Other Words for Smoke by Sarah Maria Griffin

Other Words for Smoke

When the house at the end of the lane burned down, none of the townspeople knew what happened. A tragedy, they called it. Poor Rita Frost and her ward, Bevan, lost to the flames. Only Mae and Rossa, Rita’s niece and nephew, know what happened that fateful summer.Only they know about the owl in the wall, the uncanny cat, the dark powers that devour love and fear. Only they know about the trials of loving someone who longs for power, for freedom,...

Details Other Words for Smoke

TitleOther Words for Smoke
Release DateMar 12th, 2019
PublisherGreenwillow Books
GenreFantasy, Young Adult, Horror, LGBT, Paranormal

Reviews Other Words for Smoke

  • Kai
    "Love is love no matter what kind of soul you are or where you're from."I love messy, helpless queers crushing hard on people they can't have. Oh the bittersweet taste of unrequited love. I also love unapologetic female characters that don't take shit from anyone. This is exactly my kind of book.My heart was lost from the very beginning. Sarah Maria Griffin writes with a voice that is one part beautiful, the other part fiercely intelligent, both ...
  • Gabriela Pop
    Yet another mindblowing novel from one of Ireland's most promising voices. Sarah really outdoes herself in this one. I'd loved her previous work and was highly anticipating this novel, so my expectations were set high from the get-go, yet it felt like they were somehow exceeded despite that. At the core of it all, this is a novel about power, love, fear and the marks our actions leave onto the world, all interwoven with complex threads of family ...
  • Amybibliophile
    I finished this a week or 2 ago and have been trying to get my thoughts in order to leave some sort of review.I have to say I was expecting an all together different story when going into this without reading the synopses and from first impressions of the cover, I also don't think I have read anything that I could compare it to.It is a coming of age story and one that contains lust, betrayal, magic & witchcraft. Not to forget Bobby Dear - the tal...
  • Jackie
    An interesting tale filled with magic, betrayal and the lengths people will go to get what they want. Other Words for Smoke creates a twisted fairy tale like story when a set of twins are sent to live with their Aunt for the summer and upon their arrival they find that things are not quite what they seem with a game in progress between two forces with everyone who crosses the threshold becoming the unwilling participants. This book creates a worl...
  • Aly (In Wonderland)
    "It won't. It'll get huge, for a while. It'll walk around your veins and your stomach. You might even feel it in your rib cage, or your heart, like the songs say. But eventually it'll get smaller and smaller and will run out of steam, until it's a tiny thing that you barely remember. It'll get replaced by other loves." I came close to DNFing at least 40 times whilst reading this book. Don't get me wrong, Other Words for Smoke is beautifully writ...
  • Aoife
    I received this book from Titan Press in exchange for an honest review.Mae and Rossa are staying with their Great-Aunt Rita and her teenage ward Bevan for a whole summer, and neither of them know what to expect - until they get there and realise that Rita and Bevan are witches and a talking cat lives in the house as well as an evil entity called Sweet James who takes the form of a terrifying owl.This is a really interesting tale with subtle magic...
  • Lauren (Northern Plunder)
    my heart is so full
  • Ashleigh (a frolic through fiction)
    * Rated 3.5/5 stars!
  • Chloe
    Other Words for Smoke is a compelling, dark, magical story that makes the haunted house trope into something quite new and fresh.This was an interesting book to read. In the end I don't think it's a book that will leave a lasting impression on me, and I'll likely forget some plot points that I couldn't follow as well, but I did enjoy reading it because the writing style was both beautiful and very fast and easy to fly through.I enjoyed the weirdn...
  • Kate
    4.75/5starsBeautifully written, wonderfully weird, gay ladies, talking cats, honestly what more do I need in a book?? Docking .25 star cause I wish we got a LITTLE more explanation about everything
  • Museofnyxmares
    (Gifted) Blog Post: https://museofnyxmares.wordpress.com/...Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/museofnyxma...*I was provided with a copy by the publisher in exchange for my honest opinion.This was without a doubt one of the most unique books that Ive ever read. There are just certain special books that manage to create an atmosphere when they are read, that surround you and submerge you deeper into the story, and this was definitely one of thos...
  • Beverley Lee
    I started this book with absolutely no idea what it was about. And that, I think, is the very best way. I'm not going to give you a brief outline because that would mean you go into it with expectations, just trust me when I say that the writing is strong and lyrical, the story rich and diverse and enchanting.It had a very Gaiman-esque feel to me with layers of magical realism pulsing through the narrative. I loved all of the characters, which is...
  • Isabelle | Nine Tale Vixen
    Recommended by Lauren @ Northern Plunder.I'm so grateful Lauren put this book on my radar again and again until I finally caved and read it, because holy wow I needed this in my life. Full review to come!content warnings: (view spoiler)[TK (hide spoiler)]rep: (view spoiler)[TK (hide spoiler)]----------- CONVERSION : 13.7 / 15 = 5 starsProse: 8 / 10Characters & Relationships: 10 / 10Emotional Impact: 9 / 10Development / Flow: 9 / 10Setting: 10 / 1...
