REVIEW: Imaginary Girls by Nova Ren Suma

The Blurb: Chloe’s older sister, Ruby, is the girl everyone looks to and longs for, who can’t be captured or caged. When a night with Ruby’s friends goes horribly wrong and Chloe discovers the dead body of her classmate London Hayes left floating in the reservoir, Chloe is sent away from town and away from Ruby.

But Ruby will do anything to get her sister back, and when Chloe returns to town two years later, deadly surprises await. As Chloe flirts with the truth that Ruby has hidden deeply away, the fragile line between life and death is redrawn by the complex bonds of sisterhood.

The Short Stick: Creeptastically insane and backwards.

The Goods: Pretty much everything. From the first sentence I read online to the end of this book, there’s a place this book lives that you’ll want to live too. Nova Ren Suma creates a world that’s living, breathing, and a little twisted. Her writing is so evocative that the characters and the action literally flies off the pages. I loved every moment of seeing Ruby through Chloe’s eyes, of seeing Chloe through Chloe’s eyes, and of seeing the way she perceives the world that Ruby created for her. This book is a definite stay up all night to read. I can attest, it was 2am when I fell asleep 70 pages to the end.

I also loved how you couldn’t tell what was going on in this book. I know it sounds weird, but the perceptions are so precise, and the metaphysics aren’t talked about or explained, so a lot of things are taken for granted. It’s like Chloe always clearly knows the way it SHOULD be, but because this is Ruby, she can’t be sure of anything at all. Ruby lives by her own rules, she creates her own reality. Chloe is simply living in it.

The Not So Goods: The name Chloe, haha, it’s not a favorite of mine. I kept thinking her name should be Tuesday or June or Eden. That’s about my only nitpick and hey, I’m sure Nova Ren Suma loves the name Chloe so it’s probably just me.

Rating: 5/5

Other Stuff:
Pinnochio Factor: Hahaha, I don’t know! I mean, were they real or were they imaginary girls? I guess you’ll have to read and decide for yourself.
Bella Swan Factor: Pass, Ruby and Chloe were both amazing.
Jace Factor: Fail, these are regular boys, not even that hot.
Primrose Factor: Pass, I was expecting to lose someone in the end.
Potter Factor: Pass, this was a ghost story sort of, but very well done.
Cheese Factor: Pass, none at all, plenty of creepy moments though.
Bible Factor: Pass, there was no religion.
Temperature: 50 degrees, the temperature of the reservoir in the cold patches. This ain’t a love story.

Recommendation: Go read it because it’s beautiful and macabre and awesome all at once!


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