This is what I love about book blogs: I am constantly convinced to try books I would normally pass up. Revolution is a great example of this. The cover is perfect, but not the kind that would make me buy the book and the story isn’t one I would choose to read. A girl in Paris reading a diary? Pass. But it kept showing up in my reader with people gushing about how great it is and I finally had to give in and see for myself (those are the links I could find quickly).
I was sucked in on page one, immediately in tune with Andi’s pain and grief and sucked in by the music, even though I couldn’t hear it. The characters were smart and funny, but also lost and in pain. They were so real that I was able to lose myself in the story starting in the first chapter.
Much of the story takes part in the diary of a girl Alex who lived in Paris during the French Revolution. I didn’t expect to enjoy these parts–I hate being pulled back and forth between two different stories in the same book–but I was just as drawn to Alex’s story as Andi is. The tension waiting for more of Andi’s story and then waiting for more of Alex’s story worked perfectly for me.
To be fair, the ending was set up, but it still jarred me out of the story. Once I settled back in (along with Andi who is equally taken by surprise so maybe this works well) I enjoyed the conclusion of the book and Andi’s finally being able to deal with her grief. The last chapter made me cry even if it seemed like the parts of Andi’s life that weren’t directly related to the main plot were resolved too easily.
It’s been a long time since I studied the French Revolution and now I want to read more about it. This book made history come alive. I will definitely be checking out A Northern Light, because the author impressed me!