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Burn Our Bodies Down

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From the author of the New York Times bestseller Wilder Girls comes a new twisty thriller about a girl whose past has always been a mysteryuntil she decides to return to her mothers hometown . . . where history has a tendency to repeat itself.

Ever since Margot was born, its been just her and her mother. No answers to Margots questions about what came before. No history to
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Expected publication: July 7th 2020 by Delacorte Press
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Nilufer Ozmekik
Jan 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Im seeing the stars! THIS IS. THIS BOOK THIS STORY THITHT 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 best mind bending novel Ive read lately.

Here is the formula: We have a
Aug 14, 2019 marked it as not-released-tbr
[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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Dec 10, 2019 marked it as desperate-to-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: queer
listen, I'm not saying this cover is ugly but Wilder Girls was the Mona Lisa of YA 2019 and...they should have at least tried

An ARC!!!! Delacorte Press, I love you beyond measure.
Thank you so much!!!!


Is it too early to be freaking the f* out over this?

Old farmhouse, corn fields, creepiness...say no more!
Jan 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of Dark Places and Sharp Objects
Thank you to NetGalley and Random House Childrens 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 Powers debut novel, Wilder Girls, which I havent read. Now Im 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 add a new book to my list of YA
Rory Power
Oct 04, 2019 added it  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
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Amy Imogene Reads
Dec 07, 2019 marked it as to-read
getting my arc request granted like: YESSSSS

putting in my arc request like: please?

Thank you to Random House Children's - Delacorte Press for an ARC of this title in exchange for an honest review.
Mar 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing

*thank you to Netgalley for providing this ARC*

Man, where does Rory Power get her ideas? This was SO weird and wonderful and magical but horrible all at the same time. No clue how one could ever properly explain this book to someone

Mlpmom (Book Reviewer)
This was...bizarre to say the very least, which isn't necessarily a bad thing but, I'm not sure all the craziness and weirdness completely worked for me. The writing was fabulous and I really did enjoy something original, especially in this genre so bonus stars for that.
Overall, not a bad story just different in ways both good and bad.

*ARC provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.*
Nov 13, 2019 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
hi holy fuck I am all the heart eyes for this cover
Jan 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2020
Thank you Random House Children's and Delacorte Press for an advance copy!

List of Trigger Warnings.

As someone who has never read Wilder Girls I went into this book with no idea of what to expect. This is not an easy story.

Margot's mother refuses to share any details of her upbringing leaving her with feeling completely shut out from her lineage. Jo is a negligent and frankly an abusive parent who is unable to connect with her daughter. As much as they love each other they have a tumultuous
Dec 07, 2019 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: anticipating
whoever is behind the covers of these rory power books deserves a medal.
Erin A. Craig
Mar 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Rory is a powerhouse among YA authors! Every sentence simmered with the most delicious horror!
ash | emeraldbookowl
Jan 29, 2020 marked it as i-need-2020
the reason we have this cover is because it would be impossible to create something as perfect as the wilder girls
Julia ✨
ARC provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
Feb 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Keep a fire burning. A fire is what saves you - thats what she always said. She tried and tried to tell me. This time Im finally listening.

Wow. I couldnt have asked for a better thriller! Perfect for admirers of Riley Sager, Burn Our Bodies Down is a superbly-crafted, spine-tingling novel of suspense about a teenager who learns about the evil lurking within the blood lines in her family history.

Its just you and me, 17-year-old Margots mother keeps on telling her, so when she stumbles upon a
♠ TABI ♠
Oct 12, 2019 marked it as to-read
all I hope for is a better resolution of an ending than her first book

yeah this cover is NICE but it's not the Louvre-worthy art of the first book
Celia McMahon
Feb 04, 2020 rated it liked it
Thank you to NetGalley for the e-galley.

Seventeen-year-old Margot leaves her mother in search of the family she's kept hidden. Clues lead her to a grandmother who harbors secrets of her own. Now in too deep, Margot must unravel her family's poisoned past and break the cycle.

