Welcome to this week’s Spotlight Sunday where I shine the spotlight on an Australian book I think deserves to be read. Today I am shining the spotlight on the YA fantasy ‘A Corner Of White’, The Colours Of Madeleine book 1, by Jaclyn Moriarty. This is the 12th book I have read for the Australian Women Writers Challenge.
Synopsis from Goodreads:
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 mesmerising 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.
5 out of 5.
This book was so original, so clever, so amazingly good. I have never read anything like it. It is two stories told side by side until they slowly start to weave into one, and it is when the two worlds collide that you will truly be blown away.
It was a little slow at the start, slow but still interesting, and the more you learn about the lives of the two main character, Madeleine and Elliot, the more interesting it gets.
Madeleine lives in our world, in Cambridge, England, and Elliot lives in a parallel world, the Kingdom of Cello. Cello is a lot like our world, though magic exists in it.
Madeleine is thrust into a new life, a life of poverty after being rich, and she feels like she doesn’t belong in this new life. And she misses her father, who she and her mother left behind.
Elliot also feels alone. He is determined to find his father, who disappeared a year ago, and rescue him.
Madeleine sees a slim bit of white in a broken parking meter and pulls it out. It’s a note. Madeleine, as a joke, responds to the note, and Elliot writes back. Elliot is upfront about who he is, people of cello have always known about the World, but Madeleine doesn’t believe him, thinking he is some fantasy nerd, but they keep writing to each other. As each of their worlds fall apart around them,they find friendship and comfort through their letters.
This isn’t an action packed fantasy, the tale focuses on the lives of these two teenagers, but it had plenty of twist and turns that I never saw coming, and an intricately woven plot that will leave you breathless in it’s brilliance. Moriarty’s writing was lyrical and beautiful, and the characters where so vivid and real. And I loved how she made this book about colours of all things – you will be amazed by what she has done with them.
I think you will enjoy this book even if you don’t like fantasy, and I urge you to give it a try. Although it is magical, it feels a lot like a contemporary.
And the way it ended! What a clever, clever twist. I can’t wait to read the next book in this series. This book is a must read, I highly recommend it.
A Corner of White is available internationally, through Amazon and the Book Depository. You can add it to your Goodreads here