What would you do if the ghost of someone you love appeared in front of you?
Majesty is a beautiful ghost, with her hair of fire and eyes gray like smoke. That is Andy Fey’s first thought when the ghost of her best friend Majesty Hall appeared in her bedroom, only two months since her death. Majesty doesn’t know why she’s there, why only Andy can see her.
Andy isn’t sure if she should tell Gale, that boy who claims that he and Majesty were in love. Funny, sarcastic, and a self-proclaimed serial heartbreaker, Gale is proving to be a good friend in grief, though his trail of broken hearts could soon include hers.
As Andy and Gale wade through their sorrow, Andy wonders if Majesty is here to help ease her into this new, complicated friendship, or if she has a mission all her own.
What Drew Me In
A few months earlier, I was lucky enough to have been given an ARC copy of Jay E. Tria’s Songs of Our Breakup. I loved it, and I knew that from that moment on I would be on the lookout for her other works. When Majesty came around, I knew I HAD to have it. (I was one of the first few people who snatched the prints Tria brought to FilReaderCon last November, heh. Had to be quick!)
And yes, that cover’s glorious. Just like Majesty. (Design and watercolor art by Raine Sarmiento.)
Click on the Read More button for an attempt to place my ~*feels*~ about Majesty. This also serves as your spoiler warning.
What Made Me Stay
From the premise alone, I knew I was staying for the long haul. I have a thing for death-related stories ever since I read Kitchen by Banana Yoshimoto and then followed through by Mitch Albom’s The Five People You Meet In Heaven. Tria’s Majesty had a narrative that was easy enough to get into, but difficult to get out of . . . if that even makes sense. You go in, you enjoy the story, and then it ends, but you don’t want it to. After reading, I spent a considerable amount of time just holding on to the book and trying to make sense of how I felt. I was a mess of feels.
(It’s probably important to note that I’d been able to read Majesty about two weeks after my former boss’s little sister suddenly passed away. We weren’t very close, but we did spend some time together and I felt comfortable enough with her to hold conversations. She was one of the first people who bought a print copy of my book, but I feel like she never got around to finish it. 🙁 I’d carried around a dull pain in my chest from the day she passed, and reading Majesty helped me grieve, somehow.)
I’m going to express my feels about these quotes in gifs, if you don’t mind:
^ This was where I totally lost it. I literally had to put the book down and sob into my palms.
With a narrative that holds you (and never lets go), and the voice of a pure heart that truly loved spilling beautifully throughout its pages, Majesty is a book I will definitely be picking up again, heartache be damned. Get your tissues ready, this one’s offering a storm of feels.
This Book Made Me Wanna
- Cry. Only it didn’t only make me wanna. I did cry. A lot.
- Hug the author.
- See this story in animated form. It has the makings of a great animated movie, methinks! ^_^
Jay E. Tria writes contemporary Young Adult and New Adult stories about characters that live inside her head, about people she meets and people she wishes to meet. She is a daydreamer, a reader, and a lover of skinny jeans, sneakers, and live gigs. Oh, and adopted cats. She is not a cool kid.