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Burn Our Bodies Down

3.58  ·  Rating details ·  7,045 ratings  ·  2,132 reviews
Ever since Margot was born, it's been just her and her mother. No answers to Margot's questions about what came before. No history to hold on to. No relative to speak of. Just the two of them, stuck in their run-down apartment, struggling to get along. But that's not enough for Margot. She wants family. She wants a past. And she just found the key she needs to get it: A ph ...more
Paperback, 352 pages
Published July 7th 2020 by Delacorte Press.
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Nilufer Ozmekik
Jan 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Check out my instagram to see my dance moves with this book! 💃🏻📚😂

I’m seeing the stars! THIS IS…. THIS BOOK… THIS STORY… THI…TH…T… I lost the words! Please somebody tell me my lines! Oh boy, weklcjoj4ffejewoi! Oh no, I lost my cognitive skills! I lost my brain! I lost my mind! I lost my mouth! Oh no, how can drink wine without my mouth? Who is talking now? Did I become a ventriloquist? WHAT THE HELL I JUST READ!!!

I carry three heads right now! I hold something in my hands: a secret recipe of the
Dec 10, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: queer
"It's not love, to give your wounds to someone else."

Rory Power is carving out that space for gritty, haunting, and disturbing, sapphic YA and I love to see it.

I can't tell you what expectations I had for this book but they were met. This cover exudes brittle, burning heat amongst other, darker feelings and I must say that not many covers hit the nail on its head like that. I still can't say that I love the cover - it looks muted and flat? - but it's genius in its own way.

I'm not going to say mu
Jul 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sapphic-read
daph pink ♡
It's been 4 hours since I completed the book and I am still lying on the floor and my mind is racing , it's endlessly racing in spirals and flames!

1. Did I liked the book?
no, well idk it was stupid at times but honestly idk.

2. Was it weird?
The weirdest y/a mystery I have ever read , it was not only weird but at times stupid too with its lame plot points and illogical conversations and turns.

3. How about the characters?
I think they were MEDICORE I didn't connected with them but I think w
**3.5-stars rounded up**

I feel like one of the few people left in the YA book world that has yet to read Wilder Girls. I own it, of course. I mean, have you seen the cover!?

I have even added it to numerous TBRs since its release, but still haven't picked it up.

When I received an early copy of Rory Power's second novel, Burn Our Bodies Down, I was shocked and elated.

I couldn't wait to pick it up and then, I just didn't. Long story short, I am a horrible reviewer, but if you read my reviews, you
Chelsea Humphrey
"If it be possible, let this cup pass from me; nevertheless, not as I will, but as thou wilt."
-Matthew 26:39

WOOF. Gather round, children, and listen to the tale of how my most highly anticipated YA release of 2020 ended up being a flippity flop of epic proportions. (Obviously this is a biased opinion, and one woman's trash is another's treasure, so please check out all the positive reviews as mine remains clearly in the minority thus far.)

I've been sitting here for two days trying to organize m
ELLIAS (elliasreads)

This book didn’t make any fucking sense.
I feel so stupid after reading this.

More like a 2.5 STARS.
Irena BookDustMagic
I LOVED, LOVED, LOVED this book.
Burn our bodies down is a masterpiece!!

It reminded me of Children of the Corn (Movie series) so much with the very similar atmosphere and small town vibe (and corn), but the story was very different and oh my God, it was soooo good.

I have to admit that it wasn't the love at first sight.
The writing style was great, and it kept me reading and reading (plus I loved Power's debut Wilder Girls), but Margot was not the character I would root for, and her reading about h
Tucker  (TuckerTheReader)
[11/13/2019] - this cover is pretty but it doesn't even come close to Wilder Girls' cover


i'd like to see them try to make a prettier cover than Wilder Girls

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Kelli Wilson
One might say: There are different levels of different.

Read this book and you might say: Out of the box that is within a circle.

Just let that sync in. Go ahead, take a minute. Read it again.

Out of the box that is within a circle.

Now follow the number trail down. You will get it at the end.






And Snap! Now you have all the answers! It all makes sense, right?

I can come up with a fancy looking phrase and dress up the experience, but if it is gibberish, it is still just gibberish no matter
Amy Imogene Reads
Fires, secrets, mothers and daughters, the ties that bind and the ties that break, and sinister overtones come out to play in Rory Power's tour de force sophomore novel.

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

Margot and her mother could be sisters, they look so much alike. Margot doesn't see this as a compliment. Her relationship with her mother, Jo, is anything but sister-like—it is one of flight, fight, and fear. Margot's mother has been running from something all of Margot's l
Chelsea (chelseadolling reads)
I went into this one with pretty low expectations because Wilder Girls didn't really work for me, but somehow I still came out of it feeling disappointed. This had all the makings of a book I should love: queer characters, rural small-towns, strained mother/daughter relationships, but something about this really just didn't click for me. I feel like I never really got to know the main character, which kept me from bonding to her or the story or honestly caring about anything that happened. I ...more
Jun 14, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley, 2020
Well this one definitely threw me for a loop. I‘ll admit I was pretty cocky and thought I knew exactly where this book was headed, but even when I was on the right track, I got the degree very, very wrong. At one point when I was maybe halfway through reading I commented on Chelsea’s status update that I was “waiting for everything to go off the rails”, and through time and space Rory Power HEARD me and decided to grant me that request. Be careful what you wish for, y’all!!

