Monday, August 1, 2011

Review of Imaginary Girls by Nova Ren Suma

Title: Imaginary Girls
Author: Nova Ren Suma
Format: Hardcover 1st Edition
Release Date: June 14, 2011
Publisher: Dutton
Pages In This Edition: 352
Rating: 3 stars



On the Cover:


Beyond the Cover:

Summary: (taken from Barnes and Noble)

"Chloe's older sister, Ruby, is the girl everyone looks to and longs for, who can't be captured or caged. When a night with Ruby's friends goes horribly wrong and Chloe discovers the dead body of her classmate London Hayes left floating in the reservoir, Chloe is sent away from town and away from Ruby.
But Ruby will do anything to get her sister back, and when Chloe returns to town two years later, deadly surprises await. As Chloe flirts with the truth that Ruby has hidden deeply away, the fragile line between life and death is redrawn by the complex bonds of sisterhood."

Review:

The first thing that anybody would notice about this book is its cover; it's just so beautiful and creepy all at the same time. And that's exactly what I wanted in this book's plot and style: beautiful and creepy.

As I started to read it, the way Suma writes sucked me right in. It felt sort of painfully real. Everything is described to a "T", and not in that overly annoying way some novelists try to describe things, but in more of what a real human being might think when seeing something.

The characters were what I felt lacked the most in this book. Ruby was a little 2-dimensional to me; she always, ALWAYS got what she wanted, and even though that's a main point in the story, it got on my nerves somewhat. In addition, Chloe is not the kind of protagonist that I like rooting for. She seemed to rely on her sister for everything, and didn't seem to have much of a spine.

Maybe I'm being too picky; the characters did seem like people, just not the kind of people I personally like reading about.

In contrast, the plot was very interesting and creepy. The characters annoyed me a little, but the reason that I kept reading was because of the crazy twists and awesome turns of the story and the world the people lived in. It was so far outside of reality, but yet believable in a scary way.

Overall, it was a fairly good read, and I would recommend this book to someone who likes a good scare.





2 comments:

Sarahiris said...

I like the cover, but I'm not sure if I'll read it.

Alexis L. said...

I know the cover is amazing! I had really high hopes for the book because I saw it on a lot of blogs, but for me it didn't really live up to what I heard about it. It was an okay read.

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