A bit of a harsh title right after Beltane, huh? I think I’ll blame the choice on Soledad. I’ve been developing the last scenes of “AlmaMia Cienfuegos,” and the ways of my main character’s big sister seems to be leaking out of the page and touching things. AlmaMia and I have spent a lot of time trying to make sense of Soledad’s behavior, and Vanesa’s, too, but we haven’t gotten to the bottom of that obscure pot.
While the investigation goes on, I’ve been reading fiction that discusses family dynamics, siblings relationships and the seemingly unexplainable odium of one being towards another; in the case of The Book Thief, unfounded hatred aimed at a particular group. This novel twisted my heart and left it raw. I cried while I read it, a few times in front of people. This is a story of life and demise, narrated by Death.
The Witch’s Boy and Reckless are different. If I had to make a comparison, I would say that the style of these two novels resembles that of “The Haunting” and The Book Thief is closer to “AlmaMia Cienfuegos.” In the first group, social issues and internal struggles are analyzed in a realm of fantasy; in the second, things just are; life happens in the world as we know it, and sometimes it bleeds salty tears that burn the eyes. Other times… well, you’ll have to do a bit of reading to see what else real life can bring to the proudly wicked.
My Favorite Quotes from these 3 Reads
The Witch’s Boy by Michael Gruber
“Hatred breeds best in the soil of ruined dreams.”
Reckless by Cornelia Funke
“The Fairy’s dress rustled as she turned. Human women dressed like flowers, layers of petals around a mortal, rotting core.”
The Book Thief by Marcus Zusak
“For me, the sky was the color of Jews.”
“When Death tells a story, you really have to listen.”
What have you read, my Wicked Luvs?
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