The Walls Around Us by Nova Ren Suma


Goodreads Summary:

“Ori’s dead because of what happened out behind the theater, in the tunnel made out of trees. She’s dead because she got sent to that place upstate, locked up with those monsters. And she got sent there because of me.”

The Walls Around Us is a ghostly story of suspense told in two voices—one still living and one long dead. On the outside, there’s Violet, an eighteen-year-old dancer days away from the life of her dreams when something threatens to expose the shocking truth of her achievement. On the inside, within the walls of a girls’ juvenile detention center, there’s Amber, locked up for so long she can’t imagine freedom. Tying these two worlds together is Orianna, who holds the key to unlocking all the girls’ darkest mysteries.

We hear Amber’s story and Violet’s, and through them Orianna’s, first from one angle, then from another, until gradually we begin to get the whole picture—which is not necessarily the one that either Amber or Violet wants us to see.

Nova Ren Suma tells a supernatural tale of guilt and innocence, and what happens when one is mistaken for the other.


My Thoughts:

I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review.  Based on the title and cover, I would have picked up this book without knowing anything about it.  This book was amazing!  I couldn’t stop reading it….until my Nook broke! My husband bought me a Kindle Voyage for Christmas, but it had not arrived yet.  I didn’t want to read another book, because this one was so good, I just had to finish it, so I waited DAYS before reading anything else, to finally get it on my Kindle (which I love by the way!) I loved the way the story is told from two different points of view, one in the past and one in the present. Amber is in a juvenile detention center.    Everything that happens in the teen prison is told from Amber’s point of view, and starts with the day the doors to their cells open for unknown reasons three years ago.  Violet is not in juvie and her point of view is told from the present, and sets out to tell the tale of her best friend Ori.  Ori and Violet were ballerinas and friends since childhood.  Ori gets arrested and convicted of the murder of two other ballerinas in their class. Violet gets to move on with her life, and continue dancing, which is the only thing that is important to her.  She doesn’t ever bother to visit or to write to Ori, mostly because she feels guilty for Ori’s arrest. The stories come together because Ori is Amber’s new cell mate.  She become the 42nd inmate, and brings the facility to full capacity. The supernatural element is interwoven very well into the story.  OMG just go read it! NOW!

8PS: Have you read her other books?  Are they as good as this one?!?!?! Which one should I read next? I am a huge fan now!



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