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Sawkill Girls

3.68  ·  Rating details ·  15,856 ratings  ·  3,596 reviews
Beware of the woods and the dark, dank deep. He’ll follow you home, and he won’t let you sleep.

Who are the Sawkill Girls?

Marion: the new girl. Awkward and plain, steady and dependable. Weighed down by tragedy and hungry for love she’s sure she’ll never find.

Zoey: the pariah. Luckless and lonely, hurting but hiding it. Aching with grief and dreaming of vanished girls. Maybe
Hardcover, 447 pages
Published October 2nd 2018 by Katherine Tegen Books
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Riley Clark It has to be Marion, she's described as dark-haired and gray-eyed, and that fits the cover. …moreIt has to be Marion, she's described as dark-haired and gray-eyed, and that fits the cover. (less)
Emily I have not read this book yet, but I don't think it's a rip off of Wilder Girls, seeing as it was published first.…moreI have not read this book yet, but I don't think it's a rip off of Wilder Girls, seeing as it was published first.(less)

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chai ♡
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Elle (ellexamines)
“Screw that book,” said Val. “It was written by men.” She held out her free hand to Marion. “We’re rewriting it.”

First of all, if you wanted to see a Buzzfeed Unsolved investigation into this book, yes, that exists, and there aren't even spoilers. Second of all, this book was a freaking masterpiece and I need you all to read it.

Sawkill Girls is a book about not being your parent’s mistake, the deep and long-lasting effects of trauma and loss, and the repression of grief we all go th

ARC provided by the publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.

“Decades of dead girls. Poor girls and rich girls. Black and brown and white girls. All of them Sawkill girls.”

Sawkill Girls is going to be such an amazing, atmospheric, spooky Halloween read for so many. The start of this book was phenomenal, and the first half was five star worthy in my opinion. I just, didn’t love the ending of this, but I think many of you will. And overall, I completely recommend this,
megs_bookrack ((is traveling for turkey))
A girl with incredible strength. A girl who can vanish.
A girl who burns.
There are always three.

When Marion moves to Sawkill Rock, an island off the coast of Massachusetts, she is hoping it will be a place for her mother, sister and herself to recover and rebuild.

After the unexpected death of her father, things have been really tough. Marion was left to hold the family together; a weighty responsibility for any teen.

Once on island, it doesn't take long for Marion to realize Sawkill isn't
Kayla Dawn
Nov 04, 2018 rated it it was ok
Okay. That was disappointing.

This had so much potential and I actually really loved the first third/half.
But it went so hardcore downhill after that.. I don't even really know what to say.

It evolved from a creepy, creative story with great, diverse characters to a way overdone, rushed, man hating mess.
I was so excited for the female empowerment (and I really really loved all the diversity!) but that quickly turned into painting men as the most evil beings on this planet.

I have a few quotes fo
It took me two months to read this book.

For two months, I floundered through this. For two months, I forced myself through in eight page chunks. For two months, the Kindle for Mac application was open on my laptop, with the ebook version of this existing somewhere among, like, eighteen podcasts and four tabs with Twitter open and a sh*t ton of articles about obscure pop culture tidbits.

In short: It took me two months to get through this and I almost couldn’t do even that.

There are some books tha
destiny ♡ howling libraries
This is one of those reviews that I had to sit on for a while, because I had so many things I wanted to say about this book, and I just couldn’t quite figure out how to condense them into anything even remotely resembling a sensible length of review. Sawkill Girls is being marketed fairly heavily as horror, but it’s fabulism, too, with a world so gorgeously complex that I can’t ever quite determine if I adore it or am terrified of it.

Come for a while, reads the sign at Sawkill’s ferry dock, a
Chelsea (chelseadolling reads)
Jan 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
Y’all, this book was legitimately terrifying at certain points and I LOVED IT SO MUCH. It wasn’t a completely perfect book (hence the 4 stars), but it was so dark and whimsical and dark and queer and DID I MENTION DARK? AND QUEER? Fuck y’all this was so good. SO GOOD!
may ➹
nothing will ever match the raw wlw power of a girl betraying an ages-old powerful demon because of her crush on a girl
chan ☆
Mar 13, 2020 rated it it was ok
this is one of the hardest books i’ve read lately because the concept is VERY cool but i just... didn’t connect with it at all. didn’t like any of the characters and didn’t really care what happened to any of them :/
Jessi ❤️ H. Vojsk [if villain, why hot?]

