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The second book in the Ghost Roads series returns to the highways of America, where hitchhiking ghost Rose Marshall continues her battle with her killer--the immortal Bobby Cross. Once and twice and thrice around, Put your heart into the ground. Four and five and six tears shed, Give your love unto the dead. Seven shadows on the wall, Eight have come to watch your fall: One’s for The second book in the Ghost Roads series returns to the highways of America, where hitchhiking ghost Rose Marshall continues her battle with her killer--the immortal Bobby Cross. Once and twice and thrice around, Put your heart into the ground. Four and five and six tears shed, Give your love unto the dead. Seven shadows on the wall, Eight have come to watch your fall: One’s for the gargoyle, one’s for the grave, And the last is for the one you’ll never save.   For Rose Marshall, death has long since become the only life she really knows.  She’s been sweet sixteen for more than sixty years, hitchhiking her way along the highways and byways of America, sometimes seen as an avenging angel, sometimes seen as a killer in her own right, but always Rose, the Phantom Prom Date, the Girl in the Green Silk Gown. The man who killed her is still out there, thanks to a crossroads bargain that won’t let him die, and he’s looking for the one who got away.  When Bobby Cross comes back into the picture, there’s going to be hell to pay—possibly literally. Rose has worked for decades to make a place for herself in the twilight.  Can she defend it, when Bobby Cross comes to take her down?  Can she find a way to navigate the worlds of the living and the dead, and make it home before her hitchhiker’s luck runs out?                 There’s only one way to know for sure.   Nine will let you count the cost: All you had and all you lost. Ten is more than time can tell, Cut the cord and ring the bell. Count eleven, twelve, and then, Thirteen takes you home again. One’s for the shadow, one’s for the tree, And the last is for the blessing of Persephone.


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The second book in the Ghost Roads series returns to the highways of America, where hitchhiking ghost Rose Marshall continues her battle with her killer--the immortal Bobby Cross. Once and twice and thrice around, Put your heart into the ground. Four and five and six tears shed, Give your love unto the dead. Seven shadows on the wall, Eight have come to watch your fall: One’s for The second book in the Ghost Roads series returns to the highways of America, where hitchhiking ghost Rose Marshall continues her battle with her killer--the immortal Bobby Cross. Once and twice and thrice around, Put your heart into the ground. Four and five and six tears shed, Give your love unto the dead. Seven shadows on the wall, Eight have come to watch your fall: One’s for the gargoyle, one’s for the grave, And the last is for the one you’ll never save.   For Rose Marshall, death has long since become the only life she really knows.  She’s been sweet sixteen for more than sixty years, hitchhiking her way along the highways and byways of America, sometimes seen as an avenging angel, sometimes seen as a killer in her own right, but always Rose, the Phantom Prom Date, the Girl in the Green Silk Gown. The man who killed her is still out there, thanks to a crossroads bargain that won’t let him die, and he’s looking for the one who got away.  When Bobby Cross comes back into the picture, there’s going to be hell to pay—possibly literally. Rose has worked for decades to make a place for herself in the twilight.  Can she defend it, when Bobby Cross comes to take her down?  Can she find a way to navigate the worlds of the living and the dead, and make it home before her hitchhiker’s luck runs out?                 There’s only one way to know for sure.   Nine will let you count the cost: All you had and all you lost. Ten is more than time can tell, Cut the cord and ring the bell. Count eleven, twelve, and then, Thirteen takes you home again. One’s for the shadow, one’s for the tree, And the last is for the blessing of Persephone.

30 review for The Girl in the Green Silk Gown

  1. 4 out of 5

    Steven

    Thanks to Netgalley and Berkley for providing me with an advanced copy in exchange for an honest review. Holy cow, was that book a ride! I love Seanan McGuire (she's one of my favorite authors, if you hadn't noticed), and her Incryptid series is fantastic. I love that she's melded this ghost world into the Incryptid world, and chose to expand on Sparrow Hill Road's storylines. Sparrow Hill Road was originally a bunch of different short stories that got tied into a package deal, so while it is sti Thanks to Netgalley and Berkley for providing me with an advanced copy in exchange for an honest review. Holy cow, was that book a ride! I love Seanan McGuire (she's one of my favorite authors, if you hadn't noticed), and her Incryptid series is fantastic. I love that she's melded this ghost world into the Incryptid world, and chose to expand on Sparrow Hill Road's storylines. Sparrow Hill Road was originally a bunch of different short stories that got tied into a package deal, so while it is still really good, the overarching narrative was a little disjointed. This one, however, continues the story with aplomb. Fair warning: the events of Sparrow Hill Road are vital to understanding what's going on in Girl in the Green Silk Gown, so make sure you read that first. Rose Marshall is trying to move on with her afterlife following the misadventures of Sparrow Hill Road, but that danged Bobby Cross just won't leave her alone. He creates an intricate plan and acts on it, and Rose has to live out the dangers (literally) and try to find her way back to what she calls home. Because this one was planned as a full book, it was plotted and planned and developed. And boy, did Seanan do a great job! It took everything I loved about the first book - Rose, routewitches and phantom diners, interesting ghost and afterlife lore - and not only pulled all of that back into a new story, but expanded on it, kept it interesting, and kicked it up multiple notches. I won't say more because I'd gush over it like a fanboy and spoil something, but I hope you'll pick up this one and follow Rose's shenanigans as she takes on the last thing she'd ever expect to have to face after dying at 16 and being a ghost for so long -- life.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Robin (Bridge Four)

    3.5 Stars This review was originally posted on Books of My Heart Who the hell thought ghost spiders were necessary anyway. Rose Marshall is far from sweet sixteen and never been kissed.  She has been sixteen for over 60 years now, so kissing is the least of it.   She is the phantom prom date, the girl in the green silk gown and depending on which ghost story you are listening to, she is either a protector or a harbinger of death.  A girl can be anything she wants to be it seems, even in death 3.5 Stars This review was originally posted on Books of My Heart Who the hell thought ghost spiders were necessary anyway. Rose Marshall is far from sweet sixteen and never been kissed.  She has been sixteen for over 60 years now, so kissing is the least of it.   She is the phantom prom date, the girl in the green silk gown and depending on which ghost story you are listening to, she is either a protector or a harbinger of death.  A girl can be anything she wants to be it seems, even in death. Rose has a new boyfriend, or maybe he’d be considered an old boyfriend, since she knew him in life.  Sure, he might look like a car today, but every relationship has its challenges. Too bad that isn’t the only thing making her afterlife challenging.  Rose also has a psychotic serial killer after her and he has a brand-new plan and a whole bunch of tricks up his sleeve. Bobby Cross is back and he might just have a way to be able to kill Rose all over again if she isn’t careful.  With an unlikely ally, Rose will go through hell to make her way back to the twilight, and find a way to save herself from Bobby and his machinations. The best thing about this series is, it is different.  How may books are out there with a ghost as the main character? It is interesting to walk on the other side of death with Rose. There are rules as to what kind of ghost you could become, if when you die you’re not ready to move on.  There are things and places that were loved so much in life that they leave an impression in the twilight, even after they are long forgotten in the mortal world. It is interesting and different and weird in so many ways and it might look a little bit cruel to those looking from the outside in. Why is it that there’s always a point past which belief won’t go? You don’t get that with science. Say ‘we can make light where there is none by flipping a switch, and also we’ve flown out to the moon to say hello to the rocks, and these are equal applications of the scientific method,’ everyone smiles and nods their dead and says good for you, Science Person, congratulations. But when a bunch of ghosts and witches say Muses exist, everyone gets their knickers in a twist. Sparrow Hill Road suffered a little from being disjointed since it was the culmination of a bunch of ghost stories about Rose, peppered in with the story of how she died, and then her current battles with Bobby.  The Girl in the Green Silk Gown is much more linear and that made it easier to follow and stay in touch with the story. It did get a little repetitive in a few parts but overall it has a much better flow and there was always something interesting happening.  I’m very interested to see how the wrap up will go in the finale to the series. Review copy was received from Publisher. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

