The Half Life of Molly Pierce by Katrina Leno

The Half Life of Molly Pierce

“I’m good at being unhappy. I’m good at accommodating my sadness.”

 

You take it for granted. Waking up. Going to school, talking to your friends. Watching a show on television or reading a book or going out to lunch.

You take for granted going to sleep at night, getting up the next day, and remembering everything that happened to you before you closed your eyes.

You live and you remember.

Me, I live and I forget.

But now—now I am remembering.

For all of her seventeen years, Molly feels like she’s missed bits and pieces of her life. Now, she’s figuring out why. Now, she’s remembering her own secrets. And in doing so, Molly uncovers the separate life she seems to have led…and the love that she can’t let go.

The Half Life of Molly Pierce is a suspenseful, evocative psychological mystery about uncovering the secrets of our pasts, facing the unknowns of our futures, and accepting our whole selves.

Book Links: Amazon | Book Depository | Chapters | Goodreads | National Book Store

Personal Thoughts:

I haven’t read much books that deals with multiple personality disorder. Though I’ve seen a lot of movies that deals with the subject I don’t find it common in fiction especially in YA. Yes, there are many psychological thrillers in YA genre out there but not much deals with multiple personality disorder and not as subtle as this one. Those I’ve read mostly gears from psychological to paranormal – a twist I don’t like much because it loss the realistic vibes of the story.

In this book, The Half Life of Molly Pierce, I really appreciate that the author sticks her story in the contemporary and psychological thriller side. I’m glad she didn’t push the story to other genre just to add twist or shock factor for her readers.

The first few pages actually reminds me of the suspense Japanese movie Tokyo Shōnen / Tokyo Boy. The two are not the same except for the multiple personality disorder, it give me more theories about the twist and turns of the plot. Though it doesn’t end up as darker as I expected, the journey is still as thrilling.

Molly Pierce life is a mystery, even to her. She suffers from blackouts, where part of her time is a total blank to her. One minute she in school attending class, then next thing she realize she is somewhere she can’t even recognize. She don’t know why she was there, what she did, or whom she spent her time with. She knows something is wrong but she can’t figure it out. But still she pretends that her life is normal. Until she witness a road accident where a boy she doesn’t know seems to know her very well. Eventually memories are start come back to her. Little flashbacks are filling her mind and Molly have to find out if she is ready to face them all or not.

“Now I am remembering.
And I’m not sure what I liked better.
Being in the dark or being thrust unceremoniously into the light.”

 Molly’s stream of consciousness is well written. Her choppy voice is realistically aligned to her condition. Katrina Leno created Molly with a consuming voice that makes me empathize and relate with her even from the outside perspective of the reader. It so easy to feel her struggles and confusions, like I was inside her head every moment. Even during the times when her narrative are chopped and hanging creating an isolated atmosphere, I still feel her and her isolation. Her complexity echo throughout the pages of this book.

Katrina Leno’s unfolded Molly’s story in a right pace. Every hints and revelations are well executed, leaving readers enough moments to formulate theories and evaluate Molly’s situation. It’s a gripping ride getting to know Molly’s character as she try to put together the puzzle behind her blank hours.

Besides with mystery and the main character, I also like the family dynamics and friendships presented in the story. Molly’s family are supportive and very understanding. I like the fact that they didn’t push Molly to understand things that’s happening to her. They let her undergo through it at her own pace. The way they handle the situation is admiring. I can feel their frustrations, and pain even Molly doesn’t see it herself. While Molly’s friends add normality to Molly’s life, something Molly is trying hard to accomplish – to be normal.

The Half Life of Molly Pierce is a powerful, intense and emotionally heartfelt psychological thriller novel. Molly and her life story will surely stay with me for a good long while. Katrina Leno soar high with this debut novel. I’m already looking forward to her next work.

* This review is based on an advance readers copy I received courtesy of the publisher,  HarperCollins International in exchange of honest opinion.

Loot by Jude Watson

Loot by Jude Watson

“If you think nothing can go wrong, you’d better think again.”

“LOOT hits the jackpot.” — Rick Riordan, #1 NEW YORK TIMES bestselling author

On a foggy night in Amsterdam, a man falls from a rooftop to the wet pavement below. It’s Alfie McQuinn, the notorious cat burglar, and he’s dying. As sirens wail in the distance, Alfie manages to get out two last words to his young son, March: “Find jewels.”

