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Olivia Foster hasn’t felt alive since her little brother drowned in the backyard pool three years ago. Then Kara Hallas moves in across the street with her mother and grandmother, and Olivia is immediately drawn to these three generations of women. Kara is particularly intoxicating, so much so that Olivia not only comes to accept Kara's morbid habit of writing to men on de ...more
Hardcover, 272 pages
Published October 1st 2019 by AW Teen
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Nilufer Ozmekik
Oct 05, 2019 rated it liked it
No! No! Hell No! Take my 2.5 stars rounded up to 3 just for the beautiful cover and go somewhere else! I need to find another gothic, disturbing book for sake of my darkest taste!

Intriguing, chilling cover: Check!

Capturing, interesting, riveting blurb: Check!

Being a die-hard fan of magical realism and creepy, spooky stories: Check!

Introduction of Olivia’s story, drowned little brother, absent mother, drug induced ghostly mother and a new neighbors’ moving to next door (creepy grandma, creepier d
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Scarlett Readz and Runz....Through Novel Time & Distance
4.5 stars

I was death's sister.
She was murderer's daughter.


Olivia Foster, a high school student and the main character in this novel has lost her little brother in a drowning accident in the family pool three years earlier. Ever since she hasn't left the house much and the backyard has been off-limits.

In the working-class town where the Fosters live, everyone knows everyone and they all know that Olivia's mom stopped working and now relies on opiates to cope, that her dad is a workaholic and har
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C.G. Drews
This was a really aching story. It read as contemporary right up till the end, then there's some magical realism elements (to fit with the metaphors of grief and fate) that were both whimscially odd and mysterious. The entire book had an almost literary feel to it, and the aesthetic of a hot and sorrowful summer was so palpable. Olivia is lonely and grieving the death of her baby brother 3 years ago (which she feels responsible for) and a strange girl has moved in across the road to, essentially ...more
may ❀
ok i feel really dumb for not understanding this ending. there was a lot of creepy build up (and i really liked the creepy build up) for the ending to just fall flat.

i just.......i just don't understand what happened?? my three brain cells are screaming, someone explaIN

questions: (view spoiler)
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Yna the Mood Reader
Jun 07, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc
“You know when you’re awake really early in the morning and it’s just before dawn? And for a few moments, everything gets really, really still and really, really quiet, like the whole world is holding its breath for the sunrise? It was like that. Only the sun never rose.”


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📚 Series:  No.
📚 Genre: YA Paranormal-ish Fantasy.
📚 POV:  First person.
📚 Cliffhanger: No.

⚠ Content Warnings:  Grief. Death of a family member with graphic descriptio
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Amy Imogene Reads
2.75 stars

Magical realism mixed with grief and a dose of darkness, but ultimately not the read for me.

Atmosphere: ★★★★
Pacing: ★★★
Writing: ★★

Resurrection Girls is a study in grief and how it removes its subject from reality. With a dash of dark atmosphere mixed in.

Olivia Foster watches her life pass by with ambivalence. Her younger brother drowned several years ago, and the Foster family has never been the same since. Her dad is absent, her mother is addicted to prescription drugs, and Olivia t
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Caidyn (he/him/his)
I received this from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review!

CW: death of a sibling (past but described multiple times), descriptions of serial killers and what they do to victims, drug use, alcohol use, accidental overdose, and grief/loss

Guess what I did today? Read this book in one day while I cleaned skates at work. It was so damn enjoyable.

But enjoyable is the wrong word for this book. It's about a family who lost their youngest member of the family. Robby was three when he drowned in the
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Angela Staudt
Sep 22, 2019 rated it it was ok
I received an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

This was an odd and very dissatisfying book. The cover is spooky and beautiful and lured me in, but I am highly disappointed. The Resurrection Girls follows Olivia who is basically a shell of who she used to be since her little brother drowned in their backyard pool. Olivia’s parents both are grief stricken even years later and the whole family is just a thousand fractured pieces of what it used to be. A family moves in across the
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amanda
Aug 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was one of the hardest books I’ve read in a long time and I really don’t know how I managed to get through it without crying but every other line broke my heart and I felt the tragedy for the characters in a way that I don’t think I’ll be able to shake off for a long time.

