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April 10, 2012

Review of Above by Leah Bobet

An extraordinary debut urban fantasy about dangers outside and in.

Matthew has loved Ariel from the moment he found her in the tunnels, her bee’s wings falling away. They live in Safe, an underground refuge for those fleeing the city Above–like Whisper, who speaks to ghosts, and Jack Flash, who can shoot lightning from his fingers.

But one terrifying night, an old enemy invades Safe with an army of shadows, and only Matthew, Ariel, and a few friends escape Above. As Matthew unravels the mystery of Safe’s history and the shadows’ attack, he realizes he must find a way to remake his home–not just for himself, but for Ariel, who needs him more than ever before.

ABOVE is the debut of an amazing new voice.

I couldn’t find a book trailer, so here’s a song!
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** This book was provided to us by the publisher for an honest review.
We were in no way paid for our opinion **
I honestly didn’t know where to start with this review. Do I start with the completely diverse and unforgettable characters that Leah Bobet has created? Perhaps the world building that Bobet did when creating the two worlds, Safe and Above? Or maybe I could start with just how unique ABOVE is, and the way in which the story was told?
To me, Above was like this in depth campfire story. All eyes and ears are on the storyteller. What makes a good campfire story? The weaving of the tale…And that is exactly what you will find when you read Above. The intricate ways in which Bobet has her main character, Teller aka Matthew, weave the tales of the different characters in the story was done to perfection. Bobet gives us the opportunity to read how each character managed to make their way into Safe, by telling us their backstory in the way of a tale within a tale. I felt a closer connection to many of the characters, and it seemed as though they were coming to life after every page turn.
The love story between Teller and Ari was heartbreaking. It was emotional and deep, and not like any love story that I have read in a long time. It pretty much broke down to “Would you sacrifice love for everything you’ve ever known?” Gah! Just thinking about the ending again is pulling at the heart strings.
I will admit that it did take me a bit to get into the book. I was getting easily confused with capitalization of the “A” in Above and the “S” in Safe. I wasn’t quite grasping the concept that they were actual places. I also had to start getting used to the different vocabulary used in the book. Because the residents of Safe fear the people/whitejackets from Above, they used different words to describe things, or didn’t have a word for something, but understood the meaning of the word somehow. I didn’t quite understand what the deal with the shadows and with Corner were as things were happening in the beginning. It took me a while into the book to get a firm grasp and understanding of them.
But if you can power through the first half, and get through the nitty gritty, you will find hidden under all of that a beautiful story of perseverance, survivability, and love.

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6 Comments

  1. Tiffany Mahaffy
    4/10/2012

    Wow!! I am so glad you loved it!! I debated on ordering it but never could decide… Goes on the next order for sure!! Great review!!

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  2. Bonnie
    4/10/2012

    I was able to meet Leah at her launch party in Toronto and got my copy signed. She did a reading at the party that got me incredibly excited to start reading it! Loved your review! :D

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  3. Andrea @ Cozy Up
    4/10/2012

    I felt the same way when I read it, I wasn't sure if I could really get into it at first because of the different vocabulary. But I found after a few chapters I was right into it and couldn't put it down. The love story was amazing, I really enjoyed this book, it was so unique with her writing.

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  4. Melissa
    4/11/2012

    Great review! :) I've got pages of titles waiting to be read on my Kindle, but I might have to add one more…

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  5. roro
    4/11/2012

    i so want it
    awesome review

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  6. Ooh I can’t wait for this one either it sounds SO good. Right up my alley and that cover is gorgeous!

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