September 7, 2018

A Room Away From the Wolves Blog Tour: Review + Giveaway

A Room Away From the Wolves
Author: Nova Ren Suma
Release Date: September 4, 2018
Publisher: Algonquin Young Readers 


Bina has never forgotten the time she and her mother ran away from home. Her mother promised they would hitchhike to the city to escape Bina’s cruel father and start over. But before they could even leave town, Bina had a new stepfather and two new stepsisters, and a humming sense of betrayal pulling apart the bond with her mother—a bond Bina thought was unbreakable.

Eight years later, after too many lies and with trouble on her heels, Bina finds herself on the side of the road again, the city of her dreams calling for her. She has an old suitcase, a fresh black eye, and a room waiting for her at Catherine House, a young women’s residence in Greenwich Village with a tragic history, a vow of confidentiality, and dark, magical secrets. There, Bina is drawn to her enigmatic downstairs neighbor Monet, a girl who is equal parts intriguing and dangerous. As Bina’s lease begins to run out, and nightmare and memory get tangled, she will be forced to face the terrible truth of why she’s come to Catherine House and what it will take for her to leave...


"Terrific...a Gothic love letter to secret places of New York City and the runaway girls who find them.” —Kelly Link, author of Get in Trouble, 2016 Pulitzer Prize Finalist in Fiction

“Suma drapes her dark, enigmatic novel in a gauzy, supernatural veil, under which readers will observe a runaway teen’s search for safety and an understanding of her mother’s past...Suma’s surreal writing examines the blurred edges of life, lies, freedom, and mother-daughter relationships, leaving the reader with questions and a tangled sense of wonder.” —Julia Smith for Booklist

“Nova Ren Suma surpasses herself with this gorgeously-told, mesmerizing, tense and twisted story about the ways in which mothers fail their daughters, the lies that daughters tell their mothers, and the love that girls show one another when all the wolves are closing in.” —Laura Ruby, National Book Award Finalist and Printz-Winning author of Bone Gap

"Eerie and atmospheric as only Nova Ren Suma can write, A Room Away From the Wolves is a page-turning thrill. Its unforgettable protagonist is cut from the sharpest sentences and the achiest pieces of life—I couldn’t tear my eyes away. Gulp this one down and prepare to be left shivery and spooked and a little bit heartbroken.” —Emily X.R. Pan, New York Times bestselling author of The Astonishing Color of After  

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A Room Away From the Wolves is a mystery filled with twists, turns, and questions built upon questions. This was the first book I've read by the author and maybe it's because I'm not used to her writing style, but I feel so lost about this novel. I'm honestly not sure if I liked it, loved it, or didn't like it at all. I had no expectations or hopes going in, but I'm thinking that might have been a disadvantage. After reading other reviews of her works and writing style, I'm thinking that if I had known about the strange way of storytelling and how her stories work - I would have had a completely different experience. Not as confused and maybe actually understanding what the heck I just read. 

Oddly enough, even though I'm not sure exactly what I just read, I know that I really like the author's writing. It's very descriptive and sucks you in right from the start. I might not have known what was happening a lot of the time, but it was beautiful narrative to be confused in. That's definitely one thing I'm sure of - I love her writing and want more of it. Maybe now when I read another one of her books I'll be ready for the mind-bending and surrealism of the plot. My mind is so messed up about this book that I can't even begin to go into anything concerning the plot because I don't want to give anything away and, honestly, I'm still not completely sure what I did read. It was sort of implicated and not stated right out in the open, so the reader has to make the leaps and connections themselves. But what if mine aren't right? That's part of the reason I'm so lost right now. I know other readers have felt similarly about this novel after finishing it, so that makes me feel a bit better - like maybe I'm not completely crazy after all. Anyways, I'll just keep rambling about nothing if I don't stop now. If you like the author's other books, you'll probably really love this one. Otherwise, I say give it a shot but do a bit of research before starting to be sure you've got a handle on what's going on. Recommended for fans of YA contemporary, fantasy, paranormal, and magical realism.
Nova Ren Suma is the author of the #1 New York Times bestselling The Walls Around Us, a finalist for an Edgar Award. Her new novel A Room Away from the Wolves is forthcoming September 4, 2018, from Algonquin. She also wrote Imaginary Girls and 17 & Gone and is co-creator of FORESHADOW: A Serial YA Anthology. She has an MFA in fiction from Columbia University and teaches at Vermont College of Fine Arts. She grew up in the Hudson Valley, spent most of her adult life in New York City, and now lives in Philadelphia.

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