Sunday, 1 November 2015

YA Book Review: Resonance by Celine Kiernan

Celine Kiernan is a master of the YA fantasy genre with many accolades to her name. In Resonance she has created a Gothic World so engrossing that it will repulse, terrify and enchant you long after the final page has turned.  

The book blurb reads:
Ireland, 1890: two immortals prowl in search of food for their ‘Angel’ and they will stop at nothing to maintain their grip on life. A seamstress, the young man who loves her, and a magician soon find themselves imprisoned in the immortals' country estate. Here, they are nothing but food and entertainment. Soon they will be nothing at all.

In the first few of chapters of Resonance we felt as if we had turned on an episode of our favourite TV show after missing a couple of seasons. If you read it and feel this way, don't let this be a book that you abandon! As you progress, everything will be explained and you will realise that the mystery and intrigue at the beginning is deliberate and will ultimately add to your experience as the secrets slowly unfurl. 

Resonance tells the story of three young friends; Tina, a gutsy, loyal seamstress, Joe, a resilient, hard worker who lives for Tina, and Harry, a penniless but charming American magician. The three are sucked into the World of Vincent, Cornelius and Raquel - strange, cruel and tormented souls that live in a secluded and peculiar village far from normal civilization. 

Trapped and forced to live within this twisted world, the three young friends are each pushed to the very limits of their endurance as they struggle to survive without losing the morals and beliefs that define them. 

Within it's pages Resonance demonstrates horrific traits of humanity with acts of brutality, selfishness and cruelty that will leave you reeling. Yet throughout the wickedness it weaves in acts of defiant love and bravery that will capture your heart. 

Resonance will keep you guessing from the first to the last - and it will hold your attention long after the final chapters reach their captivating conclusion. Be warned - Resonance will suck you in, chew you up and ultimately, spit you back out! It's one of those books that you'll want to sit and reflect on for a while before returning to real life. 

Resonance is published by The O'Brien Press and can be purchased now for €9.99 in all good bookshops. To find out more visit the O'Brien Press website here.

Thank you to the O'Brien Press for sending us this book to review :-)

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