Have you ever had a dream where the setting transitions with no warning whatsoever and that one guy from the grocery store is sitting at your kitchen table and it all seems totally normal? And as soon as you wake up you realize nothing makes any sense? That's what reading All Our Pretty Songs is like. It reads like a dream and only after finishing can you take yourself out of it.
I read this in the middle of a bright 90 degree day with the sun shining and birds chirping, yet I had a storm raging in my head and heart while reading. It is hauntingly beautiful and poetic. At the same time, my heart broke into millions of pieces at the utter strength of our narrator's love and her inner turmoil at balancing her love for her best friend and boyfriend. The end of this book had an awesome paranormal twist that brought the entire story full circle (think Greek mythology).
The only thing that held me back from a higher rating is the over-written blocks of text that is chalk full of overly written similes and inner prose.
This is a story about love, but not the kind of love you think. You’ll see…
In the lush and magical Pacific Northwest live two best friends who grew up like sisters: charismatic, mercurial, and beautiful Aurora, and the devoted, watchful narrator. Each of them is incomplete without the other. But their unbreakable bond is challenged when a mysterious and gifted musician named Jack comes between them.
His music is like nothing I have ever heard. It is like the ocean surging, the wind that blows across the open water, the far call of gulls.
Suddenly, each girl must decide what matters most: friendship, or love. What both girls don’t know is that the stakes are even higher than either of them could have imagined. They’re not the only ones who have noticed Jack’s gift; his music has awakened an ancient evil—and a world both above and below which may not be mythical at all. We have paved over the ancient world but that does not mean we have erased it.
The real and the mystical; the romantic and the heartbreaking all begin to swirl together in Sarah McCarry's brilliant debut, carrying the two on journey that is both enthralling and terrifying.
And it’s up to the narrator to protect the people she loves—if she can.