Hello hello and welcome or welcome back to my little bookish corner of the internet. Today I’m sharing my review of The Revelry, a YA mystery with a supernatural twist.
A story of best friends, bad luck and the consequences of breaking the rules in a town built on secrets and superstitions.
Growing up in Ember Grove, Bitsy Clark knows better than to break the rules around the Revelry, the mysterious end-of-year party in the woods. So when her best friend, Amy, persuades her to sneak in, Bitsy is full of misgivings.
Misgivings that she should have listened to, because it’s after the Revelry that Bitsy’s luck turns and her life starts to unravel. For Amy it’s the opposite, as if she’s been blessed with good fortune.
Soon Bitsy is convinced that the Revelry has tied the two friends together in a curse that only she can break…
Bitsy is an interesting protagonist in that you can’t quite fathom how you feel about her. Sometimes she’s highly relatable in how imperfect and utterly human she is, and sometimes her faults weigh high above her charms. I very much enjoyed this; especially when it comes to teenagers, we need to remember that humans are ever developing and changable in their moods and actions. Her friendship with Amy is impacted more than Bitsy would care to admit by people outside their relationship, and there’s a great moral to the story there.
As she slides further and further into the mysteries surrounding their small town, Bitsy becomes obsessed with finding answers that Amy is untroubled in seeking. This drives a wedge between them, but ultimately unites them too.
Curious and raw, and with moments that remind you of books like The Devouring Gray and House of Hollow, The Revelry is the perfect read for these last winter nights. Creeping and ever changing, you can never quite be sure what the next pages will bring.
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