Monday, September 8, 2014
BLOG TOUR: Minty by Christina Banach
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Young Adult Contemporary
April 8, 2014
Three Hares Publishing
Fourteen-year old twins Minty and Jess are inseparable. Maybe they bicker now and then, even crave a bit of space once in a while. But they have a connection. Unbreakable. Steadfast. Nothing can tear them apart. Until a family trip to the coast puts their bond in jeopardy. As Minty tries to rescue her dog from drowning she ends up fighting for her life. Will Minty survive? If she doesn't, how will Jess cope without her? Only the stormy sea has the answer.
**About the Author**
Christina Banach is a former head teacher who lives in Scotland, UK, with her husband and their two rescue dogs. She loves walking; delicious food and wine; evenings at the theatre; exploring new places; surfing the Net; listening to music; and anything that makes her laugh. Plus she has a bit of a thing about shoes and handbags. She loves reading, and is especially keen on young adult and children's fiction (all those years buying for school libraries!).
She is currently working on her next novel.
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Note: This review contains NO spoilers
First off, I really enjoyed reading this book...love the story of identical twins. Minty had that The Lovely Bones-esque feel to it. Don't get me wrong...I am in no way comparing the two books. I enjoyed reading The Lovely Bones. I also enjoyed reading Minty. Both books had that "ghost" point of view that I really enjoyed reading. It's fascinating to see what happens after death...are our loved ones still around or have they "walked into the light"? And...that's what Minty tackles in this story of twins when one loses the other to death. On top of that, these twin sisters are still so young. I really enjoyed that the book was written in such a way that the story is in Minty's voice...as if it's Minty's thoughts we are reading.
Minty grapples with the difficult journey of grief when mourning a loved one. Christina Banach has done an amazing job at giving us the strong and challenging personalities of these characters, especially on the different ways each individual mourned. As I read the book, my heart was clenched with apprehension at the difficulty Jess was dealing with Minty's death. I really felt for Minty as she struggled to find answers on helping her twin sister. Minty wanted to help Jess so much that it was frustrating; but she doesn't give up to find answers that will help her family, especially Jess.
I don't want to say too much or I would give too much away...and that's not going to happen. If you enjoy stories like The Lovely Bones, If I Stay...even Ghost, then this is a sweet and fascinating paranormal mystery that . Definitely a touching story of loss and grief that is worth reading.
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