Bina has never forgotten the time she and her mother ran away from home. Her mother promised they would hitchhike to the city to escape Bina’s cruel father and start over. But before they could even leave town, Bina had a new stepfather and two new stepsisters, and a humming sense of betrayal pulling apart the bond with her mother—a bond Bina thought was unbreakable.
Eight years later, after too many lies and with trouble on her heels, Bina finds herself on the side of the road again, the city of her dreams calling for her. She has an old suitcase, a fresh black eye, and a room waiting for her at Catherine House, a young women’s residence in Greenwich Village with a tragic history, a vow of confidentiality, and dark, magical secrets. There, Bina is drawn to her enigmatic downstairs neighbor Monet, a girl who is equal parts intriguing and dangerous. As Bina’s lease begins to run out, and nightmare and memory get tangled, she will be forced to face the terrible truth of why she’s come to Catherine House and what it will take for her to leave… (From Goodreads)
Thank you Algonquin Young Readers #Partner for gifting me a copy of this book, in exchange of an honest review. All opinions are my own,
I rate this book a 3 out of 5 Stars.
Okay, so you know when you get to an Art Museum, and you and a friend look at the same piece of Abstract Art, and you both interpret the piece differently? That’s what this book is to me, and I think probably to many others. Once it ended, I viewed it completely different from another reader. To me, this is a book where the Author lets you draw your own conclusions. Or maybe I am entirely off base, and I have no clue what I am actually talking about, or what I just read. Haha! I did like the story, but I feel like maybe I wasn’t imaginative enough, I did have a harder time concentrating on the book, and I found myself drifting, not the books fault, I just don’t know that I am creative enough to follow along. I still enjoyed the story, and I loved the dynamics between Bina and Monet. I found the writing style to be a bit poetic, and very artsy. While the book wasn’t the perfect match for me, I think many others will read it, especially fans of Maggie Stiefvater. Also, the cover alone is beautiful! And totally #Coverbuy worthy.
This book is out Sept. 4th. I have included helpful links below.