Blog Tour for Resurrection Girls by Ava Morgyn (review and giveaway)

 

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Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for Resurrection Girls by Ava Morgyn.  This tour is being hosted by YA Bound Book Tours.  

 

Resurrection Girls
by Ava Morgyn
Genre: YA Magical Realism
Release date: October 1st 2019

 

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Summary:

Olivia Foster hasn’t felt alive since her little brother drowned in the backyard pool three years ago. Then Kara Hallas moves in across the street with her mother and grandmother, and Olivia is immediately drawn to these three generations of women. Kara is particularly intoxicating, so much so that Olivia not only comes to accept Kara’s morbid habit of writing to men on death row, she helps her do it. They sign their letters as the Resurrection Girls.

But as Kara’s friendship pulls Olivia out of the dark fog she’s been living in, Olivia realizes that a different kind of darkness taints the otherwise lively Hallas women—an impulse that is strange, magical, and possibly deadly.

 

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Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Resurrection-Girls-Ava-Morgyn/dp/0807569429/ref=sr_1_2?crid=3CFK5VXKZUPBO&keywords=resurrection+girls+ava+morgyn&qid=1554000624&s=gateway&sprefix=resurrection+girls+ava%2Caps%2C189&sr=8-2-spell

Barnes & Noble: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/resurrection-girls-ava-morgyn/1130797582?ean=9780807569429

Books-a-Million: https://www.booksamillion.com/p/Resurrection-Girls/Ava-Morgyn/9780807569429?id=7538899766278

IndieBound: https://www.indiebound.org/book/9780807569429

 

Advance Praise:

 

“Ava Morgyn’s passion and tenderness shine like a candle, guiding readers through the darkness of Olivia’s story. Her compelling characters are made all the more real by the eerie undertow of myth. A beautiful, deeply emotional debut!”

–Sarah Porter, author of VASSA IN THE NIGHT and NEVER-CONTENTED THINGS

“Resurrection Girls is a powerful examination of grief and loss, captivatingly woven with magic and ultimately hope. A compassionately rendered debut.”

–Emily Duncan, NYT Bestselling author of WICKED SAINTS

“RESURRECTION GIRLS is a heartbreak of a book, where love and loss writes letters to the strange things that lurk in the darkness. It’s a stunning story that blends the inexplicable and the beautiful with the bittersweet.”

–Rin Chupeco, author of THE BONE WITCH and THE NEVER TILTING WORLD

“A raw, poignant, unflinching examination of grief and healing wrapped up in a compelling story. Resurrection Girls is a brilliant debut.”

–CJ Redwine, NYT Bestselling author of THE SHADOW QUEEN and the RAVENSPIRE series

“The lovely, assured prose draws on ancient archetypes and a lingering sense of dread to pave the way for a strange but satisfying conclusion … Morgyn’s supernaturally tinged debut is a heartbreaking but hopeful exploration of death and grief.” 

Kirkus Reviews

 

 

review

 

I wasn’t really sure what to expect when I requested Resurrection Girls months ago. I saw the cover and read how girls were writing to death row inmates. That’s all I needed to know. But this book is so much more.

Olivia Foster was babysitting her three year old brother when he drowned. Her life and her family fell apart. She stopped talking to her best friend/crush, Prescott. Her father worked late and they barely spoke. And her mother lived in a fog of massive amounts of pills and addiction. Once in awhile she would break out into a rage, but most days she slept. Their family is broken. It’s like they all died along with Robbie.

We all died that day, in the pool in the yard. We were buried, filled in, and covered up, and forgotten. We were lost. And we’ve been dead every since.

Then one day, new people moved in across the street. The young girl, Kara, caught Olivia’s attention. There were three females all living together. The blind grandma who seems to see and know everything, the mother who isn’t seen too often, and Kara. Kara isn’t like anyone Olivia has met. She has this instant pull to her that even Prescott later felt. There is something very off about the family and I kept trying to figure it out. Were they alive? Were they witches? Were they demons? I had no idea, but they weren’t normal humans. There are no men and there never are. Olivia shows Kara her hobby, writing to killers on death row. She tells Olivia that she does it for money, but it’s obvious it’s a pretty big obsession. She knows all the details of every man she writes, now and from before they were caught. Kara convinces Olivia to help her write to them. They start signing the letters “Resurrection Girls”.

Kara needed this. She needed money, and I wasn’t sure what else, maybe the rush or danger. But she need this…hobby(italics). And frankly, I needed Kara.