  3. 3 out of 5

    Barb (Boxermommyreads)

    I knew last month when I picked up "Sparrow Hill Road" I would be continuing the series soon (plus I had an arc that was about to expire so I was on a timeline). However, despite that, this is a book that I couldn't wait to read. "The Girl in the Green Silk Gown" picks up where the first book in the series leaves off. Rose Marshall is still haunting the highways and trying to stay away from Bobby Cross, the man who initially killed her on that cold and dark night so long ago. This time around, B I knew last month when I picked up "Sparrow Hill Road" I would be continuing the series soon (plus I had an arc that was about to expire so I was on a timeline). However, despite that, this is a book that I couldn't wait to read. "The Girl in the Green Silk Gown" picks up where the first book in the series leaves off. Rose Marshall is still haunting the highways and trying to stay away from Bobby Cross, the man who initially killed her on that cold and dark night so long ago. This time around, Bobby is hot on her tracks and due to something that happens early on in the book, Rose is in more danger than ever. She also has to join forces with an individual who once tried to banish her ghost forever, so that makes for some interesting dynamics. I don't want to give too much away since this is a sequel. I will say that once again, I feel in love with the world McGuire created as well as many of her characters. I will also note that this book is much more linear than the previous one and is a much easier read. If the formatting of "Sparrow Hill Road" has you doubting picking this one up, don't. I think you'll be pleasantly surprised once you dive in. I am still seriously in love with Gary, and I don't know if another book in this series is planned, but if so, I'll be jumping on that bandwagon as soon as I find out. I received this book from the Penguin First to Read program in exchange for an honest review.

  4. 3 out of 5

    Melliane

    3.5/5 Mon avis en Français My English review I love Seanan Mcguire and the first volume came out a while ago and I did not think that we would have a sequel. Also, I was surprised and delighted to see this new novel while continuing the adventures of our dear Rose Marshall. Always avoiding her former torturer, Rose will unfortunately face him again and the consequences will be disastrous. Become human again to better torment and kill her once and for all, Rose will have to find how to adapt in this 3.5/5 Mon avis en Français My English review I love Seanan Mcguire and the first volume came out a while ago and I did not think that we would have a sequel. Also, I was surprised and delighted to see this new novel while continuing the adventures of our dear Rose Marshall. Always avoiding her former torturer, Rose will unfortunately face him again and the consequences will be disastrous. Become human again to better torment and kill her once and for all, Rose will have to find how to adapt in this new world and especially find a way to return from where she came from! Yet it will be far from easy and she does not know how bad Bobby is when he wants something! I had a good time with this story. It was a pleasure to see Rose again and see one of her new stories. Besides, we learn a little more about mythology and I found it quite nice! I enjoyed seeing Rose again even if I admit that I expected a bit more.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Kira

    3.5 stars Once I started reading, I realized I remember almost nothing about Sparrow Hill Road. It turned out that was okay. It still flowed well with only remembering the basics of Rose's history and the world building. Actually this flowed much better than the 1st book because it was written as a book rather than a collection of stories grouped together to make a novel. I'm not sure what it is, but I have a hard time getting into this series. The pace is slow and the world building is repetitiv 3.5 stars Once I started reading, I realized I remember almost nothing about Sparrow Hill Road. It turned out that was okay. It still flowed well with only remembering the basics of Rose's history and the world building. Actually this flowed much better than the 1st book because it was written as a book rather than a collection of stories grouped together to make a novel. I'm not sure what it is, but I have a hard time getting into this series. The pace is slow and the world building is repetitive at times. I like Rose but don't care too much about any of the side characters. Her relationship with her boyfriend Gary is weird for many reasons, one of them being he is a ghost car. Most of the other characters are friends but with conditions as long as it doesn't violate the rules of their positions. Although the story got more interesting about a third of the way through, it still wasn't a page turner.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Tammie

    For Rose Marshall, death has long since become the only life she really knows. She’s been sweet sixteen for more than sixty years, hitchhiking her way along the highways and byways of America, sometimes seen as an avenging angel, sometimes seen as a killer in her own right, but always Rose, the Phantom Prom Date, the Girl in the Green Silk Gown. The man who killed her is still out there, thanks to a crossroads bargain that won’t let him die, and he’s looking for the one who got away. When Bobby For Rose Marshall, death has long since become the only life she really knows. She’s been sweet sixteen for more than sixty years, hitchhiking her way along the highways and byways of America, sometimes seen as an avenging angel, sometimes seen as a killer in her own right, but always Rose, the Phantom Prom Date, the Girl in the Green Silk Gown. The man who killed her is still out there, thanks to a crossroads bargain that won’t let him die, and he’s looking for the one who got away. When Bobby Cross comes back into the picture, there’s going to be hell to pay—possibly literally. This is the second book in the Ghost Roads series and while it was pretty good, it lacked something that made it great for me. I enjoyed the first book more. Maybe that's because it was a compilation of several different stories and I didn't mind reading about Rose in shorter stories. This book was one long novel that didn't feel like it needed to be as long as it was. It started to drag in places before I even got halfway through. Certain things are repeated too much, and there is also a whole lot of exposition in this book, so much at times that it feels like the author is going off on tangents. Rose was also less likable for me this time around because she was really whiny, but at least she knew she was. Parts of the story were compelling especially when Rose is trying to evade Bobby and the parts in the underworld. There are a few unresolved things at the end of the book, like Gary and his situation, and there is definitely more to explore there with his and Rose's relationship. I initially thought this was going to be a duology, but it's a series with, at this time, an undetermined number of books. While I like this ok, I really don't feel like I'm enjoying this enough to keep reading a whole series, so I'm good with stopping here. Thanks to First to Read for giving me a copy of this book. Review also posted at Writings of a Reader

  7. 4 out of 5

    Kyra Leseberg (Roots & Reads)

