Review – The Walls Around Us by Nova Ren Suma


The Walls Around Us

By Nova Ren Suma

SummaryOn the outside, there’s Violet, an eighteen-year-old dancer days away from the life of her dreams when something threatens to expose the shocking truth of her achievement.

On the inside, within the walls of the Aurora Hills juvenile detention center, there’s Amber, locked up for so long she can’t imagine freedom.
Tying their two worlds together is Orianna, who holds the key to unlocking all the girls’ darkest mysteries…
What really happened on the night Orianna stepped between Violet and her tormentors? What really happened on two strange nights at Aurora Hills? Will Amber and Violet and Orianna ever get the justice they deserve—in this life or in another one?
In prose that sings from line to line, Nova Ren Suma tells a supernatural tale of guilt and of innocence, and of what happens when one is mistaken for the other.

Source: I purchased a paperback

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I love Nova Ren Suma. She writes creepy, somewhat lyrical books involving girls that feel like mysteries. Her style is certainly hit or miss for some people, but I enjoy the way her books are enveloped in mystery and intrigue that slowly unravels.

The Walls Around Us was the story of Violet, the motivated ballerina, and Amber, the accused murderer serving time in a juvenile detention center for girls. They both were connected by Ori. How would Ori be the link between the two girls? What happened with Violet and Ori and what happened to the girls of Aurora Hills? How would any of this have a common link?

I loved the book and I loved not really knowing what was what. I was intrigued by Violet’s references to the past and I wanted to know what happened to make her feel guilty about something…

It’s difficult to review the book because I don’t want to give too much away. I loved it and I loved the style. I felt like so much was unraveled slowly and it all came together to form a really intriguing ending that I enjoyed. It was a Nova Ren Suma novel and that’s really the best way to explain it. Weird, interesting, dark.. That’s just kind of how she writes. 

If you want a good fall read that has an air of creepiness but isn’t really scary, it’s pretty much perfect. I definitely recommend it.

Star 4


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