A Study in Drowning - by Ava Reid (Hardcover)

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Dimensions (Overall): 8.25 Inches (H) x 5.5 Inches (W) x 1.21 Inches (D)
Weight: 1.0 Pounds
Suggested Age: 14 Years
Number of Pages: 384
Genre: Young Adult Fiction
Sub-Genre: Fantasy
Publisher: Harperteen
Format: Hardcover
Author: Ava Reid
Language: English
Street Date: September 19, 2023
TCIN: 88314559
UPC: 9780063211506
Item Number (DPCI): 247-29-6728
Origin: Made in the USA or Imported


Book Synopsis

"Achingly atmospheric and beautifully sharp, A Study in Drowning will draw you in from the first page." --Rory Power, New York Times bestselling author of Wilder Girls

Bestselling author Ava Reid makes her YA debut in this dark academic fantasy perfect for fans of Melissa Albert and Elana K. Arnold.

Effy Sayre has always believed in fairy tales. Haunted by visions of the Fairy King since childhood, she's had no choice. Her tattered copy of Angharad--Emrys Myrddin's epic about a mortal girl who falls in love with the Fairy King, then destroys him--is the only thing keeping her afloat. So when Myrddin's family announces a contest to redesign the late author's estate, Effy feels certain it's her destiny.

But musty, decrepit Hiraeth Manor is an impossible task, and its residents are far from welcoming. Including Preston Héloury, a stodgy young literature scholar determined to expose Myrddin as a fraud. As the two rivals piece together clues about Myrddin's legacy, dark forces, both mortal and magical, conspire against them--and the truth may bring them both to ruin.

Part historical fantasy, part rivals-to-lovers romance, part Gothic mystery, and all haunting, dreamlike atmosphere, Ava Reid's powerful YA debut will lure in readers who loved The Atlas Six, House of Salt and Sorrows, or Girl, Serpent, Thorn.

Review Quotes

"Piling invention upon invention, Reid conjures a bleached-bone jewel box of a tale, full of strange treasures and captured bits of dangerous lore. A Study in Drowning is as merciless as a rising tide and as beguiling as a fairy's bargain." -- Melissa Albert, New York Times bestselling author of The Hazel Wood

"Achingly atmospheric and beautifully sharp, A Study in Drowning will draw you in from the first page. A spell-binding mix of magic, myth, and mystery." -- Rory Power, New York Times bestselling author of Wilder Girls

"As always, Ava Reid's worlds feel lived-in and rich in history. This one is also full of myth and superstition, and heavy rains that fall upon crumbling old houses. A rewarding, romantic read, with much to chew on." -- Kendare Blake, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Three Dark Crowns

"Haunting and elegantly rendered, A Study in Drowning is a lyrical examination of stories told, cherished myths, and an unraveling of truths held dear. Darkly romantic and unsettlingly eerie, I will be thinking about this book for a long time to come." -- Erin A. Craig, New York Times bestselling author of House of Salt and Sorrows and Small Favors

"Drenched in atmosphere, and as wondrous and haunting as a dream half-remembered. A Study in Drowning is a love letter to stories--and to everyone silenced or forgotten in their retelling. Effy and Preston are spectacular leads, tenderly drawn and sure to win readers' hearts as they've won mine." -- Allison Saft, New York Times bestselling author of A Far Wilder Magic

"This is one of those books that makes you remember why we read in the first place. A Study in Drowning takes dark academia to magical new heights. Reid is a singular, extraordinary talent." -- Sasha Peyton Smith, New York Times bestselling author of The Witch Hunt

"In A Study in Drowning, Reid questions the idea of stories, who writes them, and who they are for. Between heart-wrenching discoveries, lush worldbuilding, and prose as beautiful and cruel as the sea, she delivers an answer I won't soon forget. I could read this book again and again - absolute perfection." -- Courtney Gould, author of The Dead and the Dark

"Lyrical, incisive, and tragically beautiful, this book will haunt your dreams. Reid delivers in every way----from the atmospheric house by the sea to the achingly hopeful romance to the examination of power, gender, and control, A Study in Drowning ruins and rebuilds you." -- Vaishnavi Patel, New York Times bestselling author of Kaikeyi

"Both haunting and tender. Set amongst crumbling cliffsides and a raging sea, this atmospheric story will settle in your bones. Romantic, beautifully written, and powerful." -- Rachel Griffin, New York Times bestselling author of The Nature of Witches

"Lyrical, moving, and sensitive, A Study in Drowning is a magically romantic tale, filled with writing that will sweep you into a whimsical and gothic world. I'll recommend this beautiful and thoughtful book over and over again." -- Isabel Ibañez, author of Together We Burn

"Incandescent, tender, and fierce. A Study in Drowning is a deftly woven mystery, brimming with lyrical writing and compelling characters who will steal your heart. This is a story that lingers, long after the last word." -- Rebecca Ross, bestselling author of Divine Rivals

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