Burn Our Bodies Down
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 mystery—until she decides to return to her mother’s hometown . . . where history has a tendency to repeat itself.Ever since Margot was born, it’s been just her and her mother. No answers to Margot’s questions about what came before. No history to hold on to. No relative to speak of. Just the two of them, stuck in their run-down apartment, struggling to get along.But that’s not enough for Margot. She wants family. She wants a past. And she just found the key she needs to get it: A photograph, pointing her to a town called Phalene. Pointing her home. Only, when Margot gets there, it’s not what she bargained for.Margot’s mother left for a reason. But was it to hide her past? Or was it to protect Margot from what’s still there?The only thing Margot knows for sure is there’s poison in their family tree, and their roots are dug so deeply into Phalene that now that she’s there, she might never escape.

Burn Our Bodies Down Details

TitleBurn Our Bodies Down
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseJul 7th, 2020
PublisherDelacorte Press
ISBN-139780525645641
Rating
GenreYoung Adult, Horror, Mystery

Burn Our Bodies Down Review

  • Nilufer Ozmekik
    January 1, 1970
    I’m seeing the stars! THIS IS…. THIS BOOK… THIS STORY… THI…TH…T… 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 I’ve read lately.Here is the formula: We I’m seeing the stars! THIS IS…. THIS BOOK… THIS STORY… THI…TH…T… 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 I’ve read lately.Here is the formula: We have a table spoon “Children of Corn” and stir it with two cups of “Sharp Objects” and add some Stephen King and Paul Tremblay’s eerie, spooky, earth shattering, mind crushing thriller elements, mix it with literature’s most batshit crazy mother-daughter dysfunctional relationships starting from Carrie White and Margaret White to Beloved’s Sethe and her spirit daughter. And then cook it over a fire! And let’s sing the DISCO INFERNO’S “Burn baby burn” chorus, then continue with “come on baby light my fire”! But be careful not to be burned!And let’s talk about this unconventional, complex, mind spinning plot: Margot is her last days of 18 and she has a dysfunctional, unhealthy, weird, dependent, a kind of obsessed and sick relationship with her mother. I’m not sure if Margot is the real mother and her mother Jo already lost her marbles from the beginning, having no idea how to raise a kid. Margot feels trapped and save herself from their party of two lives and bring more family members into the equation. But her mother rejects to give her any information about their family history. And one day Margot accidentally finds out she has a grandmother who lives at the weirdest town that the world already forgot it existed, named Phalene. She thinks she found her missing piece, a real opportunity to have a big family including lots of stupid cousins, gossiping aunts, wanker uncles, okay I’m kidding, of course she wants to be a part of real family and make changes with her life so she questions her mother to learn more but she still keeps her mother shut. Margot finally decides she’ll learn everything from her own way! And as soon as she takes her first step to the eerie, ominous town waiting in silence the storm’s coming (or let’s say the big fire’s approaching!) she meets with Tess and Eli and finds out her grandmother’s land on fire. When she reaches her house, she sees a girl lying motionless. As soon as she saves her from fire, she realizes the girl looks just like her and she is dead! And the officers catch her besides the girl think she is responsible from the fire and the girl’s dead. But don’t worry! Grandmother the dearest comes to the station and berates the officers for frightening her granddaughter the sweetest. So Margot goes to the house of grandmother the sneakiest and she finally finds out she already opened dozen cans of worms! She slowly absorbs the secret structure of their family history. And I stop here… because after Margot’s arrival at grandmother’s house, this book turns into something breathtaking, astonishing, grey cell terminator, shocking, twisty, surprising, explicit but also dark, wild, terrifying. I kept mumbling to myself : ‘WTF! WTF! WTF! WTF! WTF! WTF! WTF! WTF! WTF! WTF!” and my husband found me at the living room, sitting on