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
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
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
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!
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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
I feel like part of why I’ ...more
Congratulations to this book for its originality. It kept me guessing until the very last moment. While I did find it very unique both plotwise and in narrative style, it didn't completely work for me, and I'll try to explain why without going into spoilers.
I'm not well-versed in YA mysteries so I wasn't going into this with a pre-formed idea. I'm ...more
The rest of this book is just a trainwreck and not in a good way. The pacing of this story is painstakingly slow (which is saying something considering I was li ...more
It takes menial things and gives them such a magical and dream like quality.
The characters are gritty, each with their own traumas and secrets, none of them are perfect or whitty or overly charismatic. They are real. They feel real.
For the most part, it felt like the woods was our protagonist, I have never read a book like this one before, I wanted to know more about the woods, how and why it was created. Why it chose the little girl with w ...more
I initially picked this up because of the stunning cover and beautiful, haunting synopsis. Although I thought the beginning to be slow, I was enjoying myself and was absolutely loving the lyrical prose. I adored Noemi from the get go, and knew almost immediately that she would be my favorite character.
The beginning soon bled into the middle of the novel, and this is where I started to struggle. I found it difficult to stay focused on what was happening, and nothi ...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
We Were Restless Things by Cole Nagamatsu is a contemporary fantasy debut novel whose paranormal and mysterious synopsis intrigued me quite a lot (not to mention its breath-taking cover!).
The story follows three teens: Noemi, the main character and the most interesting one to read about; Jonas, the new boy in town; and Amberlyn, the sister of the boy who had drowned on dry land.
I love that one of the book's main characters is asexual. I wish more books would represent asexuality because I don't feel like there are many books out there that do. Next to asexuality, there also was some queer representation. Also, I was very interested in the ...more
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