Babayaga by Toby Barlow is a novel about some Babayagas–russian witches–in 1950’s Paris. There are some other POV characters as well–a quirky detective and some guy.
WHY I PICKED IT UP:
I’m a fan of Russian fairy tales and the idea of a Babayaga in semi-modern times intrigued me. Plus I like period settings.
WHERE/WHY I STOPPED:
I finished the sample of Babayaga. It seems very literary and plants a small hook early on in the first chapter by stating the main character is sleeping with a married man. By the end of the first chapter, there’s a murder–an even better hook!
WHAT COULD BE BETTER, IF ANYTHING:
I like this book’s characters, premise, and literary qualities. I feel like the author could trim a bit more fat from his manuscript, however. I like the long, pretty, paint pictures with words literary style and I feel it could be pared down because some parts read redundant.
Other than that, the novel has like, three or four epigraphs already–I feel epigraphs are hit and miss. Most of the time for me they miss.
But the good outweighs the bad.
I’m liking a lot about this novel so far. I intend to keep reading AND follow up when I get through!
Have you read Babayaga, or any of Barlow’s work? Leave a comment and let me know what you thought!