Friday, September 21, 2012

BOOK REVIEW: A CORNER OF WHITE by JACLYN MORIARTY

Title:  A CORNER OF WHITE
Book One: The Colours of Madeleine Trilogy

Author: JACLYN MORIARTY 

Publisher:  PAN MACMILLAN
Pages: 412
Format:  ARC Paperback from Publisher
Genre:  YA Fantasy
Rating:  4.5 Butterfly Child Stars!
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Goodreads Description:
Madeleine Tully lives in Cambridge, England, the World – a city of spires, Isaac Newton and Auntie’s Tea Shop.

Elliot Baranski lives in Bonfire, the Farms, the Kingdom of Cello – where seasons roam, the Butterfly Child sleeps in a glass jar, and bells warn of attacks from dangerous Colours.

They are worlds apart – until a crack opens up between them; a corner of white – the slim seam of a letter.

A mesmerizing story of two worlds; the cracks between them, the science that binds them and the colours that infuse them.

‘Perfectly strange, and absolutely comical and heartfelt ... Jaclyn Moriarty is one of the most original writers we have.’ – Markus Zusak

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MARISSA'S REVIEW:

A crack between two worlds is discovered by two uniquely odd teens...one from each world.  Elliott is from Bonfire - in the Farms region of the Kingdom of Cello; Madeleine currently resides in Cambridge, England (the World).  Madeleine discovers a note in a parking meter and responds - by replying to the letter and slotting it back into the crack of the parking meter!  Elliott is the lucky one to discover Madeleine's response and the two become unique pen-pals.

For Elliott, he knows that the World exists....unfortunately for him, Madeleine has no idea the Kingdom of Cello and it's menacing colours are real and presumes Elliott is a crackpot living out his make believe life through his letters.  But she'll respond anyway to each letter!  What has she got to lose?!

Throughout the story we get to read the letters that go back and forth between the pair. They are enjoyable, humorous at times and become a private insight into each character.  

Minor characters are equally enjoyable and just as quirky.  Two from each world are my favourite:  The Princess Sisters (Jupiter & Ko) in the Kingdom of Cello - flamboyant and spoilt princesses who behave as if everyone is beneath them and from The World, Jack and Belle - THE most quirkiest characters in the book! 

Well, Markus Zusak definitely sums this book up correctly (his quote is above)!  What we have here is a story quirky enough to have me thinking "this is not what I would usually read"....at the same time drawing me in to keep reading.   I sat above both worlds for A Corner of White - watching both stories play out.  I was an observer watching it all unfold before me.

And why not throw into to the humorous side the fact that I read the first two parts in a male/female voice of Will from The Inbetweeners!!!  Yes I know.....bit silly really....but hey - that's what came out from word one!  And I thoroughly enjoyed it.

Jaclyn is great Aussie Author and I will certainly be reading the remainder of The Colours of Madeleine Trilogy when they release.

Check out my interview with author Jaclyn Moriarty HERE !

ENJOY!
MARISSA

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