Saturday, April 29, 2017

Book Review: 'A Million Junes' by Emily Henry

Disclosure:  This is a review of the advanced reader's copy ebook provided for review by Penguin's First To Read program. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

**Synopsis and book cover from Goodreads**

A Million Junes by Emily Henry
Publication Date:  May 16, 2017 by Razorbill
Genre:  Young Adult; Fantasy
Pages:  350
Source:  Penguin's First To Read Program
My Rating:  ⭐⭐⭐1/2  (3.5 out of 5 stars)

In their hometown of Five Fingers, Michigan, the O'Donnells and the Angerts have mythic legacies. But for all the tall tales they weave, both founding families are tight-lipped about what caused the century-old rift between them, except to say it began with a cherry tree.
Eighteen-year-old Jack “June” O’Donnell doesn't need a better reason than that. She's an O'Donnell to her core, just like her late father was, and O'Donnells stay away from Angerts. Period.
But when Saul Angert, the son of June's father's mortal enemy, returns to town after three mysterious years away, June can't seem to avoid him. Soon the unthinkable happens: She finds she doesn't exactly hate the gruff, sarcastic boy she was born to loathe.

Saul’s arrival sparks a chain reaction, and as the magic, ghosts, and coywolves of Five Fingers conspire to reveal the truth about the dark moment that started the feud, June must question everything she knows about her family and the father she adored. And she must decide whether it's finally time for her—and all of the O'Donnells before her—to let go.

My Thoughts: I really liked Emily Henry's latest novel. "A Million Junes" is a young adult fantasy that has a Romeo and Juliet vibe to it. The main character, Jack (June) O'Donnell, lives in a house where magical, other-worldly things happen. There are ghosts that lurk about, some good and some evil, and strange creatures called coywolves, who like to steal shoes. June's family has been in a feud with a neighboring family for decades and she ends up falling for Saul, the boy from the rival family. June does not know why her family is at odds with the neighboring family and she sets out to uncover the secrets that her family has been hiding for generations.

This is the first book from Emily Henry that I've read and I found this story to be quite intriguing and touching. I loved the relationship between June and Saul, and I loved the fantasy elements of the book. 
I found the main characters likable and interesting, and that book cover is gorgeous! However, it took me a long time to read this, even though the author's writing style was a pleasure to read. Maybe I've just been reading too many books at once and it's hard to focus on one story for too long?  I'm not sure why it took me forever to get through this book, but I did enjoy the story. 

This novel has magic, romance, and mystery; and you should definitely read this if you love young adult fantasies with appealing characters.

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