Out of Salem review Å 103

Hal Schrieve ´ 3 review

Out of Salem review Å 103 ☆ When genderueer fourteen year old Z Chilworth wakes from death after a car crash that killed their parents and sisters they have to adjust uickly to their new status as a zombie Always a talented witch Z can now barely perform magic and is rapidly decaying Faced with rejection from their remaining family members and old friendEmaining family members and old friends Z moves in with Mrs Dunnigan an elderly witch and befriends Aysel a loud would be goth classmate who is like Z a loner As Z struggles to find a way to repair the broken magical seal holding their body together Aysel fears that her classmates will dis. DNF 60%Thank you to Edelweiss for a copy of Out of Salem in exchange for an honest reviewI don't usually DNF books that I get to review; no matter how bad it is I try to stick with it until the end However with Out of Salem I felt myself dreading each time that I picked it up and it was starting to put me in a severe reading slump Because I'm DNF'ing it I will not be putting a star rating on this book nor will I be putting this review on my blogThere are definite pros to Out of Salem such as it's representation Z is a genderueer zombie Aysel is a lesbian werewolf It's those two aspects that originally sold me on this book I absolutely loved reading Z go by theythem pronouns because I feel that I haven't read many books with that rep Plus I'm always here for supernatural LGBT beings Another pro to Out of Salem is the fact that Virgina Woolf and Ernest Hemingway were apparently werewolves Silly things like that makes me extremely giddy As for the writing dialogue I just couldn't get into it but remember this is an advanced readers copy things can change There's just too much cringe the character development is so unbelievable tacky One of the characters Tommy tells Z a secret a character he practically just met goes I'm telling you this because I trust you I'm sorry what Thankfully Z responds with Don't trust me I don't even know you At least someone is making sense There are other conversations sprinkled throughout the book that made me want to drop this book a long time ago There's nothing that grasped my attention plot wise and character wise I didn't find myself getting attached or even caring about the characters; their personalities were very meh to me There are a lot of unnecessary scenes in this story that does absolutely nothing to push the story forwardI'm sure that there are going to be a lot of people who won't agree with me and this review if that's you I'm very happy that you enjoyed this book It just wasn't for me

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Cover her status as an unregistered werewolf When a local psychiatrist is murdered in an apparent werewolf attack the town of Salem Oregon becomes even hostile to monsters and Z and Aysel are driven together in an attempt to survive a place where most people wish that neither of them exist. Overall Out of Salem was an enjoyable and somewhat thought provoking urban fantasy The characters outshone everything else as Aysel and Z were instantly likable and interesting with little introduction needed Rating four lesbian selkie grandmasfiveFor fans of These Witches Don't Burn by Isabel Sterling The Past and Other Things That Should Stay Buried by Shaun David Hutchinson Carry On by Rainbow RowellFavorite uotes “There must be a great mystical beauty in being out at sea and waking and swimming in the surging waves watching the dawn” “It’s hard to leave a place until it’s literally killed you” “Z watched her and felt a burst of something bigger than love in the middle of their stomach”

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Out of SalemWhen genderueer fourteen year old Z Chilworth wakes from death after a car crash that killed their parents and sisters they have to adjust uickly to their new status as a zombie Always a talented witch Z can now barely perform magic and is rapidly decaying Faced with rejection from their r. God this book It started out SO STRONG and did not let up AT ALL until it was finished It was just A tour de force I want to shake the author and go YOU DID THIS HOW DID YOU DO THISZ's deadpan heh heh point of view and narration style worked perfectly for me They're exactly the kind of narrator I need when horrible events are being described because the plain and simple statements of 'what is' make the painful into factual and give a sense that it's another thing to take in stride Sort of like the internal voice I need when I'm in a crisis and I've gotta make myself believe that I can take things one step at a timeAnd trust me there's a lot of horrible things to get through You have to have a tough stomach for this book I'll give content warnings at the end there is a lot of body horror unsurprisingly given that the main character is a slowly decaying undead teen But if you can get through that you are rewarded with one of the most real heartwarming resolute stories of friendship and chosen family in the face of oppression that I have ever had the pleasure of readingI don't think I've ever seen political stuff regarding structural violence in a novel stick its landing uite so perfectly though take that with a grain of salt given that I'm not someone directly at risk for a lot of state violence and murder This narrative felt so real that while I was sympathizing with these fictional characters oppressed for both real world and fantastical reasons I felt as though I were reading about one of the myriad current day stories of resistance to fascism around the US Everything from the interpersonal struggles and disagreements of the anarchist werewolf group to the wildly varied range of reasons the rally attendees had for being there it all rang so trueI think it made a big difference that alongside magical oppression for fey werewolf etc ancestry the book specifically had both trans and nonbinary characters and characters of color and that fascism racism Islamophobia were addressed specifically on the page The monster ness of the characters was not simply a metaphor or stand in for these other oppressionsETA I forgot to mention a beautiful thread running through the book the uestion of personal responsibility especially within structures of power All the characters have to confront choices they've made the circumstances that forced and influenced those choices and decide how they want to act in the future When Aysel says to Z I would die for you it might sound like teen melodrama but it's also very real I especially love the book's exploration of the roles of parents caregivers and other adults in positions of authority variously failing or stepping up to the fullness of the role The latter when it happens is so powerful it legit had me weepingContent warnings graphic body horror homophobic racist and fatphobic bullying mentions of police violence and torture mentions of murder suicidal ideation mentions of past medical abuse arson