Book Review: The Walls Around Us

Posted September 14, 2017 by Kara in book review, Kara / 0 Comments

Book Review: The Walls Around UsThe Walls Around Us by Nova Ren Suma
Published by Algonquin Young Readers on March 24th 2015
Genres: young adult, paranormal
Pages: 319
Format: eARC
Source: Netgalley

On the outside, there's Violet, an eighteen-year-old dancer days away from the life of her dreams when something threatens to expose the shocking truth of her achievement.
On the inside, within the walls of the Aurora Hills juvenile detention center, there's Amber, locked up for so long she can't imagine freedom.
Tying their two worlds together is Orianna, who holds the key to unlocking all the girls' darkest mysteries…
What really happened on the night Orianna stepped between Violet and her tormentors? What really happened on two strange nights at Aurora Hills? Will Amber and Violet and Orianna ever get the justice they deserve—in this life or in another one?
In prose that sings from line to line, Nova Ren Suma tells a supernatural tale of guilt and of innocence, and of what happens when one is mistaken for the other.

Okay, that’s it. I am done. This is my third Nova Ren Suma novel and it’s time for me to admit that her books just don’t work for me. I love her writing, I love her storytelling, and this book was completely a 5 star for me until I got to the damn ending. She always fucks me with the endings. And it’s just a shame, because atmosphere is such an important part of a novel for me, and there is no other author that excels more at writing atmosphere than this one. But it all falls apart for me at the end.

This book is presented in several POVs, what you, as a reader, presume is one alive and one dead. But the thing that bothered me the most is just how absolutely confusing this book is. I don’t mind being a bit in the dark, and I like to be surprised, but when it reads all convoluted and doesn’t end up becoming clear in the end, I just get irritated. It’s not a mindfuck if it doesn’t make sense. Spoilers follow, though they are under a spoiler tag.

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This is what I mean about confusing, convoluted shit. You are left to guess and wonder what that ending meant, when really, I would just prefer shit to be spelled out for me. It doesn’t have to be that way for the entire book, but I don’t like endings that leave me guessing. I want a complete, finished story and I don’t believe that is too much to ask for.

I really don’t have much more to say. Yes, I could actually review, the plot, the characters, the pacing, and whatever else, but I really don’t want to. Because I’m mad. I’m mad that I was adoring this book and now I’m not. I am never allowing myself to be fooled by Nova Ren Suma again.

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