Whenever you read a good book, somewhere in the world a door opens to allow in more light.
I'm just trying to light up the world as much as I can one SciFi/paranormal/fantasy/space opera/time travel book at a time.
The velvety richness of this semi sweet semi tormented read was delicious and everything I wanted... needed... everything and so much more. The trauma, the resilience, the neurosis, the healing the strength, the weakness and resolution, the family both born into and found, the loss and the finding... and so many other more layered, nuanced emotions that fail to jump to mind right now... all nestled deep within this precious tale.
I listened to this book in 2 sittings. That might not sound impressive but I hid behind locked doors for almost 2 hours after finishing my chores in order to hear what happened next soooo.... here I am... at the end of the epilogue... tears in my eyes and I'm not quite sure if they are happy ones or sad. I don't want to leave this room... this oasis of infinite possibilities that Amelia, Nolan, Alex, and the rest of the cast I have come to see as Family and Friend, have created in my home, behind these locked doors, making it feel wonderous. The narrator of this audiobook was Lesa Wilson. She and this story were a perfect fit. This is the type of book that calls me back to the YA genre again and again even though I am quite a few years past Young Adult status.
I loved Amelia Unabridged and all of the complicated Feels it is making me feel! It was a fairytale-esque book with the feel of a personal journal plus the magic and charm of a quaint town bookstore plus a sweetly budding Amore coming together to form a poignant memoir... a love letter... a guided tour of how our drowning MC, Amelia, emerged from the tumultuous, unrelenting Sea of Grief and managed to find refuge on its shores with another who was coping with his own grief demons.
Amelia Unabridged was beautifully written and beautifully narrated!! It felt like peeking inside someone's diary... intimate, raw, visceral and unfiltered and I happened to LOVE this guilty little pleasure!
This world, on the other hand, was everything... at least it was to me... and I'm almost positive that if you give these beautifully broken characters a chance to whisper their beautifully spun yarn directly to your heart, you will treasure it as much as I do! All that beauty tied up in an exquisite little package that is definitely bigger on the inside.
I am thankful to that deviously Clever Wind for gently nudging me towards this gem AND I hope that, if this review doesn't sway you, you'll find that Clever Wind at your back leading you to this book as well.