Dirty Wings (All Our Pretty Songs #2)

 
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Dirty Wings (All Our Pretty Songs #2)
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Age Range
12+
Release Date
July 15, 2014
ISBN
978-1250049384
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Maia is a teenage piano prodigy and dutiful daughter, imprisoned in the oppressive silence of her adoptive parents' house like a princess in an ivory tower. Cass is a street rat, witch, and runaway, scraping by with her wits and her knack for a five-fingered discount. When a chance encounter brings the two girls together, an unlikely friendship blossoms that will soon change the course of both their lives. Cass springs Maia from the jail of the only world she's ever known, and Maia's only too happy to make a break for it. But Cass didn't reckon on Jason, the hypnotic blue-eyed rocker who'd capture Maia's heart as soon as Cass set her free--and Cass isn't the only one who's noticed Maia's extraordinary gifts. Is Cass strong enough to battle the ancient evil she's unwittingly awakened--or has she walked into a trap that will destroy everything she cares about? In this time, like in any time, love is a dangerous game.

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Don't eat the pomegranate
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3.3
Plot 
 
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Characters 
 
3.0
Writing Style 
 
4.0
What I Loved:
In ALL OUR PRETTY SONGS, the story of Cass and Maia, the mothers, was left mostly a mystery. DIRTY WINGS provides the backstory of how the two girls came together and how they ended up where they did.

The writing is just as beautiful and twisted and strange as in the first novel of the trilogy. McCarry has a way with words. Every sentence is emotional and gorgeous. I love her writing style and that plays a big part in the enjoyment of the novel. The narration is written in such a way that you have to savor each word.

Cass and Maia are flawed and damaged and make so many wrong choices, but their friendship becomes the defining aspect of the novel. They connect and understand each other and love each other unconditionally. Maia, who has lived a sheltered, lonely life, finds Cass to be a beacon of light. Cass has the street smarts Maia's never had the chance to develop and the confidence Maia envies. Cass sees Maia as someone bright and lovely in a life of constant hardship. They need each other.

What Left Me Wanting More:
There isn't a strong plot in this novel; it's mostly a character study of these two girls and the choices they make. I also wish that the ties to the Persephone story had been stronger. I love myth retellings, but the Persephone myth was only loosely woven into the novel.

The Final Verdict:
Told with lush, lyrical prose, DIRTY WINGS is a beautiful, haunting story of two girls who become sisters and start down a dark path.
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