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  • Writer's pictureJulia C. Lewis

A Botanical Daughter: A Review

384 pages, Kindle Edition

Expected publication March 19, 2024

5/5 Stars


Look, I don't often like to give books at the beginning of the year the title "Best Book of 2024", but I'm pretty sure A Botanical Daughter deserves just that. Noah Medlock's novel is a haunting display of loss, love, and the lengths one will go to achieve their wildest dreams. From the first page, Medlock pulled me in with botanical knowledge, beautiful prose, and an exciting, if not tragic, cast of characters. I've rarely read a book in which I was rooting for every character, even the ones with dubious goals.

Even after I finished the book, I longed for more and felt homesick for the gardens of Grimfern. The ending was poetic but heartwrenching all the same and I would love to return to Medlock's world one day. If this is what we can expect from Medlock's writing in the future then I'm sure amazing things are yet to come. A Botanical Daughter is the perfect book for readers who love horror, science fiction, and fantasy all sprinkled with witty characters and a fantastical journey of love and grief-- and that of an unconventional family.

If I could, I'd give this book 10 stars, but alas, 5 shall suffice.

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