Friday, June 17, 2016

Blog Tour ! Places No One Knows by Brenna Yovanoff

Title: Places No One Knows by Brenna Yovanoff

Release Date: May 17, 2016

Publisher: Delacorte Press (Penguin Random House Imprint)

Pages: 384

Received: Publisher**In exchange for a fair and honest review

Star Rating: ★ ★ ★  

Waverly Camdenmar spends her nights running until she can’t even think. Then the sun comes up, life goes on, and Waverly goes back to her perfectly hateful best friend, her perfectly dull classes, and the tiny, nagging suspicion that there’s more to life than student council and GPAs.

Marshall Holt is a loser. He drinks on school nights and gets stoned in the park. He is at risk of not graduating, he does not care, he is no one. He is not even close to being in Waverly’s world.

But then one night Waverly falls asleep and dreams herself into Marshall’s bedroom—and when the sun comes up, nothing in her life can ever be the same. In Waverly’s dreams, the rules have changed. But in her days, she’ll have to decide if it’s worth losing everything for a boy who barely exists. [goodreads]

My Thoughts

This one intrigued me enough to pick up, but I don't think I would say that by the end of the novel. I knew the novel had strange and dreamlike aspects and it kept me interested enough to finish it. Some parts were a bit stretched out, or too long for my liking of a scene. The main characters, or specifically Waverly, didn't grow on me, but her growing character arc sure did.

There are plenty of books about a teenage scholar, but what makes this one unique? The conventional and paranormality of her dreams! Waverly and Marshall, the love interests, couldn't hold onto me because there was so much unspoken stuff, I couldn't stand it. Marshall felt more underdeveloped than Waverly, but he still kept his candid, annoying personality. I still want the best for each character and I don't believe they were each other's.

Once Waverly understood her imperfections, rather than let it get to her, also when all friends appreciate her, it makes her whole. I still can't believe the ending, in a WOW way. I usually end up predetermining characters' fates in books, especially this one and I didn't see it coming.

It's been too long a magical realism novel, really casted its spell on me. Yes, the characters' had its own bag of rights and wrongs, but if you're interested in the premise, go for it! 


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