But March learns that his father is not talking about a stash of loot. He’s talking about Jules, the twin sister March never knew he had. No sooner than the two find each other, they’re picked up by the police and sent to the world’s worst orphanage. It’s not prison, but it feels like it.

March and Jules have no intention of staying put. They know their father’s business inside and out, and they’re tired of being pushed around. Just one good heist, and they’ll live the life of riches and freedom most kids only dream about.

Watch out! There are wild kids on the loose and a crime spree coming . . .

Book Links: Amazon | Book Depository | Chapters | Goodreads | National Book Store

Personal Thoughts:

Once in awhile I try to stash some middle grade book in my reading pile for the purpose of recommending new read for my ten year old nephew who loves to read books as much as I do. Actually, he is much better reader than I am, he’s just 10 years old and already read classics titles more than I have read. And every time I found myself enjoying books intended for younger readers, it reminds me how to be a kid and to enjoy simple things in my stories.

“No thief likes a full moon. Like mushrooms and owls, they do their best work in the dark.”

March McQuin is the son of the world’s most notorious jewel thief, Alfie McQuin. Being a son of a thief he is living his life on the run, traveling from different places, never attending school or having real friends to surround him. That’s his life until his father, Alfie McQuin died. His father’s last words “Find jewels.”

Turns out jewels is not a gem or any precious items Alfie wants him to steal. He got it wrong. Jules, not jewels is a twin sister he didn’t know he had. With no parents to take care of them, Jules & March are sent to an orphanage which is not much better than prison. There, they met Darius and Izzy who become an alliance in breaking out of the orphanage. Together they went finding clues and solving puzzles left by Alfie to execute an unfinished and possibly biggest heist.

“When you run a con, you don’t think about the odds. You think about details so you don’t mess up.”

For a short read, Loot is packed with lots of actions, adventures and schemes that will keep readers on the edge of their seat. With the bunch of kids that are clever and cunning, Loot provides a thrilling story of adventure and friendships.

March and his gang are brilliant characters you can’t help but root for despite of the illegal things they are doing. They are brave and talented kids who choose to remove themselves in a corrupt society like the foster home that was supposed to take care of them. Together they form an alliance to find seven gems that possibly cursed. Each schemes they pull are twisty and well plotted making the story engaging and fun.

Jude Watson did a terrific job in making March and the other characters realistic despite the little possibility of kids plotting heist as big as this one in real world. Her writing style is also top-notch! For a middle grade book, she successfully weaved an easy to read story for kids while plotting intricate crimes that even adults will enjoy. The writing is fast-paced with consistent sense of urgency leaving no room for dull and slow moments. Each happenings are essential to the plot and to the development of characters.

Overall, with quirky & smart characters Loot is a clever, creative fun read. Not only it will take you to a thrilling ride of adventure and non-stop action but will also reminds you the importance of family. Highly recommended for kids and kids at heart who love some adventures to their stories.

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*This review is based on a copy I received courtesy of the publisher, Scholastic Press Philippines in exchange for an honest opinion.

Author Interview: Chloe Miles

Chloe Miles is here on the blog today to answer some questions about her books, Faded series.

Interview with Chloe Miles

Q1. What got you interested in writing? And why Paranormal YA, in particular?
Ever since I was a kid, I’ve always had a vivid imagination and loved creating stories in my head. I’ve always been a hopeless romantic and loved the idea of finding your one true love, and I’ve always loved stories with an element of magic to them, so writing a paranormal romance seemed like a perfect fit.

Q2. Where do you get the ideas for the Faded Trilogy? What is your writing process like?
I wanted to write a paranormal romance that was a little different to everything else that’s already been written. I loved the idea of earthbound spirits protecting the town from evil. And, being a hopeless romantic, I loved the idea of eternal undying love, especially between two characters who are so young but whose love is so rare and beyond their years.
It happened to be storming when I was coming up with the idea for the series, so that’s the inspiration behind the power over the weather that the characters possess and the unpredictable storms terrorizing the town.

