Published by HMH Books for Young Readers on July 4th 2017
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult, Mystery
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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.
What a different read.
I am thoroughly impressed with this book. It isn’t something that I’ve ever really had the chance of reading and now that I did all I want to do is search more magical realism and read more of that genre. The whole plot of the book was very interesting for me. It’s completely different than any other book I read in the past years of my reading-ology and I really recommended for those who haven’t read it yet.
Let’s commence with the characters shall we. I love that protagonist man I love her so freaking much. Aila is freaking awesome. Refreshing and sassy as f character that I just loved reading from her I wish I could get I could see more of her but unthankfully and thankfully I think the book ended pretty well in my opinion.I love how much I could relate to Aila. She loves reading, has a passion for reading actually something that we can all relate to and she argues a lot with her brother something that I do very very very often and they may say some things to each other that might affect them but they still love each other and that’s all that counts.
The sub plot of the book and the main plot mixed perfectly together and that’s really something I appreciate it out of the book. The writing of it flowed so well and I’ve seen other people say this but even though the chapters were being written in different point of views it never felt confusing to me. I’ve never read a fantasy like that, that alternates between point-of-views but it didn’t make it a bad thing for me in a way. I really appreciated the way that Emily did that it made the book a lot more unique than it already was.
So what did I think of the book?
Now go read it now.