A Murder of Magpies
Published: 28th October, 2014
Winter in Black Orchard, Wisconsin, is long and dark, and sixteen-year-old Vayda Silver prays the snow will keep the truth and secrecy of the last two years buried. Hiding from the past with her father and twin brother, Vayda knows the rules: never return to the town of her mother’s murder, and never work a Mind Game where someone might see.
No one can know the toll emotions take on Vayda, how emotion becomes energy in her hands, or how she can’t control the destruction she causes. But it’s not long before her powers can no longer be contained. The truth is dangerously close to being exposed, placing Vayda and her family at risk.
Until someone quiets the chaos inside her.
Unwanted. That’s all Ward Ravenscroft has ever been. To cope, he numbs the pain of rejection by denying himself emotions of any kind. Yet Vayda stirs something in him. He can’t explain the hold she has on him–inspiring him with both hope and fear. He claims not to scare easily, except he doesn’t know what her powers can do. Yet.
Just as Vadya and Ward draw closer, she finds the past isn’t so easily buried. And when it follows the Silvers to Black Orchard, it has murder in mind.
What I liked: I ended up really enjoying the dual point of view style of the book. It made things interesting, plus the things that were sort of kept as a bit of a mystery element kept me flipping the pages as quickly as possible to find out the answers! And the way the author worked in the book’s title? Flawless. Each of the characters held up on their own and felt really fleshed out to me, so I believed they were real. Vayda’s character was so interesting, I wanted to know more about her! Jonah was that grey character who you could tell was a little messed up in the way he thought about things, but he did have good in him. Ward is this guy who seems really cagey and doesn’t want to talk about his past (not like Jonah and Vayda did either) and we learn about him and where he comes from and see him tell the characters about himself before the others tell him. But the way it works, incredibly hard to really understand that this is yet another debut novel that I’m reading that reads so well! The gothic tones to the book were so evident and thrilling to me. Plus, the characters are Romani. I get really excited when we have small groups in stories represented. I was happy to read about them.
What I didn’t like: I really felt like the romance originally came in at a really awkward time. It was sorta clunky I guess? Maybe that was just me because the cover and the tone of the story didn’t give me the impression that any romance was going to happen (Hello, there’s murder and mystery and shenanigans going on. Romance just didn’t seem to fit for me).
Overall Review: A Murder of Magpies is an interesting tale that reads very easy. It can make you get lost in the story and capture your attention like few books I’ve read before. With characters who leap off the pages and read like real people. The mystery aspects to this gothic story can leave you guessing about what’s going to happen up until the end.
Recommend?: Oh definitely so, it’s so enthralling and captivating that I’m definitely looking forward to the next book by this author!
My Rating: 4.6/5
About the Author
Sarah Bromley lives near St. Louis with her husband, three children, and two dogs. She likes the quiet hours of morning when she can drink coffee in peace, stare into the woods behind her house, and wonder what monsters live there. When she’s not writing or wrangling small children, she can be found volunteering at a stable for disabled riders.
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Review by Iris