the floor, numb, saliva dripping down my mouth, pale, eyes widened as if I’d seen first 27 minutes of “Saving Private Ryan” over and over again! THIS IS SOOOO CRAZY, NASTY, MIND SPINNING EXPERIENCE and I liked every word, sentence, page, ink of it! I enjoyed the “Wilder Girls” but for the love of mind-bending books, this is so unexpectedly splendid masterpiece and I highly recommend the readers who like something extra ordinary, different, out of your comfort zone! Rory Power rises and shines with this fast pacing, surprising novel!Special thanks to NetGalley and Delacorte Press for sharing this incredible ARC COPY with me in exchange my honest review. I LOVED IT SO MUCH!bloginstagramfacebooktwitter
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  • Tucker (TuckerTheReader)
    January 1, 1970
    [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| Goodreads | Blog | Pinterest | LinkedIn | YouTube | Instagram [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| Goodreads | Blog | Pinterest | LinkedIn | YouTube | Instagram
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  • Kai
    January 1, 1970
    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 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
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  • megs_bookrack
    January 1, 1970
    An ARC!!!! Delacorte Press, I love you beyond measure. Thank you so much!!!!Original:Is it too early to be freaking the f* out over this?Old farmhouse, corn fields, creepiness...say no more! An ARC!!!! Delacorte Press, I love you beyond measure. Thank you so much!!!!Original:Is it too early to be freaking the f* out over this?Old farmhouse, corn fields, creepiness...say no more!
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  • Ash
    January 1, 1970
    Thank you to NetGalley and Random House Children’s 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 Power’s debut novel, Wilder Girls, which I haven’t read. Now I’m 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 Thank you to NetGalley and Random House Children’s 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 Power’s debut novel, Wilder Girls, which I haven’t read. Now I’m 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 favorites.Burn Our Bodies Down comes right out of the gate with a startlingly realistic portrayal of abuse and neglect. Protagonist Margot’s mother is an infuriating character. It wrecked me to witness how Margot’s toxic upbringing impacted every aspect of her life. I especially appreciated how Power explored the way abusers use gaslighting to win arguments and make their victims doubt their own experiences and reality.Power gives us a well-written, relatable protagonist in Margot. She was remarkably sympathetic and refreshingly complicated. Her first person narration had me experiencing the story as she experienced it, feeling her emotions along with her, desperate to find the truth just like she was. Margot is a lesbian, and her sexuality was never the focus of the story, instead just one part of what made her, her. It felt so natural and right.Overall, Burn Our Bodies Down is incredibly well-paced, with short chapters and a great flow. Power uses the small town setting of Phalene and the interactions between her characters to build a growing sense of unease, a feeling you can’t shake but you can’t pin down, that something is off. I kept wanting to shout, “WHAT IS GOING ON?” and I had to keep reading until I found out. And the ending… wow.This book has the potential to appeal to a wide audience, including adults who don’t usually go for YA. I only had one minor complaint. I’ll keep it vague to avoid spoilers, but there’s a part in the story where Margot reads someone’s diary entries, and the writing style of the entries, with no capitalization or punctuation and lots of repetition, was annoying. But there weren’t too many entries and they were mostly very short, so I haven’t let it affect my rating.
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  • Elise (TheBookishActress)
    January 1, 1970
    okay but am i the only one who sort of likes this cover
  • Rory Power
    January 1, 1970
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  • Amy Imogene Reads
    January 1, 1970
    getting my arc request granted like: YESSSSSputting 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.
