Move over Sarah Dessen, there's a new contemporary author that could take your place as a favourite! AND..she's Canadian! DefiniteAs seen on my blog:
Move over Sarah Dessen, there's a new contemporary author that could take your place as a favourite! AND..she's Canadian! Definitely a plus in my books.
Waiting for the Storm
took me by surprise, in the way it demanded emotion, and didn't let you go until the very end. I had forgotten how much I missed reading Contemporary, this book reopened that door's genre for me.
Okay, let's get the fangirling out of the way first and foremost:
Waiting for the Storm
takes place..in ONTARIO!! I can't even begin to tell you how enormously happy that made my heart. I just kept sighing with happiness every time the word "Toronto" showed up on the page. I love that, right from the start, I had a reason to connect myself with this book. Mind you, I enjoy reading books that take place in countries/towns that are foreign to me, but just knowing that the character's you're slowing falling in love with are living and breathing in your hometown, well, that's just a feeling I can't describe with words. So, YAAY Marie Landry! Thank you for making this Torontonian happy!
Now, on the actual plot. Charlotte has recently lost her mother, the book opens to a funeral scene, and you're immediately placed in a somber mood. The tone was on point, and I was surprised with how quickly I sided with the main character. Thank GOD, I have not been in her position, but I understood, and felt her pain, all the same. Her support system has failed her, and she's left with constant memories of the last moments with her mother. The setting moves to Angel Island, where Charlotte, her insufferable sister Ella, and their father, decide to stay for the summer. Very soon after, Ezra (aheeem, I wonder if this name was influenced by another..very well know Ezra? *wink*), her very good-looking neighbour, takes a step into her life, and eventually, a huge step into her heart. Opening up to this stranger is everything Charlotte thought she didn't need, but the more time they spend together, the more she realizes that there are other people who mirror her pain, and if given the chance, can begin to heal each other from the inside out.
I felt immensely close to Charlotte's character, and not just because of her circumstances, but also because Marie threw in some SERIOUSLY relatable qualities. Charlotte was an avid reader, and..wait for it..a lover of scouring..book blogs online!! It was such a neat, and appreciated, hobby. I know that Marie began her writing career as a blogger herself, so that was even more added warmth for my heart *happy sigh*. The other characters in
Waiting for the Storm
were distinctly well-written. Ella, Charlotte's sister, was easy to hate, but there was always that underlying understanding, and by the end of the book, I was pretty much in tears. Charlotte's father was slightly eccentric, and you couldn't help wanting to jump into the book and hug him-you felt the loss of his wife in every single one of his movements, and every word of his dialogue.
I loved the small town setting, I'm a sucker for those, and am always excited when the main character finds out the little quirks, and excitements, that occur within. In
Waiting for the Storm
, the library was that found treasure. Small town libraries have the biggest hearts, and I was glad to see that the one on Angel Island was no different.
Waiting for the Storm
was, by no means, a fast-paced read, it was one that you needed to take your time with. There were no insane revelations, or hardcore twists at the end of each chapter, but every scene was one to be taken in and worked through. The emotion it exuded took up every space my head, and even though the book started with a tragic moment, the rest of it will have you feeling tranquil, open, and relaxed enough to feel everything it's characters were feeling.
This was my first book by Miss Landry, and I can't wait to see, and feel, the rest of her work!
Recommended for Fans of: YA Contemporary, Sarah Dessen...more
I picked up this book from the shelves at the library based solely on it's cover-do you SEE..that cover!? The artwork is INSANELYAs seen on my blog:
I picked up this book from the shelves at the library based solely on it's cover-do you SEE..that cover!? The artwork is INSANELY beautiful. I LOVE middle-grade cover art, like, to the point of obsession. When I finally got around to tearing my eyes away from the front of the book, I was more than pleasantly surprised when I read the synopsis. A musty library..pirates..transport directly INTO books!? Are you kidding me!? Yes..PLEASE.
I wasn't completely blown away by magic and fantastical feelings by the time I finished it, but this book made me nostalgic in so many warm ways. I loved the idea of the story line, and the author created a back story that transitioned very nicely into the adventurous part of the tale. There were definitely influences from InkHeart, and Aladdin, and I couldn't get enough of of the beautiful and vivid imagery that sprung to the front of my mind as I read and compared-Middle Eastern countries provide such extraordinary backdrops for fiction. Even the descriptions of Yeat's grandmother's house at the beginning were the exact right amount of creepy-I wish the story lingered there just a liiittle longer.
The main characters were, sadly, a little one-dimensional to me, especially Yeats. I know his family situation called for his character to be a little bit wise beyond his years, but with this being middle-grade fiction, I expected him to break out of the chains that held him down at home, and become a more carefree, adventurous 12-year old once he entered an unknown world. I also found it a little unrealistic how quickly he picked up on the speech patterns of that time, it was almost instantaneous. Two characters I absolutely ADORED however, were Skins and Bones, the pirate book ends. They were ENDLESSLY entertaining, and had me laughing out loud whenever they had dialogue-pirates, how can you NOT love they're blunt humour?
Overall, this story was cute, and gained major points for bringing me back to my childhood Disney years, but unfortunately, it fell short of fantastic. I'm fairly new to Middle Grade, well, as an adult anyways, so Between Two Ends was a short and sweet introduction into the genre. ...more
CONFUSING. This book BEGS for a more tightly written story line. I understood the need for it to seem a little scattered overall,As seen on my blog:
CONFUSING. This book BEGS for a more tightly written story line. I understood the need for it to seem a little scattered overall, as to match the main character's lack of emotional and mental control, but whoa..it could have used a lot more structure. The subject matter is highly disturbing in this novel, and may not bode well for the faint of heart-I damn near lost of control of mine towards the conclusion.
Sharon suffers from a mentally complex disorder known as DID (dissociative identity disorder). At first, I mistakenly thought this was going to be similar to those suffering from schizophrenia, but it turned out to a HELL of a lot more confusing. I was lost from pretty much the first page. I got through it by slowing my pace, and paying closer attention to when Sharon changed into one of her alter personalities-there was warning, but very little. Aside from that aspect, which I am I not faulting-it was just a little hard to follow-the story line happening outside of Sharon's mind was just as choppy. I felt like as the reader, we were were only following the perspective of Sharon, and her "multiples."-like we were only allowed inside of HER head. I would have liked to delve deeper into the minds and story lines of the side characters, particularly her husband, Dan. I really enjoyed his sincerity and patience, and would have loved to know what was going on in his head.
Abuse, especially when physical or sexual, is always something I have a hard time getting through, and I think the author did a great job of exposing the horrible details of truth in a more subtle, yet impactful, way. I only wish the first half moved as quickly as the last. It was pretty clear what the twist was from very early on, but the author stretched the mystery for longer than necessary. I also found some of the details to be a little unrealistic, especially what some others have pointed out in their reviews: the similarities between Sharon and Cathy were just too spot on. How likely is it that you have an exact life double living just next door? I could have done without some of the poetics in this novel. I appreciate the research and thought that the author put into it, but I just wanted more meat and less mind fluff.
This was not an easy read, and not just in the sense that it was a little hard to follow, but the content was stomach turning. I would recommend this to those who are curious to know of the real life demons lurking within our society. This book was a work of fiction, but the ideas were taken straight from our own backyards. ...more