Tuesday, December 14, 2021

#BookReview: White Fox by Sara Faring

Synopsis: After their world-famous actor mother disappeared under mysterious circumstances, Manon and Thaïs left their remote Mediterranean island home—sent away by their pharma-tech tycoon father. Opposites in every way, the sisters drifted apart in their grief. Yet their mother's unfinished story still haunts them both, and they can't put to rest the possibility that she is still alive.

Lured home a decade later, Manon and Thaïs discover their mother’s legendary last work, long thought lost: White Fox, a screenplay filled with enigmatic metaphors. The clues in this dark fairytale draw them deep into the island's surreal society, into the twisted secrets hidden by their glittering family, to reveal the truth about their mother—and themselves.


Rating: 3 Stars
My Review: This story paints a picture of lyrical and enticing.  With characters that I was so invested in.  I loved the twisted ending and the entire story. My only real issue was that the characters just didn't feel fully formed.  They needed more depth all around and that really killed a lot of my enjoyment. I would say that if you love plot and story vs. characters this one will be a hit for you. 

From School Library Journal

Gr 9 Up—Ten years after their world-famous mother disappeared, sisters Thaïs (Tai) and Manon (Noni) return to the scene of the crime. While the two have been slowly drifting apart for years, Tai seeking fame and approval while Noni wants only to hide away in storybooks, a death-bed request from their father to discover what truly happened to their mother brings the two together again. But along the way, they'll also discover startling truths about themselves and the twisted secrets their island home hides. Told in alternating points of view, this is a slow-build, atmospheric thriller á la Shirley Jackson. As characters, Noni and Tai are alternately infuriating and heartbreakingly loveable—protecting each other even as they keep secrets and lash out in anger. The book's third narrator, identified only as Boy, introduces an element of the truly terrifying early on, hooking readers in from the beginning. The majority of the story takes place on the fictional Mediterranean island of Viloxin, and island residents, including the sisters, present as white. VERDICT A spellbinding tale, though perhaps not one with mass teen appeal. Share this title with young bibliophiles looking for eerie, atmospheric reads like Kat Ellis's Harrow Lake or Claire Legrand's Sawkill Girls.—Kaitlin Frick, Darien Lib., CT


“Eerie and sly, White Fox is a trap waiting to be sprung. I was completely enthralled.” –Rory Power, New York Times-bestselling author of Wilder Girls

“A ghost story that will spook even the most hardened grown-ups.” ―Entertainment Weekly

“Atmospheric, arresting… A tangled, dangerous web of family secrets. Faring’s gorgeous prose deftly handles three distinct narratives ... while the mix of evocative fairy-tale elements and emblematic near-future technology creates an eerie, dread-laden mood. An engrossing, genre-defying read." ―Booklist

"White Fox fills you with luscious dread. Faring's prose is a fever dream― her rich setting and poignant exploration of sisterhood and family ties had me racing to get to the end of the tale." ―Roshani Chokshi, New York Times-bestselling author of The Gilded Wolves Trilogy

"White Fox by Sara Faring is the perfect ghost story you tell in the dark― haunting, full of mystery and sure to keep you turning the pages well into the night." ―Zoraida Córdova, award-winning author of Labyrinth Lost

“A gripping treasure hunt... Faring conjures an atmospheric, almost fairytale-like setting as the backdrop for two girls seeking long-delayed closure.” ―Publishers Weekly

"Most compelling...fans of Black Mirror may enjoy the interrogation of the line between humanity and technology." ―Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

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