Title: All the bad apples.
Author: Moïra Fowley-Doyle.
Publisher: Penguin Random House Children’s.
Page count: 332.
Release day: August 7 2019.
Genre: YA, Magical realism.
Rating: 4 stars.
What is it about? (Summary from GoodReads)
The day after the funeral all our mourning clothes hung out
on the line like sleeping bats. ‘This will be really embarrassing,’ I kept
saying to my family, ‘when she shows up at the door in a week or two.’
When Deena’s wild and mysterious sister Mandy disappears – presumed dead – her family are heartbroken. But Mandy has always been troubled. It’s just another bad thing to happen to Deena’s family. Only Deena refuses to believe it’s true.
And then the letters start arriving. Letters from Mandy, claiming that their family’s blighted history is not just bad luck or bad decisions – but a curse, handed down through the generations. Mandy has gone in search of the curse’s roots, and now Deena must find her. What they find will heal their family’s rotten past – or rip it apart forever.
Somewhere in October I read Spellbook of the lost and found (review here!) and I absolutely loved it! So as soon as I heard about the release of this one I knew I had to read it. Unfortunately there was quite some waiting in between!
This book and Spellbook are quite different stories but both are very magical. And one thing I absolutely loved in both books was the writing! Even just for the writing I would read these books.
But besides the writing, the plot was also very gripping. In this book we follow a family in which the ‘bad apples’ are cursed. Throughout the book we learn what this curse has done to the ancestors of the main character. So we kept switching between the current time line, and different time lines in the past. This also really kept me reading, since I really wanted to know what had happened to all these different people.
This book is quite hard-hitting at certain parts, it is about feminism, abuse (in the past, like 1930 Ireland), discrimination of queer people.. So please be aware of that! But I think this book dealt with those topics very well!
This book basically takes place during a 36-hour search for Deena’s sister. Deena is basically following these letters her lost sister, Mandy, left behind. Along the way she meets with certain people. And I really liked the relationship that is being build in this short period of time!
As I mentioned before this book and Spellbook are not comparable, but I do think I liked spellbook a bit better, just because the story ‘fits’ my preference better.
I now really have to read her previous book, the accident season, and I can’t wait for her next release!