Monday, 25 May 2015

All Our Pretty Songs (Metamorphoses #1) by Sarah McCarry

Blurb (from Goodreads):
This is a story about love, but not the kind of love you think. You’ll see… In the lush and magical Pacific Northwest live two best friends who grew up like sisters: charismatic, mercurial, and beautiful Aurora, and the devoted, watchful narrator. Each of them is incomplete without the other. But their unbreakable bond is challenged when a mysterious and gifted musician named Jack comes between them. His music is like nothing I have ever heard. It is like the ocean surging, the wind that blows across the open water, the far call of gulls. Suddenly, each girl must decide what matters most: friendship, or love. What both girls don’t know is that the stakes are even higher than either of them could have imagined. They're not the only ones who have noticed Jack’s gift; his music has awakened an ancient evil—and a world both above and below which may not be mythical at all. We have paved over the ancient world but that does not mean we have erased it. The real and the mystical; the romantic and the heartbreaking all begin to swirl together in All Our Pretty Songs, Sarah McCarry's brilliant debut, carrying the two on journey that is both enthralling and terrifying. And it’s up to the narrator to protect the people she loves—if she can.

All Our Pretty Songs by Sarah McCarry

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

All Our Pretty Songs (Metamorphoses, #1) “This is a story about love, but not the kind of love you think.”

This was a bit of a strange story, but at least it was quick.

Firstly, I don’t like that the main character doesn’t have a name – or rather we’re not told her name, but either way – she’s a human being! She deserves to have a name! So for that reason I’m going to pretend her name is Jane. Anyway, I felt quite sorry for Jane and Aurora in this story, their father’s were completely absent (Aurora’s father was dead through a suicide/overdose I think), and although Aurora and Jane’s mothers were originally friends, they are not talking, and Aurora’s mother is pretty awful person. She didn’t care what Aurora did, where Aurora was, or whether Aurora even ate on a daily basis. Pretty darn awful.

The storyline in this wasn’t easy to find, very little happened in the first half of the book, other than Aurora and Jane behaving badly, drinking, taking drugs, etc. the sort of typical things that teenagers behaving badly do.

The second half brought about the arrival of a boy called Jack, who wanted to be a famous musician. He and Jane seemingly fell in love in less than 20 minutes, but then he and Aurora ended up with something going on too, and Jack and Aurora then left to go to (I think Los Angeles?) in order for Jack to be a musician? Not very nice really. What kind of a best-friend runs off with her best-friends boyfriend? Especially when you have been best friends since birth?

Anyway, this whole book was a bit strange, and the ending was a bit of a non-ending for me, partly because I’ve read it twice and still can’t really work out what’s going on.
So, I’m really not sure what to make of this.
6 out of 10

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