Q3. Which book of the trilogy was the hardest to write and why?
I think See No Evil was probably the hardest to write of the three books, simply because I already had my beginning and knew how I wanted the ending. See No Evil needed to sustain the series and I had to come up with a creative way to achieve that, which was a little intimidating at first. Some of the chapters in See No Evil actually ended up being some of the most exciting and action-packed to write, so I’m really happy with how it turned out.

Q4. Faded trilogy are self-published novels, what made you decided to do it on your own? Did you ever consider getting a publishing deal?
Self-publishing seemed like the most obvious path to take because it is so accessible these days. Honestly, trying to secure a publishing deal wasn’t something that even crossed my mind. I love the idea of being creatively in control of my own work, so self-publishing just seemed like the path that was most suited to me.

Q5. What has been the best part of self-publishing? What has been the hardest?
The best part by far is having 100% creative control. That always has been and always will be the most important part of writing for me. The hardest part is definitely the self-doubt. There’s no assurance of success, which is a little worrying at times. But I’m nothing if not a dreamer, and I have huge plans in mind for the series … specifically, world domination. That’s not asking for much, is it?!

Q6. What are you reading now? Any recommendations for us?
I don’t really have much time to read at the moment since all my time is taken up with promoting The Faded Trilogy. But I did really love The Fault in Our Stars. That was probably the last one I read, and I would definitely recommend it. (Although, I think nearly everyone has read it by now anyway!)

Q7. Are you working on any project right now? What we should expect from you in the near future?
I want to dedicate my heart and soul to The Faded Trilogy and ensure its success before I move on to any other writing projects. You never know what may happen in the future in regards to other writing projects, but right now my heart belongs to Savannah and Hunter.

Q8. Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?
The idea of Savannah and Hunter’s love for each other is that the strongest feelings we feel aren’t always physically felt but felt wholly and powerfully within your heart. I believe there is a powerful and inspirational message behind The Faded Trilogy, and I hope that the readers will walk away from this series with a little more hope and love in their hearts.

Thank you so much Chloe for stopping by today and for answering all my questions.

Check The Books:

Faded (Book 1) : Amazon | Barnes & Noble

See No Evil (Book 2) : Amazon | Barnes & Noble

Ever After (Book 3) : Amazon | Barnes & Noble

About Chloe Miles

Author Chloe Miles

Chloe Miles is a twenty-something author, dreamer, shameless chocoholic and hopeless romantic. When she’s not writing or daydreaming, she loves escaping reality with her favourite playlists, eating too much chocolate, and curling up on her couch in her PJs with a good TV show and a cup of tea. The Faded Trilogy is her first series.

Find Her

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Author Interview: Sarah Tregay for Fan Art + Giveaway

I’m beyond excited to start the promotional tour of Fan Art by Sarah Tregay here in the Philippines organized by Pinoy Book Tours. I’ve read Sarah Tregay’s books before and I just love them. Love & Left Overs is one of the few novels that is written in verse that I actually enjoy reading. It is beautifully written story that deals with heavy themes but still a light & fun read. Her latest novel, Fan Art showcase again her artistic talent in writing, not only in verse but also in traditional story telling. Check my review here to know more about the book and my opinion about it.

Now, the interview! Sarah is so nice to answer few questions for me about Fan Art and her writing process. I hope you’ll enjoy the interview below as much I enjoy having Sarah here on the blog. And be sure to check the bottom of this post for the giveaway. Trust me you don’t want to miss the chance owning a signed copy of Fan Art.

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Interview with Sarah Tregay

Q1. Can you tell us about the shorter version of Fan Art, “I Love You, Man”? Is the story comes first before Fan Art? If yes, what made you decide to expand the story? Can you tell us a little about your writing process with this one? Also, who decided to change the title and why?

Great questions Maricar! Thank you.

I wrote a short story in verse called “I Love You, Man” before I wrote FAN ART, the novel. Short stories are a great way to explore character, setting and plot twists. When I shared “I Love You, Man” with my agent, she shared it with my editor. It was my editor who encouraged me to expand the story into a novel. I changed the title to FAN ART shortly thereafter because it felt like a better fit for the story.

Q2. What inspired you to write a story with LGBT theme?

The seed of an idea that grew into FAN ART, sort fell into my lap. I was hanging out with a young friend of mine waiting for an activity at her high school to start, and she was telling me about her day. “You’d never guess what happened in government class,” she began, and then told me a story about students in her grade. It grabbed me by the heartstrings. I thought that if the characters were gay the idea would make a great scene in a story, so it made its way into FAN ART.

