Book Review : A Corner of White by Jaclyn Moriarty

March 21, 2013 Book review 5 ★★★★

A Corner of White is a zany, whimsical, loop-the-loop book that I really enjoyed. It is a mixture of 2 tales – Madeline who lives in the real world in Oxford (yay love Oxford) with her mother and who is hoping her father will find them as they ran away from him. And Elliott who lives in Bonfire in the Kingdom of Cello who is looking for his missing father who disappeared under suspicious circumstances. In a crack between the 2 worlds, Madeline & Elliott write letters to each other (via a parking meter!) and help each other cope and understand life.

Book Review : A Corner of White by Jaclyn MoriartyA Corner of White by Jaclyn Moriary
Series: The Colours of Madeline #1
Published by Scholastic Press Genres: Contemporary, Fantasy, YA
Pages: 400
Format: eARC
Source: NetGalley
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Madeleine Tully lives in Cambridge, England, the World – a city of spires, Isaac Newton and Auntie’s Tea Shop.

Elliot Baranski lives in Bonfire, the Farms, the Kingdom of Cello – where seasons roam, the Butterfly Child sleeps in a glass jar, and bells warn of attacks from dangerous Colours.

They are worlds apart – until a crack opens up between them; a corner of white – the slim seam of a letter.

A mesmerising story of two worlds; the cracks between them, the science that binds them and the colours that infuse them.

So many details in this book – a butterfly child to help save the crops, the travelling princesses who write hilarious columns for the newspaper, a mother who wants to enter quiz shows but can’t get a single question right, colour theory by Isaac Newton, I could go on and on, it’s so witty and unique.

Now I have to say this book won’t be for everyone. But if you like a little strange, a little crazy in your books, then this could be right up your alley. Once I stopped trying to figure out what was happening, let myself swim in the craziness, I really enjoyed. Its so funny and Jaclyn Moriarty’s writing style is imaginative, quirky and moreish. As in I want more, so I’m delighted its a trilogy! And that ending, I want the next one soon please, did not see that twist coming.

And to share a little bit with you so you can see what I’m talking about, this is about how the game of Deftball in Cello came into being:

“Deftball was invented in the town of Clark, The Farms.  Clark’s primary crop is a root vegetable called deft, greenish in colour, a little like a turnip.  Unlike a turnip, however, when defts reach full maturity – and fields do at the same time – they shoot themselves out of the ground, curving high into the air.  The catch is that you have to catch them.  Hundreds of little defts flying into the air – and if they fall to the ground, they will shatter or bruise.”

I’m recommending A Corner of White to all who like their books with a bit of looney toons built in and who are looking for a good laugh.

Thanks to NetGalley and Scholastic Inc for giving me a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest, unbiased review.


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5 Responses to “Book Review : A Corner of White by Jaclyn Moriarty”

  1. astichoquette

    I kept seeing this book pop up everywhere but didn’t actually read what it was about until reading your review here. Sounds really crazy and interesting! The cover made me think that it would be much more serious and realistic for some reason, but this definitely souns like a fun read. I’m even more excited to get my hands on it when it comes in the mail!

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