Due to circumstances and on account of because, I’m at MURDER SHE WRITES today, instead of yesterday. My bad! Last week, I went on a YA binge, though these dark retellings of two familiar fairy tales aren’t your squeaky clean Young Adult fare. Since they were written by Lilith St. Crow’s YA persona, Lili St. Crow, this shouldn’t surprise anyone. The themes are dark, some words blunt and crass, though the sexy bits are mild. I read the books out of order, which wasn’t a big deal, but if you plan on reading them, I’d go with NAMELESS (based on Snow White) first, and then WAYFARER (Cinderella) so they’re in the right order.
Ms. St. Crow’s language can be magical like this bit from WAYFARER, A Tale of Beauty and Madness:
Even the dust hung motionless in the air, shafts of liquid gold sunshine braving Juno’s** charm-latticed windows to fall in orderly diamonds on the mellow-glowing wooden floor scuffed by who knew how many feet. Sister Mary Brefoil droned on about participles and turned the mellifluousness of French into murdered poetry, robbed of all its breath and fire by her flat delivery.
[**Juno is the name of a month]
Or it can be full of snark like this exchange in NAMELESS, A Tale of Beauty and Madness:
“You can open your eyes now, Cami.” Ruby sighed. “That wasn’t even very fast.”
“Death by cardiac arrest, induced by vehicular shenanigans.” Ellie waited for a few seconds, unclicking her seatbelt.
What have you read lately that made you “sit up and pay attention”?