ARC BOOK REVIEW: River Woman, River Demon by Jennifer Givhan
I received an advance review copy for free, through book Sirens and I am leaving this review voluntarily.
Jennifer Givhan's writing is poetic and lyrical. Every sentence evokes emotion and atmosphere. I loved the magical realism in this book and I appreciated the commentary on racial injustice in this book however, there were aspects of this story that just rubbed me wrong.
I found Eva to be weak and someone who didn't really believe in herself or her magick. She was very much stuck in the past and unable to trust in herself, her husband or her magick. Her growth is part of the story but some of her actions just left me cold. Her husband, Jericho on the other hand was a strong presence even though he wasn't an active character in most of the book!
The descriptions of ritual and religious practices that mostly have a negative correlation in the mainstream were beautiful. I loved that she reminds us that these are the rituals of the slaves, the religions of people of color that have been twisted by white slave owners to be seen as evil or satanic. What people don't understand they fear and in that fear they create stories.
Overall I loved the concept and the writing is exquisite.
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