A Line in the Dark: Blog Tour + Review!

October 27, 2017 Blog Tour, Book, Marianne's Thoughts, Reviews 0

A Line in the Dark: Blog Tour + Review!

A Line in the Dark: Blog Tour + Review!A Line in the Dark by Malinda Lo
Genres: Young Adult, Thriller
Published by Dutton Books for Young Readers, Penguin Books on October 17th 2017
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The line between best friend and something more is a line always crossed in the dark.

Jess Wong is Angie Redmond’s best friend. And that’s the most important thing, even if Angie can’t see how Jess truly feels. Being the girl no one quite notices is OK with Jess anyway. While nobody notices her, she’s free to watch everyone else. But when Angie begins to fall for Margot Adams, a girl from the nearby boarding school, Jess can see it coming a mile away. Suddenly her powers of observation are more curse than gift.

As Angie drags Jess further into Margot’s circle, Jess discovers more than her friend’s growing crush. Secrets and cruelty lie just beneath the carefree surface of this world of wealth and privilege, and when they come out, Jess knows Angie won’t be able to handle the consequences.

When the inevitable darkness finally descends, Angie will need her best friend.

“It doesn’t even matter that she probably doesn’t understand how much she means to me. It’s purer this way. She can take whatever she wants from me, whenever she wants it, because I’m her best friend.”

A Line in the Dark is a story of love, loyalty, and murder.

Marianne’s Review:

A  Line  in  the  Dark  is  not  your  typical  f/f  love  story  with  a  happy  ending.  In  fact,  itʼs not  a  love  story,  and  the  main  character  doesnʼt  have  a  romance  arc  at  all.  A  Line in  the  Dark  is  a  tale  of  best  friends,  and  what  you  find  yourself  doing  for  them  out of  loyalty  and  love.

What  I  liked:
-The  story  unfolds  through  Jessʼ  eyes,  and  we  get  to  see  how  it  gives  off  a  very eerie  vibe  from  the  beginning.
We donʼt  know  who  to  trust,  or  even  whatʼs  actually  going  on,  so  it  was interesting to have it narrated from Jessʼ POV.
A  lot  of  the  story  feels  like  itʼs  unfolding  in  a  cinematic  way;  the  way  things  are described  are  very  fluid.  Itʼs  easy  to  fly  through  the  story.
Thereʼs  lots  of  diversity;  Jess  is  Chinese  and  queer.  Her  best  friend  Angie  is queer.  Margot  is  also  queer.  Margot  and  Angie  are  in  a  relationship.  Thereʼs  a Korean  side  character.
-The  story  gives  off  a  lot  of  red  herrings;  thereʼs  a  murder  mystery  and  you have  no  clue  whodunit.
 -Thereʼs  an  emphasis  on  friendships  and  family,  and  has  underlying  themes  of loyalty.
What  I  disliked:
–Halfway  through  the  book,  the  story  shifts  from  1st  person  narration  to  3rd person,  and  it  didnʼt  feel  like  a  particularly  smooth  transition,  which  lead  to  a bit of  disconnect from the story.
-The  book  itself  is  so  short,  that  the  pacing suffers once  the  secrets  finally begin  unraveling.
I  wouldʼve  liked  a  more  solid  conclusion.
Overall,  I  recommend  A  Line  in  the  Dark  for  people  who  loved  Dangerous  Girls  or We Were  Liars.  Itʼs  captivating  and  thought-provoking,  and  leaves  you  breathless once  you  turn  the  last  page.  A  great  thrilling  read.

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