Thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for the complimentary ARC. All opinions provided are my own.
Books with lots of magic or just a hint of it are things I seek out & I’ve long been a fan of Sarah Addison Allen’s swoony & magic-tinged fiction with romantic elements. So I’m sad to say that Allen’s upcoming release Other Birds unfortunately doesn’t work for me.
This book takes place on Mallow Island, a beloved place immortalized in a famous piece of literature authored by a now-semi-reclusive writer. There’s a set of condos on the island where various people & ghosts—the narrators of the book—come together to live & grow & eventually solve a mystery or two.
Featuring a couple of twists, a unique Southern setting, & found family, Other Birds also has Allen’s distinctive voice. I love how she renders the world full of possibility.
But the stories never fully come together for me in a way that’s moving. The characters feel somewhat flat for me & I was never fully invested in the story.
I’ll look forward to more books by the author in the hopes that I’ll love them more but this one isn’t a fave.
2.5 ⭐️. Release date: 09/13.
Give me that HEA, please.
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