Sunday, July 16, 2017

The Disappearances by Emily Bain Murphy

The Disappearances by Emily Bain Murphy
Published by: HMH Books for Young Readers on July 4th, 2017.
Genre: Magical realism
Pages: 400
Source: Hardback
Rating: 5/5

Synopsis from Goodreads:
What if the ordinary things in life suddenly…disappeared?
Aila Quinn’s mother, Juliet, has always been a mystery: vibrant yet guarded, she keeps her secrets beyond Aila’s reach. When Juliet dies, Aila and her younger brother Miles are sent to live in Sterling, a rural town far from home--and the place where Juliet grew up.
Sterling is a place with mysteries of its own. A place where the experiences that weave life together--scents of flowers and food, reflections from mirrors and lakes, even the ability to dream--vanish every seven years.
No one knows what caused these “Disappearances,” or what will slip away next. But Sterling always suspected that Juliet Quinn was somehow responsible--and Aila must bear the brunt of their blame while she follows the chain of literary clues her mother left behind. 
As the next Disappearance nears, Aila begins to unravel the dual mystery of why the Disappearances happen and who her mother truly was. One thing is clear: Sterling isn’t going to hold on to anyone's secrets for long before it starts giving them up.

My favorite book that came out so far has been Caraval by Stephanie Garber. When I saw that she blurbed this book I immediately knew I had to read it. I was not disappointed. I raved about it on Instagram, I posted quotes to Goodreads, and I devoured it in between stolen moments at work. When I finished it, I had to sit there to fully grasp what I just went through. It was an emotional ride, and I haven't fallen in love with characters like this in a long, long while. I don't think I'll read another book this amazing for a long time, it was just that good.

What I Hated:

There's not a thing I hated in this book. It's written in a way that pulls you in. With different fonts, mysteries to unravel, and a twist at the end that was slow-building but amazing when it was finally out in the open.

What I Liked:

All of the characters were their own person. So many different personalities were introduced but yet all of the characters were well developed, and well loved on my side. Even the ones I had trouble liking in the beginning I ended up liking in the end.
The magical surrealism was amazing.
The writing style is unique and told in different perspectives until both perspectives clash in a long-awaited battle.

"What will the world be like without you in it? Now I know. It is a world that is emptier, more tired, often dulled. It is gray where there used to be endless color. It is nights without the guiding compass of stars. It is surviving some days solely by the kindness of others. It is fighting, always fighting, to find all the beauty that is still here, even after the worst Disappearance of all."

Disclaimer: I received this book in exchange for an honest review. All opinions herein are of my own and are not swayed by any outside factors.