A Corner of White (The Colours of Madeleine #1)
Elliot Baranski lives in Bonfire, the Farms, the Kingdom of Cello – where seasons roam, the Butterfly Child sleeps in a glass jar, and bells warn of attacks from dangerous Colours.
They are worlds apart – until a crack opens up between them; a corner of white – the ...more
It always pains me to have to write a review for a book that I know very few others will truly come to love. I don't deny that there are those who will pick up A Corner of White and persevere on through its slow start to eventually like this book, but the amount of readers who will possibly enjoy that slow beginning, the way I did? Few and far between. Nevertheless, A Corner of White is a splash of color in a genre suffering from cliches; a genre where originality has become a t ...more
When I was a little kid, I used to love Alice in Wonderland. I mean, it had a talking cat, a singing mouse and daily tea parties - what more could one possibly ask for? But what I saw strangely seemed to make less and less sense to me as I got older. The more I returned to that old story, the more the whimsical brilliance seemed to dim and be replaced with a random series of bizarre occurrences without any sense to them whatsoever. There is no real plot, the closest to anything of that kind bei ...more
Truth: I have read A Corner of White twice in the space of one month. I also dreamt about it once <3
I believe: Jaclyn Moriarty is one of the most original, greatest Australian writers out there (past and present)
Oh, so you have NO IDEA what this book is about? The blurb is surreal and utterly intriguing. I was captured from the beginning, g ...more
A Corner of White is the first book in a new series by Jaclyn Moriarty. It's a fantastic blend of Jaclyn's usual contemporary writing and a rich fantasy world. Fourteen year old Madeleine Tully and her mother, Holly, live in our world. They used to be rich and traveled all over the world but then Madeleine ran away from home again and this time her mother came along, leaving her husband, and Madeleine's father, behind. Elliot Baranski, aged fifteen, lives in the Kingdom of Cello, an alternate wo ...more
14-year-old Madeleine Tully and her mother are living in Cambridge, England after running away from her father and their former glamorous life. When Madeleine spies a piece of paper peeking out from a random parking meter and ...more
I have been a huge fan of Jaclyn Moriarty since I read Finding Cassie Crazy (released in the US as The Year of Secret Assignments) in high school. I immediately fell for her strong, quirky characters (especially Seb–probably my most longstanding YA crush), her talent for writing epistolary novels and the way she skilfully weaves plot threads to bring you to that ‘Wow I didn’t see that coming!’ moment. I didn’ ...more
There’s actually a lot of reasons why, most of them small and rather ignorable. Having a cast of identically ‘quirky’ characters is rather bland, but to a reader who likes their quirk, it’s enjoyable and ultimately harmless. And if a few concepts here and there aren’t explained well enough to actually understand them, well, sometimes that’s okay, too.
No, the problem with A Corner of White is the plot.
The absolute, utter, total, complete lack of a pl ...more
I picked up an ARC of this book at ALA but Scholastic Canada sent me a complimentary review copy, a finished ...more
As usual, when it comes to a Jaclyn Moriarty book, I find myself not knowing if I have the right words to express the awesomeness.
BUT I WILL TRY, dear readers, just for you.
I just don’t know where exactly do I begin as there is so much to unpack in terms of characterisation, narrative, world-building, setting, themes.
Maybe literally with: “where”.
The World: our world, more specifically Cambridge, England. This is where Madeleine Tully lives with her m ...more
I think the cover reflects the story quite well. I love how the cover has the crack that represents the gap between the two different worlds and the colourful rainbows and background!
Would you live in The Kingdom of Cello......or The World?
Before A Corner of White, I have never read anything by Jaclyn Moriarty. I have seen her books around but at that time, I did not know that she is an Australian author and that he ...more
My tweets about ‘A Corner of White’ include ‘extraordinary, beautiful, startling’; ‘one of the most original and unusual books I’ve read in a long time’; and ‘I’m in awe’.
It is certainly unlike any other book I’ve ever read.
‘A Corner of White’ is basically a story about parallel words – our own familiar world - and another far different and yet strangely familiar place, the Kingdom of Cello.
A crack opens up between these two worlds, and a letter s ...more
Madeline and her mother have run away from her father and now live in Cambridge, a far cry from their previous lives where they had all the comfort ...more
Or does it? If a fantasy world exists, doesn't that make the entire book fantasy, including seemingly real-life Cambridge? What is fantasy, anyway? It can be characterized by a good vs. evil conflict, and I can't say anything like that exists in this novel. The troubles in the Kingdom of Cello are mostly g ...more
Eu fiquei uma boa parte do início muito confusa, sem entender o propósito de nada que a aparecia na história e me perguntando como as tramas dos dois protagonistas ia convergir, mas aí depois de um 1/4 de leitura tudo foi se desanuviando de uma forma ótima.