    In 1952, Rose Marshall set out for her prom and instead became an urban legend, known to most as the Girl in the Green Silk Gown or the Phantom Prom Date. 60 years later, she's still sweet 16 and hitchhiking her way across America, helping travelers get to their destination unharmed or holding their hand to guide them in to the twilight. Her boyfriend Gary is now dead and has become a car in order to spend his afterlife with Rose, so their relationship (as well as the rules of being dead) is obv In 1952, Rose Marshall set out for her prom and instead became an urban legend, known to most as the Girl in the Green Silk Gown or the Phantom Prom Date. 60 years later, she's still sweet 16 and hitchhiking her way across America, helping travelers get to their destination unharmed or holding their hand to guide them in to the twilight. Her boyfriend Gary is now dead and has become a car in order to spend his afterlife with Rose, so their relationship (as well as the rules of being dead) is obviously complicated. To complicate matters more Bobby Cross, the man who killed Rose, has never stopped looking for her. He made a deal on the Crossroads to live forever and keep his youth, but it's all tied to his iconic car. He has to keep his car on the road and the tank filled with souls. Rose is the only soul that got away and he intends to correct that. Summoned through a ritual, Rose finds her protections from Bobby have been weakened and she has to survive Halloween night as mortal for her protection to return. Unfortunately, Bobby has thought of everything and when Halloween is over, she's still alive. If there's one thing Rose is more afraid of than Bobby Cross, it's living. Traveling through the twilight and depending on help from unlikely allies, Rose attempts to escape her killer and return to her life of ... well, being dead. A thrilling ghost story filled with all the rules of the road you didn't know about, The Girl in the Green Silk Gown is a clever combination of urban legend, greek mythology, and paranormal fantasy. Thanks to the publisher and NetGalley for providing an ARC in exchange for my honest review.

  8. 3 out of 5

    destiny ♎ [howling libraries]

    #1 Sparrow Hill Road ★★★★★ #2 The Girl in the Green Silk Gown ???

  9. 5 out of 5

    Carrie (brightbeautifulthings)

    I received a free e-ARC through First to Read from the publishers at Penguin Random House. Seanan McGuire is one of my newer favorite authors, and my TBR officially includes everything she’s ever published. It will take me a while but, hey, I’m nothing if not a dedicated reader. There are mild spoilers ahead for Sparrow Hill Road. Rose Marshall, famous hitchhiking ghost of Sparrow Hill Road, the Phantom Prom Date, and the Girl in the Green Silk Gown is locked in an ongoing afterlife battle with h I received a free e-ARC through First to Read from the publishers at Penguin Random House. Seanan McGuire is one of my newer favorite authors, and my TBR officially includes everything she’s ever published. It will take me a while but, hey, I’m nothing if not a dedicated reader. There are mild spoilers ahead for Sparrow Hill Road. Rose Marshall, famous hitchhiking ghost of Sparrow Hill Road, the Phantom Prom Date, and the Girl in the Green Silk Gown is locked in an ongoing afterlife battle with her killer, Bobby Cross. Bobby was the James Dean of Hollywood before there was a James Dean, but he made a deal at the crossroads and became something more. As long as he keeps feeding the souls of roadside ghosts into his car, he’s immortal. Protected by the blessing of Persephone, Rose is determined to find a way to stop him, but Bobby will stop at nothing to end her first. If Sparrow Hill Road got stars for writing, character, and world-building, this one gets them for all those things, plus plot. The first book was, by admission, not entirely novel-like and somewhat meandering in its narrative, but The Girl in the Green Silk Gown revs its engine and takes the plot on a wild and gripping race through the ghostroads, the daylight, and the underworld. Presented early on with about as extreme a problem as a ghost girl can have, Rose spends the rest of the novel desperately trying to right the wrong Bobby has inflicted on her world, and it’s a hell of a ride. The storyline is much tighter and more straightforward, to awesome effect. I still love our sassy deadgirl heroine, and her character development is surprisingly good for someone who died more than sixty years ago. The plot forces Rose into a whole new, not always charitable, light, and I empathized a lot with her situation, while also finding it hilarious (in true McGuire fashion–she pairs horror and humor better than many). I like that it demands she reevaluate some of the things that happened in the previous book (trying not to be spoilery). Professor Laura Moorhead also returns and has more page time than probably any other character besides Rose, and her involvement is fascinating. They’re not friends, but circumstances temporarily force them to be allies, and I really enjoyed Laura’s utter moral grayness. She isn’t evil, but she isn’t totally good; she’s not all that likable, but she can be sympathetic, and McGuire constantly keeps us guessing about her. Given the mark of Persephone that Rose acquired in the last book, I probably should have been prepared for more Greek mythology tie-ins in this book, but it still caught me a little off guard. McGuire is so good at building her own mythology that I wasn’t expecting her to pull in someone else’s, but it works better than I thought it would. Her underworld reminded me a lot of her Hall of the Dead from Wayward Children, which is an interpretation I enjoy, and her characterizations of gods are both mysterious and a little terrifying–without giving them so much page time that they become watered down. The ending is satisfying and nicely wraps up this particular adventure, but there’s obviously more to come in Rose’s world. I’ll be eagerly awaiting the next book. I review regularly at brightbeautifulthings.tumblr.com.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Sarah

    I've become a huge fan of Seanan McGuire's books over the last couple of years and I was really excited when I found out we'd be getting to spend more time with Rose in The Girl in the Green Silk Gown. Rose herself is such an interesting character but what I really love about her books is the way Seanan has woven so many different legends together to create the richly detailed world of the Ghost Roads and all the different types of ghosts that live there. This book picks up Rose's story after the I've become a huge fan of Seanan McGuire's books over the last couple of years and I was really excited when I found out we'd be getting to spend more time with Rose in The Girl in the Green Silk Gown. Rose herself is such an interesting character but what I really love about her books is the way Seanan has woven so many different legends together to create the richly detailed world of the Ghost Roads and all the different types of ghosts that live there. This book picks up Rose's story after the end of Sparrow Hill Road and I wouldn't recommend reading the stories out of order so make sure you start with that one. Rose has been reunited with Gary but considering he's now a ghost car they'll never have what anyone would consider a normal relationship, they're making it work though and Gary is just happy to be with her in any way he can. We may have thought that she'd gotten Bobby Cross off her back but previous events have only made him all the more determined to end Rose's afterlife. Bobby has been out of the picture but only because he had plans to make and he has put his time to good use coming up with a very elaborate plot that Rose is going to really struggle to survive. I have to say this story went in a totally different direction to any I could have imagined and I think that's probably one of the things I enjoy most about Seanan's books, she always manages to surprise me! Rose has been dead for over 60 years but she has never had more to lose and her afterlife is only part of it.

