Thursday, September 27, 2018

Audiobook Review: Sawkill Girls by Claire Legrand

Sawkill Girls by Claire Legrand
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Release Date: October 2nd, 2018
Format: Audiobook narrated by Lauren Ezzo
Source: Narrator*
My Rating: 

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Sawkill Girls is a frightening stand-alone contemporary teen horror novel about three girls who take on an insidious monster that preys upon young women. 

Who are the Sawkill Girls?

Marion: The newbie. 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.
I luckily got an advanced copy of the audiobook from the narrator, which my dear friends from Audioshelf got me in contact with. Thanks you guys! Lauren was looking for audiobook reviewers and she supplied a ton of different options, but I decided to go with this one because it seemed like the "right" time of the year to digest a story like this. So huge thanks to Lauren for providing me a copy of the audio in exchange for my review!

This was my first experience listening to Lauren narrate a book, but no wonder Audioshelf is always singing her praises. Her narration in this book has such an eerie quality to it that it really sets the mood of the story you are about to hear. I wasn't sure if that's what her voice always sounds like, so I totally checked out some samples on audible and it seems like that was a specific choice for this book, and it works amazingly. It definitely gives you the creepy crawly feelings at times, and that's exactly what is needed for this book. Lauren also does a ton of different voices in the book, and I thought she did an amazing job. Her seamless narration kept me actively engaged in this book the entire time. Also it made me have to turn it off a few times and shutter, but that is definitely the point of this book. I will definitely be seeking out more of the audiobooks she has narrated in the future.

I have heard people say this book reminds them a little bit of IT, and I think that is a fair assessment. For me it reminded me a lot of the SYFY TV Show, Haven. Which is interesting because that is loosely based on a short story by Stephen King. This book is heavily marketed as horror, which I think is accurate but it also has a lot to do with Fabulism. The magical elements that come into play with our three heroines was super interesting to me. I'm still not 100% sure how all that comes to be, but I was able to roll with it as I wanted to see them all succeed. It's not all Fabulism though, there is some graphic horror in this book too. There was part about finding horse hair in one of the character's throats that made me gag, so be forewarned if you are squeamish.

The characters in this book are so diverse and complex, and I was really glad to see both bisexual and asexual representation in a book. I liked that the asexual character isn't really just asexual on paper either. The book gives her backstory to explain how it comes to be, and I just felt like it came from a really true place. Now, since I don't identity that way I can't say for certain if it's a true representation, but I thought it was done really well. One of the characters, Zoey is also black in a town that seems to be mostly rich white jerks, and you can see how her experiences with this have really shaped her.  I think Zoey is supposed to be the "unlikeable" one, but she ended up being my favorite character. Probably because she is a sarcastic jerk and is not afraid to say what she is thinking. I ended up liking all the girls in the end, but I had a hard time warming up to Val. Val has a darkness to her that we the reader know, but the other two girls don't, so it was really hard for me to get behind her at first.

This book was written so detailed with a plot that just grabbed ahold of me and didn't let me go until I finished it. It's the perfect spooky read for fall. I also think this is proof that sometimes it is not the author that I don't like, but sometimes a story might not be right for me. I read the author's other book that came out this year Furyborn in the spring, and it just didn't sit right with, but this story is like a complete 180. I'm really glad I gave this one a chance!

*I was provided an advanced audiobook download link via the narrator in exchange for my honest review.

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Happy Reads Everyone!