July 23, 2015

Cage of Stars {Book Review}

I had planned to save this review for next month's book review linkup, as I'm not normally one to waste a blog post on one book. I personally skip over these kind of posts because I find them dull. But after so many of you expressed interested per yesterday's post, I only thought it was only fair to share my thoughts before you take the plunge and read the book.

On our trip to Colorado I flew threw the two books I had on my Kindle and all of a sudden I had nothing to read. My library account wasn't working either so I kind of put myself into a tizzy trying to figure out what I was going to do with my down time when Le Husband remembered seeing a thrift store in Breckenridge. We walked there one night and I randomly picked up this book and another book to keep myself occupied throughout the rest of our travels. Originally I was drawn to the cover and then I read the back and was instantly hooked.
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"12-year-old Veronica Swan's idyllic life in a close-knit Mormon community is shattered when her two younger sisters are brutally murdered. Although her parents find the strength to forgive the deranged killer, Scott Early, Veronica cannot do the same. Years later, she sets out alone to avenge her sisters' deaths, dropping her identity and severing ties in the process. As she closes in on Early, Veronica will discover the true meaning of sin and compassion, before she makes a decision that will change her and her family's lives forever." [picture and summary via goodreadsdotcom]

Oh my word, this book was tough but delightful. I don't know if being the eldest of three sisters played a part in my attachment but I am recommending this book to EVERYONE. Yes, there is a religious overtone, but it isn't in your face, it's just who the Swan family is and it guides how they cope. And my do they have a ditch to get out of after the sudden deaths. Even though I KNEW what was going to happen, I still teared up reading about the deaths and the funeral. Maybe it has to do with the fact that I'm the Veronica of my family [although the ages are different], so my thoughts and heart immediately put me in her shoes and I honestly don't know how Veronica functioned the way she did. But, I do understand her plight in not wanting to forgive Early. I 100% back her feelings and thoughts regarding want to make him pay and not letting him off the hook. Remember that whole grudge holder thing, yeah, pretty sure this would be a grudge for life  [heck it took me forever to get over drama with a girl I barely knew two years]

You can't help but feel for Veronica as she tries to navigate her life without her sisters. She struggles figuring out how to live and what to do and how to help her parents. There is a lot of grief and my heart ached for each character affected as they walked through the haze in a different manner. I particularly enjoyed the fact that Veronica tried to keep a normal life and that in time her family started to learn how to actually live with the heartache.

Mitchard does a fantastic job of presenting grief and of tying it to a religious background. Her writing is very succinct and she doesn't just wax on which I appreciated. She keeps the story moving and builds incredibly to the moment of no return. I have to say I was a bit surprised with the turn Veronica takes, yet I was able to guess where her story would end up anyway. Her new life is an interesting twist and I was on the edge of me seat each chapter WAITING for that all important moment. 

I almost took away a star because I felt the story had a great build but then just quickly tied up all the loose ends. After reading an interview with Mitchard in the back of the book, I gave the star back because she explained what she hoped to accomplish with the succinct style. One of the few five of five star books I've come across. This book with make you think, make you cry and make you smile so go check it out and prepare to have all the feels < 3!

Linking up with *kristin*& *annie*

12 comments:

Pamela {Sequins and Sea Breezes} said...

I hate books that build great then just quickly end. It makes it seem like the author got sick of writing it and just wanted to finish it!

<3, Pamela
Sequins & Sea Breezes

BLovedBoston said...

I didn't realize you guys were in Breckenridge now I really can't wait for that recap!!! I loved it there!! I like a book that makes you think - adding this to my list! xo, Biana -BlovedBoston

Michelle said...

I chuckled when you said you skip over the dull book reviews. I don't want to be insensitive to others, but I really do the same thing - unless it is a book I've had on my wait list from the library and then I just may "skim" a few paragraphs to see their take on it. Okay, your post I read fully and going to see if the library has it. This is one I would like. Has all the elements I enjoy in a novel. I like when they tie up everything in one perfect knot quickly instead of draggggggging it on. Finished a few like that recently. Thanks for the review Pinky,

Michelle said...

I chuckled when you said you skip over the dull book reviews. I don't want to be insensitive to others, but I really do the same thing - unless it is a book I've had on my wait list from the library and then I just may "skim" a few paragraphs to see their take on it. Okay, your post I read fully and going to see if the library has it. This is one I would like. Has all the elements I enjoy in a novel. I like when they tie up everything in one perfect knot quickly instead of draggggggging it on. Finished a few like that recently. Thanks for the review Pinky,

Kristin said...

We've been wanting to drive up to Breckenridge...what'd you think of it? Any recommendations?

Courtney B said...

Okay, TOTALLY need to read this!!

Katie Elizabeth said...

This sounds so good - definitely adding it to my 'must read' list! It's rare to come across a 5 star book!!

Julia said...

This sounds awesome! I tend to skip over book review posts too, but I really enjoyed hearing about this! Will definitely put it on my list!

Foxy's Domestic Side said...

Another book to add to my really long book list, haha. Definitely will check it out. Thanks! Sometimes I do glance over book reviews, but for some reason I actually read this one. :)

Kay R. said...

haha you almost took away a star. I take away stars for things like that as well. I really dont like when there's a build up and then ... its wrapped in in 5 minutes like a lifetime movie. At least the author explained it :) Will add to list!

Kristen @ See You In A Porridge said...

hate when books finish up quickly, it can be so unsatisfying!
this book sounds interesting but i am really not a fan of books that are overly religious. just not what i like to read, nothing against them!

Laura Marie Keenan said...

Ooh this sounds intriguing! Putting it on my to-read list!