“Samantha Heather Mackey couldn’t be more of an outsider in her small, highly selective MFA program at New England’s Warren University. A scholarship student who prefers the company of her dark imagination to that of most people, she is utterly repelled by the rest of her fiction writing cohort–a clique of unbearably twee rich girls who call each other “Bunny,” and seem to move and speak as one.
But everything changes when Samantha receives an invitation to the Bunnies’ fabled “Smut Salon,” and finds herself inexplicably drawn to their front door–ditching her only friend, Ava, in the process. As Samantha plunges deeper and deeper into the Bunnies’ sinister yet saccharine world, beginning to take part in the ritualistic off-campus “Workshop” where they conjure their monstrous creations, the edges of reality begin to blur. Soon, her friendships with Ava and the Bunnies will be brought into deadly collision.”
This is a book I decided to pick up after seeing a couple of Booktuber’s review it as ‘really weird, graphic and definitely not for everyone’ and I’m so glad that I did. I generally really enjoy books that don’t necessarily make a lot of sense, leave questions unanswered and leave a lot up to the reader’s interpretation of events whereas I know many reader’s do not enjoy that in books so keep that in mind.
This was a wild messy ride and I could not put it down once I started, definitely a book that need’s to be read multiple times to truly appreciate the thought that went into it’s planning. Magical realism is one of my favourite genre’s of fiction to read and this book did it beautifully. Many shocking moments, many beautiful moments and after finishing reading this book I was left with that feeling of awe over what I just read.
This book is definitely very graphic as far as gore goes so maybe avoid this if that is something you’re not comfortable reading about. If you enjoy reading weird messed up stuff then definitely give this a try, I loved it a lot and it is one of my top books of the year for sure.
My rating: 5/5 stars