The story starts with
Jan 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of Dark Places and Sharp Objects
One of my top 10 books of 2020!

Thank you to NetGalley and Random House Children’s Books for providing me with an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

I was hesitant to request this one, given the mixed reviews of Rory Power’s debut novel, Wilder Girls, which I haven’t read. Now I’m considering giving it a try, because this book? This book is a masterpiece. The older I get, the harder it is for me to find young adult fiction that still appeals to me, and I feel a little giddy every time I get to
Rory Power
Oct 04, 2019 added it  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
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3 Stars

Margot is a seventeen years old girl who lives with her mother in a small town. They are isolated and she doesn’t know any of her family members, she even doesn’t know about her father. And whenever she asks her mother about them, she shuts her down. So after finding a trace of her grandmother, she decides to take the matter in her own hands and go after her lineage. She runs away from home but after she finds her Grams something feels wrong, but what?

Burn Our Bodies Down was my first rea
Jul 28, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arcs, audiobook
3.5 stars!

This was such an interesting read.

Burn Our Bodies Down is my first Rory Power and it was really surprising. I don't read as much YA as I used to, but the thought of YA Horror was very appealing to me and that's why I requested the audiobook from NetGalley.

This starts with Margot living with her mother, and they have an unstable relationship. When Margot discovers that she has a grandmother, she escapes town and goes to her grandma's farm. Coincidentally, the plantation is burning w
Elle (ellexamines)
okay but am i the only one who sort of likes this cover
Yo what the fuck did I just read??

I was provided a finished copy of this book for review by Underlined. All thoughts are my own.

Content Warnings: emotional abuse by parental figure, violence, death, gore, teen pregnancy

I have never in my entire experience of reading YA read anything like this book. I mean I'm still genuinely attempting to figure out where Rory Power got this whole idea/concept from. I'm going to try to write this review in the most concise manner because I don't want to spoil
destiny ♡⚔♡ [howling libraries]
This was legitimately incredible. Such a wild, strange, eerie ride and I loved every moment of it. RTC
Nov 02, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
The first thing I will admit in this review was I was not a huge fan of Wilder Girls. Now you may ask so why pick up Burn Our Bodies Down by Rory Power? Well, again, this young adult horror sounded really good so I figured I would give the author another shot as I did find some things I liked and that I thought had potential.

Burn Our Bodies Down introduces readers to Margot. Margot has spent her young life in the care of her mother, or is that caring for her mother? Regardless, as soon as Margot
Oct 19, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I had no idea what was happening throughout most of this book but I had a thoroughly good time reading it!
Hannah Greendale
Aimless and detached from start to finish.
Lucy Tonks
Oct 11, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mysteries
"There is a stranger with my face"

What the hell just happened? This was book full of so many twists and so many mindblowing moments and I cannot believe what I just read. I won't like, I think I prefer Wilder Girls to this book, but it still and amazing and twisted book and I cannot wait to read more books by Rory Power.

In this book we follow Margot as she wants to learm more about her family. Ever since she was born, it's just been her and her mother. Nobody else, just them. But one day, she f
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Thank you NetGalley and Delacorte Press for this ARC. All thoughts and opinions are mine.

How to keep a fire burning.
How to stitch a fight up until it's only a scar.
That's the kind of thing you learn with a mother like mine.
Mostly, though, you learn how to be loved without proof.

A book lover often has a difficult time reading the books that they're interested in. Just when the opportunity arrives to finally dive into that story you've been wan
Olivia (Stories For Coffee)
Well. That was a book I read...
Aug 04, 2021 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
What the hell did I just read? I seriously don't know how to write a review on this severely dark, bizarre and unrealistic story. Sometimes that can make a story great, but for me this one just didn't set well for me. I'm most likely an outlier on this one. This book has many good reviews, so if you are considering reading this, maybe check out those reviews.
Margot is seventeen years old and it has always just been her and her mother. No other family. Her mother and her have an odd relationship
Drew's ambitious reading
Is july going to have a lot of five star reads? This was my first book by the author and I really want to read wilder girls now! Super creepy and loved it soo much! Also thanks to netgalley and Delacrorte press for sending me an e-arc of this and sorry for the late mini review!(:
Cortney LaScola - The Bookworm Myrtle Beach
While I didn't enjoy Burn Our Bodies Down nearly as much as Wilder Girls, I still thought it was a decent book.

I could have done without Margot's constant internal monologue analyzing EVERYTHING everyone said and did. It made the book feel really repetitive, and it just made me annoyed with her character. I wish the author had taken all of that and expanded on the mystery instead. The last 75 pages were great, but I wanted so much more.

Still a solid 3, but considering how much I loved Wilder Gir
Sofii♡ (A Book. A Thought.)
“I am supposed to be quiet, I am supposed to be good, but I was born at war and I can only keep from fighting for so long.”

WOW, this book, guys, was everything I wanted and more. I can already say that it will not be a book for everyone, I'm sure there will be many polarities of opinions and they'll all be super valid, but I'm happy to be part of those people who have loved it. I adore the author's style, it really resonates a lot with my soul, I adore how atmospheric this book is, a
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Rory Power grew up in New England, where she lives and works as a crime fiction editor and story consultant for TV adaptation. She received a Masters in Prose Fiction from the University of East Anglia, and thinks fondly of her time there, partially because she learned a lot but mostly because there were a ton of bunnies on campus.

She is represented by Daisy Parente at Lutyens & Rubinstein and Ki

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