Dirty Wings

Posted 15 July 2014 by Kim in Book Review / 0 Comments

Dirty WingsDirty Wings by Sarah McCarry
Series: Metamorphoses #2
Published by St. Martin's Griffin on 2014-07-15
Genres: Fantasy, Folklore, Romance, Young Adult
Pages: 288
Source: NetGalley | eARC

FTC Disclosure: I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

WARNING: This book may be unsuitable for people under 17 years of age due to its use of sexual content, drug and alcohol use, and/or violence.
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From the back cover...

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From the back cover...

A gorgeous retelling of the Persephone myth, Sarah McCarry brings us the story of Cass and Maia--the mothers from All Our Pretty Songs--and how their fates became intertwined.

Maia is a teenage piano prodigy and dutiful daughter, imprisoned in the oppressive silence of her adoptive parents' house like a princess in an ivory tower. Cass is a street rat, witch, and runaway, scraping by with her wits and her knack for a five-fingered discount. When a chance encounter brings the two girls together, an unlikely friendship blossoms that will soon change the course of both their lives. Cass springs Maia from the jail of the only world she's ever known, and Maia's only too happy to make a break for it. But Cass didn't reckon on Jason, the hypnotic blue-eyed rocker who'd capture Maia's heart as soon as Cass set her free--and Cass isn't the only one who's noticed Maia's extraordinary gifts. Is Cass strong enough to battle the ancient evil she's unwittingly awakened--or has she walked into a trap that will destroy everything she cares about? In this time, like in any time, love is a dangerous game.

My Review

The first book in this series, All Our Pretty Songs, was a book that appealed to me for its uniqueness.  It was a weird and often disturbing read and those flavors extended to this book, a prequel of  sorts.  It answered so many questions, even questions that I didn’t even always  know that I had!

This is the story of Cass and Maia, the mothers from the first book.  In AOPS, there was a lot of wondering about why these two were the way the were, what made them into the people that they were.  These girls come from such different worlds.  One came from a privileged life with all the opportunities in the world.  The other came from a disadvantaged home, with little of even the most basics of things.  Against all odds, they bond, even if that bond is often dark and always codependent.

The story goes back and forth from the beginning of their friendship to the present time in that book, all of it before the timing of the second book.  That back and forth really illuminates the changes the girls go through, the way their lives transform over time.  Like the first book, the story is dark and disturbing, painful and raw.

Although this is part of a trilogy, it is an odd trilogy.  The first book is set considerably into the future from the second.  There is still a gap in time between the time of the second and that of the first.  I am hoping that the next book will cover that time because I think there is still a lot of story to tell between Cass and Maia.

Things to love…

  • The unique style to the story.  It feels like a chemically altered reality and it is fascinating!

Things I wanted more/less of…

  • The paranormal aspect.  The blurb touts this series as an epic story of the battle between good and evil.  There really isn’t any epicness to it.  There is the Persephone theme, but it really isn’t played up to the level that the blurb suggests.

My Recommendation

I really like this story.  I embraces its uniqueness, its weirdness.  It is different and fresh!

4Mugs

Rating Report
Plot
four-stars
Characters
four-stars
Writing
four-half-stars
Pacing
three-half-stars
Cover
five-stars
Overall: 4.2

About Sarah McCarry

I’m Sarah McCarry. The Rejectionist is my blog. I’m the author of the novels All Our Pretty Songs, Dirty Wings (summer 2014), and About a Girl (summer 2015). I’m the editor and publisher of Guillotine, a chapbook series dedicated to revolutionary nonfiction. I’m the Media Coordinator for The Doula Project. I’ve written for Glamour, the Stranger, the Rumpus.com, and Tor.com, among other places. I was born in Seattle and I live in Brooklyn.

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