  11. 5 out of 5

    ☕ Kimberly

    The first book in the series, Sparrow Hill, originally was told as a serial and followed a non-linear timeline and while interesting it was hard to sink your teeth into the story. The Girl in the Green Silk Gown, follows a linear timeline and picks up where Rose's story left off and McGuire delivered an engaging story that held me firmly in its grasp. Rose Marshall once again finds herself in the crosshairs of Bobby Cross. Bobby has schemed and laid out the perfect trap for Rose. Can she along wi The first book in the series, Sparrow Hill, originally was told as a serial and followed a non-linear timeline and while interesting it was hard to sink your teeth into the story. The Girl in the Green Silk Gown, follows a linear timeline and picks up where Rose's story left off and McGuire delivered an engaging story that held me firmly in its grasp. Rose Marshall once again finds herself in the crosshairs of Bobby Cross. Bobby has schemed and laid out the perfect trap for Rose. Can she along with her friends and enemies outwit him or has he once again ripped her from her home? I love urban legends, lores and mythology and McGuire has blended all three in a deliciously dark way. After the mark and blessing Persephone gave Rose she thinks she is safe, but Bobby is ruthless and he wants Rose. He will stop at nothing to have her. Rose finds herself ripped away from Gary and her friends, the Queen offers her aid and we experience the Twilight's version of Halloween. Twists, turns and walking amongst the living await Rose. Unlike Sparrow Hill this story follows a linear timeline with summoning circles, twists and more. Moments were dark and filled with tests and trials. Rose Marshall has spent sixty years as a hitchhiker helping those about to pass move on and has gained power even she doesn't understand. Umbramancer, routewitches, lore and a deeper understanding of the rules and lands for the unliving were riveting. I felt this story was stronger than its predecessor and allowed me to become more emotionally connected to the players. I loved all the footnotes to the urban legends surrounding ghosts, crossroads and mythology. I absolutely loved the lore, the twists, betrayals and heart-pounding moments as we travel the highways, take to the air and visit the gods. Fantastic story from beginning to the end. While this tale wraps up nicely, Bobby still rides, and this story is far from over! This review was originally posted at Caffeinated Reviewer

  12. 5 out of 5

    Amy

    I did not expect my favorite ghost story to meet up with (view spoiler)[Greek mythology (another fave) (hide spoiler)] , but I am alllll for it. I felt that a little too much time was spent (view spoiler)[on the Ocean Lady trying to figure out how to 'kill' Rose again (hide spoiler)] and not enough time (view spoiler)[in the Underworld (hide spoiler)] , but it's such a minor quibble that I'm not going to deduct any stars. Also, the chapter where Rose meets (view spoiler)[Cerberus (hide spoiler)] wa I did not expect my favorite ghost story to meet up with (view spoiler)[Greek mythology (another fave) (hide spoiler)] , but I am alllll for it. I felt that a little too much time was spent (view spoiler)[on the Ocean Lady trying to figure out how to 'kill' Rose again (hide spoiler)] and not enough time (view spoiler)[in the Underworld (hide spoiler)] , but it's such a minor quibble that I'm not going to deduct any stars. Also, the chapter where Rose meets (view spoiler)[Cerberus (hide spoiler)] was too cute. And since (view spoiler)[that damned Bobby Cross got away again (hide spoiler)] , that means there has to be (at least) a third book, right????!!!

  13. 5 out of 5

    Olga Zelenova

    I never really considered being alive to be an inconvenience. It’s definitely a thought I’m having now! Galley courtesy of First to Read.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Anelis

    You know what I think? I think that Seanan McGuire's books would be a helluva lot better if she wrote fewer of them. Apparently she can't quite keep track of what she's written, so she always needs to make sure. How else would you explain the fact that she keeps explaining and repeating the same things in EVERY.SINGLE.CHAPTER. This is something that becomes prevalent in her series rather than her standalone books. It always annoys me in her InCryptid series, and it almost knocked me out while su You know what I think? I think that Seanan McGuire's books would be a helluva lot better if she wrote fewer of them. Apparently she can't quite keep track of what she's written, so she always needs to make sure. How else would you explain the fact that she keeps explaining and repeating the same things in EVERY.SINGLE.CHAPTER. This is something that becomes prevalent in her series rather than her standalone books. It always annoys me in her InCryptid series, and it almost knocked me out while suffering through the goliath that was the Parasitology series. And I'm sad because I thought she'd found a way to work through it. In the first Ghost Roads book, that's essentially a short story collection -unlike this one that is one story- it wasn't much of a problem because that's how collections of gathered tales go. It was charming, added character to the stories and helped intensify the feeling that they were tales about an urban legend. Maybe that's why it's one of my favorite books of hers under the Seanan name (because nothing will ever compare to killer friggin mermaids, NOTHING!). My minds scatters and I'd forgotten much of the details from the first installment, even though I've read it twice thus far and plan on reading it again. Even so, the repetition killed me. Not repetition of events, people and relationships. The repetition of the premise, the pointless description of how one walks, enters a plane, does the smallest of things. Ah, yeah I wish she wrote a bit better or maybe that she had a more severe editor. In all honesty Seanan is an amazing creator and I think, were she not a woman, she would have the fame she deserves, at least under her Mira Grant pen-name. But she doesn't and because of that I always feel uncomfortable criticizing her. Her books, current one included, are the ultimate comfort for me, action, fun, with strong women, queer people, feminist politics, sometimes magic, sometimes gore. And truly, what more can a girl ask? I outta write a spoilerific synopsis of what happened, so I can remember it later on, but I'm out of time. This will probably be rectified sometime in the near future. *the spoiler edit* Ok so, infodump time for future granny Anelis who forgets everything. In this book Rose is chilling with her boy, maybe Gary is his name? He’s the one who loved her when they were teens, and somehow managed to become a ghost car just for her, after he died. So Rose and the Car are hanging out in a diner, er, don't remember the name, which is run by her friend who's a banshee, but we spell it the proper way, something like bean sidhe? She also has a name; maybe someday I'll remember it. Rose also has a friend who's a ghost rider, Tony or Tommy, maybe Tommy. Tommy was with Laura when alive. In the previous book Laura fixated on Rose thinking her the cause of Tony’s death. Bobby Cross is the James Dean-type actor who killed Rose. He's a forever not dead prick that has a car that instead of diesel runs on souls or ghosts or something and he is also fixated on Rose because plot reasons. There are also route witches, Apple is their Queen, and a highway called the Ocean Lady is like their goddess or something. Rose has had a tattoo that's a seal that's Persephone’s' blessing and protects her from Bobby Cross. Bobby finds a way, through a ritual that requires the self-sacrifice of a young witch, and damages her seal, while also managing to lock her away from the twilight, for some time, the twilight being the place where she's safe from Bobby. So to set things straight she needs to do a thing on Halloween. Dammit future self, don't ask me what it was because hell if I understood. Some ghost hunt in a farm. Ghosts are set lose and whoever kills them -for good- earns another year of life, and if the ghosts kill a human they become human again. The owners of the farm are being coerced by Bobby to resurrect her and so they do. When she wakes up she barely escapes, finding shelter in a diner. Not knowing anyone in the mortal world –apart from the Price family- she calls Laura for help, who for some reason comes. Rose promises Laura she will be her psychopomp when she dies so she can be reunited with Tommy. Laura agrees to help and pretends she is Roses’ aunt. Girl-bonding happens, but we know not to trust Seanan. Ensue hillaridink jokes about Rose pooping herself and forgetting how to pee because she was dead for way too long. She and Laura walk the Ocean Lady to find Apple who tells them to go through Hades’ gates like Persephone did, so Rose can die again. Rose now, alive, is a powerful witch, it's handy. Important: Rose needs to die in a way that will ensure she’ll be the same kind of ghost as before, hence the trouble. So they go to London, to look at all the stoles greek marbles and such. They are accompanied by a creature. They meet Hades and Persephone and Cerberus. Once they are close to the finish line Laura reveals she betrayed her and cooperated with Bobby. WHY? IT DIDN’T MAKE SENSE. WHY GO THROUGH ALL THIS TROUBLE? –Anelis, calme-toi, just state the facts dammit.- Ahem, so, just before they exit the gates of the underworld Bobby comes, crashes Laura with his car, Rose is kinda trapped but at the last moment Laura looks at her, just before dying, so Rose not only dies again and becomes the same kind of ghost she was before, but she also has Persephone’s blessing intact again. She tells Bobby to fuck off and guides Laura’s spirit to Tommy and they unghost, or die-die, or go towards the light together. Kinda the end.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Lisa Wolf

