Dirty Wings (All Our Pretty Songs #2)
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.