  • Kate
    January 1, 1970
    4.5/5stars*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 someone3/4/2020 : I JUST GOT APPROVED FOR THE ARC FROM NETGALLEY AHHHH
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  • Mlpmom (Book Reviewer)
    January 1, 1970
    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.*
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  • ash | emeraldbookowl
    January 1, 1970
    the reason we have this cover is because it would be impossible to create something as perfect as the wilder girls
  • Iris
    January 1, 1970
    hi holy fuck I am all the heart eyes for this cover
  • lethe marks
    January 1, 1970
    Atmospheric. Lovely. Quiet.Oh my goodness, can Rory Power WRITE! Honestly, she could pen a guide on how to brush your teeth and it would still be some of the most excellent prose to ever be written.If it was not clear, Rory's writing style was probably the highlight of this book. That is not at all to say that that was the only thing about this novel that was excellent, because that's not the case at all. This story as a whole was simply incredible. It was moody and dark and twisted, and reading Atmospheric. Lovely. Quiet.Oh my goodness, can Rory Power WRITE! Honestly, she could pen a guide on how to brush your teeth and it would still be some of the most excellent prose to ever be written.If it was not clear, Rory's writing style was probably the highlight of this book. That is not at all to say that that was the only thing about this novel that was excellent, because that's not the case at all. This story as a whole was simply incredible. It was moody and dark and twisted, and reading it felt like diving straight into a fever dream. There were times when I would be reading and I would feel as if I'd entered an entirely new universe, and it was such a magical experience.These characters were nothing to rave about, but they were perfect for the story. They were suspicious, and you could never quite place their moral code, and they were just so interesting. I loved being inside the main character's head, and the complex relationships Margot had with her mother and her friends and everyone was so riveting to read about.The story flowed smoothly, and although quieter, slower plots like these aren't for everyone, this specific one was totally my thing. The setting was so intoxicating and atmospheric, it was just a fantastic reading experience.I leave my rating at 4.5 stars because although I loved my time reading and thought the ending was excellent, there just wasn't that final feeling of YES! THIS IS THE BEST THING I'VE EVER READ! It was, on the other hand, a book I would still heavily recommend.Finally, thank you to NetGalley for approving me the arc for one of my most highly anticipated releases of all time, I swear I almost cried when I saw this notification pop up.
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  • emma
    January 1, 1970
    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 rel 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 relationship. Margot, unsatisfied with the non-answers she receives from Jo, decides to go to to find answers from anyone who give her them. What follows is a mystery woven into the intergenerational trauma of the Nielsen family.What this book did well was provoke so many feelings within me. I was furious, fearful, and anxious for Margot. It took me a little bit to suspend my disbelief at certain things in the beginning like how Margot ended up in her mother's hometown. But even with my difficulty I still found it to be a five star read.
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  • Melanie (mells_view)
    January 1, 1970
    Keep a fire burning; a fire is what saves you. The first, the last, the heart of them all.I spent the majority of this book thinking that it was just sort of a weird little book, and kind of confusing. I thought about how I could see the deeper message, but wasn’t quite sure where the horror side of things would come through. Well, by the end I couldn’t stop thinking about how much I fell in love with this “weird little book” and the messages that were weaved between the stalks of corn. The horr Keep a fire burning; a fire is what saves you. The first, the last, the heart of them all.I spent the majority of this book thinking that it was just sort of a weird little book, and kind of confusing. I thought about how I could see the deeper message, but wasn’t quite sure where the horror side of things would come through. Well, by the end I couldn’t stop thinking about how much I fell in love with this “weird little book” and the messages that were weaved between the stalks of corn. The horrors both real and ones only possible in fiction started to unfold slowly and had me shaking my head and even tearing up a bit.Margot is a character that I think many people will find relatable. Her life as a reality and even in many metaphorical ways. Clearly this one needs to be read going in moderately blind, so I won’t say much more than, this one starts off a bit ominous and slow, but the end is like multiple gut punches that will make every confusing moment worth it.It doesn’t sit right, that nobody will ever know all of it. Even the parts that were mine.AVAILABLE JULY 7TH!*ARC
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  • Alaina
    January 1, 1970
    I have received this ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.Holy crap. Burn Our Bodies Down was good, don't get me wrong, but what the heck did I just read guys? So much shady crap went down and I feel like my head is constantly spinning still. In it, you will meet Margot and honestly this poor girl went through so much.I have no idea who she is still hanging on or handling life after what happened. For real, to find out that you have a whole family that you never heard of before. T I have received this ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.Holy crap. Burn Our Bodies Down was good, don't get me wrong, but what the heck did I just read guys? So much shady crap went down and I feel like my head is constantly spinning still. In it, you will meet Margot and honestly this poor girl went through so much.I have no idea who she is still hanging on or handling life after what happened. For real, to find out that you have a whole family that you never heard of before. Then to find out that this whole town is creepy and weird.. and so is her gram. Boy, it was a wild ride learning about her mom and what she did growing up. Heck, I have no idea what is even going to happen next for this town or family. No idea if there's going to be another book but damn, I kind of want one. Just to see where Margot is now and if she went back to her mom or not. In the end, this book was so good and I devoured it all.
