by Tahereh Mafi
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy, Childrens, Middle Grade
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) and she was left as the sole remaining mordeshoor in the village of Whichwood, destined to spend her days scrubbing the skins and souls of the dead in preparation for the afterlife. It’s become easy to forget and easier still to ignore not only her ever-increasing loneliness, but the way her overworked hands are stiffening and turning silver, just like her hair.
But soon, a pair of familiar strangers appear, and Laylee’s world is turned upside down as she rediscovers color, magic, and the healing power of friendship.
Shamefully, I am completely unfamiliar with Tahereh’s previous works. I’m sorry! There are a lot of books out there, okay? I came across this book clicking through Twitter and I think it just sounds magnificent. Very dark at the beginning then a promise of hope at the end. That seems like a nice book, doesn’t it? OR MAYBE IT WILL BE REALLY DARK AND CREEPY.
And that cover. YUM.
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