Book Review: A Corner Of White

A Corner Of White CoverBook: A Corner Of White by Jaclyn Moriarty

Expected Publication is April 1, 2013 by Arthur Levine Books|Pages: 384

*I received A Corner Of White as an e-book through netgalley.com*

Series: The Colors Of Madeleine #1

Genre: YA Fantasy/Contemporary

Goodreads|Jaclyn Moriarty’s Website

Summary: The first in a rousing, funny, genre-busting trilogy from bestseller Jaclyn Moriarty!

This is a tale of missing persons. Madeleine and her mother have run away from their former life, under mysterious circumstances, and settled in a rainy corner of Cambridge (in our world).

Elliot, on the other hand, is in search of his father, who disappeared on the night his uncle was found dead. The talk in the town of Bonfire (in the Kingdom of Cello) is that Elliot’s dad may have killed his brother and run away with the Physics teacher. But Elliot refuses to believe it. And he is determined to find both his dad and the truth.

As Madeleine and Elliot move closer to unraveling their mysteries, they begin to exchange messages across worlds — through an accidental gap that hasn’t appeared in centuries. But even greater mysteries are unfolding on both sides of the gap: dangerous weather phenomena called “color storms;” a strange fascination with Isaac Newton; the myth of the “Butterfly Child,” whose appearance could end the droughts of Cello; and some unexpected kisses…

I wanted to like A Corner Of White, I really did.  It was an okay read for me.

I really liked the column that the Princess wrote.  It was hilarious and I started to look forward to it as the book went on.

There were things that didn’t make a lot of sense.  Like, the idea of Color Attacks was intriguing, but was never explained, and I had no clue why Colors were so important and what exactly the Color Attacks were.  I wanted to know more about the Colors and why they were so important.

I’m also not sure why Ada Lovelace, Lord Byron and Isaac Newton were so important.  I get Newton’s importance to the plot, but the many references to Byron and Lovelace made it seem like they’d be really important to what was going on, and so I was a little disappointed that they didn’t have a larger role.

Cello has a lot of potential as a setting, but for the most part, it didn’t work for me.  I know Cello was this magical world that parallels the real world, but it didn’t feel all that different from Cambridge.  It felt more like a neighboring town than a completely different world that has things like magic.  Cello does seem like a unique place, and it didn’t really have a chance to shine.

I couldn’t connect with any of the characters.  I felt like Madeleine was trying a little too hard to be quirky, and Elliot…I have no thoughts about him either way.  Overall, the characters just weren’t interesting, but I sort of wish that there was more of a connection between Belle reading auras and the Colors in Cello, because I think that could have been really interesting.

After seeing the summary, I was expecting something really funny; I was also expecting a lot more romance.  Unfortunately, it wasn’t as funny as I was expecting, and there was also no romance, other than a couple kisses.

A Corner Of White was hard to get through at times- I started to enjoy it a little about halfway through, but at that point, it was hard to care about what was going on.  It felt like a patchwork of things that didn’t quite fit together.  Sometimes the book was a little too descriptive, but other times it wasn’t.

As far as the ending goes, things started happening suddenly, so it felt a little rushed.

On a more positive note, I did like the letters that Elliot and Madeleine wrote to each other.  There was something about Madeleine talking about Isaac Newton and Elliot talking about Cello that was interesting to me.  I felt like their letters to each other were really authentic.

Final Thoughts:

I know it seems like I didn’t like A Corner Of White, but it really was okay.  There were things that were intriguing, but it’s just not my cup of tea, and I wish things were explained a little more.  A Corner Of White gets 2 stars.

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