Moonrise by Sarah Crossan – Book Review

Dec 5, 2017 | Book Reviews, Books

Okay, yet again, I have to apologise for a month-long absence. SORRY! It’s felt like a slog to get through anything at the moment – I think a lot of people get like this when winter comes and Christmas is around the corner. I just want Christmas now! (Oh, while I’m here – what do you think of my new space-themed blog?! I love it so much. Huge thank you to my friend Joely for the illustrations!)

Anyway, recently, I stumbled upon a couple of blog posts in my Google Drive from ages ago that I’d completely forgotten about. That means that today, you get a new book review. Woooop! I’m going to be reviewing Moonrise by Sarah Crossan, and I’ve also got my review coming up for Editing Emma by Chloe Seager. Let’s go!

I picked up an ARC of Moonrise by Sarah Crossan at YALC and I was so happy. With a gorgeous cover and an intriguing synopsis, I couldn't wait to read it!

‘They think I hurt someone. 
But I didn’t. You hear?
Coz people are gonna be telling you
all kinds of lies.
I need you to know the truth.’

From one-time winner and two-time Carnegie Medal shortlisted author Sarah Crossan, this poignant, stirring, huge-hearted novel asks big questions. What value do you place on life? What can you forgive? And just how do you say goodbye?

Moonrise by Sarah Crossan:
My Thoughts

Before Moonrise, I’d read two Sarah Crossan books: One and We Come Apart. I loved them both but have a special place in my heart for One. It was painfully emotional, gripping and impossible to put down. I think I read both of her books in a day or two each, mainly because of how quick her writing style is to read and due to the fact that I just can’t put them down until they’re finished.

I was lucky enough to nab a proof copy of Moonrise at YALC this year (I think it was the first thing I picked up and I was SO HAPPY). The cover is beyond beautiful and the description sounded intriguing. First impressions are a big thing, and I knew I’d love this just from the cover alone. (Okay, I admit – I’m a big book-cover-judger). I could not wait to get it home and read it – I knew I’d probably love it so it had a lot of pressure to live up to my expectations!

And… it definitely did. My god, it did. I loved it so much. The poetic writing style returned and this time it felt even better and more refined than Crossan’s previous books. The story was so intense and I couldn’t stop reading. I really wanted to find out what happened to his brother – was he really going to die on Death Row for a crime he didn’t commit? I won’t give away the ending but the last half of the book kept me up way beyond when I should have gone to sleep because I just hadto find out what happened. There aren’t many books that make me do that and so far, all of Sarah Crossan’s have.

I can definitely say without a doubt that Sarah Crossan is one of my favourite authors. I had the pleasure of meeting her at YALC and hearing her speak with her We Come Apart co-author Brian Conaghan, and I’m still over the moon (no pun intended) that I managed to get a copy of Moonrise. You should too!

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I’m Charlotte: media graduate, virtual assistant and avid reader. I’m a Hufflepuff, a space fanatic, and I love to write about books. More about me…

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