Title: The Disappearances
Author: Emily Bain Murphy
Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers
Release Date: July 4th, 2017
Genre: YA Fantasy, Magical Realism, Historical
What if the ordinary things in life suddenly…disappeared? Aila Quinn’s mother, Juliet, has always been a mystery: vibrant yet guarded, she keeps her secrets beyond Aila’s reach. When Juliet dies, Aila and her younger brother Miles are sent to live in Sterling, a rural town far from home--and the place where Juliet grew up. Sterling is a place with mysteries of its own. A place where the experiences that weave life together--scents of flowers and food, reflections from mirrors and lakes, even the ability to dream--vanish every seven years. No one knows what caused these “Disappearances,” or what will slip away next. But Sterling always suspected that Juliet Quinn was somehow responsible--and Aila must bear the brunt of their blame while she follows the chain of literary clues her mother left behind. As the next Disappearance nears, Aila begins to unravel the dual mystery of why the Disappearances happen and who her mother truly was. One thing is clear: Sterling isn’t going to hold on to anyone's secrets for long before it starts giving them up.
My Top 5 Senses or Abilities I'd Hate to Lose:
- First of all, as a book blogger, if I lost the ability to read, I would probably give up and not want to go on. Especially if it happened in a way that I could not fix it.
- The ability to hear music. What it you could hear everything, but music? That would be a very boring life.
- The ability to see colors. Reminds me of The Giver, and I've never been a big fan of black and white.
- The ability to smell food. Sometimes just the smell is all it takes and I am satisfied enough that I don't have to eat it.
- The ability to taste food. Although on the other hand, this might be a blessing in disguise. If I couldn't taste food, that would include the tastes I don't like, so maybe I'd be able to eat those things I don't like that are healthy for me.
-->Emily Bain Murphy grew up in Indiana, Hong Kong, and Tokyo, and has also called Massachusetts and Connecticut home. She loves books, Japanese karaoke, exploring new cities, and anything with Nutella. Her debut YA fantasy, THE DISAPPEARANCES, will be published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt in 2017. Murphy currently lives in San Francisco with her family and is at work on her second novel.
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