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The Walls Around Us: Review

The Walls Around Us: Review

I’m torn on this one, you guys. There were many things I liked about Nova Ren Suma’s The Walls Around Us: the prose style is gorgeous, and I was much more interested than I expected to be in a story about killer ballerinas. On the other hand, I saw the twists coming from a mile away (rare for me!), but dammit, I was still so interested in this book up until the last twenty-five pages or so. The basic premise of The Walls Around Us: Amber’s in a juvenile detention center, Violet’s off to Julliard. These are our novel’s two narrators. Both their stories are bound together by their relationship to Ori – a promising young ballerina who is sent to the same juvenile detention center after allegedly murdering two rival ballerinas. As readers, we never get Ori’s story directly, but are asked to piece it together from Amber and Violet’s accounts. (This… Read more »

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17 & Gone: review

17 & Gone: review

Title:  17 & GoneAuthor: Nova Ren SumaRating:4.5 out of 5 starsRelease Date: March 21, 2013Publisher: Dutton JuvenileAge Group: YASource: ARC from publisher While I was reading 17 & Gone by Nova Ren Suma, I felt as though someone had taken me by the hand and was leading me into a dream state where realities were blurred and paranoia was a constant state of being. I caught glimpses of someone disappearing around a corner, I heard whispers from companions unseen–and there was nothing I could do but allow myself to be pulled deeper and deeper into the ever-changing kaleidoscope of the author’s masterful storytelling. In this suspenseful psychological thriller, 17-year-old Lauren is overcome by “waking nightmares” of girls who have gone missing. She is compelled to investigate their cases, even as her own family and personal issues threaten her peace of mind. Can she save the girls who are lost? Can… Read more »

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Literary Swoon, Day One: Nova Ren Suma

Literary Swoon, Day One: Nova Ren Suma

Photos courtesy of D. Sharon Pruitt & Nova Ren Suma To get you into the Valentine’s Day mood, we’ve asked some of our favorite young adult authors for their help! We asked two questions:   What is your favorite romantic scene from a novel? Why has it stayed with you?  The answers we received were surprising and touching, and provide a little glimpse into each writer’s reading world. Books are often an emotional experience, after all, and through them we often see our own breathless dreams and longings and aspirations reflected. Fair warning that each day features a scene that probably contains some spoilers, so you may want to skip them if you haven’t read the book and plan to do so soon. There’s no better person to start off our series than Nova Ren Suma, the author of one of my favorite books published last year: Imaginary Girls! Without… Read more »

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Imaginary Girls: review

Imaginary Girls: review

Imaginary Girls                     by Nova Ren Suma Eerily beautiful and incredibly disturbing, Imaginary Girls is a novel unlike any other I’ve ever read. As the story begins, Chloe is coaxed into swimming across a reservoir at night by her magnetic and beautiful older sister, Ruby. A dangerous and illegal activity, made all the more frightening because Chloe would be swimming over the lost town of Olive, which was flooded to make room for the reservoir. The idea of swimming over a ghost towns in the dark of night, with the possibility of “cold, webbed hands” reaching out for your ankles, is incredibly evocative and scary, and it created a distinct feeling of unease that never left me. If that wasn’t enough, Chloe finds herself face to face with a dead body at the end of her swim. In terrible shock, she leaves town… Read more »

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