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Beware of the woods and the dark, dank deep.

He’ll follow you home, and he won’t let you sleep.


Who are the Sawkill Girls?

Marion: the new girl. Awkward and plain, steady and dependable. Weighed down by tragedy and hungry for love she’s sure she’ll never find.

Zoey: the pariah. Luckless and lonely, hurting but hiding it. Aching with grief and dreaming of vanished girls. Maybe
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Hardcover, 450 pages
Published October 2nd 2018 by Katherine Tegen Books
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شيماء ✨
Full review now posted here on my blog!

Objectively speaking, existing in this world would be maximally dreadful, but the concept of belonging to a group of SAPPHIC GIRLS who draw on their magical powers to FUCK UP the life of the island’s bogeyman is firmly inside my circle of interests. I want to stand in the middle of a circle that I've drawn using my blood on the top of a mountain during a full moon, summon a demon to slay it, perform at least one exorcism and take down a cult. And make s
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Melanie

ARC provided by the publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.

“Decades of dead girls. Poor girls and rich girls. Black and brown and white girls. All of them Sawkill girls.”

Sawkill Girls is going to be such an amazing, atmospheric, spooky Halloween read for so many. The start of this book was phenomenal, and the first half was five star worthy in my opinion. I just, didn’t love the ending of this, but I think many of you will. And overall, I completely recommend this, and I ha
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Claire Legrand
May 11, 2017 added it  ·  (Review from the author)
This is a book about girls--girls loving girls, girls kissing girls, girls being friends with girls, girls helping girls. Girls who hunger, girls who rage. Girls who fight, girls who make mistakes, girls who dream and pine. It's also about magic and monsters, family secrets and soul-friends, moths and wild horses and the churning wild sea, and trampling the patriarchy. I hope you love it as much as I do.
Kayla Dawn
Nov 04, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: owned-books
Okay. That was disappointing.

This had so much potential and I actually really loved the first third/half.
But it went so hardcore downhill after that.. I don't even really know what to say.

It evolved from a creepy, creative story with great, diverse characters to a way overdone, rushed, man hating mess.
I was so excited for the female empowerment (and I really really loved all the diversity!) but that quickly turned into painting man as the most evil beings on this planet.



I have a few quotes fo
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Elise (TheBookishActress)
I managed to hold it together without crying for this entire book and then I read the last page and the dam broke and I just,,,,,, I don’t even know what to say I can’t review this or think about this it’s too flawlessly catered to my taste on every single level I would give my life for it.

laundry list of reasons this was written specifically for Elise, 17, user @TheBookishActress
🌷it’s about three girls and they’re all sapphic and all so well written and developed I want to cry
🌷Val’s character
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Chelsea (chelseadolling reads)
Jan 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: queer
Y’all, this book was legitimately terrifying at certain points and I LOVED IT SO MUCH. It wasn’t a completely perfect book (hence the 4 stars), but it was so dark and whimsical and dark and queer and DID I MENTION DARK? AND QUEER? Fuck y’all this was so good. SO GOOD!
destiny ♎ [howling libraries]
This is one of those reviews that I had to sit on for a while, because I had so many things I wanted to say about this book, and I just couldn’t quite figure out how to condense them into anything even remotely resembling a sensible length of review. Sawkill Girls is being marketed fairly heavily as horror, but it’s fabulism, too, with a world so gorgeously complex that I can’t ever quite determine if I adore it or am terrified of it.

Come for a while, reads the sign at Sawkill’s ferry dock, and
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Jessi ♥️ H. Vojsk
Oct 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing

Little fairy girl, skipping down the sea
Little fairy girl, pretty as can be
Who is the fellow with the bright clean grin?
Do you want, fairy girl, to weave a spell for him?


Story ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
When Marion, her mother and her sister arrive in Sawkill they hear about the missing girl, Thora.
They hear about the strange and creepy forest full of darkness and danger.
They meet Zoey who hates Val Mortimer more than anyone and anything, because Zoey is sure that Val has something to do with the disappearance
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Camila Roy ••RoyIsReading••
RATING: 2.75 rounded up to 3/5

Let me start by saying that I LOVE horror. Spooky, creepy and bizarre is my aesthetic. Supernatural shows are my thing; I can't get enough of them. So, when I read this book's synopsis I was definitely intrigued. Plus, Claire Legrand is the author (she wrote Furyborn, one of my favorite books of the year).

