Friday, April 13, 2012

Leah Bobet - Above - Giveaway & Review

by Leah Bobet

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.

ISBN-13: 9780545296700
Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
Publication date: 4/1/2012
Pages: 368
Age range: 14 - 17 Years

My Review:

Above is a story of monsters and whitecoats. But it is the whitecoats who are the monsters and the "monsters" are really the normal ones with some serious defects.

The cover of the book is incredibly gorgeous. You would think the person on the cover is the main character, but this isn't so. The book is told in the POV of Matthew the teller. The characters are shaped well, but I found them to be more akward then they were relatable.

The story-line was very complex and pace were slow in some areas, that I felt needed to be more action. The world setting is much like our own. Just add in shape shifters and a few people stuck in between.

The writing style I had difficulty with. The dialects and wording made it hard to read the book at my normal pace. I can see that the author was probably trying to get across the lack of schooling and human interaction. It made it a challenge to read.

Overall it seems more set towards the younger adult, rather then adult readers. Perhaps they may find it more appealing then myself. Don't get ne wrong It's not a bad book. It just wasn't the book for me. I do urge you to read it, it definitely brings something new to the table.

I'd like to thank leah and her publicist at Scholastic for sending me the ARC for review.

Buy The Book:

Amazon -
Bakka-Phoenix Books -
Barnes & Noble -
Chapters/Indigo -
Indiebound -
Powell’s -

Two Winner will win an ARC copy of Above 
Provided by Leah and her Publicist

~US Residence Only~


Denise Z said...

It is interesting how attracted to a book we can become from the cover art. I have been wanting this one since I first saw it :) Thank you for sharing, I would still like to give it a try and appreciate the giveaway opportunity.

Allie said...

The cover is breath taking. I look forward to reading this.

Read Between the Lines said...
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Read Between the Lines said...

I love this cover it is so beautiful and I have heard lots of good things about this book.

k2sgal said...

I would love the opportunity to win this sounds very good

molly.frenzel said...

I've been wanting to read this since I started reading reviews. Thank you for the chance.


Krysykat said...

I love books about vampires and werewolves, etc, but it is nice to see something new and fresh :)

Unknown said...

Not entering the giveaway. Had to stop by to see what a book with that amazing cover was about. Great review too!

Jen B. said...

I am always looking for new things to read. This sounds really interesting. Thanks for the giveaway. jepebATverizonDOTnet

Tore923 said...

I love the cover. It is beautiful. I would love to read this book. It sounds very good. Please enter me in contest.

Julie S said...

Sounds really interesting. Thanks for the giveaway!

Teresa K. said...

It does have a very pretty cover. Thank you for offering it as a contest item.

Teresa K.

Unknown said...

I must admit, I'm initially intrigued by the cover. Luckily the book summary makes me want it even more! Very original sounding I can't wait to read it. Thanks for the giveaway opportunity!

Unknown said...

I know this is going to sound like a shallow reason to be drawn to a book, but that cover is stunning!!!!! delphinareadstoomuch at yahoo.

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