(Arc) Whichwood by Tahereh Mafi

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A new adventure about a girl who is fated to wash the bodies of the dead in this companion to Furthermore.

Our story begins on a frosty night…

Laylee can barely remember the happier times before her beloved mother died. Before her father, driven by grief, lost his wits (and his way). Before she was left as the sole remaining mordeshoor in the village of Whichwood, destined to spend her days washing the bodies of the dead and preparing their souls for the afterlife. It’s become easy to forget and easier still to ignore the way her hands are stiffening and turning silver, just like her hair, and her own ever-increasing loneliness and fear.

But soon, a pair of familiar strangers appears, and Laylee’s world is turned upside down as she rediscovers color, magic, and the healing power of friendship.

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I adore this book so much. The Writing is fantastic, the story is amazing. It was slow to get started and I didn’t think I was going to like it, but I ended up enjoying this novel. This is my first book by Tahereh Mafi and I love her writing style. I have her shatter me series and furthermore, I have yet to read them but they are higher on my TBR now.

Your MC is Laylee, she is a mordeshoor. Laylee’s family has the responsibility of cleaning and burying bodies of the dead. They also help them cross over to the Otherwhere so the spirits can find peace and move on. Laylee’s mother has already passed and her father is gone trying to find the death that took his wife.

Laylee can also see and speak with the spirits. Her mother’s spirit stays with her in the castle and irritates her to no end. Laylee is by herself taking care of the bodies and trying to keep the spirits calm. She is using her magic too fast and wearing herself out. Her hair eyes and the tips of her fingers silver/gray.

One night Laylee hears a window break to find a boy named Oliver and shortly after a girl named Alice in her bedroom soaking wet. Alice has been sent to Laylee to help her, but Alice doesn’t know what it is she’s supposed to do or how. Laylee has never had visitors and doesn’t take kindly to the intrusion, but they urge her to let them stay.

You watch Laylee go from a girl with all these walls up to learning how to have friends again. She has always been alone and doesn’t know how to take people actually wanting to be here. You watch Alice and Oliver, along with Benjamin, slowly break her walls down and show her that she has friends.

They face challenges with the Elders and others, but they always stick together. They show Laylee what true friendship is and help her heal. This book shows what you can do by being kind to someone and just being a friend. It is an amazing novel and I love it to pieces.

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**I was provided a free copy of this book from the Publisher in exchange for an honest review. All opinions of the novel are my own.

 

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