Friday, July 10, 2015

Review: The Walls Around Us by Nova Ren Suma

Publisher: Algonquin Young Readers
Pages: 336
Received: Received a copy from the publisher through NetGalley

Release Date: March 24, 2015
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Goodreads Synopsis:

On the outside, there's Violet, an eighteen-year-old dancer days away from the life of her dreams when something threatens to expose the shocking truth of her achievement.

On the inside, within the walls of the Aurora Hills juvenile detention center, there's Amber, locked up for so long she can't imagine freedom.

Tying their two worlds together is Orianna, who holds the key to unlocking all the girls' darkest mysteries…

What really happened on the night Orianna stepped between Violet and her tormentors? What really happened on two strange nights at Aurora Hills? Will Amber and Violet and Orianna ever get the justice they deserve—in this life or in another one?

In prose that sings from line to line, Nova Ren Suma tells a supernatural tale of guilt and of innocence, and of what happens when one is mistaken for the other.

Goodreads Synopsis:

Wow, can Nova Ren Suma weave a story together, I never would have imagined something like this coming together as it did. A story of a dancer living out her dreams while on the other side of the story, there is another girl who is dreaming of her freedom in a juvenile detention center. I have not read a Nova Ren Suma book before but I've heard great things about her writing style, and I can say that she draws her readers in and keeps a very tight hold throughout the whole story.

This book was intense, there is so much back and forth between the two characters, Violet and Amber, and slowly as readers get more into the story, the history of these two characters eventually reveal itself. These two girls are connected in a very deep way, but what exactly is this mysterious event and what actually happened that night to bring these girls where they are now.

There is a darkness to this book, and yet Nova's prose writing brings a light to the darkness as well. She brings to life a supernatural tale that is still very real, it is about the ghosts that torment us when we feel guilt. Readers will be enthralled to find out what happened and why these two characters are so entwined with one another. What happens as Violet visits Aurora Hills, we see both stories collide together and the past comes rushing back so that both girls learn more about each other and what their friendship was like.

Reading this book and seeing what Nova Ren Suma's writing style is like makes me want to read her books that much more, I love the prose that just grabs a readers attention and keeps you wanting more even long past the book has finished. Her dark tale has a true meaning to it and will really make you think about how you have treated things in the past.

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