Waiting on Wednesday (16)
Novel: The May Queen Murders by Sarah Jude | GoodreadsRelease Date: May 3, 2016Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers
Stay on the roads. Don’t enter the woods. Never go out at night.Those are the rules in Rowan’s Glen, a remote farming community in the Missouri Ozarks where Ivy Templeton’s family has lived for centuries. It’s an old-fashioned way of life, full of superstition and traditions, and sixteen-year-old Ivy loves it. The other kids at school may think the Glen kids are weird, but Ivy doesn’t care—she has her cousin Heather as her best friend. The two girls share everything with each other—or so Ivy thinks. When Heather goes missing after a May Day celebration, Ivy discovers that both her best friend and her beloved hometown are as full of secrets as the woods that surround them.
Y'all know that I'm a mood person.I love eerie stories. I don't care what environment they're in, as long as it's captivating and distinct.What's more, I'm always down for a small town mystery, particularly one championed as being "drippingly gothic." Something about the voices of them is usually lush and dark, in a way that's surprisingly appealing. Paired with a familiar - yet deeply imaginative - atmosphere, books like these usually absorb me immediately.In the past year or two, I've had a knack for loving these kinds of stories. From Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea (erring on the side of paranormal, but with a similar vibe) to All the Truth That's in Me to Blood and Salt, something about the contrast between old-fashioned tradition and the sinister undercurrent of a brewing mystery makes for a read that's explosive and impactful.Ivy looks like an unsettling narrator, and I'm riveted by the few aspects I know of her personality. I'm curious to know in what direction the plot will go, and whether or not it'll end up having a paranormal edge. Either way, I could see it being a past-midnight, nightmare-inducing, heart-pounding love of a read.Plus, friends of mine who have read it have loved it. After blogging for five years, I know people who have similar taste to me - and I'm dying to get my hands on this one.