliteral It almost felt like a totally different book.

  7. says:

    This is one of those times when I m almost completely stumped as to how to reflect on a work I ve read I debated in my head what I wanted to rate this book because there were times when it had me, there were times it completely lost me, and yet somehow in the go betweens, I found a way to push through the narrative enough to care where where it went to the end Note to all, though, I don t think this book will strike home with everyone who picks it up And I m wondering just how much of a fit t This is one of those times when I m almost completely stumped as to how to reflect on a work I ve read I debated in my head what I wanted to rate this book because there were times when it had me, there were times it completely lost me, and yet somehow in the go betweens, I found a way to push through the narrative enough to care where where it went to the end Note to all, though, I don t think this book will strike home with everyone who picks it up And I m wondering just how much of a fit this book is with its purported audience Young Adult , because I m thinking it might be almost better for an audience that s a little older than that not just for thematics, but for the references themselves All Our Pretty Songs is Sarah McCarry s version of a punk dream pop shoegaze and sex drug fueled modern retelling structuring of the myth surrounding Orpheus I m not kidding, that s probably the best way I can summarize it It sounds really interesting from that description alone, there are times when it really IS interesting to follow if it can hold and keep your attention It s beautifully written and has a sharp eye for details But as I said in a review earlier this year about Alaya Dawn Johnson s The Summer Prince you can have the most compelling, beautiful prose and set of ideas, but if it doesn t have some form for structure, it can fall flat on its face in the execution I think McCarry s narrative knew where it wanted to go, but it didn t frame the story enough to keep me following without quite a bit of patience and effort That was my main problem with the narrative, alongside the lack of streamlining for details It even took me a while to understand that this was drawing upon Orpheus because the ties are so loose I imagine people who have less patience would have a hard time keeping interest in it for its convoluted style.The story s told from the perspective of a nameless narrator, which might seem odd to quite a few people going in It tells of the relations between said narrator and her friends Jack and Aurora Jack is a up and coming musician with a heartfelt dedication to his craft, while Aurora is a free spirited girl who pines after her dead musician father Aurora and the nameless protagonist are inseparable, almost like twins , but the two are pulled apart in this music filled, convoluted journey with images of death and darkness, among a decent into Hell I so wish that the story could ve been better streamlined, because I think this story could ve been brilliant for what it aimed to do and for the backing There are a lot of music references in here that not only bog down the narrative for details, but I m not so sure that the audience that it s aimed for YA will necessarily pick up those details as readily Heck, Jesus and Mary Chain, among other noted bands like Earth, etc., were known specifically in that time of the 80s and early 90s that the references made may be lost and not appreciated as much as it would be among an older audience not to mention the mature content that this work imparts on the sex and drug notations.It s ambitious, and I m not going to say that this work wouldn t find an audience for what it offers, but it s a very difficult sell and it may leave people on either end of the scales as far as being able to take what it provides I m curious as to where McCarry will take this narrative, despite its meandering focus, so I d read the sequel, but I hope that the presentation is MUCHeven in the follow up versus this one I m glad to have read something with not only a diverse cast of characters, but also a narrative where the journey encompasses the protagonist s efforts in finding those that she loved and realizing that relationships and life doesn t always take on the pleasant tones that sweep us away.Overall score 2.5 5 starsNote I received this as an ARC from NetGalley, from the publisher St Martin s Press

  8. says:

    Hier gehts zur Rezension Hier gehts zur Rezension

  9. says:

