Whichwoodby Published 14 Nov 2017
|Publisher||Dutton Books for Young Readers|
A new adventure about a girl who is fated to wash the bodies of the dead in this companion to Furthermore.
Our story begins on a frosty night…
Laylee can barely remember the happier times before her beloved mother died. Before her father, driven by grief, lost his wits (and his way). Before she was left as the sole remaining mordeshoor in the village of Whichwood, destined to spend her days washing the bodies of the dead and preparing their souls for the afterlife. It’s become easy to forget and easier still to ignore the way her hands are stiffening and turning silver, just like her hair, and her own ever-increasing loneliness and fear.
But soon, a pair of familiar strangers appears, and Laylee’s world is turned upside down as she rediscovers color, magic, and the healing power of friendship.
Review to come when I get off work. (but a teaser: Furthermore was better.)
LOOK AT THAT PRELIMINARY COVER ART!!!! AHHHHH!!!!!! I'm basically going to beg Penguin to get me any advanced copy that exists because I am DYING for this. I need more Tahereh in my life. I need this. Persian MC? YES PLS. The dark counterpart to Furthermore? YES PLS. UGGHHH I just want this so bad. I have a feeling it's gonna be a slam dunk bc of underlying messages about self love and maybe even politics. I hope this book is real good.
WE GOT A TITLE!!! WHICHWOOD!!!! WHICH WOOD IS IT???? WE DON'T KNOW!!!!!!!! OH MY GOD I'M SO EXCITED FOR THIS!!!! SEPTEMBER 2017!!!! THIS IS THE ONLY LIGHT OF MY LIFE IN THE DARK, DISMAL TIME BEFORE US. THIS WILL SAVE ME FROM THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION. Okay genuinely I thought Furthermore was such a gorgeous and atmospheric book and I hope this one can deliver that as well <3 I was nervous going into Furthermore because I didn't know if it would be as good and as pretty as Shatter Me, but now I know that Tahereh can never let me down. Let's just hope she tours to Texas this year! I miss my woman :') <3
So it's confirmed that this is middle grade in a "neighboring magical land" to Furthermore. Kinda dampens my excitement but I mean, come on. IT'S OUT IN 2017!!!! I DON'T HAVE TO WAIT 3,000 YEARS!!!!!!
I'M READY FOR IT!!!! I'M HERE FOR IT!!!!!!!!!!!! WHERE IT AT!!!!!!!!!!!
A morbidly curious tale, in which thirteen-year-old Laylee's profession is washing corpses, the narrator excessively breaks the fourth wall to explain the story, and Alice from Furthermore makes an appearance to impart the "healing power of friendship."
Video review to come in my November Wrap Up.
Whichwood is the second book in the Furthermore Series. The first novel, Furthermore, is categorized as middle-grade, while Whichwood - strangely - has been bumped up to young adult. There's no unsavory or offensive content in Whichwood that would make it unsuitable for upper middle-grade readers (ages 10 to 14), but parents may wish to know about two scenes that are slightly graphic: [spoilers removed]
Holy Sh*t. *please be YA please be YA OR BETTER YET NA*
Edit: I CANNOT EXPLAIN TO YOU HOW HAPPY THIS COVER MAKES ME :'))))))
MY PRAYERS HAVE BEEN ANSWERED.
IT'S FINALLY HAPPENING.
I neeeeeed ittttttttt.
I absolutely loathe middle grade books for the most part with the exception of a couple of books including Furthermore. I find them not gritty enough, however, I'm fine with like children's picture books. Yes, this book was dark... yeah darkly awesome. People need to calm down. Did anyone not read Scary Stories back in elementary school? That pretty much had cannibalism going down! Lol! I have an eight-year-old myself who has already read all the Harry Potter books, so I would have no problem with her reading this.
I feel like kids that haven't had the best upbringing could also relate to the main character, because she has had a hard life herself. The struggle is displayed very well through Mafi's beautiful words. The originality and world is what had me captivated the entire book.
My one request is dear God let their be a YA book or NA book on these characters!!
Review on my blog https://literarydust.wordpress.com/20...