Bone Gap – Laura Ruby

18806240Bone Gap by Laura Ruby

My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Received: Borrowed
First Published: March 3rd, 2015
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Recommended Age: 13+
Pacing: Slow
Genres & Themes: Young Adult, Magical Realism, Mystery, Romance, Kidnapping, Beauty


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Everyone knows Bone Gap is full of gaps—gaps to trip you up, gaps to slide through so you can disappear forever. So when young, beautiful Roza went missing, the people of Bone Gap weren’t surprised. After all, it wasn’t the first time that someone had slipped away and left Finn and Sean O’Sullivan on their own. Just a few years before, their mother had high-tailed it to Oregon for a brand new guy, a brand new life. That’s just how things go, the people said. Who are you going to blame. Finn knows that’s not what happened with Roza. He knows she was kidnapped, ripped from the cornfields by a dangerous man whose face he cannot remember. But the searches turned up nothing, and no one believes him anymore. Not even Sean, who has more reason to find Roza than anyone, and every reason to blame Finn for letting her go. Continue reading

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Room – Emma Donoghue

7937843Room by Emma Donoghue

My rating: 1 of 5 stars
Received: Borrowed
First Published: September 2010
Publisher: Little, Brown
Recommended Age: 14+
Pacing: EXTREMELY Slow
Genres & Themes: Adult, Mother & Child Relationship, Kidnapping, Survival, Struggle


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To five-year-old-Jack, Room is the world… Told in the inventive, funny, and poignant voice of Jack, Room is a celebration of resilience – and a powerful story of a mother and son whose love lets them survive the impossible. To five-year-old Jack, Room is the entire world. It is where he was born and grew up; it’s where he lives with his Ma as they learn and read and eat and sleep and play. At night, his Ma shuts him safely in the wardrobe, where he is meant to be asleep when Old Nick visits. Room is home to Jack, but to Ma, it is the prison where Old Nick has held her captive for seven years. Through determination, ingenuity, and fierce motherly love, Ma has created a life for Jack. But she knows it’s not enough…not for her or for him. She devises a bold escape plan, one that relies on her young son’s bravery and a lot of luck. What she does not realize is just how unprepared she is for the plan to actually work. Told entirely in the language of the energetic, pragmatic five-year-old Jack, Room is a celebration of resilience and the limitless bond between parent and child, a brilliantly executed novel about what it means to journey from one world to another. Continue reading