Although I love Rory Power's writing, the story kind of dragged me down. The twists came too late and by that time nothing shocked me. I am not sure what could have been done differently, but this certainly lacked the
amanda (*´-`)
Nov 23, 2019 marked it as to-read
this is releasing a day after my birthday 😳 im hyped ...more
Mar 11, 2020 rated it liked it
3 stars--I liked the book.

Wow, this is a weird, twisted piece of Prairie Gothic! I enjoyed the dark, strange, unusual plot. It does require some suspension of disbelief, but no problem! I loved the gothic imagery in this book--the black but still growing corn fields shimmering under the relentless sun. The twisted, twined together ears of corn. The apricot grove that contains a dark secret. And the family, alone in the farmhouse in the prairie, at the heart of it all...

I'd give this four stars,
Mar 07, 2020 marked it as to-read
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Burn Our Bodies Down was a wonderfully mysterious book that I was unable to put down! It's not your typical "jump scare" horror novel... Its subtle creepiness is really what made my skin crawl while reading it. Something about the atmosphere had me unsettled and intrigued at the same time. I don't want to reveal any spoilers, but let's just say that Burn Our Bodies Down is unlike anything I've ever read, making it a very refreshing addition to the young adult genre.

To start, Rory Power did an
Isabel ✰
Mar 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I. Adore. Rory. Power.

I was lucky enough to get an ARC of Wilder Girls last spring -- it was one of the first ARCs I ever reviewed and it has a special place in my heart, both for starting my ARC reviewing journey, but also introducing me to a person I was sure was going to be a new favorite author.

Burn Our Bodies Down didn't disappoint.

A much more personal story about a girl named Margot who tries to untangle the mysterious web of a family she's only just discovered, Burn Our Bodies Down was
Mar 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
It seems that nobody does metaphorical books about complicated female relationships better than Rory Power. And me saying this is a big deal, because usually I find "complicated female relationships" in books very frustrating: they often boil down to borderline misogyny where everything can just be chalked up to women being jealous of each other. Not so with Rory Power. Wilder Girls explored the complexities of teenage friendship, love, and relationship to authority, while Burn Our Bodies Down ...more
Mar 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Creepy, gripping, and delightfully disturbing, Rory Powers sophomore novel, BURN OUR BODIES DOWN is sure to be the YA horror novel of the year. With its eerie rural setting and cast of characters who are all clearly keeping big secrets, I was absolutely engrossed by this one from page one!

I adored WILDER GIRLS, but I know a lot of you felt that the sci-fi elements in that one were confusing and that the ending was abrupt. That is certainly not the case in BURN OUR BODIES DOWN. Everything is
Mar 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
When I saw that Rory Power had a new book coming out, I was absolutely thrilled! Wilder Girls was a favorite in all of its bizarre glory and I was hoping for the same in Burn Our Bodies Down. I got what I wished for because it is utterly fantastic. The same eerie ominous atmosphere permeates throughout the book and kept me turning pages until the dramatic conclusion. I was still thinking about Burn Our Bodies Down this morning when I woke up. I have a feeling its going to stay with me for a ...more
Holly Jackson
Mar 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
WOW this was AMAZING! Rory Power does it again. Burn Our Bodies Down is an incredible and unnerving mystery that will creep up on you, twisty and labyrinthine, like the eerie cornfields of its setting.

Pre-order and add this to your TBR- thats an order!
Tracy (Cornerfolds)
Feb 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
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Oct 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: young-adult
Margots mom is emotionally distant and wont tell her anything about her family or her past. When she goes searching for answers, she very quickly and conveniently finds her grandmother. Gram seems ideal: warm, welcoming, and caring. On the same day she meets Gram, there is also a devastating fire and a dead body. Similar gory details and descriptions as Wilder Girls and terrible dark family secrets begin to explain the complicated relationship dynamics. A horrifying twist of events has Margot ...more
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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

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