That's it! I'm moving to Australia!
Oooh, boy. You truly can’t go wrong with Aussie YA authors! I’ve read some awful books lately and by the time I picked up Thyla, I was becoming quite desperate. Kate Gordon saved my life, or at the very least the rest of my vacation.
Amazing writing. And I mean AMAZING writing! Not as good as Raw Blue
, but close enough. Gordon has this way of making you picture everything in your head without being overly descriptive. In fact, her writing is not descriptive at all. If anything, it’s pretty simplistic. The woman knows how to write dialogues and she’s very good at paying attention to details.
What would you do if you woke up in the bush one day, badly injured and with a complete memory loss? How would you explain to your new classmates that you have no idea if you like waffles or that you don’t really know whether you have a boyfriend or not? Tessa doesn’t know what a TV is, she can’t remember what food she likes and her period completely freaks her out. She only knows her name and that she does not cry. Ever. 'How can you have never seen a TV?' you asked. Then, when you saw I was becoming more and more distressed by the tiny people in the small black box, you said, 'It's nothing to be scared of, Tess. You're right. It's just moving photographs. It's pretty boring, actually.'
Originality is this novel’s strong point. I can’t remember the last time a YA paranormal surprised me completely. New names, new creatures, new situations – Kate Gordon did it all. There were some minor things that were predictable, but the most important parts were utterly surprising. Thyla is not a story you will easily forget.
The only thing that bothered me was the unresolved ending. It wasn’t exactly a cliffhanger but I kept hoping that one more chapter will magically show up and make me feel better. There will be a second book, but not until 2012, and that’s a really, really long time. I hate it when authors do that.
That said, this book is definitely worth reading. Highly recommended!