A Pocketful of Crows, Joanne M Harris ARC review

Hello friends and fellow readers. I hope you are having a good day and that your TBR isn’t looming over you ominously as mine is!

Today I’m reviewing a quick little fantasy read with a unique feel to it. This was one of those books that stuck with me once I’d finished it so I’m looking forward to sharing my thoughts with you.

Goodreads Summary: 

I am as brown as brown can be,
And my eyes as black as sloe;
I am as brisk as brisk can be,
And wild as forest doe.
(The Child Ballads, 295)

So begins a beautiful tale of love, loss and revenge. Following the seasons, A Pocketful of Crows balances youth and age, wisdom and passion and draws on nature and folklore to weave a stunning modern mythology around a nameless wild girl.

Only love could draw her into the world of named, tamed things. And it seems only revenge will be powerful enough to let her escape.

Beautifully illustrated by (TBC), this is a stunning and original modern fairytale.

In a similar way to Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, this book has the feel of a creative writing exercise that progressed slowly into a book. I’m not saying that is a bad thing, but the link to The Child Ballads is reinforced so often I don’t think you could miss it if you tried!

The plot to this story was a little annoying for me, I’m never a fan of powerful women who get drawn aside by love. However, a good portion of this book is about getting rid of him and getting revenge so it is easy enough to get past. What I couldn’t understand, perhaps it was just me, was why on earth she would fall for him in the first place. Even if I had lived in the woods all my life he would still seem like a bit of a nothing in my opinion. Ah well.

As I say, the tone of this book is quite unique. I’m glad the book was short because, I think, had it been a long read I would have got quite bored or irritated with it, but a book that I could polish off in a couple of hours was just about the right amount of this intense first person narrative.

I actually ended up thoroughly enjoying reading this book, I would have liked more explanations as to how our nameless heroine got her powers and how this world fitted together but that isn’t the nature of this book. Rather, the prose is at the centre, there are some lovely elements of descriptive language (though it might be a little flowery for some people) and has the sense of poetry at its heart.

If you want something a little shorter to get your teeth into I would recommend getting a copy of this as it was definitely different to everything else I have read of late!

My rating: 4/5 stars

A Pocketful of Crows releases on the 19th of October so there is time to preorder if you’d like to better understand what I’m talking about!

By the way, I was sent a digital advanced review copy of this book from the publisher via netgalley for free in exchange for an honest review, all opinions are my own.

What say you? Is this kind of prose your cup of tea? Let me know in the comments below!



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