  • Ellie (faerieontheshelf)
    A girl handing it all over to the beasts. Maybe she wanted freedom, too, or maybe something else, something bigger. She was a house for the monsters, herself.Because of the prose in this story, which is beautiful and heavily florid, this story can sometime seem like it drags. But because if the prose, it also has a sense of the liminal: it transgresses the border between reality, and magic.This is a really beautiful story, and sometimes I loved i...
  • Claire M.
    mayyyybe a 4.75 because i didn't really see why the constant switch to 2nd-person was needed for bevan's pov. this is unlike anything i've read, although elements of it remind me of twin peaks.
  • Francesca
    What an absolute stunner of a book. Impossible to pin down and describe read this book for the unbelievable use of language. Narrative poetry - is that a thing? I forget but this book is it.A treasure of family relationships, love, fear, a wretched history and magic realism this was a joy to read. I took my time because it is so well written that rushing through it would be a disservice. I got the impression each word was carved out exactly so an...
  • Susannah
    Three and a half stars for this inventive take on practicing witches. For fans of Alice Hoffman who can handle writing thats a little more grit and a little less whimsical, Other Words For Smoke presents a coming of age tale that makes you question everyones motives. While the story follows our protagonists for a few years, a lot of the character development is left to the readers imagination. Despite this, the creative mysterious elements kept m...
  • Emma
    Friends. Ladies. Gals and pals. Do you like reading stories about sapphic girls? Can I interest you in some lightly-drawn but still absolutely heartrending allegories about the history of women's rights (or previous lack thereof) in Ireland? How about some WITCHCRAFT, and the most deliciously spooky vibes of any book I've read in months, if not years? THEN DO I HAVE A REC FOR YOU!!!Other Words For Smoke begins at the end, with the prologue taking...
  • Lauren
    Thank you so much to Titan Books for sending me a free copy of this book to review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. I've just this minute finished reading this book and I'm at a loss for how to review it but I'm going to give it a go. At the heart of this book is a story about love, obsession, manipulation, fear and betrayal.This books follows Mae and her twin brother Rossa over two summers who go and stay...
  • AJ
    We've been blessed with another fantastic book by Sarah Maria Griffin! There is honestly so much to love about this book. I could rave on and on about it for a long time. It's so atmospheric and has such a strong voice. The characters are so palpably real. Even though the book is about a haunted house and magic and witches, the bits that shine the strongest are how real the characters are. You can really feel their fears, anxieties, desires, leap...
  • Kayleigh
    At its core, this book is a story of love and fear, magic and betrayal. When twins Mae and Rossa spend a summer at their great aunt Ritas, they unknowingly become pawns in a game being played by two powerful forces. I found Other Words For Smoke a strange yet totally compelling read. I was hooked from the beginning and barely put it down. The haunted house aspect gave it a chilling air that kept you captivated throughout and the characters were i...
  • Emer O'Toole
    I gobbled up this witchy YA novel, which balances sophisticated social metaphor with captivating, fleshy (or feathery as the case may be) characters. A terrible event, which anyone familiar with Irelands historic treatment of unmarried mothers will recognize, tears a cut in the fabric of things, letting new powers into the world. Our twin teenage heroes, Mae and Rossa, must learn to navigate a house haunted by the energies of the past if they are...
  • Lauren ✨ (YABookers)
    I received an ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Thank you kindly to Titan Books for my proof.I absolutely adore witchy books. Some of my favourites include Toil & Trouble edited by Tess Sharpe and Jessica Spotswood, Wild Beauty by the talented Anna-Marie McLemore, The Spellbook of Lost & Found (also Irish YA lit) by Moïra Fowley-Doyle, and the Wicked Deep by Shea Earnshaw. Other Words For Smoke has cemented itself amongst ...
  • Zaide
    I doubt this review will be much use to anyone, I have no idea what to write and thats basically because Im not even sure what I just read. This book made next to no sense to me and Im looking at all these 4 and 5 star reviews on here and wondering if I even read the same book?? Clearly this was just very much not for me. One of the POVs is written in second person and honestly the weirdness pretty much started there. I really dislike second pers...
  • Caylynn
    The twins knelt there at the feet of witches and titans.I honestly have absolutely no clue what to say about this book. It was SO CONFUSING. And anti-climatic. And boring. And completely unsatisfactory. The thing that sucks is that the premise of this story was fantastic. Otherworldly entities hidden in the walls of the house? Sign me up. Witches and tarot cards? Hell yeah. I got heavy Gravity Falls vibes (my second favorite animated TV series of...