As it turns out, Sawkill Girls wasn't for me. I considered raising my rating just for the sake of being polite. I didn't want other people to get discouraged fro
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emma
I saw enough people I follow reading this book and talking about this book and TBRing this book that I am right now adding it without even reading the synopsis in full.

I know what you're thinking. "If your friends jumped off a cliff would you jump too," blah blah blah, and the answer is yeah, duh.
Hamad
This review and other non-spoilery reviews can be found @The Book Prescription

"Beware of the woods and the dark, dank deep.

He’ll follow you home, and he won’t let you sleep."


🌟 To do this book right I have to admit that I went into it not expecting a horror story and by no means it was one. But I was checking GR and searching online and I saw many readers listed it as a horror book but Edelweiss -Thanks for providing a copy in exchange of an honest review- did not, so my expectations kind of cha
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megs_bookrack
Nov 21, 2018 is currently reading it
I recently listed this as one of my top five 5-star tbr predictions on Insta! Let's see if it lives up to my own hype!!! Don't wanna toot my own horn but I usually know what I'll like...

Alana • thebookishchick
Sep 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
Drop everything and add this to your October TBR's immediately.

If you like creepy, atmospheric books with badass females that keep you on the edge of your seat then look no further than Sawkill Girls. Earlier this year I read Claire Legrand's novel Furyborn and loved it. From her writing, to her characters, to her world-building I was instantly sucked into the story. So, naturally when I came across that the author was coming out with a new YA Fantasy/Horror novel with LGBT+ rep I couldn't add i
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andrea caro
First of all, I want to give a very enthusiastic thank you to Julie for sending me this ARC. Not only was this one of two most anticipated reads of the year for me, she also left in her tabs color-coded to thematic elements in the story so this reading experience was kind of incredible and revolutionary for me.

Now, onto the review:

This book is spooky, queer, feminist, and full of women and I loved it. This story follows around several points of view, three of which are Zoey, Marion, and Val. Zoe
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Jes Reads
Oct 31, 2018 rated it really liked it
4.5 STARS. FULL REVIEW COMING WHEN IM NOT WORKING 60 HOURS AT WORK.
Amitaf0208
Oct 28, 2018 rated it liked it
3.5 stars. There is a mix of genres going on in this one book. At times, it was exhilarating while at times, it was also frustrating. Overall, I did enjoy the ride and the ending.
Nick
Sep 15, 2018 marked it as to-read
The cover is phenomenal.
Julie Zantopoulos
Claire's writing is beautiful, there's no denying that, but this story just didn't connect for me. Let's chat about the premise of this book:

Girls on Sawkill island have been disappearing for generations and island legend warns of a Collector who steals away said girls and does heaven knows what with them...but they're never seen again. Then three girls come into magical mystical powers and battle a deep dark evil that only they have the power to vanquish. Sounds pretty badass and spooky...righ
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Karima chermiti

Actual rating : 2.5 stars

What could I say about this one, I don’t know, I’m deeply confused? I can’t seem to be able to make up my mind about this book and honestly it’s annoying me. This book belongs to that area when I don’t love a book and I don’t hate it either, I feel no attachment to it and yet it’s stuck on my mind. But to be fair, it’s stuck in my mind because of all of the weird shit that was happening and wasn’t properly explained. It felt like a vision or a dream sequence. It was odd.
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Ellen Gail


“With prose as fierce and uncompromising as its three main characters, SAWKILL GIRLS is a fresh and unflinching exploration of female friendship wrapped in a spine-tingling page-turner. Claire Legrand doesn’t hold back--and you won’t be able to put this book down.”
-- Courtney Summers

