Review: A Corner of White (The Many Colors of Madeleine #1)


A Corner of White (The Many Colors of Madeleine #1) by Jaclyn Moriarty

Age Range: 12 and up

Grade Level: 7 and up

Series: The Colors of Madeleine (Book 1)

Hardcover: 384 pages

Publisher: Arthur A. Levine Books (April 1, 2013)

Genre: Fantasy

Source: Publisher via NetGalley (Thank you!)

My Rating: 3 of 5 stars

About the Book:

The first in a rousing, funny, genre-busting trilogy from bestseller Jaclyn Moriarty!

This is a tale of missing persons. Madeleine and her mother have run
away from their former life, under mysterious circumstances, and settled
in a rainy corner of Cambridge (in our world).

Elliot, on the other hand, is in search of his father, who disappeared
on the night his uncle was found dead. The talk in the town of Bonfire
(in the Kingdom of Cello) is that Elliot’s dad may have killed his
brother and run away with the Physics teacher. But Elliot refuses to
believe it. And he is determined to find both his dad and the truth.

As Madeleine and Elliot move closer to unraveling their mysteries, they
begin to exchange messages across worlds — through an accidental gap
that hasn’t appeared in centuries. But even greater mysteries are
unfolding on both sides of the gap: dangerous weather phenomena called
“color storms;” a strange fascination with Isaac Newton; the myth of the
“Butterfly Child,” whose appearance could end the droughts of Cello;
and some unexpected kisses…

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About the Author:

JACLYN MORIARTY grew up in Sydney, Australia, with four sisters, one
brother, two dogs, and twelve chickens. She studied law at the
University of Sydney, Yale, and Cambridge, and worked as an
entertainment lawyer before she wrote the Ashbury High novels, including
GHOSTS OF ASHBURY HIGH. She still lives in Sydney, with her little boy,

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My Thoughts:

This book was different.  I can’t decide if I liked it or not. It was
kind of weird and kind of confusing, but at the same time, I liked the
characters and the interweaving of our world with another one.  The
writing was distinct, but kind of strange. The plot was interesting, yet
kind of boring. I didn’t find the humor that was promised in the
synopsis, but I cared about the characters and how their stories wrapped

To be honest, I don’t know what to think. It was such a strange book
that I’m not sure if it would appeal to middle grade and young adult
readers. I’m not sure of a whole lot with this book, so I’m going right
down the middle and giving it 3 stars. I think it’s worth a try, and it has a lot of rave reviews, so it might just be a personal preference thing.  But get
it from the library just to be on the safe side.


Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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  • Reply
    Adriana Garcia
    October 3, 2013 at 4:34 am

    I've heard of this one! The review I initially read thought this book was amazing. I could see this being confusing which I will always worry about in a time travel or in this case other worlds/dimensions book. Don't like that you couldn't feel the humor it promised. I think I would give it a try if my library one day obtains it. Thanks for your honesty!

    • Reply
      October 7, 2013 at 7:10 pm

      The idea behind the book is great. I'm still not sure if I liked it or not. Ha ha. You would just have to read it and decide for yourself I guess! I'm not much help on this one. 😉

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