Q3. I love all the poems you included in Fan Art. I appreciate the fact that they are from different characters. How did you decide from who’s perspective to write or what poems to include in the story?

My first draft of FAN ART was written entirely in poems like LOVE AND LEFTOVERS, so the poetry between the prose chapters is a little carry over from that draft. I wanted the secondary characters to have a voice in the story so I wrote poems (and a graphic short story) when I felt that their voices added depth to the novel or fuel to the plot.

Q4. Do you think your degrees in graphic design helps/influence you in formatting your books? Have you considered making your own sketches for Fan Art?

My graphic design background comes into play when I write poetry and verse novels—so it was helpful for the poetry parts. However, illustrating comics is not my forte, so Melissa DeJesus did the illustrations in the book. Her illustrations are so much better than mine would ever be. So, no I haven’t done any of my own fan art for FAN ART.

Q5. Which is easier or more fun to write, your verse novel Love & Leftovers or Fan Art and why?

LOVE AND LEFTOVERS was more fun to write because of the verse. I enjoy writing little turns of phrase and using the space on the page to add meaning. Also, verse novels are a bit easier to edit. If you don’t like the plot, you can shuffle the order of the poems, or if you need to expand on a character or plot point, you can add another poem or two. The chapters in FAN ART were trickier to revise because they are more intertwined.

Q6. Are you working on any project right now? Will you be writing another novel in verse again like what you did with Love & Leftovers?

While I would love to have another verse novel out there for my readers, my imprint is moving away from them for the time being. I don’t know what my next published project will turn out to be, but I do have several very different things in the works.

Q7. Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?

I would like to thank my readers for their enthusiasm and support. It was so nice of Jenevieve to reach out to me and connect FAN ART with Pinoy Book Tours. I am so happy she did!

Thank you so much Sarah for stopping by today and for answering all my questions. I’m looking forward reading another book from you so I hope you’ll write more for us. Thanks again!

About Sarah Tregay

Sarah TregayRaised without television, Sarah Tregay started writing her own middle grade novels after she had read all of the ones in the library. She later discovered YA books, but never did make it to the adult section. When she isn’t jotting down poems at stoplights, she can be found hanging out with her “little sister” from Big Brothers Big Sisters. Sarah lives in Eagle, Idaho with her husband, two Boston terriers, and an appaloosa named Mr. Pots.

Find Sarah

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The Giveaway:

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1 Signed ARC of FAN ART by Sarah Tregay

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Jenny Han in Manila

New York Times bestselling YA author Jenny Han visited the country for book signing tours in Manila & Cebu last June 21st & 22nd, 2014. The events are organized by National Book Store for the Filipino fans of the Korean-American writer.

For those who are not familiar yet with Jenny Han, she is the author of children book (Clara Lee and the Apple Pie Dream), middle grade book (Shug) and YA books (Summer series : The Summer I Turned Pretty, It’s Not Summer Without You, We’ll Always Have Summer; Burn for Burn series: Burn for Burn, Fire with Fire, Ashes to Ashes). Her recently released novel, To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before which is the first part of a duology is a YA contemporary hit.

I’ve read To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before few weeks before Jenny Han’s visit and I can honestly say that the book is good. Which makes me more excited to see in person and talk to the genius behind Lara Jean’s story. Check my review for the book here.

Since I was invited to the bloggers forum (Thanks so much NBS), I got the chance to spend more time with Jenny Han during the Q&A event together with other blogger friends. We asked Jenny Han questions and talk to her some more about her books, writing process, experiences, and even her crushes. It’s a light and fun event. Here are some of the things I’ve learned from her during the forum.

Jenny Han and her co-author Vivian Siobhan met in graduate school in New York at David Levithan’s class. David is Siobhan’s mentor in writing. When writing __ series with Siobhan they don’t have a specific characters assigned for them unlike the usual tandem writing. They have to learn and know all characters very well in their books well and they just exchanges pages and help each other in every way possible. When it comes to division, Jenny think that she is more in charge with the dialogue and conversations since she feels she is good at that while Siobhan is in charge with the plotting and storytelling since she has a screen writing background and went to a film school. For her writing with Siobhan is really fun because they are best friend.