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  • Erin A. Craig
    January 1, 1970
    Rory is a powerhouse among YA authors! Every sentence simmered with the most delicious horror!
  • Julia ✨
    January 1, 1970
    ARC provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
  • Jessica C Writes
    January 1, 1970
    Updated Review:I read and absolutely LOVED Wilder Girls last year- it is now one of my all-time favorite books! BOBD was one of my most anticipated books of the year!When this book opens up, you have no idea what road you are going to go on. All we know of our main character, Margot, and her current life is that her mother is very toxic and abusive, and Margot is willing to do anything to get out of that situation. She is desperate for love and a family. So, when she finds a connection to her gr Updated Review:I read and absolutely LOVED Wilder Girls last year- it is now one of my all-time favorite books! BOBD was one of my most anticipated books of the year!When this book opens up, you have no idea what road you are going to go on. All we know of our main character, Margot, and her current life is that her mother is very toxic and abusive, and Margot is willing to do anything to get out of that situation. She is desperate for love and a family. So, when she finds a connection to her grandmother buried deep within her mother's belongings from her past, Margot jumps at the chance to escape the years of neglect and torment she's suffered. But, when she gets to Phalene, she is thrown into much more than she ever expected.I think what appealed most to me about this book was just how eerie it was the entire time. I truly felt like I was watching a horror movie. It is full of suspense and plot twists. It was paced perfectly- the chapters are short and quick, but the prose was still incredible, and the tone of the story was very somber. But more than that, it was such a tragic story, too. Margot was a really well-developed character with so many different sides to her. We can see how her upbringing has affected her, through the constant battle she has inside of her mind. Both her mother and her grandmother also have such interesting and intricate histories, and I really enjoyed learning about the complicated lives of the Nielsen family. This novel was truly a work of art, and I could go on about it for days. If you are looking for a dark, twisted, but beautiful story, this one is for you!CW: verbal and physical abuse, death, murder, and possibly more.//THIS BOOK IS A RIDE. That’s all I have to say for now. Review coming soon on the blog!
