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April 14, 2012

Review: Above by Leah Bobet - Farah

Title: Above
Author: Leah Bobet
Publication date: April 1st, 2012
Publisher: Arthur A. Levine Books
Genre(s): Young Adult (Sci-Fi/Dystopian)
Challenges: A-Z, Debut Author
Source: Publisher
Format: Hardback
Pages: 368
Matthew has loved Ariel from the moment he found her in the tunnels, her bee’s wings falling away. They live in Safe, an underground refuge for those fleeing the city Above—like Whisper, who speaks to ghosts, and Jack Flash, who can shoot lightning from his fingers.

But one terrifying night, an old enemy invades Safe with an army of shadows, and only Matthew, Ariel, and a few friends escape Above. As Matthew unravels the mystery of Safe’s history and the shadows’ attack, he realizes he must find a way to remake his home—not just for himself, but for Ariel, who needs him more than ever before.
I don't even know what to say in my review, but one thing for sure, this was a huge disappointment. I was really excited when the publisher gave me a copy of this, and the cover was gorgeous as well. "Above" was on of my most anticipated 2012 novels, but I haven't had a book that disappointed me as much as it did. I am not going to be harsh, but I am going to write my honest opinion about this book. 
As I started reading, everything can be summed up in one word: Confusing. I didn't understand the characters, the plot, and I didn't even know what gender half the characters were. More than half of the time, I was just reading words that made no sense whatsoever. I honestly tried using my imagination while reading this book. I accepted the fact that Leah Bobet's writing is very different and difficult to get used to compared to other authors, and I did want to give the book a chance, but unfortunately, my brain just couldn't process what I was reading. I just felt like the book was mixed up in a jumble, and sometimes the characters would be someplace, then the next sentence they would be in an entirely other place. I really have nothing positive to say about this book, other than its amazing cover. 
Overall, I am sorry to say that I didn't enjoy this book, because I really liked the synopsis and was dying to read it. This might have not been the book for me, but like I always say, you might like it. Give it a chance, and I do hope that you will enjoy it much more than I did. 
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  1. aww too bad. It does have a cool cover! I wasn't really planning on reading it anyway. Although your review still made me really curious! LOL Maybe I'll grab it from the library some day.

  2. I know quite a few people have been disappointed with this book, mostly because of the writing style. It's a shame this was a bad read for you, but thanks for the honest review!

  3. Awwh. Sorry you didn't enjoy this - I didn't either. Didn't finish it, in fact. Was the ending satisfying? I've heard a lot of good things about that ending. Who knows? Maybe someday I'll pick it up again.

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  4. I've been reading a lot of negative reviews for this one lately, so I'm not sure whether I want to read it or not.
    It's too bad though because the cover is really pretty and intriguing. I think for now I'm just going to stick to borrowing the book from someone.

    Thanks for sharing your honest thoughts with us, Farah.

  5. I've read mixed reviews on this book. Thanks for your review... it's made my still want to pick up a copy. :)
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