Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Review: The Bodies We Wear by Jeyn Roberts

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I received a complimentary download of this book from Netgalley in exchange for a review.
I discovered Jeyn through her YA horror novel Dark Inside. So when I saw this  book on netgalley I requested it right away. I really love Jeyn’s writing style. There is a crispness to the way she manipulates language, that lends itself well to horror and darker character explorations.  In The Bodies Jeyn explores tragedy and the quest for vengeance. These familiar themes are given a new slant through the life and experiences of Faye. In Faye’s world their exists a deadly drug called Heam.
Heam gives the taker a transcendent experience with terrible side effects. The drug leaves visible marks that brand the user, which often  leaves them outcasts in society. For Faye Heam was not a choice but a punishment.   Do to the sins of her Father A dealer forces Heam on eleven year old Faye and her best friend Christian, who later died.

Now Faye’s world revolves around the quest of vengeance. She lives with a guardian in a rundown church training for the day when she can confront the ones that attacked her and take revenge upon them.  The only respite from her training is school. Faye attends a prestigious school where she hides her past and barely interacts with her fellow students.  Faye walks a physical and emotional tight rope every day. However two events lead her on a path that may unravel all she has worked for. First she beats up a dealer at school who was harassing a fellow student, and second she meets Chael , a young man that makes space in Faye’s extremely guarded heart.

Like faying threads on a blanket a few tugs threaten to unravel all she has struggled to accomplish. This is one of the most unique books I’ve read in awhile. Roberts has great world building ability.Faye is quite the badass when it comes to training and fighting in her world but all the shifts through out this novel come from her emotional landscape.

I loved not knowing where this novel was going. Knowing Roberts capacity to take characters to a dark place, I wasn't fully sure how things would turn out. I was completely satisfied with the books ending and cant wait to see where Roberts will take her readers next.

This is my 17th Book for Coyer Summer Vacation

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