This book, THIS BOOK! This book was all over Instagram with it's beautiful cover and rave reviews so out of curiosity I added it to my library request list and I am not in any way sorry for it. Lazlo Strange is an orphan who lives for stories, especially ones about the lost city of Weep. Weep is the name left behind for a great city whose true name was stolen from the world when he was a child. He reads and dreams through his life working at the library until one day his adventure takes him far from home. Meanwhile Sarai lives with her siblings eking out an existence in a shadowy castle. This story has gods, a Godslayers, a Great Library, alchemy, secrets and mysteries. Everything about this book is so beautiful, from the cover to the characters, the writing and the world building. Lazlo is an amazing main character; he has a purity of character that isn't saccharine and is a lover of knowledge and adventure without being on a hero quest. I adore the fact that he broke his nose …
Shifting between 1988 and 2009 'Signal to Noise' follows Meche and her
friendships with Sebastian and Daniela. As teenagers living in Mexico City,
they are friends bonded in their unpopularity but by 2009 they are estranged.
Meche is called home after the death of her father and finds herself dealing
with the consequences of the trio's falling out all the years ago. Back when
they had music, longing and magic.
Meche is an
interesting, prickly character, both as a teenager and an adult. She is the one
who can't connect with others easily and finds her strength and magic through
music. Sebastian is dealing with his own issues within his family, particularly
his domineering brother. Daniela seeks diversion through her dreams of romance,
much to Meche's disdain. The relationships in the book feel wonderfully messy,
rough at the seams and real in an aching way. Meche has issues with her
parents, school isn't what she wants to be doing and although certain of
8. It's a mystery........The New York Trilogy by Paul Auster
I was given this as a gift many years ago and I read it with great trepidation. It was wonderful, all twisty and it made my then-young brain hurt. I really should re-read this soon...