Review Time! Last month, I received an ARC of 'The Book of Tomorrow' by Cecelia Ahern, Bestselling author of P.S. I Love You. It's actually not a YA novel but the protagonist is sixteen so when a review request popped up, I couldn't turn it down! I would like to thank Hapercollins and Leah for sending me a copy all the way from the US!!!
(Goodreads) Tamara Goodwin has always got everything she's ever wanted. Born into a family of wealth, she grew up in a mansion with its own private beach, a wardrobe full of designer clothes and all that a girl could ever wish for. She's always lived in the here and now, never giving a second thought to tomorrow. But then suddenly her dad is gone and life for Tamara and her mother changes forever. Left with a mountain of debt, they have no choice but to sell everything they own and move to the country. Nestled next to Kilsaney Castle, their gatehouse is a world away from Tamara's childhood. With her mother shut away with grief, and her aunt busy tending to her, Tamara is lonely and bored and longs to return to Dublin.When a travelling library passes through Kilsaney Demesne, Tamara is intrigued. Her eyes rest on a mysterious large leather bound tome locked with a gold clasp and padlock. What she discovers within the pages takes her breath away and shakes her world to its core.
The Short Story ? - Quite frankly I was scared to start the book because it wasn't YA and I wasn't sure I would like it but it turned out to be really good. No sugar coating needed ( or used), it was different from anything I have ever read but it was a good change, great plot too!
The Long Story ? - I pretty much of a YA hard core, aside from the occasional PNR I don't read anything other than YA. I stick close to home so when I picked up The Book of Tomorrow, it was outside my comfort zone. I spent many nights looking at the cover but never turning the page, afraid that I wouldn't like it and then I would have to write a mean review.
A week ago, I told myself to man up and just read it. So I did and ... Adult fiction is pretty much the equivalent to an older YA fiction. The writing is more mature but it's nothing I haven't read before, the teen with the messed up family? Common cliche but The Book of Tomorrow was much more than that. I probably would have ended hating if it was just a dark contemporary but it wasn't. It was fitted better into the mystery genre and I loved!
The plot of The Book of Tomorrow was great, I admit the start is a wee bit boring but in defense of this book, I find the start of most books bo-ring so don't not pick up the book because I said the start was boring. However, as I slowly but surely progressed along, I started getting really into it. Like I said it's a mystery so there were lots of secrets throughout the book, secrets that are delicious and unpredictable! The secrets ad suspense really drive you to read faster and faster so in a way, it's addictive ;) Also, it's got a nice touch of reality mixed with the supernatural ( no vampires, scouts honor). In all, it's a very unique plot!
However, for me the writing was the cherry on top, if everything else was great, the writing was fantastic! This is the first of Cecelia Ahern's books that I have read and wow, can she write! It's common knowledge that authors a pretty distinctive writing style, even when they try new genres. Some have a humorous style, some have a formal style, some have a serious style but this is the very first time, I have read a piece of written work that is so unique. It's had to describe Cecelia's writing style but it's..half serious and half formal and she's brilliant with wordplay! Great use of metaphors etc.
Overall, The Book of Tomorrow was truly remarkable. Whether you're a YA reader like me or a Adult fiction native, it's a brilliant book that can be enjoyed by everyone! Great writing, fantastic plot, killer suspense and a hard-not-to-love heroine with a strong voice! Bookie approves ;) Rating 4.5/5
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