    This has been quite the year for me and Seanan McGuire. I was a fan of her Wayward Children books already, but this year I obsessively consumed her October Daye and Incryptid series -- so of course I had to read the Ghost Road books too. The Girl in the Green Silk Gown is the sequel to the 2014 book Sparrow Hill Road. I first started Sparrow Hill Road about a year ago, and couldn't get into it. This year, in the midst of my Seanan McGuire frenzy, I decided to give it another try, and actually enj This has been quite the year for me and Seanan McGuire. I was a fan of her Wayward Children books already, but this year I obsessively consumed her October Daye and Incryptid series -- so of course I had to read the Ghost Road books too. The Girl in the Green Silk Gown is the sequel to the 2014 book Sparrow Hill Road. I first started Sparrow Hill Road about a year ago, and couldn't get into it. This year, in the midst of my Seanan McGuire frenzy, I decided to give it another try, and actually enjoyed it -- enough so that I was keen to read The Girl in the Green Silk Gown as well. This book is the continuing story of Rose Marshall, who was killed in a car crash on the way to her prom back in the 1950s, and has haunted the highways of North America ever since as a hitchhiking ghost. Rose is the stuff of urban legends, who escorts doomed drivers to their afterlives but also helps those that she can to avoid a deadly fate. All the while, she's been on the run from Bobby Cross, the driver who killed her, and this time around, it looks like he finally has her trapped. Sparrow Hill Road is more like a bunch of interwoven stories that make a whole, whereas The Girl in the Green Silk Gown is a novel with a beginning, middle, and an end. It's a hero's journey, an epic quest, and a story of belonging and home. Rose makes unusual choices, accompanied by unexpected friends and allies, and has both bravery and kindness to see her along her way. The ghostly elements aren't scary -- this isn't a horror story -- but create an atmosphere that's otherworldly and strange and (yes) haunting in the best sense of the word. For those who haven't read Sparrow Hill Road, I'd say start there -- but you can also start with The Girl in the Green Silk Gown, as there are enough reminders and exposition to get you up to speed even without prior familiarity with the general story. Also, for those who've read the Incryptid books, you'll see some familiar names popping up in this book. Not being familiar with Incryptid won't get in your way at all, but if you have read those books, you'll smile in recognition at least a few times. Rose Marshall is a memorable lead character, and I hope we'll see more of her!

  16. 4 out of 5

    Kyra Leseberg (Roots & Reads)

    In 1952, Rose Marshall set out for her prom and instead became an urban legend, known to most as the Girl in the Green Silk Gown or the Phantom Prom Date. 60 years later, she's still sweet 16 and hitchhiking her way across America, helping travelers get to their destination unharmed or holding their hand to guide them in to the twilight. Her boyfriend Gary is now dead and has become a car in order to spend his afterlife with Rose, so their relationship (as well as the rules of being dead) is obv In 1952, Rose Marshall set out for her prom and instead became an urban legend, known to most as the Girl in the Green Silk Gown or the Phantom Prom Date. 60 years later, she's still sweet 16 and hitchhiking her way across America, helping travelers get to their destination unharmed or holding their hand to guide them in to the twilight. Her boyfriend Gary is now dead and has become a car in order to spend his afterlife with Rose, so their relationship (as well as the rules of being dead) is obviously complicated. To complicate matters more Bobby Cross, the man who killed Rose, has never stopped looking for her. He made a deal on the Crossroads to live forever and keep his youth, but it's all tied to his iconic car. He has to keep his car on the road and the tank filled with souls. Rose is the only soul that got away and he intends to correct that. Summoned through a ritual, Rose finds her protections from Bobby have been weakened and she has to survive Halloween night as mortal for her protection to return. Unfortunately, Bobby has thought of everything and when Halloween is over, she's still alive. If there's one thing Rose is more afraid of than Bobby Cross, it's living. Traveling through the twilight and depending on help from unlikely allies, Rose attempts to escape her killer and return to her life of ... well, being dead. A thrilling ghost story filled with all the rules of the road you didn't know about, The Girl in the Green Silk Gown is a clever combination of urban legend, greek mythology, and paranormal fantasy. Thanks to the publisher and NetGalley for providing an ARC in exchange for my honest review.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Susan

    Seanan McGuire is on my must read list whenever she publishes a new work. The Ghost Roads series falls in the enjoyable to read category for me. I think this book builds on the first one and creates more depth to Rose's story. I prefer some of the author's other series more (October Daye, Indexin, and to a lesser extent, InCryptid) and would recommend those first to other readers, but this is another solid undertaking. (It probably falls somewhere between 3 and 4 starts for me.) Even if you don' Seanan McGuire is on my must read list whenever she publishes a new work. The Ghost Roads series falls in the enjoyable to read category for me. I think this book builds on the first one and creates more depth to Rose's story. I prefer some of the author's other series more (October Daye, Indexin, and to a lesser extent, InCryptid) and would recommend those first to other readers, but this is another solid undertaking. (It probably falls somewhere between 3 and 4 starts for me.) Even if you don't like a particular series or character, Seanan McGuire always delivers a well written book with diverse characters and interesting storyline. The most intriguing parts of the book to me were where it brushes against the InCryptid series and mentions some of the characters from there (while this book is set in the same world, there's no real interaction between them in these stories). It's fun to pick up the references if you've already read the other series. I think this series is getting strong as the backstory is done and the characters move forward (as much as you can when you are already dead). For people who like a ghost story and fans of the author, this is a great book to pick up. If you are looking to read the author for the first time, I'd steer you towards October Daye #1. **I received an ARC through the First to Read program via Penguin Random House.**

