Tuesday, 12 April 2016

Review: Guile by Constance Cooper

by Constance Cooper
Publisher: Clarion Books
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 384
Release Date: March 1st, 2016
Purchase: [Chapters/Indigo] [Amazon]
Yonie Watereye lives in the bayou. The water there is full of guile, a power that changes people and objects. Yonie, 16, makes a living investigating objects affected by guile, but in fact it’s her talking cat, LaRue, who has the power to see guile. Yonie becomes aware that someone is sending harmful guile-changed objects to certain people, including herself. Her investigation becomes entwined with her hunt for the secrets of her mother’s past and leads her to discover dangers hidden within her own family. In the suspenseful adventure that follows, Yonie and her furry sidekick face challenges that could end their adventuring forever.

There's Power in the Water

When Raincoast Books first pitched the synopsis of Guile by Constance Cooper, I was hooked! A bayou related title with fantasy AND a mystery? I was so in! It's not often I come across a title with a bayou-like setting (I'm intrigued by the marshy lands and the low hanging trees) and absolutely knew Guile was a must on my to read list.

"The clouds drenched the land unrelentingly for the next four days. The series of storms was violent enough to make canoe travel impossible, or at least dangerous, though by the fourth day, Yonie was almost willing to try.|"

Guile by Constance Cooper was, put simply, unique. I knew before picking it up that it would be, however it wasn't just the bayou inspired setting OR it's mysterious powers that stood out for me - it was Constance's writing. Although difficult to settle into in the beginning, Constance's writing was lyrical, and steadily flowed from chapter to chapter - like a constant and moving stream. It played to the uniqueness of this epic YA fantasy/mystery, and it also solidified Constance's portrayal of Yonie's overall character - quizzical and always searching.

Overall, I found Guile to be an intriguing adventure! Discovering Yonie's quirks, her past, and tagging along with the mystery and learning every little secret Guile had to offer was an absolute thrill. I strongly feel readers of all ages will enjoy Yonie and will find Constance's addition to the YA genre absolutely refreshing.

4 / 5 Cupcakes

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  1. Oh interesting!
    First time hearing about Guile and it looks like it came out last month? Love the sound of this bayou book!

  2. Excellent review, Wendy. :)

  3. Thanks for sharing your thoughts and review. Guile does have a unique-sounding plot.

  4. The main character seems like my kind of person hahaha! I'll be adding Guile to my reading list for the summer, definitely. I've heard so many good things about Guile and your review sealed the deal.