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Book Notes: The Luminaries

There seems to be a trend these days of covers featuring skulls of various kinds paired with flowers. I’m not sure if the flowers are meant to soften the starkness of the skull, but generally the creepy skull itself is enough to warn me off. That is unless said cover also contains a blurb from Leigh Bardugo. And is compared to Cassandra Clare. Then I’ll give it a second look.

The Luminaries by Susan Dennard is a contemporary YA fantasy, set in the town of Hemlock Falls, a town adjacent to a forest containing a slumbering spirit so powerful that as the sun goes down each day, the murderous nightmares of the spirit come to life. The Luminaries are a secret order of hunters bound to slay the nightmares and keep the world safe.