  18. 3 out of 5

    Devann

    "The idea of a dead teenager becoming an urban legend because she’s too stubborn to rest in peace is ridiculous. So is the idea of a dead man becoming a car, or a runaway being elevated to the position of queen by a highway that thinks for itself. We live in the ridiculous. If I start to object to it now, it might all come crashing down." It's been so long since I read the first book that it took me a few chapters to get back into this but once I did I really enjoyed it. I have read all of Seanan "The idea of a dead teenager becoming an urban legend because she’s too stubborn to rest in peace is ridiculous. So is the idea of a dead man becoming a car, or a runaway being elevated to the position of queen by a highway that thinks for itself. We live in the ridiculous. If I start to object to it now, it might all come crashing down." It's been so long since I read the first book that it took me a few chapters to get back into this but once I did I really enjoyed it. I have read all of Seanan's books and while I could never call any of them bad, Ghost Roads was probably my least favorite so I wasn't really sure what to expect going in. However, I think that Rose is just the kind of protagonist that needs a little bit of time to grow on me [she is not quite as in your face as characters like Toby, Verity, and George] because I enjoyed this book a lot more than the first one. I feel like the cast of supporting characters had a lot to do with that. Sure there were other people around in the first one, but it was mostly all about Rose. In this book we get a more in-depth look into Apple, Laura, Gary, Emma, and even Bobby. Even Rose becomes a bit more real and well-rounded this time around. I really liked the plot and felt like it had a nice pace [also the little rhymes at the beginning of each section were great]. The ending might have wrapped up a bit too quickly for my tastes but overall I think it was a really solid book and I'm actually surprised that it took Seanan this long to gives Hades and Persephone a cameo in one of her series. ;) If you were kind of on the fence about the first one I would definitely recommend picking this one up because I think she's done a great job expanding the characters and the world, and if you loved the first one then you are sure to love this one too! I received an ARC copy of this book from First to Read

  19. 3 out of 5

    Caitlin

    Received free from Penguin First to Read, my thoughts are my own. I adore the haunting construction of this afterlife. Sometimes the dead move on, other times they linger, trapped into patterns by the manner of their death. Rose is a hitcher, who can borrow flesh with a borrowed coat, and rides with all sorts of drivers... including those who will be taking their last drive ever. She's happy enough in this second life, until her killer, Bobby Dollar, who still has use for her ghost, interferes. He Received free from Penguin First to Read, my thoughts are my own. I adore the haunting construction of this afterlife. Sometimes the dead move on, other times they linger, trapped into patterns by the manner of their death. Rose is a hitcher, who can borrow flesh with a borrowed coat, and rides with all sorts of drivers... including those who will be taking their last drive ever. She's happy enough in this second life, until her killer, Bobby Dollar, who still has use for her ghost, interferes. He's stripped her of her strengths, and left her stranded far from her familiar roads. Another chilling adventure, full of magic and spirits. Rose is a strong character, who grew up a lot after the end of her short life. The challenges facing her are terrible, but she keeps thinking and planning, putting one foot in front of the other, searching for the path back. The bad guys are varied and often concealed, with twists and turns as each new problem arises, but also moments of wonder. This in between world is rich and diverse, and compelling, if dangerous.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Alex Can Read

    This review first appeared on Alex Can Read. I am TRASH for anything Seanan McGuire writes and Rose Marshall is no exception. I’m dying for more already. Bobby Cross is a mostly-off screen villain and boy do I want to run that jerk over and give him a taste of his own medicine. Stalker-dude schemes to get Rose once and for all, and if he weren’t actually good at it, it’d be comically cliche. Rose has been dead for so long she can’t cope with the problems of the living and oh, does she describe the This review first appeared on Alex Can Read. I am TRASH for anything Seanan McGuire writes and Rose Marshall is no exception. I’m dying for more already. Bobby Cross is a mostly-off screen villain and boy do I want to run that jerk over and give him a taste of his own medicine. Stalker-dude schemes to get Rose once and for all, and if he weren’t actually good at it, it’d be comically cliche. Rose has been dead for so long she can’t cope with the problems of the living and oh, does she describe them to us in all their squishy detail. To thwart Bobby’s schemes, and he’s got them coming and going, Rose will have to team up will familiar allies and familiar enemies. There’s a lot on the line if she doesn’t pull this off. The Girl in the Green Silk Gown is more linear than Sparrow Hill Road, which makes sense once the story gets going. Time doesn’t mean much to the dead. Despite being more linear, it’s no less melancholy, romantic, nostalgic and full of moments both heartwarming and heartbreaking. You might want to have a box of tissues nearby. I do have to note, I knocked off half a star in this rating because the ending was abrupt. We were truckin’ along and then suddenly there are no more pages, no more story and it was as if Seanan had slammed on the brakes, turned off the car, jumped out and run down the road with her hands in the air, leaving me stunned in the passenger seat with a minor case of whiplash. That aside, I still LOVED the story, and am looking forward to a third book in the series (I hope, oh goodness please tell me there’s another!)

  21. 4 out of 5

    Karissa

    This is the 2nd book in the Ghost Roads series about Rose Marshall (the Phantom Prom Date). I enjoyed it a lot, although it got a bit slow at points. I loved venturing back into this ghostly world in between worlds and learning more about Rose Marshall. In a way this is kind of the first Rose Marshall book; the first published book “Sparrow Hill Road” was actually a collection of stories about Rose. This book is the first novel length story about Rose. It involves Rose trying to flee and stay saf This is the 2nd book in the Ghost Roads series about Rose Marshall (the Phantom Prom Date). I enjoyed it a lot, although it got a bit slow at points. I loved venturing back into this ghostly world in between worlds and learning more about Rose Marshall. In a way this is kind of the first Rose Marshall book; the first published book “Sparrow Hill Road” was actually a collection of stories about Rose. This book is the first novel length story about Rose. It involves Rose trying to flee and stay safe from the man that killed her, Bobby Cross. I love this world and the characters. There are a ton of amazing and creative ideas in here and I loved that as well. Although, I will say the idea of the Ghost Roads and how they work can get a bit complicated and ambiguous. At times I had to reread parts to understand exactly what was going on. Overall I really enjoyed this book and love that it ties in a little bit with the Incryptid series. This is a very creative world and series with intriguing characters. I plan on continuing the series.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Lea

    I'm a huge Seanan McGuire fan so I was already primed to like the book, even though -full disclosure- The Ghost Roads are my least favorite of her series. That said, McGuire is brilliant and wrote a compelling, interesting book- she managed to take a unique character, put her in a challenging story and have the reader root for something we ordinarily might not. (I've never wanted a heroine to die before). I wouldn't call this a ghost story, even if the main character is a ghost. This is an enter I'm a huge Seanan McGuire fan so I was already primed to like the book, even though -full disclosure- The Ghost Roads are my least favorite of her series. That said, McGuire is brilliant and wrote a compelling, interesting book- she managed to take a unique character, put her in a challenging story and have the reader root for something we ordinarily might not. (I've never wanted a heroine to die before). I wouldn't call this a ghost story, even if the main character is a ghost. This is an entertaining fantasy book- if you like offbeat humor, urban fantasy and intelligent female leads you will love this book.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Jamie

    Solid 4. The first book, Sparrow Hill Road, is my favorite McGuire book. The atmosphere I loved from the first book was somewhat missing from here. This was a more linear story, and more focused on Rose the girl, rather than Rose the urban legend, Rose the psychopomp, Rose the phantom. I was expecting more of that alongside the story of Rose the girl. I also felt like... not a lot happened? The stuff that did happen was good, but I guess I wanted more. Still, it was a good second installment.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Darcy

