When a terrible accident claims the life of Eleanor’s twin, her family is left in tatters, and her reality begins to unravel, dropping her in and out of unfamiliar worlds. When she returns to her own time and place, hours and days have flown by without her. One fateful day, Eleanor leaps from a cliff…and vanishes. In a strange in-between place, she meets a mysterious stranger who understands the weight of her family history: Eleanor’s twin wasn’t the only tragic loss. And unless Eleanor can master her strange new abilities, she may not be the last.
Eleanor by Jason Gurley
Publication Date: March 7, 2017 by Broadway Books
I was drawn towards Eleanor because the premise seemed so original and while I don’t always read fantasy, it felt comparative to the more supernatural elements of books like The Lovely Bones and decided to try something new.
I really enjoyed the first portion of the novel, particularly young Eleanor’s characterization. Her childhood had a darkness overshadowing it by the death of her twin sister and her mother’s inability to learn to cope, but she was a resilient and interesting individual and this helped to create a strong introduction to the plot.
About halfway through the novel, the chapters begin to rapidly switch narrators from Eleanor to Mea and then to the Keeper. These transitions grew more and more rapid and oftentimes felt awkward and unnecessary. What had initially grabbed my attention in the book’s synopsis, quickly turned into what felt like a shadow of several other stories (an odd combination of Peter Pan and Alice in Wonderland) that have already been told. These elements combined with the novel’s shallow ending made for a very disappointing read.
I received this book from Blogging for Books in exchange for my honest review.