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Adrift by Elizabeth A. Reeves


by Elizabeth A. Reeves

Giveaway ends October 01, 2012.

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Sunday, September 16, 2012

A Beautiful ***** Review for Adrift (Goodreads)

Andrea rated it 5 of 5 stars false
I was lucky enough to win a copy of Adrift in a Goodreads First Reads Giveaway.

Initially, I was going to rate this story 4 stars; with a bit of thought, I couldn't see any reason not to give it the full five - this sweet story left me with a contented smile on my face and a yearning to read the next installment!

For a short book, it was a large book; it was spaced well with a decent sized easy-read font. I have never felt the need to comment on such before, but I found this to be so much easier on the eye to read; I find the usual Times New Roman to be quite offensive to the eye, and this made a delightful change.

Adrift is a poignantly appropriate novel about loss and discovery, emptiness and purpose, of fact and fiction, all brought together. It is a beautiful coming of age tale, with a central theme about the conflicts about who we are; how our heritage and the decisions we make affect who we are, how the conflict between different aspects of the self can make one feel 'adrift', not belonging anywhere or to anyone.

It is easy to empathise with the protagonist, Meg, in her loss of her family and ultimately her identity. The charmingly interwoven legend of the Selkie in with the modern novel makes a wonderful backdrop for Meg's plight to discover herself and how to cope with who she is; Elizabeth Reeves manages to describe the two with seeming ease and elegance.

Reeves's style of writing seems to make the reader's eyes skip across the page, absorbing the words of the story without much thought involved, making this a lovely, easy to read novel.

I really enjoyed reading Adrift; it rates much more highly in my opinion than most other young adult novels I have read (*cough* Hunger Games *cough*), as the language is not overly simplistic and the writing style, although easy to read, is quite sophisticated and in no way patronising. It seems to be a novel written in a way that all age groups can enjoy it, without being too complex for the younger audience and without being too simplistic and silted for the older audience. A beautiful little novel; I will definitely be keeping my eye out for the sequel

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