    Rose sure when through a lot in this one. She was shaken to the core, forced to really think about who she was and who she wanted to be, something a 60 year + ghost shouldn’t have to ponder. The ally Rose picked was an unusual choice. In one way it sort of made sense, in another not so much as I wasn’t sure that Rose could trust her. Rose’s other helpers seemed good, powerful people in the ghost world, who had helpers of their own. I was a bit surprised with how things went with these helpers an Rose sure when through a lot in this one. She was shaken to the core, forced to really think about who she was and who she wanted to be, something a 60 year + ghost shouldn’t have to ponder. The ally Rose picked was an unusual choice. In one way it sort of made sense, in another not so much as I wasn’t sure that Rose could trust her. Rose’s other helpers seemed good, powerful people in the ghost world, who had helpers of their own. I was a bit surprised with how things went with these helpers and the choices they made. The ending was a bit fretful, I wasn’t sure Rose was going to be ok, but in the end the right thing was done and everyone was where they were supposed to be.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Wench

    Given the subject matter, I don't want to say 'JESUS', so I'll say 'LADY BRIGHT AND LADY DARK, WOW'

  26. 3 out of 5

    Meghan

    The Girl in the Green Silk Gown is the sequel to Sparrow Hill Road. Sparrow Hill Road tells us the story of Rose Marshall, the original Phantom Prom Date, murdered in 1952 by Bobby Cross and traveling the ghost roads meandering between daylight, twilight, and midnight and helping those she can along the way while trying to avoid Bobby Cross. In The Girl in the Green Silk Gown, Rose continues to try to evade Bobby and somehow find a way to end him. However, through a complicated and nefarious sch The Girl in the Green Silk Gown is the sequel to Sparrow Hill Road. Sparrow Hill Road tells us the story of Rose Marshall, the original Phantom Prom Date, murdered in 1952 by Bobby Cross and traveling the ghost roads meandering between daylight, twilight, and midnight and helping those she can along the way while trying to avoid Bobby Cross. In The Girl in the Green Silk Gown, Rose continues to try to evade Bobby and somehow find a way to end him. However, through a complicated and nefarious scheme, Rose becomes mortal. And the book is a roller coaster as she tries to find a way back to being dead but not gone. This book will make you think a little differently about everyday biological functions as Rose has to suddenly contend with those things once again. Even with Rose alive, Seanan McGuire continues to spin the tales of this new road mythology along the Twilight where highways live. But it gets even better as old, known mythologies are woven in as a means to return Rose to her spirited form, dead but not gone. She is forced to rely on the one living person she knows, who doesn't much like her. But the bonds formed are real and I actually cried as a result. The Girl in the Green Silk Gown is one story, as opposed to the several short stories pulled together to create the pick-up novel of Sparrow Hill Road. The difference is palpable and makes this sequel brilliant. Do yourself a favor and read it! It's such a unique way to look at roads and ghosts in America. And I believe it all now!

  27. 4 out of 5

    Strega

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I have mixed feelings about this one. Rose is a cool character and reacts appropriately to being alive again after 60 years dead. I think that would pretty much freak me out, and I'm not sure I'd handle it was well as Rose did. Yes. She complained, "whined" if you prefer, but they were valid complaints IMHO. Laura, on the other hand, got way more than she deserved. Not only did she try to kill Rose in the first book, but she wouldn't let go of her dislike/hate even tho Tommy told her Rose didn't I have mixed feelings about this one. Rose is a cool character and reacts appropriately to being alive again after 60 years dead. I think that would pretty much freak me out, and I'm not sure I'd handle it was well as Rose did. Yes. She complained, "whined" if you prefer, but they were valid complaints IMHO. Laura, on the other hand, got way more than she deserved. Not only did she try to kill Rose in the first book, but she wouldn't let go of her dislike/hate even tho Tommy told her Rose didn't kill him. And then for her to be working with Bobby Cross? And to be the person who told him how to resurrect Rose and render her vulnerable to capture? She even betrayed Rose at the end of everything they faced together. Laura got to go on the journey of a lifetime for a folklorist and meet so many of the deities she'd spent her whole life studying because of Rose. And then Rose protected her, and brought Laura directly to Tommy in her afterlife. WAY MORE than Laura deserved. And way less than Tommy deserved. I understand that what Rose did for Laura prevented her from becoming a White Lady, but still. WAY MORE THAN SHE DESERVED. Plus, Gary was kind of a putz. Rose didn't need that shit. Looking forward to book 3 and (hopefully) the end of Bobby Cross.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Liz (Quirky Cat)

    I received an advanced copy of The Girl in the Green Silk Gown through Penguin First to Read in exchange for a fair and honest review. The Girl in the Green Silk Gown is the second book in the Ghost Roads series. Anybody that’s read the first novel (Sparrow Hill Road) will immediately recognize where that title came from. I wonder if all the books from this series will use a different name used to describe the ghost of Rose Marshall? I only recently discovered this series, and I have to tell y I received an advanced copy of The Girl in the Green Silk Gown through Penguin First to Read in exchange for a fair and honest review. The Girl in the Green Silk Gown is the second book in the Ghost Roads series. Anybody that’s read the first novel (Sparrow Hill Road) will immediately recognize where that title came from. I wonder if all the books from this series will use a different name used to describe the ghost of Rose Marshall? I only recently discovered this series, and I have to tell you that I’m totally hooked. So much so that I actually almost regret the fact that I got an advanced copy for it, because now I have that much longer to wait for the next book. It’s been so long since I found a ghost series that I was able to sink my teeth into. The world is so complex and intricate, as are the ghost roads themselves, the rules each ghost abides by, and so much more. All this combined results in a wonderfully written and immersive series. If you haven’t read or heard of this series, I strongly urge you to stop and give it a try. Also, definitely read them in order, you don’t want to miss anything. I promise. (view spoiler)[ You know you’ve found a fantastic book when three hundred odd pages of writing passes by in the blink of an eye, leaving you feeling like you only read a few dozen. I inhaled this novel, I swear. Same for its predecessor, actually, so that’s not terribly surprising. Rose Marshall is a stubborn, determined, and charismatic ghost. She’s compelling and well written, and more than anything she’ll always follow the rules of being a hitchhiking ghost. She also still wants to get revenge on Bobby Cross, and who can blame her? Rose is painfully aware that each moment Bobby is allowed to roam free is another chance that he’s found a new victim. It’s actually a terrifying thought. I’m still looking forward to Bobby Cross getting what’s coming for him. But honestly I’m okay with his plot not being resolved right away. Seanan McGuire has done a fantastic job with his character. He’s a constant threat to Rose, always lingering in the back of her thoughts, and yet he never feels overused. At no point have I hit a point where I felt like we’ve been shown his character too many times for him to be threatening. If anything it’s the opposite. With the conclusion of the last novel, I had some questions on how they were going to handle certain things. Like the introduction of Gary. His inclusion was handled seamlessly however, never ignoring him when he was in a scene and giving plausible reasons for his absence. I’m more relieved than I’d like to admit about that. There were so many twists and turns in this novel that I really wasn’t expecting. I won’t list any examples, because I don’t want to spoil them, but trust me when I say you should get ready for a wild ride. I will say that I absolutely loved the inclusion and modification of folklore and mythology. Seanan McGuire used some classic mythology stories and managed to modernize them; this helped them to fit the world she created, but more than that it made the story her own. It was beautifully done. Now that I’ve finished the book, I find myself a little depressed at the thought of it. That’s how you know it was good – finishing it felt like I was losing a friend. I can’t wait to get more information on the next in the series, even though obviously I know I’m going to have to do just that. On the bright side there’s several series by Seanan McGuire I haven’t read yet, so I’m going to dive into those to help pass the wait (hopefully I love them as much as the ones I’ve read!). (hide spoiler)] For more reviews, check out Quirky Cat's Fat Stacks