Kara, Olivia, and Prescott started spending time together. It was summer and they were free to roam. A lot of that time was spent drinking and doing drugs. But the time together also made Olivia feel alive for the first time since Robbie died. She decides to find out what her dad’s secret was. She went in water for the first time. And she started saying his name again. The guilt still ate at Olivia and she drowned it out with her mother’s pills. But there was a little of her coming back more and more. Olivia starts to see something odd in Kara. She gets angry and possessive. But then she can act sweet and attract anyone and pull them to her.

We do find out some of what was going on in that house, but there were definitely things that didn’t make sense. There was definitely a surprising part I didn’t really see coming.

“Whatever you think you know, forget it. Truth is always stranger than fiction, right? Isn’t that what people say?”

This story really stood out to me as a story about grief and how everyone deals with it differently. It’s about the grief that never leaves. A mother that probably think’s she should be dead instead of her son. Same with the father. We’re never supposed to bury our children. And it’s about a sister’s grief and guilt about a day she wishes she can change. It was also about how others act around people who lose someone close to them. Some feel like it’s contagious. Other’s just don’t know what to say and avoid it all. But it can change an entire family and the neighborhood around them. The writing was beautiful. It was a slower book, but the pacing was still good.

I would say this is a more mature YA. Warnings: death, drug use (recreational and prescription), addiction, grief, talk of suicide, teenage drinking, mention of adultery, descriptions about what each serial killer did, abuse, neglect, overdose, talk of sex/rape. There may be more. I personally felt that it was well written and felt realistic. But younger ya readers might not be ready for some of the things mentioned. I used to read true crime, so the killers information didn’t bother me (reading it). It is a bit detailed at times. There is another warning that would spoil the ending. If you need to know, I can message it to you.

I gave this book 4 stars. Thank you to Albert Whitman for sending me a copy for review.

 

 

Excerpt:

 

In the beginning, the dead are always with you. It’s almost as if they aren’t even gone, as though you could round any given corner and see them there, waiting. For months after Robby died, I heard his voice, his laughter catching in his throat, the sound of his footfalls down the long hall upstairs. I could feel his towheaded locks soft against the pads of my fingers still, and imagine his quiet breathing in the night. It was all there, floating around me, able to be summoned forward at any given moment. Like a balloon, I had Robby’s memory, his soul, on a string. 

But that only lasts as long as the pain is fresh. You bleed memories for a while. And then one day you find you’ve bled them all out. And the sharp sting of loss has waned into a dull ache. 

It’s the little things that go first. The way light would play across his face at a certain angle. The expression he made when he pouted. The smell of him in the morning. You go to summon some detail up from the depths and it’s no longer there. The dead drift away. 

And then even the dull ache disappears, and only numbness holds in its place. You stop trying to recall details because the futility of it is worse than the grief. It’s no longer the loss of the person you mourn, but the loss of the haunt. And the absence is all that is left when you reach for your pain.

 

 

author info

 

 

ava morgyn

Ava Morgyn is a long-time avid reader and writer of young adult fiction. She studied English Writing & Rhetoric at St. Edward’s University in Austin, TX, and now lives in Houston—city with the most rain, best food, and worst traffic—with her family. When she isn’t at her laptop spinning darkly hypnotic tales, she can be found making fairy houses, talking to her crystals and plants, hunting for delicious new vegan recipes, or bothering her dog. She also blogs regularly about the devastating journey of child loss at ForLoveofEvelyn.com.


Author Links:

Website: https://www.avamorgyn.com/

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/16973182.Ava_Morgyn

Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/avamorgyn

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/avawrites

Instagram: https://instagram.com/avamorgyn

 

 

giveaway

 

One copy of Resurrection Girls

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Confessions of a YA Reader https://confessionsofayareader.wordpress.com/ Review
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Author: confessionsofayareader

I'm Kristi. I'm a wife, mom, and grandma. I have been breeding leopard geckos for ten years. I love to read and have been trying to review more books (the reason for this blog besides wanting to talk about books with everyone). I also love music and going to concerts, mostly punk and pop punk.

8 thoughts on “Blog Tour for Resurrection Girls by Ava Morgyn (review and giveaway)”

  1. Been hearing lots of good things about it! And the name is definitely intriguing! And with the letters they write…it gives ‘Letters to Juliet’ vibes!! 😍😍❤️ I am really looking forward to reading it! ❤️❤️ Realllyy good review! LOVED IT! ❤️❤️

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