Sunday, February 16, 2014

ARC review: The Moon Sisters by Therese Walsh

Book Synopsis(via Goodreads):
Therese Walsh's poignant and mesmerizing novel is a moving tale of family, love, and the power of stories. After their mother's probable suicide, sisters Olivia and Jazz are figuring out how to move on with their lives. Jazz, logical and forward-thinking, decides to get a new job, but spirited, strong-willed Olivia, who can see sounds, taste words, and smell sights, is determined to travel to the remote setting of their mother's unfinished novel to say her final goodbyes and lay their mother's spirit to rest.

Though they see things very differently, Jazz is forced by her sense of duty to help Olivia reach her goal. Bitter and frustrated by the attention heaped on her sunny sister whose world is so unique, Jazz is even more upset when they run into trouble along the way and Olivia latches to a worldly train-hopper. Though Hobbs warns Olivia that he's a thief who shouldn't be trusted, he agrees to help with their journey. As they near their destination, the tension builds between the two sisters, each hiding something from the other, and they will finally be forced to face everything between them and decide what is really important.
**Many thanks to Net Galley and Crown publishing for the advanced reader's copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review. **
This insomniac's opinion:
I love authors that can weave a bit of magic into their stories in such a way that is believable and delightful(such as Alice Hoffman). Thus, this novel seemed a good fit for me.
Therese Walsh is a great writer and the novel flowed smoothly. However, I just never fell in love with the characters and this novel fell a bit flat for me. I think it may be a better fit for those that have more in common with Olivia or Jazz's characters than I.
Solid writing, but no electricity for me.
Worth staying up all night to read?
Not for me.
Rating: 3 stars

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