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Plain Kate by Erin Bow

Plain Kate

by Erin Bow

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I'm not sure how to classify this book. On the one hand, there's a talking cat. On the other, there are water vampires and women getting burned alive and lovable characters getting horrifically injured.

It's also rather frustrating how slow our heroine, Plain Kate, is on the uptake. It takes her ages to figure out some very obvious stuff, and even when she finds a simple and easy way to take out the villain, she doesn't. Which is both annoying for the reader and also rather foolish in the book, since her inaction leads to many deaths.

Ultimately, it's a disturbing but engrossing, and quick, read. But there's some rough edges that need to get sanded out. Also, I cannot get emotionally invested in a talking cat. ( )
  miri12 | May 31, 2019 |
Wow, not what I was expecting. ( )
  wrightja2000 | Sep 6, 2018 |
this is a good good solid book about grief and love (platonic love, familial love, love that is obsessive and sacrificial and all-consuming, and yes a little romantic love but that one does not feature as much)

and i have!! so many feelings!! i love this book so much, i love Kate, who is fierce and sad and desperately compassionate (even when it's hard, even when she doesn't want to be) i love her carvings and i love Taggle, King of cats, and i love Linnay and his songs and cruelty and magic i love everyone in this bar and i just want them to be okay!!

anyway, i agree with a lot of the other reviewers that content wise this is perhaps more YA than middle grade because uh there is quite the body count. ( )
  ireneattolia | Sep 3, 2018 |
Weird but pretty good. ( )
  AdrianaGarcia | Jul 10, 2018 |
Powerful. ( )
  rakerman | Apr 1, 2018 |
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Erin Bowprimary authorall editionscalculated
Carter, MatthewTypeface designersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Hansen, ChristopherDisplay type designersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Howard, LillieCover & interior designersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Kolesolva, JulianaCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Weisman, CherylProduction supervisorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
White, JessManufacturing supervisorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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To the memory of my sister Wendy -- artist, friend, and fierce good soul
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A long time ago, in a market town by a looping river, there lived an orphan girl called Plain Kate
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Plain Kate lives in a time afraid of magic. She has a gift for carving 'lucky' wooden-charms. Known as Witch-Blade, her unusual gift attracts dangerous attention in a place where witches are burned. When her village falls on bad times, suspicion falls on Kate. Scared for her life, she seeks the help of a mysterious stranger. In exchange for her shadow, the stranger will assist her, but Kate becomes part of a terrifying plan, darker than she ever dreamed.
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Plain Kate's odd appearance and expertise as a woodcarver cause some to think her a witch, but friendship with a talking cat and, later, with humans help her to survive and even thrive in a world of magic, charms, and fear.

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