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review 2017-12-04 14:24
Alternating narrators! Argh!
Words in Deep Blue - Cath Crowley

Rachel's brother Cal drowned several months ago. She's moving back to the city where she will see her old love, Henry. Henry's also down in the dumps. His girlfriend left him, his family is going through tough times and their bookshop is in trouble. Will they find their way back? Could they find happiness in the stacks? 

 

Another book-related book seemed like it might be a good read and as a YA novel I thought it might be a good chance of pace (plus with recent events I just wanted something a little lighter). But cue my dread when I saw the book alternates between POV, which is a technique I can't stand. Some authors do just fine with this and some stories actually do very well when told by multiple narrators. This wasn't one of them.

 

But it just didn't do much for me. It's not as romance centered as this book could have been and while I was sympathetic to Rachel and her loss the book was just boring. Framing Henry as a lovesick young man who got dumped to start his story off was pretty much a huge turn-off for me. The dynamic between Rachel/Henry/Amy also bored me since we know where this is going.

 

Clearly didn't work for me. It's too bad because I had been waiting to read this one for quite a while. I'd skip it or make sure you get it from the library instead.

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review 2017-10-08 16:01
Letters Found in Books - A Young Adult Love Story
Words in Deep Blue - Cath Crowley

When I read Words in Deep Blue, why I pick it up because of its setting, the concept and of course, the blurb. Then, there is the title. In no time, I took my time to finish reading it and I love every thing about it. Although towards the end I felt it was short for me, I almost felt the right emotions might play it out right if only it was strong at the end but it wasn't. In every thing, I thoroughly enjoy the excerpts of in-between letters within the pages as it was written through the view of two protagonist best friends. Its quite a typical character-driven about two best friends who love each other but never admit and some where along the way, some thing happens and lost and found their way back. And every thing about it is how the people they meet finally put them together and love found their way. But what really set this book that won me over are the written letters, they are the true main strong points of this book.

 

For me, this is some thing I would recommend to any true book lovers out there. Its beautiful, its poetic and its one that connects lost souls in a world that people believe in materialism rather than passion. I wish I could say more about it but pick this up if you love a book about books, lost loves that later found and what we lose will eventually be found from someone close to us with certainty and commitment.

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review 2017-07-02 20:39
Words in Deep Blue
Words In Deep Blue - Cath Crowley

I loved the idea of the bookstore in this novel. Henry’s parents own a secondhand bookstore and I could see Henry owing that bookstore one day. I could see the regulars coming in, talking and browsing during their day. I can see the garden with the tables covered with games, the door off to the side leading into the bakery in case you need something to drink or eat while you are reading. I could see the couch located in the fictional section that Henry’s sleeps on at night surrounded by novels, stories read and unread. It’s the Letter Library that I find interesting. Extra copies of novels, set off into their own special section here in this bookstore, where individuals can write notes, circle words or write letters to others. Oh, the stories these novels would tell.

 

I was sad when Henry’s parents talked about splitting up. It’s devastating to the family structure but what about the life of the bookstore. His father lived and breathed that bookstore while his mother ran the numbers, she knew if the bookstore was actually on life support or not. Everyone in the family has a vote in the matter and his sister will vote the same as Henry. Henry loves the bookstore but then there is Rachel. Now back in Henry’s life, Rachel is shedding new information that should have been said years ago. It gets complicated when I felt it really was plain and simple but individuals are trying too hard, communication is lost, and some individuals cannot be trusted. It’s a cute novel about loss and romance.

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video 2015-01-11 12:59

This is me guest-starring in my co-blogger Annette's latest video. We book-talked Graffiti Moon by Cath Crowley and it was fun, despite the fact I thought it was going to be a disaster. I'm really glad she convinced me to give it a go. 

 

(Why do I always have go so red in the face though? It's fucking annoying).

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review 2014-05-25 00:00
Graffiti Moon
Graffiti Moon - Cath Crowley I'm sad because it looks like almost everyone else loves this book. I totally get why most people would love this. The whole time I was reading I was thinking that it what something that I usually like, but I just wasn't connecting with it. It took me two weeks to finish it and that's because I didn't feel like picking it up again in between readings. Really though I don't think it is the book's failing, but mine. It just didn't strike a cord with me. It's got memorable characters, witty banter and a very cute love story, I just didn't love it.
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