The full text of this review appears in. The writing is great, though, but the stories are not. I do appreciate the choices he made for Lauren in the end though. It couldn't have been any other way. Just a small hesitation about needing more plot going through bit other than that the characters and idea were executed flawlessly.
This is my first Nova Suma book, and I doubt it will be my last. No compensation was given or take to alter this review. Recommended to lovers of Pretty Girl-13 and other mystery thrillers. Seventeen-year-old Lauren is having visions of girls who have gone missing. She could be pulling her scarf tight around her face to protect it from the cold, searching through her coat pockets for her car keys so they're out and ready when she reaches her car in the dark lot.
This book could have gone terribly wrong in many ways. This could've been cool but they were very short and it started feeling filler after awhile. What were her friends like? And I have a feeling it'll terrify me even more. Highly recommend for fans of mystery and unreliable narrators and, of course, if you love beautifully-written prose. With complexity and richness, Nova Ren Suma serves up a beautifully visual, fresh interpretation of what it means to be lost. Getting each girls story and realizing that no two circumstances are the same kept me absorbed in the story. Because no one suspects what she knows.
Her personality was so thoughtfully driven and clear. I wanted to know more about her backstory, her life before she began being plagued by these visions. The writing is great, though, but the stories are not. She's also a lover of caps lock and uses it excessively. Plus the ending of that book was kind of a surprise and a bit disappointing to me so I am a bit wary to pick up another title by her.
Sorry, language censor is down for a bit because I just read a work of brilliance and I'm just in that mode of, Did I really fucking read something so fucking amaze? How can she help them? These days I'm trying to challenge myself to branch out more, and this was one of those books that I hoped would be different. While I can tell you a host of things I liked about this book, I can't exactly pinpoint what I didn't. The girl disappeared because she ran away. Don't tell me you don't already have a tone set for this. Las estrellas parecen alinearse y poner todo en su lugar para lograr un producto final memorable. I had a real feel for Lauren, the narrator and main character, and her strange mind, her growing separation from the world and people around her, along with how it's hurting the people around her.
It was incorporated with jarring experiences and semi-crypticness. I'm going to spoiler this because it's the kind of book where talking about the structure will give away some stuff, even though I won't reveal any specific plot details. I would have loved to see more of Jamie. The first part, where Lauren obsessively tracks down details of missing girl after missing girl, was heartbreaking and staggering. For more of my reviews, visit my blog at See more reviews at 4. And all these girls have just one thing in common—they are 17 and gone without a trace.
It could always also be that despite it being a fairly character-driven novel, I don't get a feel of Lauren. Which is both a good and a bad thing. The second part deals with a topic I wish was explored more. Yet it still takes time to write. I am neutral towards the ending, but I love the message this book delivers about not forgetting, not giving up on any of those girls. Las estrellas parecen alinearse y poner todo en su lugar para lograr un producto final memorable.
Honestly, I'm not that excited to write this review. She was losing control of herself while she was learning these girls stories. Like the main character, I wasn't sure what was going on or what was going to happen next. Will she be 17 and gone like Abigail? Some of them ran away, some were abducted, one was still alive The story goes from girl to girl without lingering in one long enough to make me feel sorry for her. He is absent for quite a bit of the story. Also, the aussie cover is beautiful. This is one of those books that is almost impossible to talk about without spoiling anything, so I will leave this short and sweet, but say this is one of the most potent books I've ever read.
And I'd recommend you to do so, as well. This is a book that could've easily turned into a public service announcement or after school special, but instead Nova Ren Suma weaves her message into a taut thriller. This isn't necessarily a book I would normally pick up, mainly because I'm not a big contemporary reader. Sure, it was a beautiful, eloquently written horror story that is sure to chill you to the bones as you witness all these missing children's stories intertwine, and it's all wonderfully atmospheric; but I felt something huge was missing, but I can't quite put my hand on what it was. And I'm okay with that.