Resurrection Girls is about loss. It’s about family trauma and how the aftermath permanently fractures relationships to the point that people blind themselves with pills and with magic potions so they do not have to feel,
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Shannon (It Starts At Midnight)
You can find the full review and all the fancy and/or randomness that accompanies it at It Starts at Midnight

I feel like everyone is sleeping on this book, and frankly, it's time to wake up. This is one of the most lovely, heart-wrenching books I have read in a long time. There were tears, but there was also hope and healing.

Olivia is losing herself in the grief and guilt over her little brother's death. This was hard for me to read about, I won't lie. Kids dying in books guts me, and this was
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karli
Sep 21, 2019 rated it did not like it
Shelves: arcs
1/5 stars!

ARC provided by Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

I'm still not exactly sure what I read, but I know it was not for me. Resurrection Girls was all over the place, with so many unlikeable characters and plot points that made me want to scream.

I was so frustrated by just the premise of the book. I requested it with genuine curiosity to the reason these high school girls may be writing to prisoners on Death Row. From the reviews, I expected to get the unexpected and really enj
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Patty (IheartYA)
Oct 09, 2019 rated it liked it
Not what I expected. This was dark and depressing. The story was simple, but it held the possibility to dive deeper, be more raw and vulnerable.
Jessica | Booked J
Dec 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
(4.5 stars) Blog | Twitter | Instagram | Review also found here at Booked J.

As always, a copy of this book was provided by the publisher or author in exchange for my honest review. This does not effect my opinion in any way.

Phew. This book, you guys. C.G. Drews said it best in her review: Resurrection Girls is truly an aching story. I don't think I could ever pick a better word than aching when it comes to describing this one. Aching.

The only runner up descriptive would be: Gothic. It fee
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Stacy Fetters
Oct 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
"It’s no longer the the loss of the person you mourn, but the loss of the haunt. And the absence is all that is left when you reach for your pain."

This brought up some memories from my past that I kind of forgot about. Kara and I had something in common and death wasn’t it. I’ve always wanted to write to certain people in prison. Well, mostly Manson but I could never bring myself to do so. (I know I’m weird, don’t judge) This brought back some of my teenage years and it was kind of bizarre, just
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Kitty Marie
Sep 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
I took one look at this book’s cover and was immediately pulled in. It embodies a sort of whimsical horror that is perfect in time for Halloween. Then we have the title- Resurrection Girls. I was expecting some kind of duo or squad who goes spirit-hunting. Even the somewhat heavier-sounding description of this title didn’t phase me into imagining this book as anything other than a light paranormal romp.

So anyway, this book is nothing like any of those above descriptions. Not even 5% of it is any
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Beth
Oct 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2019
** I was sent this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review **

I feel like the synopsis for this book is somewhat misleading, but in a great way. I thought I was just going into a book about writing to serial killers and dealing with grief. But that only scratched the surface for this book. In fact, there were times I forgot that was even part of the plot.

The writing was captivating and gave me chills. I felt uneasy at times, even when I wasn’t reading it. There were many twists and
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Celia McMahon
Jul 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Do you know the feeling when your world goes off of its axis? Things don't feel right. The sky doesn't look as blue. People talking sounds like it's muffled underwater. The wind is all wrong. That is how I felt after reading this book. I felt destroyed.

Thank you to Edelweiss and the publisher for the chance to review this title ahead of its release date.

This book seeps in grief. It follows Olivia and her parents three years after the accidental drowning of her three-year-old brother. We see them
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Carter Skye
Sep 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was beautifully written and utterly heartbreaking. It's all about grief and healing and it felt so personal to look into the lives of the people within this book. Though it was really hard to read, just because the subject matter is so dark, I couldn't put it down and I read the majority of it in one sitting.

