Hello fellow bookworms! I’m pleased to bring you my review of Ariadne, I Love You by J Ashley Smith. Due to be published on the 20th July by Meerkat Press. You can read the synopsis for Ariadne, I Love You here on Goodreads.
Also, a huge thank you to NetGalley and Meerkat Press for the ARC of this book to read and review!
Overall rating – 5 out of 5 stars.
The shorter length of this book lends itself incredibly well to the story it has crafted for us to read.
I want to say I enjoyed this book, but I’m not sure if that’s the right way to explain it, yes I thought it was a good read, but to enjoy something implies (to me) that it brought fun and delight to me while I was reading it. This book brought neither of those things, but in a good way…
Ariadne, I Love You was a haunting read, not in a scary way, but in a way that it will stick with me long after I’d finished reading it. It was as if someone had laid a blanket over you and wrapped you up in it to keep you warm, except the goal was to make you feel as haunted and as hollow as possible – that’s how I felt when I finished this book.
Throughout the story we descended into madness alongside Jude, we felt his desperation and yearning for Coreen through the pages and you could feel the heartbreak that Jude felt for his lost love.
All in all, the emotions of this book started as a steady stream before bursting into the sea, with waves that crashed over you forcing you to feel the same way that Jude felt. It really got under your skin.
The ending of this book was something else, and it left me with this taste that there was more I wanted to read but I would be terrified of doing so because I just would not know what to expect.
I loved this one for how ambiguous it was, at several points it was open to our own interpretation as a reader and I liked that, it felt like it allowed us to put our own stamp on the story, and led me to enjoy it even more.
On the whole, Ariadne, I Love You was a truly atmospheric read, forcing emotions to crash over you until you had no choice but to feel every aspect of the story, and watch yourself as you crashed into madness alongside Jude.