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Romeo and Juliet meets One Hundred Years of Solitude in Emily Henry's brilliant follow-up to The Love That Split the World, about the daughter and son of two long-feuding families who fall in love while trying to uncover the truth about the strange magic and harrowing curse that has plagued their bloodlines for generations.
In their hometown of Five Fingers, Michigan, the O'Donnells and the Angerts have mythic legacies. But for all the tall tales they weave, both founding families are tight-lipped about what caused the century-old rift between them, except to say it began with a cherry tree.
Eighteen-year-old Jack “June” O’Donnell doesn't need a better reason than that. She's an O'Donnell to her core, just like her late father was, and O'Donnells stay away from Angerts. Period.
But when Saul Angert, the son of June's father's mortal enemy, returns to town after three mysterious years away, June can't seem to avoid him. Soon the unthinkable happens: She finds she doesn't exactly hate the gruff, sarcastic boy she was born to loathe.
Saul’s arrival sparks a chain reaction, and as the magic, ghosts, and coywolves of Five Fingers conspire to reveal the truth about the dark moment that started the feud, June must question everything she knows about her family and the father she adored. And she must decide whether it's finally time for her—and all of the O'Donnells before her—to let go.
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[June's] connection and devotion to her deceased father is gorgeously portrayed, most notably her struggle to preserve his life and legacy as she forges her own path. Henry's writing is lush and evocative, adding volumes to an already moving premise. --Publishers Weekly
Highly imaginative and heartbreaking...be prepared to shed a tear or two. --RT Book Reviews
Henry takes the well-known Shakespeare tragedy Romeo and Juliet and turns it into a modern-day romance with an original ghostly twist....A perfect choice for young teens looking for romance, friendship, and magic in their fiction. --School Library Journal
The ultimate theme of the book is thoroughly realistic, reminding readers that memory is a tricky thing and much of our identity is created by the tall and small tales we tell ourselves. --BCCB
A transcendent and moving portrayal of how grief shapes memory, and how the legacies we leave are a collection of moments and heartbeats. Henry's writing feels like a knife in the night--unexpected, cutting, and heart-jolting. --Roshani Chokshi, New York Times bestselling author of The Star-Touched Queen
"A Million Junes is intricate, strange, ecstatic, and spellbinding. The sheer poetry and imagination of Emily Henry's writing won't take your breath away--you'll give it up willingly." --Jeff Zentner, author of The Serpent King
Dreamy, beautiful and completely enchanting, A Million Junes feels true in the way that all of the best stories do--with tangled families, grief-tinged memories, loyal friends, deep love, and a little bit of magic. It's a story that will haunt you like a feathery ghost, lingering long after you've put it down. --Moïra Fowley-Doyle, author of The Accident Season and Spellbook of the Lost and Found
Praise for The Love That Split The World
A truly profound debut.--Buzzfeed
A time-bending suspense that's contemplative and fresh, evocative and gripping.--USA Today
This time-traveling, magical, and beautifully written love story definitely deserves a spot on your bookshelf.--Bustle
"It's got all the ingredients of a riveting read, like time travel and a mythology twist." --EW.com
Henry's story captivates, both as a romance and as an imaginative rethinking of time and space. The relationship between Beau and Natalie sizzles while also reflecting the innocence of first love, and the unfolding mystery of their changing realities is enough to keep readers turning pages.... Henry delivers a story with depth, originality, and complexity. --Publishers Weekly
A well-written piece of magic realism about the price we pay for daring to love, and the price we pay if we don't. --Booklist
An utterly gorgeous and touching tale of love, hope and sacrifice; this novel broke my heart and then stitched it back together just in time to break it all over again. You will emerge breathless, longing for even a glimpse of those rolling bluegrass hills of Kentucky, and completely certain of the possibility of young love. I know I did. --Leslye Walton, author of the award-winning novel The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender
"The Love That Split the World is a YA game changer. Every scene sizzles with emotional intensity, and Emily Henry's pitch-perfect sentences will echo in my head for a long time to come." --Kass Morgan, New York Times bestselling author of The 100
With aching first love, stunning world-building and a supporting cast that beg for their own books, The Love That Split the World has everything a story needs to turn me into an obsessed reader, begging for more. I am absolutely in love! --Christina Lauren, New York Times bestselling author
"The sweet, summertime mist of small-town Kentucky sets the perfect stage for this authentic, magical, and oh-so-swoony debut. An evocative exploration of first love, identity and the power of story! A must read." --Wendy Wunder, author of The Probability of Miracles and The Museum of Intangible Things--This text refers to the paperback edition.