Like Lara Jean, her main character in To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before, Jenny Han also got the her own hatbox where she put her personal letter when she was younger. Her letters never got sent out and they are for her eyes only. For her writing letters is a personal experience. Letters for her thus not only reflects the writer’s true and deep feelings but also reveals the writers personality. It can be also a way of coping up by letting all our feelings flow through ink and paper.

As for the usual present of sister relationships in her novels, it is actually from her own experience. She also got sisters of her own whom she love so much. Kitty from To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before is inspired by her own sister Susan.

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Jenny pictures Peter Kavinsky (Lara Jean’s love interest in To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before) as very handsome in a nice old-fashioned way, like a young James Marsden. And if she will be Lara Jean her top celebrity crushes are Alexander Skarsgard of True Blood, Norman Reedus of Walking Dead. The cop from The Killing (a Swedish model), Nikolaj Coster-Waldau from Game of Thrones, Jo In Sung and Seo In Guk.

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Thank you so much Jenny Han for gracing us with your presence and for sharing us your time, and experiences. A big thanks too to National Book Store for inviting me to the forum. Thank you too to Jenny Han’s publisher, Simon & Schuster for the  for the advance copy of Ashes to Ashes.

Find out more about Jenny Han in her website  and follow her on Twitter for instant updates. You may also check Jenny Han’s tumbler where she post photos of her nail arts.

Tintin Shop is Finally Here in Manila

Last Wednesday night, June 25th, 2014 Fully Booked organized a formal launch of Tintin Shop, a merchandise store that carry all collectibles items of one of the most iconic comic book characters, Tintin. The shop is the first and only (so far) Tintin shop here in the Philippines which is fully loaded of different collectible items that fans of the comic book series will surely love.

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During the store launch, there are short tours around the shop where Fully Booked staffs help us explore Tintin’s world more. Victoria, the one who tour our batch shares information and trivia about Hergé and The Adventures of Tintin. If she isn’t in-charge with the store launch I will think she is  a hard-core fan of Tintin and Hergé herself. Or maybe she really is a hard-core fan. Too bad I forgot to ask her. But the way she explain things about Tintin, Herge and the other characters of this iconic comic book series clearly shows her enthusiasm & familiarity to Tintin’s world.

After the tour we also try making our own paper snowy which I’m not sure if I can do again on my own. There are games too where we won a couple of prizes like the Tintin calendar & postcard.

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Who is Tintin?

Tintin is a fictional character created by Belgian comic book writer and artist Georges “Hergé” Remi back in the 1920′s or 30′s. Tintin is the protagonist of The Adventures of Tintin comics series, one of the most popular European comics of the 20th century. Very much like his creator, Tintin worked in a newspaper. He is a reporter and an adventurer who travels in different places with his sidekick dog, Snowy. Snowy’s original French name is Milou which is also the nickname of Hergé’s first girlfriend.

Throughout the series, Tintin travels into different places and becomes involved in dangerous cases and solving mysteries in which he takes heroic action to save the day.

The creator

Georges “Hergé” Remi is known for his remarkable “clean-line” style of drawing, and meticulous, well-researched plots. His aesthetic influence a new generation of artist, cartoonist, and designers.  A museum, the Hergé Museum in Louvain-La-Neuve, was opened in 2009 to commemorates Hergé’s life and artworks.

The Shop

Tintin Shop carry lots of Tintin’s merchandise. Of course, they have the complete collection of the comic books from the first black & white Tintin comic (Tintin in the Land of the Soviets) to the last comic book (Tintin and Alph-Art). All comic books are available in different formats. I’ve also found a box set at the second floor of Fully Booked. There are also special designed shirts, toys, bags, plastic/ceramic figures, models, plush dolls, watches, paintings, posters, postcards, coasters, mugs, jars, key chains, stationary, and other collectible items that carry Tintin’s logo.

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Tintin Shop Collectibles.jpgTintin Shop Manila.jpgFans of Tintin here in the Philippines, you don’t have to go anymore to other countries like Singapore, Japan or Brussels in order to buy additional items for your collections. And to those who are fairly new to Tintin, you are all welcome to visit Tintin shop to discover and explore the masterpiece of Hergé.

