Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Review: Moonglass by Jessi Kirby

Moonglass by Jessi Kirby
Release Date: May 3, 2011
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Genre: YA

The Story: When Anna was little, she and her mother used to search for sea glass, but since they looked at night, they called it moonglass. Now, ten years after her mother's mysterious death, her father is working as head lifeguard on the same beach where her mother grew up and her parents first met and fell in love.

Reluctant to get close to anyone (including her father) and not pleased about having to start at a new school, Anna begins to spend more time alone, running the length of the beach and wondering about who her mother really was. After meeting a lifeguard named Tyler, she slowly lets her guard down and together they start exploring the abandoned houses that dot the beach.

But when learning more about her mother's past leads to a painful discovery, Anna must reconcile her desire for solitude with ultimately accepting the love of her family and friends.

My Review: This debut by Jessi Kirby blew me away. The book opens with Anna moving to a small seaside resort with her father--a move she isn't very happy about. She's going to miss all of her friends and her grandmother, but also she fears the memory of her mother will fade if she leaves.

It's obvious that Anna is still suffering from the loss of her mother, despite the fact that she's been gone for years. There is some mystery surrounding her mother's death that kept me guessing and intrigued throughout the book. Her dad is kind and lovable but there are plenty of secrets between them that come out as the book progresses.

Kirby infused bits of mermaid mythology into the storyline that flowed exceptionally well. And I loved the tiny tidbits of information that Anna learned from her teacher, who was also an old friend of her mother. Anna makes unexpected friends in her new location and despite my own wariness of the characters early on, I ended up adoring them just as much as Anna did. They brought humor and challenges into the story that were perfect for each scene they were written into.

That brings us to the completely gorgeous and talented (Hello, lifeguard!) Tyler. Anna is instantly drawn to him and it's not hard to see why. BUT his charm doesn't end at good looks. He's also an entertaining character in that he's not predictable. He sets the tone early for the type of relationship he and Anna will have. It's not an easy one for them but they find their way eventually. I really, really loved his character.

Moonglass is an extremely emotional read. It made me smile, laugh and cry, sometimes all on the same page. This tale of a daughter's search for answers  is exceptionally well written. I was caught up from the very first paragraph and found myself savoring the beautifully crafted words. It's truly a fantastic debut. I highly recommend it!

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Click HERE to check out Jessi's blog and HERE to pre-order the book.

This review was part of the Moonglass blog tour with The Teen {Book} Scene. Click on the graphic below to follow along with the rest of this tour.


6 comments:

  1. this is one I am TOTALLY waiting for. So glad to hear that you loved it.

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  2. Bit put off by the mermaid reference-that's a supernatural creature too far IMO but the book sounds so good I might let it slide and give this a go =] Great review

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  3. This one sounds really good! I've seen it everywhere but haven't heard a lot about it yet. Your review really makes me want to read it though.
    It is now going on my list to buy when it comes out.
    Thanks!

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  4. This book sounds great! I really want to read it after reading your review! Thanks for the review!

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  5. I loved loved loved this book! Great review!!

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  6. I cannot wait for this one! I haven't read many reviews, but I like to be surprised by books. The cover was what initially drew me in, but I'm happy to hear that this one is more than just pretty, it's a great story. Wonderful review.

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