Short Book Review: When the Moon was Ours by Anna-Marie McLemore

Title: When the Moon was Ours

Author: Anna-Marie McLemore

Publication Date: October 4th 2016

Format: ARC 

To everyone who knows them, best friends Miel and Sam are as strange as they are inseparable. Roses grow out of Miel’s wrist, and rumors say that she spilled out of a water tower when she was five. Sam is known for the moons he paints and hangs in the trees, and for how little anyone knows about his life before he and his mother moved to town.

But as odd as everyone considers Miel and Sam, even they stay away from the Bonner girls, four beautiful sisters rumored to be witches. Now they want the roses that grow from Miel’s skin, convinced that their scent can make anyone fall in love. And they’re willing to use every secret Miel has fought to protect to make sure she gives them up.


**I received this copy from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you very much! This doesn’t affect the review in any way. My opinions, as always, are my own.**

This was my most anticipated book of 2016 and I DNFd it. I say this with a heavy heart because McLemore’s first book, The Weigh of Feathers, is a book I’m always raving about and finding ways to stuff into any TTT post and ugh but don’t you hate it when this happens? You’re declaring this author one of your new favorite people and get so, so excited when you get accepted to review their new book and then boom, disappointment at its finest. I found the language hard to understand and the scenes hard to imagine and frankly? I think McLemore went a bit overboard with all that magical realism. The Weight of Feathers wasn’t like this and I couldn’t help thinking, what the hell went wrong? I love my magical realism and flowery writing and if you’re a constant reader here you’ll know that, but this? This was way too much.


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