Tuesday, 5 June 2018

what i'm reading lately - the disappearances

For those of you who don't already know, I am what can politely be termed a "voracious" reader.

And what I really mean by that is that I will 100% ignore you, avoid you, not hear you, and very possible run away from you if my nose is buried in a book. Just ask my dad, who bought me Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire and then refused to give it to me for three days because of like, chores??? I know, I know, the injustice of it all.

Now my tastes pretty much run the gamut - I once read an Emily Post book cover to cover because I'd run out of book money - but my favorite is YA which is why we are starting with this amazing book.

This weekend I read The Disappearances, by Emily Bain Murphy and let me just say to start this off that I already want to re-read it. It's got mystery, it's got throwing stars, it's got magical realism - need I say more? The small town of Sterling loses something every seven years, from their reflections to their dreams. When teenage Aila and her younger brother Miles move to Sterling after their mother dies, they realize that their mother may be the reason behind it all. This book is enchanting and examines sibling relationships in such a realistic way, even if the disappearing night sky is fantastic. Aila has to settle in to a new life - with her father fighting in the Second World War - against the backdrop of her increasingly difficult relationship with her brother and a town suspicious of her mother.

In case that didn't intrigue you, Aila's mother also unwittingly left her two clues - the ring she always wore and a book of Shakespeare's plays. I spent the whole book wondering: what will disappear for Sterling next? Was Aila's mother the catalyst for the curse? And will Aila figure out how to undo it? Murphy's writing drops you right into this world with its honesty, inviting you to stay and puzzle it out with Aila and her new friends.

What are you reading lately? Anything you can recommend to a book-lovin' gal?


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