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Young Adult Fiction 1748
Magically Bizarre and Wonderful
(Updated: October 01, 2014)
Overall rating 
 
4.7
Plot 
 
5.0
Characters 
 
4.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0
A memorable read with a few surprising twists and revelations. From the first chapter, Kate Karyus Quinn sets up an unsettling mood, that kept me turning pages.

Gardnerville is an isolated town where sickness and death have disappeared. But this town has a secret. There is a sense of mystery about the town, like it is dying to be figured out. The characters are surprsingly real yet at times a complete puzzle to figure out. I didn't want to put the book down, each chapter reveals a little bit more about Skyler and the people of Gardnerville that it is hard to close the book and leave that world behind.

The plot moves necessarily slow at times, but this helps but the suspense and tension in the story. Throughout the book it is hard to figure out how reliable the narrator truly is, and what is going on- but that is part of the fun. Things are not told in chronological order which might not be for every reader. This book is a giant puzzle and it was so much fun going along with the ride to figure it out!

I am very impressed with Kate Karyus Quinn's world and character building. I will definitely be reading more of her work.
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