Mon, January 24, 2011

Book of Tomorrow by Cecelia Ahern

>Book of Tomorrow
By Cecelia Ahern
January 25, 2911
Harper, 320 pages

Born into the lap of luxury and comfortable in the here and now, spoiled, tempestuous Tamara Goodwin has never had to look to the future—until the abrupt death of her father leaves her and her mother a mountain of debt and forces them to move in with Tamara’s peculiar aunt and uncle in a tiny countryside village.

Tamara is lonely and bored, with a traveling library as her only diversion. There she finds a large leather-bound book with a gold clasp and padlock, but no author name or title. Intrigued, she pries open the lock, and what she finds inside takes her breath away.

Tamara sees entries written in her own handwriting, and dated for the following day. When the next day unfolds exactly as recorded, Tamara realizes she may have found a solution to her problems. But in her quest to find answers, Tamara soon learns that some pages are better left unturned and that, try as she may, she mustn’t interfere with fate.

— Amazon.com description

This book was creepy mysterious. I’m talking creepy on the level of Kathy Bates in Misery. I mean, in the setting of a secluded old Irish gatehouse out in the woods near the ruins of a CASTLE, how can it not be creepy? I loved all the heebie-jeebies this mystery gave me.

And I enjoyed the main character. She’s—and I hate this word, so bear with me—sassy. She’s sort of a spoiled jerk, but you like her anyway.

The only problem is that the girl is sooo introspective. There’s a lot of internal dialogue to weed through, so it felt like we didn’t really get into the mysterious (and magical!) parts of it until well past halfway through the novel. I wish the plot hadn’t been so hidden…it would have really enhanced the sense of suspense throughout.

Overall, an intriguing story! Bonus: Cecelia Ahern is the author of P.S. I Love You, which was made into a movie that you should only watch if you are in the need of a great, big cry. Also: She’s the daughter of the former prime minister of Ireland. Cool points!

Check it out yourself: Enter my contest below to win and advance copy of The Book of Tomorrow. Be sure to read my contest policies first. (U.S. residents only! Sorry!)

Anna Reads young adult book blog

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  1. Lindsi said:

    Hmm… What would I do with a book that showed me my future? Play the lottery? Ace my tests? Avoid problems? I think a book like this would come in handy!

    And I agree… Ps I Love You made me cry uncontrollably! But Gerard Butler is so, so yummy 🙂

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  2. Katie said:

    Lol – I kind of love the word sassy! And I would most definitely hate a book that showed me the future. Much better to take things as they come. Thanks for the chance to win The Book of Tomorrow!

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  3. Jacinda (The Reading Housewives) said:

    This book sounds good! I've never watched P.S. I Love You…not sure if I could get the hubby to watch it with me, lol. Great review!

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  4. Melissa (i swim for oceans) said:

    Awesome review, Anna! PS I Love You is amazing…but the movie made me go on an emotional rollercoaster that almost killed me haha

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  5. Tara said:

    This does sound creeptastic! I have never seen PS I Love You (I know, I know) but I might have to give it a try – not sure if I'm ready for an emotional roller coaster right now though.

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  6. Cari said:

    How could a book with such a cute cover be creepy? Great review.

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  7. Carla said:

    I have read all her other books and I do think she is a fabulous writer, bt i've never been intrigued to read this one and I have no clue why! fab review.

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  8. Alissa said:

    P.S. I Love You was so sad! But, that aside, this sounds creepertastic. :] Nice review, Anna!

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  9. A. Knight said:

    I'm very intrigued by this one! I've haven't heard too much about it and would love to see for myself if the book is my cup of tea!

    P.S. I love you seemed more beautiful than sad to me. Kind of bittersweet.

    Asher K.

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  10. Jasmine (The Reading Housewives) said:

    I've never seen P.S. I Love You either…Maybe Jacinda and I can watch it together! Haha. This book sounds super interesting…

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  11. bibliophile brouhaha said:

    This sounds like a great read, and it's a book I had not heard of – thanks so much! I will link to your review in my roundup 🙂

    -Linds, bibliophile brouhaha

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