We Were Restless Things
From debut author Cole Nagamatsu comes an atmospheric contemporary fantasy about three teens coming of age in the wake of a mysterious death.
Last summer, Link Miller drowned on dry land in the woods, miles away from the nearest body of water. His death was ruled a strange accident, and in the months since, his friends and family have struggled to make sense of it. But...more
We Were Restless Things took me a while to get into, but once I got into it I was hooked. This is a very unique story. There is the mystery of what actually happened, the complicated relationship between the characters and so many revelations. One of the characters is asexual, which is a topic that isn’t usually discussed. I found this very interesting especially being in that character’s head.
We Were Restless is told from multipl ...more
Here are the facts: I was one of the most patient readers who are never afraid of long, boring, suffocating reads. But this time I gave ...more
If I could make you happy, I might not deserve to be alone.
This book is hard for me to encapsulate because it's a story I don't see very often in YA.
We Were Restless Things is not plot-driven. The mystery of Link's drowning-on-land unravels not through clever detective work or unexpected twists, but rather in the strange minutiae of the lives of the people he left behind. Noemi, the prickly girl he loved. Jonas, the boy who never knew him ...more
We Were Restless Things follows the mysterious death of Link Miller by drowning… in the middle of the woods. In various ways, they all hurt from this: Noemi as she grieves for the boy she had feelings for, Amberlyn as she grieves her brother, Gaetan as he grieves ...more
I’m going to be completely honest and say that I’m not 100% sure I understand what I just read, but I will say that I finished WWRT quietly crying. It’s haunting, magical, and a little bit odd. The writing has this poetic feel to it. Like each line is meaningful, even if you’re not quite sure what exactly it’s meant to mean, it means something. I feel like We Were Restless Things will be a story that people interpret and feel differ ...more
As always, keep in mind that this is my personal opinion and you might have a completely different experience!
ARC provided by the publisher - thank you! ...more
I don't really know how I feel about this book. It's one of those cases where the last portion ruined the whole book for me. I was so ready to give it four stars, but alas~I just really disliked where it went (both with the plot and the ace rep).
I'm not usually one for this type of book, but a thing I absolutely loved is how character-driven it is. I was very interested in knowing more about the characters and the dynamics between them after finally realizing that this book was less ab ...more
Well this is a first. I usually don't DNF, but I've been thinking about all the books I want to read lately and I won't waste anymore time reading books that just don't grab my attention. We Were Restless Things has an extremely interesting premise. I knew that I was walking into a contemporary fantasy; however, it was so dry. I'm more of plot driven narrative type of reader and this is c ...more
I was really excited to be provided this arc that was part mystery and part fantasy. It's a true contemporary fantasy, in that it had mild fantasy elements but reads like a contemporary for 95% of the time. The writing is pretty, if odd at times. Toward the start of the book there's a description of kissing so long "her mouth tasted like raw ch ...more
I spent most of the reading experience debating DNFing this book, to give you an idea of what I felt about it. Yikes. Cool premise and beautiful cover, but it really, really didn’t work for me. At the end of the story my overwhelming takeaway was...what was the point? Apologies for the harsh words, but after 400 pages it felt like a wasted reading experience. (Just my personal opinion. I’m usually not this harsh but am a bit salty at the hours wasted reading this.)
Definitely more char ...more
A few hours later... OOPS. I could not set this book down! It is definitely a book readers should go into with the right kinds of expectations. This is an atmospheric story with ghosts, mild fantasy elements, and really well-written character dynamics. There is a mystery element, but the story is slow-paced, primarily character-drive ...more
I really wanted to love this book. For the first 1/3 of the book, I was so intrigued. The mystery of finding out how this boy drowned in the middle of the forest had me enthralled until the relationship took over the story. I didn’t care for any of the characters except for one, and the romance between the step-siblings bothered me a lot. Also, while I liked the side characters and their relationship, ...more
We Were Restless Things by Cole Nagamatsu looks and sounds excellent. However, it just wasn't for me. I considered giving it up several times, but once I made it to the 60% mark I figured I might as well just keep going. In a way, it reminds me of The Raven Cycle by Maggie Stiefvater, but it does not have anything that makes that all time favorite series of mine work. This is far to slow and boring for me to become invested and ve ...more
We Were Restless Things follows people left behind by a tragic drowning of Link Miller. Noemi, his crush and one of his best friends: she works through Links mysterious death. It's so mysterious because Link was found miles from the nearest body of water. Noemi is receiving text messages from an unknown number claiming to be Link. What secrets could Noemi be keeping that could help solve this mystery? We also ...more
Wow. I honestly didn't know what to expect going into this book, but it intrigued me with the cover and the premise. It was definitely a ride and I liked it a lot more than I would have guessed. The characters in this book were fascinating to me and I loved watching their story unfold, though it was a slower story. This wasn't an action-packed story by any means, but ...more
CW: death and grieving
I wanted to like this book so much and, the thing is, that I was. But I was at 50% and I didn't have the motivation to finish it. It's a fine book. Interesting premise, good characters, good writing. Yet, the pacing is off. I kept wondering when things would start happening and I couldn't justify finishing it with how little enjoyment I was getting from the book. I wasn't hooked into it at all. ...more
I went into this book thinking that it was going to be heavily focused on the mystery but it ended up taking a back seat to the contemporary aspects. It felt like I was waiting the entirely of the book for the plot to pick up, which it never really did.
The characters were likable, though I only connected to a couple of them, and the diversity in sexuality wa ...more
Thank you to Net Galley for sending me this E-book in exchange for an honest review.
I do not know where to begin with this review.
The plot-line, if I can even call it that, was erratic and purposeless to the point that it felt like you were reading two different novels.
On one side, there is the strange forced breaking and moulding of relationships that seem invisible at the fantastical points in th ...more
You could’ve been everything...but you weren’t.
I honestly had no idea how to feel, or even piece together my thoughts once I had finished this. On one hand, there were elements that I really enjoyed, and would even go so far as to say I loved. On the other, there was so much here that put me off that it was impossible for me to fully be immersed.
The magical aspects of the book- the lake and every ...more
I thought this would be more fantasy, but it was surprisingly contemporary and the mystery around Link's death and the magical lake seemed to take a back seat to the relationship drama. Because of this, I felt like the plot was so slow and wanted more of the creepy things going on. There are ghosts and dreamed up creatures and people dying, why didn't we focus more on that?
Noemi is difficult to relate to, she almost comes across as neuro-divergent because of her difficulties socializing ...more
Okay so this book. This was one of those books that attempted to be beautiful both in writing and in meaning and in some ways, it succeeded. In others, it just came off as awkward and full of tropes that I haven’t seen in a novel in a while.
The beauty of this book comes from the mystery of how Lincoln died. It also comes from the magic of the forest that lives in the heart of this story, haunting every page and character. The premise was unique enough that it held my attention captive ...more
This book cover is GORGEOUS and that is what first drew me to it. The synopsis sounded intriguing and the book was also compared to The Raven Boys, which is one of my favorite books. This book was as lyrical and whimsical as I expected it to be and overall, I enjoyed it.
My favourite character was Noemi, and I looked forward to reading through her perspective the most. I really loved Link as well, even though he was ...more
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