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Weep, Woman, Weep: A Gothic Fairytale about Ancestral Hauntings by Maria DeBlassie – Review by Christine Taysom

Weep, Woman, WeepWeep, Woman, Weep by Maria DeBlassie
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This book is a beautiful cultural exploration of generational trauma wrapped in a creepy, gothic, horror story. I absolutely loved it! In this wonderful story we follow the determined and independent Mercy, from frightened and unsure child, self-described as “all elbows and knees” teenager to fearless, self-sufficient and generational trauma cycle breaker. I loved how well the author was able to build this gothic fairytale all while clearly explaining how this curse was really bred from the cycles of trauma in her ancestors’ past. It was beautifully written and was a perfect October book choice! Highly recommend this book!

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Weep, Woman, Weep by Maria DeBlassie – Review by Ashleigh Sherel-Kidd

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My rating: 5 of 5 stars

“I am built for tears.”
From the opening line, DeBlassie sucks us into an absolutely gorgeously spun tale of culture, breaking generational chains, and sorrow. La Llorona is a haunting presence that lurks throughout the story, causing you to shiver and look twice at the shadows outside your window.
As someone who lives next to the Bosque river, I found the description of New Mexico to be beautifully accurate, and the subtle horror perfect for spooky season.
Mercy is a wonderful narrator, and I empathized with her immediately. To be the friend that always feels a bit out of place, always longs for more beauty- that is a theme that I think many of us relate to.
I love that this novella was written by a bruja, and that we got to see the healing side of witchcraft. Beautifully done and well worth the read. I give this one five stars.

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Weep, Woman, Weep: A Gothic Fairytale about Ancestral Hauntings by Maria DeBlassie – Review by Dahnielle Hibbert

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My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is definitely an October must read! To say that this story is beautifully written is an understatement. Words do not justify how hauntingly lovely this story is. I say haunting because the words and details of this tale will invade your thoughts and dreams long after you have closed the cover.
The depth of every faucet of this novella will bring rich, sharp imagery to your mind.
Mercy is such a well developed character you will by the end feel as if she was your friend. You will grieve with her, hope with her and cheer her on.
I officially have Weep Woman Weep on my re-read list before the month is up and plan to treasure it again every October!

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Weep, Woman, Weep: A Gothic Fairytale about Ancestral Hauntings by Maria DeBlassie – Review by Melissa Collins

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My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I really felt connected with the main character, Mercy. As a person with a Hispanic heritage but no real foundation with my Mexican background I could relate so much. I know the story of La Llorrona, but I like how the perspective from Mercy takes a different approach on the story. I have a hard time getting scared reading books but this was a gripping story!

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Weep, Woman, Weep: A Gothic Fairytale about Ancestral Hauntings by Maria DeBlassie – Review by Mikaela Insinger

Weep, Woman, WeepWeep, Woman, Weep by Maria DeBlassie
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

A mysterious and gripping read, DeBlassie paints an intricate story full of racial discourse, generational trauma, and strong women fighting against all odds. I appreciated all aspects of this story and was able to easily visualize key elements including La Llorona, the farm, and the tears spilt into mason jars. The power and heartache resounded throughout the story and pounded the implications into my own heart. The scenery and descriptive writing style is absolutely breathtaking. I strongly recommend this read for all and will be looking forward to more novels from the author.

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Weep, Woman, Weep: A Gothic Fairytale about Ancestral Hauntings by Maria DeBlassie – Review by Amanda DelFemine

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My rating: 5 of 5 stars

DeBlassie knows just how to get you hooked from the first few sentences. It kept me engaged the whole time. I read it all in one sitting and by sitting I mean a 5 hour car ride haha. I knew of the folklore of la llarona as the weeping woman but she really incorporated the story of Mercy and Santos and Miguel beautifully. I enjoyed the pain, heartache and the happiness with all the ups and downs. I loved the writing style and how easy to read it was.

I am sure it was tough for Mercy to lose her best friend but have Sherry within reach and she would leave Sherry little gifts. Mercy did it for so long she forgot why she started to do it in the first place. Mercy didnt know what real kindness was until Santos came and bought the farm next to her. That is when her view on life changed.

