When the Moon Was Ours: A Novel

by Anna-Marie McLemore | Science Fiction & Fantasy |
ISBN: 125005866X Global Overview for this book
Registered by wingSpatialwing of Arlington, Virginia USA on 2/20/2018
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Journal Entry 1 by wingSpatialwing from Arlington, Virginia USA on Tuesday, February 20, 2018
♥♥♥ One of my favorite books I read in 2017. ♥♥♥
♥♥♥ Obtained for the express purpose to share with other BCers! ♥♥♥


Book Dedication:

To the boys who get called girls,
the girls who get called boys,
and those who live outside these words.
To those called names,
and those searching for names of their own.
To those who live on the edges,
and in the spaces in between.
I wish for you every light in the sky.


From inside flap:
Anna-Marie McLemore’s debut novel, The Weight of Feathers, was a YALSA Morris Award finalist and met with rave reviews from all corners. Now McLemore delivers a second stunning and utterly romantic novel, again tinged with magic.

To everyone who knows them, best friends Miel and Sam are as strange as they are inseparable. Roses grow out of Miel’s wrist, and rumors say that she spilled out of a water tower when she was five. Sam is known for the moons he paints and hangs in the trees and for how little anyone knows about his life before he and his mother moved to town. But as odd as everyone considers Miel and Sam, even they stay away from the Bonner girls, four beautiful sisters rumored to be witches. Now they want the roses that grow from Miel’s skin, convinced that their scent can make anyone fall in love. And they’re willing to use every secret Miel has fought to protect to make sure she gives them up.

Atmospheric, dynamic, and packed with gorgeous prose, When the Moon was Ours is an unforgettable exploration of love and identity.

Journal Entry 2 by wingSpatialwing at -- Bookbox, -- By post or by hand/ in person -- USA on Tuesday, May 01, 2018

Released 1 yr ago (5/1/2018 UTC) at -- Bookbox, -- By post or by hand/ in person -- USA

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Selected to go into the LGBTQ+ Mini-Bookbox

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Journal Entry 3 by wingReallyBookishwing at Horsham, Pennsylvania USA on Friday, May 04, 2018
Ahhhh! First of all, this book came home in the LGBTQ+ Mini-Bookbox. Thank you so much, Spatial! This hardback is physically gorgeous and it also looks like just my kind of book. I can't wait to read it!

Journal Entry 4 by wingReallyBookishwing at Horsham, Pennsylvania USA on Friday, June 29, 2018
Well, this one was a mixed bag for me. I kept subtracting stars off my rating the further along I read. I loved the diversity of representation in the cast of characters -- ethnicity, gender identity, sexuality, etc. In fact, that was probably the strongest part of the book for me. Oh, and the gorgeous cover art! :)

The writing style just did not work for me at all. I found it clunky and awkward. Here is a sample sentence: "For a second, how nervous Ivy looked stilled her." The author meant to say something along the lines of, "For a moment, she was stilled by how nervous Ivy looked." Where was the editor? There were many, many convoluted sentences like that one.

The book also contained so much repetition that I felt that it would have made a better novella. It seemed as though the author was trying to stretch the story to novel length and the reading experience (for me, at least) dragged as a result.

Am I sorry I read this book? No, I take something away from each book that I read. However, I think the most unfortunate facet of this particular reading experience was that I felt that the novel didn't live up to its exceedingly promising potential.

Journal Entry 5 by wingReallyBookishwing at Furlong, Pennsylvania USA on Monday, July 22, 2019
Reserving for the General Literature VBB.

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