Other Words for Smoke

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...

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Title:Other Words for Smoke
Author:Sarah Maria Griffin
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Other Words for Smoke Reviews

  • 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 and magic. The book follows the story of a set of

    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 and magic. The book follows the story of a set of lonesome twins trying to navigate growing up, their eerie witchy aunt and her equally eerie house of mysteries and her teenage protegee who is trying to get a grip on that world of power and of magic. There may even be a couple of higher beings taking the form of animals looming over all of their lives!

    The writing style is as enthralling as ever and the plot is so captivating that it takes no time to get into the story and wait for it all to unravel. It also feels so easy to get lost into these characters and their stories and to root for them to succeed one way or another.

    Atmospheric,tender,spellbinding and unpotdownable. A true pageturner that will stay with me for a long time.

    PERFECT FOR FANS OF SEANAN MCGUIRE,NEIL GAIMAN,HOLLY BLACK AND MOIRA FOWLEY-DOYLE

    CW: A character is outed (confronted in the book),mentions of homophobia

  • Lauren (Northern Plunder)

    my heart is so full

  • 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 world where fantasy and reality sit side by side wit

    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 world where fantasy and reality sit side by side with only a wall between them and the only way into the beyond is selling your soul to the darkness and it’s almost like a cautionary tale as this force preys upon those at their most vulnerable offering them love and acceptance when they need it most.

    There’s multiple timelines in this, mostly the first summer and three years later giving us a snapshot into the innocence of the siblings during the former as they are introduced to this house where the evil forces have already taken root and the latter when a far less obvious creature is feeding on the remnants of peace but by having them follow one another it was incredible to see the different roles each character played and how this affected the overall game.

    It’s so hard to review this fully because there’s a lot to talk about but it’s all spoilers! I have so many theories and want to analyze it in every form possible from a magic/with element to religion and everything in between so everyone needs to pick this one up when it comes out and we can discuss!

    **special thanks to the publishers and edelweiss for providing an arc in exchange for a fair and honest review!**

  • 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 that flashes powerful at

    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 that flashes powerful at times, and an underlying unrest caused by Sweet James and his gluttonous need for negative emotion to feed off of. This book is packed with unlikeable characters like Bevan, Sweet James and even at times Mae and Rossa depending on their mood.

    The book takes a lot of inspiration from real life Irish history to do with the Magdalene Laundries and the Catholic Church's treatment of girls that were pregnant and unmarried or just girls who were felt to be wayward. I loved how Sarah Maria Griffin tied this real history into the emergence of Dear Bobby and Sweet James due to the grief and pain the actions of the laundry caused on Rita and Audrey. There was a real power in the words when Griffin talked about the laundries - particularly the fear Rita, Audrey and Deborah all felt when they knew what was happening and the limited choices they had available, as well as when Griffin described the laundry as not just a building but as a threat. Wow.

    The style of magic and writing in this book isn't one I think would suit everyone - it can be a bit whimsical at times and it can be hard to figure out what exactly is happening but I think if you go in ready to be brought along on a magical, scary ride - you'll enjoy it!

  • 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 talking cat, and Sweet Ja

    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 talking cat, and Sweet James the owl in the wall that eats bones/body-parts and opens doors to other worlds. Sound far fetched right? Right. But somehow it works. I fell in love with Bobby so much it hurts.

    It follows twins Mae & Rossa and the 2 summers they spend at Rita's house (a relative) with her and Bevan.

    The narrative is what is most unlike anything I've read before, as Mae, Rossa & Rita follow a 3rd person narrative and Bevan 2nd person.

    Bevan's interested me the most as her parts were full of intrigue, being manipulated by Sweet James and willing to sacrifice anything to please him. I found myself compelled to him also, and wanted to know more of the happenings inside the doors. I loved that having Bevans narrative in 2nd person, it had the impression of Sweet James getting into her head and influencing her thoughts.

    Mae is the teenage twin that is growing up into the realms of womanhood and all the emotions it brings. She feels her brother, Rosso, is maturing at a slower rate than herself and quickly losing common interests. Mae's has teenager hormones overpowering her brain, and falls deeply in 'love' with Bevan, who isn't particularly nice to Mae, but even still Mae tends to put her on a pedestal.

    Rossa in the first half of the book comes across as shy and timid, and feels very out of place in this strange new house away from all of his Mom, Dad & friends. Rossa starts to feel like everyone is hiding something when conversations stop & hes asked to run errands to keep him away from the goings on inside the house.

    The 2nd summer Rossa feels like a changed character. His interest in drawing means him and Bevan have something to talk about and spend more and more time together, and their relationship becomes intimate, which makes Mae extremely jealous as the roles have reversed.

    By the end of this book I felt like I cared for these characters and the paths they were choosing. The story had an element of suspense and truly captured what it is to be a teenager, as well as lure to want to know what illusions and trickery are at play, which you never fully know.