- ASIN : B01HCGYTI8
- Publisher : Razorbill (16 May 2017)
- Language : English
- File size : 4479 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Not Enabled
- Print length : 398 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: 61,580 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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The atmosphere is also gorgeous. The subtle magic, the weird things happening, the simple believe of the townspeople in it all. I know want coywolves to steal my shoes as well. It all adds to the warm, fuzzy feelings I had while reading it.
June is a very strong narrator. Her voice is clear and cheeky and full of love for her family, her hometown and the magic that happens in between. June and Hannah's friendship is everything. You can tell they care deeply about each other and the romance does not take away from that.
It's also been a while since I was so charmed with a story. I don't know what exactly it was but I felt I was in Five Fingers with them all.
A Million Junes was just as hypnotically magical. Henry works off a familiar Romeo + Juliet formula of vengeful and cursed families, mixing in a large does of magical realism that blends easily with the supernatural. This is a tricky combination, but Henry does it beautifully. This could have easily been filled with cliches and predictable moments, but she creates such interesting concepts and magical elements that nothing seems like it’s trying too hard.
Like her previous work, there was an incredibly strong female friendship here that didn’t once falter at the introduction of a boy in either of their lives, which I will endlessly applaud and love. Henry seems to put such an emphasis on strong female friendships and I really wish we saw more of that in mainstream entertainment.
I also couldn’t get enough of the chemistry between June and Saul. They shared a lot of similar feelings and upbringings and I felt they fit really well together. I felt that June really came into her own during their relationship and he was a vital part of her finding out the truth about her family and their tie to his. June was kind of hot and cold towards him sometimes, which I felt a little annoyed by – I know, I know, a curse, forbidden love, etc etc, but we all knew what was ultimately going to happen, the back and forth of should I, shouldn’t I was a waste of precious reading time.
I was a little confused about the inclusion of June’s writing teacher, though. I imagine she existed because June needed a push in another direction towards college and a life she didn’t really consider before, given her dreams of traveling like her father. But it seemed a little half-formed, we never find out if June actually goes to college, the teacher seemed to create more conflict than motivation or inspiration for her. I thought that if she were going to be a part of things, she’d at least have a larger role in a turning point for June, but other than showing her that she has some writing talent, which doesn’t really go anywhere in the book, I can’t see a good reason for her to exists.
This was really close to a perfect read for me, but I was sadly underwhelmed by the ending. The story built so much up on grief and loss and love and June was absolutely obsessed with walking in her dad’s footsteps and never letting him go. When everything came together in the end and the true realities of the depths of the grief and pain in these families came to full light, I don’t know, I was kind of disappointed with how it was all revealed. It seemed repetitive and a little preachy to me. The messaging was strong, but I almost felt it was too strong and kept drilling into me the need to let go and move on and while it was beautifully written and you felt the strong emotional bond between June and her father in full fruition, I just wasn’t 100% swept away by the whole thing. It’s possible that I’ve been lucky enough not to have experienced a similar kind of grief yet in my life and thus, didn’t fully relate to these deep and very powerful emotions, but like I said, I felt underwhelmed. Minor detail though, as every other single page up until that point had me pouring over them and chasing after June and Saul as they skipped through the memories of their past.
There are a handful of authors who tend to take me to a completely different realm anytime I read their work and Henry is very easily on that list. She truly is an incredible storyteller and I will drop everything to read her beautiful, creative, magical stories.
Originally posted on citygirlscapes.com