Hey readers! I hope you all have started school or work off well. I, personally, am starting fall traditions early because it is never too early. That means I will be spending a lot of time I don’t have tomorrow baking a vegan apple pie. Watch out for that recipe.
I have set myself the mission of improving your Tuesday a little bit because I love y’all and you deserve it. House of Ash starts being sold today, and I am recommending this as a fellow reader and a critic. That is not light praise.
House of Ash by Hope Cook is a supernatual, time-twisting, horror, thriller mania. It escalates beautifully from the first page to the last word. You will physically be unable to put this book down. I, myself, am writing this at 1:02 am after a three hour bout of “just one more chapter.”
House of Ash starts as a pretty inconspicuous victorian-age girl power story. Until 50 pages in. Cook has masterful control over tension and plot that starts by lulling you into the false idea that you can predict what comes next.
Mila is an 1890s, horse named Diablo-loving, big sister. She would give anything to protect her sister Wynn from their rages of their socialite mother. On board a ship to the estate of her fiance, things seems conflicted but not sinister.
That is until a stolen mirror throws the house into turmoil and Mila’s mother goes missing.
At the same time, a boy one hundred years in the future finds himself strangely drawn to a place in the woods. Curtis starts hearing voices and goes on a research quest to find out what actually happened at the Gravehearst estate and who burned it down. Meanwhile, his life is fracturing as his mentally ill father becomes an ever greater threat to him and his sister’s livelihoods.
A century ago, Mila starts to see Curt through the mirrors of the old, labrynthian house. A century later, Curtis sees her too.
As both determined teenagers race to uncover the secrets of the sinister Deemus bloodline and the Gravehearst mansion, they will face obstacles stretching through time and space separating them from happiness and each other.
Phew. There is so much I could say about this book. First, it covers issues of mental illness, parental abuse, and misogyny with the gravity they deserve. The characters are incredible. Curtis faces so much internal conflict, redeemed by his incessant effort to try and improve the lives of other people. He struggles with the weight of his father’s illness while trying to protect his sister. His relationship with his best friend Avi is strained, and yet he continues to work on it. Curtis is a darker character, tackling tough themes of self-hatred and loneliness. Mila is a stone-faced fireball. She is so steadfast and well-intentioned that you will keep turning pages just to see her.
The writing is notably beautiful and the plot filled with action and the classic good vs evil battle that we all love. I cannot recommend this book more highly and hope that you will choose to pick it up today on its worldwide inaguration!! You can get it here House of Ash
As usual, happy reading!