    I can see how this book wouldn't be to every bodies taste. Its very weird & the narrative took me a good chunk of the book to get used to, but once I was then I couldn't put it down!

    This book is ideal for anybody that likes to read about:

    Witches/Witchcraft

    Animal Hybrids

    Coming of Age Stories

    Irish Tales

    Horror/Paranormal

    Lesbian Love

  • 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 weirdness of it. The writing was

    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 weirdness of it. The writing was really its strength, but I found the plot a bit disjointed, confusing, and I wasn't able to get too attached to it because of the way it kept switching points of view, person and tenses so quickly. I found that the writing style was such that it made me read it very quickly, bouncing from one paragraph to the next, but because of that, some of the more vague scenes didn't stick in my head very well and I had to reread parts to figure out what had actually happened.

    I really liked the setting of this strange house and its strange inhabitants. There is a talking cat, which ALWAYS wins me over. I love books with talking cats, I can give you a list of books that I love that contain talking animal familiars and I'm writing my own book with a talking cat, so yes, that pleased me.

    There's an evil owl spirit and possession and witchy wonders and a lesbian main character. This UK paperback is also absolutely stunning with its shiny pretty cover and pink sprayed edges.

    I do recommend this book if you like weird fantasy and horror and whimsical things that don't always have to make sense. I do, so it was a book for me, but I also didn't entirely connect with it or find it to be the best plot or characters. Her writing however truly was lovely and has me definitely open to reading more of her books.

  • Ashleigh (a frolic through fiction)

    * Rated 3.5/5 stars!

  • Aly (In Wonderland)

    I came close to DNFing at least 40 times whilst reading this book. Don't get me wrong,

    is beautifully written. Griffin has talent in making even the most boring of sc

    I came close to DNFing at least 40 times whilst reading this book. Don't get me wrong,

    is beautifully written. Griffin has talent in making even the most boring of scenarios somewhat tantalising with the way she uses the English language as art.

    But I believe that is, exactly, where the book fell flat for me:

    Nothing happened. There is building towards a climax that dissipates before it can even really take root.

    because this book has everything I love: a haunted house, love stories, complicated characters that are both heroes and villains. It should have been a

    , and yet I started this on April 5th and only today managed to finish it. I even took a break to reorganise the bedroom and clean my flat halfway through reading today. That says a lot.

    And it feels like an unpopular opinion, given all the glowing four- and five-star reviews littering this page. I feel terrible for being one of the unlucky few that didn't enjoy it. It felt very much like a brilliant idea and not so great execution, unfortunately.

    It begins promisingly, with a house burning down, raging fire and two twins, Rossa and Mae unable to explain what happened. It doesn't take long to learn that they'd gone to visit their aunt Rita, and Rita's ward Bevan, for the summer. Friendships begin to form, a crush takes root and the magic begins to flourish. We have a terrible being that lives in the walls, demanding sacrifice; a talking cat that may or may not be exactly as he seems.

    but it never quite happened, for me.

    mostly for Griffin's impeccable writing. God, I loved the way she wove magic with her words.

  • destiny ♡⚔♡ [howling libraries]

    This is so cool so far! ... buuuuut it was my "finish or set aside/DNF" title for the week, and sadly, I do not have the motivation to finish it tonight, so I'll pick it back up soon. ♥ (pls don't hate me Lauren!)

  • Charlie Anders

    This is a fascinating coming-of-age story with magical elements that feel both grounded and properly mystifying. Mae and Rossa are twins whose parents are slowly coming apart, and they get sent to live with their great aunt Rita and her teenage ward, Bevan, for two separate summers. They soon discover that Rita's house is no ordinary place --- it's one of those spooky houses with a mind of its own, where the rooms change shape and configuration sometimes. Plus there's a talking cat named Bobby,

    This is a fascinating coming-of-age story with magical elements that feel both grounded and properly mystifying. Mae and Rossa are twins whose parents are slowly coming apart, and they get sent to live with their great aunt Rita and her teenage ward, Bevan, for two separate summers. They soon discover that Rita's house is no ordinary place --- it's one of those spooky houses with a mind of its own, where the rooms change shape and configuration sometimes. Plus there's a talking cat named Bobby, and Rita is clearly a witch (and Bevan is her apprentice.) Bevan is talking to a weird creepy owl named Sweet James who lives inside the walls, and Sweet James seems to have designs on Mae and Rossa. If you go into this book expecting a traditional fantasy novel, or even a traditional coming-of-age story, you might be disappointed---

    . But that actually makes this book feel more like an accurate depiction of what it's like to be a teenager: you're full of passion and dying to take control of your own life, but adults still hold all the power in the end. Where this book really shines is in Griffin's depiction of teenage longing, the awful misery of being in love with someone who doesn't love you back, or outgrowing your old childish attachments. There are some gorgeous moments in this book that have stuck with me since I finished reading it, and the ending totally got me choked up. Griffin has a keen eye for the beautiful agony of adolescence, and that's what makes this book such a compelling read.

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