  29. 4 out of 5

    Amy A

    Originally posted at Vampire Book Club For nigh on sixty years Rose Marshall has been “living” the urban legend life as “The Girl in the Green Silk Gown” or sometimes “The Phantom Prom Date,” maybe even “The Girl in the Diner.” Whatever incarnation she takes, Rose has had a long time to come to terms with her death and she’s content right where she’s at, helping travelers on their way across the country, or if not, then helping to lead them on to the next great adventure. Plus, now that her high Originally posted at Vampire Book Club For nigh on sixty years Rose Marshall has been “living” the urban legend life as “The Girl in the Green Silk Gown” or sometimes “The Phantom Prom Date,” maybe even “The Girl in the Diner.” Whatever incarnation she takes, Rose has had a long time to come to terms with her death and she’s content right where she’s at, helping travelers on their way across the country, or if not, then helping to lead them on to the next great adventure. Plus, now that her high school sweetheart Gary has joined her on the twilight roads, there’s very little she’s left wanting that a milkshake and a cheeseburger from the Last Dance Diner can’t cure. Unfortunately for Rose, it appears that Bobby Cross, the one who drove her off the side of the road all those years ago, isn’t quite finished with her yet. He’s determined to get his hands on Rose, and no one wants to find out what his intentions are; seeing as how Bobby sold his soul for immortality, they can’t be anything good. But when Bobby ends up cutting off Rose’s only line of defense against him and sends her into the world of the living, she’ll be faced with the decision of finally getting the future she was denied, or trying to figure out a way back to the Ghost Roads. Where Sparrow Hill Road felt like a lamentation for the life and the future Rose lost, The Girl in the Green Silk Gown goes in the opposite direction as her “death” life is the one that’s threatened. I kind of liked the juxtaposition of the two. I was really excited when I learned that Seanan McGuire had more stories for Rose as I was completely sucked in to her life and death the first time around. I’ll admit this second book surprised me in terms of where the storyline went, but I loved feeling the vastness of the open road, that there’s still so much we have yet to learn about Rose’s world and the various beings she comes into contact with. And that Rose herself—despite being alive for sixteen years, and dead for around sixty—has missed out on so many experiences for obvious reasons. I really liked seeing her trying to come to terms with her own potential mortality and the vulnerability that sparks. I was a smidgeon disappointed with the way Rose’s sweetheart Gary was dealt with. For anyone who’s read the first book, you’ll remember that when Gary passed in the real world, he was able to bring himself back as Rose’s muscle car in the twilight. A completely interesting twist to their relationship. Through various magics, we do get a human-form Gary in Silk Gown, but I wanted a little more to be settled between him and Rose since the struggle for them to be together went on for literal decades. Fingers crossed these are things that will develop over time. Despite Bobby Cross being the catalyst for all of Rose’s problems—both in life and in death—he still doesn’t detract from the fact that this is Rose’s story first and foremost. Where I felt Sparrow Hill Road ended on a more final note (probably in case a sequel never happened), I feel like Silk Gown makes no mistake that things between Bobby and Rose are far from finished. Hopefully, we won’t have to wait so long for the next book, but I guess time has no meaning to The Girl in the Green Silk Gown so she’ll get to it when she’s good and ready.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Marzie

    Rose Marshall, a ghost in the Seanan McGuire's InCryptid world (2017 Hugo Best Series finalist) was first introduced to readers as a character in the serialized Sparrow Hill Road stories, featured on Jennifer Brozek's semiprozine The Edge of Propinquity, back in 2010. In 2014 McGuire adapted the Rose Marshall short stories into the book Sparrow Hill Road and the book was recently re-released (paperback ONLY*) with a snazzy new cover and some additional material (primarily the Pretty Little Dead Rose Marshall, a ghost in the Seanan McGuire's InCryptid world (2017 Hugo Best Series finalist) was first introduced to readers as a character in the serialized Sparrow Hill Road stories, featured on Jennifer Brozek's semiprozine The Edge of Propinquity, back in 2010. In 2014 McGuire adapted the Rose Marshall short stories into the book Sparrow Hill Road and the book was recently re-released (paperback ONLY*) with a snazzy new cover and some additional material (primarily the Pretty Little Dead Girl filk songs). While I loved Sparrow Hill Road there has been a bit of criticism that its episodic nature didn't feel quite like a novel. (I didn't care, mind you. On reading it again, I was so interested in how Rose's stories interface with the InCryptid world.) But now... welcome to your fully cohesive and exciting Rose Marshall novel: The Girl in the Green Silk Gown! As readers of any edition of Sparrow Hill Road will recall, Rose Marshall died when she was driven off the road by Bobby Cross, an evil actor who made a bargain with the Crossroads for eternal youth. (All he has to do is fuel his car with the souls of people he's caused to die! Forever.) Rose has been trying to avoid Bobby for about the past six decades and has already recently escaped one of his plots. Sadly, you could say he's hung up on Rose, in a murderous stalker kind of way. If you thought Rose was done with Bobby after Apple, Queen of the Routewitches put Rose under her protection, you'd be dead wrong. /cough/ This time Bobby has outdone himself; he manages to undo the Persephone protection Rose received from Apple and from there the whole situation rapidly goes to hell in a handbasket. The extent of Bobby's plot is wide and deep. So very deep. It will take Rose all the way into the mythological underworld to undo what Bobby has done to her. With the help of Apple, Emma (her beán sidhe friend), Gary (her car-spirit boyfriend) a snarky dullahan named Pippa, and, in the first of many surprises, Professor Laura Moorhead, Rose aims to put things right. It might take divine intervention to fix things, though. The Girl in the Green Silk Gown broadens Rose's story but also gives us more details about the world of routewitches, and puzzling simultaneously alive and dead beings. Melding her own ghost folklore and Greek mythology, Seanan McGuire has written a fun novel, set mostly in the InCryptid world. The rest of the time? Well, be sure to pick some asphodels while you visit. *If you can't swing the new edition in paperback you can still find the lyrics to these songs on Seanan's website, here. I received a Digital Review Copy of this book from DAW via the First to Read program.

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