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  • Anniek
    January 1, 1970
    Rory Power is such an exceptional writer. This book was absolutely beautiful right from the very first page. I'm honestly in awe of her writing style.This was such an intriguing read. It was quiet and sort of slow, but even though it wasn't necessarily fast-paced, I could hardly put it down. All I wanted was to figure out this family mystery. It was all so quietly unsettling, and while I'm not normally a thriller/mystery fan, I think I've found my exact brand of them.CWs: (attempted) murder, bod Rory Power is such an exceptional writer. This book was absolutely beautiful right from the very first page. I'm honestly in awe of her writing style.This was such an intriguing read. It was quiet and sort of slow, but even though it wasn't necessarily fast-paced, I could hardly put it down. All I wanted was to figure out this family mystery. It was all so quietly unsettling, and while I'm not normally a thriller/mystery fan, I think I've found my exact brand of them.CWs: (attempted) murder, body horror, gore, corpses, fire
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  • Ludwig Reads
    January 1, 1970
    “Keep a fire burning. A fire is what saves you - that’s what she always said. She tried and tried to tell me. This time I’m finally listening.”Wow. I couldn’t 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.“It’s just you and me”, 17-year-old Margot’s mother keeps on telling her, so when she stumbles up “Keep a fire burning. A fire is what saves you - that’s what she always said. She tried and tried to tell me. This time I’m finally listening.”Wow. I couldn’t 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.“It’s just you and me”, 17-year-old Margot’s mother keeps on telling her, so when she stumbles upon a photograph that proves otherwise, pointing her to her mother’s hometown, she begins her journey towards Phalene- towards the family she‘s been denied all these years. Except, when she gets there, things are much more disturbing than she could ever imagine, and a quest for truth suddenly becomes a quest for survival. Will Margot discover the truth about her family history? Is it too late for her to escape?I feel like if you combine the powers of the atmosphere from Sharp Objects, Riley Sager’s storytelling skills, in addition to mesmerizing prose, this book would be the result. I thought that the relationships between the characters are created with such careful precision and the author uses that to unsettle and intrigue the reader.And the ending...brace yourself for one heck of a revelation - disturbing and incredibly epic! The author doesn’t stop there - she keeps your heart racing with a killer series of events that lead towards the end. I had a hand over my mouth the entire time, rooting for our protagonist Margot Nielsen as she unravels the mysteries of Fairhaven. Burn Our Bodies Down is an absolute must-read!
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  • Sheila
    January 1, 1970
    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, 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, but I would have preferred a third-person narrator (I find first-person narration lazy in many cases. Why is YA filled with it?) for a more balanced/less emotional story. (Just a personal thing.)I would have loved this so much as a teen!I received this review copy from the publisher on NetGalley. Thanks for the opportunity to read and review; I appreciate it!
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  • Celia McMahon
    January 1, 1970
    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 promi 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 promise I felt we got in Wilder Girls. This was certainly supposed to be a horror novel and that is what sold me in the first place, so I suppose I was hoping for something to wow me before the end. Unfortunately, this is a miss for me.
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  • ♠ TABI ♠
    January 1, 1970
    all I hope for is a better resolution of an ending than her first bookyeah this cover is NICE but it's not the Louvre-worthy art of the first book
  • Tessa
    January 1, 1970
    4 Stars - ⭐⭐⭐⭐Definite RecBURN OUR BODIES DOWN is a tense, heart-clenching YA thriller from Rory Power that stays true to her form of causing you to not realize you’re holding your breath until your chest aches. Margot Nielson has lived a half-life, toeing the edge of her mother’s bitter and blackened emotions just to keep her assuaged long enough to survive the next day. Because it is only them, their shared guilt, and the flames that keep the ghosts at bay. Desperate for a tie, any tie, to the 4 Stars - ⭐⭐⭐⭐Definite RecBURN OUR BODIES DOWN is a tense, heart-clenching YA thriller from Rory Power that stays true to her form of causing you to not realize you’re holding your breath until your chest aches. Margot Nielson has lived a half-life, toeing the edge of her mother’s bitter and blackened emotions just to keep her assuaged long enough to survive the next day. Because it is only them, their shared guilt, and the flames that keep the ghosts at bay. Desperate for a tie, any tie, to the family she longs for, Margot finally finds the number for a grandmother she never knew and leaves to claim the life she’s owed. But her Grandmother keeps just as many secrets, and Margot realizes very quickly that she has entered into a situation far more frightening than the one she left behind. This left me contemplative. I had to take a moment to let it sink in. I took a shower, half expecting to feel the grit Margot describes when she turns on the faucet at her grandmother’s house. I tended to my plants, pressing dirt into the whorls of my fingers and wondering what it must have felt like to watch a burn spiral white and root-like across someone’s skin. And isn’t that just like a book? To leave you hovering in that weightless space between one and the next? There were plenty of times I thought to myself, “I do not like this book.” even as I soared through the pages, drawn in once again by Powers’ fluid and quick prose. Even as I got to the end and shook my head, wondering, “That can’t be all?” And I can understand that many people will not get to that point because it is simply not a story everyone will be able to sit through. The pacing, for some, may seem slow as Margot ambles through the oddity that is her life and the mystery surrounding her family and the girls who died. The almost-perfect normalcy of the rest of the book may rub against the absolute insanity that is the final 20%. All I can say is that it is one heck of an immersing story regardless. The truth is that I long for happy endings, and when a character is put through terrible situations I want it to have been for something. It’s just that sometimes, what you want for them is not necessarily what they need. There is triumph here, but it is deeply personal for Margot, some may even consider it selfish. But that ability to be selfish is in itself a type of freedom. I wanted to feel more, and so I did not expect the book to linger afterward. It did, and has, and as far as I’m concerned Rory has a strange and powerful gift. She plants seeds so quietly you don’t realize how far they’ve dug in until it’s too late.