She resisted the urge to run her hands over her own arms, torso, face, just to make sure it was all there. It was magnificent, this body - not because it was beautiful and strong, though it was, but because it was
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Lilly (Lair Of Books)
ARC received from the Publisher in exchange for a honest review
Jennie Damron
Nov 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Finally! A book that had the creepy/scary factor I have been looking for. Parts of this book were down right gross, but I couldn't stop reading. The writing is just brilliant and the story original and intriguing. I love that all the main characters were female and all of them strong in their own, individual ways. I have never read a book quite like this which is delightful. I'm glad I read this book and I do recommend it highly.
Lea (drumsofautumn)
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This is such a strange little book and I had a hard time getting into it. I almost DNFed it, not because I thought it was bad but because I felt it wouldn't be for me. And the setting and storyline really wasn't for me.
But at its core this story is about feminism, female friendship, and love and it made me super emotional.

“Girls hunger. And we're taught, from the moment our brains can take it, that there isn't enough food for us all.”

Let's talk about diversity!
Val is queer
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- ̗̀ DANY  ̖́- (danyreads)
Sep 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc, lgbt, 2018-reads
. : ☾⋆ — 5 ★

READ THIS REVIEW ON MY BLOG!!!
http://bit.ly/2OtdGSi

ARC provided from the publisher via Edelweiss+ in exchange for an honest review (thank you HarperCollins & Katherine Tegen Books!!)

WOW. wow. wow wow wow wow wow wow WOW!!!!

the island of Sawkill Rock has seen generation upon generation of girls go missing, never to be found again. it’s been like this for decades, and not a single missing girl case has ever been solved, not a single body found, so people have mostly resorted to l
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Hollis
So, I'll admit I went into SAWKILL GIRLS with a wee bit of trepidation as my last Legrand experience was FURYBORN and that didn't go so great for me. But between the high praise and hype, and how much I enjoyed the dark and creepy WINTERSPELL, I had hope this would work out okay. And it did. Oh did it ever.

Fair warning, I thought the beginning was kind of slow and I don't think this book really took off until maybe 20%? But once it did I was just totally hooked.

Legends about monsters weren't so
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Amelia
Dec 09, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I was very close to DNFing this book after the first 3 hours of listening to it. But I decided to continue listening.

I felt like I’ve seen this story before. The only thing I liked was the ending. I didn’t like the writing
mahana ✭
3.5 stars full review now on my blog
ARC kindly provided by Katherine Tegen Books in exchange for an honest review.

I was excited to pick this ARC up when I heard about the diversity in this book. I'm always keen to add more f/f romance to my recommendations repertoire, especially those that are from different, unique genres. When I started this, I was expecting a thriller with an underlying mystery to the disappearances of multiple girls on an island. Instead, we get a story reminiscent of 
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Sophie "Beware Of The Reader"
How does someone review a sample if not by telling if it did made me want to read the book right?

Well my Sawkill Girls sample (that I foolishly hoped would be the whole book) was like that one lone chocolate truffle you eat after your meal with your coffee: not enough. You immediately crave for a second then a third serving. Before you realize it you've eaten the whole box of truffles!
In other words: I need more words! I need the whole book!

I discovered Claire Legrand's writing with Furyborn and
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Benjamin
I came back from the dead. Full review posted!

I feel as If I have already forgotten how to write a review, but I’ll try to do my best to be up to my once cool reviews.

I haven’t read that much since last summer and the reasons have been so many! I was abroad and when I finally came back home, college was about to start so I actually didn’t have any extra free time to read and well, these last months of school have been a mess. However, I could finally find some free time to do what I love and to
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Claire Legrand used to be a musician until she realized she couldn't stop thinking about the stories in her head. A native Texan, she is now a writer and librarian living in central New Jersey.

Her first novel is THE CAVENDISH HOME FOR BOYS AND GIRLS, one of the New York Public Library's 100 Titles for Reading and Sharing in 2012. She is also the author of THE YEAR OF SHADOWS, a ghost story for mid
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“It was stuck in a state of collapse, this pit - a tiny, organ-shaped singularity, sucking down the bleeding ravaged bits of who she used to be.” 5 likes
“Screw that book,” said Val. “It was written by men.” She held out her free hand to Marion. “We’re rewriting it.” 0 likes
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