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My Dearest Darkest

By Kayla Cottingham
My Dearest Darkest by Kayla Cottingham digital book - Fable

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*Bustle Best Book of March 2022

*Buzzfeed Highly Anticipated YA Novel

*Lambda Literary Most Anticipated LGBTQIA+

*BookRiot Best New Dark Academia YA Book

Wilder Girls meets The Craft in this Sapphic horror debut that asks: what price would you be willing to pay to achieve your deepest desires?

Finch Chamberlin is the newest transfer student to the ultra-competitive Ulalume Academy... but she's also not what she seems. Months before school started, Finch and her parents got into an accident that should have left her dead at the bottom of the river. But something monstrous, and ancient, and terrifying, wouldn't let her drown. Finch doesn't know why she woke up after her heart stopped, but since dying she's felt a constant pull from the school and the surrounding town of Rainwater, like something on the island is calling to her.

Selena St. Clair sees right through Finch, and she knows something is seriously wrong with her. But despite Selena's suspicion, she feels drawn to Finch and has a sinking feeling that from now on the two will be inexplicably linked to one another.

One night Finch, Selena, and her friends accidentally summon a carnivorous creature of immense power in the depths of the school. It promises to grant every desire the girls have kept locked away in their insecure hearts—beauty, power, adoration—in exchange for a price: human body parts. But as the cost of their wanting becomes more deadly, Finch and Selena must learn to work together to stop the horror they unleashed, before it consumes the entire island.

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173 Reviews

3.5
Smiling Face with Heart-Eyes
Characters change and growDiverse charactersDescriptive writingEasy to read
“i liked the dig into creepy town history”
Diverse charactersBeautiful settingDark settingDarkRomanticViolence
Surprised Face with Open Mouth
Characters change and growDiverse charactersLikable charactersMulti-layered charactersFunny writingOriginal writingAddictiveSuspensefulUnpredictableDark setting
Beaming Face with Smiling Eyes“My first YA horror book that centers queer/sapphic romance! I'm re-writing my review because I will admit that the first one that I wrote was too harsh. This book gives off vibes of BodiesBodiesBodies, I Am Not Okay With This, Jennifer's Body (refer to the quote at the beginning of the book), Sabrina The Teenage Witch, Riverdale, Wednesday, maybe House of Anubis? It's like you have taken a generic teen horror movie/TV show from Netflix and implemented it into a book. It's a shame the main character isn't goth herself, that would've been more fitting. This was a fast and easy finish, too! I managed to finish this entire book in a single day because of how addicting the plot is, as generic as it is (I mean come on, how many times have we seen instances of TV characters being taken advantage of by mysterious characters/demons, finding out too late that they're not to be trusted?) As cliche as this book is, I will admit that I enjoyed reading this.”
Easy to readAddictiveFast-pacedDark settingComing of ageDarkViolencePredictable
“It was very gay, very Gothic and very horror. I really enjoyed it.”

About Kayla Cottingham

Kayla Cottingham is a YA author and librarian. Her first book, My Dearest Darkest, was a New York Times and Publisher's Weekly bestseller. Originally from Salt Lake City, Utah, Kayla lives in Boston where she loves to go hiking in the woods, play RPGs, and snuggle on the couch with her ridiculously large black cat, Squid.

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