Friday, 17 January 2014

Book Review: Imaginary Girls - Nova Ren Suma

Pub. Date- 2011 Publisher- Murdoch Books Pty Limited Pages- 348  
Young Adult Genre- Contemporary/Suspense Rating- 4 Stars

Imaginary Girls

"Chloe's older sister, Ruby, is the girl everyone looks to and longs for, who can't be captured or caged. When a night with Ruby's friends goes horribly wrong and Chloe discovers the dead body of her classmate London Hayes left floating in the reservoir, Chloe is sent away from town and away from Ruby.
But Ruby will do anything to get her sister back, and when Chloe returns to town two years later, deadly surprises await. As Chloe flirts with the truth that Ruby has hidden deeply away, the fragile line between life and death is redrawn by the complex bonds of sisterhood."

This story had me hooked from the first page be it from the chapter names, eerie beautiful settings or the way nothing is ever as it seemed at first. I expected this book to maybe take a few days but that was never going to happen once i started it. Within the first 10 pages I was caught in the trap Nova Ren Suma set.

The suspenseful nature had me on the edge of my teeth the whole way through I needed to know what would happen next, all along the way things were hinted and clues dropped to leave you begging for more. At some points in this book I was frightened but not in a 'monster in the cupboard' sense, it was a fear of what Ruby would do next or how Chloe would be affected.

The changes Chloe goes throughout are all very dramatic but quiet normal things when you think of them in a normal teenage girls situation, she tries to step out of her sisters shadow, get the boy she's always liked and figure out whats going on in the town.

This book had a very different ending then most people would expect of a contemporary novel, it is very open ended but still feels quiet rounded out in most of the plot points. I was left with a shell shocked feeling that was quiet unsettling but it was very thought provoking. If open ending plot lines aren't your thing then I don't think you'll enjoy this it does end with a massive climax.

I would recommend this to everyone even if it's just to try something different.

Will you add this to your tbr? Or have you read it?


  1. Well you have me intrigued. This is being added to my TBR pile for sure :D

    1. When you read it I'll be really interested to see how you feel about it, it was a very difficult book to explain without blurting all its secrets.


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