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  • Published: 5 July 2022
  • ISBN: 9780241592540
  • Imprint: Penguin
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 300
  • RRP: $19.99

Our Crooked Hearts




Secrets. Lies. Super-bad choices. Witchcraft . . . A gripping mystery crossed with a pitch-dark tale of modern-day witchcraft.

IN OUR FAMILY, MAGIC RUNS DEEP, BUT SECRETS RUN DEEPER.Ivy's summer starts with a series of disturbing events - unnatural offerings appear on her doorstep and she's haunted by fragmented memories from her childhood. Soon she grapples with a dark secret that she's always known - but never faced - that there is more to her mother Dana than meets the eye . . .
Dana's story starts the summer she turns sixteen, when with the help of her best friend and an ambitious older girl, she embarks on a major fling with the supernatural. As the trio's aspirations darken, things soon take a more sinister turn.
Years after it began, Ivy and Dana's shared story will come down to a reckoning among a mother, a daughter and the dark forces they never should've messed with.

  • Published: 5 July 2022
  • ISBN: 9780241592540
  • Imprint: Penguin
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 300
  • RRP: $19.99

About the author

Melissa Albert

Melissa Albert is the founding editor of the Barnes & Noble Teen Blog and the managing editor of BN.com. She has written for Time Out Chicago, SparkLife, MTV and McSweeney's.

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Praise for Our Crooked Hearts

EVERY LINE READS LIKE AN INCANTATION, and the result is a book pulsing with magic, one that holds the reader firmly under its spell.

V.E. Schwab, author of The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue

EERIE, EVOCATIVE, AND ELECTRIFYINGLY BRILLIANT. I was immediately gripped from the very first page and completely compelled throughout. I already can't wait to reread it. Melissa Albert's writing is magic made real.

Katherine Webber, author of The Revelry

A RIVETING STORY THAT GRIPS YOU LIKE A SPELL until you're too deep to emerge unscathed! Once again, Melissa Albert reveals the power of magic within a daughter's grasp and the love of imperfect mothers.

Angeline Boulley, author of Firekeeper's Daughter

RUTHLESSLY ENTICING, Our Crooked Hearts is a story about fierce magic and even fiercer young women. It caught me in its web and held on tight. This book pulses with a bewitching darkness, and I loved it.

Kat Ellis, author of Harrow Lake

UTTERLY BELIEVABLE MOTHERS, SISTERS, AND DAUGHTERS WITH THEIR HANDS FULL OF MAGIC, MAKING BAD DECISIONS because they have to. I love it. No one combines magic, darkness, and the realities of being a woman the way Melissa Albert does.

Kristin Cashore, author of The Graceling Realm series

NO ONE WEAVES FAIRY TALE MAGIC INTO THE MODERN WORLD LIKE MELISSA ALBERT. A truly masterful tale . . . with all the trappings of a classic: immaculate prose, a parallel generational story for the ages, and chills when you least expect them.

David Arnold, author of The Electric Kingdom

The gravity of Albert's prose in Our Crooked Hearts is inescapable. I love the glint and grind of its magic, its tangled inheritance, the sacrifices it demands, the bonds it makes and breaks. THIS BOOK WILL SWALLOW YOU WHOLE.

Hannah Abigail Clarke, author of Scapegracers

A STORY AS THRILLING, ALLURING, AND HARROWING AS THE MAGIC IT DESCRIBES . . . This is a book that draws the reader in so cleverly, you won't think to ask how deep the water is until it's too late. An instant favorite.

Sarah Gailey, author of The Echo Wife

VISCERAL, BOLD, AND EERIE, OUR CROOKED HEARTS TOOK HOLD OF ME AND REFUSED TO LET GO. With girls as fierce as the magic they wield and secrets looming heavy on every page, this book is utterly compelling the whole way through.

Rachel Griffin, author of The Nature of Witches

A GLITTER-EDGED RAZOR OF A BOOK, SHARP AND KEEN. The magic here is real and visceral, with powerful consequences. I fell into this book like Alice falling into Wonderland, and I didn't want to leave.

Kat Howard, author of An Unkindness of Magicians

MELISSA ALBERT'S SIGNATURE STORYTELLING IS ONCE AGAIN PURE SORCERY. This book has everything I love: girls with tremendous power at their fingertips, mothers with unforgivable secrets, horrors left on the doorstep, and best of all, writing that sings and stuns. To those with a crookedness inside you: You are about to be enthralled.

Nova Ren Suma, author of The Walls Around Us

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