blo Teens Read and Write: HUNGER by Jackie Morse Kessler + Giveaway!

Friday, October 15, 2010

HUNGER by Jackie Morse Kessler + Giveaway!

HUNGER
by Jackie Morse Kessler
pub: 10/18/10
Teen Fiction

Thou art the Black Rider. Go thee out unto the world.” 
Lisabeth Lewis has a black steed, a set of scales, and a new job: she’s been appointed Famine. How will an anorexic seventeen-year-old girl from the suburbs fare as one of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse? 

Traveling the world on her steed gives Lisa freedom from her troubles at home: her constant battle with hunger, and her struggle to hide it from the people who care about her. But being Famine forces her to go places where hunger is a painful part of everyday life, and to face the horrifying effects of her phenomenal power. Can Lisa find a way to harness that power — and the courage to battle her own inner demons? 
REVIEW
I was iffy when I received HUNGER, worried it was going to be a contemporary message book that would try to teach me something rather than tell a compelling story. But I'm trying to broaden my horizons and gave it a go... So glad I did

WRITING: Haunting, evocative, eerie, honest and laced with humor - a weird mix, I know, but it works!  


CHARACTERS: Real. Especially with the teenagers. Kessler authentically tapped into basic insecurities and laid it out so well that I understood and sympathized with Lisa and others. I hated The Thin Voice - an evil insidious thing that slithered into Lisa psyche and buried its poisonous fangs deep. My favorite character? Death! His "gallows humor" had me laughing - a charming philosophical fellow


PLOT/PACING: Fast paced with an innovative twist on the Horsemen in general, and Famine in particular. I was blown away with how Kessler weaved Lisa's anorexia into the idea of Famine, and then contorted it like an Olympic gymnast into an angle so clever - Brilliant! 


CAVEATS/CONCERNS: Be aware HUNGER gives frank, honest portrayals/descriptions of eating disorders which can be disturbing. Kessler had bulimia as a teenager which helps give her the authentic voice to tell it like it is, but HUNGER never goes overboard and is completely appropriate for the context. 


COVER: Just the right touch of intriguing and creepy - and one of those that makes more sense once you read the book.


BOTTOMLINE: I wasn't sure how Kessler would mash a contemporary story of a girl's struggle with anorexia with the paranormal angle of the Four Horsemen but HUNGER delivers an extraordinary story - tragic, sad, yet full of hope. With an intriguing insight into a dark psychological state of mind, HUNGER is one of those rare finds that has a compelling story, educates you on a timely topic and delivers solid entertainment! 
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26 comments:

Maidenveil said...

awesome review! and thanks for the giveaway. :)

andrea said...

thanks for the giveaway!

Missie said...

Good to know you were pleasantly surprised.

I think the cover is amazing, and the characters sound like people I should know.

Thanks for the review and giveaway.

cait045 said...

I can't wait to read this series. Thanks for the giveaway!

debbie said...

I think this sounds like a really unique idea for a book. I would like to read it.

Dahlia said...

Excellent review! This sounds really good! I love the cover!

Juju at Tales of Whimsy.com said...

I couldn't get in to this one. Maybe I just couldn't relate. Great review!

Nikki (Wicked Awesome Books) said...

I've wanted to read this one for a while now and knowing that you enjoyed it makes me want to read it even more. I'm more of a paranormal/fantasy person as well, but this really sounds good.

Thanks for the review and for the giveaway!

Elbereth said...

First time I heard about this book, I thought I wouldn't get very into it. But your review has encouraged me to give it a chance. Thanks for the giveaway!

Blodeuedd said...

She truly has taken something that I would not think would worked and managed to put it into a paranormal setting, good for her, and I'd like to read it

Marg K. said...

Thank you for the review and giveaway! This book has just recently caught my attention. Interesting premise; I'd enjoy a chance to check it out for myself.

jacmom said...

Thanks for the giveaway! I've had this on my TBR list for awhile now, but haven't gotten around to reading or buying it. Thanks! :)

Jenna said...

Thanks for the contest! This one looks amazing.

lulilut said...

I enjoyed reading your review and your insights.
Thanks for the giveaway!

aprilnichole.com said...

I like the cover. It seems like an interesting story to put anorexia and the four horsemen together.

Lindsay said...

I've heard so much about this book so it would be cool to snatch. Awesome review and giveaway :)

Lea (YA Book Queen) said...

This sounds completely awesome. Amazing review! =)

Jessy said...

It sounds like it's a different approach to paranormal. I'm glad to see you enjoyed it.

Hey, call me Jen : ) said...

Neat Giveaway! and Review!

Gina said...

Awsome review, this book looks so interesting, it's such a unique twist on eating disorders. The cover is beautiful

Ashley (Ashley's Bookshelf) said...

Awesome review and thanks for the giveaway!

Miss K said...

An anorexic heroine? Sounds interesting!

Wenj said...

Wonderful review, I definitely have had this on my want list and good to know it's as good as I'd hoped. Thanks for the giveaway!

-Wenj
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Christine H said...

I'm totally interested in this book.
Thanks for the giveaway!

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Tara said...

I have been wanting to read this book for so long! I have read so many great reviews!

TaraTagli at gmail dot com

latishajean said...

Thank you so much great giveaway!

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