My enormous thanks to Ellie and Dave for inviting me to participate in the UK launch of What Beauty There Is by Cory Anderson. It’s such a shame that I wasn’t able to read for review today, because I don’t feature nearly enough YA fiction hereon Linda’s Book Bag, and when you see the details about What Beauty There Is, you’ll understand why I am so disappointed not to have been able to do so. Sadly my weird sight is finding e-books increasingly tricky so I’ll just have to wait until the paperback is available!
Published by Penguin on 8th April, What Beauty There Is is available for purchase through the links here.
What Beauty There Is
When everything you love is in danger, how long can you keep running to survive?
Life can be brutal
Winter in Idaho. The sky is dark. It is cold enough to crack bones.
Jack knew it
Jack Dahl has nothing left. Except his younger brother, Matty, who he’d die for. Their mother is gone, and their funds are quickly dwindling, Jack needs to make a choice: lose his brother to foster care, or find the drug money that sent his father to prison.
So did I
Ava lives in isolation, a life of silence. For seventeen years her father, a merciless man, has controlled her fate. He has taught her to love no one.
Did I feel the flutter of wings when Jack and I met? Did I sense the coming tornado?
But now Ava wants to break the rules – to let Jack in and open her heart. Then she discovers that Jack and her father are stalking the same money, and suddenly Ava is faced with a terrible choice: remain silent or speak out and help the brothers survive.
Looking back, I think I did . . .
Perfect for fans of Patrick Ness, Meg Rosoff and Daniel Woodrell, What Beauty There Is an unforgettable debut novel that is as compulsive as it is beautiful, and unflinchingly explores the power of determination, survival and love.
Now doesn’t that sound EXACTLY my kind of read?
About Cory Anderson
Cory Anderson is a winner of the League of Utah Writers Young Adult Novel Award and Grand Prize in the Storymakers Conference First Chapter Contest. She lives in Utah with her family. What Beauty There Is is her debut novel.