Monday, 10 September 2012

#149 Book Review: A Corner of White [ARC]

A Corner of White [ARC]
Release Date: October 2012
Author: Jaclyn Moriarty
Publisher: Pan Macmillan Australia
Source: Publisher for Review
Format: Paperback
Where to Buy:  Fishpond | Booktopia
More Info: Goodreads
Summary from Goodreads:
Madeleine Tully lives in Cambridge, England, the World – a city of spires, Isaac Newton and Auntie’s Tea Shop.

Elliot Baranski lives in Bonfire, the Farms, the Kingdom of Cello – where seasons roam, the Butterfly Child sleeps in a glass jar, and bells warn of attacks from dangerous Colours.

They are worlds apart – until a crack opens up between them; a corner of white – the slim seam of a letter.

A mesmerising story of two worlds; the cracks between them, the science that binds them and the colours that infuse them.

‘Perfectly strange, and absolutely comical and heartfelt ... Jaclyn Moriarty is one of the most original writers we have.’ – Markus Zusak
I think the cover reflects the story quite well. I love how the cover has the crack that represents the gap between the two different worlds and the colourful rainbows and background!


Would you live in The Kingdom of Cello......or The World?

Before A Corner of White, I have never read anything by Jaclyn Moriarty. I have seen her books around but at that time, I did not know that she is an Australian author and that her books are wonderful. After reading A Corner of White, I definitely plan to catch up with all her books because A Corner of White is fantastic.

Imagine that another world exists beyond our world and that this other world is merely a crack away from our world. Madeleine lives in the world, 'our' world but one day, she notices a crack and that there is a letter slipped in this crack. This letter is the beginning of a friendship, a girl from the world and the boy from The Kingdom of Cello.

It's been a while since I read a fantasy book and A Corner of White is one amazing fantasy book. I truly love the two worlds Moriarty has created in her story. What I particularly love is the letter exchanges between Madeleine and Elliot. Even though they never meet each other, the letters feel as though they are actually talking face-to-face. Madeleine and Elliot's story are very interesting and enjoyable to read. Moriarty's writing is a mixture of hilarious, fun, heart-warming and through her writing, I am transported into these two worlds she has created. The ending is great although new things seem to happen and I can't wait to read the sequel!

Besides a fantastic story, Moriarty has created loveable characters and I completely adore each and every one of them. Madeleine is a creative, imaginative and funny character I really enjoyed reading about. She is also clever and the way she replies Elliot's letters are charming and hilarious. Elliot is also a great character who like Madeleine, is also creative, charming and sweet. Madeleine's friends, Jack and Belle are wonderful supporting characters and I enjoyed every moment they spend with Madeleine in the story. I love how Jaclyn writes both Madeleine and Elliot's story as we can actually understand what their lives are like and how different they are compared to each other.

Can you imagine what it would be like if another world exists beyond our world and that this other world is merely a crack away from our world? A Corner of White is a fantastic and well-written book about a friendship which grows from letter exchanges and two people from two different worlds. With loveable characters and heart-warming story, Jaclyn Moriarty's newest novel is definitely not to be missed!
4 Forget-Me-Not flowers for A Corner of White!
 Thank you Pan Macmillan Australia for the review copy!


  1. Celine, you MUST read Moriarty's Year of Secret Assignments! Even though it belongs in a series, it's a standalone. You will love it, I swear! It's like a collection of lists, transcripts and letters exchanged among the characters. It's hilarious! I think this book is somewhat like YoSA too? Anyway, other than YoSA, I've never read anything by Moriarty but I surely became excited when I saw this. This is definitely going to my wishlist. Thanks for putting this on my radar, Celine!

  2. YAY! I am so glad you enjoyed this, Celine! Jaclyn is such a wonderful author and I loved both Madeleine and Elliot!

    I agree with Chel, read her other YA books but even though you can read them as standalones, I would read them in order ;)

  3. This sounds WONDERFUL, Celine! I'm so glad you liked it! I kind of REALLY love the idea of parralell worlds and dimensions and magical lands, you KNOW? And the letters sound WONDERFUL. AMAZING review ♥

  4. i so need to have this book . wonderfull review celine

  5. Oh geez, all the non-stop gushing from this book in every review I read.... I DON'T HAVE A CHOICE, DO I?! Dear TBR, you're about to topple. First Mandee and now you; this sounds SO GOOD. I love the idea and especially that the bond between Elliot and Madeleine is clearly established and heartfelt even if they never actually meet <3 My excitement to read this one grows and grows. Fabulous review, Celine!

  6. I love the fact that Madeleine and Eliot exchange letters throughout, that's such a fun way to get to know the characters and read as they get to know one another. I haven't read anything by this author, but I'm definitely going to be checking her out now. Thanks for your thoughts Celine!!!

  7. This book seems to be one of the Aussie must-reads. I've heard such great things about this author now that I hope I can try this book soon! The premise is definitely interesting too. Brilliant review as always, Celine! :)

  8. I've heard really good things about this author from Aussie bloggers and the book sounds really interesting. I'll have to check it out! :)

  9. Another Australian lovely! I've never heard of it but Madeleine and Eliot sound like amazing characters. I'm putting this in my TBR. Great review Celine. :)

  10. I haven't heard of this book before reading your review, but it sounds great! I haven't read a lot of Aussie lit, and I am excited to get started with this one. Thank you for the recommendation!

    SP @ Oh! Paper Pages

  11. I can imagine it, actually. And fabulous review, Celine! This is definitely one of my favourite reviews of yours, darling. :) Thank you for alerting me of another Aussie book! It sounds mesmerising and gorgeous and I can't wait to dive into it. :)


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