January 31, 2018

#BookReview: The Disappearances by @EBain with @thelitcoffaerie

Reviewed By: Jaiden K. 
Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers
Number of Pages: 388
Recommended Age Group: Young Adult
Fiction Genre: Fantasy, Mystery
How I Acquired this book: The Bookish Box
Time it took to read: 24 hours
Overall rating: ★★★★★
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About the Book:
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.

About the Author: Emily Bain Murphy grew up in Indiana, Hong Kong, and Tokyo, and has also called Massachusetts and Connecticut home.

She loves books, Japanese karaoke, exploring new cities, and anything with Nutella. Her debut YA fantasy, THE DISAPPEARANCES, will be published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt in 2017.

Murphy currently lives in San Francisco with her family and is at work on her second novel.

Noteworthy experiences while reading this book: This made me think about what I would do if I didn't have these things.

Check out author's other books or related books? She hasn't written anything else yet but I will when she does.

Recommend this book? Yes.

Notes and Opinions:  When reading the synopsis, I thought it was people that were disappearing but it wasn't. This book made me grateful for the things I have in my life. I truly enjoyed reading this book and I feel like I am a better person for reading it. I think it made me value the simple things in life. I also like that it is set in WWII times. It also has fun literary references in it. The poetry in it is incredible some of which Murphy wrote and some she didn't.

Go Into This One Knowing: This is set in war time but it isn't specifically about war. 

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