Waiting on Wednesday (8)
Hey y’all!It’s Grace here to do Waiting on Wednesday. Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill over at Breaking the Spine where bloggers and readers showcase upcoming books that they’re looking forward to reading! I’ve just recently decided to partake in it (partly due to the girls over at Lit Up Review, where I also blog) and I’ve discovered so many reads that I’m putting on my to-read list. Without further ado, here’s this week’s pick!Novel: The Walls Around Us by Nova Ren Suma | GoodreadsRelease Date: March 24, 2015Publisher: Algonquin Young Readers
“Ori’s dead because of what happened out behind the theater, in the tunnel made out of trees. She’s dead because she got sent to that place upstate, locked up with those monsters. And she got sent there because of me.”The Walls Around Us is a ghostly story of suspense told in two voices—one still living and one long dead. 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 a girls’ juvenile detention center, there’s Amber, locked up for so long she can’t imagine freedom. Tying these two worlds together is Orianna, who holds the key to unlocking all the girls’ darkest mysteries.We hear Amber’s story and Violet’s, and through them Orianna’s, first from one angle, then from another, until gradually we begin to get the whole picture—which is not necessarily the one that either Amber or Violet wants us to see.Nova Ren Suma tells a supernatural tale of guilt and innocence, and what happens when one is mistaken for the other.
First off, Nova Ren Suma is a miracle worker. As in, every book I've read by her (Imaginary Girls, 17 & Gone) has been brilliantly plotted and well-written. She's somebody who has a firm grasp on the English language and knows how to use it to pack a psychological punch. Her imagery and finesse in those areas make for stunning, beautiful books with enough clarity to keep them hard-hitting and clever. Needless to say, she's on my auto-buy list.Additionally, her writing has this ethereal quality that feels almost dreamlike - a quality reminiscent of my absolute favorite writers. The plot itself sounds enthralling and pulse-pounding, the type I won't be able to put down once I pick up. I've been absolutely thirsting for this book. I used to be a dancer, so I want to read about Violet, and even the blurb - mental hospital? - sounds like an atmosphere that I'd want to dive into. If you're a fan of The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer or The Sky is Everywhere, Nova Ren Suma writes in that sweet spot that merges clean plotlines with gorgeous writing.Charged words like "ghostly" and "supernatural" are reeling me in because I definitely, definitely want to see what Nova Ren Suma will do erring on the side of paranormal, since her previous books have been mainly magical realism.This one looks like a winner.