É o tipo de livro que demora um pouco pra "começar" (o que sempre me causa uma leve ansiedade), mas também é o tipo de livro que dá pra ver que a autora sabe o que tá f ...more
Jaclyn Moriarty is fast approaching the tippity-top of my favorite authors list. Feeling Sorry for Celia was a complete joy to read, and it is one of my favorite books. She writes with such natural vibrancy, her imagery so vivid, her characters the product of summer daydreams. She creates magic out of real life, and finds everyday emotion in the imaginary places her book ...more
It's not working for me.
I had that awkward moment with A Corner of White by Jaclyn Moriarty.
Is it just me or does that blurb tell you nothing about the book? What is it with blurbs these days?! But as vague as the blurb is, that's how I felt about the book. It was...very quirky and poetic. But vague. I didn't reall ...more
This review originally appeared at Read in a Single Sitting.
It's like we're complementary colours...you know what those are, right? Colours that make each other disappear? So if you cross red with green—or blue with orange, or yellow with purple—you get a pale, pale colour, almost white...
Interestingly, though, if you put complementary colours next to each other, they make each other shine much more brightly.
I wonder what would happen if you and I met? Would we kill each other off, or m ...more
"We must think outside of overselves, Madeleine. Live for others, not just yourself. If you do not learn this thing, people will give up on you. You only get so many chances."
Madeleine and Elliot are two teenagers who have both have problems that they need to solve. Madeleine has recently moved to Cambridge with her mother and she desperately yearns for the life they left behind. Elliot's father has been missing for quite some time and he is desperate to know if he has ...more
First in The Colors of Madeline trilogy
Madeline and her mother have run away from her life to Cambridge. Elliot is in search of his father in the Kingdom of Cello. Elliot’s story is much more complex than Madeline’s. His family is the talk of his little farming town called Bonfire. Elliot’s father may have killed his uncle and ran away with his Physics teacher and Elliot refuses to believe that. He searches high and low in the Kingdom of Cello hoping t...more
It's the type of story that takes its time, creeps up on you, and before you know it, has morphed from a light, whimsical tale into an addictive page-turner.
For the first hundred or so pages, A Corner of White feels like a fun and clever magical story - almost Rowling-esque in its quirkiness. But there's a darkness at the edges (that we only see a hint of in this first instalment) and a quietly compelling mystery about what's really going o ...more
This story is split between the two worlds of Cambridge, England and The Farms, Kingdom of Cello. There are two central characters Madeline Tully and Elliot Baranski. Madeline lives in a very familiar Cambridge and her life is a strange one. She ran away from ho ...more
In moments of extreme conceit and hubris, sometimes, things click with me and I become them. A pair of dragonfly wings catch my eyes and I decide that's what I'd be if I were a pair of dragonfly wings. Not a vein different, not a vein prettier. That's how A Corner of White clicked with me.
Other people blinked at regular intervals, but not Belle. Now and then her eyes would go into a flying panic where she’d blink and blink to catch up.
Unfortunately, I'd be a trying book and it'd take h ...more
If I was asked to provide a book jacket quote, this is what I would say:
“Imaginative, original and Colourful, A Corner of White is a magical story that leaves “a trail of light” for the reader to follow..”
I teamed up with Marg at The Adventures of an Intrepid Reader to discuss A Corner of White.
Visit Book'd Out to read the first half of the discussion
and then go on over to The Adventures of an Intrepid Reader to read the rest
Uh-huh. Yup. Of course, Markus. Of course. I know.
Sorry, where was I?
This book sounds awesome. I absolutely adore her Asbury/Brookfield series. Jaclyn Moriarty is a Queen and deserves to be blurbed by the King of Aussie YA.
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She studied English at the University of Sydney, and law at Yale University and Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge, where she was awarded a PhD.
She is the younger sister of Liane Moriarty. She was previously married to Canadian writer Colin McAdam, and has a son, Charlie. She currently lives in Sydney.
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"If we know the solutions," said Belle, "they're not problems."
"Exactly," said Denny. "You do know the answers to most of your problems. Somewhere deep inside, you know.”