Happy release day to Small Favors and thank you so much to Delacorte Press and Netgalley for letting me read an eARC of it! This book was one I fell in love with as soon as I saw the cover of it, so I’m very excited for everyone to be able to read it!
Small Favors 4/5 Stars
Summary from Goodreads:
Ellerie Downing lives in the quiet town of Amity Falls in the Blackspire Mountain range–five narrow peaks stretching into the sky like a grasping hand, bordered by a nearly impenetrable forest from which the early townsfolk fought off the devils in the woods. To this day, visitors are few and rare. But when a supply party goes missing, some worry that the monsters that once stalked the region have returned.
As fall turns to winter, more strange activities plague the town. They point to a tribe of devilish and mystical creatures who promise to fulfill the residents’ deepest desires, however grand and impossible, for just a small favor. But their true intentions are much more sinister, and Ellerie finds herself in a race against time before all of Amity Falls, her family, and the boy she loves go up in flames.
Man, this book was so good! It wasn’t my normal, fast paced fantasy, but I really liked the intrigue and the small town, neighbor turning on neighbor aspects of it. It also really reminded me of the hysteria around the Salem Witch Trials/those accusations (even though nothing was the same) and I loved that. I also got some The Grace Year vibes too, which were cool. Character wise, I loved Ellerie- not only does she have the coolest name, but she’s so tenacious and she stands by her family, pretty much no matter what, which I love. I also really liked Whitaker, even though he wasn’t really around all that much- the parts he touched were great. Sam made me sad- I know twins grow apart sometimes and I know the events in the book were a forcing function for that, but I wish him and Ellerie hadn’t grown apart as much as they did/I wish he wasn’t as horrible a person as he was throughout the book. I loved how the bees and the theme of that/their hierarchy and structure were used throughout the book in multiple ways (or at least I saw them used multiple times/in multiple ways). This book was really long, and while I did like the build up in certain parts, in others it felt like aspects were rushed or forgotten or justy drawn out far too much. Overall though, I really enjoyed Small Favors and I think y’all will too!