Stay on the roads. Don’t enter the woods. Never go out at night.
Those are the rules in Rowan’s Glen, a remote farming community in the Missouri Ozarks where Ivy Templeton’s family has lived for centuries. It’s an old-fashioned way of life, full of superstition and traditions, and sixteen-year-old Ivy loves it. The other kids at school may think the Glen kids are weird, but Ivy doesn’t care—she has her cousin Heather as her best friend. The two girls share everything with each other—or so Ivy thinks. When Heather goes missing after a May Day celebration, Ivy discovers that both her best friend and her beloved hometown are as full of secrets as the woods that surround them.
THE MAY QUEEN MURDERS has such a beautiful cover! It’s perfectly eerie with a dash of beauty. It has a couple elements pivotal to the story being displayed, such as: the May Queen and the river.
The plot fell flat for me. For a mystery novel things didn’t really start happening until 50% into the story. And from that point things would get confusing and a bit jumbled in my opinion. And then the ending comes and the last section of the book is just filled with information and answers. Too much revealing all at once was overwhelming.
Besides the good chemistry between the characters, I really couldn’t care less about them. Heather came off conceited and self centered, Ivy was stuck in Heather’s shadow and would do anything for her even at the cost of her own happiness, and Rook felt like arm candy only. I couldn’t connect with a single one.
The romance was so steamy between Ivy and Rook that I had to take a break when it came to the intimate scenes. For a YA novel it was quite descriptive and I applaud Sarah Jude for not being afraid to depict sex in such a realistic way.
Jude’s writing style was eerily great. She is a fantastic story teller and leaves the reader wanting to know more.
The world was creepy to me. And not the good kind of creepy mysteries and thrillers I usually crave for. Everything about the old town life seemed off. A secluded community that only reacts with themselves and rarely lets outsiders in. The best way to compare it would be an Amish type village. No electricity, old fashioned clothing, and olden time ways of living.
Overall, I have pretty mixed feelings about THE MAY QUEEN MURDERS. On one hand the writing was fantastic, and on the other the characters and plot just fell a little flat for me.
Jesse is a 20 something college student/server and dwells in Toronto, Canada. He enjoys reading about fantastical worlds, listening to KPOP, and being a couch potato.
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