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Under Cover Amy’s Book 1: Revolution by Jennifer Donnelly

Myself and Amy have relatively similar tastes in books – admittedly, she is a little more into thrillers than me, but we are both partial to a contemporary YA novel. So, because I wanted to send books that I had read, I needed to think of books that were a little unusual for me.

Author: Jennifer Donnelly
Published: Bloomsbury 2011
Genre: YA/Historical Fiction/Mystery
Blurb: Andi Alpers is on the edge. She’s angry at her father for leaving, angry at her mother for not being able to cope, and heartbroken by the loss of her younger brother, Truman. Rage and grief are destroying her. And her father has determined that accompanying him to Paris for winter break is the solution for everything.
But Paris is a city of ghosts for Andi. And when she finds a centuries-old diary, the ghosts begin to walk off the page. Alexandrine, the owner of the journal, lived during the French Revolution. She’s angry too. It’s the same fire that consumes Andi, and Andi finds comfort in it–until, on a midnight journey through the catacombs, words transcend paper and time, and the past becomes terrifyingly present.

According to Goodreads, I first shelved Revolution by Jennifer Donnely in 2014, but I have a feeling that I have owned it longer. It was bought on a complete whim from my local Waterstones and quickly became one of my favourite books. It has a solid Young Adult foundation and is predominantly about people, their lives, relationships and growing up.

Whilst undeniably a Young Adult novel this ambitious story is really an eclectic mix of many genres, most noticeably mystery and historical fiction. Maybe less obviously so than Amy’s pick for me, this seemed like a good choice of Rachael-Amy swap (and hopefully the others will to). Furthermore, I went into this book, not as unknowing as Amy, but knowing very little. As a result, our experiences of reading this book would be somewhat similar. I wanted to see how our experiences would match up.

Before sending it on its way, I wrapped it in this really charming Daschund wrapping paper:

Revolution covered
Who doesn’t love a sausage dog in a top-hat and a bow-tie?

Don’t forget to head over to Amy’s Blog for her review 🙂

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