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Tintin Shop is situated inside Fully Booked, The Fort branch at the Bonifacio High Street in Taguig City. For more details and inquiries check Fully Booked on Facebook or follow them on Twitter @_FullyBooked.

Plus One by Elizabeth Fama

Plus One

“But after he tells you how they died, I want you to remember how they lived…”

It takes guts to deliberately mutilate your hand while operating a blister-pack sealing machine, but all I had going for me was guts.

Sol Le Coeur is a Smudge—a night dweller in an America rigidly divided between people who wake, live, and work during the hours of darkness and those known as Rays who live and work during daylight. Impulsive, passionate, and brave, Sol deliberately injures herself in order to gain admission to a hospital, where she plans to kidnap her newborn niece—a Ray—in order to bring the baby to visit her dying grandfather. By violating the day-night curfew, Sol is committing a serious crime, and when the kidnap attempt goes awry it starts a chain of events that will put Sol in mortal danger, uncover a government conspiracy to manipulate the Smudge population, and throw her together with D’Arcy Benoît, the Ray medical apprentice who first treats her, then helps her outrun the authorities—and with whom she is fated to fall impossibly and irrevocably in love.

Set in a vivid alternate reality and peopled with complex, deeply human characters on both sides of the day-night divide, Plus One is a brilliantly imagined drama of individual liberty and civil rights—and a compelling, rapid-fire romantic adventure story.

Personal Thoughts:

I have read Plus One more than a month and a half ago with the tour copy provided by PBT, it’s been a while and it’s only now that I finally got the chance to sit down and review the book — a mistake that I just realized few seconds ago. Since I don’t have a copy of the book right now, I’m not sure how I can discuss in detail this book. So, reminder to self, buy my own copy soon because this book is definitely a keeper.

With my poor memory and no notes at all, let me attempt instead to dig the experience of reading Plus One.

For a first time reader of Elizabeth Fama’s works, I remember being impressed with her writing, which means I’ll be reading her other works soon. In this book, Plus One I like how she easily pull those flowing words and weaved them together to form one absorbing novel. The way she built-up this new world in Plus One is slow but evolving. Forming the world from simple to more complex. Her descriptive style carry smoothness and her words are rich that somehow I imagine seeing things in different angle.

“The thing is, when you’re with someone like Poppu – someone who sees straight through your battered facade and loves every bit of you, someone who makes you laugh until you pee your pants, someone who grabs you in a hug exactly when you need it – you don’t crave any kind of approval from strangers. You don’t need to ‘matter’ in the world, because you already matter to the only person who counts.”

The concept of dividing people by day and night is quite well done. It’s not entirely new to me but I like that it carry a ring of reality in it. The possibility of living in a world where people are divided by period of time is easily imaginable. It could be our alternate reality if things from the fast goes differently. I just wish that the novel explain more how things end up this way.

For a dystopian novel, this book is quite light on the political side. Though there are clearly the struggles of the masses & inequality, the story doesn’t focus much on that part until the latter part of the book. Instead, Fama focus on detailing Sol’s plot to get her niece so her grandfather can see the baby before he dies. As much as I enjoy Sol’s plotting and her interaction with D’Archy, I kinda feel that the kidnapping part took so long. Though I understand how it become the focus of the story, having Sol as the narrator and her focus is more personal, I still feel that the story will be more interesting if Sol delved into bigger things than the wish of her dying grandfather.

Sol Le Coeur, the narrator and main character of the story is quite naive. Her impulsiveness sometimes lies on the path of act-now-think-later which is not very wise. But while she is being impulsive and careless in her decisions she is also showing her strength in a way. She is loyal to a fault. Her love for her family is undeniable, add her unending determination, she grew on me as I read. She frustrates me but she also surprise me. Sometimes her impulsiveness results to unexpected turns in the story.

While Sol is impulsive, D’Archy the love interest is the total opposite. He is more in control. He is cautious in handling the situation around him. He thinks and weigh things before doing something.

I’m not sure if there will be a sequel. The ending though hopeful and resolves most things, I still feel like the author should expand more the story. I want to know more about the government, the political sides and other much intriguing things than kidnapping the baby.

Overall, with compelling mystery, easily imaginary world, and determined protagonist, Plus One is a well written and absorbing novel.