Tuesday, April 23, 2013

A Corner of White by Jacklyn Moriarty Review

Hi Everyone!

A Corner of White by Jacklyn Moriarty 
Publisher: Arthur L. Levine Books
Publication Date: April 1st, 2013 
Source: Publisher on NetGalley

First, my favorite line:

"Some nights are darker than others." (Moriarty 316)

A Corner of White is like a flower. 

Soon after starting A Corner of White, I knew it was going to be an amazing book because I was already laughing when I read the first passage about the Farms. The writing in the entire book is fabulously mixed with humor, beauty and insight. 


It has its roots in a mystical word, Cello, and our real world in Cambridge England. 

I love the names of everything in Cello. I love how similar Cello is to our world while still being unique. I love how magic is brought to our world as well. 

Like our world, Cello has inns,school and newspapers (was a giggling machine of adoration for everyone of the Princess Sister's Columns) mixed with its own unique culture of living colors and deftball.  

Magic is apparent in our world through the parking meter that allows communication between Madeleine, a lonely, flawed girl who lives with her ill mom in Cambridge, and Elliot, our brave protagonist from Cello, and Belle's (Madeleine's I guess you could say romantic rival) business with auras. 


Then A Corner of White blooms into a magical masterpiece. This book provided me insight in the world around me from the impact of colors and the power of imagination. 

Both Madeleine and Elliot were spectacular characters that I grew to love throughout the course of this story. I love how they both grew to have so much compassion by the story's end. 

My favorite insight I gained from this book was from a line Madeleine's father told her. While I dislike her father because he is a quitter,I appreciate this advice he told Madeleine, "Live for others, not just yourself." (Moriarty 245) 

Life is more then just living to accomplish my goals; it is also about living with close family and friends, being glad for their accomplishments, enjoying their company, appreciating them and so much more.   


This flower brought an ending that completely astounded me. I did not see any of the surprises coming. If the plot, writing and characters continue to terrific and unique, I cannot wait to see what occurs during the rest of the series.

A Corner of White has mystified me and, maybe, someday you will smell its sweet fragrance.

Thanks for reading!


  1. I have been seeing so many great reviews for this Rachel, so I'm so happy that this was a 5 star book for you too! I think I will definitely need to get a copy of Corner of White asap after your gorgeous review! :)

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  3. Wow, this sounds awesome Rachel! I got it for review but wasn't sure it was going to be a book for me, so I've been putting it off. Clearly I need to stop that and read it immediately. I love a book that has me laughing almost instantly:)

  4. I saw this was still up on NG yesterday so I hurried and requested it since it is getting such rave reviews. Seriously, your review and all the quotes are wonderful. I think this book is a real sleeper. It really needs to catch fire because it sounds like it deserves it!

  5. This is the 3rd raving review I've read for this. At first I thought this was a contemporary realistic read and then I was surprised that it had a fantastical element to it. Wonderful review, Rachel! :)

  6. Beautiful review, Rachel! I was a bit surprised when I heard this had a fantasy element, but I'm glad, too. It sounds like the perfect book for me. The reviews so far have all been very positive too. I've yet to come across a negative one! I'm so glad you enjoyed it. I love your flower metaphor. :)

  7. I am thrilled that you adored this book, isn't it just lovely? Jaclyn is a talented author and I cannot wait for the next book!

  8. Fantastic, beautiful review, Rachel! I haven't ever heard of A Corner of White before now but I really want to read it now that I know how beautiful it is! The characters and the setting seem like awesome features of the book, and the book as a whole looks so beautiful!

    I'm so glad you enjoyed this!

  9. I loved this book too, Rachel! It really took me by surprise at the end and by its gradual depth and heartfelt themes. Lovely review, my dear!(:

  10. I loved reading your review, it makes me want to pick up this book immediately. I can't resist a book with magic and the characters sound great, I love the messages it portrays. Great review!



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