Stay on the roads. Don’t enter the woods. Never go out at night.
Those are the rules in Rowan’s Glen, a remote farming community in the Missouri Ozarks where Ivy Templeton’s family has lived for centuries. It’s an old-fashioned way of life, full of superstition and traditions passed down from the elders, and sixteen-year-old Ivy loves it. The other kids at school may think the Glen kids are weird, but Ivy doesn’t care; she has her cousin Heather as her best friend. The two girls are closer than sisters, and they share everything with each other—or so Ivy thinks. When Heather goes missing after a May Day celebration, Ivy discovers both her best friend and her beloved hometown are as full of secrets as the woods that surround them.This is going to be another pretty short review because unfortunately I found this book uninspiring. I didn’t love it or hate it, which says something because I view things in black and white and this was definitely gray.
When I first came across this book, I fell for the cover. What is this magic!? Someone was on their a game when they chose this art work, it was beautiful!. I couldn’t wait to get my hands on it. Then one day when I was browsing Net Galley, I saw that it was up for grabs, and I didn’t think twice. I asked, and I received. I couldn’t wait to start reading it… Too bad for me, the story didn’t match the cover, it didn’t even come close. I honestly don’t even know what to think about this book. When you start reading a book, I think we all know that you can kind of get a vibe of the book within the first few pages. It doesn’t always mean that the book will be good or bad, there is just a certain flow that either helps you get into the story, or makes it hard for you to. When I started this one, everything just felt SLLLOOWW. Like, super super slow. I couldn’t really get a grasp on what was happening. All I was picturing was little house on the prairie, ethnic style. I was waiting for that bitch Nellie Oleson, to pop up and start some shit and honestly, that probably would have made this book more bearable. No matter how hard I tried, I just couldn’t get into the story, everything about it was a turnoff, from the way the setting was described, to the way they spoke. I was just wondering what the hell was wrong with these folks? Needless to say, I didn’t have it in me to finish this bland saltine of a story. I heard somewhere that The May Queen Murders is based off of M. Night Shyamalan’s The Village. I think I’d rather watch the movie…
*I was given this Net Galley ARC for my honest opinion.
16 thoughts on “The May Queen Murders.”
Aw, I’m sorry this was disappointing!! The cover is honestly one of the most beautiful things ever. I was super excited to read this, but I’m not usually a fan of slow paced books. It’ll be interesting to see what I think.
Great review 😊
Thanks! I’ll make sure to keep looking out for your review! 😀
Sounds like there isn’t much conflict in this, which is sad, since it does have the opportunity to be super spooky and scary. Hopefully you can find a better one next time. Thanks so much for sharing!
It’s funny you say this because I read this book back in April before it came out. I also found it uninspiring and really the plot did remind me a lot of “The Village.” I spent the first half of the book confused by the way that the society worked and I kept waiting for the murder to happen. The ending was great but the book would have lost me long ago if I had just picked this up at a bookstore.
Ah, the cover is so pretty! Too bad the greatness of the cover doesn’t match the story.
I know! 😦
Too bad you didn’t like this 😦 I’ve fallen for the cover lust more than a few times and have been disappointed. Isn’t it the best though when the cover AND the book is awesome?? I love when that happens. I have this on hold at the library, so hopefully it catches my attention better than it did for you.
It’s the best thing ever when the story and cover a perfect! 🙂 Yes, I hope you like it more than I did! 😀
LOL such a funny review! But it is such a shame. I have’t read this book, but I agree the cover is so pretty and it makes you want to buy it. Looks like I will have to opt out of this one.
Also, LOL at the Little House reference. Nellie Oleson was so evil!
Hahaha yes she was totally evil! 😀
Looks great sorry u didnt like it much though. I love the way you set out your reviews
I’m sorry you didn’t enjoy it as much. It’s tough when that happens. Hope your next read is much better!