Little fairy girl, skipping down the sea
Little fairy girl, pretty as can be
Who is the fellow with the bright clean grin?
Do you want, fairy girl, to weave a spell for him?

Story ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
When Marion, her mother and her sister arrive in Sawkill they hear about the missing girl, Thora.
They hear about the strange and creepy forest full of darkness and danger.
They meet Zoey who hates Val Mortimer more than anyone and anything, because Zoey is sure that Val has something to do with the disappea
Virginia Ronan ♥ Herondale ♥
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”Beware of the woods and the dark, dank deep.
He’ll follow you home and won’t let you sleep.”

Trigger warnings: (view spoiler)

This sounds like the perfect horror book, right? Well, yes and no. “Sawkill Girls” is one of those books that have a rather deceiving blurb and when I read the summary I
 ••Camila Roy••
RATING: 2.75 rounded up to 3/5

Let me start by saying that I LOVE horror. Spooky, creepy and bizarre is my aesthetic. Supernatural shows are my thing; I can't get enough of them. So, when I read this book's synopsis I was definitely intrigued. Plus, Claire Legrand is the author (she wrote Furyborn, one of my favorite books of the year).

As it turns out, Sawkill Girls wasn't for me. I considered raising my rating just for the sake of being polite. I didn't want other people to get discouraged fro
Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin

I really have anything to say. I loved Grayson. Don’t ask me questions. Read it yourself. Oh, and I still love the cover 😉 The end!!

Mel 🖤🐶🐺🐾
Drcong O '
Hi. I'm a liar and said I would write a review but I'm too lazy so I'll just say this:

There was some bird box type shit goin on at some point in this book and I WAS HERE FOR IT!!! G i r l s came together to fight off evil monsters and developed such beautiful relationships with each other and skakskfjskdjdj it was so pure and beautiful and I love.

Also, there's asexual (I think that's the correct term? Or was it ace? I forgot it's been over a month) representation and gay girls!!!!!! I was so ha
May 13, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
“Why do the monsters eat girls?” she asked at last. Her voice sounded small.
When Marion didn’t answer, Zoey turned on her side to face her. “Marion?”
“Because,” Marion answered, looking beyond Zoey to the sea, “when a predator hunts, it seeks out the vulnerable. The desperate.”
Zoey’s laugh was bitter. “Oh, and we poor delicate girls are vulnerable and desperate, is that what you’re saying?”
“What I’m saying,” Marion said, now looking right at Zoey, her gray eyes bright, “is that girls hunger
Trina (Between Chapters)
Enjoyed the creepiness, the quick pacing, the girl power, and the individual girls. Got a little weird at the end.

Audio: To be fair, the narrator's solo performance deserves 5 stars. She carried it all on her own, doing creepy voices when needed. But I couldn't help thinking the entire time that this book truly deserved the production treatment that And the Trees Crept In's audiobook was given - sounds, music, and actual voice distortion - because this story had a similar tone. So while it was e
Cece (ProblemsOfaBookNerd)

This book is a masterclass in setting up characters and plot while also constantly raising the stakes and writing compelling arcs. I can’t believe this was one book, holy hell the skill involved in writing this.
Nenia ✨ I yeet my books back and forth ✨ Campbell

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DNF @ 18%

There's been an increase in horror novels being targeted at young women and I'm super into that, because they tend to be less focused on gore and more on psychological and atmospheric elements, which are the two things that I really love in my horror stories when I choose to read them. It's more Gothic and less, you know, splatterpunk.

I've read four such books pretty recently. WHAT BIG TEETH, WILDER GIRLS, HOUSE OF HOLLOW, and n
✨    jami   ✨
does anyone else feel like YA fantasy has been kinda dropping the ball lately? Because I'm here to report yet ANOTHER one has let me down and I don't know who to blame at this point.

“Beware the woods and the dark, dank, deep. He'll follow you home, and he won't let you sleep.”

Sawkill Girls is a fantasy horror set on Sawkill Island - where an unusual and alarming amount of young girls go missing without a trace. No bodies, no word, no clues. When Zoey's best friend becomes the next missing
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"Beware of the woods and the dark, dank deep.