The ending felt really rushed and I wish that the story behind Olivia's friend Kara and her family would have been explained at least a little. Things were easy to imply but I felt lik
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Chelsea
Jul 31, 2019 rated it really liked it
An odd blend of slight magical realism serving as an overarching metaphor for grief and moving on. Sometimes the writing read as a bit forced, but it's mostly impressive for a debut. Though I was unsatisfied with a few choices in terms of where the story went, Morgyn writes about loss in a heartfelt, reflective way that elevates the contents of the novel. An intriguing debut - 3 1/2 stars!
Brenna Clark
May 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Thanks so much to Edelweiss for the eARC of this book! I had expected a spooky read, but instead found a supernatural dissection of grief. It deals with very heavy subject matter in a respectful and real way; after reading the book I did some research on the author and found that she had lost one of her children, and she states in the afterword that she did not start this book as a victim of such loss, but she unfortunately found herself in its midst by the end. This is evident in the heart-wren ...more
Aly
Aug 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley, 2019
This book was definitely different from books I've read before and I was intrigued from the beginning. A family suffers a tragedy and stops living, consumed by their grief. That alone was enough to make me curious, but then a mysterious family made up only of women moves in across the street and I was hooked. There were a lot of questions and strange things going on in the book. Why are there no men in Kara's family? Why does Kara feel compelled to write to men on death row? I also enjoyed seein ...more
N.N. Light
This is a powerful book that is poignant, brings tears to the eyes and tells a tale that will reach a younger reader, all at the same time.



Already this author has been commended by others for the accurate portrayal of grief. I want to add something more to this.



The author does more than portray grief. Grief is portrayed in the complicated way that grief is. There is no one way a person is to grieve, and no person grieves the same way. Some choose to ignore the pain, some try to drown it in a
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Sheena ☆ Oh, the Sheenanigans!

"Resurrection Girls" is a heartbreaking tale about a family grieving the loss of their son and brother, and what led them to spiral out of control. The author was able to write the realism of death and what transpires after the fact, and that left me wanting more. To be honest I think I would've enjoyed the novel more if it was primarily focused on Olivia and and Kara (as a minor character obviously because she did irk me more times than I could count) story, and Prescott out of
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Catherine
Dec 07, 2019 rated it did not like it
Well, this was disappointing. It could have been a very good story, but unfortunately nothing worked for me. My first issue was the writing style, which is very personal for every reader and obviously worked very well for many others who loved this book. My second issue is that I didn't care as much as I should have about the terrible grief Olivia and her parents are going through. I was reading the story, but I wasn't "in" the story, I couldn't feel the emotions I'm expected to feel when dealin ...more
Julia Sapphire
DNF 40%

I was provided an e-arc via netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

Resurrection Girls is just one of those books I could not connect with whatsoever.
I don't think there is anything wrong with this book (hence the no rating) but
that it just was not for me.
Sarahi Flores
Oct 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
This story is about losing and moving forward. The main character, Olivia is just trying to move forward after the death of her baby brother. It’s pretty much a slow process of how her and her family move forward and how they all grieve differently. It’s sad and also fascinating on how Olivia befriends with a girl who she then helps the new girl, Kara, write letter to men on death row. Pretty morbid if you ask me yet that’s one of the main things that got me so interested from the book.

I found i
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Aftin Combs
Sep 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
In Resurrection Girls, we visit the Foster family and their all encompassing grief. A shake up of Kara and her matriarchal family moving in starts to awaken Olivia from her stupor. The Hallas women push Olivia head first into processing her trauma. This book made me sob and cut me to my soul. The emotions were palpable throughout the entirety. I wish the magical elements had been a bit more prominent as they don't really come up till the last act, but considering how much I enjoyed this book the ...more
Keiley (read_with_starlight)
Sep 21, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2019, arcs
This was such an interesting and unique story. There were a lot of elements that felt a little unnecessary, but over all it was enjoyable. Though it is a very sad book, it also shows that there can be life after loss. Not only does it show the absolute struggle of losing a sibling and a child, but it showed the characters clawing their way out of that horribly dark place, and that's so important. I definitely think this book is worth reading.
Kathryn Speckels (Metaphors and Miscellanea)
What a weird yet beautiful book. Review coming soon.
Heidi
Oct 21, 2019 added it
Shelves: dnf
Did Not Finish this one. Read 60%. I was put off by the cast of unlikable characters. I was also disgusted by the theme of the girls writing to convicts in prison for thrills and profit. Not for me.
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Ava Morgyn is a native Texan who grew up falling in love with all the wrong characters in all the wrong stories. She is a lover of crystals, tarot, and powerful women with bad reputations. She studied English Writing & Rhetoric at St. Edward’s University in Austin and currently resides with her family in Houston, where she lives surrounded by antiques and dog hair and writes a blog on child loss, ...more

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