GHOST WOOD SONG by Erica Waters has been on my radar since it was announced. Not only is it a HarperTeen book, but it takes place in the south. The cover alone is STUNNING—and SO a representation of this book. The snake, the wasp, and the petrified wood tells you you’re in for something spooky, and it delivers. This isn't Hart of Dixie, there are no Friday Night Lights, just a girl named Shady and her fiddle...
oh yeah and the ghosts she conjures when she plays that fiddle.
The complex cast of characters in this book are unlike anything I’ve seen in YA. I felt like I was seeing myself in there (minus, you know, the ability to conjure spirits with a fiddle). What I did see was a picture of the South that felt so real I could practically taste it. From the setting which Erica Waters describes masterfully, to the characters who seemed like they could be my estranged cousins—this book FELT as Southern as red beans and rice, or my grandma’s chicken n dumplins.
Another thing I loved about this book was the writing. There were lines I read and reread, wrote down and just let sit because the author has this way of tearing your heart out a line by line. By the last ¼ of the book I was blasting through it because I NEEDED to know what was going to happen. There was even an early chapter where I got to the end and whispered a swear word out loud in a waiting room.
Honestly, this book has so many good qualities I could shout about them all day, but this newsletter can only be so long. Ultimately you should add it to your Goodreads and pre-order lists if you love ghost stories, Southern Gothic, queer rep, and something that can give you all this AND pull at your heartstrings… you need this book.
GHOST WOOD SONG comes out July 21st, 2020 - you can add it to your Goodreads here or preorder here.