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Weep, Woman, Weep: A Gothic Fairytale about Ancestral Hauntings by Maria DeBlassie – Review by Ashley Hasting

Weep, Woman, WeepWeep, Woman, Weep by Maria DeBlassie
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Weep Woman Weep was an amazing story from beginning to finish. Mercy had such a life to live with the Weeping Woman, the women who were caught by her, and what happened when she didn’t go to the river. I am seriously impressed that this story was only 120 pages. I swear it felt like so much more which is a good thing. I cannot express enough that Mercy is such an amazing girl who grew up to a confidant woman all on her own (except with mama’s help too). Maria, Kudos to an amazing story! 🙂

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Weep, Woman, Weep: A Gothic Fairytale about Ancestral Hauntings by Maria DeBlassie – Review by Felicia Bates

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My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I was drawn to the novella Weep, Woman, Weep by Maria DeBlassie, firstly because of the GORGEOUS cover art, secondly because I have come to know and love this author’s writing style. I thought I couldn’t love this author more after reading Hungry Business but this story even has that one beat. I was captivated by the writing from the very first page. The storyline is fast past with rich imagery. I am a sucker for a strong, independent heroine and not a leading female character that is portrayed as whiny or helpless. I really enjoyed Mercy and felt she, like the story overall, was strong and well written. I would give Weep, Woman, Weep 5 stars!

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Weep, Woman, Weep: A Gothic Fairytale about Ancestral Hauntings by Maria DeBlassie – Review by Roxsanne Lesieur.

Weep, Woman, WeepWeep, Woman, Weep by Maria DeBlassie
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Mercy is a woman, a woman both haunted by her past and trapped by it, she lives in Sueño, New Mexico, she is stuck between the Rio Grande river and the Shadow Lands which are haunted by the spirit of the Weeping Woman, or La Llorona as she is also known. La Llorona roams the riverside and weeps and wails at night for the husband she lost to another and the children she drowned to spite him, however, when she realised what she had done, she herself drowned in the river which is where she now draws unsuspecting female victims to drown and join her in a watery grave. All the women and girls in Sueño are taught from a young age to fear her and avoid the river banks at night as well as keep their sadness in check, for it is when they are at their most vulnerable that the Weeping Woman will come to take them away, for she has marked their families in the past and although the mark dilutes over time, it still exists and makes anyone with that mark a stronger connection and a destined target for La Llorona.

Mercy had learned from a young age not to count on anyone but herself and that her only future was with a man to whom she will bear children, with the hope of them being sons and not daughters and keep whatever happens between them behind closed doors, however, she and her best friend have bigger dreams, dreams of leaving Sueño behind and all the sorrows which dwell there. However, this was not to be when shortly before they could enact their plans to leave, her best friend is taken and Mercy’s life is forever changed as she battles not to become the next victim, so Mercy works hard and builds up the money so that she can finally accomplish the dreams of a childhood lost to sadness and heartache.

As the years pass and Mercy works her land, she cannot escape the call and one day finds herself at the riverbank just before sunrise and after a fierce storm, where she is dragged into the muddy, unclean waters of the marshy riverbank, but she is saved by a man in more ways than one that day and again, her life changes. Mercy soon realises that she has not escaped unscathed from the attack and now she has been given a gift thanks to the Weeping Woman, but will Mercy find a way to live with the changes, or will this gift turn into a curse stronger than she can break? This is a twisted fairy-tale melded with gothic horror in a town where nothing is as it seems and people sweep things under the carpet so they can try to forget and avoid the haunting events surrounding them.

Reviewed by @roxsannel

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Weep, Woman, Weep: A Gothic Fairytale about Ancestral Hauntings by Maria DeBlassie – Review by Debi Kircher

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My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Weep, Woman, Weep: A Gothic Fairytale about Ancestral Hauntings by Maria DeBlassie

5 +++++++ Stars

I picked up this book purely off the cover! I wasn’t sure I would connect to it because of the genre but took a chance because it wasn’t a long book. I’ve read a couple other books by this author and they were good, but THIS ONE?? It truly might be one of my favorite books this year, and I’ve read some pretty awesome books so far this year, I guarantee though that this sits up with my top faves.

Not sure if it was the way it was written but I’m pretty sure that plays a huge part. It felt like I was sitting at a table with a friend and she was telling me her story! I seriously hated when this book ended, I could have read on for hours. I’m really hoping this author decides to add another book to this story. It flowed beautifully and I kept trying to slow myself down, but that was impossible.

If you’re looking for a book that has just about everything you could ever want in a story then pick this up today! The emotions depicted are amazing and you find yourself feeling every one of them.

Loved it so so much! Can not wait to read it again!

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