ARC AUDIO BOOK REVIEW: Our Crooked Hearts by Melissa Albert


Publication Date: June 28, 2022
Format: Audio
Genre:  YA Fantasty
Narrators: Chloe Cannon/Emma Galvin

Publisher: Macmillan Audio
9 hours 51 min
Buy: Kindle | Audio


The suburbs, right now . . .

Seventeen-year-old Ivy’s summer break kicks off with an accident, a punishment, and a mystery: a stranger whose appearance in the middle of the road, in the middle of the night, heralds a string of increasingly unsettling events. As the days pass, Ivy grapples with eerie offerings, corroded memories, and a secret she’s always known—that there's more to her mother than meets the eye.

The city, back then . . .

Dana has always been perceptive. And the summer she turns sixteen, with the help of her best friend and an ambitious older girl, her gifts bloom into a heady fling with the supernatural. As the trio’s aspirations darken, they find themselves speeding toward a violent breaking point.

Years after it began, Ivy and Dana's shared story will come down to a reckoning among a daughter, a mother, and the dark forces they never should’ve messed with.


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I loved that this wasn't your typical teenage witchcraft book.  What started years ago with Dana is not coming forward to effect Ivy.  Messing with forces she didn't understand Dana and her friends, so enamored with witchcraft that they didn't think of the repercussions, performed a spell that had devastating consequences. 

Now Ivy is seeing a woman in the woods who knows her name, she is finding dead rabbits on her front yard and the boy across the street seems to know her a lot better than the one time she remembers they spoke. 

This was a well written book, its a cautionary tale to really think about what you are doing before you do it and sometimes even grown-ups screw up when they think they are doing something for your own good. I really liked the characters and I liked the way the story unfolded.  I felt that the ending was a bit rushed even though it was a satisfactory ending. 

The narration was excellent and really kept me invested in the story.  I appreciated the acknowledgment of the change in time period and voice from Ivy to Dana I've found that not all audio books do that and you start to feel lost. 

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