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  • Shan( Shans_Shelves) 💜
    January 1, 1970
    Thank you to Netgalley and Delacorte Press for providing me with a ARC in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Well, FUCK ME. That was intense- I was glued to the pages. Honestly, it hurt when I had to put it down to sleep.Review to come closer to the release date :)
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  • USOM
    January 1, 1970
    (Disclaimer: I received this book from Netgalley. This has not impacted my review which is unbiased and honest.) I have such an immense love for Rory Power. Wilder Girls is one of my favorite reads and Burn Our Bodies Down is no exception. Burn Our Bodies Down is a story about family, secrets, and trauma we pass down to our children. Centering on the relationship between her mother and Margot, it's like a single point constellation. Burn Our Bodies Down began with tenderness and heartbreak. Emo (Disclaimer: I received this book from Netgalley. This has not impacted my review which is unbiased and honest.) I have such an immense love for Rory Power. Wilder Girls is one of my favorite reads and Burn Our Bodies Down is no exception. Burn Our Bodies Down is a story about family, secrets, and trauma we pass down to our children. Centering on the relationship between her mother and Margot, it's like a single point constellation. Burn Our Bodies Down began with tenderness and heartbreak. Emotional observing all the cracks in the foundation and feeling it crack a little more each time. When you see fractures and try to plaster them up, knowing they will always be there. Until that one splinter of a second which rattles them open again, destroying whatever remained. The writing in Burn Our Bodies Down is lyrical. Margot embarks on a journey to find her family. Searching for that feeling of acceptance, a love we know without testing. What Margot finds is a home full of unspoken secrets and mystery dripping from the pages. The horror peeks through cracks in the fields, dripping from the plants, and in shadows on the walls. At the heart of Burn Our Bodies Down is a story about family and putting the past to rest.
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  • amanda (*´-`)
    January 1, 1970
    this is releasing a day after my birthday 😳 i’m hyped
  • Aly
    January 1, 1970
    This book is a trip! The mystery keeps getting deeper and crazier and by the end I almost didn't know what to think. In no way did I see that coming. Margot has lived her life tiptoeing around her volatile mother, keeping herself fed and being the parent, tired of their roles. One day she finds a clue about her grandmother and leaps at the chance to find out about her family and escape her mom. Once she gets to town, she finds out there have been mysterious things happening on her grandmother's This book is a trip! The mystery keeps getting deeper and crazier and by the end I almost didn't know what to think. In no way did I see that coming. Margot has lived her life tiptoeing around her volatile mother, keeping herself fed and being the parent, tired of their roles. One day she finds a clue about her grandmother and leaps at the chance to find out about her family and escape her mom. Once she gets to town, she finds out there have been mysterious things happening on her grandmother's farm for years, including possible murders. I enjoyed this mystery so much, getting clues bit by bit and finding out how deep this goes. The pacing was pretty quick and the story flew by. The ending was crazy and well done, I'm still reeling from it!Thank you to NetGalley and Random House Children's for the advanced copy. All opinions are my own
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  • maya
    January 1, 1970
    I GOT AN ARC...YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS
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