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Ava Reid

Autor(a) de The Wolf and the Woodsman

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Obras de Ava Reid

The Wolf and the Woodsman (2021) 835 cópias
A Study in Drowning (2023) 698 cópias
Juniper & Thorn (2022) 595 cópias
Lady Macbeth (2024) 22 cópias
Lady Makbeth 2 cópias


Conhecimento Comum

Data de nascimento
20th Century
Local de nascimento
Manhattan, New York, New York, USA
Locais de residência
Hoboken, New Jersey, USA
Palo Alto, California, USA
Barnard College (BA|Political Science)
Pequena biografia
AVA REID was born in Manhattan and raised right across the Hudson River in Hoboken, New Jersey, but currently lives in Palo Alto. She has a degree in political science from Barnard College, focusing on religion and ethnonationalism. She has worked for a refugee resettlement organization, for a U.S. senator, and, most recently, for an AI robotics startup. The Wolf and the Woodsman is her first novel.



Thank you to NetGalley and HarperCollins for allowing me to read this book for review purposes. All opinions are my own.

4.5 stars. I loved this so much. I’m so obsessed with anything that has to do with fairies and fae lore, and my favorite movie is Jim Henson’s Labyrinth, so a book about a girl getting pursued by the fairy king was bound to catch my attention.

Effie Sayre, a first year architecture student, is chosen to redesign the manor that belonged to the late Emrys Myrdden, her favorite author. Angharad, his book about a girl who is taken by the fairy king and then defeats him, has been a comfort to Effie her whole life. When she gets to the cliff side house, she realizes that it’s a much more formidable job than she expected. It’s falling apart, and the sea is quickly threatening to swallow it up. She also learns that there’s another student from her university there, a smug boy name Preston Héloury, hoping to find proof that Myrdden is a fraud. But there’s something dark happening at this crumbling house by the sea, and the two will have to work together if they want to avoid drowning. Because the sea is not the only enemy they’re facing.

One thing that I loved about the story was that Ava Reid did such a good job of creating a fleshed-out fictional universe that still has so many parallels to our own. The rules of fairies in Llyr are the same rules you hear told in Celtic folklore, and their technology is similar to ours in the 1920s or 30s. Unfortunately, Effy’s world shares some of the nastier aspects of ours as well, including sexism. In fact, that’s really what this story is about; women and the men who want to have power over them.

Effy was such a good main character, flawed but relatable so many ways. As the first woman in the architectural college, she faced formidable misogyny from students and faculty. She second-guessed herself constantly, but she also knew deep down that she had the strength and capabilities that everyone in her life had done their best to gaslight her out of. We’ve all felt like we weren’t good enough at times, and I don’t know one woman who hasn’t experienced sexism. Preston, the love interest, was also amazing, as her support and as a fully developed character with flaws and trauma of his own.

The only issue I had with the book was that a very important climactic scene (that I won’t spoil here, except to say that it involved a glass shard) felt a little rushed. I would have liked more time spent in that moment. But other than that, I really loved A Study in Drowning.
… (mais)
jellybeanette | outras 12 resenhas | May 26, 2024 |
Darkly compelling retelling of Shakespeare's story of Macbeth. A young girl who's eyes are said to bewitch men is sent to Scotland to marry the brutish Lord Macbeth who resides in a remote castle with dark secrets of his own. When she tasks Lord Macbeth with requirements before she will share the marriage bed she sets into motion a series of events that will forever change her fate.
I truly enjoyed this story though I had not read Shakespeare's Macbeth I was familiar with the story and I found that this version told from her point of view was compelling and definitely had me not wanting to put the book down. I think that the setting and characters were well developed and the writing style was accurate for the time frame in which the story takes place.
If you are a fan of historical fiction with some fantasy thrown in you will definitely enjoy this book.
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Verkruissen | May 19, 2024 |
I disliked most things about this book. The characters fell into one of three categories: either they were villainous to the extreme with no redeeming qualities and therefore fell flat for the lack of nuance, they were minor players that were part of the scenery and fell flat for lack of depth, or they were simpering and boring and fell flat for lack of making me as a reader care. There was nothing interesting about any of them. The story was also gruesome, which I detested. I was not expecting explicit details of sexual assault, eating disorder, abuse, etc. and I would have skipped it all together had I known beforehand. In addition to being gruesome, the story was also poorly paced and plotted. The big reveal was no big surprise, and while it might have had an impact had it occurred earlier in the story, as it is, it was yet another aspect that fell flat. To the author's credit, I was desperate to know how the story ended, and I did skim the last several chapters because I simply had to know how all of the pieces resolved. The writing seemed to fluctuate between an almost impressionistic style (In the House in the Dark of the Woods came to mind several times during my reading) and a more standard modern fantasy style. Both styles were good, but the fluctuation between the two gave me whiplash. All in all, this felt like the author's therapy, and while this may not bother some readers, and may even be helpful to others, as a therapist in my day to day life I want escapism in my books and this most certainly did not deliver.… (mais)
MrsHammyMax | outras 12 resenhas | May 18, 2024 |
this was just too much for me, too sad, too dark, too descriptive, too stressful, etc. can see why somebody else might like it but not for me
ZetaRiemann | outras 12 resenhas | Apr 4, 2024 |



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