Our story begins on a frosty night…
Laylee can barely remember the happier times before her beloved mother died. Before her father, driven by grief, lost his wits (and his way). Before she was left as the sole remaining mordeshoor in the village of Whichwood, destined t ...more
lmao i forgot to come back and give this an actual review, so here i am like 6 months later.
Tbh I don't remember much but I know that I loved Laylee and the writing was atmospheric and beautiful as always, but I couldn't really tell what this was trying to do. Some of the plot and setting elements just seemed slightly too much at arm's length to really comprehend but it was glossed over quickly. Despite the insanity of the world, its hyperbolic nature is reminiscent of classic children' ...more
Infant snow drifted down in gentle whorls, flakes as large as pancakes glinting silver as they fell. Shaggy trees wore white leaves and moonlight glimmered across a glassy lake. The night was soft and all was slow and snow had hushed the earth into a deep, sound slumber and oh, winter was fast approaching.
This book was amazing!
Laylee is a mordeshoor, the last one in the village. Things happened with her mother and father and she is the only one left to tend to the dead. She bathes the dead ...more
A morbidly curious tale, in which thirteen-year-old Laylee's profession is washing corpses, the narrator excessively breaks the fourth wall to explain the story, and Alice from Furthermore makes an appearance to impart the "healing power of friendship."
Whichwood is the second book in the Furthermore Series. The first novel, Furthermore, is categorized as middle-grade, while Whichwood - strangely - has ...more
➸ It's dark but somehow not grim? IDK either, ok, I just am going with it. The entire premise is Laylee taking care of de ...more
Just like Furthermore, Whichwood is magical with lyrical writing that ensnares readers from beginning to end. Along with the lyrical writing, I loved the Persian fantasy elements interwoven throughout the novel. It's hard to find Persian fantasy elements done so well and I cherish this book dearly.
Laylee, along with Alice and Oliver from Furthermore, go on a magical journey of self discovery. The world building was ama ...more
There were some things I really enjoyed. I liked the children's powers especially the new girl Laylee. She's this fantasy world's version of a mortician, and it was cool to see how much respect she had for bodies and the process of death. I thought the descriptions of the world did the story justice and helped create a more charming feel. I enjoyed the messages of not standing in your own way to happiness and success. And I thought the message of helping others in good faith as oppos ...more
This tale, much like Furthermore, was equal parts whimsical, beautiful, magical, eerie and disturbing. Sadly, that wasn’t enough to save this book for me.
When I first read Furthermore, back in 2016, I wasn’t exactly a huge fan of it. The writing was truly magical and completely immersive, but it was a tad bit overwhelming. ...more
I did a full review of this on my youtube channel (which you can watch here).
I enjoyed this for the most part but am concerned with some of the content for young readers. Yes, it deals with the dead, but it does go into describing the gross details at times. On top of that, it describes the "darkness" in Laylee, and the depression and anger and hate that comes along with being unwanted. I'd hate to know that there are kids who can relate to that, but I know that there are. So while so ...more
- so this is not for people who could easily get their heart broken if they witness the sufferingS of another especially a child.
- if you do ...more
Honestly there was nothing not to love in this book!
I didn't ever love Laylee and while I liked Ben, Alice and Oliver and Laylee enough the buddi ...more
There is so much to love about this book, yet I often found myself bored and just overall didn't love it like I loved Furthermore. I'm pretty sad about it since I went in thinking it would be a 5 star read. There was so much to love, yet a few things were off (e.g. I wish the world was built further/explained more).
What's to love:
- The characters, especially LAYLEE
- THE WRITING (completely atmospheric and delicious)
- How dark it is
- The cover (lol. BUT LOOK AT IT!! <3)
Overall, I defini ...more
Maybe it was not naiveté, but suffering, that inspired kindness. Maybe, she thought, it was pain that inspired compassion.
(and this is only one (1) of the quotes I could include in here)
Something to listen to while reading this ♥
This had such a different vibe than Furthermore but also such a similar, heartwarming feeling to it. Unlike the colourful world where everything was possible we met in the first book, in this one, the reader finds themselves in a frozen village where the last ...more
Edited, after Reading it :
Brilliant! Brilliant! Brilliant! That's what I keep repeating whenever I read one of Tahereh Mafi books. And Whichwood, companion to Furthermore, had me impressed in every page. Despite being about a little a girl who washes dead people as a profession, it's a book that can be read by all ages and they will all find something to relate to. Once you delve into the book, you'll find a lot of important notions that are subtly dealt with. The book is wr ...more
This was soooo good!! I mean... Tahereh wrote it i think that's enough.
However, it's definitely falsely targeted and YA would've been more suitable than middlegrade.
I also haven't read Furthermore because i felt like it was "too cheery and colorful?" idk but whichwood gave me the right amount of dark vibes that suited my current mood, and i didn't feel like i missed anyth ...more
Even though I knew it was about ‘a girl who washes dead bodies’, I didn’t expect what I got. It was morbid, fascinating, heart-breaking, sweet, rich and somewhat disturbing. Scratch that, it was a LOT disturbing.
It’s like getting a nicely wrapped present that also fortunately, happens to have something you actually wanted. WIN.
There is no respite from the dark and disturbing things, it starts that way and ends that way and your heart is literally hurting all the way through. I didn’t like Furthe ...more
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