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Sunday 27 October 2019

Review: Other Words For Smoke

Magic can cast a spell on anyone and anything. Twins Mae and Rossa soon discover this after visiting their Aunt Rita’s house along with her ward Bevan across two summers.

Rita’s house possesses so many powerful secrets; Bobby the cat is more than just your average feline, Sweet James is a forceful power that lurks behind the wallpaper and an evil spirit haunts every corner of the house.

Mae and Rossa first visit their Aunt’s house when they are 14 and dismissed the strange occurrences. But returning three years later will forever alter their take on life.

Obsession, first love and fear – the house feeds on the strong emotions of its occupants and changes their perceptions. 

Sweet James has a hold over Bevan, forcing her to commit horrific deeds and inflict immense pain. While Mae is captivated by Bevan and promises her anything, her infatuation will lead her down a dark path that she may never recover from. Rossa is at the mercy of the dark forces inhabiting the house and is no longer sure who he can trust or believe.

Written in second and third person, the reader can experience the characters emotions, thoughts and soul-destroying conflicts. Bevan isn’t just manipulating Mae, 
Rossa is also fair game. Creating a competition for emotions while pitting Mae and Rossa against each other.

Caught between layers of an alternate world, Mae will have to decide on what ultimately wins based on what she knows – power or silence. In an almighty showdown of good versus evil who will win? The binds of a witch’s dark magic will have far reaching consequences than Mae or Rossa ever knew.

Title: Other Words For Smoke
Author: Sarah Maria Griffin
Publisher: Titan Books, $19.99
Publication Date: 1 May 2019
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9781789090086
For ages: 14+
Type: Young Adult Fiction