Hello Starry readers!
One question, have you had a book that you can’t stop thinking about it before reading it?
The moment I got this book in my local bookstore I couldn’t stop thinking about it. Looking at it with a side eye every time I passed my bookshelf. I was very curious about it & needed to know what the book was all about.
So the moment I finished what I was currently reading at the time & needed to pick a next book it was an obvious choice on what to read.
Author: Julie Berry
Genre: YA Fiction, Romance, Historical Fiction, Coming of Age
Release day: August 19, 2014
Four years ago, Judith and her best friend disappeared from their small town of Roswell Station. Two years ago, only Judith returned, permanently mutilated, reviled and ignored by those who were once her friends and family.
Unable to speak, Judith lives like a ghost in her own home, silently pouring out her thoughts to the boy who’s owned her heart as long as she can remember–even if he doesn’t know it–her childhood friend, Lucas.
But when Roswell Station is attacked, long-buried secrets come to light, and Judith is forced to choose: continue to live in silence, or recover her voice, even if it means changing her world, and the lives around her, forever.
In this novel we follow Judith as she lives her life when she comes home after being missing, alongside her friend, for two years. The friend is not so lucky. Her life is not an easy one back in her, what it seems like, puritan town (it is never fully stated), as she is being labeled as cursed & a freak not only by her townspeople but by her mother as well for being silenced while abducted & therefore unable & forbidden to talk.
This story had me gripped from the beginning. Julie Berry poetic writing style & the second person narrative (something that usually don’t work well) is the key for giving our main character, Judith, the voice she is so longing to have. It gives us a glimpse inside Judith thoughts & how she develops as a person with a disability as time passes.
The characters where all well written & easy to understand. As is written in second person perspective it could be difficult to some people to get in the story & the characters in other books but Berry’s way of writing them it’s so easy that you will love everyone single one of them, even the hateful ones.
The romance in the story is one of the most beautiful I have read in a while. Lucas, Judith childhood friend & love interest, is the person the book is narrated to. The way his character develops around the story & around his relationship with Judith as the years passed is one of Berry’s strong writing points in the novel.
The mystery & action in it surprised me in a good way. The way the story develops to better understand what really happened to Judith & her friend while missing & how everything leads up to the resolution of the story is one not to miss.
This story is an addicting fast paced, action packed story that is also full of romance & mystery. Julie Berry gave Judith a voice amidst her silence & it’s one of the most powerful ones I have read in a long time.
Overall I rated 4.5 / 5 stars. Addicting story, awesome characters, beautiful romance, action packed, thrilling mystery & one of the best character development I have read in a while. This book became one of my favorite reads this year & I will definitely be checking Julie Berry other books in the future.
What do you think about this book? Have you read any of Julie Berry books? Let’s talk about it!