I'm Thalia! I run a book blog called Pictures in the Words and I hope to be an editor for YA fiction. I'm a GoodReads refugee!
ETA: I don't even know with the formatting. I usually write my reviews in a word document and then copy+paste to Tumlr and BookLikes, and everything works out correctly. It usually has the right bullet points and text/font and everything, but right now...I don't know. I don't even know.
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I haven’t read Meant to Be, so I honestly had no idea what to expect when I picked up this book. Thanks to the Winter Olympics and voyages with a certain Disney movie when I was little, I’ve always been fascinated with figure skating (though I can’t ice skate to save my life), and I thought, “What the heck? It could be really good!”
My long-standing dislike of present tense haunted me while I was reading, as both Sloanes narrate in present tense and it bothered me the whole way through. However, while I initially worried that both Sloanes would have the same voice and narration, the two girls soon identified themselves and I honestly felt like I was reading two unique points of view–and I absolutely fell in love with the story and the characters. A concept like this seems incredibly unrealistic–not just two girls named Sloane Jacobs, but the fact that they look incredibly similar, that they both happen to be able to ice skate, that nobody caught them–but Morrill pulled it off really well, and it felt smooth and enjoyable, and not at all juvenile like you might expect. The plot and pacing and characterization were handled very well, and I really look forward to reading more of Morrill’s work–definitely incentive to go find myself a copy of Meant to Be! Both fans and newcomers to Morrill will be pleasantly surprised by this little gem.
An ARC of this book was provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
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Overall: I think this is a great and well-done novel, and definitely worth reading when it comes out. If you’re like me, you’ll be snatching it up in preparation for the Winter Olympics in February, and it’s a perfect, light and cute read for the winter. I really loved almost the whole thing, and it was only the little blip with the present tense writing (which is good news, since I think I’m in the minority on that opinion) that made it less than perfect in my book. I really look forward to reading more from Morrill in the future–this is a really great book, and I recommend picking up a copy when it comes out!