This is it. My last "book characters as folklore/evermore lyrics" blog post. I've officially gone through every single song on the albums with the exception of epiphany, an underrated
favorite to which I found no adequate comparison. I've been so happy to take the time to go over each song individually and continue to listen to them on repeat as I put together these blog posts. I can't believe how much both albums have impacted my life during the craziness that has been the last year of lockdowns and quarantine. I'm excited to finish this blog series and move onto the future with many rerecordings on the horizon.
In this post, you'll find characters from The Cousins by Karen M. McManus, Fortuna Sworn by KJ Sutton, and The Winter Sister by Megan Collins.
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The Cousins by Karen M McManus
The Cousins Description: Milly, Aubrey, and Jonah Story are cousins, but they barely know each another, and they've never even met their grandmother. Rich and reclusive, she disinherited their parents before they were born. So when they each receive a letter inviting them to work at her island resort for the summer, they're surprised... and curious.
Their parents are all clear on one point—not going is not an option. This could be the opportunity to get back into Grandmother's good graces. But when the cousins arrive on the island, it's immediately clear that she has different plans for them. And the longer they stay, the more they realize how mysterious—and dark—their family's past is.
The entire Story family has secrets. Whatever pulled them apart years ago isn't over—and this summer, the cousins will learn everything
Milly: No, no body, no crime // But I ain't letting up until the day I die - no body, no crime, evermore
Aubrey: I wait by the door like I'm just a kid // Use my best colors for your portrait // Lay the table with the fancy shit // And watch you tolerate it - tolerate it, evermore
Jonah: In the garden, would you trust me // If I told you it was just a summer thing? // I'm only 17, I don't know anything // But I know I miss you - betty, folklore
Fortuna Sworn by KJ Sutton
Fortuna Sworn Description: We were meant to be seductive. We were designed to lure humans in.
Fortuna Sworn is the last of her kind.
Her brother disappeared two years ago, leaving her with no family or species to speak of. She hides among humans, spending her days working at a bar and her nights searching for him. The bleak pattern goes on and on... until she catches the eye of a powerful faerie.
He makes no attempt to hide that he desires Fortuna. And in exchange for her, he offers something irresistible. So Fortuna reluctantly leaves her safe existence behind to step back into a world of creatures and power.
It soon becomes clear that she may not have bargained with her heart, but her very life.
Fortuna Sworn: I'm not your problem anymore // So who am I offending now? // You were my crown // Now I'm in exile seein' you out - exile, folklore
Collith: There's an ache in you put there by the ache in me // But if it's all the same to you // It's the same to me - 'tis the damn season, evermore
The Winter Sister by Megan Collins
The Winter Sister Description: Sixteen years ago, Sylvie’s sister Persephone never came home. Out too late with the boyfriend she was forbidden to see, Persephone was missing for three days before her body was found—and years later, her murder remains unsolved.
In the present day, Sylvie returns home to care for her estranged mother, Annie, as she undergoes treatment for cancer. Prone to unexplained “Dark Days” even before Persephone’s death, Annie’s once-close bond with Sylvie dissolved in the weeks after their loss, making for an uncomfortable reunion all these years later. Worse, Persephone’s former boyfriend, Ben, is now a nurse at the cancer center where Annie is being treated. Sylvie’s always believed Ben was responsible for the murder—but she carries her own guilt about that night, guilt that traps her in the past while the world goes on around her.
As she navigates the complicated relationship with her mother, Sylvie begins to uncover the secrets that fill their house—and what really happened the night Persephone died. As it turns out, the truth really will set you free, once you can bear to look at it.
Sylvie: She would've made such a lovely bride // What a shame she's fucked in her head - champagne problems, evermore
Annie: I, I stayed there // Dust collected on my pinned-up hair // They expected me to find somewhere // Some perspective, but I sat and stared // Right where you left me - right where you left me, evermore
Persephone: That old familiar body ache // The snaps from the same little breaks in your soul // You know when it's time to go - time to go, evermore
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