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Guile Hardcover – March 1, 2016
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"Yonie will soon have well deserved fans among those who love a rich, yet patient tale."
"...Memorable, well-drawn characters...Those who like unusual fantasies will enjoy this and will identify with the appealing Yonie as she searches for her roots and a place to belong."
* A Junior Library Guild Selection *
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Sixteen-year-old orphan Yonie Watereye ekes out a meager living posing as a "pearly," someone who can sense the presence of guile. Yonie's situation is precarious, to say the least: she isn't a pearly, and her "seeings" are performed by her cat.
Already rejected by her papa's swamp-dwelling family, Yonie decides to investigate her mother's mysterious upper-class background. When her High Town relatives rebuff her, Yonie suddenly has new mysteries to solve. Was her parents' death really an accident? Where is her grand-aunt Nettie? And what unknown person is making malevolent use of powerful guile-changed things--one of which is nearly fatal to Yonie herself?
Family ties, family secrets, a whisper of romance, and an array of guile-filled objects are artfully entwined in this layered tale of a young woman looking for her true family and her true home.
- Lexile Measure : 870L
- Grade Level : 7 - 9
- Item Weight : 1.05 pounds
- Hardcover : 384 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0544451716
- ISBN-13 : 978-0544451711
- Product Dimensions : 5.5 x 1.32 x 8.25 inches
- Publisher : Clarion Books (March 1, 2016)
- Language: : English
- Reading level : 12 and up
- Best Sellers Rank: #3,745,012 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The main criticism I would have is that the storyline itself feels comprised of many parts--more like a beautiful patchwork quilt than a fully woven fabric with a long central thread. I do find that I often feel this way when a world is first introduced to me, so maybe there are long threads hidden in the fiber that I just don't understand yet, but will soon...
Overall, it was a lovely read.
'Guile' is an intriguing YA fantasy novel that blends several genres such as action, adventure, suspense and mystery, together to create an original story that will have readers guessing until the very end. I'm a big fan of thrillers - including mysteries and suspense - so when I read that this book was a blend of those genres along with fantasy elements, I couldn't wait to read it. It lived up to any hopes and expectations I may have had for it, and turned out to be a very quick and enjoyable novel. The aspect of the story that fascinated me the most was the guile. I loved learning as much as I could about it - history, legends, what it can do to objects and living things, and it's mystical qualities too. This part of the book is very unique and really made it stand out from the rest of the genre for me. I loved getting to know both Yonie and LaRue (I absolutely adored her character!) and to watch them get out of sticky situations throughout the story. There's a bit of a mystery in the book about Yonie's family and some dark secrets, which I thought brought the book to new level and was a great addition to the plot itself.
One thing that bothered me a bit was the third person point of view the book is told in. I'm a huge fan of first person POV and I almost always believe that a story should be told from this perspective because of the deep connection that forms between the reader and the narrator. Since this novel is told from the third person POV, I wasn't able to lose myself inside the world the author created (which usually happens with first person POV). The world building was fantastic and I loved getting to know all of the places and people scattered throughout the story. I really wish that I could have slipped deeper inside of Yonie's world, because it was really original and had tons of potential - and I would have loved feeling like I was beside Yonie in this strange land while everything was happening. This is my own opinion (of course) and has nothing to do with the book or the writing itself. I'm sure that other readers will have differing opinions than mine and these things won't be an issue at all. It's just one of my personal quirks as a reader. Overall, this was an interesting book with solid writing, a good blend of genres, great worldbuilding, and a plot with a quick pace. I definitely recommend it to fans of YA fantasy, along with readers who enjoy paranormal, action, adventure, and mysteries.
Disclosure: I received a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.
Yonie is a great heroine! She cares about people, shows compassion and tenacity, and just wants to help; a good character for young girls for sure. She as a strength about her all through the book that helps her push through different circumstances and still be okay. I really loved that about her, and made me really invested in her journey to find out more about her past. Of course, LaRue was fabulous! She, even while being a cat, gives off a definite big sister vibe. She is there to help guide Yonie and support her. she protects Yonie, just as Yonie protects her, creating a really deep bond between the two, which I loved and makes you sometimes forget that LaRue is a cat!
The world that is built in the book is fabulous. I love the whole idea of guile, especially because I was taught at a young age that objects hold memories of the people who posses them and can reflect those memories/emotions/whatever you want to call them. This is definitely seen within the different guile-effected objects that Yonie and LaRue encounter. The bayou itself is so full of life and different people, that you really start to see yourself in this world. I love such intricate and imaginative worlds and makes me want more!
There are a lot of twists throughout the book, some of which you can see and others smack you upside the head! I love a mix of genres, and Guile was a total mashup with the perfect amount of fantasy, thriller, and mystery thrown together. If you've been looking for a fresh new book, then Guile is a MUST-READ!