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Sunday, July 9, 2017

ARC Review, Giveaway & Pinterest Board for The Disappearances by Emily Bain Murphy

Please Note:  I received an advanced reader's copy of this book from the Sunday Street Team Blog Tour, in exchange for an honest review.  This did not influence the opinions of my review in any way.

Synopsis (From Goodreads):
What if the ordinary things in life suddenly…disappeared?

Aila Quinn’s mother, Juliet, has always been a mystery: vibrant yet guarded, she keeps her secrets beyond Aila’s reach. When Juliet dies, Aila and her younger brother Miles are sent to live in Sterling, a rural town far from home--and the place where Juliet grew up.

Sterling is a place with mysteries of its own. A place where the experiences that weave life together--scents of flowers and food, reflections from mirrors and lakes, even the ability to dream--vanish every seven years.

No one knows what caused these “Disappearances,” or what will slip away next. But Sterling always suspected that Juliet Quinn was somehow responsible--and Aila must bear the brunt of their blame while she follows the chain of literary clues her mother left behind.

As the next Disappearance nears, Aila begins to unravel the dual mystery of why the Disappearances happen and who her mother truly was. One thing is clear: Sterling isn’t going to hold on to anyone's secrets for long before it starts giving them up.

When I first saw the description of The Disappearances, by Emily Bain Murphy, I was instantly interested.  A mystery in a small town? Sold!

I loved this book!  It was so beautifully written and had such an original idea, that I was carried away, and didn't want to leave the small town of Sterling.

What I Liked:
One of the things I loved about this novel was that the descriptions used by Emily Bain Murphy are so lush.  The book is all about what would happen if an entire town lost sensations, such as seeing colors, or smelling scents.  The author did a wonderful job of showing how deeply this would affect people with her beautiful descriptions of flowers, food, skies, etc.  Her descriptions are a feast for the senses, and I wanted to bake bread or run out of my house to smell roses, just to experience those sensations for myself.

The story is also very romantic and I was rooting for some of the characters to fall in love.  When they do, it is revealed in the loveliest way!  

What I Was Mixed About: 
If I had any criticism of this book, it would be that I wanted more descriptions of the time period.  The town didn't seem to be very affected by WWII.  There were a few mentions of ration cards, and collecting scrap metal, but I wanted more of a sense of the 1940's. 

With all these wonderful scenes to inspire me, I have made a Mood Board from various aspects of the book on Pinterest!  I hope you enjoy it:

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Release Date:  July 4th, 2017

Genre:  YA Historical Mystery

Source:  Sunday Street Team Blog Tours

Format:  ARC E-Book

Recommendation:  A solid mystery with an original premise, this is a page turner!
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1 comment :

  1. Hi Ardis,

    Thanks so much for being awesome and reviewing this book as well as putting together this GORGEOUS Mood Board. I'm so glad that you liked Emily's writing - it makes me very excited to read this book.

    Thanks for being a part of the SST Tour.



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