The Stars of Mount Quixx
The Brindlewatch Quintet, Book One
by S.M. Beiko
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Pub Date 25 Apr 2023 | Archive Date Not set
Even the best intentions can bring down a mountain . . .
Sent away for the summer, the Ivyweather sisters were promised a family vacation by their wealthy, indifferent parents. Two at-odds opposites — Constance an anxious society sweetheart and Ivory an adventure-struck rebel — the sisters aren’t sure what to make of the dangerously decayed town of Quixx and its creeping fog that never seems to lift.
When Ivory disappears after a spat with her sister, Constance tracks her to the mountain, where the Ivyweathers learn the town’s hushed talk of monsters is more than just a rumor. There, the sisters meet Derrek, a dapper and talented astronomer who also happens to be a spider-like creature with a scientific mind, the best of intentions, and a tragic past. Together, they all must find a way to lift the dangerous fog that has ensnared the town and return Quixx’s long-lost stars. But they soon discover that something far more monstrous than beasts lurks in Quixx, and it’s poised to crush this sleepy mountain town, along with the dreams of those in it.
Death and discarded memories haunt every corner of Quixx, but kinship, romance, and family — the one we choose — are at the heart of this cautiously optimistic, unabashedly queer modern monster story.
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this was a great start to the Brindlewatch Quintet series, I was invested in what was going on in the pages. The plot of the book worked so well and was interesting, it was a great modern monster book. It was a beautifully done story and I had a great time reading this. The characters were great and worked as real people, I enjoyed getting to know them. I look forward seeing where this series will go next.
"Leal was about to blow his stack, but someone new was waiting for them on the path ahead. The path to the Happy Bell, the one they’d taken every day to see what the Ivyweathers were up to, only to be told they were busy."
Thank you to Netgalley & ECW press for an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.
This book, about two sisters moving into a small town in the shadow of a strange mountain, felt like it crept up from my childhood nostalgia and made a comfortable home in the present moment. It reminded me of all the odd little books I absorbed as a child, stories about relocation and small town mysteries, with whimsical magic and a sense of place that was both of our world and distinctly not. This book genuinely charmed me so much and felt like a continuation of all the odd books that had been my bread and butter growing up while still absolutely being its own vibrant and distinctive thing.
The atmosphere of the book was lovely, the ending was so perfectly delivered, and I was so utterly charmed by all of the characters (even Slanner by the end!). It felt deeply comfortable, like soup in the autumn, while still having vibrant characters and a story that dealed with harsh and true to life fears. It was just potent and lovely and I am going to hold this book close for ages.
Also!! For those who care, it was a genuine monster romance!! A whole nice genderfluid giant spider scientist and and an anxiety riddled perfectionist prep-school girl! Left me so genuinely delighted and happy! Huge kudos to this book for being so whimsical and so vibrant and lovely!
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