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Thursday, March 1, 2012

CONTEST and Review: Above by Leah Bobet

by Leah Bobet
Arthur A. Levine Books (Scholastic)
ISBN: 978-0-545-29670-0
Suggested Ages: 13+
Buy From Indigo
Release Date: March 1, 2012(April 1 in the US)

Description: Matthew has loved Ariel from the moment he found her in the tunnels, her bee's wings falling away. They live in Safe, an underground refuge for those fleeing the city Abovelike Whisper, who speaks to ghosts, and Jack Flash, who can shoot lightning from his fingers.

But one terrifying night, an old enemy invades Safe with an army of shadows, and only Matthew, Ariel, and a few friends escape Above. As Matthew unravels the mystery of Safe's history and the shadows' attack, he realizes he must find a way to remake his homenot just for himself, but for Ariel, who needs him more than ever before.

The Good Stuff
  •  Absolutely stunning cover
  • Canadian author (yup that be Toronto on the cover folks)
  • The writing is wonderfully poetic, expressive and intense and oh so very visual
  • Has an X-Men feel to it which I really enjoyed
  • Truly unique, unusual and dark
  • Well developed characters who grow and change which give it a realistic feel
  • Truly unique premise/plot - I can honestly say I have never read anything like it
  • This isn't for everyone, but the right reader will LOVE this and I think this could very well be an award winner as the language is just so beautiful and haunting
  • Mentions locations I know --  hee hee Queen and Bathurst
The Not So Good Stuff
  •  The writing style took me a while to get into as I am easily distracted and a bit of speed reader.  These character flaws of mine made it a harder story to get into (Just an FYI for others like me, but don't give up this is good)
  • Matthew is a little too EMO for me (This may turn off male readers, but YA girls will probably totally dig)
Favorite Quotes/Passages

"What Atticus calls emergency money, in case you have an emergency; he says, but really it's if you use it, it had better have been an emergency."

"That's why we work together. Because even if we're strange and Cursed and Beasts, the people Above are monsters."

"It's just foolishness to go 'round wanting not to have a Curse, my pa's voice whispers inside, in the dark."

"I whisper before I can help it, knowing that deal or not, it's a gift; knowing there's nothing less wise than to question a gift lest it go right back to the giver,"

Who Should/Shouldn't Read
  •  I would say for the more mature YA reader as the language/writing style might be a little difficult for the general reader
  • This is not for those who need a fast paced story, this is to be savored and for you to lose yourself in the language
  • For fans of Urban fantasy definitely
  • High school Librarians/Teachers there is some swearing so you may have complaints from repressed parents who cringe if their precious angels hear a bad word
4 Dewey's

I picked up a copy at the 2012 OLA Super-conference and its signed by the author 

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  1. I love books written in "beautiful and haunting" narrative. The secret poet in me just goes "gaga". And I dont mean "wordy," I mean beautiful. And thanks for pointing out that the book is Torontonian! I didnt notice the CN Tower until you mentioned the cover was indeed Toronto. I love that! I love being able to recognize real places in fictional books. And yes, the cover design is exquisite. I want this beauty!

    Thanks for hosting another giveaway.

  2. Nicely written Zara! and you are most welcome!