Other Words For Smoke by Sarah Maria GriffinOther Words For Smoke by Sarah Maria Griffin

Other Words For Smoke

bySarah Maria Griffin

Hardcover | March 12, 2019

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Twins Mae and Rossa’s summer away from home becomes life altering when they discover a house full of witches, experience devastating first love, and face a dark power beyond any imagining.

Sarah Maria Griffin’s haunting and literary sophomore novel explores the balance between love and fear, weakness and power, and the lengths one will go to claim one’s freedom. For fans of Libba Bray’s The Diviners and Maggie Stiefvater’s All the Crooked Saints.

When the women from the house at the end of the lane went missing, none of the townspeople knew what happened. A tragedy, they called it. Only twins Mae and Rossa know the truth about that fateful summer.

Only they know about the owl in the wall, the uncanny cat, the insidious creatures that devour love and fear. Only they know the trials of loving someone who longs for power, for freedom, for magic. Only they know what brought everything tumbling down around them. And they’ll never, ever breathe a word.

With an unusual structure spanning five summers, intriguing characters, and a dark mystery, this uncommon novel will appeal to readers of Rin Chupeco’s The Bone Witch and Madeleine Roux’s House of Furies.
Title:Other Words For SmokeFormat:HardcoverProduct dimensions:352 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 1.13 inShipping dimensions:8.25 × 5.5 × 1.13 inPublished:March 12, 2019Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0062408917

ISBN - 13:9780062408914


Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great story This was an exciting story. It’s unique because it’s a mix of suspense, fantasy, and a little bit of horror. This story was unique in the narratives. The focus switched between characters. Most of it was written in third person, but when it switched to Bevan’s perspective it became second person. I’ve only read a short story written from the second person perspective, so this was new to me. In second person, the narrator speaks to “you.” Bevan was in an unusual position in the story, so it makes sense that she had an unusual narrative. The ending of the story was quite surprising. I loved the mix of horror and fantasy. There were a lot of magical elements, such as a cat who could talk and an owl who lived in the walls of the house. I think it has elements of horror too, in the way that the house’s layout would change, which disturbed the characters. I really liked this mix of genres. I loved this story! It’s a great, unique book. I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
Date published: 2019-04-08

Editorial Reviews

“Making use of horror tropes. . .Griffin combines the distasteful aspects and ordinary grubbiness of the human condition. . .with shadowy, unsettling hungers, mystical protective rituals, and unseen threats.”