He’ll follow you home, and he won’t let you sleep."

🌟 To do this book right I have to admit that I went into it not expecting a horror story and by no means it was one. But I was checking GR and searching online and I saw many readers listed it as a horror book but Edelweiss -Thanks for providing a copy in exchange of an honest review- did not, so my expectations kind of ch
Kai Spellmeier
Nov 27, 2019 added it
Shelves: queer, owned
“Or maybe, Zoey thought darkly, legends about monsters weren’t so funny when girls were actually dying.”

We all have these unread books that we've been making love eyes at for years but somehow still never got around to reading them. Books where we just somehow know we're gonna end up liking them. This was Sawkill Girls for me. It gave me This Darkness Mine and Wilder Girls vibes, two of my favourite books in recent years. Both were dark and gritty with complex, unlikeable female protagonists. Sa
alana ♡
Sep 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Drop everything and add this to your October TBR's immediately.

If you like creepy, atmospheric books with badass females that keep you on the edge of your seat then look no further than Sawkill Girls. Earlier this year I read Claire Legrand's novel Furyborn and loved it. From her writing, to her characters, to her world-building I was instantly sucked into the story. So, naturally when I came across that the author was coming out with a new YA Fantasy/Horror novel with LGBT+ rep I couldn't add i
Jun 29, 2020 rated it did not like it
“beware the woods and the dark, dank, deep
he’ll follow you home, and he won’t let you sleep.”

a modern young adult horror about three teenage girls on an island who grapple with death, grief, loss… and an ancient being that’s been violently snatching away young girls.

i’ll be honest: this book was not for me.

the premise, set-up and themes all sounded like it would be right up my alley; a feminist take on a stephen king IT kind of story? perfection. but unfortunately i couldn’t get ove
Lea (drumsofautumn)
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This is such a strange little book and I had a hard time getting into it. I almost DNFed it, not because I thought it was bad but because I felt it wouldn't be for me. And the setting and storyline really wasn't for me.
But at its core this story is about feminism, female friendship, and love and it made me super emotional.

“Girls hunger. And we're taught, from the moment our brains can take it, that there isn't enough food for us all.”

Let's talk about diversity!
Oct 28, 2018 rated it liked it
3.5 stars. There is a mix of genres going on in this one book. At times, it was exhilarating while at times, it was also frustrating. Overall, I did enjoy the ride and the ending.
Oct 10, 2019 rated it liked it
“Theirs was not a world that was often kind to women.”

I read the Sawkills Girls for the Goodreads Ladies of Horror Fiction discussion.

Sawkill Girls is the story of three teenage girls who come together to face an ancient evil. It’s also about friendships and families and duty and the daily aches and pains and confusion that teenagers face.

Marion, her sister and her mom have relocated to Sawkill to start a new life after the death of the girls’ father. Sawkill is an isolated place inhabited by m
Sep 15, 2018 marked it as to-read
The cover is phenomenal.
Karima chermiti

Actual rating : 2.5 stars

What could I say about this one, I don’t know, I’m deeply confused? I can’t seem to be able to make up my mind about this book and honestly it’s annoying me. This book belongs to that area when I don’t love a book and I don’t hate it either, I feel no attachment to it and yet it’s stuck on my mind. But to be fair, it’s stuck in my mind because of all of the weird shit that was happening and wasn’t properly explained. It felt like a vision or a dream sequence. It was odd.
Ellen Gail

“With prose as fierce and uncompromising as its three main characters, SAWKILL GIRLS is a fresh and unflinching exploration of female friendship wrapped in a spine-tingling page-turner. Claire Legrand doesn’t hold back--and you won’t be able to put this book down.”
-- Courtney Summers

She resisted the urge to run her hands over her own arms, torso, face, just to make sure it was all there. It was magnificent, this body - not because it was beautiful and strong, though it was, but because it wa
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Claire Legrand used to be a musician until she realized she couldn’t stop thinking about the stories in her head. Now she is a New York Times bestselling author of darkly magical books.

Her first novel is THE CAVENDISH HOME FOR BOYS AND GIRLS, one of the New York Public Library’s 100 Titles for Reading and Sharing in 2012. She is also the author of THE YEAR OF SHADOWS, a ghost story for middle grad

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