    Aurora and I live in a world without fathers,so begins this tale by an unnamed narrator, about her and Aurora living on the edge until one of them falls in Aurora is the daughter of a famous and deceased rockstar a Cobain esque legend who left behind a wild daughter and her junkie mother, Maia, in a too big house with plenty of cash but no moorings Our anonymous narrator is the daughter of Cass, once Maia s best friend who was there in the rockstar hey days and saw her best friend decayAurora and I live in a world without fathers,so begins this tale by an unnamed narrator, about her and Aurora living on the edge until one of them falls in Aurora is the daughter of a famous and deceased rockstar a Cobain esque legend who left behind a wild daughter and her junkie mother, Maia, in a too big house with plenty of cash but no moorings Our anonymous narrator is the daughter of Cass, once Maia s best friend who was there in the rockstar hey days and saw her best friend decay into grief and addiction, until deciding to take herself and her daughter away from that world and into a cramped studio apartment Cass is a macrobiotic witch, narrator tells us, and knowing the powerful connection she and Aurora have, Cass let the girls run rampant but always offers them safe harbour.Our narrator and Aurora are the best of friends one is the super ego saviour the other her reckless id Until the day our narrator meets Jack, a handsome and talented struggling musician who burns her up inside and threatens Aurora s hold on her And then Aurora meets Minos, and everything threatens to come crashing down All Our Pretty Songs was the 2013 young adult novel by Sarah McCarry.I remember being really excited for this book last year I salivated over the cover and blurb, pre ordered my copy and then nothing I expected to read rumblings of praise and recommendation, but instead I got radio silence on the review front I didn t really get it, until I read for myself All Our Pretty Songs is a really good example of how story is King, and all the pretty words in the world can t make up for a book that s lacking story momentum It s sort of like a magic trick at first you re dazzled, but then the wire strings start glinting and you can t help but notice all the deliberate distractions intended to make you believe in something that s just not there Sarah McCarry is a beautiful, lyrical writer Truly, I wanted to breathe her words in and roll around in their sumptuousness For the first 20 or so pages I was absolutely captivated I m talking jaw on the floor, tingles down my back in awe of her writing Guitar so loud we can feel it in our chests Someone else s hair in our faces and someone else s knuckle in our teeth and sometimes, when it s really good, a current charges from body to body and everyone around us is part of it, part of us, part of the drumbeat thundering through so hard our breathing shifts to follow its pulse Music turns us inside out with hunger, the need to hurt ourselves, get drunk, fuck, punch strangers, the need to take off all our clothes and run around in the grass screaming, the need to get in a car and drive off in the middle of the night with a pack of strangers We let the music shake us loose from the moorings of our bodies and hearts and brains, until we are nothing but sex and sweat and fists and hot hot light. And I loved the set up of Aurora as this Frances Bean Cobain daughter of a dead legend, with a junkie mother in a mansion house and her poor best friend, our unknown narrator, constantly keeping her from going too far into the abyss I was interested, and I was invested Here are two girls with lives destined to break, and I wanted to be there when it happened Things get interesting when our narrator whom I should say, while reading, I didn t even notice was nameless because McCarry s writing is so distractingly beautiful meets Jack a real deal, talented musician Here, I thought, was interesting conflict when Aurora is the one everyone falls for, but the narrator is the girl Jack wants Jealousy creeps in, green eyed and lurking and I thought, surely, things are going to get interesting.No Instead, things get paranormal mystical and it just doesn t work.With Jack comes Minos, a frightening man with an even scarier boss who is interested in Aurora s charisma and beauty, and craves Jack s talent Then the story of All Our Pretty Songs veers into mythology territory and a retelling of The Tragical History of the Life and Death of Doctor Faustus about selling one s soul to the devil There s also a head nod to the Orpheus myth, about crossing the threshold to the underworld with a song Look, I knew the paranormal twist was coming because it s in the blurb, but I didn t bank on it being so jarring and feeling so disconnected from what this story start out as namely, a contemporary tale of friendship and love, jealousy and grief Where McCarry s writing so beautifully suits the contemporary tale, when I felt so connected to our narrator as she observes her life with Aurora and the past that plagues them both, I didn t want to leave their world and enter into the underworld of paranormal mythology McCarry has a real gift for contemporary It was in our narrator observing her mother s love life Cass has a guillotine heart, severing ties as neatly as a whistle sharp blade cutting the head from the body Like any good revolutionary, she pretends that the casualties mean nothing And viewing herself as an outsider looking in, comparing herself to Aurora while still loving her I am to Aurora what a gift store postcard print is to a Klimt hanging on the museum wall I do not love her any less for it I think it is best to know what you are and make peace with it This sort of writing suits contemporary YA, and I wish it was what McCarry had stuck to Unfortunately her style is less suited to flights of fancy and fantasy, to the point where she had to actually start name checking Greek myths because the second half of the story had gotten so convoluted and lost To be sure, Sarah McCarry has echoes of Francesca Lia Block and her Weetzie Bat series which McCarry name checks, so she must be a fan but where Lia Block can pull off the magical realism, McCarry and All Our Pretty Songs is far less successful I think it comes from the disconnection between the contemporary feel first half, which suddenly changes gears to include mythology and devils in the second I see that a second book is due for release in July this year Called Dirty Wings , it s touted as a sort of prequel and tells the story of young Cass and Maia in a gorgeous retelling of the Persephone myth I m not sure about this book mostly because, we know how Cass and Maia s story end sup it s pretty damn sad when All Our Pretty Songs begins with Maia a full blown junkie and Cass not having seen her best friend for years Do I really want to read the story of how they got to that point It s not exactly hopeful, is it I would definitely read another Sarah McCarry book, for her gorgeous prose alone but I will hope that in the future she either sticks to contemporary or fantasy, not this awkward mashing of both All Our Pretty Songs starts out contemporary and strong, but a muddled second half loses the story entirely and all the pretty writing in the world can t quite make up for it

  10. says:

    Pretty cover is pretty Pretty cover is pretty

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